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Electrical Business’ sister publication, Network & Cabling (Canada’s information transport systems magazine), is pleased to introduce the NETcomm Maritimes 2008 Conference in Halifax, N.S., on September 3 & 4, 2008.
The deadline to enter the 2008 Electrical Business Distribution Professional Scholarship (July 1) is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to enter!
DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems announced a global price increase averaging 10% for Kevlar and Nomex products effective July 1 (or as contracts permit). The business is taking this action, it says, in response to extreme volatility in costs for raw materials, energy, transportation and logistics—which cannot be totally offset by aggressive productivity and cost reduction measures.
Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions (the entity formed by Philips’ acquisition of Color Kinetics) announced that chief scientist Ihor Lys has been named 2008 National Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation. Dr. Lys was selected for the invention of Powercore technology, which increases the efficiency, lowers the overall cost and eases the installation of solid-state lighting (SSL) systems, such as LEDs. CLICK HERE to learn more.
(June 2008) Triacta Power Technologies has signed a distribution and OEM agreement with Schneider Electric under which the latter will distribute Triacta’s current product line of smart metering hardware and Web-based software under the Schneider Electric and Square D brands. Schneider will also embed Triacta meters into its electrical panel product lines.
Sponsored by the Infrared Training Center (ITC) and Flir Systems, InfraMation is among the world’s largest infrared applications conferences, providing a wealth of knowledge and a chance to network with peers in the fast-growing world of thermography. It’s being held this November 3-7, at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno, Nev., and here’s how you can benefit by registering early:
The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is developing a new certification program for distributors, manufacturers and others in the channel: the Certified Electrical Professional (CEP). The first testing for both inside and outside sales will be offered June 2009. Applicant bulletins will be sent March 2009 and actual applications will be available April 2009.
Cooper Lighting has issued its call for entries for the 32nd annual Source Awards lighting design competition. The competition—which focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design—is open to lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers, and consultants who use Cooper Lighting fixtures in an interior or exterior design project.
Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. purchased a 29.1% minority interest in its stock that has been held by Thomas & Betts Corp. since 1994 for a cash tender of about $300 million USD.
BICSI Connect—the online interactive learning network for information transport systems (ITS) professionals—recently added 10 new courses to its roster. The courses, all regarding the subject of safety, intend to educate students on how to prevent accidents and promote protection in the workplace environment. Provided with the flexibility of 24/7 Web-based training, students have the ability to earn continuing education credits (CECs) at their own pace—without incurring travel expenses—and at a reduced cost compared to traditional classes.
Nortel reports it has been selected by Verizon Telecom to provide a new generation of switching equipment to help the latter expand its metro Ethernet backbone. The technology chosen is the Metro Ethernet Routing Switch (MERS 8600), a platform that provides Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB) technology, MPLS-related technology and the Metro Ethernet Manager (MEM) system. Verizon will be testing all the MERS technologies in its laboratories for use with its Ethernet-based networks, including the Switched Ethernet Services (SES) network.
ADC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against AFL Telecommunications LLC, asserting that AFL is infringing upon several of its patents relating to fiber distribution hubs used in ADC’s Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) product line.
The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island signed a Framework Agreement worth $270 million under Building Canada—the Government of Canada’s long-term infrastructure plan—that will help address infrastructure needs and priorities on The Island until 2014. Besides issues such as safe drinking water and wastewater systems, the two parties recognize the economic importance of broadband coverage, and have committed to exploring broadband connectivity as a funding priority.
Cogeco Cable Inc. will be acquiring all of the shares of Toronto Hydro Telecom (THT), the telecom subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corp. (subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approval by the Commissioner of Competition) for $200 million. In addition, Cogeco will assume a working capital deficiency and liabilities of about $4 million.
Nortel and Alvarion Ltd. have entered into a joint strategic WiMAX agreement to create an end-to-end WiMAX solution to meet the needs of the evolving wireless broadband market. The Nortel and Alvarion mobile WiMAX solution is expected to combine technologies from both companies to allow operators around the globe—including established service providers and new entrants to the wireless market—to deliver high-speed wireless broadband for a variety of applications, mobile or nomadic, including VoIP, streaming music and HD video.

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