Back to school special: Webcast to unpack SCS for educational facilities

On August 27, Cabling Installation & Maintenance will host a multi-presentation webcast entitled Structured Cabling Systems for Educational Facilities, featuring distinguished speakers from sponsor companies nCompass, OBO Bettermann and Oberon.

NASHUA, N.H. -- At 1:00 PM EDT on August 27, 2013, just in time for the annual "back to school" season, Cabling Installation & Maintenance will host a multi-presentation webcast, entitled Structured Cabling Systems for Educational Facilities. Featuring distinguished speakers from sponsor companies nCompass, OBO Bettermann and Oberon, the premise of this free online seminar is as follows:

Educational facilities, including K-12 as well as college and university environments, are prolific users of structured cabling systems and present unique, challenging requirements for these systems. The webcast seminar examines the technologies, standards and best practices that can be used to meet the demanding and evolving cabling-system needs of educational facilities. The event's presentations will include the following:

Presentation 1: TIA-4966—The Educational Facilities Cabling Standard
A standard-under-development within the Telecommunications Industry Association, TIA-4966, will specify telecommunications infrastructure systems for educational facilities. This presentation will provide an overview of TIA-4966, including a discussion of the rationale behind developing a standard specifically for educational facilities, the way in which this standard will coexist with other TIA standards that may be applied to educational facilities, and a top-level look at the standard’s contents.

Presentation 2: Cabling a Campus Environment
Often an educational-facility campus comprises multiple buildings, open spaces and sometimes multiple addresses. In environments such as these, maintaining connectivity and providing sufficient bandwidth to each connected device is a challenge. This presentation will take a general look at the approaches that can be taken to connect dispersed users and facilities. From backbone connection speeds, to media options, to housing/protection equipment for cabling that traverses such a network, the needs of a campus environment are many, as this presentation will describe.

Presentation 3: Wireless Needs of Educational Facilities
Perhaps more than in any other aspect of networking, educational facilities push the limits of wireless capabilities. Mobile connectivity is an assumption among a facility’s students, staff and faculty, and network administrators in these environments are significantly challenged to keep up with demand. This presentation discusses how wireless technologies have developed and evolved to meet this seemingly insatiable need. At the presenter’s discretion, the presentation can address wireless LAN and/or distributed antenna system (DAS) technologies as they apply to educational campuses.

The webcast's presenters will include:

Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM, CSI , Director of Strategic Accounts, Superior Essex/nCompass
Ensign’s industry experience expands the last 20 years which includes his current position with Superior Essex as the Director of Strategic Accounts and previously with Legrand/Ortronics as the Director of Technology. His experience also includes positions of increasing responsibility with Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc, including Director of National Accounts and with Intertek Testing Services (ETL) as a Senior Staff Engineer. Ensign is a frequent public speaker of industry, technology, and trends at various industry events and functions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from SUNY – Utica/Rome along with his RCDD, NTS, OSP, and RTPM designations from BICSI. He is the current BICSI Treasurer and is serving on the BICSI Board of Directors. Brian has been an active participant in the TIA, IEEE, and BICSI standards committees and continues to track the progression of such.

Ray Emplit, Engineering Manager, OBO Bettermann
Education: BSE, MSE University of Pennsylvania
Work exp: 20 years in industrial controls, 19 years in telecommunications
TIA: TR-42 member since 1995, chair of TR-42.2 (Residential), TR-42.3 (Pathways & Spaces), vice chair of TR-42.5 (Definitions & Terms), secretary for plenary
BICSI: member of Codes Committee, Standards Committee, secretary of TI&M Committee
US TAG to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/WG 3: member

Scott D. Thompson, Engineering Director and a Co-founder, Oberon, Inc.
Scott Thompson is the engineering director and a co-founder of Oberon, Inc. Scott has designed, specified, and installed IEEE 802.3 and 802.11 standard compliant networking solutions to provide low cost, high availability, high data rate connectivity. Applications include secure department of defense installations, mission critical medical facilities, campus wide deployments at universities, small and large business, warehouses, and challenging manufacturing and industrial environments. Scott is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Learn more and register for the webcast here.

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