New BICSI OSP manual broadens the landscape

April 1, 2007
Incorporating legal issues for the outside plant (OSP) designer as well as an international scope concerning standards and installation guidance, the new fourth edition of BICSI’s Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM) is being touted as relevant reference material for IT professionals worldwide.

Incorporating legal issues for the outside plant (OSP) designer as well as an international scope concerning standards and installation guidance, the new fourth edition of BICSI’s Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM) is being touted as relevant reference material for IT professionals worldwide.

“This is a truly unique outside plant manual in the fact that the information contained within this new edition reflects a broader applicability,” says John Adams, RCDD/OSP Specialist, owner of Adams Telecomm in Valrico, Florida, and BICSI’s Technical Information and Methods (TI&M) Committee OSPDRM subject matter expert team leader (SMETL).

First published in 1999 as the Customer-owned Outside Plant Design Manual, the fourth edition of the OSPDRM is the product of the continuing evolution toward a global document. “It is an invaluable reference for anyone that is involved in the designing, inspecting or the construction of OSP information transport systems,” Adams adds.

Previous editions of the manual relied almost exclusively on U.S. standards. Now addressing global best practices, BICSI says the newest edition can be applied almost anywhere. In addition, new topics covered include a chapter on “Legal Considerations for the OSP Designer,” which introduces the most current information regarding potential issues/problems that OSP designers and installers may encounter given the complexity of their projects.

Written for professionals who design, inspect or maintain the OSP infrastructures in a campus environment, the OSPDRM aims to provide a comprehensive, vendor-neutral overview of the components of OSP design. The manual is also the basis for BICSI’s RCDD/OSP Specialty Program.

“The knowledge gained by using this new manual will be an important asset to designers, consultants, engineers, end users, students taking BICSI outside plant courses, and candidates for the RCDD/OSP Specialty exam,” says David Labuskes, RCDD/NTS/OSP Specialist, vice president of RTKL Associates’ special systems design group and TI&M Committee chair.

For more information about the new OSP manual and BICSI’s RCDD/OSP Specialty Program, visit:

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BEAVERTON, OR-Outlining the acceleration of the new channel in the security industry based on IP technology, Milestone Systems ( president Eric Fullerton told a recent gathering of channel partners and leading security manufacturers in Miami that the increased efficiency of IP is the financial driver for end users, that the richness and value offered by video is creating the growth in traffic, and that together these factors are driving a new upgrade cycle for all industries. “Between 2010 and 2015,” Fullerton predicts, “the volume of video traffic will overtake voice and other data running over the Internet. IP technology is the driver of the next cycle for the whole industry.” Milestone Systems is developer of open platform IP video surveillance software.

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN-ADC ( is opening a new manufacturing facility in Lexington, SC. The leased facility will manufacture cable-intensive fiber connectivity products for service provider customers that deploy FTTx services throughout the eastern United States. ADC was scheduled to move into the current 10,000 square foot facility last month, with plans to expand to 20,000 square feet later this year. By the end of the year, the company says it could employ up to 65 people at the new facility. “The Lexington site provides a more central location to better serve our East Coast customers as they deliver voice, video and data services to homes and businesses,” comments Pat O’Brien, president of ADC’s global connectivity solutions unit.

NEW YORK CITY-According to a study by AMI-Partners (, small and medium businesses (SMBs) worldwide are feeling confused by the multiple and complex range of VoIP solutions aimed at the SMB segment. The study, Making the Move to Hosted VoIP or Premise-Based IP-PBX: Different Approaches to SMB VoIP Implementation, concludes that most SMBs are unable to evaluate and decide which VoIP solution is best for them. “The market opportunity for VoIP solutions is burgeoning for SMBs,” says Sanjeev Aggarwal, AMI-Partners’ New York-based vice president for SMB infrastructure solutions. “Whichever solutions or vendors SMBs choose, most companies will move to VoIP over the next five years, creating a huge opportunity for equipment vendors, service providers, and VARs.” The problem? Most SMBs are confused about the multiplicity of VoIP solutions available, including premise-based IP-PBX, managed IP-PBX, hosted VoIP, broadband VoIP, and peer-to-peer VoIP. “The complexity involved in understanding and evaluating the different solutions and vendors, coupled with a lack of voice-savvy IT resources, is delaying what is an otherwise rapid-paced migration of SMBs to VoIP,” continues Aggarwal. According to the study, many small businesses (1 to 99 employees) generally seek simple, voice-only solutions, while most medium businesses (100 to 999 employees) want sophisticated unified communications. “Vendors need to understand these requirements and clearly communicate a unique value proposition to their target customers,” contends Aggarwal.

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