BICSI 2006 Fall Conference Breaks Records

Drawing more than 3,000 information transport systems (ITS) professionals and exhibitors from around the world, the 2006 BICSI Fall Conference was held September 18-21 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

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BICSI FALL CONFERENCE OFFERS DIVERSE EDUCATION, NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Las Vegas, Nev., September 22, 2006 -Drawing more than 3,000 information transport systems (ITS) professionals and exhibitors from around the world dedicated to advancing the ITS industry, the 2006 BICSI Fall Conference was held September 18 -21 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

The conference offered an unrivaled educational line -up of interactive seminars, presentations, courses and state -of -the -art exhibits -from the latest developments in wireless network designs and firestop systems to advances in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology and audio/video applications.

"BICSI always manages to put on a conference that is world -class," said Robert Langevin, a registered communications distribution designer (RCDD). "The information that is presented is constantly up -to -date and the best available."

Following several well -received presentations during the General Session on Tuesday, September 19, conference attendees had the opportunity to design their own schedules on Wednesday from over 16 various Breakout Session presentations. The morning session topics included cable sharing, OSP permitting issues, NENP connector technology, WLAN, shielded and un -shielded cabling, wiring closet cooling needs, communicating with the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), and FTTE and implementation.

The afternoon sessions on Wednesday featured topics such as in -building Wi -Fi, residential and commercial wiring opportunities, smoke leakage, Master Format 2004, RFC2544, laser -optimized fiber, RoHS, and contamination problems and prevention.

The evening closed with the ever -successful BICSI Reception and Exhibits. "This is one of our better conferences that we are involved in throughout the year, states Ryan Goard, RCDD, with General Cable in Castle Rock, Colorado. "Everyone I've spoken to has been very satisfied, and it continually helps us to understand the customers that visit from other parts of the country and to make adjustments in our overall business approaches."

Thursday, January 26, morning opened with presentations by Gregg Kelley of Lynx Broadband and Richard Reed, consultant for BICSI Government Relations. Kelley presented "Television on Twisted Pair Cable," highlighting the extensive benefits, multiple applications and relative low cost of such systems versus coaxial installations. Reed summarized the major efforts taken on BICSI members' behalf throughout the year in the governmental relations report.

BICSI Cares, Inc. was at the conference, collecting contributions from BICSI conference attendees, to donate 100% of the contributions to the Children's Heart Foundation of Las Vegas. CHF received a total of $23,500 from BICSI membership and conference attendees. Originally, the large presentation check was only written for $22,000, but during the 15 -minute break immediately before the presentation, BICSI Cares collected an additional $1,500.

The closing presentation was a memorable event. The President George W. Bush impersonator was a funny, quirky performance that BICSI membership enjoyed before traveling back home to recuperate from days filled with education, networking and fun.

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport systems industry with information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., BICSI serves more than 25,000 industry professionals in more than 90 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.bicsi.org.

Contact: Maarja Kolberg, Communications Manager, mkolberg@bicsi.org, 813.979.1991

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