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Unigroup's March 2017 Meeting Announcements



UNIGROUP GENERAL MEETING

Topic:
Data Center Structured Cabling Trends

Speaker:

Peter Helfrich, Leviton Specification Engineer International,
Leviton

Date:
Thursday, 16-MAR-2017      (** 3rd Thursday **)

Location:
The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 502    (*** New Building: 5th Floor ***)
** Please RSVP **

Time:
6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Cost:
Please see the Fee Schedule below.


MEETING INTRODUCTION

The week of March 13th, 2017 brings the DCD / DatacenterDynamics Enterprise Conference and events to NYC (see below). Keeping with that Data Center theme, the March 2017 Unigroup meeting will be on Data Center Structured Cabling Trends.


   SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
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DIRECTIONS

   Location:
      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

   Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
   new building with the non-traditional appearance.
   Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street.

   Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
     directions to the Unigroup Meeting Room.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/N/Q'     to Union Square, then walk South and East.
                   or transfer to the downtown '6' to Astor Place.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
                   or transfer to the uptown '6' to Astor Place.

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are parking lots on Broadway, at (or just South of) 8th
   Street, across from the West side of Cooper Square, as well
   as various others in the area.


PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Topic: Data Center Structured Cabling Trends and New Technologies

Related Topics/Keywords:

Data Centers, Copper/Fiber Computer Network Communications, Structured Cabling, CAT5E, CAT6A, CAT8, RJ45, Standards.

Introduction & Description of Talk:

This talk will be an overview of Structured Cabling industry trends and new technologies.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:

   To-be-announced.

   Leviton
     http://www.leviton.com
     http://www.leviton.com/en/products/network-solutions


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

Peter Helfrich R.C.D.D. D.C.D.C. Leviton Specification Engineer International

Peter has been providing consulting, design, product selection and project oversight to the network infrastructure industry for over 30 years. Peter has extensive experience designing cabling systems, WiMax and WiFi deployments, security systems, audio-visual systems, and data center solutions for large and small organizations. Peter currently works with Leviton Network Solutions as a Specification Engineer focused on supporting design professionals who work on global projects.

Since 2012- Peter is part of a team of skilled Specification Engineers at Leviton Network solutions, all of whom carry RCDD credentials. Leviton Specification Engineers provide support to Consultants, Architects, Specifiers and IT professionals who design network infrastructure for global projects. Leviton SEs are a valued resource providing product specifications, technical support, educational seminars, and design assistance. Leviton Specification Engineers also liaison to the entire Leviton Network Solutions support organization including our people and resources around the world. Specification Engineers have a minimum of 15 years industry experience.

Prior to 2012- Peter was a business owner and entrepreneur ultimately holding the position of President of a multi-million dollar ICT equipment supplier, cable assembly manufacturer and field services organization. Peter was a partner in this organization for over 20 years and was integral to the growth strategy. During his tenure at this organization he oversaw the sales and implementation teams in the areas of structured cabling, wireless technologies, network hardware, security systems and Audio Visual systems.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York. Peter has held the prestigious BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential since 1993. Peter also holds the DCDC Data Center Design Consultant certification from BICSI achieved in 2016. Peter has garnered numerous manufacturer training certifications in the areas of cabling and networking during his career.


COMPANY BIOGRAPHY

Quoted from the Leviton About Us page:

Leviton is the smart choice, delivering the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today's residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 90 countries across the globe. From simple switches and receptacles, to networking systems and smart home automation, Leviton exceeds market needs by delivering innovative products to create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, LED lighting and lighting energy management systems, and security and automation applications.

For information about Leviton, please visit: http://www.leviton.com http://www.leviton.com/en/products/network-solutions


GIVEAWAYS

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.

Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to restock.


FEE SCHEDULE

Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group, and its members pay a yearly membership fee. For Unigroup members, there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during their membership year. Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
         Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

       * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.
                          MasterCard, VISA, Discover (since 2013).

       ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
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         If your ID contains no date, please bring
         additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks.

NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.

Members: Remember to bring your membership card with you to the meeting, to confirm your yearly renewal date!


FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

** However, we are planning Pizza and Soft Drinks for this meeting.

Our thanks go to Leviton for [tentatively] sponsoring the food service for this meeting!


Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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