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SAS Canada awarded for its environmental efforts

Analytics software vendor SAS Canada today was named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2016. The firm was recognized for its commitment to environmental sustainability, its LEED Silver certified headquarters, and its “earth-friendly employee initiatives. The list is published by Mediacorp Canada Inc. » Read full article

Microsoft extends support for OPC UA standard

At Hannover Messe 2016, Microsoft Corp. today announced it is working with the OPC Foundation to enable “virtually any industrial Internet of Things (IoT) scenario through interoperability between the millions of applications and industrial equipment compliant with the OPC UA standard.” » Read full article

HDS adds native NAS to virtual storage platform

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. today announced new upgrades and additions to its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series portfolio, which it said is designed to reduce the ongoing costs of traditional environments and exploit and monetize data, which is too often trapped in silos of technology. » Read full article
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Fluke adds SmartLoop to OptiFiber Pro OTDR

Fluke Networks has announced the availability of SmartLoop technology for its OptiFiber Pro OTDR, which it said makes it the first OTDR that comes standard with the ability to test two separate fiber links in both directions from one end in a single test. According to Fluke, SmartLoop provides instant bi-directional averaged results as required by the Telecommunications Industry Associations Optical Fiber Cabling Component Standard (TIA-568.3-D), and can reduce the time required for testing fiber by 50% or more.
OptiFiber Pro OTDR with SmartLoop features Fluke Networks patent-pending algorithms to test two separate fiber links at one time in both directions from one end in a single test. » read more
Platinum Tools

Platinum Tools debuts the Xpress Jack offering

Platinum Tools, which specializes in the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, has released the Xpress Jack keystone jack termination offering Now shipping with an MSRP of US$79.95, features include:
* One stroke keystone jack terminations
* Heavy duty all carbon tool steel construction
* Designed for 110 type 4 pair keystone jacks
* Rust resistant black oxide finish
* Comfort grip TPR handles; reduce hand stress on large jobs with prolonged use » read more

BICSI Canada Conference

May 2-5
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont. » more info

CommTech West

June 1-2
Location: Calgary, Alta » more info

Canadian Wireless Trade Show

Oct. 26-27
Location: Toronto, Ont. » more info