According to the MIT
Technology Review, the latest technology for network communications
is using the electrical fields of the human skin. The technology
was developed at MIT several years ago but is being commercialized
by NTT (Nippon Telephone and Telegraph) in Japan. The transceiver
uses an optical receiver coupled to a very sensitive photonic
electric field sensor. Not only can this technique allow various
devices like medical devices or headphones on a person's body
to communicate, it can also allow communications to others or
objects, such as subway turnstiles, point-of-sale systems, security
devices, etc. that the wearer touches.
Science fiction - bah! The truth
New CFOT Exam Will Include
NECA/FOA-301 Installation Standard
The new FOA CFOT exam will include
questions from NECA 301-2004, Installing
And Testing Fiber Optic Cables. Schools should be including
information from the standard in their classes already. A copy
of the standard will be given to all CFOTs when they renew their
CFOTs this year.
CFOTs Will Receive Free Copy
of NECA/FOA-301 Installation Standard When Renewing
All FOA CFOTs will now be sent
a free copy of the NECA/FOA-301 Installation Standard when they
renew their CFOT. This standard, which normally sells for $15,
will be provided to all active CFOTs when they renew their certification
to keep them informed on the latest standards for fiber optic
installation. This is another service provided for our CFOTs
by the FOA.
FOA Agains Sponsors VDV Conference
The FOA is again sponsoring
the NECA VDV Conference, but it's been renamed The IBS Conference,
where IBS stands for Integrated Business Systems. IBS is not
to be confused with ITS, or information transport systems, the
new TLA (three letter acronym) BICSI is using. Obviously the
cabling industry is having an identity crisis.
But the NECA show will include
technical sessions and exhibits on fiber optics and low voltage
cabling, and the FOA will be there. This year, it's in New Orleans,
September 17-20. See NECAshow.org
FOA Board Member Visits High
School Vocational School
One of the goals of The Fiber
Optic Association is to educate people about fiber optics. Tom
Collins from the FOA board of directors recently visited the
Campbell County Area Vocational Center located in Northern Kentucky
to make a presentation to the students.
The presentation included the FOA PowerPoint ( www.thefoa.org/ppt/
)as well as discussing job opportunities in the fiber optic industry.
The students were from the Electrical, Information Technology,
and Construction programs and they saw the instant connection
to their field
of study. Two instructors from
Campbell County Vocational Center are currently attending a Certified
Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) program held at Gateway Community
and Technical College. They will be attending the Train-The-Trainer
program this summer held at
Gateway and will be qualified
as Certified Fiber Optic Educator (CFOE).
For our industry to grow we need to encourage our brightest students
to enter the fiber optic industry and the FOA visit was the first
step in reaching our goals .
Fiber Optic Technicians Manualwill be published by
Delmar around August, 2005. ISBN No. 1401896995. Following publication,
the CFOT Test will use the new edition. At the same time, a laboratory
manual with hands-on exercises will be available.
301-2004, Installing And Testing Fiber Optic Cables, produced by The FOA in cooperation
with NECA (The National Electrical Contractors Association),
has been approved and published. This second revision of the
document now is an ANSI-approved "American National Standard"
of the NEIS (National Electrical Installation Standards"
expands the original standard to cover much more detail, describing
the installation and testing of fiber optic cable plants.
Users now have a reference document
for defining the installation and testing of fiber optic cable
plants in a "neat and workmanlike manner." Contract
documents can be written simply to say:
"Fiber optic cables shall
be installed in accordance with NECA 301-2004, Installing
And Testing Fiber Optic Cables"
Copies of NECA 301-2004 can
be obtained from NECA by calling the NECA Order Desk at 1-301-215-4504,
fax to 1-301-215-4500, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online
FOA Website Expands To Support
Fiber Optic Educators
Instructors' Home Page And
New Online Train-The-Trainer Program
The FOA has always focused on creating better educational opportunities
in fiber optics - it's our charter: we're a non-profit educational
organization. We've done two things recently to expand that commitment
- both here on the FOA website.
We have over 120 schools and hundreds
of instructors teaching at those organizations, and we'll notify
them about these new web pages, but we invite any instructor interested
in fiber optics to dig in and use these pages too.
Our online TTT program is the
beginning of qualifying for the FOA CFOS/I Instructor Certification.
Soon we'll have the program set up for instructors to register
to begin qualifying for the certification.
What splice is less expensive
if you are making a large number of splices?
The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber
optics. Almost 15,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 120 schools
as the FOA completes its 10th year. Since our founding in July,
1995, we have dedicated ourselves to promoting fiber optics and
professionalism in fiber optics personnel, focusing on education
and certification. We are continuing to add new schools and more
CFOTs as users of fiber optics learn that a CFOT is the indication
of a professional, well-trained fiber optic technician. Now with
FTTH (fiber to the home) finally taking off, demand for CFOTs
is rising and schools are responding by expanding programs rapidly.
The FOA now has approved programs
at 115+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Corning Cable Systems for their installation
training programs and NASA's Goldstone Tracking Station. The
complete list of FOA-Approved schools is at http://www.thefoa.org/foa_aprv.htm.
New PowerPoint Presentation
Introduces Fiber Optics
The FOA has created a short
PowerPoint presentation that introduces you to fiber optics and
talks about job opportunities in the field. It was intended for
instructors to introdcue studnets to the field, but it's a good
introduction for anyone. It's about 3 meg file so it takes a
while to download and you need PowerPoint to view it. See http://www.thefoa.org/ppt/
Don't miss Eric Pearson's Newsletters
- with some tests on connectors.
New sections of "Lennie Lightwave's
Guide To Fiber Optics" covers loss
testing of fiber optic cables and OTDRs.
Your Name, CFOT - It pays to
The FOA encourages CFOTs to use
the logo on their business cards, letterhead, truck or van, etc.
and provides logo
files on this site for that purpose. But we are also asked
about how to use the CFOT or CFOS certifications. Easy, you can
refer to yourself as "Your Name, CFOT" or "Your
Name, CFOS/T" for example.
Feel free to use the logo and
designations to promote your achievements and professionalism!
Remember To Renew Your Certification
Remember to renew your FOA certification.
All current CFOTs have a ID Card with their certification data
and we keep a database of current CFOTs to answer inquiries regarding
your qualifications if needed. If you forgot to renew, use the
form or the FOA
online store to renew NOW!
Want To Get FOA Email?
We have been asked if we could send the FOA newsletter by email
or post it on the website. We are looking into that and will definitely
get one started soon. When you renew your certification, you will
be asked if you are interested in email newsletters and if so,
you will be asked to give your email address for us to use in
a mailing list. If you want to get started now, send an email
to email@example.com with the
subject "eMail List" Note that The FOA never releases its mailing lists for any
use! Your data is always safe with us.
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FOA Board of Advisors
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F. Douglas Elliot, Past President
William H. Graham
Jim Hayes, President, Treasurer
John Highhouse, Past President
Danny S. Lyall
Eric Y. Loytty
Paul Rosenberg, Past President
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