By Simon Duddy
The not profit body emphasises diligence in cabling implementations at its 4th regional conference in Dubai.
The 4th annual BICSI Middle East & Africa district conference and exhibition, which took place on June 12-13 at the Shangri-la Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was a great success with network professionals learning about the latest developments in technologies and standards.
The not for profit body takes an interest in training end users, installers and vendors on the finer points of network implementations. The presentations at the event offered an educational and informative take on the issues facing network professionals dealing with all kinds of ITS.
“Historically, ITS has been an afterthought in building construction, it usually happens when the building has already been built or is well under way,” says Steven Brewster, registered communications distribution designer (RCDD), ELV Consultant with PMK International, who made a presentation on key design elements for premises distribution. “Events like BICSI are valuable in raising awareness of the importance of ITS,” he adds.
“The objective was to update ITS professionals with the latest developments in technologies and standards, and give them an opportunity to network. From the content of the presentations and the feedback from the participants at the conference, we are very happy that the objective was fully met,” says Kandasamy Ganesan, district chair for BICSI Middle East and Africa.
“Awareness of BISCI in the industry has gone up significantly and this will encourage professionals to join and benefit from BICSI’s activities such as publications, training and registration programmes,” he adds.
Response from attendees at the event was very positive, with a number showing interest in the RCDD qualification. One example was Iran-based systems integrator Sadad Informatics Corp (SIC), which saw the event as invaluable in providing guidance for future work with clients, including Bank Melli Iran.
“The most important thing in our company is staff training and BICSI fits well with this philosophy,” says Zahra Saif, a network specialist at SIC. “The RCDD exam is an international qualification, and as Bank Melli Iran has decided to unify cabling across its branches, BICSI and the RCDD qualification could prove very useful in preparing our staff for the project,” she adds.