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3 Reasons Global ICT Supply Chains Support Stronger American Jobs and Economy

By Patrick Lozada, Global Policy Director, TIA   Recently, the Biden Administration proposed amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulations’ Buy American Act requirements to “increase U.S. content in the products the federal government buys and support the domestic production of products critical to our national and economic security.” While well-intentioned, these proposed changes risk unintended…

Blockchain for ICT Supply Chain Security Part 3: Securing The National Wireless Infrastructure

By Kevin L. Jackson, SVP, Total Network Services Corporation This is Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on the Enhanced Mobile Equipment Identifier (E-MEID) and how it can be used to improve ICT Supply Chain Security. The E-MEID is a tokenized MEID that creates a globally unique, auditable, and verifiable data repository for any…

Blockchain for ICT Supply Chain Security: Part 1 – The Enhanced MEID (E-MEID)

By Kevin L. Jackson, SVP, Total Network Services Corporation This is Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on the Enhanced Mobile Equipment Identifier (E-MEID) and how it can be used to improve ICT Supply Chain Security. The E-MEID is a tokenized MEID that creates a globally unique, auditable, and verifiable data repository for any…

Blockchain for ICT Supply Chain Security: Part 2 – IoT and NFT Management Use Cases

By Kevin L. Jackson, SVP, Total Network Services Corporation This is Part 2 of a 3 Part Series on the Enhanced Mobile Equipment Identifier (E-MEID) and how it can be used to improve ICT Supply Chain Security. The E-MEID is a tokenized MEID that creates a globally unique, auditable, and verifiable data repository for any…

Buy America, Broadband Infrastructure, and Cookies

By Patrick Lozada, Global Policy Director, TIA   The big infrastructure bill known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law by President Biden in November of last year. Buried in the more than 1,000 page bill is a complex provision on the sourcing of products and it puts the success…

Does the data center BMS/DCIM need its own dedicated UPS?

By: Barry Elliott, Director, Capitoline CEng MIET MCIBSE MBA BSc(Hons) DCE ATD   Should a data centre Building Management System (BMS) or Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) be powered by the same system that it is monitoring? Most data centre BMS systems are powered by one of the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) sets used for the Information…

Establishing Trust: Foundational to Securing the ICT Supply Chain

By Colin Andrews and Patrick Lozada The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is leading the way on securing the global information communications technology (ICT) supply chain with the development of the global SCS 9001 standard that specifies verifiable and measurable criteria and uses a process-based quality management system to ensure quality and transparency. There are several…

Four Things to Know About Smart Building Systems Integration

By Bill Moten, Leading Edge Design Group The built environment’s complexity is increasing exponentially as evolving occupant demands continue to leave building owners and operators scrambling. At the same time, organizations require support for sustainability goals and cost-cutting initiatives. Smart, connected building systems are now entering the market at high velocity, widening the gap between…

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How SCS 9001 Operationalizes the Prague Proposals

By Mike Regan, Vice President of Business Performance, TIA Various trade and standards organizations as well as government agencies from around the world have been developing recommendations to help the global response to rising threats to cybersecurity. For example, the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) developed their Criteria for Security and Trust in Telecommunications…

Immersion Cooling in the Data Center – the next big thing?

By: Barry Elliott, Director, Capitoline CEng MIET MCIBSE MBA BSc(Hons) DCE ATD   For the highest density rack cooling requirements, that is from 10 kW to beyond 100 kW per rack, the most efficient method of cooling IT equipment is to immerse the whole server/computer in a bath of non-conductive dielectric fluid which will rapidly…

SCS 9001: Why ICT Security Must Go Beyond ISO 27001

  The introduction of new technologies and fragmentation of the ICT network supply chain have enabled networks to become more efficient and software driven. While this shift is, in many ways, great for innovation, it also makes the supply chain more complex and vulnerable to threats. The best way to ensure these vast supply chains…

SPE and Smart Buildings: A Smart Pairing

By Mike Vermeer, Engineering Strategy Manager, Panduit   The interconnectedness of our digital world is fascinating and requires constant evaluation to ensure buildings have the right tools and technology to match the evolving times. At Panduit, we have invested 6 years of development resources into Single Pair Ethernet, or SPE, standards. As the technology garners…