Steering the right way

With a new committee in place, BiCSI is working on making its annual conference more end-user focused as well as taking it to more locations in the region.

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By  Sathya Mithra Ashok Published  March 10, 2008

With a new committee in place, BiCSI is working on making its annual conference more end-user focused as well as taking it to more locations in the region.

BiCSI's annual conference, addressing end-users in the Middle East, is all set to establish new standards. With a new steering committee in place, the non-profit professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry, is focusing on enterprise end-users in its conference this year and is planning on taking the event to more cities in the region as well.

"We are bringing not only a better conference but also conference events in Saudi Arabia and South Africa making it easier for members to attend in their own countries. We hope to get the BiCSI Breakfast Clubs back on track after the conference too.

Training will become more important this year and I believe there will be a more structured approach into bringing quality training to the BiCSI members," says Eugene Botes, BiCSI chair for Middle East and Africa and head of the steering committee. Botes is also the technical director for MEA at cabling manufacturer Reichle and de-Massari (R&M).

"I believe that the new initiatives being discussed will truly benefit all members and the industry as a whole. One of the key issues will be branding. BiCSI does not simply cover pieces of cable and patch panels.

There are a whole range of services, information and support that is readily available, covering the whole physical infrastructure of a building. BiCSI engineers and designers are some of the most respected professionals in the world and this will be better communicated this year," says David Hughes, technical manager for Middle East and Pakistan at Panduit and member of the BiCSI steering committee.

Together the steering committee is driving this year's conference not only to become more interactive, but also to involve more people from different disciplines.

"We hope to attract other disciplines that are involved with communications inside buildings. Automation, security, cellular are but a few of the people that are putting in cables into buildings that are similar to ours. More of these are being used to link IP devices, so there should be a good reason for them to get involved with BiCSI too," explains Botes.

Even as work continues on the event, the committee is looking beyond the agenda to continue training for representatives of the ITS industry in the region as a continuous process.

"There is a huge gap between the experienced ITS person and the people doing the installation and supervision, and this is due to the lack of training and suitable experience. We hope that with the input from the steering committee, we will be able to offer more regular workshops that will be educational and informative for all industry stakeholders in the region," concludes Botes.

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