Telecommunications Training is up and Running
Telecommunications courses are up and running at NECA Training and we’re already being inundated with enquiries.
Our prices are competitive but more importantly we’re striving to be the highest quality telecommunications training provider. We’re engaging the best people in the industry and constantly looking for improvements.
We’re sometimes asked why our courses are slightly longer than our competitors. The simple answer is that we don’t take shortcuts and we want to ensure students leave our courses confident they’ve gained the skills and knowledge needed to get the job done.
It’s important to highlight that NECA Training is a not-for-profit industry association. We’re not a training provider that sets up a training facility to push students through as fast as possible and maximise profits. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our training and meet the ever changing needs of industry.
If you have specific telecommunication requirements that we are not meeting please get in touch and we can discuss your training needs.
Measures to tackle home affordability were a key focus of this year’s Federal Budget, along with a company tax cut, an increase in the Medicare levy, changes to school funding models and the introduction of a new bank levy.
Two of the measures on home affordability directly involve superannuation – a newly announced First Home Super Saver Scheme and a scheme to faciliate downsizing among older people. Importantly, the first home saver scheme relates to voluntary super contributions, not existing compsulory super savings (see below for further details).
There were no other major superannuation changes announced, though it is worth keeping in mind that most of the 12 super changes announced in last year’s budget are still to come into effect on 1 July this year.
While not directly related to superannuation, the reinstatement of the pensioner concession card for those who lost part-age pension this year is a welcome move in this year’s budget.
|Following a fire in a Malaysian home caused by a cable similar to the Infinity brand, this issue is firmly back on the table.|
|Some Australian states and Territories have been able to identify close to all the cable used in their markets. But NSW still has close to 50%, and ACT almost 30%, unaccounted for – which is a major concern now we are in the period when deterioration could potentially kick-in.
We therefore ask all members to do three things:
This is a serious issue now and we must do everything we can to remedy the situation as soon possible in NSW and the ACT. But please remember that if you do come across this cable anywhere, the first step is to try to identify who supplied the cable and not just to replace it. If you simply go ahead and replace it, the home owner forfeits the right to have it replaced at no cost by the original supplier. Instead they will need to pay you and they will not be able to claim that cost back – even if they know who initially installed it.
Designing Networks for Intelligent Building Systems
Zone cabling is a good alternative to LAN for supporting multiple building device connections for improved security and high performance in Intelligent Buildings. These zone cabling systems are supported by Service Concentration Points inside zone enclosures over head or under floors in buildings.
Zone enclosures should be limited to 96 ports so that they are not overloaded by cable bundles of >100 cables at Cat 6 particularly when Power over the Ethernet is being used to avoid excessive heat causing fire or reducing performance.
Zone cabling allows twice as many configurations for intelligent building devices than LAN which supports rapid reorganisation and deployment of new devices and applications.
Zone enclosures need to be positioned logically in buildings to increase coverage area of devices such as routers, cameras and sensors. A 13-metre radius for each zone enclosure will allow overlay for typical routers to provide continuous wi-fi. Therefore, zone enclosures should be placed around 26 metres apart and 30 meters from the telecommunications room where devices can be directly connected.
This positioning may be greater in areas where fewer devices are being used such as in parking areas or storage rooms. Zone enclosures will need to closer together in service and equipment rooms where electromagnetic disruption may require a better overlay of wi-fi to be effective.
Dedicated zone enclosures for POE lighting are recommended due to the amount of ports needed to light an average building and support lighting and movement sensors. This because PoE lighting zone enclosures will need between 36 and 72 ports to support a radius of 13 metres of lighting.
It is true that zone cabling can be more expensive than traditional LAN systems however with the rapidly changing automated world we live in today the savings of being able to reconfigure and add devices will exceed these cost very quickly when the cost of not having to run a whole new cable with every change is assessed.
Registered cablers and contractors who want to learn more about zone cabling should contact their local NECA office to discuss which Registered Training Organisations in their area offer training on designing and installing these systems.
ELIMINATE THE RISK OF BIG FINES – KEEP ACRS INFORMED OF ADDRESS AND EMAIL CHANGES
A thirty second free call is all it takes to keep ACRS records up to date and therefore ensure that you receive your renewal reminder, and never get caught working illegally.
We understand that there are time pressures on all cablers and contractors, and with so many things to renew annually, it is easy for one or two to slip through the cracks. ACRS understands this and invests a lot of time and resources into providing a renewal reminder which is emailed six weeks before your cabling registration expires and a second reminder is posted to your postal address. This gives ample time to fill out the simple renewal form and return to the administration centre.
To simplify things, you can also renew a current registration on line at acrs.com.au or call ACRS on 1300 667771 and the friendly team will be glad to receive your payment details over the phone.
Many cablers are forgetting to inform ACRS when they move house, change employers, email or obtain a new mobile number and therefore they do not receive this crucial renewal reminder letter.
When you are asked to produce a valid cabling registration card before you win a job, the excuse you forgot will not help.
Help ACRS help you!
You can update your personal details via our website or notify ACRS by calling our friendly admin team on 1300 667771 or by faxing or emailing your new details to:
Fax (02) 9744 3928