Graybar, North America's largest distributor of electrical, telecommunications, and networking equipment, is launching a series of technology showcase events across the country - from mid-March through late October - to provide contractors, installers, and resellers with updates on new industry standards and advancements in enterprise networking, it was announced today.

The 2003 Graybar Technology Showcase will feature exhibits of many new products and services from 30 to 80 leading technology providers at each event. It also will include seminars tailored to meet the needs of network administrators and building owners, and a session on Graybar's VIP Program, which independently tests and validates complete comm./data cabling systems for functionality and interoperability. attendees also will earn two continuing educational units from Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI).

"This is a great opportunity for network administrators, installers and other members of the comm./data industry to obtain crucial information that will help them better succeed in their work," said Dennis DeSousa, senior vice president, Comm./Data Business, Graybar. "It also will help them raise the bar for performance and value for their internal and external clients." Registrants can click on www.graybar.com, or call their regional Graybar branch for more information. (See attached schedule.)

One of the more promising areas of focus at the showcase will be Wireless Local Area Networks (or Wireless LAN), which will be discussed during the Enterprise Networking Solutions seminar, DeSousa said. He explained that analysts with Dataquest, Inc. predict the Wireless LAN industry will continue to experience double-digit growth this year, with revenues of $2.8 billion, up 33% from 2002.

Seminar topics will include:

- Enterprise Networking Solutions - Instruction on what is new in Wireless LANs and switching technology, including XRN switches, Network Jack and NBX. Course value: 2 BICSI CEUs.

- TIA/EIA 606A Administration - Learn more about this important standard as it relates to benefits for network administrators and building owners, including information about Fluke testers and the Tempo DocIT administration software. Course value: 3 BICSI CEUs.

- Graybar VIP Program and Updates - Information on how this exclusive Graybar copper and fiber testing program can remove the guesswork in selecting the proper cabling solution for today's high-speed networks. Course value: 2 BICSI CEUs.

Registration is free and open to anyone in the telecommunications and networking industries, especially electrical, telecommunications and networking contractors, installers, and enterprise network purchasing managers. EC