Issue No 24: 24 August 2020
ACOMMS Awards 2020 - Winners Announced on 10 September 2020
Winners will be announced at the ACOMMS 2020 virtual showcase event, including keynote addresses by the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher and the Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland.
Save the date for this unmissable event! Further details on how to watch this free virtual event live will be available soon. www.acomms.com.au
The ACOMM Awards are proudly presented by Communications Alliance. The MNF Group is the 2020 Title Sponsor of the ACOMMS, with Mirait Gold Sponsors, Bird & Bird, Bronze Sponsors and Cisco Digital Sponsor.
New Cabling Products and Wiring Rules Unveiled
New and updated editions of the Communications Alliance ‘best sellers’ – the rules for telecommunications customer premises cabling products and wiring – have been published.
Significant revisions to the Standards include safeguards for the distribution of hazardous voltages over communications cabling – an important step, given the growing trend toward communications cables also being used to carry electrical power.
New provisions also cater to the explosive growth of connected devices in Australian homes and businesses – ‘Smart Homes’ exploiting the ‘Internet of Things’.
The revised Standards are AS/CS S008 Requirements for Customer Cabling Products and AS/CA S009 Installation Requirements for Customer Cabling (Wiring Rules).
The Standards have been the backbone of the cabling industry in Australia for several decades. The objective of the Standards is to set out the minimum requirements to ensure:
The Standards are enforced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the nation’s 70,000 registered cablers treat them as their cabling ‘Bible’.
John Stanton, CEO of Communications Alliance, said the review of the Standards was extensive and benefited from expert input from more than 20 stakeholder organisations and individuals across the communications and broader industry.
“The cabling sector touches the lives of every Australian and it is important that Standards remain ‘fit for purpose’, particularly as new technologies and connected solutions change the face of cabling and networks”, Mr Stanton said.
The Working Committee responsible for the revision was chaired by Mr Murray Teale from VTI Services and has drawn upon the most currently available cabling industry information to review and update the two Standards.
One of the fundamental aims of the Standards is to prevent the exposure of telecommunications service provider employees, cabling providers, customers or other persons to hazardous voltages.
“New uses of cabling, such as for the Internet of Things, saw the Working Committee address a range of topics" Mr Teale said. “One was a fundamental change to the way the Standards reference new classifications of electrical power.”
The updated Standards include new and revised requirements in a number of key areas, including:
The Australian Standards are available free of charge from the Communications Alliance website (https://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/all/Standards).