The Association for Passive Optical LAN Brings POL Education, Growth and Opportunity to BICSI 2018 Fall Conference

This year’s event features APOLAN’s popular POL seminar and the addition of new board members


NEW YORK – September 6, 2018 (BICSI Fall Conference, booth #812) The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), is showcasing its latest POL initiatives and the Association’s recent advancements at the BICSI 2018 Fall Conference & Exhibition.


“Each year the Association for Passive Optical LAN brings its expertise and market leadership to the BICSI Fall conference with an impressive line-up of events, and this year is no exception,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys President and APOLAN Chairman. “Our members include the most innovative movers and shakers in the industry, bringing a breadth of expertise, insight and vision that is a testament to our mission to educate and drive awareness of the superiority of POL.”


Time-tested and proven, POL provides the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future LAN needs, while enabling capital savings and ongoing operational savings compared to traditional copper-based networks. POL is quickly growing as a cost-effective replacement for traditional copper LANs by reducing power, space and cooling requirements, while increasing the longevity of structured cabling.


APOLAN’s events at the BICSI Fall Conference reinforce the significant opportunity for POL in the industry. BICSI attendees can learn more about APOLAN membership opportunities, as well as its education and advocacy work Sept. 9-13 at booth #812.


BICSI Fall Seminar: The Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio

When: Sept. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


Cabling design, installation and IT professionals attending this seminar will be given fundamental knowledge on the underlying technologies in POL. This will include an overview of the value, architecture and advantages of POL, as well as an in-depth look into design and installation guidelines and specifications for hardware currently available in the industry. The event will also include hands-on exercises on Passive Optical LAN design principles. Attendees will receive six BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for this one-day event.


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The Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members:


APOLAN continues to gain traction with the addition of two new board members, Brian Hardy, Executive VP at IT Connect and Paul Mills, Director of Sales for North America at Excel Networking Solutions. These members have taken on leadership positions to share expertise to further generate market opportunity for fiber-based networks.


Brian Hardy is the Executive Vice President for ITConnect, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the Services and Information Systems marketplace to his position at APOLAN. Hardy not only builds profitable operations, but also champions highly complex technical endeavors with global impact. He has personally led more than 50 optical LAN installs over the Government, Educational and Hospitality verticals. He is a strong advocate of Optical LANs and thoroughly understands the integration and use cases for successful deployments. Hardy has a tremendous amount of experience in the deployment of various technology management and operations covering all aspects of the OSI model with manufacturers, such as Cisco, HPE, Juniper, Brocade, Palo Alto and Extreme.


Paul Mills is the Director of Sales for North America at Excel Networking Solutions. Prior to this work he held management positions with 3M, Anixter and other prominent infrastructure and networking companies. Mills bring more than 20 years of experience in the converged IP industry to APOLAN. His seasoned leadership skills and technical aptitude coupled with an in-depth knowledge of business development expertise makes him an adaptable and innovative management professional. An effective motivator and communicator, Mills works well in challenging environments where resourcefulness and proficiency are required.



About The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN technology. Through its membership, which is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies actively involved in the marketplace, the Association helps designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use Passive Optical LAN. For more information, visit


Twitter: @APOLANglobal




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