A message from the Safer Buildings Coalition President

Patrick Lau

Posted on March 24, 2020

Dear Members & Readers,

First of all, as you may already know, IWCE 2020 has been rescheduled for August 24-28. Accordingly, we have moved our Annual Reception, Dinner and Meeting to August 24th to coincide with the new IWCE time frame. Much more information will be forthcoming, but for now, please mark your calendars for these new dates. 

These are difficult, perhaps even scary, times for all of us, and I want you all to know that we at the Safer Buildings Coalition are dedicated to helping you get through this crisis. As a Coalition, we can and will help each other work through this crisis. With that in mind, our Board of Directors, Staff, and Advancement Work Group will be collaborating to brainstorm ways to help you, our members, continue to advance the mission and your goals within the industry.

Here’s an overview of other important events and initiatives under our Safer Buildings Coalition umbrella.

All of our March and April local seminars will be rescheduled for later this year. We will continue to follow CDC and NIH guidance carefully to ensure that the health and safety of our mutual communities are foremost in our decisions about our seminars for May and beyond.

Smaller events like our seminars could be one of the few effective ways to continue to engage our industry ecosystem until the current situation improves. As such, we will do what we can to keep the schedule intact while always giving first consideration to public health and safety.

We will carefully monitor local impacts and restrictions that may affect individual event locations – and we will be proactive in keeping our Sponsors and Registrants current on any changes that may occur. 

Other Initiatives
The public safety industry is code-driven, and it’s important that we meet all the standards and regulations of local jurisdictions. However, Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDA) and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are active solutions that require proper engineering to ensure the enhanced indoor solutions are seamless to users. This requires our system integrators and installers who deploy the systems to meet common technical standards.

To address these issues, we have created a new workgroup for FCC license holders to focus on the technical needs, notably:  How to address in-building wireless dead zones while protecting mission-critical radio systems through proper RF system design and operation, FCC Compliance, License Holder Engagement, and collaboration with the AHJ community. For more information about this new group – the Public Safety Technology Work Group – please visit: https://www.saferbuildings.org/public-safety-technology and read the first update on the group’s work in this newsletter.

Along with the Codes and Standards Work Group, the Public Safety Technology Work Group will work to provide tools and resources and develop models that include best practices and cross-agency collaboration for jurisdictional radio system operators and fire and building code enforcement teams.

I am also delighted to announce that Our NICET in-building design and installation certification program remains on track – more details to follow.

We continue to grow as an organization. More and more companies are interested in providing indoor solutions in the public safety sector, not only for our First Responders, but also for general public for 911 calls and mass notifications from authority in case of emergency. We are here to advocate for all our members to make the public Feel Safe Inside.

Thank you again for your support. Please be safe and stay healthy during this special time. And please do not hesitate to reach out to me and other SBC leadership with any questions or concerns you have.

Patrick Lau
Safer Buildings Coalition