Meet the Early Advertisers & Sponsors of the SBC-NICET Program Study Guide

Commdex SBC

Posted on December 21, 2020

The Safer Buildings Coalition is offering very limited sponsorship opportunities for the Safer Buildings Coalition Reference and Study Guide for the NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB_PSC) Certification. We are delighted to introduce to you two of the first organizations to take advantage of this opportunity to be part of something genuinely important for the industry: Commdex and SmartRF Engineering.

We talked to Prince Niyyar, CEO of Commdex and SBC Board Secretary and Javier Herrero, CEO of SmartRF Engineering to get their thoughts on the program and what made them decide to put their names in the book as sponsors.

COMMDEX: FIRST ORGANIZATION TO TAKE OUT A FULL-PAGE AD IN THE STUDY GUIDE

Prince Niyyar, Commdex
 Prince Niyyar

Safer Buildings Coalition: First of all: Congratulations on being the very first organization to take out a full-page ad in the study guide. Why did you decide to become a sponsor? 

Prince Niyyar: We are proud to be the first to financially commit to this initiative. Our decision to sponsor an ad is three-fold: 1) to support this initiative, as it furthers the common mission of SBC and Commdex to ensure effective public safety communications; 2) to attract DAS professionals by making the readers of this book aware that Commdex is an employer who is actively recruiting, and 3) increase the awareness of Commdex within the industry. Thus, we wanted to lend our financial support to the success of the program through the purchase of an ad. We have confidence that the program will be successful and that the study guide will have widespread adoption.

Safer Buildings Coalition: What is your perspective on the current state of the industry?

 Prince Niyyar: Commdex recognizes that the DAS industry is on the verge of tremendous growth throughout the country, particularly through the increasing number of cities and municipalities across the country that are adopting requirements for public safety coverage inside buildings. However, the industry is still in its infancy stages as it relates to uniformity in best practices for DAS design and implementation and expectations in quality. The time is ripe for establishing a credentialing program to drive the industry growth in the right direction.

Safer Buildings Coalition: Why is the SBC-NICET credentialing program important for the industry?

Prince Niyyar: Because DAS systems are used by the first responders, they need to work the first time, every time. A credentialing program is important because it will lead to high quality and uniformity in implementing public safety DAS systems across the country. Having a system in place to have DAS Professionals to be certified to a uniform standard of knowledge and skills will help ensure that DAS systems are installed and commissioned to the level of performance necessary for the safety of First Responders. A credentialing program will also allow DAS systems integrators to evolve their skill sets and expertise to match the evolution in the industry as it relates to changes in technology and requirements so that high-quality DAS implementations are maintained.

Safer Buildings Coalition: How will the certification program impact the industry? Who will benefit the most from its implementation?

Prince Niyyar: The program will improve matters in the industry by upskilling the less qualified DAS companies, so their professionals have the knowledge necessary to design and implement a sound DAS system. A credentialing program will have the greatest benefit to First Responders as well as to AHJs to ensure compliance with fire code and FCC regulations. First Responders will benefit by knowing that a DAS system implemented by an integrator with certified technicians will operate at the level of performance needed to ensure their safety and without causing frequency interference issues for the systems that first responders use in Emergency. AHJs will benefit by having greater ability to set expectations and make decisions on which companies can and can’t implement DAS systems in their territory.

ABOUT Commdex
Commdex website: https://commdex.com

SMARTRF ENGINEERING: FIRST ORGANIZATION TO SIGN UP FOR THE STUDY GUIDE BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Javier Herrero, Smart RF
 Javier Herrero

Safer Buildings Coalition: SmartRF Engineering was the first organization to put its name in the business directory of the study guide. Congratulations, and thank you for supporting the program! What made you decide to sign up?

Javier Herrero: We know that SBC is doing great things in the public safety sector, and education is an important pillar of moving things forward.  In addition, we want to bring awareness to the public of our qualified engineering firm.  As a Professional Engineering Firm, we understand that these are life safety systems, and we take to heart the safety, health and welfare of the public.  We take responsibility for the work being performed, ensuring that communication happens during emergency situations (which is when it matters the most).

Safer Buildings Coalition: How will the implementation of the credentialing program – and the publication of the study guide – prove beneficial to your organization?

Javier Herrero: Aside from our company being a licensed professional engineering firm, it will ensure that our designers and technicians understand best practices on the design and implementation of public safety systems, while at the same time being accountable for their work 

Why is this program important, and how, in your opinion, will the introduction of this program impact the industry?

Javier Herrero: It is important to ensure that all players involved in these types of solutions are educated on the technical needs and requirements for ERRCS (Two Way Radio Communications Enhancement Systems).  Currently, there is only a small number of firms that are qualified and have a full understanding of wireless communications in the public safety realm. The program will enhance the skills of designers and technicians working on these types of systems while at the same time adding accountability to those doing the work.  

Safer Buildings Coalition: How would you describe the current state of the industry?

Javier Herrero: Some progress has been made over the last several years when it comes to code education and emergency responders’ radio coverage requirements.  More and more stakeholders are understanding the need to have acceptable radio coverage indoors.  However, there is still a lot of work to be done in code development, best practices, and educating all parties involved (i.e., owners, architects & engineers, system integrators, and jurisdictions). 

Currently, guidelines and requirements are very different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based on local interpretations.  Inexperienced companies, without full understanding of radio technology and/or public safety systems, are being hired to design and deploy sub-par public safety systems that could impair local communications.  This can be resolved by talking to experienced companies and getting all key stakeholders involved before planning for any wireless solution.  We still have work to do!

ABOUT SMARTRF ENGINEERING
SmartRF website: https://www.smartrfengineering.com

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