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Designing Reliable Public Safety Networks

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Posted on July 15, 2020

Over the last couple of years, iBwave started to notice an increase in interest in the design of public safety networks, and when you think about why, it’s no surprise. As technology advances and is put in the hands of emergency response teams, the wireless networks those technologies rely on need to advance as well. The sheer amount of data traffic - videos, voice, audio, and otherwise - flowing through the public safety networks these days between first responder teams is significant and requires a very reliable wireless network to ensure communication is never dropped. Because without one, communication is put at risk and so are the lives they are trying to save. 


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Member Spotlight: RF Solutions

Laura Keyes

Posted on July 15, 2020

For the July installment of the Safer Buildings Coalition Member Spotlight, RF Solutions co-founder Laura Keyes talks about the company, its approach to public safety and how RF Solutions and Safer Buildings Coalition can work together to further joint objectives. 

Q: RF Solutions has an interesting genesis. Tell us about the founding of your firm. 
A: Four years ago, along with my partners, Bill Share, and Ron Schachter, we launched RF Solutions in New York City. We were all seasoned professionals in the field of wireless communications systems, and we saw the growing demand for public safety communications would require a more in-depth understanding of RF and strict adherence to professional standards. Sadly, there was a lack of it in the NYC market, and with the new requirements from the FDNY to provide robust radio communications for first responders, we knew we had to take the lead on delivering these exacting standards.


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In-Building Public Safety, UL 2524 and NRTLs
You Need to Hear This!

Thursday, July 16, 2020  01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time  Duration:1 hour

You don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind webinar!

Since it received ANSI approval in October of 2018, the UL 2524 standard has had a major impact on the in-building public safety market – particularly for the OEMs that participate in that space. And yet, still too few really understand the scope and purpose of the standard, which OEM products have achieved certification, why AHJs prefer (or require) listed products, and who are the Nationally Recognized Testing Labs (NRTLs) that can perform the testing to the standard (the OSHA NRTL program).

This webinar, conducted by the Safer Buildings Coalition, brings to the table experts who can shed clear light on these and many more topics. 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) administers the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program. We are pleased to announce that Thomas Hannigan, Acting Director, Office of Technical Programs & Coordination Activities, Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program US Department of Labor will participate in the program to help explain how the NRTL program works.  

Questions we expect to address:

  1. What is a NRTL?
  2. What is the difference between "Certified", "Classified", "Compliant", and other variations?
  3. What are the basics of UL 2524?
  4. How will UL 2524 be updated?
  5. How are UL Standards Created?
  6. More!



Managing Director
Safer Buildings Coalition
Acting Director, Office of Technical Programs & Coordination Activities, Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program
US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Global Head of NRTL
General Safety Lab Manager
SGS North America (NRTL)
Principal Engineer  - Life Safety Technologies
Regulatory Services Regional Manager, Codes and Regulatory Services Department
Executive Director, Codes and Standards Expert
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Telecommunications Industry Association Joins Safer Buildings Coalition


Posted on June 22, 2020

The Safer Buildings Coalition is delighted to announce our newest member: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). TIA is the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks.

TIA and the Safer Buildings Coalition signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 15, 2020 to support collaboration on standards and best practices that are key to advancing the safety of the public in the built environment, with a specific focus on smart technologies and wireless communications inside of buildings. Per the agreement, the Safer Buildings Coalition has also joined the TIA Smart Buildings Program as a Participant.


You’ll Pay for Neglect, One Way or Another

RF Solutions

Posted on June 17, 2020
By Lisa Jardine, Director of Communications, RF Solutions

“Command from Squad 41, go ahead with your message.” “Command from Squad 41, go ahead with your message.”

An auxiliary radio communication system (ARCS) is a firefighter’s lifeline. Without it, they may as well communicate with a bullhorn. The last thing the Commander wants to hear in response to his or her request is radio silence. 


Safer Buildings Coalition added as a NPTSC Member Organization


Posted on June 17, 2020
SBC adds your voice to this very important federation

It's official: The Safer Buildings Coalition has joined the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) as an affiliate member. NPSTC Chair, Ralph Haller and SBC Managing Director John Foley signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 1, 2020. With the agreement in place, NPSTC and the Safer Buildings Coalition will work together to support the development of attributes of wireless technologies for public safety communications inside of buildings.


A message from the Safer Buildings Coalition President: This Crisis Has Taught Us Valuable Lessons

Patrick Lau

Posted on June 17, 2020

Dear Members,

The COVID-pandemic has hit us hard and affected our lives in profound ways. Now that things are reopening across much of the country, we are facing a new normal in the workspace. While some of us may go back to working in our offices, others will continue to work remotely. Some businesses may consider staggered schedules with workers splitting their time between home and work. 

But this crisis has taught us valuable lessons. The near-worldwide lockdown has forced us to learn to maximize our remote-working tools - video conferencing instead of in-person meetings; webinars instead of in-person seminars and training; or creative new ways of networking and marketing now that the trade shows we used to attend are canceled or have gone virtual. In short: We are finding ways to keep our work efficient and productive. 


2020 Safer Buildings Coalition Board of Directors Election – What You Need to Know

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Posted on June 17, 2020

The 2020 election for the Safer Buildings Coalition Board of Directors is coming up. As always, we strongly encourage our members to vote in this election -- and to consider putting your name on the 2020 ballot and help the Coalition continue to make a difference. 

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s election:

New roles for current President & Vice President

Current SBC Board President Patrick Lau of Comba Telecom will step into the role of Immediate Past President. Thank you for your service, Patrick!

Current SBC Board VP Eric Toenjes of Graybar will become President of the Board. 

Which positions are up for election?

Vice President – Term: 1 year. Note that this is a three-year commitment, which includes the positions of: Vice President (1 year), President (1 year) & Immediate Past Present (1 year).

Treasurer – Term: 3 years.


From the Chief’s Corner: Inside the Stairway, Allowed or Not...

Chief Alan Perdue

Posted on June 17, 2020

AHJs and integrators often ask me what seems like a really simple question: “Can I put antennas, or even the backbone cable, within a rated exit stairway?” To answer that question let’s start with the word “intent.” “Intent” is a noun that comes from the verb "intend." It means to have something in mind as a plan or purpose. So, what is the plan or purpose of an in-building emergency responder communications enhancement system (ERCES)? Quite simply: It is to provide communications capabilities for the first responders.

The events of 9-11 at the World Trade Center have certainly guided many changes within the fire service. Most important to many of us are the requirements related to in-building communications.


Safer Buildings Coalition Surveys: We Asked the Important Questions; You Provided the Answers

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Posted on June 17, 2020

As part of our efforts to keep in touch with you, our members, and better understand how best to serve you, the Safer Buildings Coalition in March hired Matthew Champagne, Ph.D. to help us establish a targeted survey program. Dr. Champagne has gathered more than 93 million survey responses from 550 organizations worldwide and will leverage this database and his 30 years of research to ensure the accuracy of member feedback.

Many of you have received and answered these surveys -- thanks for that. This has provided us with valuable insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your business and the industry as a whole; how you see the strength of your companies a year from now; and your thoughts on technologies that may be part of the post-pandemic "new normal." And much more.


Don’t Forget to Take Advantage of the Safer Buildings Coalition Referral Program

SBC Referral Program

Posted on June 17, 2020

Safer Buildings Coalition membership keeps growing; both in terms of numbers and diversity. And that is what makes us stronger as an organization. 

We want to continue this growth, and we are delighted to announce that our Referral Program remains in place as a way for you, our members, to help spread the word about SBC and receive a discount on your membership fee. 

This program allows members to earn membership discounts when they refer a new member to the Coalition. These are the details for the program...

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