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UPDATE: FirstNet Implications For Building Owners

Posted on September 28, 2016. 

As the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) gears up to award a contract to one lucky bidder to build the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network, many are curious about the FirstNet implications for building owners and how this project may ultimately affect them. The FirstNet initiative, which is led by the federal government, does not spell out any direct requirements for building owners, and typically building regulations are established by local jurisdictions. 

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CTIA Recap | Closing Time on CTIA Super Mobility 2016

Posted on September 14, 2016.  |  By Mike Collado, SBC Board Member 

Last week, as I exited the Sands Expo which hosted CTIA’s Super Mobility and passed under the big banner that proclaimed, “See You Next Year in San Francisco”, I couldn’t help but think of the lyric from Semisonic’s smash hit from 1998, Closing Time… “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

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Safer Buildings Coalition Announces Board of Directors

Posted on September 6, 2016. 

This week the Safer Buildings Coalition has announced the election of its Board of Directors. Each member of the Board has agreed to continue to uphold and further the mission of the Safer Buildings Coalition. The SBC Board of Directors is led by Jeff Hipchen, national leader of enterprise wireless solutions and Executive Vice President at RF Connect.

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FirstNet Announces Eight Grant Awards For Public Safety Entities

Posted on August 26, 2016.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced on August 18th the funding of eight awards for its Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant Program (Band 14 Program). This program provides financial assistance to eligible public safety entities for relocating their existing radios and systems from Band 14 in advance of the deployment and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

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Member Feature | ERRCS Design and Installation In-building With Wireless Applications Consulting

Posted on August 12, 2016. 

The ability for first responsders and the public to communicate in-building is critical, especially on college campuses.  This week we are excited to highlight one of our small business members – Wireless Applications Consulting (WAC).  The team at WAC provides nearly 20 years of experience in public safety radio communications to venues all along the West Coast (Broadwave Wireless, Inc. is the name of its southern west-coast branch). 

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Member Feature | SOLiD Ensures In-Building Wireless Communications Coverage at Republican & Democratic National Conventions

Posted on August 4, 2016. 

As an organization that advocates for in-building wireless  communications coverage – especially coverage for public safety – it is important that our members align with that mission. With that being said, we are proud to feature one of our member companies, SOLiD – a leader in wireless infrastructure – and the work they did in efforts to keep attendees connected and covered during both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this past month.

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Code Update | Florida In-Building Fire Code

Posted on July 22, 2016. 

With threats to public safety amplified by recent events locally and abroad, the importance of staying focused on moving the needle forward for instituting in-building communication platforms cannot be overstated.

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FirstNet Bid Update – Marching Forward

Posted on July 7, 2016. 

The window for bidding in the First Responder Network Authority’s request for proposals has closed, evaluations are underway and a contract is expected to be awarded by early November if all goes as hoped. The brain-storming phase of the planned nationwide network is morphing into the doing phase, and FirstNet officials are warning that the next 18 months will be a whirlwind of activity and decisions.

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SBC Annual Meeting Recap

Posted on June 30, 2016. 

Last week marked the first of many successful Annual Meetings for the Safer Buildings Coalition. Representatives from several of our member organizations, as well as prospective members, gathered on the beautiful campus of Texas Christian University to discuss past, present, and future goals for improving in-building wireless communications.

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Announcement | Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Meeting 2016

Posted on June 3, 2016.

The Safer Buildings Coalition is pleased to announce details for our 2016 Annual Meeting.   The meeting will be held before DASPedia’s In-Building Wireless Technology Seminar + Networking event coming up on June 22. Attendees can expect to receive an update on the code development process from Executive Director, Chief Alan Perdue (Ret.), as well as learn about new coalition initiatives from Safer Buildings Coalition’s Founder, Seth Buechley. 

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In-Building Public Safety Vertical Location Technologies May Solve Large Building Communication Problems

Posted on May 26, 2016. 

Large buildings pose special challenges for public safety communications for two main reasons: Cell signals can have a tough time penetrating walls, and traditional navigation technologies do not provide vertical location information, a.k.a. z-axis data. Several government bodies, including the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), are in a hurry to fix those problems.

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