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August 21, 2020

Members Meeting


Posted on August 21, 2020
By Mikkel Schultz, Senior Editor

The in-person version of IWCE 2020 — and thus the Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Members' Meeting  fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that would never stop us from celebrating our members and everything we've accomplished together. So the 2020 Safer Buildings Coalition 2020 Members' Meeting went virtual. Instead of getting together in Vegas as originally planned, we all hung out virtually on Tuesday afternoon. 

Our members are everything  and we truly loved seeing each one of you via your webcams. Thanks to all of you who joined us. We had a blast!

We will make the entire meeting available for on-demand viewing very soon, but in the meantime, these are some of the highlights of the 2020 Safer Buildings Coalition Members' Meeting.


Safer Buildings Coalition and CBRS Alliance Join Forces


Posted on August 21, 2020

We are pleased to announce that CBRS Alliance and Safer Buildings Coalition have agreed to join forces as liaison partners. Effective immediately, this partnership is key to our efforts to continue providing access to resources that work to enhance in-building communications for both the public and public safety responders. Technology continues to change and our need to communicate continues to depend on communication infrastructures.


Check out Safer Buildings Coalition’s IWCE Program


Posted on August 21, 2020

The 2020 edition of IWCE has gone virtual and is now taking place online August 24-27.

The virtual format hasn't stopped Safer Buildings Coalition from putting together and presenting a very strong program for the event. Part of the In-Building Wireless track, we are delighted to invite IWCE attendees to our three Tuesday, Aug. 25th sessions. Join us and gain valuable insight into what's happening in the space. 


ICC Publishes Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections

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Posted on August 21, 2020

During our Annual Meeting Q&A session, Chief Perdue mentioned that many Inspection Departments are either conducting remote inspections or considering their development. Information related to those inspections can be found in a white paper document the International Code Council recently published “Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections.” Click here to view the Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections (RVI) PDF


Meet Your New SBC Board of Directors

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Posted on August 21, 2020

The 2020 election for the Safer Buildings Coalition Board of Directors is in the books.

Dennis Burns, of ADRF, was elected Vice President while Ron Schachter, RF Solutions, becomes SBC’s new treasurer. Commdex's Prince Niyyar will fill Dennis Burns' spot as Board Secretary as Dennis takes his new position. Per the rules of the Board, Dennis will step into the role of President after serving one year as Vice President.

Current Board President, Patrick Lau, of Comba, will take the role of Immediate Past President., and current Vice President, Eric Toenjes, Graybar, becomes your new SBC President. 



Safer Buildings Coalition July Webinar Now Available On-Demand

Posted on August 21, 2020

Did you miss our special webinar on In-Building Public Safety, UL 2524 and NRTLs last month? You can now catch it on-demand. 

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

To watch (or rewatch) this important webinar, please visit:


From the Chief’s Corner: Taekwondo and the Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement System (ERCES)...

Alan Perdue

Posted on August 21, 2020

Whom do I believe? Whom do I trust?  Who really knows what they are doing?  These are some of the comments I most often hear from the AHJs, license holders, and building owners about the industry. 

This issue really came to light recently when I received a call from a developer. He had a situation on one of his sites where one integrator, who also sold ERCES systems, conducted a site evaluation test and informed him that he would need ERCES in all the buildings on his project. Not feeling good about his experience on-site with those conducting the test, he then had another test conducted by a third-party testing firm who evaluated the same site – but determined that systems were not needed in the buildings as there was sufficient signal to provide coverage within the buildings.


A Message From the President: Believe in Our Mission, Work Together, Accomplish Greater Things.

Patrick Lau

Posted on August 21, 2020

Hello everyone. 

As I write this, we have just completed Safer Buildings Coalition’s Annual Members’ Meeting.  Alas, we weren’t able to see each other in person this time around, but I really enjoyed spending time with all of you virtually.  

With our big event in the books, and my term as SBC Board President coming to an end, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of SBC’s accomplishments this past year, as well as some of the tasks, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 


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Posted on August 21, 2020

Each of the five Safer Buildings Coalition work groups - including the brand-new Community Affairs group  presented during this week's 2020 Safer Buildings Coalition Virtual Members' Meeting. Please watch the presentations below:

Codes & Standards Work Group

Advancement Work Group

Government Affairs Work Group

Public Safety Technology Work Group

Community Affairs Work Group

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