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In-Building Communications When you Need it Most

December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays and our very best wishes for the New Year from all of us at the Safer Buildings Coalition to all of you: Our Members. 

NICET and Safer Buildings Coalition Announce New ERRCS Certification Program

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Posted on December 20, 2019
Program will go live in 2020

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) and the Safer Buildings Coalition will initiate development of a new engineering technician certification program for Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems (ERRCS), with expected launch of the program in 2020.

This collaboration between NICET and the Safer Buildings Coalition is expected to quickly establish the value and credibility of proper training and certification with the goal of increasing competency across all industry stakeholders.

Read the full press release here


Happy New Year From the SBC President

Patrick Lau

Posted on December 20, 2019

As 2019 winds down, I would like to reflect on the year that passed and share some thoughts on what 2020 has in store for the Safer Buildings Coalition.  

2019 has been an exciting year for our organization. Our member base keeps growing, both in numbers and diversity. As of December, we've hit a new record, with more than 110 organization members and over 650 individual members.We started several important initiatives in 2019, including the creation of an External Affair Team, which works to make SBC more relevant in the public safety industry. We also expanded our stakeholder base by inviting companies that are not part of the wireless industry to join the Coalition. 


Our OEM BDA Matrix is live!

BDA Matrix

Posted on December 20, 2019
The new tool allows you to comparison shop, while OEMs can list and describe their offerings

Following countless requests from members of the AHJ community and the end-user market, the Safer Buildings Coalition's Codes and Standards Work Group has developed a feature-comparison matrix tool for BDA systems. The tool is now live on our website, and you can check it out right here:


From the Chief’s Corner: The Gift...

CCFS Announces a Special 3-Hour Safer Buildings Coalition Program at the 2019 Campus Fire Forum

Posted on December 20, 2019

During this time of year there’s a lot of hustle and bustle around year-end activities, such as strategic planning, financial reports, sales quotas, social events, traditions and, most importantly, time off for the Christmas Holidays.  As a part of the Christmas season, many will have a keen focus on a unique gift for that someone special in their life.  So, what is a gift? Well, according to Webster’s, it is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.”


Stroke Victim Called 911, But Couldn’t Get Help Without Address


Posted on December 20, 2019
Vital time lost as first responders could not locate emergency caller

Mobile 911 Calls Must Get Out with Location Accuracy. Thus reads the first of the Safer Buildings Coalition’s Three Pillars Of In-Building Public Safety Communications. And a recent incident in Chicago proved, with tragic consequences, the importance of this, and what can happen when first responders cannot pinpoint the location of an emergency caller. As a result, vital time was lost before the victim, who was having a major stroke, received help. 


FCC Issues Notice on Part 90 Signal Boosters

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Posted on December 20, 2019
Read this important reminder right here.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on December 11th, issued a Reminder Of The Obligations Of Non-Licensees That Operate Part 90 Private Land Mobile Radio Signal Boosters.

You can read the complete notice here


Join us for the SBC Annual Meeting & Dinner at IWCE 2020


Posted on November 22, 2019
SBC will be back in Vegas with an even stronger program than in 2019!

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to clear your calendars for the 2020 Safer Buildings Coalition Annual Member Meeting & Dinner, which goes down on Monday, March 30th, at the IWCE Conference in Las Vegas. This is the SBC event you simply don't want to miss! Stay tuned for more information. 


Safer Buildings Coalition Profile Updates

SBC Profile

Posted on December 20, 2019
SBC members: Please review and update your current profiles

In an effort to ensure that all of our records are up to date, we would like for all of our members to take a look at their current member profiles and make any updates you see fit. 

By updating or verifying your profile, you'll ensure that your name, title, organization, contact info, social media handles, point of contact type and organization type are up to date.


MGM Settles With Victims of Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Agrees to Pay up to $800 Million

Las Vegas

Posted on December 20, 2019
Wireless dead zones, which hampered first responders, may persist two years after tragedy

Two years after the worst mass shooting in US history, MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, has agreed to pay up to $800 to settle thousands of lawsuits filed by victims of the tragedy.

On the night of October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire at a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Using an arsenal of high-powered weapons, the shooter was able to continue his rapid-fire assault for more than 10 minutes before police reached his room. 58 people were killed and more than 850 injured.


SBC Referral Program Continues in 2020

SBC Referral Program Continues

Posted on December 20, 2019
Don't forget to take advantage of this exciting program

The Safer Buildings Coalition had a great 2019: Our reach continues to expand: We ran more than 20 seminars, participated in IWCE, Connect X, IWC and many more conferences and symposiums, while we've had representatives at key industry meetings in DC, Florida, etc. But the most important growth segment is in our membership numbers. Our membership keeps growing; both in terms of numbers and diversity. And that is what makes us stronger as an organization. 

We want to continue our growth, and we are delighted to announce that our Referral Program will continue into the new year.



Posted on November 22, 2019

Dear Reader,

In this section we’ll bring you updates on the important work done by our Codes & Standards, Government Affairs and Advancement Work Groups.

Our Work Groups are the vehicles by which:

  • Members’ voices are heard as SBC develops new public policy, codes, and standards (Government Affairs, Codes and Standards)
  • We develop Training Programs and Educational Content (Education)
  • Members tell us how to improve the Coalition to better serve them and the mission (Advancement)
  • Members can hear first changes in the industry involving all of the above
  • Each Work Group is guided by a Chair and a Vice Chair. The reports below will provide monthly updates from the Chair of each Work Group.
  • Participation in Work Groups is one of the best ways to realize value form your Safer Buildings Coalition Membership. Work Group participation is open to all Members of every type.

If you are interested in participating in a Work Group, please contact the Chair of the group.

Work Group Updates:

Codes & Standards Work Group

Gov't Affairs Work Group

Advancement Work Group

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In-Building Radio Enhancement Requirements by Jurisdictionand more...

The Safer Buildings Coalition website has an extensive collection of resources to assist in understanding Emergency Responders Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) requirements and other topics. 

Visit our USEFUL LINKS Resource Page for more... 

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