MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CBRE Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition

CBRE Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition to Advance the Mission of Making Buildings Safer through Technology

 CBRE and the Safer Buildings Coalition are committed to advancing in-building public safety technologies that ensure the safest and most effective Commercial Real Estate environments. 

CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, announces that it will join the Safer Buildings Coalition to CBRE Logoparticipate in the coalition’s mission to assure quality, ubiquitous in-building public safety technologies that are essential to protecting life and property.

A non-profit organization established in 2012, the Safer Buildings Coalition provides advocacy and education related to in-building public safety communications. Its stakeholders include property developers and owners, fire and building code officials, wireless infrastructure equipment and services providers, and wireless service providers such as carriers and third party operators.

“In-situ building wireless coverage, capability  and capacity are critical to the safety of first responders and the building occupants they protect,”  said David Burnes, Managing Director for CBRE. “The high technology environment with today’s properties, along with the internet of things (IOT) backbone so many building systems operate on, provide a platform for how we build safety into daily operations.  We chose to collaborate with Safer Buildings Coalition to educate upon this concept and expand this message, to thereby ensure that the voices of our clients, partners and vendors are heard at the national, state and local levels for these important issues.”

“Safer Buildings Coalition is pleased to have CBRE join the ranks of SBC’s membership,” said John Foley, Vice President of the Safer Buildings Coalition. “CBRE’s vast experience and diverse portfolio will be invaluable in guiding and propelling our mission.”

CBRE and  the Safer Buildings Coalition will collaborate on content and programs that provide public safety technology resources and education for the benefit of its individual facilities and North American portfolios, and for the Commercial Real Estate industry at large.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About Safer Buildings Coalition

Safer Buildings Coalition aims to ensure that First Responders (Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS) can use state-of-the-art voice and data communications to communicate with one another inside buildings as well as to and from their Command Centers outside buildings during an event. The shared vision among its members, which includes leading companies and organizations within the wireless and public safety industries, is to create safer buildings that possess advanced indoor public communications systems. Please visit our website at www.saferbuildings.org.

All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.

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PUBLIC SAFETY IN-BUILDING RADIO BOOSTER SYSTEM CODE SEMINAR – San Mateo

Safer Buildings Coalition Hosting In-Building Public Safety Code Seminar in San Mateo, CA – Monday, Oct 16Chief Alan Perdue AHJ Training

SBC Members Graybar, RF Connect, RF Industries, and SOLiD take the initiative to bring Fire Code training to the Bay Area

September 7, 2017—

Led by industry expert Chief Alan Perdue (Ret.), CFO, FM, MIFireE, Executive Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition, and subject experts from our sponsor

members Graybar, RF Industries, SOLiD and RF Connect, this interactive seminar is based on model codes regarding in-building public safety communications systems.

Agenda:

  • General Requirement, Growth Market Opportunity, Basic System Topology/Design
  • Cellular Communication vs. Public Safety Communication Systems
  • National and Local Code Requirements for Public Safety Radio Communications
  • Recent and Planned Code Updates – NFPA, IFC
  • Developing Specifications and System Layout
  • System Commissioning and Testing Best Practices
  • AHJ Panel Discussion and Town Hall
  • Equipment Exhibits and Demonstrations

Details

HILTON GARDEN INN
2000 BRIDGEPOINTE CIR.
SAN MATEO, CA 94404

9:00AM TO 2:00PM Lunch Provided!


About Safer Buildings Coalition

Safer Buildings Coalition aims to ensure that First Responders (Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS) can use state-of-the-art voice and data communications to communicate with one another inside buildings as well as to and from their Command Centers outside buildings during an event. The shared vision among its members, which includes leading companies and organizations within the wireless and public safety industries, is to create safer buildings that possess advanced indoor public communications systems.

 

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: 5th Gen Media Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition

Fifth Gen Media Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition

Fifth Gen Media Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition to Bring Public Safety Communications Information to CRE Professionals through Connected Real Estate’s Media Offerings

Fifth Gen Media wants to help commercial real estate professionals understand in-building public safety requirements

 Fairfield, N.J.—August 22, 2017—Fifth Gen Media LLC, the entity behind Connected Real Estate Magazine and weekly newsletter, announces that it will join the Safer Buildings Coalition to contribute information about wireless technology that will aid in efforts to develop more reliable in-building safety communications.

A non-profit organization established in 2012, the Safer Buildings Coalition provides advocacy and education related to in-building public safety communications. Its stakeholders include property developers and owners, fire and building code officials, wireless infrastructure equipment and services providers, and wireless service providers such as carriers and third party operators.

Fifth Gen Media aims to share its wireless information with the Coalition and will provide reasons why wireless technologies will benefit AHJ’s (Authority Having Jurisdiction) and others by providing reliable content and general public safety information. Through Connected Real Estate’s media offerings, wireless technology tailored towards public safety will be promoted.

“In-Building Public Safety Communication is very important to us and our constituents,” said Rich Berliner, founder of Fifth Gen Media and publisher of Connected Real Estate Magazine. “We look forward to working with the Coalition and being apart of the public safety discussion to bring this information to our CRE audience.”

“We are grateful for the generous support from Fifth Gen Media and for coverage by Connected Real Estate Magazine,” said John Foley, VP of Operations for the Safer Buildings Coalition. “Our primary mission is to make buildings safer for occupants and for the first responders who serve and protect life and property within them. Our association with Fifth Gen Media will significantly improve our ability to connect with property owners and managers to propel this important mission.”

Bob Butchko of Fifth Gen Media will be moderating a panel on public safety networks with the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)’s HetNet Expo in Palm Beach from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11.

About Fifth Gen Media LLC.

Fifth Gen Media publishes “Connected Real Estate Magazine”, a print and online information and educational resource for commercial real estate developers, building owners and property management firms. Framed in real estate terms, it provides the latest news and innovations in wireless technology, commercial real estate operations, development and finance. The firm also produces a weekly newsletter to the CRE trade and hosts a popular, informative website: http://www.connectedremag.com.

About Safer Buildings Coalition

Safer Buildings Coalition aims to ensure that First Responders (Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS) can use state-of-the-art voice and data communications to communicate with one another inside buildings as well as to and from their Command Centers outside buildings during an event. The shared vision among its members, which includes leading companies and organizations within the wireless and public safety industries, is to create safer buildings that possess advanced indoor public communications systems.

All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

Media Contacts:
Rich Berliner
Publisher
Fifth Gen Media LLC
richb@fifthgenmedia.com

John Foley
VP of Operations
Safer Buildings Coalition
John.foley@saferbuildings.org

 

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Interview with Chief McCarraher | In-Building Communications – Improvements For Public Safety

Our in-building communications have greatly improved over the years, but the industry still faces some significant challenges.  Although organizations such as the Safer Building Coalition have increased the awareness of these issues, the need for improved technologies and policies still remains.

Simplifying Code

In order to improve communication between emergency responders and in-building personnel, it’s important for building owners to have an affordable, interoperable in-building wireless communication system.  However, knowing which jurisdiction adopts certain codes can be fairly complicated and is the source of a lot of confusion for building owners.

While new code changes may seem like a burden, they are critical in the efforts to improve upon public safety.  Advocating for a streamlined code and bringing standards as close together as possible may help reduce much of the confusion.

Rollout of FirstNet

Another exciting development underway is the rollout of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the nation’s first broadband public safety network.  The benefits of FirstNet are widespread, but many building owners are still wondering what impact it may have on in-building solutions.

SBC Executive Director Chief Alan Perdue (Ret.) recently discussed the topic with International Association of Fire Chiefs Communication Committee Chair Gary McCarraher in the Safer Buildings Coalition Podcast.  In the podcast, McCarraher stated that FirstNet would not have a huge impact on in-building solutions initially because of the need for technological improvements.

“I’m guessing that [land mobile radio] is going to be around for at least another generation,” McCarraher said.  “The VBA system will be a critical component of critical mission voice for public safety.”

To hear the entire conversation between Chief Perdue (Ret.) and Chief McCarraher, check out the video below:

Hope For Future Improvement

The good news is that the future looks bright for improving upon in-building public safety communications.  Stakeholders in the industry are getting together to find unique solutions to the most pressing challenges that we face today.  By working side-by-side to develop better technologies and comprehensive code, we can dramatically improve in-building communications for the future.


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

 

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.

in-building wireless communications

Quicken Loans Arena

By updating the wireless networks at both Cleveland’s Quicken Loan Arena and the Pennsylvania Convention Center with SOLiD’s state-of-the-art distributed antenna systems (DAS), thousands of convention delegates, reporters, and attendees were able to seamlessly text, call, upload photos and video, check social media, and react to news in real time. The ability to communicate during these types of events is not only important from a media coverage standpoint, but also from a public safety standpoint as well. In an in-building emergency situation, it is imperative that first responders are able to communicate with those inside. The use of SOLiD’s DAS during these events ensures that those in-building wireless communications are possible.

As numbers for both conventions were expected to reach over 80,000 in attendance, the in-building wireless communications networks at both venues were able to ensure that critical phone calls, text messages, and media files were delivered – even during the height of convention activity. In the words of SOLiD Americas president Ken Sandfeld, “This year’s political conventions are the most connected and reliable in history. Unprecedented volumes of wireless data will be transmitted at both the Republican and Democratic National Convention venues, and the wireless network is ready, thanks to SOLiD’s ALLIANCE product line, which provides robust edge densification to the carrier networks.”

in-building wireless communications

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Distributed antenna systems (DAS) extend in-building wireless communications coverage so that people can stay connected everywhere – on the subway, in a stadium, at the mall, in their office, etc. SOLiD’s DAS solutions have been engineered to support multiple carriers and public safety bands, ensuring that people can stay safe and connected. Installation of a SOLiD DAS includes placing dozens of remote radio units throughout the venue. Each of these units acts like a mini cell tower to broadcast a carrier’s signal  into the building. This eliminates the dead zones that may result from building materials, and enables the capacity to communicate through congested areas.

From a public safety standpoint, it is critical that large venues possess the ability to provide coverage to those inside – especially during an emergency situation. Without it, lives may be lost. As a coalition, we are proud to have SOLiD on board as a member and fellow advocate for in-building public safety communications.


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Quicken Loans Arena photo: Erik Drost, Wiki Commons; PACC photo: BMK, Wiki Commons

 

 

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