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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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Comba Telecom Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition

Comba Telecom Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition to Develop More Reliable In-Building Communications for First Responders

 

Comba Telecom sets out to help first responders through code enhancements and education

Comba Telecom, Inc., a subsidiary of Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd., announced it will join the Safer Buildings Coalition to help the in-building public safety communications industry become more reliable for first responders during emergencies.

The Safer Buildings Coalition, a non-profit organization, established in 2012, provides advocacy and education related to indoor communication issues and brings awareness to solutions that will enhance indoor communications capabilities for the general public and public-safety first responders.

Comba will work with the Coalition to address not only current challenges for in-building First Responder communications, but also recommend safety code changes and solutions to meet future communication challenges as well.  Additionally, Comba will help the Coalition educate AHJ’s (Authority Having Jurisdiction) and others by providing training opportunities to keep them abreast on important changes in the codes.

Joining the Coalition shows Comba’s commitment to the public safety industry and ensures that Comba’s full line of CriticalPoint™ public safety communication products fully address and comply with not only current safety codes but also future code requirements by adding enhancements to the products like LTE Band 14 support and extra dry contact alarming ports which are not required by code yet.

“We are excited to be a member of the Safer Buildings Coalition,” says Don Henry, Comba Telecom’s Public Safety Program Manager. “In-Building Public Safety communications is dear to Comba Telecom and doing our part to help First Responders have reliable In-Building communications is a way we can help save lives when emergencies happen.”

“SBC welcomes Comba and the deep technical expertise and global perspective the company brings to our organization,” said Alan Perdue, SBC Executive Director. “A significant percentage of wireless usage occurs indoors. That, combined with a need to ensure the reliability of indoor two-way radio communications for first responders, makes this a pivotal time to bring industry leaders together to enhance the coverage, capacity, and dependability of wireless networks inside buildings.”

For more information about Comba Telecom, Visit their website www.comba-telecom.com

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Member Spotlight: Do You Need Public Safety DAS? | Anixter

Do You Need Public Safety DAS?

Clay Kobernick, supplier relations manager at Anixter, discusses why a public safety distributed antenna system (DAS) is necessary in a commercial building and shares some of the requirements for a reliable and compliant public safety communications system.

To learn more, read our TECHbrief on Public Safety DAS and NFPA 72.

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Transcript: Do You Need Public Safety DAS?

Hi, I’m Clay Kobernick. Imagine you’re a firefighter in a burning building. You discover two people trapped in the stairwell, unconscious. You radio your crew to ask for help carrying them to safety. Unfortunately, there’s no signal coverage in the stairwell, and your message can’t get through. With no way to communicate with your crew or command, your job just became significantly more difficult and dangerous.

When lives hang in the balance, first responders should not be hampered by poor signal coverage. Voice communications, location information and video streaming are vital tools in an emergency. Unfortunately, many buildings have coverage holes, such as elevators, garages, tunnels and stairwells, where wireless communications may be impeded.

To achieve sufficient coverage, buildings must have a public safety distributed antenna system installed. In some U.S. cities, this is a requirement for obtaining an occupancy permit.

The most widely accepted standards for public safety DAS are set by the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72) and the International Fire Code. However, the specific coverage requirements vary by location and are not always enforced. Building owners should not aim for minimum compliance, but rather to provide a safe environment for everyone in and around your building.

A reliable public safety communications system meets all of the following requirements:

  • It’s on a different spectrum than your commercial wireless, and is strictly for the use of first responders.
  • Its signal covers the entire building. This includes at least 99% coverage of critical areas such as fire pump rooms, exit stairs, exit passageways and elevator lobbies.
  • It has a backup power source such as a 12-hour battery that keeps the system operational if the building’s power is out.
  • And it has a monitoring system that alerts you to system malfunctions and low power.

By working with a qualified integrator to install a public safety communications system in your building, you can help first responders receive crucial support in the most difficult circumstances. To learn more about public safety DAS, visit anixter.com/psdas, or talk to your Anixter representative.

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