The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) recently joined the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing thought leadership and education focused on advancing policies, ideas and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve.
TIA and the SBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2020 to collaborate on standards and best practices that are key to advancing the safety of the public in the built environment, with a specific focus on smart technologies and wireless communications inside of buildings.
“TIA has a long history of supporting first-response and public-safety initiatives in TIA’s TR-8 Engineering Committee, which focuses on mobile and private radio interoperability standards,” said Marta Soncodi, TIA Smart Buildings Program Director. “Safety will always be a critical component to building operations and our organisations and members will mutually benefit from our collaboration in the advancement of smart buildings.”
SBC’s Managing Director John Foley added: “Now more than ever public-safety agencies must have ubiquitous, reliable communications while inside buildings.”
TIA’s Smart Buildings Program brings together professionals from across the smart building eco-system, including the commercial real estate, engineering, construction and ICT industries into a standards-oriented working group. It comprises a Working Group with various teams focused on developing comprehensive and measurable assessment criteria that addresses six primary areas of a smart building: connectivity; power and energy; safety; security; sustainability; and health and wellbeing.
Emphasising the importance of connectivity, SBC’s ‘Three Pillars of In-Building Public Safety Communications’ are:
- Mobile 911 Calls Must Get Out with Location Accuracy;
- Mobile Mass Notifications Must Get In; and
- First Responder Communications Must Work.