In-building connectivity key for public safety
Public safety experts Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst at Critical Communications, Shawn Kelley, communications specialist for the City of Dallas Fire-Rescue Department and John Foley, general manager at Safer Building Coalition (SBC) recently discussed challenges and strategies building owners will face in preparing for digital connectivity requirements by federal, state and local building, planning and zoning regulations.
While the majority of focus in public safety has been on signage, stairwells, and a fire safety plans, connectivity or the ability for first responders to communicate with one another and the external environment in case of an emergency situation is critical to public safety and regulations and codes are soon going to reflect this trend.
Panelists discuss how an earlier migration to a fiber-based infrastructure and ease the transition and impact from regulations such FirstNet and other emerging technologies on the ROI of commercial office buildings.
Kelley, communications specialist for the City of Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, discusses how the migration towards fiber-based infrastructure is being driven by a need for coordination between first responders in emergency situations. Kelley explains how the high level of interoperability between public safety agencies is causing regulatory changes and a move towards open standards and systems.
Foley, general manager of the Safer Building Coalition talks in depth about the role connectivity and data analytics, will play in driving the future of public safety. Foley explains how convergence and cooperation between fire, police, and emergency medical staff are not only essential in managing crisis situations but also offers other opportunities for efficiencies and how building owners can create a future-proof infrastructure.
Experts provide insight for building owners about how to manage the changing regulatory and digital demands for cellular and wire connectivity as it relates to public safety and best practices for future proofing their buildings with minimal costs and tenant disruption.