Reliable in-building public safety communications are crucial in the event of an emergency. To achieve reliable communications for first responders, building owners or operators often are required to install signal boosters. The work of the owner doesn’t stop there, however. The International Fire Code states, “The owner of the building . . .
Extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, wildfires, and hurricanes can disrupt network connectivity for everyone. While restoration of connectivity services is a priority, the physical damage caused by the weather event may make it nearly impossible to quickly restore services. In that situation, just as firemen bring in water to . . .
“We built a new multi-family residential building and installed an ERRCS (Emergency Responder Radio Communication System). Per the code, we had it connected to a fire alarm panel in order for the appropriate authorities to be notified in the event of a system failure. One day such a failure occurred . . .
Emergency “drop kits”, handsets, modems, and Internet of Things (IoT) modules are all emerging and will be available soon (if not already) for First Responders looking to utilize FirstNet. Following the recent APCO show in Las Vegas, RCR Wireless News reported several product announcements including a handset developed by Motorola . . .
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it became very clear that in-building communications needed to be improved upon, so as to allow high-quality communications between occupants and first responders. Accordingly, in 2009 an initial set of standards were published in both the International Fire Code (IFC), and the . . .