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In-Building Wireless Part 1: The Current State

Alan Perdue  (Executive Director, Safer Buildings Coalition)

Ed Steffens  (Former Florida Fire Marshal; Owner, Spectrum Wireless)

José De Zayas  (E911 Communications Administrator, Broward County)

Shannon Turbeville  (President, Lakeland Professional Firefighters Association)

David Adams  (Director, Market Development, PCTEL)

Location: W230C

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 9:10 am - 10:10 am

Track: In-Building Wireless

Topic: Broadband, Critical Infrastructure, FirstNet, Funding, LMR, Regulatory, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

In-building wireless dead zones – where wireless coverage is inadequate to keep public safety agencies and the public they protect connected – are a threat to life and property.

Adoption and enforcement of codes and ordinances requiring effective in-building wireless coverage is steadily increasing in the US (and in Canada and other countries). While many buildings have benefitted from signal booster deployment, there have been recurring challenges. The increase in incidents where improperly deployed Signal Boosters have degraded or totally disrupted public safety radio systems is concerning and must be addressed in an affirmative way.

This series of three session will examine the current state of in-building wireless coverage, broken into three focus areas:

- Session 1 (this session): The Current State. We are making headway into the wireless dead zone problem, but the ecosystem is not yet adequately organized, competency qualification of personnel needs a lot of work, and best practices exist but are not widely followed. This part 1 of 3 sessions features the perspectives of the key stakeholders (radio system operators, code officials, industry, and end-users) to establish the baseline for the discussion series.
- Session 2: The Case for Competency
- Session 3: The Roadmap for a Better Ecosystem

This session has been approved by the The Florida Department of Financial Services (FCDICE) for one class-hour of continuing education units (CEUs).