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The Future of In-Building Communications – The Big Picture

John Foley  (Managing Director, Safer Buildings Coalition)

Chief Harlin McEwen  (Former FirstNet PSAC Chair, Public Safety Communications Consultant)

Jeff Johnson  (CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association)

Alan Perdue  (Executive Director, Safer Buildings Coalition)

Steve Devine  (Director, FirstNet Strategy and Policy, FirstNet Built with AT&T)

Location: N261

Date: Tuesday, March 22

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Track: In-Building Wireless

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

The Future of In-Building Public Safety Communications is smart, faster, innovative, and rife with challenges and opportunities.

Neutral host providers are now funding cell, public safety, and WiFi. Through FirstNet, AT&T is all in on public safety LTE – and their in-building strategy is moving to center stage. Mandated end-user spending for public safety compliance has forever changed the business model and urgency of in-building investment. Private networks, 5G, and new spectrum options are poised to reshape every aspect of RF design, features and capabilities, infrastructure economics, and end-user network control. It may surprise many to learn that the Safer Buildings Coalition has been engaging in every one of these areas.

This expert panel has been on the forefront of the Public Safety Communications evolution from the very beginning.


In-Building Infrastructure: It's a Whole New Ballgame
2022 will mark a turning point in how the connected ecosystem perceives in-building wireless infrastructure. Industry and end users have traditionally segregated in-building wireless into commercial cellular (carrier), LMR (public safety), private networks (end user owned), and WiFi, each with their own physical layers, vendors, manufacturers, and stakeholders.
In truth, the evolution from stovepipe systems to converged infrastructure has been happening for several years. But common perception has put vendors and associations (even the Safer Buildings Coalition) into discrete boxes. In order to realize the full possibilities of scale, end-user value, and industry opportunity, it is essential that these perceptions transform in sync with reality to see that these perceptual lines are forever blurred. The common elements are: physical layer infrastructure, expertise, service providers, and money.

This Power Sessions series, moderated by the Safer Buildings Coalition, invites leadership from end-users, FirstNet by AT&T, neutral host providers, public safety officials, and market experts to examine the business, technical, regulatory, and market impact of the new in-building wireless paradigm. If you are in the in-building wireless space, understanding these reality-shifts is essential to properly plan for 2022 and beyond: you cannot miss this series!