SBC focused on improving the overall skills of the installation in the building
The No Noise task force is focused on combating interference to public safety radio communications caused by signal amplifiers improperly deployed in buildings. Meanwhile, prior to the NICET program, there was no educational certification program focused on teaching installation in buildings specifically for public safety.
Right now, there are more than 6 million buildings in the United States and tens of thousands of building integrated systems have been installed across the country, said Dennis Burns, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SBC, director of public safety for Advanced RF Systems.
The growing number of building systems installed across the country means that there are bigger problems if these new systems are not properly installed. This can cause interference and problems for public safety personnel responding to an emergency incident in buildings.
âIt could be a catastrophic situation,â Burns said.
Because first responders have so much to fear at the scene of an emergency, the SBC wants to use efforts such as the No Noise Task Force and NICET education to prevent potential communication issues in buildings from occurring. even in an emergency instead of these responders. having to deal with them at the scene, Burns said.
It’s impossible for an organization to make sure all of these systems are properly installed, which is where partnerships with organizations like NICET are important, Burns said. The program can be expanded as more partners get involved to reach more integrated system installers and ensure they know how to properly install integrated systems, thereby increasing the overall competence of facilities, Burns said.
âIt’s about increasing awareness and skills,â Burns said.
For the NICET program, the first three levels of certification have been released and a new module focusing on Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) design is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of this year.
Additionally, the SBC is working with industry partners to publish a guide to help study for the certification program. This guide should be published by the end of the year.
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