Interpretation, Adoption, Enforcement of ERRCs Public Safety Codes are addressed slightly differently depending on the jurisdiction. While we all welcome the industry progress, these slight differences do create hurdles that will slow down said progress. Having to translate each AHJ’s expectation and identify the proper solution can get complicated and is a drag on the mission. “Harmonizing the AHJs expectation, across all the industry’s stakeholders, reduces complexity and will accelerate and scale the mission,” indicated panelist JP Plouffe of Honeywell, offering further insight, “ we have seen how efficiently the industry can respond to code by looking at legacy fire alarm life safety codes, there is little to no guesswork when designing and deploying fire alarms solutions because the code is universally understood by all.”

Today, vague fire rating or survivability interpretation can make some ERRCs projects near impossible to deploy however, with increased uniformity in training and universally accepted interpretation, the industry will develop action number two. A “Harmonized Code Culture” that quickly addresses uniform interpretation of code and AHJ expectations.

Ask any in-building public safety integrator “ … what are the top 3 challenges on a typical install ?”, and you may just get 300! This strikes at the heart of the industry’s challenge. More buildings need to be validated or properly equipped to ensure first responder communications with the success of an installation being the responsibility of the integrator. Deron Bone of RF DAS systems gets it! Deron has a track record that must be the envy of the industry stating, “we complete hundreds of projects a year and never fail to pass a final … in this business it is critically important to understand every aspect of code, the RF environment you’re dealing with and the technology you’re deploying. This is getting more and more difficult as we work to meet accelerating demand. Ensuring we have the right stuff: people, knowledge, and technology is my #1 challenge! ”

With the market demand increasing at a rate that outpacing the growth rate of new RF integrators, it is more important than to attract new integrators into the market and to do so by creating a proper pathway into the market. This includes our first two identified actions and creating a robust industry-wide, harmonized training effort. More on that training and education next.