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Safer Buildings Coalition Announces Winners of Safe Inside Annual Member Awards

Recipients and honorable mentions for Product and Project of the Year Awards recognized for industry leadership

ROSEBURG, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#feelsafeinside–The Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), the only trade association purpose-built to lead national policy and education for in-building wireless services, is proud to announce the winners and honorable mentions of our inaugural Safe Inside Annual Members Awards. Categories included Safe Inside Product of the Year and Safe Inside Project of the Year. Submitted products and projects were required to specifically pertain to the in-building public safety market, and demonstrate an innovation that furthers the mission of improving in-building public safety. SBC is pleased to present the Product of the Year award to Cel-Fi by Nextivity, and the Project of the Year to AFL. Additionally, honorable mentions have been awarded to Fiplex Communications Inc. and Commdex respectively for Project of the Year, as well as to Westell Technologies Inc. for Product of the Year.

The Safe Inside Product of the Year award recognizes new products leading the way in innovation in the in-building public safety communications market. This program serves to provide SBC’s audience with information about the top new products in their fields. Cel-Fi by Nextivity’s product – QUATRA RED – provides consistent LMR (Land Mobile Radio) and FirstNet coverage in challenging indoor environments while guaranteeing full compliance with the most current fire codes. Offering real-time, end-to-end system monitoring and management through the Cel-Fi WAVE PRO application and Cel-Fi WAVE Portal, QUATRA RED established itself as a product well deserving of this recognition.

“Public safety communication is essential in life or death situations. Our industry-leading technology built into our line of ERCES products helps advance Public Safety communications by solving the industry’s biggest challenges,” said Michiel Lotter, CEO of Nextivity. “It is a momentous occasion for our entire team for QUATRA RED to be recognized by the Safer Buildings Coalition, building ownership groups, and public safety officials as their Safe Inside Product of the Year. We look forward to continuing to innovate in the in-building public safety communications market, and working alongside SBC to help the organization further its mission of making buildings safer inside.”

The Safe Inside Project of the Year award was created to recognize outstanding projects in the in-building public safety communications market. This program spotlights projects for their impact, quality of workmanship, innovation, and contribution to reducing noise and interference. AFL displayed this exceptionally with the installation of a Public Safety DAS system at their “Fifth & Broadway” project, which provided an innovative solution for a large-scale public safety need in Nashville, TN. The project was innovative in several different aspects. Due to the size and scope of the project, AFL was tasked with executing a solution that was deployable in phases, fiber based, and did not create interference with the existing Public Safety System. Throughout their project’s process, which spanned over a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, AFL displayed all the qualities indicative of this award.

​​“AFL is humbled to be selected for the Safe Inside Project of the Year. The Fifth + Broadway project highlighted a large-scale ERRCS need where the proper design, implementation, and testing was critical to the success of the project. To be selected by a panel of our peers for aligning and executing the mission of the Safer Buildings Coalition is an incredible honor,” AFL’s Optical Telecom Division Vice President, Michael Orendain, said about the recognition. “The work that SBC and its members are doing is truly changing the industry and most importantly saving First Responder lives. We are proud to be a part of the Safer Buildings Coalition and its member community.”

The judging panel consisted of five individual SBC member jurors. Other finalists for the two awards included Advanced RF Technologies Inc., Diversified Wire & Cable, ECSite, Marconi Technologies, MPBX Wireless Design, PCTEL, Pulse Signal Solutions, Safe-Com Wireless, and Windy City Wire.

“I would like to thank all the members who submitted for Product and Project of the year, along with the distinguished panel for not only their time but careful thought and expertise in selection of our victors. It was truly humbling to see all the continuous support given to the public safety community by SBC and the members who drive the mission forward. Congratulations to all the finalists; know you are revered by your colleagues and community at large,” said Chairman of the SBC Member Jury, Brian Hanson.

To learn more about the submissions of the winners, honorable mentions and finalists, click here.

To learn more about the Safer Buildings Coalitions and its mission, click here.

About Safer Buildings Coalition:

The Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC) is the only trade association purpose-built to lead national policy and education for in-building wireless services through serving the public safety, cellular and real estate communities. From its inception before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February 2012, SBC has been at the forefront advancing ideas, codes, and Standards to make buildings safer for Public Safety personnel and the public they serve. Our members include Public Safety Operations, Radio System Operators, and Fire and Building Code Officials (AHJs); the Wireless Industry Ecosystem; Trade Associations; and Building Operators and other End Users. SBC is an independent, 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.


Media Contact for Safer Buildings Coalition:
Max Shapiro

Safer Buildings Coalition Content Management Team

[email protected]


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