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New ECS regulations for college campuses, upcoming tradeshows, more...


Regarding hate crimes on campus, an institution must report the following crimes reported to local police agencies or to a campus security authority that "manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability," according to legislation. The crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation and destruction/damage/vandalism of property and any other crime involving bodily injury must also be reported.

A new transition on campus

Many within the fire and life safety industry speculate as to how these regulations will only affect higher education campuses and what impact this will have on the integrators and manufacturers themselves. Although the topic of emergency communications and mass notification is not new, it was considerably the topic of discussion at the 2009 NFPA Conference. Others, however, such as Dolores A. Stafford, president and chief executive officer of D. Stafford & Associates, Rehoboth Beach, Del., question whether the fire and life safety industry is "just starting to catch up with what's been going on with the HEOA. I'm not sure they were thinking about it and don't know whether that information was getting to them, "she explained.

Ted Milburn, vice president of Marketing, Cooper Notification, Long Branch, N.J., added that "the Act really has a lot to do with not just reporting but about notification and how to pull all of this together. I think people are still struggling over what that Act means and all the components involved," he continued.

Although the new regulations of the Federal Register do not directly state that an Emergency Communications System has to be in place on a campus, the impact and importance of mass notification systems may become more apparent for campuses with the new 2010 version of NFPA 72(r), which now includes requirements and new provisions for these systems used in a number of applications.

"The vendors I've talked to seem to be looking to find solutions for the customers, for campuses that already have systems," explained Stafford. "The companies that have sold them those systems are looking for solutions so that they can propose integration possibilities to those systems already in place at the campus."

As far as what level of integration campuses are experiencing, "we are seeing that in small pockets," explained Milburn. "The campuses that are a little more forward-thinking are starting to see the value in what we really call an interoperable or an integrated system."

Be sure to check out SD&I's October issue for an in-depth look at how these new regulations affect integrators and fire and life safety solutions manufacturers.

ASIS 2010-Top Educational Gathering of the Year

"I think, in many ways, my entire life had been a preparation to handle that particular moment," Chesley B. Sullenberger III, Captain, 'Miracle on the Hudson.'

Who doesn't want to see Chesley B. Sullenberger III face to face? You can when you attend the ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, October 12 through 15 in Dallas.

Sullenberger is the keynote speaker on Wednesday October 13 at the Dallas Convention Center at 8 a.m. On Thursday you can hear insights from President Pervez Musharraf, the 10th president of Pakistan.

There's no denying that ASIS Seminars and Exhibits are the premiere security event of the year. It's here that security professionals can get up to date on the latest security intelligence and solutions. With more than 180 sessions; pre-seminar intensives; 15 specialty tracks; and the ability to earn recertification credits, you'll want to set the dates now and visit www.asis2010.org to register.

In addition to the educational and networking events, you'll want to take advantage of the hospitality of the city of Dallas, which is experiencing a renaissance with more than $15 billion in new and ongoing development. Culture, cuisine, sports and leisure activities-Dallas has it all. There are plenty of activities for guests with a detailed programmed just for them. And families or others who really want to experience some good old western fun can make plans to attend the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, which runs September 24 through October 17 at Fair Park in Dallas.

CEDIA-Delivering the Ultimate Education Package