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Connecting Buildings to Public Safety Networks



Alan B. Vinh, David G. Holmberg


The operation of modern buildings can support a vast amount of static and real-time data. Static information such as building schematics is vital for security and rescue purposes. First responders can be notified of designated building alerts in real-time so that actions can be performed promptly. The capability to monitor building devices and to keep the first responder community updated with the latest building information during emergency situations, as well as the ability to remotely control certain building devices and processes, can be realized. This paper describes the various challenges encountered in the research area of communicating building information with various public safety networks and proposes methods and insights for developing a standards framework to enable communication between building information systems and these networks. Having a standards framework in place will assist in the development and deployment of commercial products in support of building interoperability.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1609
Report Number


Alarms, alert, authentication, authorization, building information systems, emergency preparedness, public safety networks, secure data exchange


Vinh, A. and Holmberg, D. (2009), Connecting Buildings to Public Safety Networks, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created July 13, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017