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Playing it Safe in the Big Easy

August 6th, 2014

We’re fresh back from the heat and humidity of New Orleans which played host to the 80th APCO Annual Conference & Expo. Here are some of the highlights:


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SOLiD and Hutton Communications presidents Seth Buechley and John Walker celebrate new partnership

APCO 2014 was a fitting place to announce our new partnership with Hutton Communications. The SOLiD portfolio – including the Quad-Band Public Safety Distributed Antenna System (DAS) with support for 700/800 and 150/450 MHz – will be available to Hutton customers that deploy in-building wireless solutions to enable cellular and public-safety communications.


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AGL Media’s Sharpe Smith explores the need for broadband public safety coverage indoors with panelists from PCIA, Safer Buildings Coalition, FirstNet and BICSI

With the bulk of emergency incidents occurring indoors and over 50% of emergency calls being made with a wireless device, the public safety industry is asking three fundamental questions: Can people communicate? Can people be notified? And can first responders communicate where the people are?

Chief Jeff Johnson (FirstNet board member), Jonathan Adelstein (PCIA CEO) and Phil Klingensmith (BICSI Master Instructor) joined Chief Alan Perdue of the Safer Buildings Coalition (SOLiD is a member) to explore how to overcome the challenges of ensuring public-safety communication which the panel agreed is a shared responsibility.


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FirstNet board member Chief Jeff Johnson discusses the need for in-building public safety communications

According to FirstNet’s Chief Johnson, wireless is essential – not optional. In an interview with Urgent Communications after the panel, Chief Johnson looks to the market to design around an ecosystem which in turn will create an economic model for stakeholder participation.

(We missed seeing Donny Jackson this year and we wish you a speed recovery from survey! Learn more here)


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SOLiD Public-Safety DAS

According to Safer Buildings Coalition executive director Chief Perdue, there is no “one size fits all” solution to ensure indoor public safety communication. Similarly, the industry is not in agreement on whether networks should be “blended” to support public safety and commercial cellular services on a single infrastructure or whether separate “parallel” networks should be deployed that are supported by solutions such as SOLiD’s quad-band700/800/150/450 MHz) solution which covers broadband and narrowband public safety services.


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Lots of interest among attendees on addressing broadband coverage indoors


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Packed room of AHJ’s at the SOLiD / Hutton cocktail reception. Honored to have hosted Pat Daniel, wife of the late Jack Daniel who pioneered the model NFPA and International Fire Code (IFC) codes requiring in-building radio coverage.


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The calm before the storm…


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Dixieland band at the APCO Block Party


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When in New Orleans, it’s cafe au lait and beignets!


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Saint Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square


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The Steamboat Natchez

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The iconic Crescent City Connection Bridge


The Gravitational Pull of FirstNet

April 3rd, 2014

IMG 0260 1024x764 The Gravitational Pull of FirstNetIWCE 2104 continues to demonstrate the gravitational influence of FirstNet in pulling together the public-safety and cellular industries.

(As evidence, iBwave, a company traditionally focused on the cellular industry, recently joined the Safer Buildings Coalition)

Sure, IWCE still skews heavily toward public-safety based on the the big booths from Kenwood, Motorola and Harris).

However, there is also a growing contingent of OEMs and SIs from the cellular world who are introducing new strategies such as small cells for solving both cellular and public-safety communications needs.

This trend is further reflected in multiple educational sessions that poignantly declared that a lack of indoor public safety communication could be a fatal flaw.

Robert LeGrande, the former CTO of Washington, DC, shared during the “Overcoming Hurdles to Ensure In-building Communications” panel hosted by the Safer Buildings Coalition (SOLiD is a founding member) that with the FirstNet public safety broadband network, the industry is at a revolutionary point of change and that it is vital not to leave buildings behind. (Watch Rob’s video interview from APCO 2013)

For more from IWCE, check out our Twitter feed from IWCE and see coverage in Urgent Communications.

And here’s what we blogged about last year.

What struck you as noteworthy this year at IWCE?


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A sneak peek at our soon to be released public safety-only DAS solution


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Ken Rehbehn (Yankee Group), Chief Alan Perdue (Safer Buildings Coalition), John Facella (RCC Consultants) and Robert LeGrand (The Digital Decision)


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Team SOLiD


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Elvis has left the building (as found in LVH)




Lessons from a Winemaker

January 30th, 2014

IMG 1810 1024x682 Lessons from a WinemakerWe had the chance to spend a day in Napa last week during our Annual Company Meeting where we met Tom Davies, President of V. Sattui Winery.

Aside from being a great host (check them out – fun wines, amazing Cheese Shop & Italian Deli, and stunning grounds), Tom is an insightful business leader whose stories about the winery were inspirational.

Four things resonated with our team…

Doing Things Differently

Tom likes to camouflage his business acumen by saying he’s a farmer. But it’s clear he and the winery are pioneers.

V. Sattui pioneered not only the wine tour experience – by being the first in Napa to invite the public to come to the winery and hang out on the property by providing picnic tables – but also the wine retail business – by establishing the first direct-to-consumer wine club.

Doing things differently is a key part of what makes SOLiD unique.

Such as tailoring the ALLIANCE distributed antenna system (DAS) around the requirements of building owners. Or warehousing products on-site and pre-configuring gear to fulfill orders within days (not weeks) and to simplify field deployments.


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Before the winery scaled and deployed modern technology, Tom helped cork bottles by hand.

SOLiD is no stranger to heroics. From getting on a plane to be on-site the next day to troubleshoot or racing to the airport with a part because we missed a freight cutoff, we’re committed to moving mountains for our customers.


Always Be Advancing

Tom describes a healthy paranoia of not letting the winery’s success distract from the hunger to advance.

Even though V. Sattui pioneered the direct-to-consumer retail model, the winery has continued to challenge itself to innovate and improve.

Similarly, although V. Sattui Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter was recently recognized as “Winemaker of the Year” at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the winery continues to push to safeguard from losing its edge.

In spite of our success at SOLiD, we’re energized every day to raise the bar by innovating technology, leading the industry with new initiatives, delivering “wow” to our customers, and working with the best and the brightest in the industry (we’re hiring!).


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Tom pinpoints Quality, Value and Service as key attributes of the V. Sattui brand and is dogmatic in protecting and preserving it.

At SOLiD, our brand is about Creativity, Honesty and Reliability.

Or, as the mnemonic that Dr. Lee offered our team:

  • S = Solid professionals
  • O = Open minds
  • L = Leadership
  • I = Integrity
  • D = Dream (about the future)


We look forward to applying these lessons from a winemaker to our business. Let us know how we’re doing.


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Expect Something Grand

January 29th, 2014

IMG 17791 1024x682 Expect Something GrandTeam SOLiD gathered in San Francisco last week to celebrate another record-breaking year and to focus on achieving our goals for 2014.

Like last year, there is much to be excited about.

We not only doubled our sales but we also doubled the size of our team!

A key milestone in 2013 was the move to our new U.S. headquarters which features a vastly expanded logistical center which enables us to lead the industry by fulfilling orders within days, not weeks. Additionally, the building hosts our SOLiD University training classroom – a state of the art learning center which provides customers and partners with hands-on, instructor-led training that utilizes the latest, proven training and retention techniques.

Throughout the year, we had the privilege to participate in notable projects such as the Phase I Launch of wireless service at the New York City Subway and to help lead industry initiatives such as identifying solutions for achieving public-safety communications inside large buildings.

Hands down, the most inspirational message was presented by Dr. Seung Hee Lee, CEO of our parent company in Seoul, Korea. In a brief history lesson, Dr. Lee explained that the Korean Lunar Year resets every 60 years and suggested a pattern…

In what he described as “the beginning”, Dr. Lee recounted that 1894 was a year for dramatic change that affected the course of history for Korea. 60 years later in 1954, the end of the Korean War ushered in a rebuilding from the ground up which has culminated in today’s modern Korea. Now, as we embark on the next cycle, Dr. Lee believes that we should expect “something grand” in 2014.

You bet we do!

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SOLiD President Seth Buechley Kicks Off the 2014 Company Meeting


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A Look Back at 2013


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Seth Buechley Welcomes SOLiD CEO Dr. Seung Hee Lee



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Team SOLiD Listens Intently to the Presentation


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Whoa – There’s A Lot More Us Than Last Year!


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Hanging Out at V. Sattui Winery


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Sauvignon Blanc or the Cabernet?


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You Gotta Swirl the Glass…


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Tom Davies (President of V. Sattui Winery) Addresses Team SOLiD