Originally posted to NEDAS

Ilissa Miller, the President of NEDAS and the CEO of iMiller Public Relations, recently sat down with Dennis Burns, in-house public safety expert and sales manager of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions at ADRF and a NEDAS Advisory Council member, to discuss IoT and 5G convergence and more.

NEDAS, Ilissa Miller (N-IM) Question: Dennis, tell our readers about yourself.

ADRF, Dennis Burns (A-DB) Answer: I have been in the wireless space for a little over 26 years. I started at Ram Mobile Data working with 900 megahertz networks and then moved to Research in Motion, back when they had six employees, to work on what ultimately became the Blackberry product. I have worked with BellSouth and AT&T and in the Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) and wireless spaces prior to coming to ADRF. Now as the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager at ADRF, I’ve been focused on both public safety and cellular solutions, working with system integrators, carrier partners and distribution partners to drive in-building and outdoor DAS for public safety in cellular.

ADRF, which is based in Burbank, CA, is celebrating its 20th year providing solutions for both commercial cellular and public safety space. Specifically, we’re all about wireless and the convergence of wireless communications and how public safety and commercial cellular are working together to make buildings safer. I’m the public safety expert and I also sit on the Safer Buildings Coalition as part of the Code Committee. Essentially, I deal with public safety solutions for things that go inside buildings so that police, and fire fighters can actually communicate during an emergency. I’m also on the Education Committee, which focuses on getting the message out as to what can be done to make buildings safer for both FirstNet technology, which is more on the commercial cellular side, and public safety communications for VHF, UHF, 700, and 800.

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