NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition 2008: When manufacturers show their cards
LAS VEGAS--The NFPA World Safety Conference is an event that Paul Curry, never misses. Owner of SPC Inc, a fire installation company based in Jessup, Md., he goes for the educational sessions, to see the new products, and given the venue this year, to Ã¢â‚¬Å“roll the dice.Ã¢â‚¬Â
However, perhaps most valuable are the face-to-face meetings with manufacturers, both big and small. Ã¢â‚¬Å“A lot of manufacturers hold their cards close to the vest until the show,Ã¢â‚¬Â Curry said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are a lot of open houses where the manufacturer will invite you in to show you what theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re working on. This is something you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get to do unless you go to the show.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a casual opportunity for frank discussions. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They might want to show you something theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not quite ready to release and they want to ask your opinion. By the time you have the second beer, you really start telling them what you think.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Often, Curry can share insight with the manufacturers about what kinds of products will sell in his geographic region and in the specific verticals where he works.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The needs in California are much different than in New York, and New York is different from [what will sell] in Washington, D.C.,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We can tell them that if you want to sell this in a certain jurisdiction youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to change this or that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In early April, Curry had selected the three sessions he would attend. He told Security Systems News about his choices:
M17 NFPAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Proposed New Project on Commissioning of Fire Protection Systems, NFPA 3. Curry said the creation of NFPA 3 is a good idea that would Ã¢â‚¬Å“even the playing field. When you go to final testing and commissioning [you know what to expect from the AHJ],Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interested in finding out the status of the committeeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work and the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true in all the sessions.Ã¢â‚¬Â
M41 Getting More Out of Your Campus Fire Alarm Systems: Mass Notification Systems. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Since we do a lot of schools in my area, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s important for me to go to see where theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re headed,Ã¢â‚¬Â Curry said, adding that information about specifying the systems will be helpful to him.
T-88 Carbon Monoxide Detector Siting: A Technical Basis. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the beginning, they used to just put CO detectors in homes or in small sites in areas in a lower basement, but now more and more customers [driven mainly by the insurance industry] are asking for this,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Curry.
Specifically, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interested in finding out about parking garage applications.