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Technical Seminar Sessions

8:00am – The challenges with the demise of the POTS Line

Presented by: Bob Yerger, CEO, Berkshire Systems Group, Inc.

This presentation will cover why new communications between the protected premise and the supervising station were required.  Discussion will include code requirements for the existing new technology based on the version of the NFPA 72 in effect for the protected premise location.  Information will be provided discussing the challenges with the alternative communications technologies.

About The Speaker:  Mr. Yerger has over 50 years of fire alarm industry experience, is a charter member of the PA AFAA, 6 year Board member of the National AFAA, presently serves on the Training Committee of the National AFAA, is NICET Level IV Fire Alarm System, and NICET Level I –Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.



Presented by: Thomas G. Barnowski, Northampton Community College

The module focuses on the importance of workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. It also includes helpful worker safety and health resources. It covers whistleblower rights, filing a complaint, a worker’s right to refuse to work because of dangerous conditions, and provides samples of a weekly fatality and catastrophe report, material data safety sheet and the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. The module materials include an Instructor Guide, PowerPoint slides, student handouts, and participatory activities.

About The Speaker: Mr. Barnowski is the Director of Corporate and Public Safety Education at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a local-level fire/rescue instructor via accreditation from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy; a municipal emergency management coordinator; a municipal volunteer fire company assistant; fire chief; firefighter; and EMT-B. Mr. Barnowski has been involved in emergency services for almost three decades.


3:00pm - NFPA 72 Testing Requirements, and the Tools to get the Job Done

Presented by: Patrick Ryan – Northeast Regional Sales Manager, SDi, LLC

This presentation will cover the NFPA 72 testing frequencies and requirements used in the state of Pennsylvania.  The session will also provide an explanation of the various tools/aerosols and their application.  Also, how they can be used in the field to fulfill the code requirements. 

About The Speaker: Patrick Ryan has been with SDi since early 2012.  He began my career with SDi in the Service Department, spending the majority of time handling technical support as well as repairing equipment used in the field of test and inspection.  Since then, he has been promoted to Northeast Regional Sales Manager for the company., and has been responsible for this territory for nearly two years.  


3:00pm - Video Analytics Within IP Cameras NVR and IVMS - (2 NJ approved CEU's)

Presented by: Jon Scott, Sales Engineer PA & Southern, NJ, Hikvision USA Inc

In this two hour CEU course the material covered will be an introduction of VCA’s, Basic set up, Behaviors, and Notifications. We will dive into pre-sales design, application, and implementation of analytics in the modern security and retail environment. VCA’s covered will include the following: Line Crossing, Intrusion Detection, Region Enter/Exit, Face detection, heat mapping and many more.

About The Speaker: Jon has been in the security industry for over 10 years, getting his start as an alarm tech and eventually moving inside to take the responsibility of purchasing and inventory controller. He then accepted an inside sales position with ADI as their CCTV specialist where he stayed for over 4 years. He currently holds a Regional Sales Engineering positon with Hikvision USA where he has been for over 2 years covering all of PA and the southern half of NJ.


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