The Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA) is a trade association that promotes the use of reliable electronic life safety and security systems.    “Welcome,” to the PBFAA website!



Technical Seminar Sessions

May 22 @ 8:00am - Z-Wave - Today's Protocol for Home Automation & System Integration

Meeting your customers' expectations by offering a connected home is easy when you understand the basics of Z-Wave RF technology. 


This session will show how to establish a robust network, explain simple do's and don'ts and review troubleshooting techniques.


· What is Z-Wave - Z-Wave is the leading smart home technology found in millions of products around the world. It is a wireless technology that will not interfere with your Wi-Fi signal and operates on low power. When Z-Wave technology is utilized inside everyday products such as locks and lights, these products become “smart” – giving them the ability to talk to each other and enabling you to control the devices and thus your home, from anywhere at anytime.


· History - The Z-Wave protocol was developed by Zensys in 2001 introduced a consumer lighting control system which evolved into Z-Wave as a proprietary system on a chip for home automation and system integration.  Today there are more than 300 manufacture's producing over 1,500 unique devices worldwide.


· How does Z-Wave work?  Z-Wave is based on a mesh network topology. This means each (non-battery) device installed in the network becomes a signal repeater. As a result, the more devices you have in your home, the stronger the network becomes. While Z-Wave signals easily travel through most walls, floors and ceilings, the devices can also intelligently route themselves around obstacles to attain seamless, robust, whole-home coverage.

Presented by: Rich Scholl, CEO & Founder; Worthington Distribution

May 22 @ 8:00am - The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Installations / False Alarm Reduction

We have all seen them… Installations where the wiring looks like a birds-nest, devices mounted poorly and control panels that you need to lean on to close...


This presentation will provide a pictorial walk through of some of these installations and the various codes that they either conform to or do not. 


Discussion of the various codes such as NFPA 70 and 72, and there reference regarding installations will be included.


This session is eligible for -

TWO (2) New Jersey CEU’s:



Presented by: Roy Pollack, CPP SET,  Stay Safe Enterprises, LLC.


May 22 @ 3:00pm - Understanding the NEC for the Low Voltage Contractor

One of the most common myth’s in the electronic life safety / alarm industry is the role of the “National Electrical Code” (NEC) - NFPA 70 in regards to our work as a low voltage contractor.

This session will discuss the relevant chapters of the NEC that low voltage contractors should be aware of, and more importantly should be adhering to.

Presented by: Roy Pollack, CPP SET, Stay Safe Enterprises, LLC.

May 22 @ 3:00pm - Best Practices in Installation & Service Operations

This presentation will cover:

· Field Management Structure - Will discuss organizational structure, duties and responsibilities and the rules by which the department operates

· Process and Procedure - We will discuss creative ideas regarding proven processes and procedures that will enhance the overall efficiency and accuracy of your work

· Work Product and Compliance - We will discuss quality control and assurance opportunities

· The Customer Experience - Discuss the customer onboarding process

· Measurable Results - Leveraging the data to tell us how we are doing as a service provider

· Celebrating Success - What it is and why its critical to do

Presented by:  Robert Grove, Vice President of Operations; Select Security 

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