Pandemic Alliances Information Technology Infrastructure Compliance and Membership
The Pandemic Alliances Information Technology Infrastructure Compliance membership is a commitment to provide secure, safe and protected information technology infrastructure. It is a membership based collaboration with industry leaders, subject matter experts, educational institutions and knowledge thought leaders. The fee to join is $495 per year for companies and $99 for individuals which includes 12 monthly private member only webinars, listing on this website as a committed member, sharing on Linkedin and optional special thought leadership content and private advisory services.
In addition, fees for PA Awards Submissions are waived for PA ITIC members. In addition, PA ITIC members will receive custom membership certificates for their organization or individuals.
The foundation for the PTA ITIC comes from a fundamental concern that leading industry associations, building owners and property managers, corporate facility managers, architects and tenants need help to ensure the protection of IT infrastructure in their buildings, ships, airplanes, automobiles and other moving and non-moving objects that provide IT services. IoT-internet of things or general EoT-everything on the internet will require a massive amount of IT infrastructure to be connected together whether via wireless, wireline, thermal or other means. Standards exist; however, interoperability will always remain a complex, conflicted between vendors and administrative systems that may lack transparency, privacy and control of needed subsystems. Like the IETF providing the foundational recommendations for internet technologies, user-driven standards provide stronger and more functional commitment to changing industry requirements and conditions.
Another goal of the PA can help facilitate collaborations is between industry associations. For example, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched an initiative to assist design professionals, public officials, building owners, and businesses with strategies for mitigating transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2 in the built environment. The AIA Re-occupancy Assessment Tool is a list of considerations that includes engineering (and architectural) and administrative controls, as well as PPE, that apply to both essential businesses operating under restrictive orders and for closed non-essential facilities that are in the process of re-opening.
While the efforts of the AIA are laudatory there are many other reports and articles that review buildings and other physical structures that need to be addressed. In addition, the AIA did not address in AIA V2.0 tool any essential recommendations for infrastructure or “nervous system” of buildings such as cabling and wireless such as WiFi and so many others. There are additional findings and it is not 6 feet of physical separation between people recommended it is 27 feet (JAMA) when you consider HVAC as an accelerant. That is also to say, the PTA will not be able to address all issues but hopefully a voice toward helping companies address IT infrastructure issues.
Another major property management company report also did not include guidance on many IT/telecom, fire, HVAC, burglary, crime, intrusion and many other areas. In consultation with leading industry experts and practitioners, here are 20+ additional professional recommendations for your consideration which if not thoroughly considered put people at serious risk:
Version 1.3 Information Technology Approved Infrastructure Recommendation:
We ask you, if you join, to agree to review and maintain adherence with this Recommendation to the extent feasible, however make a commitment to provide feedback and guidance as to improving this Recommendation.
– Review and evaluate all communications equipment rooms – air quality, security access, lighting, emergency lighting, power control systems, lighting control systems, elevator shaft (elevator “cabins,” floor control buttons and cabin operations, control cables, air handling and operations.
– Review roof top technology installations as well as those services entering the building in the basement and wireless antennas on top of the building. If the building is also a wireless/cell tower where wireless service provider personnel need access to repair or replace equipment, then a planning meeting and guidelines kit with the carrier/provider should be included.
– Review and evaluate all conduit including between floor riser duct and conduit – electrical, telecom, internet, wireless, WiFi, RFID, security, battery-backup and generator systems.
– Review outside building conduit and trench conditions and options for both redundant conduit (same trench) and diverse conduit (separate trench) access to multiple carriers.
– Review power (those on and off-UPS), generator, grid trench and connections.
– Review and evaluate all MDF-main distribution frames including telecom and power distribution outlets and wiring blocks and data cabling outlets.
– Review all infrastructure in relation to ANSI and BISCI.org standards.
– Review and evaluate all fiber optic cable and all forms of CAT3-5-6E twisted pair cabling.
– Review and evaluate all POE-power over ethernet uses and AP-access point electrical power cabling and co-located CAT-6E wiring including patch-cord installation procedures, test equipment and installation/removal equipment (such as budsets, punchdown, etc).
– Review all HVAC wiring for thermostat control systems.
– Review fire (including smoke detectors, wiring to fire alarms) and building security wiring systems for door, hand-pull locations.
– Review burglary, intrusion and special security systems along with wiring, video as well as police and third-party security onsite and response technologies and procedures.
– Add Infrared heat detection systems though not the only means to provide early detection to high temperature persons entering the complex. Note: UVC is really too dangerous unless used in controlled settings.
– Add education for IT, telecom, Fire, Video, IoT, HVAC, inbuilding Wireless, external Cellular, Microwave, Optical, Security and special personnel, vehicles, equipment, installation and other issues and systems.
Summary – The PA is also intended to provide a forum for companies to find common ground to build safer IT infrastructure, to be an industry infrastructure advocate, to provide collaboration with other buildings and “things” and to protect users and others from harm. An indepth analysis of the building “nervous system” is critical. If you have any suggestions for additional issues, to join today please email firstname.lastname@example.org