NAB EVP/CTO Sam Matheny has joined the Board of Governors of the National Wireless Safety Alliance. The alliance made the announcement from stakeholder meetings taking place in Dallas this week.
NWSA is a national nonprofit that provides assessments of knowledge and skills and worker certification to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training and recognize the professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures. The organization is comprised of wireless carriers, broadcasters, tower owners/vertical realtors, OEM’s, turnkey management firms, small contractors, tower technicians, public safety entities and industry associations.
“Climbing and rigging really tall broadcast towers to handle very large antennas requires special skills that are uniquely challenging,” said Matheny. “Developing programs that will increase tower safety is of vital concern and will save lives.”
At NAB, Matheny leads the association’s technology team in its efforts to promote innovation and take broadcast technology into the future. He provides leadership for NAB’s tech arm Pilot, as well as its Radio, TV and Digital Technology Committees.
Matheny is also a member of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and is on the advisory board of Reveal Mobile, a mobile applications and advertising company he co-founded in 2005.
NWSA Board of Directors President Don Doty said Matheny’s “track record of innovative leadership in the broadcast and technology sectors will bring invaluable expertise to the organization,” including the NWSA certification programs for the wireless and broadcast workforce.
NWSA and NCCCO began offering co-branded CCO Rigger and Signalperson Certification programs in 2015. The NWSA’s Telecommunication Tower Technician I (TTTI) and Telecommunications Tower Technician II (TTTII) certification programs are set to launch this December. Other assessment and certification programs the NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Antenna & Line Foreman, Tower (Stacking) Foreman, Structural Modifications Foreman, DAS Systems, Small Cell Systems, Broadcast Structures and Outside Plant/Fiber to the Home and Business.