IMSA Launching New Fiber Optic Certification

In case you missed it, IMSA is launching a new certification – Certified Fiber Optic Specialist/Design. It represents the next step in our modernization and certification expansion efforts and keeps a promise we made earlier this year, to build on our existing certifications and be more responsive to the industries we serve.

Working with the Fiber Optic Association, Inc., we have built this new certification to go beyond the initial Certified Fiber Optic Technician, which covers the basic installation of ITS, Traffic, Fire Alarm and Communications systems. The new fiber optics design class will improve skill sets and certify that recipients are now qualified to design fiber optic systems. Read more...

Accepting Nominations for 2023 IMSA Awards

IMSA is now accepting award nominations for 2023! The IMSA Awards recognize outstanding individuals, volunteer committees and sections representing the best in the Public Safety industry. Candidates must meet all criteria for the award for which they are being considered. Click here to view Awards criteria. Only members of IMSA can submit a nomination. You may nominate yourself or a colleague. All award nominations must be submitted by March 1.

If you have any questions related to the Section Leadership Roster or IMSA Award Nominations, please feel free to contact Laura Jeffcoat Sosa at

IMSA Section Leaders - 2023 Leadership Roster Reminder

Please submit your incoming 2023 Section Leadership Roster information to Laura Jeffcoat Sosa via email at by January 31.

Don't Let Your IMSA Membership Expire - Renew Today!

It's a new year, which means your 2022 IMSA membership expired on Dec. 31. Renew today by logging into your IMSA website account and clicking on My Payments to view open invoices. You should have also received a paper invoice by mail.

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Traffic Signal Technical Sessions Available

The 2021 and 2022 IMSA Traffic Signal Technical Sessions are now available. The technical sessions offer Continuing Education Credit hours that can be used toward your Traffic Signal Certification Renewal.

To access the registration, click here. Questions? Contact Donna Montes.

IMSA Opportunities
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IMSA Webinar Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a sponsor of an IMSA Monthly webinar and have the opportunity to connect with our members, certificate holders and industry collaborators. We are looking for sessions that would meet our CEC requirements. Contact Heather McMillen to learn more.
IMSA Volunteer Opportunities

Help drive IMSA’s mission and vision. As an IMSA volunteer, you will help shape the organization’s future, create personal and professional connections, and become a leader in the public safety field.

Each IMSA Section has their own leadership team as well as the International Committees and Representatives. Please email Laura Jeffcoat Sosa at and indicate if you are interested in serving on the Section or International level. Click here for more information about how to get involved
IMSA Journal

Call for Content - IMSA Journal

Make an impact in today's industry with your voice. Each issue of the IMSA Journal features articles submitted by IMSA members or Public Safety professionals. Contributed articles provide readers with industry updates and information regarding each issue's editorial theme. If you are interested in submitting content for consideration, contact Maureen Taylor.

Members, Share your Story with Us
Each issue of the IMSA Journal you have the unique opportunity to be featured. Our IMSA Member Spotlight offers you the opportunity to highlight your team or submit a story about a time you went above and beyond. Help IMSA celebrate our members by sharing your story today. Contact Maureen Taylor to submit your story today.

2023 Advertising Opportunities

IMSA has partnered with The Wyman Company as our new communications partner. They will be supporting our efforts with the IMSA Journal magazine, webinar sponsorships, Thought Leadership e-blasts, IMSA website advertising as well as the IMSA E-newsletter. Contact Heather McMillen at for more info. 

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Industry Headlines

Be sure to visit to view to see the latest news from IMSA’s Sustaining Member companies, located at the end of the home page.

Smart Cities

13 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2023 (Smart Cities Dive)

Municipalities Apply Smart City Tech to Enhance Safety of Busy Entertainment Districts (StateTech)

Fiber Optics

Fully wired: Quad-Cities embraces fiber-optic speeds (KWQC)

What are Fiber Optic Microendoscopes? (AzoOptics)

Fire Alarm

Best Personal Safety Alarms Of 2023 (Forbes)

3 Essential Components of an Effective Self-Storage Security System: Fire Alarms, Burglar Alarms and Cameras (ISS)

Roadway and Area Lighting

State bill aims to dim artificial light from California's night skies (Mountain View Voice)

Florida purple street lights to be replaced, officials say (WESH2)

Signs & Signals

Motorists warned to follow 'stop' sign rules as students return to school (Zawya)

Who is behind the pun-filled, often holiday-themed safety messages on Delaware highways? (Delaware Online)

Traffic and Transportation

Here are the 9 North American cities with the best public transit systems (Yahoo)

The First Female Crash Test Dummies are Here (U.S. News)

Work Zone

3 steps to improve highway work zone safety (Construction Dive)

AWP Automated Flagger Assistance Devices Improve Work Zone Safety and Efficiency (Cision)

ODOT Program Works to Educate Young Drivers About Work Zone Safety (News on 6)

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