There are times when poor radio reception is a minor annoyance. And there are times when it’s a matter of life and death.
As more and more wireless communications devices saturate the market, the number of cellular phone calls originating indoors continues to rise. In fact, some reports indicate that nearly 80 percent of all smart phone use occurs indoors, including a growing number of calls to 911, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Many of the construction techniques and materials recommended to maximize building safety, conversely, can impact the safety of individuals in the building by weakening or even blocking external wireless communications signals. A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) can help resolve this dilemma by enabling reliable access to in-building wireless service for voice and data.
A DAS network of antenna nodes works to boost wireless coverage within a building, providing seamless connectivity for both mobile phones and radio systems. Blocked radio reception can be an especially dire situation for emergency personnel.
First responders depend on unobstructed communications to ensure the safety of themselves and others in emergency situations. Sadly, the events of tragedies like 9/11 drive home this need, demonstrating what can happen when emergency personnel are unable to communicate because radio signals are blocked. As a result, the International Fire Code (IFC) now requires that Emergency Responder Radio Coverage is available with a signal strength of 95 percent throughout all new buildings, and recommends retrofitting existing buildings to support emergency radio coverage.
When seconds matter, the coaxial cable you choose plays a critical role in the performance of a DAS network. American Built and Reliable custom RF coax cable assemblies from ABR provide quality and peace of mind, serving to help amplify emergency radio frequency coverage from anywhere within the largest buildings.
In addition to providing reliable support for emergency responder radio calls, installing a distributed antenna system provides tenants with improved mobile device service throughout the building, as well as the opportunity to offer value-added indoor Wi-Fi for commercial uses.Social Share