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Indoor Public Safety Coverage – It’s Not About Technology

By Mike Collado
February 14th, 2012

We’ve been invited to present at the “Signal Boosters Roundtable” on Thursday, February 23 from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm during the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

While it might seem odd for a company whose name includes “technologies” to say this, we’re NOT going to be talking about technology at IWCE.

That’s because the technology already exists to make buildings safer by providing universal indoor public safety radio coverage. It’s a non-issue.

(Our multi-service Distributed Antenna System (DAS) – ALLIANCE™, which supports commercial wireless, public safety, private two-way radio and paging on a single platform – has been deployed at numerous high-profile locations including the Bellevue Collection. See our video below.)


The Technology Objection Myth

There are technical reasons that Public Safety, Commercial Cellular, and Two-Way Radio should remain separate

This is an outdated argument that has been overcome hundreds of times with quality systems deployed by qualified integrators.

In fact, many wireless industry experts believe a converged system with proper filtering is the preferred method of eliminating potential RF interference when compared to two systems often managed by two parties.

Greg Glenn, a co-panelist at IWCE  and noted Public Safety expert on RF Engineering and DAS infrastructure solutions at TriPower will debunk this myth.


The Solution: Stakeholder Alignment

We announced the formation of the Public Safety Shared DAS Coalition which weeks seeks to establish a national policy framework for ensuring universal indoor coverage for public safety radio service.

The Coalition seeks to require DAS networks to accommodate public safety radio frequencies and develop an accredited certification program for technicians responsible for deploying DAS networks that serve Public Safety, Commercial Cellular, and Two-Way Radio.

Most importantly, the Coalition is about aligning multiple interests including Local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and Building Owners as well as Public Safety and Wireless Industry stakeholders.

And, pragmatically, it removes objections such as “technology” from the discussion.


Attend the Roundtable

The Signal Boosters Roundtable is  Thursday, February 23 from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm in Room S231.

Zac Champ of the DAS Forum will moderate the discussion.

Other presenting companies during the roundtable include TriPower, Harris Public Safety & Professional Communications, Fiplex Communications and Bird Technologies Group.


What’s on Your Mind?

What do you consider to be the key issues and challenges in attaining universal indoor public safety radio coverage for first responders?

  • Liability?
  • Financial?
  • Network Management?

Let us know in the comments below – we’ll discuss during the presentation.

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