Emergency Communications Systems

Public Safety Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are in-building wireless solutions that allow first responders to effectively communicate during the time of an emergency. Emergency communication is mission-critical to the safety and security of facility employees, guests, and responders in the case of fires, natural disasters, security threats, and more. Without a specific Public Safety DAS, emergency personnel can have a difficult time communicating with each other as dead zones might exist throughout a facility, which makes it a lot harder to efficiently handle an emergency situation. Stairwells, elevators, parking garages, and other common areas where cell reception is often a dud are also common areas where first responders need flawless coverage.

Everyone benefits from having a reliable DAS system, so that’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Fire Code (IFC) have developed legal regulations for public safety wireless.

Current Standards

  • NFPA dictates that 99% coverage is required in areas of crucial importance, while 90% is required in all other areas.
  • Systems must have monitoring alarms to alert you of power failures and malfunctions.
  • The coverage area must have an inbound and outbound signal strength of -95dB or higher.
  • Systems must have a battery backup that can run the entire system for at least 24 hours.
  • NFPA dictates that antenna isolation requirement needs to be 15dB higher than the gain of the amplifier for your public safety coverage.
  • The public safety DAS must be a separate system than commercial DAS.

Testing and Analysis

We perform tests, analyze data, and provide a full package of the results to meet your expectations and deadlines. We test facilities with industry calibrated equipment in order to capture and analyze signal strength of your current system. Collecting this data allows us to show you the areas needing optimization and ultimately helps keep costs down. We have performed over 10,000 tests to date for public and private entities.

Design

Our Level 3 certified and trained engineers use powerful software like Atoll, AutoCAD, and iBwave for our public safety DAS design services. Our experienced engineers will design you a DAS system that complies with NFPA and IFC regulations, while also meeting local jurisdictions standards. We understand that every facility is different and requires a unique system to ensure optimized coverage for first responders.

Installation

After we test and design a public safety DAS system for your facility, we deploy our trained installers for system integration. We ensure all standards and expectations are met by troubleshooting and testing the system throughout the process. Hub and Field engineers offer support for Acceptance Test Procedures (ATP) which certifies the network is functioning to the utmost capability.

Maintenance and Support

With all of the rules and regulations you have from your business have to keep up with, let us take emergency communications off your plate. We provide maintenance and support for public safety systems to ensure coverage is optimized and everything remains functioning smoothly.