Why is a Public Safety DAS System (Distributed Antenna System) Important?

Professionals that respond to emergencies, such as firefighters, first responders, or police officers, are increasingly reliant on wireless communication devices. In emergency situations they cannot afford signal loss or delay caused by attenuation, interference, or reflection. Installation of a public safety DAS system (distributed antenna system) is important because many public safety professionals are required to leave their jurisdiction regularly, for example, so whomever is closest to the emergency site needs equipment that is interoperable in order to communicate with a variety of agencies. A multi-band radio can save public safety departments thousands of dollars that would otherwise be used to purchase multiple radios.

“As the construction of public safety systems consumed all the available channels in a single radio band, the government logically opened up other bands. But radio equipment has lagged behind, continuing to operate on just one spectrum band. This limitation can create communications hurdles during the most serious emergencies…” – Department of Homeland Security, 2009

Public Safety DAS System Installation - Red Tower with Active Signals

A Public Safety DAS System May Be Required By Law

An in-building DAS system increases the safety of building occupants. In cases of emergency, a public safety DAS system or “I-BAND” network facilitates indoor 911 calls and is better equipped to handle the multitude of simultaneous calls that would otherwise overwhelm the available wireless coverage. It also provides first responders with improved communication. Public safety personnel such as firefighters and policemen require a reliable wireless network to communicate – whether by voice or by data content. This is especially true in critical areas such as stairwells, where unaided radio frequency signals are weakest. For these reasons, in-building amplification systems are already being required in certain municipalities.

It is literally a matter of life and death when a firefighter is in a building trying to communicate with his or her team outdoors. The National Fire Protection Association has enacted ordinances requiring minimum levels of coverage for Public Safety communication within new buildings. In 2009, two national fire codes – the National Fire Protection Association and the International Fire Code – addressed the need for an in-building system such as “I-BAND”. These codes are adopted in municipalities across the country. One notable example is Clark County, Nevada, which last year adopted and expanded on Appendix J of the IFC to require amplification systems, such as a public safety DAS system, to achieve a required level of radio coverage. We expect this trend to continue and ultimately become a requirement under all municipal fire codes.

Custom Public Safety DAS System Installation by Berk-Tel Communications

Our mission is to provide the highest quality I-BAND wireless signal amplification systems so that public servants are protected as well as the citizens they work so hard to protect. Ensure your building is equipped for critical communications with a Berk-Tel Communications DAS system solution. Whether meeting NFPA requirements for first responders, or ensuring your security personnel’s two-way radios function at full-reliability, Berk-Tel Communications provides custom signal amplification products and services that are cost-effective and robust.

We know that when lives are on the line, every second counts.

For this very reason, I-BAND was designed to exceed accepted performance standards.

I-BAND graphic showing how components are installed in a building
  • All new buildings must have 95-100% in-building coverage for Emergency Communication services to be awarded occupancy.
  • 100% coverage in critical areas include command center, elevator lobbies, and exit stairs; 95% coverage for remaining areas.
  • All existing buildings that are to undergo expansion or reconstruction must then have 95-100% in-building coverage to be awarded re-occupancy.
  • Frequencies used for Public Safety include: VHF, UHF, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz
  • Frequencies used vary per municipality and are dictated by the local police and fire departments.
  • Non-Compliance penalties are determined by municipality and may include crimial/civil penalties and fines up to $100,000.
Public Safety DAS (Distributed Antenna System) for Emergency Communications

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