Distributed Antenna System Basics

  Distributed Antenna Systems, or DAS, as they are frequently abbreviated, are networks in which separate antenna nodes provide wireless service. This is in contrast with a single, larger antenna node providing service to the same area. DAS provide increased reliability, as a single outage only leads to a partial loss of coverage, as illustrated… Read more »

Arizona Public Safety Ordinance

In Arizona, codes are adopted locally. The Arizona Department of Health Services adopts a minimum code for licensed health care facilities statewide based on the 2006 International Fire Code, but many cities and counties have updated their fire codes as of 2012. The City of Chandler has adopted the 2012 International Fire Code. Section 510… Read more »

State of Arizona Public Safety Frequencies

Below is a list of Public Safety Frequencies in the State of Arizona: City of Chandler Frequencies: [table] Frequency,License,Type,Alpha Tag, Description, Mode 154.43000, KNAD905, BM, ChandFD-B1, Fire Department – Blue-1/Tactical, FM 155.95500, WNJ844, BM, ChandFD-B2, Fire Department – Blue-2/Alternate, FM 858.46250, WNMP405, RM, CPD-Exp-Ea, Police Explorer/Event, FM 859.46250, WNMP405, RM, CPD-Exp-Eb, Police Explorer/Event, FM [/table]… Read more »

2014 Wireless Infrastructure Show Opens Today

PCIA’s 2014 Wireless Infrastructure show kicked off today with a talk from the country’s three largest tower companies. Crown Castle International, American Tower and SBA Communications projected a bullish outlook on carrier spending, citing network densification and an improving regulatory environment as key contributors of growth. In testament to the improving regulatory environment, the speech… Read more »

Don’t end up on the Dead Cell Zone map

In the spirit of Yelp and Wikipedia, there is a “consumer generated coverage map” of outdoor and indoor cell phone reception problem locations for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and other small carriers. Though DeadCellZones.com has been working since 2001 to increase transparency regarding these “dead zones,” the data has been made available via Google Maps… Read more »

NFPA: First Responder In-Building Radio Coverage

Determining the need for an in-building signal booster solution is often dictated by the ordinances being enforced by the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Complicating matters, not all states have the same enforcement of the national codes. The image below portrays how the states are enforcing NFPA codes. NFPA 2010 & 2013 Adoption – By State

Voice Over LTE (VOLTE) – Strong Performance over VOIP

Gerald Reddig, from Nokia Solutions and Networks, has posted an article Summarizing the advantages of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) compared to traditional over the top Voice over IP (VoIP). Some of the key performance indicators include: Battery Consumption Data Connections Data Throughput Signal Loading According to the research at the NSN smart labs, VoLTE clients… Read more »

North Carolina Moves to Six-Year Cycle for Building Codes

Earlier this week the North Carolina State Building Council approved a move to a six-year cycle for updating building codes. Electrical codes will continue on their current three-year cycle, rendering the verdict for two different code cycles controversial. For more information, read the full press release here.

Data Exchange: The Numbers

Data exchange is constant and ubiquitous in today’s society. If you don’t believe us, check out the stats in our infographic. Each tweet, text, email, Instagram and Google query proves the necessity for a powerful and ubiquitous wireless coverage solution.