Here are some news stories we found regarding distributed antenna system and in-building solutions products and services.
How To Maintain Effective Wireless in Energy Efficient Buildings
The advantages of energy efficient buildings are apparent — lower costs and reduced environmental impact are among the main benefits.
Energy use in the buildings sector is an increasingly important consideration. Buildings account for about 75 percent of all electricity use and 40 percent of primary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. As well, buildings that meet LEED requirements are highly regarded and attractive to owners, operators and tenants.
Read Jeff Hipchen article on www.facilitiesnet.com.
Is Your Building (and your DAS) Up to New Fire Codes?
In Short - Probably not. This represents a range of risks, the most important of which is the protection of persons and the protection of property. It also represents business risks: Liability, Code Compliance, ability to obtain Certificate of Occupancy, Insurance Rate impacts, and the proper functioning of in-building wireless systems.
Read John Foley's article on LinkedIn.
Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late: Pre-Wire for Cellular and Public-Safety In-Building Wireless (IBW) Coverage
Cellular service and the smartphones of today are a far cry from the “brick” phones of thirty years ago. Evolution from cellular phones to smartphones shifted usage patterns from voice to data, with cellular networks expanding exponentially and technologically to support this change. Today, the majority of traffic on these networks is data-related, which elevates the criticality of having quality network service from “would be nice” to “absolutely required.”
Read Kevin Kostiner article on HETNET Magazine.
Indoor Communications: A Critical Component of Life Safety
Supporting wireless communications in high-rise buildings has become a necessity for facility managers and owners. While it may not be the first amenity that comes to mind to give a high-rise building a competitive advantage, there’s no service more important to communications or critical to life safety.
Read Mike Collado, vice president of marketing at SOLiD Technologies article.
ABI Research Study Shows In-Building Wireless Market to Top $9 Billion by 2020
In a recent market study, ABI Research, the leader in technology market intelligence, forecasts the in-building wireless market to more than double in revenue by 2020, with the market anticipated to top $9 billion by 2020. The company predicts that North American activity will drive the overall market, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions working to pick up the pace during 2016.
Read the rest of this article.
Does your building block first responders’ radio signals?
Are you renovating an existing building or planning for new construction?
If so, you should be aware of some new public safety requirements you need to meet before a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued in many Maryland counties. The unfortunate increase in emergency situations in larger public venues has drawn more attention to this need.
The requirements refer to the need for public safety radios to work for first responders (police, fire, rescue, etc.). These first responders must have radio contact inside the building during emergencies. Older building construction, and now the newer, energy-efficient LEED-certified buildings are not friendly to radio signals, which is why your cell phones may not work well. This poor coverage also translates to the public safety radio transmission frequencies.
A perfect example of this issue is within the University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center, a beautifully designed, LEED Platinum-certified building in Baltimore. The coating on the windows that makes it energy-efficient actually blocks the public safety radio signals. To counter this, the university installed a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the signal. First responder radios now work in every part of the building.
Montgomery County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County have recently passed ordinances that specifically state buildings must pass a test showing that public safety frequency signals have sufficient strength in 95% of the building, with particular attention paid to stairwells and other public areas. Many other jurisdictions are discussing similar ordinances.
A “grid test” can be performed in your building to determine the signal strength and whether or not you should be concerned. Each building is different from a radio signal perspective, so each design solution will be specific to the building.
These days, safety is top of mind for all building owners and managers. Reliable communication is the first concern for first responders in an emergency situation. Take the time now to evaluate your situation and the options open to you.
See this article on SmartCEO.
Report: 16 Million-plus DAS nodes to be deployed through 2018
We found an interesting story written by Jeff Mucci on RCR Wireless News. In the article Jeff states that;
The deployment of distributed antenna system nodes is expected to double between 2013 and 2016, according to a recent forecast published by Mobile Experts. The report also predicts that 50% of DAS networks will include small cells and Wi-Fi by 2018.
Read the full report about 16 Million-plus DAS nodes here.
Zinwave wideband DAS enhances network coverage in sports stadiums and arenas
Cambridge Wireless is reporting that Zinwave distributed antenna system (DAS) is becoming system of choice for high density buildings With Smartphone ownership on the increase and wireless broadband services more prevalent, sports enthusiasts expect unlimited access to 4G services after purchasing tickets to watch their favourite teams play live in major league tournaments like the FIFA World Cup.
Read the full Zinwave wideband DAS enhances network story.
Nokia Networks To Buy SAC Wireless To Boost Network Implementation Services
RTT News is reporting that Nokia Networks is buying SAC Wireless to boost it's network implementation services. Schaumburg, Illinois-based SAC Wireless, with about 450 employees, has a national footprint and has worked with major telecom operators. The company helps to support the rollout of major telecom networks in the U.S., including indoor/outdoor small cells, distributed antenna systems and 4G LTE upgrades.
Read the rest of the Nokia Networks story here.
What Exactly Is a Small Cell?
Many people ask us; What is a Small Cell? Pankaj Gandhi wrote a great article on the Commscope blog.
Small cells or small cellular base stations encompass a number of different technologies but one could describe them as anything that's not a typical macro site. They are deployed to solve network capacity issues in a relatively small area, like a hot spot or an important zone that is a subset of the umbrella macro site coverage.
Read the rest of Mr. Sandhi's article and find out what a small cell is.