TESSCO, Longent Join Forces to Extend CommScope DAS at Princeton University

Princeton University’s new Lewis Center for the Arts needed a wireless network solution that would serve the 139,000 square feet of classrooms, offices, and performance spaces, as well as the courtyards and common areas within the complex. TESSCO Technologies, teamed with distributed antenna system (DAS) integrator Longent, LLC to develop a solution to extend the campus’s current CommScope DAS installation to accommodate the new addition.

Longent collaborated with Princeton’s Office of Information Technology to design a solution utilizing CommScope’s ION-E unified wireless infrastructure technology, and then worked with TESSCO to develop a comprehensive plan for equipment, financing, and project fulfillment support, including customized shipping schedules and specialized financing terms.

“Princeton University faced a challenge in extending the current CommScope hybrid coax DAS into the new building,” Rick Youngbar, Longent CEO, said. “We presented the CommScope ION-E solution; they felt the Category 6A cabling matched well with their current cabling and they had the internal expertise to deploy the cabling. They decided to move ahead with the CommScope ION-E and to standardize on the platform for future DAS deployments on campus.”

CommScope’s ION-E is a unified wireless infrastructure platform designed around standard IT structured cabling architecture, giving it flexibility and scalability while maintaining a level of simplicity. It helps meet the needs of both cellular coverage and reliable public safety communications that are crucial during emergencies. TESSCO’s sale of the ION-E platform marked the technology’s first announced sale via a U.S. distributor.

“The ION-E is designed for projects exactly like this, where fiber and Ethernet cabling and their familiarity within IT organizations make it easier for deployment and future requirements,” explained Matt Melester, senior vice president and general manager, CommScope. “With TESSCO as a CommScope distribution partner, we are able to extend our reach in supporting in-building wireless integrators and end customers, for which this project is a prime example.”

“TESSCO and CommScope have a longstanding relationship, and we are proud to be a leading distributor of the CommScope ION-E platform,” Doug Dollenberg, Jr., TESSCO Vice President of Product Management, added. “With the convergence of the Internet and wireless, TESSCO is well positioned to support the ION-E platform for both cellular and public safety needs for the full DAS lifecycle from design to fulfillment.”

The Lewis Center for the Arts is a new facility under construction on Princeton’s campus in New Jersey. The center will house performance and teaching spaces for programs in Theater and Dance, the Department of Music, and the Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts program. The complex consists of three buildings around a courtyard, with a shared common space and several public areas, including an art gallery, theater, dance studio, and music rehearsal room.