Today’s Universities have discovered that students no longer need or desire wired phone service in dorms and other campus buildings. Consequently, several of these forward thinking institutions have partnered with Longent to improve radio coverage and capacity on their campus. Not only do we supply seamless coverage solutions in the academic buildings and residence halls, but have implemented high capacity networks for game day and major events at their stadiums and arenas.
At the K through 12 level, educators realize that seemless radio communications allows administrators to maintain contact with faculty, students, and parents at all times during the school day and is paramount for the safety and well being of their students and faculty during emergency situations. Additionally, public safety radio coverage allows first responders to stay connected during critical events.
The healthcare industry is increasingly burdened with patient safety and security of information while continuing to streamline costs. Seamless communications and utilization of advanced smartphone applications are critical tools for caregivers needing instant access to important patient information. As a result, radio coverage in and around large and complex healthcare facilities is a must.
Unfortunately, many of these healthcare facilities consist of buildings that were constructed many years ago and have been added to over time, compounding radio reception issues. Longent has designed DAS solutions for a multitude of healthcare facilities; and as a result, is very familiar with the requirements of the structures, the facility stakeholders, and the wireless operators.
Because of the popularity of wireless communications, business and personal travelers demand seamless communications at hotels and resorts. Additionally, hotels and resorts are constantly looking for ways to attract guests and establish repeat business.
With a properly implemented DAS solution, guests are able to easily move from offices or restaurants to hotels without a lapse in voice or data connectivity. This not only protects current occupancy rates, but positions the facility for increased business.
Given the competitive nature of US businesses and their adoption of mobile services as a critical part of your business processes, it’s no wonder these types of venues were the early catalysts for Distributed Antenna System deployments. In addition to the demand by business users, Commercial buildings tend to be equipped with IDF and Telecomm rooms which readily accommodate DAS solutions. Historically, the commercial deployments were funded by a wireless operator who needed to improve coverage at a customer’s facility. In recent years, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of commercial end user customers who are willing to fund the systems themselves.
Funding the DAS allows these organizations to simultaneously improve coverage for multiple wireless service providers, while allowing the venue owner to control the implementation time line and include services like public safety radio and wi-fi along with the commercial radio services. As with any FCC licensed spectrum, the re-broadcasting of the wireless operator’s radio channels mandates an agreement between the DAS owner and the respective operators. Fortunately, Longent is well versed in the procurement of these agreements and can facilitate the process.
Public venues such as Convention Centers, Arenas, Stadiums, and Airports are often plagued by poor RF coverage which can readily be resolved by a DAS solution. With the wireless capacity demand posed by the proliferation of smartphones, the more significant issue posed at these venues is the capacity demand on game day or during busy periods. A capacity solution involves providing coverage enhancement as needed.
However, it also involves breaking the facility into segments or sectors, each having a dedicated amount of capacity allocated. Designing a high capacity venue involves a considerable amount of RF testing and predictive modeling. These venues also need a location to house the large amount of wireless operator equipment needed to provide the radio capacity for the site. Longent is unmatched in its background, tools, and experience at designing and deploying DAS networks at high capacity venues.
During times of public emergency, communications between our first responders is paramount in protecting the occupants of the sites under duress; as well as, the emergency personnel coming to their aid. As a result, many municipalities and government agencies have passed laws mandating adequate public safety radio coverage in new commercial and government buildings.
Fortunately, the public safety DAS, if designed properly can include commercial wireless services; allowing the building developer to potentially offset the overall cost of the DAS. Just about every public safety DAS Longent has deployed over the last few years has included commercial wireless operator services. It’s obvious the momentum is moving towards a holistic wireless solution in commercial and government buildings.
Manufacturing environments tend to create unique challenges, which can be caused by a facility’s construction materials, the expanse of the facility, lighting, machinery, and in some cases, access to the facility because of multiple shifts. If not properly accounted for, all of these variables can be detrimental
to a successful implementation, possibly resulting in increased timelines and cost. A properly implemented DAS solution allows for greater capability to communicate, which may in turn increase productivity, and also provide for greater safety should the need arise.
Because malls and shopping centers are usually constructed of concrete, brick or other materials which tend to be unfriendly to telecommunications signals, connectivity in many shopping centers is usually poor. Moreover, many shopping centers in large metropolitan areas may be surrounded by tall buildings,
which may result in further attenuation of signal. Implementation of a DAS network in these facilities results in keeping shoppers connected, because a day out shopping shouldn’t mean losing contact with important people and information.