Reliable in-building cellular and wireless signals are invaluable on a campus setting. There are many benefits to students having wireless connectivity, including guaranteed reception for campus wide alerts.
Ivy Tech put out a request for proposal (RFP) and extended the opportunity for Harris Communications to design a solution and compete for the business. We were awarded the project as a result of our cost effective design and proven track record.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. This particular project included two buildings on the Richmond Campus, Johnson & McDaniel Halls. The total coverage 250,000 square feet of facilities.
The poor cellular signal was a combination of a somewhat rural campus and the materials used in construction of the buildings. In many cases, brick and concrete can interfere with the propagation of cellular signal. Ivy Tech had concerns regarding student and faculty safety. Harris Communications proposed a 3G solution in order to meet budgetary requirements and to ensure strong voice signals throughout both buildings. We installed CommScope Node A repeater in each building. It is an all copper system with components that can easily be scaled to 4G and beyond.
Ivy Tech was thrilled with the consistent and reliable signal they now have in Johnson and McDaniel Hall. We have had consistent signal since the system went live on the Richmond campus. We are working on additional projects with Ivy Tech and look forward to contributing to the positive experience for current and future students at Ivy Tech.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
About Harris Communications:
Harris Communications is a leading provider of in-building cellular signal enhancement and wireless solutions for commercial applications. They have more than 20 years of experience and have implemented wireless enhancement solutions in facilities throughout the United States. Harris Communications is a turnkey company and handles every aspect from the design, installation and maintenance of the required systems.