Managing a building comes with hidden stresses. No one hands you a book of guidelines with your property because rules and regulations change. Regardless of the type of building or property you operate, you should think about the safety of those who will use your facility. Installing a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) not only gives staff, residents, and yourself a boosted connection to the signal on campus, but it can also play a key role in how well first responders do their job when responding to a crisis on your property. If you have been wondering why public safety Emergency Resoponder Radio Coverage (ERRC) DAS is so important for property owners, find out how you can take proactive steps to ensure everyone is prepared for any kind of emergency.
The purpose of DAS is to provide coverage everywhere on your business’s property for staff to stay connected to each other and their jobs. The system of antennas boosts the signal of any existing carrier you work with to prevent drops and dead zones. DAS technology improves access to 4G—and eventually 5G—no matter where you are on your company’s campus. Places where DAS can boost cell signal include:
An often-overlooked aspect of building maintenance is public safety. While building owners must follow specific regulations, it is easy to forget compliance codes. Owners may be held responsible after a crisis if someone gets hurt because their building is not up to code, making public safety DAS that much more important.
No one likes to imagine worst-case scenarios. If you are a building manager or own a company, your staff’s safety should be a top priority. DAS ensures that everyone in your building can contact emergency services regardless of where they are on your property. First responders connect their radios to buildings’ ERRC DAS to keep in contact with their teams if they must split up for any reason.
Whether or not your local guidelines recommend that you have a DAS in your building, you can stay ahead of the game and keep your community safe. First, determine which type of DAS is right for your building. The main types of DAS are active and passive, although sometimes a hybrid method is used.
The simplest and most common system is passive DAS. With this method, experts install antennas in specific areas of the building or property to eliminate dead zones. If your building is 125,000 square feet or less and does not contain a great deal of metal, masonry, or concrete walls, passive DAS is typically a good option.
Active DAS is used for larger properties and remote buildings with multiple dead zones. With active DAS, fiber optics cables are run through the building. This method changes the radio frequency signals into light and then back into a signal once they reach their desired location or device. Sometimes a hybrid method is used; however, it is not recommended for all spaces because the systems can interfere with one another.
Harris Communications understands why public safety ERRCS DAS is so important for property owners. Our experts can identify dead spots in your buildings and recommend the DAS system that is best for your property.