One of the most overlooked problems in public safety for decades has been the issue of public safety radio dead zones inside buildings.
First responders like police officers, firefighters, and EMTs rely on their radios to deal with emergency situations. Their radios are one of their most important tools. But, inside many of the millions of buildings in USA, there're radio dead zones. These areas can be deadly for both the first responders and the people they try to help.
Fortunately, there's a way to enhance public safety signals. Building developers, construction, and property management companies in conjunction with building owners or managers can install public safety signal boosters on their premises.
What is a Public Safety Radio Signal Booster?
A public safety signal booster for radios amplifies the signal from the three public safety frequencies with include the new FirstNET network frequencies: 700MHz, 800MHz, and 900MHz. Once amplified, practically all areas of the building can get strong wireless communication signals. Like fire hydrants, it is built into a rugged "red" colored box that is installed on your property.
The cellular booster is also equipped with an emergency battery backup system. It can be monitored remotely with a secure connection from a smartphone or laptop.
The signal booster is also connected to an alarm system called public safety signal booster annunciator so that if it should lose power and the battery backup should stop working, the installation monitoring service will be notified of that issue and will be able to dispatch technician(s) to arrange to repair or replace the unit.
Understanding the Critical Need.
Public safety signal boosters are badly needed in thousands if not millions of buildings all over United States. Imagine if you were a police officer or a firefighter and needed to radio for backup support. But, you discover that nobody could hear you.
When you're in a building and can't get any cell phone signal, you call it a dead zone. The same principle applies to first responder radio signals. Except, in the case of public safety signal dead zones, people can actually die because of the lack of communication.
Having a reliable public safety radio signal keeps first responders and the people inside of the building safer.
Having a public safety signal booster is literally a lifesaving measure.
Remaining Complaint with Changing Building Codes.
States, counties, and cities everywhere are currently rewriting their building codes to make sure that this issue of public safety signal dead zones is addressed. Many jurisdictions already require building owners to install public safety signal enhancing technology if their premises have dead zones.
More jurisdictions are adding this requirement every day.
The time will soon come when having a public safety signal booster is required everywhere, much like having adequate fire suppression systems are now an almost universal requirement.
Types of Buildings That May Need Signal Boosters.
The specific types of buildings that need a public safety signal booster will vary based on a number of factors such as location, terrain, building materials, configuration of radio towers in the area, and the physical layout of the building.
Public safety boosters have been successfully installed in buildings such as:
- Medical clinics.
- Shopping malls.
- Parking garages.
- Apartment buildings.
- Office buildings.
- All multi-story buildings.
Installing a public safety signal booster is not just about making sure your building is compliant with local codes. It is about making sure the occupants of your building are as safe as possible and making sure that first responders who show up to help during an emergency are not faced with unnecessary risks.
It is time to do your part to make sure that first responders are able to safely come out of every building they go into. Public safety signal boosters save lives.
If you have any questions on how we can assist you in designing and installing a public safety radio signal booster system, please contact us.
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