Cell, Wi-Fi, Public Safety Signal Booster / DAS For Transit Systems
Installing signal booster systems goes far beyond homes and office buildings. Metropolitan transit systems not only require that commuters stay connected to cellular networks wherever they travel, but regulations require that public safety communication systems also remain available for emergency and first responders in the event of any emergency. SignalBooster.com is cell, wi-fi, public safety signal booster installer for transit systems.
SignalBooster.com: Cellular, WiFi, Public Safety DAS / Signal Booster Installer For Transit Systems.
Transit systems come in many shapes and sizes, whether in underground tunnels or above ground on land. Providing cellular and public safety communication system coverage for each different transit system type is uniquely challenging and highly specialized. A distributed antenna system (DAS) is available in many forms including Action, Passive, and Hybrid. It is typically a networking system whereby signal penetration is achieved using Carriers feeds or specialized repeaters or bi-directional amplifiers (BDA) and a network of antenna systems that magnify or amplify signal reception in areas of need.
Signalbooster.com offers many LTE and WiFi antenna solutions for in-train, rail-side train control, anything needed in the park-and-ride transit centers, buses or the airport. That is not just something we do - that is what we do. We solely focus on cellular and public safety signal booster aspects and we can handle largest projects comprehensible.
Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority Gets Funding for New Transit Projects.
Voters in the Houston area recently approved the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County's (METRO) $3.5 billion bond referendum. These funds will be used for a number of new transit projects, including extending the METRORail light-rail service by 16-miles to William P. Hobby Airport.
This funding is aimed at supporting the agency's METRONext Moving Forward Plan. METRO officials said in a press release that the agency had developed this plan over the past three years by gathering extensive input from public.
Apart from to the rail expansion, the projects will also include accessibility improvements for seniors and riders with disabilities, new bus services, 21 improved or new park-and-ride transit centers, and 290 miles of route enhancements.
The $3.5 billion in bonds approved and required for the plan's projects will be borrowed. An estimated cost for the plan is $7.5 billion and agency officials said the rest of the funding will be obtained from future revenue and matching federal grants.
The projected growth in the Houston region led to the Moving Forward Plan being developed. Local leaders predicts the population will increase to more than 10 million people from about 7 million today over the next 20 years. Agency officials also said one of their planned goals was to address traffic congestion without increasing taxes. The METRORail fleet consists of more than 70 light-rail vehicles serving three lines in and around downtown Houston.
Installing a Wireless Network Successfully.
Over the years, Signalbooster.com has done numerous huge wireless network installations for transit systems, including in-train, rail-side train control, anything needed in the park-and-ride transit centers, buses or airports. We have learned that there are certain best practices that always work best:
1. Design should include a strong referee and several carriers. This is an extremely important point and it is no accident that it is the first on the list. In just about all markets, users makes use of the services of multiple mobile carriers. The goal of transit authorities is therefore to provide wireless connectivity for as many of its customers as possible. To achieve this and to make this type of project truly successful, multiple carriers need to come to the party including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. A strong neutral host (referee) tends to simplify the complexities significantly by working directly with carriers when they add services to the network. The referee also handles all logistics, technical and other issues when setting up and configuring network connections. If this is not implemented properly, the transit authority may end up spending a huge amounts of money without providing the full benefits to all their customers.
2. An end-to-end wireless service. People use their mobile phones everywhere and all the time in today's connected world. This has resulted in them expecting to be continuously connected to their carrier's wireless network. Dropped connections and substandard call quality between stations will therefore result in customer frustration leading to complaints. When SignalBooster.com team designs a network, we plan for, and ensure that we provide customers with end-to-end service - not only above ground, but also on platforms and through tunnels. Although this is often a huge challenge in transit systems and subways that run 24/7, the network can normally be extended through the various transit systems at times that the trains don’t run.
3. Hostile environments. Subway tunnels and airports present few of the most hostile environmental conditions for electronic equipment. All system components including things like DAS equipment, fiber and equipment enclosures and cabling must be designed to endure extreme temperature variations, ambient brake dust, moisture and vibrations from passing trains, 24x7 and year in, year out, without any special maintenance. Equipment installed and used in these extreme environments needs to be carefully selected and only the highest possible quality of equipment should be installed.
4. The head end must be above ground level. Not only is the space in tunnels, stations and airports extremely limited, but access to these spaces is also limited due to safety and security concerns. To cater for these factors, it is logical, if not mandatory to position the head end, where connections to the wireless network is made by carriers, at a location above ground level. This location should offer both direct connection to the subway and unfettered access carrier personnel.
5. Future proof installations. With transit installations, including subways and airports, a "just enough" approach to capacity is far from good enough. It is inevitable that the network will experience continuously increasing traffic from not only an increase in the number of commuters as is envisaged by Metro in Houston, but the usage per commuter will also increase continuously as they browse the Internet, call friends, watch videos, stream other media and use social media. From the beginning of these types of projects, SignalBooster.com plans ahead in an effort to support all carriers, as well as the full spectrum of user and safety system requirements. Many current transit networks are designed for 4G, but these should have been designed to cater for 5G, with higher frequencies and greater demands from an ever increasing number of commuters.