Axell Wireless installs DAS system at World Trade Center complex
Chesham, U.K.-based Axell Wireless, a provider of wireless cellular and public safety solutions for buildings and confined spaces, is supplying the public safety communications system for the new World Trade Center complex in New York, including One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the U.S. at 1776 feet and the fourth tallest in the world.
In addition to the One World Trade Center deployment, implemented byTechMer and Axell, other covered buildings include the World Trade Center HUB, Pavilion, Vehicle Security Center Roadway (shopping malls and transportation center for the complex), and the museum and memorial, implemented by Pinnacle Wireless and Axell. The system will support New York City Police, Transit Police, Fire Department of New York, Homeland Security, and other federal and state organizations responsible for emergency services in New York and nearby jurisdictions.
The integrated public safety system includes Axell’s optical master unit fiber head end units, directional couplers, VHF filters, and distribution amplifier packages covering 88 channels for UHF, VHF, and 800 MHz frequency bands. The high-speed system involved laying over 5 miles of high-capacity optical fiber to create the largest public safety system in the U.S.
The Axell system installed in the complex underwent extensive independent testing prior to gaining approval, including over 800 individual tests over a 38 hour period, and performed flawlessly in challenging operating environments at temperatures ranging from -20°C to +65°C, according to the company. “We are pleased to be involved with one of the largest public safety deployment projects ever implemented in the USA, at such an iconic project as the World Trade Center,” said Matt Thompson, Axell vice president of sales-Americas.
Axell, part of the Wimborne Minster, U.K.-based engineering and technology company Cobham, manufactures wireless solutions for cellular and public safety applications. It has supplied coverage solutions for environments including road and rail tunnels, metros, small and large buildings, stadiums, remote or rural environments, and transportation systems including railways and airplanes. Axell’s DAS (distributed antenna systems) are in place in the Pentagon, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, DHS Campus, and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in New York.