Public safety and its relationship to DAS

As more people join the wireless spectrum, communication speeds have begun to drop and frustration amongst users is rapidly increasing. You will notice this happening at sporting events, concerts and large conferences, where large amounts of people are trying to access their cellular providers network (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile) at the same time. Campuses and Universities are experiencing this problem at a much greater rate, as slow data speeds and drop cell phone calls, occur more frequently due to the dense population and the number of devices per user. Amplifying indoor & outdoor coverage not only lets us communicate effectively but is also an important factor in keeping us safe. As a result of multiple safety-related events occurring on college campuses, school administrators were compelled to revise the role technology played in campus safety. Being able to communicate quickly and directly with all members of the student body and staff became mandatory. Campus-wide texting services were initiated and emergency messages sent to cell phones. However, this only partially solved campus safety concerns since students and staff are often located in areas with little or no wireless coverage. Soon after, “blue phones” were introduced in order to further boost campus safety. However, this came with challenges. The size of many college campuses and the limited number of blue phones meant coverage was inconsistent and unreliable. As technology advanced and smartphones and tablets became the norm, the administration began to utilize “crisis applications”. These mobile applications allowed students and staff to access safety information during an emergency. Unfortunately, much like text messaging services, not all students and staff are located in areas with strong wireless coverage and therefore do not receive notifications. The ability for school administrations and emergency responders to effectively communicate with students and staff is greatly hindered by the lack of reliable and efficient coverage. This inevitably reflects poorly on universities and can greatly impact enrollment and revenue. Student Enrollment A growing concern for many parents is what safe guards are being implemented to increase campus-wide safety. The level of on campus safety has become a determining factor in student enrollment and something that cannot be overlooked by university administrators. To combat the negative connotations associated with poor coverage, distributed antenna systems have been deployed on many campuses. A DAS helps eliminate the concerns of unreliable coverage by creating a dedicated on-campus network that provides reliable cell phone coverage indoors and outdoors as well as offering a dedicated network for emergency responder radio coverage. Antennas are strategically placed throughout campus, eliminating concerns of not having a signal and allowing first responders to reliably communicate in case of an emergency. DAS is a perfect way to provide a strong wireless signal to 95% of a campus and 99% of all critical areas, ensuring great coverage and public safety.

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