local AHJ for two facilities, one 600,000 sq. ft. and the other 200,000 sq. ft.
To comply with the AHJ’s requirements for a Certificate of Occupancy, Powernet chose to install Cel-Fi QUATRA RED ERRCS Smart Signal Booster. It is the first ERRCS that can boost both Land Mobile Radio (LMR) signal, which is the standard for public safety radio communications, and FirstNet cellular signals. This future- proofs the system as the FirstNet cellular public safety network rolls out across the nation and cellular becomes more prevalent for emergency communications. A single system covers up to 1,200,000 sq. ft., and since all elements that are required to comply with regulations are optimized as an integrated solution, one system was installed by Powernet in each building.
“Powernet offers turn-key services for both public safety and commercial cellular booster solutions including design, testing, installation, and support. Our engineers do all the FCC registration, and we make sure everything is up and running, including doing all the testing with the AHJ,” says Penny Thurnau, VP of Channel Strategic Alliances at Powernet.
Cellular is Also Vital for Resident Safety
While a public safety system is essential for a Certificate of Occupancy and the safety of residents, the availability of a good cell phone signal for residents throughout an apartment building is equally as important. For example, a cellular signal is vital when a person needs to call 911 or ask for help from others outside their immediate location in the building. Cellular coverage is also essential for emergency responders to find victims in need of rescue inside an apartment building. Though Powernet was initially engaged to install an ERRCS system, they also found poor cellular coverage was an issue in both buildings. “When we started installing the ERRCS system, the walls inside were just going up. There was good reception from all carriers outdoors, but signal dropped completely as soon as we came in the
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