Saturday, June 22, 2024
  • Wi-Fi Installation

    Pavestone Main Building

    802.11 Root Bridges

    Visit the Showcase

  • Wi-Fi Installation

    Pavestone Plant 1

    802.11 Bridge

    Visit the Showcase

  • Wi-Fi Installation - Airport Bridges

    Airport Bridges Layout

    Two Wireless Bridges Installed

    Visit the Showcase

  • Wi-Fi Installation - Airport Bridges

    Main Building Installation

    802.11 Root Bridge for the Hanger Expansion

    Visit the Showcase

  • Wi-Fi Installation - Airport Bridges

    Hanger Expansion

    Clear Line of Sight from the Main Building to the New Hanger Space

    Visit the Showcase

  • Wi-Fi Installation - Airport Bridges

    Hanger Bridge Installation

    802.11 Outdoor Bridge with Integrated Antenna

    Visit the Showcase

  • Wi-Fi Installation - Airport Bridges

    Dual Bridge Installation on Engineering Building

    One of Two 802.11 Non-Root Bridges

    Visit the Showcase

  • Wi-Fi Installation - Airport Bridges

    Installation Complete!

    802.11 Non-Root Bridge

    Visit the Showcase

  Public Safety DAS Design
We use iBwave for design of our Public Safety DAS systems and PCTEL's iBflex Scanner, CW Transmitter and Seahawk Touch Software for our Public Safety DAS site surveys, antenna verification tests, and grid tests.
iBwave Design Screen
iBWAVE  Design Enterprise
The industry standard for designing in-building wireless networks. Click Here for more.

PCTEL’s Public Safety Network Testing Solution combines SeeHawk® Touch software and the IBflex® scanning receiver to simplify the test planning and data collection process. The Solution’s in-building grid-based testing tool automatically generates reports that conform to most common public safety coverage requirements, as specified by NFPA and IFC standards.

  RHO Wireless Certifications

 Antenna Verification Test
Antenna Verification Test

 Grid Test
SeaHawk Touch Frid Test

 Comba BDA

Comba CriticalPoint™
Public Safety
Bi-directional Amplifier
Class A & Class B

Public Safety Solution

    Public Safety Distributed Antenna System (DAS)
Public Safety DAS

Public Safety Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) include any system that provides wireless service via an antenna system in order to ensure that emergency responders can maintain wireless communications within a building in emergency situations. Enabling emergency communication is crucial when it comes to the men and women who are often the first on a scene when it comes to public safety. It’s also crucial for people such as building owners and other personnel who need to have the people under their structures or authority be safe in the event of a crisis.

As a general contractor, construction project manager, or building owner, you may know that many jurisdictions now require National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) or International Fire Code (IFC) compliant public safety and emergency responder radio coverage (ERRC) as a prerequisite for occupying a building. You may even be confident that your building requires a public safety radio coverage solution of some kind. But understanding the details of how coverage is tested and how it can be improved varies greatly by jurisdiction.

RHO Wireless will help you understand exactly what you need, the differences in code requirements, and guide you in the picking the right Public Safety DAS system for installation in your facility.

Understanding What Kinds of Public Safety Coverage Your Local Jurisdiction Requires

First responders must be able to maintain communications in an emergency throughout a property. Whether they are responding to a fire, medical emergency or domestic threat, they cannot be in a situation where their radios stop working. It is essential that their radios continue to transmit in hard-to-reach areas, such as stairwells, elevators, basements, and thick-walled or shielded areas. LEED-certified buildings with low-E glass will suffer from poor public safety radio coverage due to signal attenuation caused by low-E glass.

Public safety radio coverage for first responders is not an amenity but a requirement. Almost every city and county in the US has enacted local ordinances and codes making in-building coverage for first responders mandatory. These regulations mandate that every building must meet a minimum level of first responder communication reliability as a condition for occupancy. It is the responsibility of the building owner or operator to test their building and, if needed, install a system and make sure it is up to code.

Understand local codes is key, since there is no unified set of rules set at the federal level. Every jurisdiction has slightly different ordinances. Some larger cities have drafted their own codes to govern public safety communications. But most smaller municipalities are adopting the language in the IFC and NFPA codes rather than developing their own ordinances. That means that the location of your building and the relevant local authority dictates which codes you must meet.

One final note on local codes: don’t assume that only new construction must comply with these codes or that older properties are grandfathered in. There are already examples of the emergency responder radio coverage codes being enforced retroactively in existing buildings.

A Quick Overview: NFPA and IFC Requirements

The NFPA and IFC are the most commonly used standards and have been adopted by many local authorities.

Wireless Coverage

The NFPA dictates that 99% coverage is required in areas of “vital importance,” which are designated by your local fire department. In other areas, 90% coverage is required.

Equipment Enclosures

The NFPA and IFC specify that all equipment supporting the public safety network must be housed in NEMA-4 compliant enclosures.

Minimum Signal Strength

According to both the NFPA and IFC, a minimum signal strength of -95 dBm is required for adequate coverage.

Battery Backup 

Equipment that supports the public safety radio system must be able to function for either 12 or 24 hours on a backup battery.

In addition to these equipment and signal guidelines, there are also coverage testing requirements.

Coverage generally must be tested according to a “20 grid” process. In grid testing, each floor of a building is split into 20 sections, and each section is tested to ensure that there is connectivity and that the signal meets a minimum requirement.ty and that the signal meets a minimum requirement.

In most buildings with poured-concrete structures or underground garages, a Public Safety DAS system will be needed. These systems are interchangeably referred to as Public Safety “Distributed Antenna Systems” (DAS), Public Safety “Bi-Directional Amplifiers” (BDAs) or Public Safety “Repeaters.” Grid testing will determine which floors or areas that need to be covered by the Public Safety DAS system. 

Once installed, the public safety system is normally required to pass three types of tests: commissioning tests performed by the building owner, acceptance tests under the supervision of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and annual system performance and battery backup tests.

iBwave Public Safety DAS
3-D Design

Public Safety Design using iBwave

If you're ready to get a quote for Radio Coverage Signal Strength Assessment or a public safety system, Contact RHO Wireless.

RHO Wireless
6804 Genstar Lane
Dallas, TX 75252


Copyright 2019 by Onre' Productions      Terms of Use     Privacy Statement