Increasingly, buildings are being required to contain public safety DAS, or distributed antenna systems, supported by BDA technology. A BDA, or bi-directional amplifier, system is an in-building communication system that brings wireless signals inside and then evenly distributes amplified signals through a DAS. This system helps ensure that first responders can maintain wireless communications during medical emergencies, fires, natural disasters, and other public safety events. Does your building need an update to its public safety DAS? Read on to learn what the requirements for these systems often are and why they are so essential.
New Building Code Requirements
Many local and state governments now require public safety DAS and in-building coverage for first responders mandatory for occupancy. The building owner or operator must have their building tested by a certified public safety DAS professional, who can ensure your system passes all code specifications. The location of your building and any relevant local authorities may dictate specifically which NFPA or IFC codes must be followed.
Do Code Changes Affect Your Building?
If your building has “dead zones” for public safety radio signals, you must install a BDA system. The new codes will require buildings to be verified and in compliance by 2022. This requirement can apply to many buildings with public safety concerns, including:
- Office buildings
- Parking structures and storage unit facilities
- Hotels and hospitality venues
- Malls and retail centers
- Stadiums and arenas
- Airports, train stations, and other transit centers
Poor communication inside of a building can mean the difference between life and death. Ensuring your public safety DAS is up to code is a way to ensure the efficiency of any first responders who may need to aid your building and its residents.
Get in Touch with FiberPlus
FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:
- Structured Cabling (Fiberoptic, Copper and Coax for inside and outside plant networks)
- Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
- Wireless Access Point installations
- Public Safety DAS – Emergency Call Stations
- Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
- Support Services
- Specialty Systems
- Design/Build Services
- UL2050 Certifications and installations for Secure Spaces
FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.
Have any questions? Interested in one of our services? Call FiberPlus today 800-394-3301, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our contact page. Our offices are located in the Washington, DC metro area, Richmond, VA, and Columbus, OH. In Pennsylvania, please call Pennsylvania Networks, Inc. at 814-259-3999.