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IS YOUR BUILDING IN COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC SAFETY DAS REQUIREMENTS?

Code calls for 99% coverage in critical areas such as the fire command room, fire pump room, stairwells and elevators. For all other spaces, the coverage required is 95%.

WHAT IS PUBLIC SAFETY DAS

Mandatory Indoor Wireless Communications For First Responders
Public Safety DAS utilizing BDA technology provides enhanced two-way radio service via an antenna system. This ensures that our first responders can maintain wireless communications within a building during medical emergencies, fires, natural disasters and other life-threatening events.

A BDA (Bi-directional Amplifier) system is an in-building communication system that brings wireless signals into the structure from outside, amplifies those signals with a signal booster, and then evenly distributes the amplified signals via a Distributed Antenna System (DAS).

There’s good reason that in many areas BDA’s are now a code driven requirement. During 9/11, firemen and police officers couldn’t communicate properly inside the World Trade Center. This triggered changes to the IFC and NFPA codes greatly improving communications for first responders ensuring their radios work wherever they go.

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NEW BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS

Many cities and counties in the US have enacted local ordinances and codes making in-building coverage for first responders mandatory. With these regulations every new building must meet a minimum level of first responder communication reliability as a condition for occupancy. It is the responsibility of the building’s owner or operator to have their building tested by a certified Public Safety DAS professional. If required, they must have a system installed and ensure it passes all code specifications. Understanding these local codes is imperative since every jurisdiction has slightly different ordinances. Some states have drafted their own statutes to govern Public Safety Communications. Many municipalities are adopting the language in the IFC and NFPA codes as basis for their interpretation. That means that the location of your building and the relevant local authority dictates which codes must be followed.

2-WAY RADIO COMMUNICATION ENHANCED
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Public Safety Signal Booster shall be installed as per NFPA 1-11.10. NFPA 70 and NFPA 72. Any such system installed on or after April 1st, 2016 shall be adaptable for 700/800 MHz P25 (association of public safety communications officials, project 25). The Installation and Wiring shall comply with the local municipality Building and Fire Departments permitting process and shall be approved by the local and county FCC Licensee prior to installation. The building owner shall install a public safety signal booster to meet this requirement if so directed.

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DOES THE CODE CHANGE AFFECT MY BUILDING?

If your building has “dead zones” for public safety radio signal, then installing a BDA system is required. The systems are so important that they require ongoing monitoring and annual testing. The new code will require buildings to be verified as in compliance by 2022, so time is of the essence. This applies to many verticals including:

  • Office buildings
  • High-rises
  • Parking structures and storage unit facilities
  • Hotels and hospitality venues
  • Malls and retail centers
  • Campuses
  • Stadiums and arenas
  • Airports, train stations, and other transit centers

TELECO WILL MAKE SURE YOUR BUILDING IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH MANDATORY REGULATIONS

DEADLINES ARE IN NOW IN PLACE MANDATING TESTING AND TOTAL COMPLIANCE FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS. TELECO’S ENGINEERS CAN DESIGN AND INSTALL A PUBLIC SAFETY DAS ENSURING YOUR BUILDING MEETS LOCAL JURISDICTION STANDARDS. CONTACT US TO EVALUATE YOUR BUILDING PRIOR TO RECEIVING A NOTICE OF VIOLATION FROM THE FIRE INSPECTOR.

WHY TELECO PUBLIC SAFETY DAS?

At TELECO, we believe that people’s safety should always be a priority. Poor communication inside a building can be the difference between life and death. We are committed to delivering the best quality system possible that police, fire and medical staff can rely on to do their job. Deadlines are now in place for testing and compliance of new and existing building in many U.S. cities.

TELECO’s FirstNet™ compatible and scalable systems are trusted by the professionals that depend on them when responding to an emergency. Our team of Public Safety DAS engineers will install a system in your facility that complies with the Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS).

TELECO custom designs in-building systems that utilize both DAS and Small Cell technologies. Small Cells are low-powered cellular radio access nodes that operate in both licensed and unlicensed spectrums. They have a range of up to several miles and are used for in-building and outdoor wireless service in areas requiring much higher user capacity. TELECO will review your facility requirements and propose the best solution which may result in a combination of both technologies.

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TELECO WILL EVALUATE YOUR BUILDING TO MAKE SURE MANDATORY REGULATIONS ARE MET

The Public Safety DAS system must be able to pass the commissioning test, acceptance test and annual system performance and battery back-up tests. When it comes to building codes for Public Safety DAS, the IFC and NFPA are the most commonly used standards. Understanding these is critical as the building and the Public Safety DAS must meet all requirements to pass the inspection.

OUR DAS TEAM

Peter Wilson
DAS Operations Manager
Joined TELECO in 2023
Experience in DAS field since 2017

With over 25 years in telecom, Peter is the operational head of TELECO’s DAS department. Beginning as an RF Field Engineer, he quickly rose to become the Director of Operations for Wireless Solutions, showcasing strong leadership. Peter’s extensive background includes roles at AT&T as a Cellular Network Engineer, managing large DAS deployments and over 500 cellular towers in South Carolina. His experience equips him with a deep understanding of wireless networks and emergency response systems.
In his own words: “Joining TELECO’s DAS team means being part of a dynamic and innovave work environment. With cutting-edge projects and a commitment to excellence, it offers a fulfilling workplace that encourages professional growth and collaboraon, ensuring every team member contributes to the team’s success.”

Peter Wilson

DAS Operational Manager

Marci Bridges
DAS Project Manager
Joined TELECO in 2003
Experience in the DAS field since 2021

With over 30 years in telecommunications, Marci is a seasoned professional who has dedicated two decades to TELECO. Starting as an account manager in TELECO’s Major Accounts Division, Marci progressed to Major Accounts Supervisor, overseeing effective communication with key clients. Later, in Order Fulfillment, her attention to detail streamlined department operations. Since 2021, she has served as a Project Coordinator in the DAS department, leveraging her organizational and communication skills to plan, execute, and complete projects efficiently.
In her own words: “I love TELECO for its friendly and supportive network of colleagues that I get the pleasure of working with every day. We truly are a family”.

Marci Bridges

Director of DAS Operations

Michelle Gimmi
DAS Project Manager
Joined TELECO in 2024
Experience in the DAS field since 2024

Michelle brings two decades of invaluable telecommunications expertise, holding a business degree from Southern Wesleyan University. Certified as a SCRUM Master, Project Manager, and Process Improvements specialist, she excels in efficiently managing complex DAS projects, combining technical acumen with strategic business insight. Her unwavering dedication to continuous improvement ensures flawless project execution, consistently exceeding customer expectations, and contributing to our mission of providing cutting-edge solutions in the dynamic DAS landscape.
In her own words: “Thrilled to join TELECO, I’m impressed by the innovative approach and commitment to excellence. In this dynamic and supportive work culture, I look forward to contributing to the DAS Implementation team’s growth and success.”

Michelle Gimmi

DAS Project Manager

Nager Suarez
DAS Engineer
Joined TELECO in 2021
Experience in the DAS field since 2012

Nager, a seasoned RF engineer with over a decade of experience in mobile networks, possesses an extensive skill set encompassing iBwave, DAS solutions, and various technologies like RAN, 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G, PS, CBRS, and Wi-Fi. His multifaceted expertise positions him as a valuable asset in navigating the intricacies of evolving telecommunications landscapes, showcasing a commitment to staying at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies driving network advancements.
In his own words: “At TELECO, I have found a conducive environment to continue developing myself and undertaking challenging projects. This enables us to offer high-quality solutions to our clients”.

Nager Suarez

DAS Engineer

Steve”Woody” Woods
Data Systems Engineer
Joined TELECO in 2010
Experience in the DAS field since 2017

“Woody” commenced his professional journey at TELECO within the IT field and continues to dedicate a portion of his time to that domain. Approximately seven years into his tenure, an exciting opportunity presented itself, leading Woody to transition into the TELECO DAS Team. Over the years, amidst a significant learning curve and adaptability, he has seamlessly settled into his newfound role, making it his new professional home.
In his own words: “The work is challenging but, after hundreds of successful projects, I find it very rewarding yet still ever-changing. I enjoy the challenges and welcome them with open arms while looking forward to a long and positive career on the TELECO Team.”

Steve”Woody” Woods

Data Systems Engineer

Todd Williamson
RF Testing Technician
Joined TELECO in 2023
Experience in the DAS field since 2017

7 years in telecom w/wireless major carrier, voice, IT infrastructure design, Data Operations mgmt., including 4 years commercial design and installation of PBX/VM systems. My strengths include recent entrepreneurial expertise and Electrical Engineering background, along with project management and extensive client communications.
In his own words: “Enjoying the strong educational and friendly team environment at Teleco, having recently returned to the wireless telecommunications sector.”

Todd Williamson

RF Testing Technician

Tory Harrelson
RF Testing Technician
Joined TELECO in 2023
Experience in the DAS field since 2022

Drawing upon a rich telecom background, Tory brings with him extensive experience in cellular DAS, honed over several years working with Afl in the dynamic Atlanta market. His decision to join our team marks not only a professional transition but also a strategic move to contribute to the growth and development of our DAS department. Tory is enthusiastic about expanding his knowledge in this field, leveraging his past experiences to enhance the capabilities of our team.
In his own words: “Happy to bring my expertise to the company and continue to help the Teleco Team flourish.”

Tory Harrelson

RF Testing Technician

Stephen Hunter
Director of Innovative Technologies
stephen.hunter@teleco.com
Joined TELECO in 2018
Experience in the DAS field since 2018

Over six years at TELECO, Steve’s expertise in Low Voltage and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) technologies has been pivotal for the company’s growth. Specializing in advanced cabling and DAS deployment, Steve ensures services are delivered professionally, prioritizing customer satisfaction. His commitment to excellence and adaptability positions TELECO as a leader in the dynamic telecommunications landscape.
In his own words: “The TELECO team is like family to me. Everyone is out to help each other with the end goal of the customer being satisfied with what we bring to them for their business.”

Stephen Hunter

Director of Innovative Technologies

Bobby Reiter
Regional VP of Sales
BReiter@teleco.com
Joined TELECO in 1983
Experience in the DAS field since 2019

Bobby boasts 40 years at TELECO, with the last 5 focused on excelling in Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) sales. His sales expertise has played a vital role in establishing TELECO as a trusted leader in telecommunications. With a charismatic and collaborative leadership style, Bobby inspires excellence among colleagues, contributing significantly to TELECO’s ongoing success in the dynamic telecommunications industry.
In his own words: “Having enjoyed over four decades at TELECO, I am dedicated to continuing to apply my expertise in the technology industry to deliver effective problem-solving solutions for our customers!”

Bobby Reiter

Regional VP of Sales

Arthur Gregory
Director of Purchasing & Logistics
Joined TELECO in 1989
Experience in the DAS field since 2017

Arthur has dedicated an impressive 35 years to TELECO, consistently exceeding expectations in his role as the Director of Purchasing & Logistics. His commitment to excellence is evident in the impactful contributions he has made to the company. Additionally, for the past seven years, Arthur has demonstrated his versatility by successfully managing responsibilities within the DAS department. His extensive tenure and multifaceted expertise make him a valuable asset to TELECO.
In his own words: “I am convinced that at Teleco, we are driven by a dedicated purpose and a commitment to prioritize our customers. Having been a part of this organization for many years, I have personally witnessed our unique ability to provide unparalleled service that sets us apart from any other company.”

Arthur Gregory

Director of Purchasing & Logistics

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WHAT IS CELLULAR DAS?

A cellular distributed antenna system (DAS), also known as an in-building wireless system, is a way to deal with poor reception inside a structure. TELECO can provide a solution to this issue by installing a network of relatively small antennas to serve as cellular signal repeaters. These antennas are physically connected to a central controller which is integrated with the wireless carrier’s network.

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