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Emergency Communication Enhancement

Is Your Building Up to Code?

To ensure all occupants of buildings remain safe, it is critical to have a reliable system in place that allows first responders to communicate without interruption in service. In many U.S. cities public safety codes and mandates require facilities to be equipped with emergency responder communication systems that enable first responders to communicate in any area of any building.

In-building communication systems are designed to meet these mandates and provide continuous two-way radio coverage. This can be done with the help of Public Safety DAS (Distributed Antenna System) also called ERRC (Emergency Responder Radio Coverage).  

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Public Safety DAS Explained

Public Safety DAS is a series of antennas throughout a building or structure that provide enhanced two-way radio service, evenly distributing the amplified signals. This system ensures that first responders can seamlessly communicate within the building and with those outside without interruption in service during an emergency. 

Since this communication has its own radio antennae system, it is not impacted if telephone lines or cellular towers fail, which can happen during emergencies or natural disasters. 

Steps to a Code-Compliant Public Safety DAS

PSI has partnered with Edwards to offer a powerful range of signal-boosting solutions that will enable communication in critical coverage zones such as basements, fire escape stairwells, and elevator lobbies, and avoid radio frequency interruption during emergency situations.

Thanks to a strategic resell agreement with ADRF, Edwards’s suite of public safety DAS meet or exceed the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Fire Code codes, UL standards, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules. The company’s repeaters and battery backups were the first to be listed and certified to UL 2524, Second Edition, the most rigorous standard for emergency in-building communication.

In order to enhance your emergency communication systems, PSI can inspect your existing DAS system to make sure it will work in an emergency and keep you compliant. If you are adding or updating an existing system, PSI can design and install a system that meets your compliance and safety needs.

During the design and installation process, the PSI team will walk you through the following steps for a code-compliant Public Safety DAS:

  1. Consultation - PSI will work with you to determine where coverage is needed, what the local mandates are, and ultimately provide a turn-key proposal for the project. 
  2. AHJ Approval - Once PSI has tailored a design to your building, our team will receive approval from the local authority having jurisdiction to ensure we are 100% compliant. 
  3. Client Approval - The PSI deployment team will sit down with you to go over all the relevant details and timeline to make sure we are not delaying your building's certificate of occupancy. 
  4. Annual Inspections - Our DAS inspection experts can provide annual testing to ensure your systems provide reliable emergency communication and comply with NFPA Standard 1221. 

Contact PSI today to enhance your systems with Public Safety DAS to ensure mission-critical communication is uninterrupted in every part of your building. Our experienced team will help you navigate the code requirements and will provide you with systems you can rely on. 

 

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