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In-Building Public Safety Q&A

Robert Urian Safer Buildings Coalition DAS for Public-Safety

Safer Buildings Coalition DAS for Public-Safety Q&A featuring Robert Urian (Wireless Signal Solutions, CEO)

Safer Buildings Coalition Q & A with Robert Urian, CEO for WSS:

SBC: Which problems do you focus on solving in the process of improving in-building public safety wireless communications?

The major issue that we confront in order to provide code-compliance is the codes themselves. Since most government entities do not write their own codes, they simply adopt national codes. The fire code in no different, and how they interpret the need for cellular coverage in addition to local fire & PD radio coverage, is varied at best.

SBC: Which problems do you focus on solving in the process of improving in-building public safety wireless communications?

Robert: The major issue that we confront in order to provide code-compliance is the codes themselves. Since most government entities do not write their own codes, they simply adopt national codes. The fire code in no different, and how they interpret the need for cellular coverage in addition to local fire & PD radio coverage, is varied at best.

The problem that we see most challenging in relationship to the fire-code is that most government entities, 1) Adopt the NFPA or IFC, but they don’t update code with the author’s revisions and tend to get outdated rapidly, 2) Most local entities write a supplement to NFPA/IFC that adds to, or redefines code compliance, and although their intentions are good, it usually skews the intention of the code. 3) Generally, local entities use non-public safety personnel (code enforcement, building inspectors, etc.) to do code compliance. Code interpretation often tends to be based on unrealistic and unattainable parameters, with little public safety input. 4) Most government entities have no ability to address existing buildings, only new construction. With that, there is little or no chance of achieving code-compliance in existing structures, which comprise the greatest safety issues.

SBC: Do you have any products or services that can improve in-building public safety wireless communications?

Robert: WSS, in many cases, must develop its own supplemental products and solutions to fill in product gap-requirements. As an example, depending on what year and version of NFPA/IFC the local entity adopts, we often find it necessary to custom build product, because no product solution is available. System monitoring is a good example. Depending on the building’s fire alarm system, it is often necessary to design and build a proprietary interface. Also, depending of the combination of radio frequencies used, off-the-shelf solutions are not always available. In a combined cellular/public safety DAS, interference is always a challenge especially between the wireless carrier channels and local police/fire radio frequencies.

SBC: Why is it important for Wireless Signal Solutions and others in the industry to get involved in the public safety arena?

Robert: When a client asks why we do what we do, I offer a personal perspective. I ask if they have ever been in a burning building, unable to see through the smoke, and unsure how to escape, or how to get help. The answer is usually no, but the picture is framed in their minds as to the need. As an Ex-Army Master Bomb Disposal tech, and one-time public-safety director, I know the danger first-responders face, and at WSS we help reduce that risk and danger. We don’t have all the answers, but getting local entities and building owners to accept that they have a responsibility to public safety personnel is a big step forward.

SBC: What inspired you to join the Safer Buildings Coalition?

Robert: I was approached by a DAS distributor and they asked if I was a member of SBC. Until then, I had no idea that SBC existed. A little research concluded that SBC was not only just a good idea, but a necessity for cities across the U.S. We are confronted daily with those local entities that need direction and questions answered by someone other than a vendor.

SBC: What would you say to others in the industry considering joining the Safer Buildings Coalition?

Robert: Not all DAS providers are involved in the public safety side of the industry, and I will admit that it often is not as easy as cellular DAS. With public safety, you are dealing with mission-critical circumstances, local governments with difference philosophies, multiple fire code variations, and you are ultimately responsible for design and integration. You are the beginning and the end, and lives are at stake if you don’t take it all seriously. DAS providers also don’t always see the link between indoor public safety and cellular DAS. It is our hope that by joining SBC we can help make a difference, and we would encourage others to do the same.

SBC: How can others contact you about your products and services?

Robert: We can easily be contacted through our website www.wirelesssignalsolutions.com or directly by telephone at (480) 219-5957

-Q&A article re-published from www.saferbuildings.org


When it comes to Public Safety DAS, nobody beats Wireless Signal Solutions for Quality Designs, Quality Installations, and Competitive Prices.

• WSS has a proven track record of designing, installing, and managing DAS implementations.
• WSS is able to explain to you why the proposed solution is best suited for your organization’s needs.
• WSS has solid relationships with wireless carriers and is able to seamlessly coordinate those carriers onto your DAS.
• WSS has a team of professional, knowledgeable engineers and project managers well-versed in industry best practices.

 

To request a site-survey project quote or have more questions about Federal Public Safety Code Compliance, please contact us!  (480) 219-5957

Federal Public Safety Code Compliance

Are You in Compliance with Public Safety Codes?

Is your Building’s Communications Coverage in Compliance with Public Safety Codes?

The need for in-building public-safety communications coverage is a critical necessity. The lack of coverage deep inside a building can cost first responders valuable time, which in some cases can mean the difference between life and death.

“Contact Wireless Signal Solutions today to schedule a communications site-survey to ensure your building/venue is in compliance!”

Per Federal Law (IFC 510, 2009), there must be strong radio reception in at least 95% of the space in a facility. The National Fire Prevention Act of 2009 also requires first responders to have network coverage everywhere in a building. Wireless Signal Solutions works with city and municipal government public safety departments to integrate a DAS solution into your building or venue that complies with Federal Public Safety Code requirements – and more importantly – provides the effective communications coverage and reliability needed by today’s first responders.


When it comes to Public Safety DAS, nobody beats Wireless Signal Solutions for Quality Designs, Quality Installations, and Competitive Prices.

• WSS has a proven track record of designing, installing, and managing DAS implementations.
• WSS is able to explain to you why the proposed solution is best suited for your organization’s needs.
• WSS has solid relationships with wireless carriers and is able to seamlessly coordinate those carriers onto your DAS.
• WSS has a team of professional, knowledgeable engineers and project managers well-versed in industry best practices.

 

To request a site-survey project quote or have more questions about Federal Public Safety Code Compliance,
please
contact us!  (480) 219-5957

Reliable cellular coverage for patients and staff at CTCA

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® – Care That Never Quits®

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), their theme is “Care That Never Quits®”, and they mean it!

With patient care as their central focus, CTCA® thrives to cover all the bases. So when patients and staff alike asked for reliable cellular phone coverage, they called WSS!

Our site-survey showed some pretty bare spots throughout the main level, and minimal cell phone coverage on the second floor. With the cooperation of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, WSS designed a distributed antenna system (DAS) to fill in the holes. Now patients and staff alike have cell phone communications throughout the hospital.

Patient care covers a lot of areas. Treatment at CTCA means the whole patient – mentally, spiritually and medically.
The hospital management saw the need for patients to have voice and data communications with their loved ones who can’t be with them, or just to call a friend for someone to lean on.

The Medical staff and caregivers at CTCA were also a consideration. Medical staff rely heavily on wireless communications to facilitate their care for the patient. Whether calling the lab for test results or to confer with colleagues regarding patient treatment, seamless wireless communications is essential in today’s work-place and our lives in general. At Wireless Signal Solutions, we are there for all our clients when wireless communications is in question. We design, integrate and maintain DAS systems for cellular and public safety applications nationwide.


When it comes to hospitals, WSS has loads of DAS experience. We recognize the importance and we know the requirements. We also understand the budgeting/financing issues, so we provide lease and financing options.

• WSS has a proven track record of designing, installing, and managing DAS implementations.
• WSS is able to explain to you why the proposed solution is best suited for your organization’s needs.
• WSS has solid relationships with wireless carriers and is able to seamlessly coordinate those carriers onto your DAS.
• WSS has a team of professional, knowledgeable engineers and project managers well-versed in industry best practices.

 

Considering installing a DAS in your venue and would like a site-survey project quote or have more questions about DAS that need answers, please contact us!  (480) 219-5957

Do not gamble with your DAS and Public Safety coverage

Talking Stick Resort Wins Big with WSS!

A Casino without Cellular coverage and Public Safety Communications would be a disaster – so when Talking Stick Resort (TSR) needed their DAS updated and maintained, as well as Public Safety Communications for Police, Fire and internal security, they called Wireless Signal Solutions!

Security operations and Police/Fire Communications are mandatory at Talking Stick Resort and every casino! WSS designed and integrated a complete UHF Trunked Radio System, tied into the DAS, as well as integrating the local police and fire radio system into the DAS.

For the past five years, WSS has provided TSR with 24/7 NOC Monitoring Service, System Maintenance, Wireless Carrier Interface, and a number of system upgrades. Talking Stick Resort is a premier destination for visitors and residents alike. With its combination Resort/Casino, it is normal for this venue to welcome nearly 30,000 customers in a single day. Like all large venues, their customers depend on cell coverage, and WSS makes sure service is on-line all-day, every-day.


When it comes to providing multiple applications into a single DAS, WSS engineers and integrates it all: VHF, UHF, Cellular and PCS! No Problem!

• WSS has a proven track record of designing, installing, and managing DAS implementations.
• WSS is able to explain to you why the proposed solution is best suited for your organization’s needs.
• WSS has solid relationships with wireless carriers and is able to seamlessly coordinate those carriers onto your DAS.
• WSS has a team of professional, knowledgeable engineers and project managers well-versed in industry best practices.

 

Considering installing a DAS in your venue and would like a site-survey project quote or have more questions about DAS that need answers, please contact us!  (480) 219-5957

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WSS at Super Bowl XLIX

When Public Safety DAS was needed at the University of Phoenix Stadium for Super Bowl XLIX, they called Wireless Signal Solutions!

Why? Because WSS is the best when it comes to designing and integrating Public Safety DASNationwide!

The stadium project was a bit of a challenge, since it required the distribution of both 700MHz Trunked Channels for the valley’s RWC Radio Network – as well as VHF Simplex for Fire Ground OperationsChannels. It was not just your basic-DAS design. Along with the challenges of designing and integrating a multi-channel VHF Simplex DAS, Phoenix Fire required it be connected to its Central Dispatch Center via a Codan Voting Receiver.

Working closely with the City of Glendale & Phoenix Fire Departments, along with the stadium manager Global Spectrum, WSS completed the project, On-Time and On-Budget, for the NFL Pro-Bowl, and Super Bowl XLIX.


When it comes to Public Safety DAS, nobody beats WSS for Quality Designs, Quality Installations, and Competitive Prices.

• WSS has a proven track record of designing, installing, and managing DAS implementations.
• WSS is able to explain to you why the proposed solution is best suited for your organization’s needs.
• WSS has solid relationships with wireless carriers and is able to seamlessly coordinate those carriers onto your DAS.
• WSS has a team of professional, knowledgeable engineers and project managers well-versed in industry best practices.

 

Considering installing a DAS in your venue and would like a site-survey project quote or have more questions about DAS that need answers, please contact us!  (480) 219-5957