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August 23

Connectivity at the Foundation

Recently, we addressed the importance of connectivity while going up and down in an elevator, but what happens when you’ve reached the top? The bottom? Wireless access is often overlooked in business-critical areas within office buildings and hotels. As many building systems, staff commons, and conference areas are located below ground level, cellular connectivity must be accounted for when considering how to best solve for reliable wireless infrastructure.

Much like elevator shafts, sub-level and basement areas within a building are constructed of materials that are often impenetrable by cellular signals, such as metal and concrete. Connectivity has become an expectation throughout all facets of everyday life, and whether guests are attending a conference or building staff are working within subterranean rooms, the need for a reliable means of communication is critical.

Conference centers typically deploy Wi-Fi networks for wireless connectivity, which become strained as more devices and people tap into it. In the modern, mobile-first world we currently live in, the number of connections being made per guest has risen. Cell phones, laptops, and IoT display technology within a conference setting stretch Wi-Fi networks thin, which is why many large venues have begun deploying DAS systems to support the influx of mobile devices present in these spaces.

The same can be said for building operators providing connectivity for employees and tenants. Cafeterias and common areas are often located in the basement of a facility. By providing cellular network access, satisfaction and productivity within these spaces can remain high and a consistent line of communication can be supported. Maintenance staff find themselves working on lower levels, as most building designs position systems such as HVAC, mechanical, and plumbing at the base of a building. Having the ability to tap into a cellular network allows communication to take place with teams on multiple levels for troubleshooting and resolving operational issues as efficiently as possible. The demand for smart buildings is increasing; therefore, these sub-level MEP systems will continue to become more and more interconnected, requiring a reliable network to maintain and monitor their efficiencies.

As businesses adopt more IoT applications, the demand for reliable in-building wireless connectivity in all spaces and all levels of a building will increase. These business-critical applications require seamless connectivity to effectively monitor systems and collect the data required for optimal efficiency. Additionally, the connectivity must also support commercial cellular and public safety demands. Below ground level areas are not immune to emergency situations, which means a facility must have a wireless solution that accounts for the needs of first responders. A Zinwave DAS is the optimal solution for providing the reliable connectivity required to support current and future demand, with the lowest total cost of ownership in the market.

If history tells us anything, it’s that buildings will only get taller, technology will only become more advanced, and end-user expectations will continue to raise the bar across all industries. Zinwave is prepared to help you think beyond the ground level, ensuring your wireless foundation is laid with the future in mind.

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