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March 07

IWCE Recap: Connectivity Must Remain Constant in the Evolving Public Safety Landscape

According to Zinwave’s 2018 public safety survey, done in collaboration with the Safer Buildings Coalition as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, in-building wireless infrastructure continues to be in high demand as cellular network offerings evolve, especially as support for public safety frequencies becomes a mandated requirement in commercial buildings. The high level of demand is understandable, given that there is consensus among first responders that reliable in-building coverage is essential in performing their jobs during emergency situations.

This year at IWCE, the topics of discussion ranged from 911 regulatory developments, the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST) to the importance of interoperability in mission-critical networks. This also included promising 5G technologies and applications and the implications for critical communications, as well as a deeper dive into what the implementation of FirstNet will bring. Supporting current and future technologies requires robust in-building wireless connectivity.

While the high-quality experiences that 5G technology promises were a point of discussion, other topics, including FirstNet and interdepartmental communications dominated the conversation.

The introduction of FirstNet has been revolutionary for emergency communications, deploying the first high-speed broadband network dedicated to public safety on a national scale. But with FirstNet’s broadband allotment ranging from 758-769/788-799MHz, local communication channels may differ. For example, emergency agencies in a given state may communicate on a frequency that varies from that of a specific county’s emergency agencies, thus preventing effective communication.

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    Zinwave’s patented DAS ensures that building owners are FirstNet compliant today, and positions them to take advantage of efficiencies promised by 5G in the future.

Therefore, while building owners look to support FirstNet, they must also cover 150MHz to 800MHz in support of typical land mobile radio (LMR) that is used for first responder communications. A Zinwave DAS supports all frequencies from 150MHz to 2700MHz on a single hardware layer, providing reliable in-building connectivity to ensure seamless interoperability between first responders and, thereby enabling all responding agencies to coordinate their efforts.

The lack of standardization within public safety communication systems means there is a wide range of frequencies in play. As building owners work to stay compliant with state and local ordinances on indoor wireless connectivity, the need to anticipate the future is crucial. This year’s IWCE highlighted the necessity of supporting in-building wireless connectivity for first responder communications and traditional cellular networks to support not only new mandates, but also the applications of the future. Zinwave’s patented DAS ensures that building owners are FirstNet compliant today, and positions them to take advantage of efficiencies promised by 5G in the future.

As a member of the Safer Buildings Coalition, Zinwave is determined to provide the robust connectivity required to keep first responders connected, and to support any building environment’s wireless needs. As municipalities roll out new regulations that require updates to retain compliance and technologies of the future are realized, we’ll remain at the forefront of delivering constant, reliable in-building wireless connectivity.

 

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