Public Safety In-Building Wireless Systems are rapidly becoming an essential part of the converged “technology plumbing” of today’s connected buildings.
“With the advent of digital TV broadcasts, public safety agencies in South Jersey began experiencing interference on the 500 MHz band. In some cases, police officers out on calls could not communicate with dispatchers.”
Older VHF and UHF radio systems were great for voice, but today’s first responders also rely on data connectivity and telemetry. As more 700-800 MHz systems are deployed, it makes more and more sense to deploy in-building systems that are properly tuned and filtered to allow cell and public safety to coexist.
But so often Public Safety systems are an afterthought. I can’t count the number of project manuals and RFPs where PS is an addendum, and the RFP issued just months before construction.
Wireless Carriers are hesitant to shoulder the cost or the responsibility.
Many Integrators are concerned about perceived liability issues.
As licensed and un-licensed spectrum converge heading into our 5G future, enterprise and building owners/developers are going to have to accept that PS is part of the plumbing.