Made clear during the tragedies of September 11, a common issue that property managers and building owners can help improve is that not all structures are set up to provide safety and security measures. A DAS system that is specially designed for public safety purposes enables first responders to have quick, clear radio communication within any given space. Without a specific DAS system for public safety, dead zones may exist that could prohibit first responders from doing their job. Handheld radios often lose signals in difficult environments, such as:
Below we walk through who can benefit from DAS for public safety connectivity.
First & Emergency Responders
First responders can include police, fire, and EMS personnel that are frequently called to respond to emergencies inside buildings (and unfortunately may find that the building has poor radio reception). These specifically-designed DAS system upgrades can truly be a lifeline for the first responder, as clear communication allows for navigation and instructions from captains and engineers on-site at the emergency.
Tenants, Employees & Customers in the Building
Just as DAS improvements for public safety connectivity can be a lifeline for first responders, it can also be a lifeline for those within the building when an emergency strikes who are waiting for help from the emergency responders. An emergency can be a chaotic, scary time, and having the comfort that first responders will be able to efficiently find and help you within the building, can add peace of mind and improved chances of minimal damage, injury, or loss.
When emergency responders are able to do their job effectively and efficiently in protecting the public, they can be available for continued or advanced help and ready to go for the next emergency. The longer any emergency response call takes, the longer it takes until they are ready to help again. If emergency responders have trouble communicating with individuals or their own teams within a building with poor wireless and cellular connectivity, missions can take longer due to lack of communication and direction.
Because of the need to have a reliable means of communication to send and receive information, emergency DAS systems are potentially necessary systems for all types of buildings and properties. Building owners can benefit from improving the DAS infrastructure of their:
- Office buildings
- Parking structures and stairwells
- Hotels and hospitality venues
- Malls and retail centers
- Stadiums and arenas
- Airport, train stations, and other transit centers
Not only does improving the DAS for public safety connectivity make the building a safer place should an emergency occur, it can help make the building more reliable to future tenants (and even in future sales)—benefitting business owners financially and competitively in the commercial property market.
What Is the Goal of Improving DAS Connectivity for Public Safety?
The tragedies that took place 9/11 showed a clear need to focus on improving reliable radio communications in large buildings, such as high-rises, public structures, and more, so that all can get and receive the help they need. The goal of DAS for public safety is to extend wireless coverage within structures and enable first responders’ radio and cell phones to work regardless of their location within that building (from a parking deck, to the basement, to a stairwell, or interior conference room).
At Corporate Technology Solutions, we strive to design and install a solution suited to your specific needs. Our team can design in-building emergency communication systems to ensure that your Southwest-based building is first responder ready, while creating efficient, cost-saving designs.