In many buildings, facilitating communication is essential. That’s because the employees won’t always be able to communicate with each other face to face, as they are often separated by cubicles, individual offices, and even separate floors. Bi-directional amplifiers can make a difference, especially in the event of a fire or other similar emergency. These devices help spread the wireless signal throughout the facility. Here is a look at why they matter so much.
Quick Facts about Bi-Directional Amplifiers
Bi-directional amplifiers are known as BDAs for short. They act as amplifiers and repeaters with multiple options for setup and deployment. They can gather any available wireless signals and make them stronger than before, no matter which frequencies they run on. Since cement and steel tend to inhibit signal transmission – making the signals weaker – basements, stairwells, elevators, tunnels, and parking structures tend to have signal reception issues. Unfortunately, this can make responding to fires and other incidents much more difficult.
BDAs are often installed to help improve the situation for first responders when they arrive on-scene. Workers also need to have them, especially when what they do could cause a fire. In both cases, both systems must be optimized so that they can survive extreme conditions that many other users ordinarily would not have to encounter: heat, chemical spills, dark tunnels, or no access to electricity. Public safety BDAs are also configured differently than cellular BDAs since the public safety variant is designed to run two-way radios and the cellular one is not.
Businesses That Need Them
If a building needs to have public safety permits, then it needs to have bi-directional amplifiers. Local laws, regulations, and guidelines can also determine which businesses need to have these amplifiers installed. New buildings across the country need to be outfitted with them, and the same directive applies whenever commercial buildings receive remodels or renovations. Government facilities, schools, sports complexes, tunneling and mining operations, public forums, hospitals, highrise buildings, hotels, and offices all need them as well. Warehouses also need to have them, especially in a large facility. As noted above, the locations where first responders, maintenance, and security guards need to be able to stay in communication with one another – virtually anywhere people gather for one reason or another – will require these systems as well.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.