BDA & DAS Testing

Prior to a building being given a Certificate of Occupancy (CO), your local Authority Having Jurisdiction requires that a communications study must be completed to determine radio signal strength throughout the structure. If the study indicates no or limited coverage, then a radio enhancement system will be required. Industrial Communications offers comprehensive BDA and DAS testing services throughout the entire state of Florida.

Effective July 1st 2022, Florida SB 1190 went into effect as a law requiring adequate public safety communications coverage inside buildings (new and existing). Low-rise (less than 75 feet) buildings are NOT exempt from FFPC requirements for in-building public safety communications coverage.

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are being installed in large numbers in Florida to support growing demand for in-building wireless services and meet local fire safety codes. Needs range from capacity enhancements for large stadiums to coverage enhancements inside office buildings, schools, healthcare facilities and subterranean areas not served by outdoor networks — to name a few. DAS can be designed as “passive” systems, using RF cable and dividers to distribute signals to remote antennas within the venue, or as “active” systems that use optical fiber to distribute signals to remote amplifiers throughout the venue. Which solution you choose depends on many variables, including budget, objective (coverage or capacity), size of the building and number of operators that will be sharing the system.

Testing these systems can be almost as challenging as designing and installing them. DAS can encompass fiber optic cables, RF cables, fiber optic (PON) splitters, RF splitters, radiating cables and amplifiers, and all of these components can be in one single system. Each system will be as unique as the facility to which it will be installed. There is no simple “one-size-fits-all” solution to testing a DAS, but if you break it down, it can be effectively tested and troubleshot.

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When you work with Industrial Communications you have the advantage of working with our in-house experts in all areas of communications including in-building BDA/DAS systems, tower site leasing and management, two-way radio systems, FCC licensing, and RF engineering. We provide build-to-suit and turnkey communications facilities and special projects for PCS cellular carriers, commercial enterprises, government agencies, public safety, and utilities projects of all sizes. Our tower crews have built hundreds of towers and telecommunications facilities throughout New England and South Florida over the span of 40+ years.

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Is your building up to Florida’s codes?
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Is your building in compliance with the state of Florida’s public safety minimum emergency radio coverage requirements of Florida SB1190? We're happy to start a conversation to see if an Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System (ERCES) is required. Before any design and installation work commences, our RF technical team consisting of licensed DAS installers and technicians always perform a detailed site survey.

Read the full SBC Code Advisory