New Report Tracks In-Building Public-Safety DAS
Monday, April 23, 2018 | Comments

In its newly released report on public-safety distributed antennas systems (DAS) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), ABI Research examines the features being implemented by AT&T for FirstNet, discusses the requirements for in-building FirstNet wireless coverage and makes strategic recommendations to building owners/managers, equipment vendors, system integrators and neutral hosts.

For example, early and frequent collaboration with AT&T/FirstNet and the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) is essential to ensure successful indoor FirstNet performance.

“AT&T has already made its significant in-building resources consisting of more than 6,000 DAS and 40,000 Wi-Fi access points available to the first responder community," said Nick Marshall, research director at ABI Research. “AT&T has made priority and pre-emption immediately available to public-safety users on these systems.”

Because more than 80 percent of wireless traffic originates or terminates indoors, ensuring that a strong signal is available to first responders indoors in emergency situations becomes a mission-critical and life-saving service.

“Although the FirstNet buildout has just been started by AT&T, the requirements for in-building coverage have received little attention so far,” Marshall said. “Overlooking FirstNet standards for in-building public safety may, in fact, compromise the effectiveness of this mission-critical service. In addition, multiple AHJs with differing standards for indoor public-safety wireless systems, system ownership and funding are among the challenges discussed in the report.”

The company forecasts that public-safety system revenue for indoor wireless, excluding signal sources, will reach $1.8 billion by 2021, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 15.8 percent. North America will represent the largest market for indoor public-safety equipment growing by 1.5 times its value in 2017. The indoor public-safety equipment market in the Asia-Pacific region follows North America in size but has the highest growth of all regions at 2.3 times its value in 2017.

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On 4/25/18, Jerry Eisner said:
I hope that AT&T's distributed antenna systems (DAS) mentioned above comply with the NFPA 1221 requirements for DAS as they pertain to public-safety communications. The requirements are not limited to FirstNet frequencies.


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