TESSCO to Distribute CommScope Public-Safety BDA
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | Comments

TESSCO Technologies secured the entire first year production capacity for CommScope’s new public-safety product, a bidirectional amplifier (BDA).

State and local building authorities are increasingly mandating public-safety wireless systems for new and existing commercial structures. To ensure that emergency responders have continuous communications, these systems must meet strict criteria for continuous operation during fires, floods and other emergencies. However, as noncommercial systems they provide no direct return on investment, therefore, building owners seek simple and cost-effective solutions.

The CommScope amplifier aims to meet this need. As a repeater-based solution, it takes signals over the air and requires a minimal footprint within the building. It comes in a range of frequency band and power options, supports battery backup, and is fully compliant with relevant National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standards. It is software upgradeable.

“Tessco has been engaged with us over the last two years to bring this product to market,” said Michael Shumate, vice president of distributed coverage and capacity systems for CommScope’s mobility solutions. “This, combined with Tessco’s commitment to the public-safety market, will help meet the growing need for reliable, cost-effective public-safety wireless systems.”

Tessco is now accepting orders with expected shipping in late quarter four or early in the first quarter of 2020.

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