ADRF, Edwards Partner on In-Building Public-Safety Communications Solutions
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | Comments

Advanced RF Technologies announced a strategic agreement with Edwards, a division of Carrier Global, to provide Edwards customers with mission-critical, emergency radio communication enhancement systems (ERCES) for first responders.

The agreement expands Edwards’ fire and life safety products to include ADRF’s suite of in-building public-safety communications solutions to help keep buildings and their occupants safe.

Across the country, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) require buildings to install ERCES systems that adhere to local public-safety mandates and codes. This ensures firefighters, EMTs and police officers can communicate during emergency situations using LMR in every building area, including critical coverage zones like fire command rooms, exit stairwells, elevator lobbies, basements and exit passageways. Without these systems, natural and man-made obstacles such as low-emission glass, foliage, building materials, and more, can disrupt RF signals from entering a building and thus inhibit ubiquitous wireless connectivity.

“For well over a century, Edwards has dedicated itself to providing the best fire and life safety protection for building owners, and through this agreement, we are excited to continue our commitment by offering ERCES to help first responders communicate in emergencies,” said Angie Gomez, general manager of Edwards. “ADRF is a well-known leader for in-building public-safety communication, and we are confident there is no better equipment to help our customers properly protect their buildings and inhabitants.”

ADRF’s suite of public-safety distributed antenna systems (DAS), repeaters, battery backups, and passive components meet or exceed the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Fire Code (IFC) codes, UL standards, and FCC rules. The company’s repeaters and battery backups are listed and certified to the second edition of UL 2524, the most rigorous standard for emergency in-building communication. ADRF’s solutions also cover all public-safety frequency bands including 700/800 MHz, UHF/VHF, FirstNet (Band 14) to provide ubiquitous connectivity in all areas of buildings.

"For over 20 years we have kept our promise to develop products that protect lives by ensuring first responder communication throughout a building," said Dennis Burns, director of public safety at ADRF. "Through our collaboration with Edwards, we are broadening our reach in the fire and life safety sector and are now able to more directly provide our solutions to building owners when they need it most."

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