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PLEASE reference this code when ordering from this issue. Technical accuracy is the responsibility of the author(s). 2015 07901 Feature Article Keep Your In-Building Network Coverage Up to Code Page 1 Dragonwave Case Study Advancing Education With State-of-the-Art Broadband Network Page 1 Samsung Case Study Technology Solutions to Empower Young Leaders at Charter Schools Page 2 Feature Article Start-to-Finish Supply Chain Architecture Page 2 Feature Article Keeping Your Workforce Connected Page 7 Improved Connectivity With RFS HybriFlex Cable TM Page 8 Streamlined Design With Rugged Durability From Taoglas Page 12 Increased Capacity Performance from Ericsson Page 16 Effective Test Solution from Viavi Solutions CellAdvisor TM . Page 17 This Issue (continued on page 6) The Wireless Journal VOLUME 22 NO. 6 December 2015/January 2016 www.tessco.com/go/twj System and Product Reviews for Those Who Build, Use and Maintain Wireless PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID DENVER, CO PERMIT NO. 5377 Keep Your In-Building Network Coverage Up to Code and Your Building Ready for Anything Submitted by TESSCO Technologies Reliable, in-building coverage is important for employees and guests, but is even more critical during times of emergency for first responders. In order to ensure coverage for emergency personnel, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) established codes and standards for Emergency Communications Systems. While adherence to specific NFPA requirements varies based on jurisdiction, they can be a great resource when you are designing a new network or upgrading an existing system. In designing a network solution, areas that are most frequently used are typically paid the most attention. During an emergency, personnel often find themselves in less-used areas, such as stairwells or basements, and in need of communi- cations. The NFPA guidelines require 99 percent coverage in areas identified as critical by local fire departments, and 90 percent coverage in general use areas. That means, while a design will obviously ensure coverage in the lobby or offices, it is important to identify areas in the basement, elevators, parking structures and stairwells that are not well served. Completing a survey of the signal strengths in different areas of your build- ing will allow you to identify weak spots in your network and implement enhancements to meet coverage requirements. When designing a new network, addressing weak coverage areas now will eliminate the need for more updates in the future. Additionally, frequencies often used by emergency personnel (VHF, UHF, 700 and 800 MHz) must be supported. Advancing Education With State-of-the-Art Broadband Network Case Study Submitted by Dragonwave Background The Idaho Education Network (IEN), founded in 2008, once offered the promise of high capacity broadband service for all rural school districts across the state. Unfortunately, an illegal contract award resulted in a stop of federal government funding under the E-rate program, and the subsequent collapse of the IEN. Without government support, the state's school districts either had to take over pay- ments of the costly fiber leased line services or find an alternative broadband solution before the network went dark. Challenge After the fallout of the IEN, several Idaho school districts were under intense pressure to find an alternative solution to offer high capac- ity internet access and a host of new educa- tional tools and applications including distance learning, video conferencing and voice. This required a highly scalable and robust network; compromising on an inferior solution was not an option. Looking for a partner who could provide a turnkey solution, many of Idaho's K-12 school districts, including the Boise Independent School district, turned to Tek-Hut, a trusted partner and provider of technology and ser- vices for education. The goal of replacing a fiber-based service in a matter of a few months, while providing equal or better capacity and reliability, was a tall order, but Tek-Hut exceeded expectations by deploying a carrier-grade, multi-gigabit wireless solution from DragonWave. By adopt- ing the latest in wireless backhaul technology, Tek-Hut was able to simultaneously increase existing capacity while dramatically reducing recurring costs. Solution Tek-Hut replaced 90 percent of the leased fiber services with DragonWave's Horizon Compact+ and Horizon Quantum packet 11126 McCormick Road Hunt Valley, Maryland USA 21031-1494 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED During an emergency, personnel often find themselves in less-used areas, such as stairwells or basements, and in need of communications. February 23-24 Phoenix, AZ ! TESSCO-ONE.COM

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