Tessco Wireless Journal December January 2014 Page 9 Systems & Applications

The entire product offering and your pricing is on TESSCO.com or call TESSCO at 800.472.7373. 9 The entire product offering and your pricing is on TESSCO.com or call TESSCO at 800.472.7373. 9 The entire product offering and your pricing is on TESSCO.com or call TESSCO at 800.472.7373. 9 SYSTEMS & APPLICATIONS www.tessco.com/go/twj December 2013 January 2014 All-in-One Cellular Reception Solution Transforms Firehouse Into a Regional Emergency Operations Center Case Study Submitted by Cellphone-Mate Dilemma Replace a limited system in a Connecticut- based firehouse with a 3G voice and 4G data solution that will support all carriers, multiple, simultaneous users, and be able to perform as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The Solution: SureCall Force-5 tion in 35,000 square foot fire station and accessories solutions The Challenge It was during Hurricane Sandy, referred to by many as "Superstorm Sandy," when the Guilford Fire Department Headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut was serving as the Emergency Operations Center for the fire, police, and public works departments. It was during this storm system that Jay Leatherman, the systems administrator for the department, made a mental note - that after the storm, the department's headquar- ters would need to put a better cell reception solution in place. With three first-responder departments crammed into one building, all with different cell carriers and differ- ent voice and 4G data needs, Jay realized that what they required was an all-in- one cellular reception solution. Fire stations are nor- mally built with brick or concrete blocks, making cell reception difficult, even when a severe weather disturbance is not involved. Originally, Guilford Fire Department had a cellular ampli- fier system to support Sprint , the department's main carrier for their Direct Connect system. When Sprint bought Nextel , it disrupted their reception because Sprint began phasing out the Nextel Direct Connect service. Jay also commented that the whole system was "overkill" for what they were receiving. Jay and Chief Herrschaft knew, however, that they needed a new system that provided 3G voice and 4G data, again, all in one. Jay said that one day he received an email from Chief Herrschaft. The email passed to him was from TESSCO Technologies, the department's source for radio and telecommunications equipment. The email provided information on the Cellphone-Mate Force-5, or CM5000-80, cel- lular amplifier. Featuring 80,000 square feet of increased cell reception and the ability to support 100+ simultaneous users for 3G voice and 4G service among AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, Jay and the Chief agreed that they'd found a possible solution with TESSCO. Jay researched the Force-5 and con- firmed with the Chief that the cellular amplifier met their present and future re- quirements. On the day that the fiscal year's budget was approved, Jay received an email from the Chief to see if he had ordered the amplifier because Chief Herrschaft did not want the town's emergency operations cen- ter to be without a cellular enhancement system in case of another major storm. When asked about system installation, Jay was happy to report how easy it was for him and the other firefighters at Local 4177 to install. The amplifier and accessories sup- plied a "cookie cutter" solution they didn't find anywhere else. Jay also commented that he used a SureCall signal meter to measure outside and indoor cell signal to transmit the best cell reception possible. The Guilford Fire Department Headquarters is now ready for almost anything! The Results 35,000 square foot fire station gional emergency operations center utilizing multi-carrier support for budget-conscious local public agency Visit www.tessco.com/go/cellphonemate to learn more. Application Note Jay Leatherman, Systems Administrator of the Guilford Fire Department in Guilford, Connecticut, wanted to replace the existing cellular booster in their firehouse because it wasn't working as advertised and they had outgrown the system. What they needed and ultimately installed was the Cellphone-Mate Force-5 which could support voice and data for all major carriers. The new system proved itself as an all-in-one cellular reception solution that transformed the firehouse into a regional Emergency Operations Center. solution could vary. One size does not fit all. From licensed to unlicensed, and line- of-site or non-line-of-site microwave, the backhaul solution will need to be tailored to each small cell deployment based on its requirements. Leading backhaul vendors are developing solutions across the entire small cell market focusing on the require- ment of each type of deployment to opti- mize both cost and performance. to street-level deployments, coordinat- ing the small cell location is a significant challenge. From the analysis and finding the right location, to securing agreements to utilize a public-owned traffic device or private, utility-owned street lights, and power poles, the project management of a small cell deployment will take on another layer of coordination. Also, you can't help but think of possible new business models that include small cell operators owning, maintaining, and leasing capacity or third- party small cell owners that will partner with the wireless services providers. wireless service providers have sent a clear message - small cells are in their future, but only if they fit their CAPEX and OPEX requirements. Both small cell RAN and backhaul vendors are stepping up and delivering a usable form factor and making the nodes easy to install and manage. The ability to monitor and manage each node is a requirement to insure QoS and control dispatch costs. Another factor is the ability to activate and deactivate nodes during peak and nonpeak times when the access points are also covered by a macrocell to save on energy costs. Regardless of the direction, the next 24 months will present opportunities for all players in the cellular ecosystem. From car- riers and contractors, to venue owners and government agencies, all will contribute to the seemingly endless development and deploy- ments for capacity and coverage. I'm seeing a perfect alignment of existing industry relation- ships, newcomers focused on small cell tech- nology, program managers, contractors sea- soned from years of macro site development, and supply chain resources - all committed to guaranteeing success. Is the cellular coverage and capacity revolution going to be easy? No. But bring it on. We're ready. Visit www.tessco.com to learn more. and 4G data needs, Jay

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