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How to Extend Your Coverage Footprint Economically


Curtis Johnson  (Senior Engineer, CTA Consultants LLC)

Cheryl Giggetts  (Principal Consultant, CTA Consultants LLC)

Location: W240A

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Track: First Responder Communications

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, LMR, P25, PTT

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Over the past decade the priority Public Safety radio system coverage has shifted from being Mobile-only coverage, to requiring Portable Outdoor, and Portable In-building coverage. Depending on the frequency band being used and the location of the jurisdiction, often it is not possible to design a system that provides public safety grade coverage in all the buildings or remote areas of your service area. However there are supplemental coverage alternatives that can be implemented to provide the radio coverage where you need it. In this presentation we will discuss P25 LTE/Wifi capabilities, Mobile Apps, In-building/DAS/BDA systems, paging systems, and the many other ways that you can communicate on your public radio system in places where your traditional LMR technology isn't adequate.

Presentation Takeaways:
1. Understanding coverage alternatives
2. How to identify the best coverage solution(s)
3. How to assess total cost of ownership