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Interference Risks from In-Building Emergency Systems

Cuong Luu  (Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security)

Rodney Reed  (Assistant Chief, Harris County Fire Marshal's Office)

Gary Schluckbier  (Vice President, Product, Epiq Solutions)

Location: N260

Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Pass Type: All Access, Standard, Quick Pass Wednesday

Track: In-building Wireless, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

As in-building Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) systems are increasingly deployed to improve emergency communications network coverage in critical buildings, the side effects of these systems can impair these networks outside of buildings. Interference caused by improperly designed or functioning in-building systems is increasingly causing reduced coverage or network outages that are intermittent and difficult to find and remediate.

In this session, we will present research and technology, funded by Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, that helps assess in-building coverage as well as detect and locate interference that can harm emergency communications networks. We'll also cover case studies in analyzing these systems in major metropolitan areas, specifically come hear Harris County (TX) representatives share their perspective on this growing concern and how they are addressing the challenge.