Using a Zonal Approach to Boost Cell Signal in Large Spaces

Todd Fariss

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On May 4th In Audio/Video, Communications
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Some 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and no matter where they are — from their own home to a huge sports arena — they expect to be connected. Still, managers and tenants of the largest spaces are reluctant to invest in solutions to improve poor cell signal, largely based on cost.

If you have a customer that is the owner or manager of a very large building or space they may be overwhelmed at the prospect of boosting cell signal throughout. This can be especially true if they have done any research into traditional cell signal boosting options. Many of these solutions require expensive fiber-optic networks and time-consuming projects that can quickly escalate into the tens of thousands of dollars to install.

A Better Approach to Boosting Signals in Large Spaces

When it comes to boosting cell signal, there are alternatives to the traditional and costly approach mentioned above. Not only can you boost your signal more cost-effectively, but you can also take a zonal approach to improving the cell signal throughout a large space. That means that you can boost cell signals in specific areas where your customers need it most, and not in the areas they don’t.

Passive distributed antenna systems, better known as passive DAS capture existing outdoor cell signal and bring it inside, amplifying that signal up to 32 times. Because it doesn’t require an installation of complex fiber optic networks it can be installed only in specific areas or zones of a large building.

Passive DAS has proven effective in a variety of settings, from hospitals and arenas to large commercial buildings. Because multiple boosters can be installed, there is no limit to the size of the building where cell signal can be improved. Amplifiers can be placed in multiple areas throughout a building to target individual zones where strong cell signal is needed most. Because passive DAS is carrier agnostic, it boosts signals from all carriers.

Passive DAS is a great solution for covering large areas and for combating the building materials that often hamper cellular signal, including concrete, stonework, brick, insulation, coated glass, and metal used to construct modern energy efficient buildings.

These boosters can be moved from one location in a building to another as needs change. They can also be augmented with the addition of large space antennas. Low-profile dome antennas are a great option in spaces where aesthetics are important. These low-profile antennas are installed on the ceiling, and therefore don’t take up valuable real estate or become a blight on the look of the space. Panels are an additional directional antenna option that allows coverage over a wide area.

To learn more about boosting cell signals in large spaces visit Wilson Pro in the ADI Booth at InfoComm. Come find us at booth #C3122