Distributed antenna systems, or DAS, improve cellular coverage at large complex venues and buildings. Large arenas and skyscraper will certainly have a DAS. The primary objective for DAS is to amplify your signal and eliminate areas with weak signals. This increases customer satisfaction at venues and tenant satisfaction in large buildings. They also bring an element of safety, ensuring that communication is always possible in areas throughout a structure.
Once building owners understand the value of a DAS, they want to know how they can get one and what the installation process is like. Installing a DAS is a lot more complicated than installing a router – to say the least – but with an experienced contractor, it can be done successfully. Here’s an overview of all the steps necessary to install a DAS for your building.
Statement of Work
After first identifying the authority of jurisdiction, a statement of work should be developed. The statement will clearly define all the project requirements. You’ll need to provide the details of the project, including floor plans, to your DAS installer. They will give you a very rough quote and schedule a detailed site survey.
Site Survey & CW Test
An accredited installation team will visit your site and take a survey of the floor plans, equipment locations, and impairments. The survey will provide the system designers with accurate information about the signal spectrum, cable paths, material types, and building layout. The information is used to provide an accurate quote, bill of materials, and expectations of final deployment performance.
Design & Budget
Your DAS installation contractor will analyze the data from the site survey and develop a comprehensive solution to meet your needs. The proposal may include RF link budgets, antenna, and cable layouts, BOM, CAD drawings, and engineered drawing. If you approve the proposal, your contractor will obtain the necessary permits from local authorities.
After the design is finalized and the equipment is ordered, your DAS installer will complete the installation. A good contractor will provide a turn-key installation that results in a significantly boosted signal through the site. The install will run checks across the entire site, verifying the boosted signal strengths and ensuring compliance to code.
The final step will be a post-install walkthrough with an AHJ fire marshal to demonstrate compliance. You will then obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from AHJ. You should get a one-year warranty on all workmanship, a three-year warranty on equipment, and comprehensive lifetime technical support for your installation.
Choosing Your DAS Installer
Interested in learning more about how a DAS can be configured, installed, deployed, and managed on your property? CSI is here to help. Working with our DAS design partners, we specialize in designing custom-built signal booster and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) for use in industrial, commercial, and residential buildings. Our designs can cover up to 1,000,000+ square feet and can be rapidly deployed in Jacksonville and the surrounding North Florida area.
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