To make the case for a BDA, or bi-directional amplifier, for your agency, start by painting a picture of life without dead zones. Imagine a world with no more spotty reception, no more half-heard or misheard conversations and no more standing by the windows yelling, “Can you hear me now?” There's no doubt that agencies wasted resources paying staff for down-time when they simply can't do their work because they can't connect.
The BDA solutions for cell phones and two-way radios are different, but the big benefits of both are the same: better, crystal-clear communications. As you’re working through your wireless communications wish list, here are some suggestions for how to make the case for a BDA at your agency.
BDAs Boost Signals
To start, briefly detail how bi-directional amplifiers work for cell phones and radios: BDAs locate a wireless signal from outside of a building – say, an antenna placed on the roof – and amplify that signal to rebroadcast it throughout a coverage area.
BDAs rely on a distributed antenna system, or DAS, to pick up wireless signals and distribute them effectively on a single frequency to one geographic area. Because BDAs operate on a single frequency, you need to make sure that frequency is the same as the other equipment on your wireless network, such as radios and antennas. Before you buy, make sure the BDA you choose operates in the frequency range you’re currently using.
BDAs Modernize Communications in Older Buildings
While you may appreciate the overall antique charm of your agency’s building, facility or warehouse, it can’t be denied that it’s holding you back in terms of communications technology. It was constructed at a time when today’s wireless communications weren’t a consideration, meaning even the most powerful cell phones or radio signals are no match for the thick concrete or stone walls.
The good news is that a professionally installed BDA and distributed antenna system can bring reception to 100 percent even in your most stubborn building locations. An experienced technician will be able to recommend the best antenna placement options and mix of equipment, which is why it’s important to leave installation to the pros who do them every day in buildings just like yours.
BDA Solutions Are Highly Customizable
Your agency has a unique set of communications needs and challenges, and you need to be prepared to meet those head-on both today and into the future. To address the variety of use cases and conditions, BDA models offer a range of gain and coverage options. You can tailor a solution that’s easy to evolve as your agency grows.
A BDA’s coverage area is determined by the “gain” of the amplifier and the strength of the signal coming in from outside. The less powerful the signal in an area, the higher gain you’ll need.
Perhaps the best way to make the case for a BDA is to hear about its benefits from a wireless communications professional who’s seen firsthand how it transforms communications for a range of agencies. A professional can offer the best assessment of how to get the most out of your BDA investment.