Connected Real Estate Magazine - Vol 2 Issue 1 - 51
Over 80% of mobile phone usage occurs indoors, so whether at home, at work or at leisure, the pressure is on for venue
owners to deliver consistent, high quality coverage for tenants,
employees and visitors.
Construction materials can impair and prevent LTE signals
penetrating buildings, and installing reliable and robust coverage
in modern infrastructure can be costly and complex. Analog DAS
(Distributed Antenna System) - traditionally the go-to solution
for in-building coverage - cannot support both high bandwidth
traffic and reliable first response coverage. Costly to install, maintain and upgrade; these systems are not economical and result in
huge chunks of capacity remaining unused for periods of time.
AN INTELLIGENT SOLUTION
The solution? Intelligent Digital DAS. Cobham Wireless'
idDAS solution is a robust in-building and outdoor coverage
solution that allows operators and infrastructure providers to
dynamically move capacity around an area to serve a number of needs, while also reducing both CAPEX and OPEX.
idDAS provides a coverage solution that is right-sized for
the application and can be dynamically changed depending
on demand. These systems support multiple mobile operators
and high levels of mobile data traffic, making their deployment crucial in large venues and multi-use buildings where
hundreds or thousands of people will be using their phones
simultaneously, connecting via numerous providers.
LTE for public safety has been in the spotlight this year,
putting more pressure on venue owners to guarantee communications between first response teams. Cobham Wireless'
idDAS is based on a C-RAN (cloud/centralized radio access
network) concept, offering venue owners a single platform for
both cellular and public safety coverage. The 'one stop shop'
solution supports all bands (VHF, UHF, 700/800/900 LMR)
and is NFPA/IFC compliant. The C-RAN model means that
all baseband processing is focused in a central location, and
management takes place virtually in the cloud. This removes
the complexity and cost of multiple operating and control sites.
COST-EFFECTIVE AND ENERGY EFFICIENT
The idDAS solution boasts the lowest OPEX in the industry in terms of energy consumption, using up to 33% less
power than competitor products. Bands can be powered down
during off-peak hours when they're not in use to further conserve energy and curb operating costs. In a multi-use building,
for example, greater capacity may be required in an office area
during working hours but not in the evening. In turn, a hotel
within the same building will require greater capacity in the
evening, whereas a food hall will need more capacity over the