Connected Real Estate Magazine - Vol 2 Issue 1 - 59
NY & NORTHEAST
president and chief executive officer for Bandwidth Logic.
"Carriers are focused on capacity while coverage is an afterthought. The problem is, if there's no coverage than capacity
Even today, dropped calls and slow data streams are commonplace and frustrating for users when entering or already
inside of many buildings. Coining the term "last footage of
coverage," Parr said fiber optic cable has to be run directly to
the antennas in their buildings to support the new 5G network
expected to be online by 2021, and to overcome the continual
interference of not just cell phone signals with one another,
but buildings designed to block ultraviolet light and indirectly
other radio frequencies, as well as a cell signal's ability to penetrate glass, walls and floors.
"This allows all kinds of applicability," he said, "by using a
small amount of technology. With these upgrades, a private
network can be run into a building, and there's no need to
install all of the equipment associated with the older ones.
Utilizing 3,500 MHz will soon allow the end-user to have
their own network." That means outside connectivity provided by the wireless carriers can seamlessly transition with
building networks so the user no longer experiences problems
including non-existent service due to a building's construction
or spotty service inside.
Through a strategic partnership with Illinois-based international distributor Anixter Inc., Parr has leveraged their logistical
support, key customer relationships and wireless team to outfit
commercial spaces quicker, more efficiently and cost effectively in record time. With Anixter's help, Bandwidth Logic has
already installed a system and covered four million square feet
of commercial space. The company's largest job so far is 55
Water St. in New York, which is at the southeastern most tip of
the island and fronted by the East River. It is the largest office
building in the city and second-largest in the country.
"Anixter helped us stage everything floor-by-floor with a
comprehensive layout," Parr said. "Not only were we able to
handle the installation very efficiently but also removal of the
pallets and refuse. This allowed us to take full advantage of
just-in-time delivery of supplies and equipment based on the
project schedule with no need for storage or accruing storage
fees. By doing this, we saved three months on the project's
schedule and $500,000 in overall costs."
Anixter had an excellent relationship with the building's
management team and in-house electrician from ADCO
Electric also added tremendous value. "They had contacts
throughout the building. All of the coordination that needs to
happen is a lot easier when you know somebody inside."
The challenge with this particular space was the security
and sensitive nature of the building's tenants. With such
high-profile companies as Standard & Poor's, the New York
City Department of Transportation and Depository Trust and
Clearing Corp., Parr and his team had to come up with new
solutions to address their unique needs. The key to success was
The problem is, if there's no coverage
than capacity doesn't matter.
those critical relationships already being in place.
"Going forward," he said, "we're partnering [with Anixter]
to identify wireless opportunities together and leverage both
companies' skills to ensure success for these spaces, their tenants and users, and those who manage them."
In the early days of cellular phones, carriers used omni-directional antennas. Now, the same three frequencies (Alpha,
Beta, Gamma) are constantly being reused by phone and data
customers, and the carriers point their cell towers toward one
another to facilitate that. The system was built on this premise,