Connected Real Estate Magazine - Vol 2 Issue 1 - 68
NY & NORTHEAST
So, how do you avoid becoming a victim of the Forklift
described above. If the system was planned to support more
Effect? Unfortunately, due to the rapid growth of the wireless
carriers up front, no expansion would have been required, and
industry, there is no way to avoid it completely. However,
the ability to continue utilizing the existing system would
you can help minimize this scehave been less of an issue. Make
nario by pre-planning as much as
sure you purchase spare parts for
possible. As described in our preyour system, or make sure they
vious articles, avoid installing your
are built into your maintenance
systems in areas that will prohibit
contract. Like PCs, these systems
expansion (i.e. tight spaces, finished
will run for quite some time, as long
your in-building system will do for
walls, etc.), leave enough physical
as you don't have to expand them
your building and your tenants, both assuming new or replacement parts
space to make modifications in
now and in the future.
the future, carefully consider your
will be available. Finally, find a
choice between a single-carrier and
professional who truly understands
multi-carrier system and, finally,
the workings of the wireless indusconsider a budget for all impending
try and the direction in which it
upgrades after your network is built.
is headed. An expert can help you
If properly planned, you will be able to minimize the loss of
pre-plan as much as possible so later you have easy access to
"sunk costs" and use those sunk costs as assets moving foryour system, and any outdated equipment can be swapped out
ward. For example, insure you have enough fiber bandwidth,
relatively cost effectively.
spare pairs, etc., so you won't have to go through the time and
Dominic Villecco is the president and founder of V-COMM, LLC, a telecomexpense of redeploying more fiber for this new system. It's the
munications engineering consultant firm located in the northeast specializing in
old adage "pay now or pay later." The difference is, "pay now"
wireless system performance, design and implementation. Mr. Villecco is a 36-year
is always the less costly of the two.
veteran of the wireless industry, recognized as an expert at the FCC and currently
It is important to set goals for what your in-building system
Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Wireless Association.
will do for your building and your tenants, both now and in
V-COMM works with Transit Wireless in the New York City subway systems and
the future. Plan for all carriers up front, so you can gracemany other in-building projects along the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
fully expand in the future, rather than the hospital situation
Visit www.vcomm-eng.com for more information.
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