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Alive Telecom also increased
its market focus to include public
safety and in-building solutions.
Today, its specialties include
broadcast and public safety antennas, rooftop installations, testing
services and system design, and
program management. "From
project start to finish, Alive Telecom offers full-service of program
management solutions covering all
[the client's] telecommunications
needs," it says.
It also offers wireless solutions
that allow connectivity through
devices. "From design and integration to management of in-building, distributive and broadband
communications systems, Alive
Telecom can provide [clients] with
the communications system [their]
company demands," it says.
Barton brings extensive expertise
to Alive Telecom. Previously, he
studied electrical engineering for
his bachelor's degree and specialized in electromagnetic theory.
He also worked at Andrew Corp.
as a lead antenna system engineer
for the Broadcast Products Group.
"He was able to advance the
product line that enabled Andrew
to differentiate them from the competition," Alive Telecom says.
Before leaving Andrew Corp.,
Barton helped start up its In-Building Antenna Products Group. "He
also designed and assisted in the
marketing of the antenna product
line," the company adds.
Today, at Alive Telecom, he
"guides a team of engineers and
designers in supporting the ever-changing and growing telecommunications marketplace," it says.
"[He] gives Alive Telecom the
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opportunity to approach any communications project with unique
solutions; general consulting, system design or component design
for specialized RF projects."
Alive Telecom's portfolio includes
multiple projects, including an
upgrade for the Chicago Transit
Authority (CTA). The project, it
notes, allowed the CTA to improve
subway ridership user experience.
"Chicago can now boast of one
of the most advanced distributed
antenna systems [DAS] installed,"
the firm says, noting that it worked
with a team of engineering companies, carriers, equipment manufactures and installation companies
to complete this project.
"From start to
finish, Alive Telecom offers fullservice program
This allowed Alive Telecom to
provide a multi-carrier solution
that covers all commercial wireless
frequency band. "Alive Telecom
assembled and tested the passive
distribution panels and cable
harnesses installed at each repeater
group throughout the Red and
Blue Line Subways," it says.
The company's Chicago work
also includes designing and managing the installation of 10 channel DASs to support Chicago Fire
and Police Communications for
the Lower Wacker Drive Tunnel.
"The system layout consisted of
two bi-directional amplifiers over
14,000 feet of coax, 9,000 feet of
fiber, 6,000 feet of radiating cable
and 42 antennas," the firm says.
"Alive Telecom designed and
manufactured UHF omni and directional antennas specifically for
the project requirements," it says.
"Once testing was completed with
the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, we
achieved 99 percent coverage for
CFD and 98 percent coverage for
CPD, surpassing our requirement
of 95 percent."
SOLVING THE PROBLEM
Alive Telecom's portfolio includes
the Nebraska State Public Safety
VHF Radio System. According to
the company, the statewide radio
system had a VHF 6 dB omni
antenna side-mounted on a seven-foot face broadcast tower.
The original plan, the company
notes, was to collocate on an existing tower that saved the expense
of building a 240-foot public safety
tower. However, "The problem
was that tower created a dead coverage area opposite the antenna
mount location," it says.
Alive Telecom proposed
wrapping low-profile VHF panels
around the tower for the transmit
and receive systems. "The tower, which was designed for large
broadcast antennas, had ample
headroom to support the wind
load," it says.
"Nebraska State, with consultation from Motorola Solutions,
decided to go with our resolution,"
the company continues. "Alive
Telecom designed, manufactured
and then engineered the antenna
array to solve the problem."