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is low-emissivity glass, or "low-e
glass." This type of glass is coated
with a special material that blocks
heat waves to reduce energy usage
- and cell signals.
3. Lay a strong foundation
for the future.
New facilities represent a significant investment, so it doesn't pay
to be short-sighted. By installing
adequate infrastructure during
construction, you'll spend at least
30 percent less than you would on
a retrofit solution. That's why it's
critical for builders to incorporate
first-responder coverage during
the planning stages of a new
construction project regardless of
whether the local code requires it
In addition to ensuring first-responder coverage, it also makes
sense to plan for the technology
that's needed now, while also
allowing for future flexibility.
For example, many buildings are
moving to the cloud and others
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have started to integrate smart
building technologies. Even if it
isn't something you need now, it
might be something that's desired
down the road.
A MODERN SOLUTION
One of the easiest and most
cost-effective ways to make
connectivity consistent throughout your building is to employ a
distributed antenna system (DAS).
A DAS is a network of antennas that connects to a mobile
network carrier and provides
dedicated wireless cellular service
for a specific area, such as a
building. The antennas are usually affixed to ceilings throughout
the building, providing coverage
for 5,000 to 25,000 square feet
DAS solutions are ideal for large
construction projects because they
can boost signals in buildings constructed of materials that might
otherwise block connectivity.
AT THE FOREFRONT
It's always going to be easier - and
less expensive - to install a wireless
connectivity solution in a new
building than in an existing one.
For one thing, installers can enter
the construction zone without fear
of disturbing anyone.
Plus, by assessing the building's connectivity needs early on
and identifying an appropriately
cost-effective and flexible solution, you can sync the installation
and construction teams' efforts.
This ensures the optimal, discreet
placement of antennas, as well
as instant connectivity as soon
as construction is complete. So,
when you're planning your next
construction project, make sure to
keep connectivity concerns at the
forefront of your conversations.
Andrew Maier is president of WIN, the
leader in distributed antenna system
solution development for mid- to highrise buildings.