InBuilding - Volume 2, Issue 1 - 68
Walsh Wireless has focused on systems that improve radio
communications among fire, police and paramedics.
Walsh Wireless works with cellular carriers to provide complete coverage
within buildings. By Tim O'Connor
osing a cellular signal
can be frustrating, even dangerous. When ﬁrst responders arrive at a scene, they need to
be able to communicate with each
other to coordinate a plan and call
out risky areas. A building with a
poor wireless network can interfere
with that communication and prevent critical details from reaching
a command center.
Walsh Wireless installs in-building wireless systems that connect to
outdoor antennas, creating a stable
and strong signal for residents,
workers and public safety personnel
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alike. "With this system, we don't
drop any calls," co-owner Mike
Walsh says. "It's the real deal."
NO JOB TOO SMALL
Walsh and his co-founder, Ron
DeVitto, worked for a large
distributed antenna system (DAS)
company in Chicago before
striking out on their own in May
2017. The newly formed company,
Walsh Wireless, employs union
workers, a necessity in the Chicago market, but one that Walsh
takes pride in as a 36-year union
member himself. DeVitto has also
Employees: IBEW Local 134
Specialty: Wireless connections
Mike Walsh, co-owner: "Some companies
won't even bother with the small work. We
embrace the small work."
been a member of IBEW Local
134 since 1991.
"Most of the buildings in downtown Chicago you cannot even
walk into unless you're a union
contractor," Walsh says.
Since Walsh Wireless is an
IBEW Local 134 company, it has