In a world where we use our smartphones for almost everything — from communicating with others to navigating foreign cities and managing our work calendars — having reliable access to data and service is essential. That’s why it’s no surprise that in-building wireless solutions (or IBW for short) are quickly becoming popular as businesses and organizations look for ways to ensure their employees, visitors, and customers get the best indoor connection. But what exactly is in-building wireless, and how can Hellman Electric help you install this must-have solution? Keep reading to learn more!
In-building wireless or distributed antenna systems (more commonly known as “DAS”) are revolutionizing communication by providing uninterrupted, high-speed wireless connectivity in buildings. Businesses and individuals find this technology instrumental in buildings where conventional wireless signals cannot penetrate, such as basements and high-rise buildings (hello NYC). This is because without an in-building wireless system, dropped calls and disruptions are inevitable — regardless of the carrier or device you’re using.
How does IBW work?
Much like your building’s Wi-Fi, an in-building wireless system distributes an existing signal throughout the site to ensure every corner has access to a robust and reliable connection, bringing enhanced cellular connectivity to isolated spots or lousy coverage areas. No matter your carrier, the signal from their closest cell tower has to reach every part of your building, and unfortunately, many building materials (think e-glass, dense concrete, and fluffy insulation) naturally reject cell signals. This is why most in-building wireless systems are professionally designed, engineered, modified, and installed to the precise specifications of a building — making this solution desirable for businesses looking for a long-term and reliable solution.
What are the benefits?
Investing in DAS wireless and other coverage solutions can provide numerous advantages beyond improving cellular service. If you’re a building owner, installing strong indoor service can increase your property’s value significantly. Tenants expect good service and are often willing to pay more for it, so providing reliable cellular coverage could add a quarter to a third of the value to your building. In addition to this financial benefit, staying ahead of the curve with modern technology puts you in a favorable position regarding regulations and taxes. By taking action now, you can avoid any troublesome fees that will surely come as technology progresses. So not only will you be improving your building, but you’ll also be setting yourself up for success in the long run.
How do I know my business needs IBW?
To decide if it’s time for your building to consider in-building wireless, we invite you to ask yourself the following questions:
- When I am inside, do I have problems with dropped calls or lost connections, poor call audio quality, or texts, emails, and voicemails that show up in my inbox hours after they were sent?
- When I go outside, do the problems identified above disappear? Is it easier to keep connections or complete calls?
- Does the audio quality of my calls improve? Can I download files to my phone faster outside than indoors?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, or are experiencing dropped calls, slow data, and low bars with your cell coverage in your office building, corporate high-rise, school, hospital, airport, and other commercial location in or around NYC, consider contacting our team of experts today to learn how we provide you with a cost-effective solution.