In-Building Safety and Compliance
Your building may be failing a major 21st century safety requirement. NFPA is going to mean property owners and managers everywhere will have to have Wi-Fi and radio signal coverage in nearly 100% of common areas in their buildings to provide connectivity in the event of emergencies such as fire and worse. Is your internet provider offering an easy way to help you comply?
AiNET understands the issue, and we have a way to solve it. We have partnered with Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) providers to build a solution that brings high-quality internet service to your building and tenants, and connects it with systems which protect your whole building with life-safety communication technologies in a cost-effective, turnkey way.
Many jurisdictions require that buildings meet certain levels of bandwidth or wireless coverage to ensure connectivity for emergency workers so they may properly and safely communicate during any emergency situation. The National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA 72”) and the International Fire Code (“IFC”) establish the framework for regulations nationwide dealing with required emergency communications coverage in buildings.
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The NFPA, a United States trade association, worked with various international entities to draft NFPA 72. They create private, copyrighted standards and codes for use by local municipalities around the country, drafting codes ranging from building materials regulations to firefighter equipment and rescue response. The NFPA established certain regulations relating to Emergency Communications Services (“ECS”). Below are a couple of the most important requirements to follow.
The International Fire Code (“IFC”) is designed to address the conditions that can be dangerous to one’s life and property from such things as fire, explosion and hazardous materials relating to the use and occupancy of buildings and premises. The main priority, through its regulations, is to have a safeguard promoting public health and safety in any size of community. Again, below are a couple of the most important IFC requirements.
Critical Areas, such as the fire command center(s), the fire pump room(s), exit stairs, exit passageways, elevator lobbies, standpipe cabinets, sprinkler sectional valve locations, and other areas deemed critical by the authority having jurisdiction, shall be provided with 99 percent floor area radio coverage
A minimum inbound signal strength of -95dBm, or other signal strength as required by authority having jurisdiction, shall be provided throughout the coverage area.
A minimum outbound signal strength of -95 dBm at the donor site, or other signal strength as required by authority having jurisdiction, shall be provided from the coverage area.
Buildings and structures that cannot support the required level of coverage shall be equipped with radiating cable system or distributed antenna system (DAS) with FCC-certified signal booster, or both, or with a system that is otherwise approved, in order to achieve the required adequate coverage.
International Fire Code Requirements:
All new buildings shall have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems of the jurisdiction at the exterior of the building. This section shall not require improvement of the existing public safety communications systems.
Buildings and structures which cannot support the required level of radio coverage shall be equipped with a radiating cable system, a distributed antenna system with Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-certified signal boosters, or other system approved by the fire code official in order to achieve the required adequate radio coverage.
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