BDA Systems


BDA System Solutions from Optimum

In order to install Public Safety BDA (Bi-Directional Antenna) also known under multiple other acronyms such as DAS (Distributed Antenna System), ERCES (Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems) and ERRCS (Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems) the installation company must possess a GROL (General Radio Operator License from the FCC) and manufacturer training for the system being installed. Optimum maintains both prerequisites required to perform the RF survey and installation of the BDA system.

Optimum is BDA Certified - What Does This Mean?

Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) were first introduced in the 2009 International Building Code. The ERCES requirement was established to address the performance of emergency responders' portable radios inside buildings because building construction, building size, construction features, and other elements can absorb or block radio communications.

If a building does not meet the required signal strength (-95dBm), the only effective solution is the installation of a signal booster (BDA).

Today's codes, like the IBC 2015 Section 916, IFC 2018 Section 510, NFPA 72 2010, NFPA 1221 2016, and UL2524, require all buildings to have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building based on the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems of the jurisdiction at the exterior of the building.

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