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What is a Two-Way Radio Communications Enhancement System?

With the implementation of new construction codes in New York City, all buildings undergoing renovation or construction are required to support the Fire Department of New York’s two-way radio communication systems.

What is a Two-Way Radio Communications Enhancement System?

This specialized communication of this industry comes in the form of an adapted fire alarm system focused solely on life safety and fire provisions. How can engineers and architects adapt to this new industry necessity?

What is a Two-Way Radio Communications System?
The FDNY consider reliable communications to be “as important as water” when battling a fire inside a building. Concrete, rebar, glass, sheetrock, and even civilians impede the signal on the FDNY’s two-way radio communication coverage, making communication difficult. When a building is too large or dense for the two-way radios to clearly communicate through, an Auxiliary Radio Communication System (ARCS) is required to be installed as part of the building’s life safety system and to provide full communication coverage throughout the building.

Why use an ARC System? 
The answer is simple - to guarantee coverage throughout the building, the FDNY requires the installation of an ARCS infrastructure. The ARCS system uses a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) inside the building so fire response personnel operating at any location are always within the transmission range of an antenna. The radio transmission is then processed locally at the Radio Amplification Unit (RAU) installed inside the building. Communication is then retransmitted throughout the entire building to all fire response personnel and users of the Dedicated Radio Console.

The Solution
The Tactical Series Universal Dedicated Radio Monitor is the first of its kind in the life-safety communications industry. The Dedicated Radio Monitor, or DRC, is configured to meet FDNY requirements including the simultaneous control and voice communications on two, two-way radio channels. This is vital to life-safety communications as the DRC provides the incident commander with a central point of command and control in an emergency situation.

Conclusion
A two-way radio communication system is vital to ensuring the life-safety capabilities of your commercial infrastructure. TowerIQ’s experienced RF engineering team specializes in constructing complimentary building plans for ARCs using the Tactical Series. The drawings are delivered right to you just a week after your initial consultation.

TowerIQ provides complimentary drawings for architects and engineers needing a life-safety wireless network. Simply click Contact Us, fill in the form, and one of our representatives will be in touch.

Recommended Reading

Introduction to FDNY ARCS

How To File For An ARCS

Press Release: TowerIQ and Anixter To Lead Public Safety Expansion

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