At V-COMM Telecommunications Engineering, we advocate for a proactive stance in strengthening public safety (PS) communication networks. The most efficient and successful projects all begin with a complete understanding of the environment and the desired outcomes. The current industry push is for ERCES deployments to support in-building communications for public safety agencies, but this can lead to adverse effects on the radio network if they are not properly deployed. In our discussion, we unveil a collection of best practices for testing, designing and deploying ERCES to enhance in-building coverage, but not degrade the LMR network. Our presentation highlights the critical need for public safety stakeholders to take definitive actions to safeguard their communication systems and their communities.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Recognizing the importance of obtaining final approval from the frequency license holders, alongside necessary coordination with Authority Having Jurisdictions (AHJs), to eliminate uncertainty from your network’s operations.
  • What information should be provided to system designers to ensure an effective design.
  • Going beyond the fire code by integrating additional essential elements for a comprehensive, fortified ERCES.
  • Defining equipment requirements to ensure seamless integration with the LMR network.
  • Why being involved in all stages of development from design through deployment is important.
  • What is required from building owners and integrators post-deployment.
  • Reviewing V-COMM’s ERCES Deployment Checklist tailored for Public Safety stakeholders to guide system integrators on all necessary data to support an interference-free system.

David Stern, Vice President, V-COMM
Michael Webster, Director of Enterprise Network Engineering, V-COMM
Justin Day, Director of Enterprise Network Engineering, V-COMM