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4 Signs You Should Invest in a Bi-Directional Amplifier Solutions

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Thursday, September 10, 2015

For those who own, operate, or work in large structures, bi-directional amplifiers may be perfect for you – and you probably don’t even know it. We’re talking to those in hospitals, manufacturing plants, school campuses, airports, and even shopping centers.

We’re going to list out 4 reasons that you should invest in a BDA solution, but first – what is a bi-directional amplifier (and why should you care)?

What is a Bi-Directional Amplifier?

As a note, we covered BDAs in detail in this blog post, so if you’d like even more about how they work, read that post.

A Bi-Directional Amplifier can be thought of as a signal booster for your communications, especially those that occur within a building. A BDA is a wireless communication solution that works to bring wireless signals from outside of your building in, and then amplify and distribute those signals throughout the building.

This provides significantly improved signal strength and more reliable coverage when the signal source is obstructed. Now, wireless devices in any location within the building are able to connect to the signal and use it for clear communication.


So now that you have a brief understanding of what a BDA actually is – here are 4 signs that you should invest in them.

Your building is big.

This may sound overly simple, but it is a basic truth – if your building is large, the walls are thick, and an outside signal has a lot of area to cover. This can result in dropped calls (more on those later) and a lack of productivity (more on that, too).

Depending on the purpose of the structure, those inside may be using their cellphones to communicate with each other and with customers/stake holders outside the building. Regardless of the carrier, users should be able to make those calls on a consistent basis knowing that their signal is strong and secure. BDAs help grant that benefit by amplifying and rebroadcasting those signals throughout the building, room to room. 

Two-way radio users will also find that a large structure can limit their call quality and reliability, and the size of the building plays a large role in that.

You are looking to increase productivity.LoneWorkerManufacturing

For those in a manufacturing plant, you know that downtime is your kryptonite. Production runs on a finely tuned schedule and when workers fall behind, it can be difficult to catch up and remain on that schedule. Your first instinct when considering this situation is simple: let’s improve our productivity. 

The truth is your building could be part of the problem hindering that productivity. For example, if workers have to remake calls on their two-way radios because the call dropped or was unclear, they lose time. As issues like these build up throughout the day, it is possible to fall hours behind schedule – just due to simple communication mishaps.

If you want to improve your productivity, start by improving your communication.

You are having call quality issues.

Imagine working in a hospital, and as you attempt to make a time-sensitive call or page to a doctor, your effort doesn’t go through due to a poor signal. This can literally mean the difference between life and death, or, on a less drastic note, it can impact patient happiness and staff communication.

Dropped calls, or calls with poor quality, are not only incredibly frustrating, but they can cause delays and issues. By using a bi-directional amplifier, you eliminate these frustrations by providing a clear signal for every user in the building, from the basement to the top floor.

You want to provide added value to your tenants. 

Maybe you aren’t the one having call issues or productivity problems – maybe you own the building in which the tenants are. Good news: using BDA solutions, you can actually increase the value to tenants through enhanced mobile coverage. 

So whether that means delighting current tenants or adding value for future ones, this can make a world of difference. Being able to assure the people in your building that no matter the network they use or the devices they choose to communicate with, they will receive a strong signal, everywhere. This improves their productivity, safety, and overall communication plan.

If any of these signs ring true for you or your company, you should look into bi-directional amplifiers and learn how they can impact your communication needs. Contact Chicago Communications today to learn more, or, leave a comment below with your thoughts or questions!


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