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There can be many reasons for a company's staff or customers getting a poor cellular signal on the premises. If you've identified your own building as the source of signal problems, the most common and most effective solution is a bi directional amplifier or BDA.

If you aren’t familiar with bi directional amplifiers, you can read more about what they are and how they work here, but the main things you need to understand are:

  • DAS (distributed antenna system) is strategically placed in your building
  • They pick up the signal you are trying to receive
  • The BDA amplifies it (or “boost” it)
  • They redistribute that boosted signal throughout your building

Tags: Wireless Communication, Bi-Directional Amplifiers

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How Does a Bi-Directional Amplifier Work?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

When looking into improving your in-building communication, you'll probably come across the term bi-directional amplifier or BDA. The BDA is a tool used to boost wireless signal throughout your structure. These tools are often used in large buildings, like campuses, hospitals, hotels, or manufacturing plants, and they help your two-way radios and smartphones avoid dropping calls or receiving spotty coverage.

In short, a bi-directional amplifier is a device that locates a wireless signal, amplifies it, and then rebroadcasts it throughout your building.

This blog provides more insight into how this actually happens, and next steps to take if you think a BDA might solve your problems..

Tags: Wireless Communication, Bi-Directional Amplifiers

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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?

Tags: Wireless Communication, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Bi-Directional Amplifiers

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With the summer underway, the hospitality industry is booming. School is out of session and vacation time is finally being put to use which is great news for resorts and restaurants. But with this spike in business comes an increase in demand and expectations on the staff. Without the proper communication solutions, slow service could easily turn someone’s vacation or event from something fun and memorable to disappointing and frustrating.

When your business’ success depends on how well you are able to provide a service, you cannot afford to cut corners on communication. Use this guide to learn how these new or updated communication solutions can help your guest have an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Wireless Communication, Hospitality, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Digital Two-Way Radios

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If you’ve received anything from us lately, or checked out our web site, you may have noticed a slight change with our logo. Instead of just our logo, you now will see that added underneath our logo is the statement, “We create the infrastructure behind mobility.” Why this change? Because we felt those six words pretty much sum up who we are and what we do.  

Tags: Chicago Communications, Wireless Communication, Pointers from the Principals, Bi-Directional Amplifiers

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As a healthcare professional, safety is your primary concern. Without the proper communication solutions, responding to patients or emergencies can be challenging.

Here are three tips to improve communications at your healthcare facility:

Tags: Two Way Radios, Wireless Communication, Healthcare, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Digital Two-Way Radios

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Your large warehouse is full of inventory to please customers but what if there was a way to delight them? The agony of waiting for your order to be processed and shipped can cause anxiety for the impatient online shopper or postpone projects for contractors. No matter the type of client your warehouse serves, becoming more efficient on the floor can and will everyone happy. 

Expediting your retrieval and packing processes make it possible, but it will require strong internal communication and coordination. Continuously navigating thousands of square feet is less than ideal and will not contribute to improved productivity, but integrating new technology can provide a solution.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Wireless Communication, Manufacturing, Bi-Directional Amplifiers

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Managing a large staff can be a challenge within itself. Add on 10,000 or more square feet and then your communication can suffer significantly. Working in a warehouse setting can even seem chaotic and disjointed without effective means of communication.

Poor communication in a warehouse setting can:

  • Cause a delay in approvals and responses 

  • Restrict workflows and prolong assignments

  • Make it difficult to fulfill requests in a timely fashion

The good news is that there is a communication solution available for warehouses to alleviate some of these issues: two-way radios.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Manufacturing, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Digital Two-Way Radios

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How to Improve Site-Wide Communication

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Effective communication is essential to success. While this may seem like common sense, far too many businesses and organizations elect to place communication on the backburner and therefore never become as efficient as they could be. They encounter issues like dropped calls or poor voice quality in their buildings, or even worse, delayed response times during emergencies.  

This isn't because these organizations simply don't care about communicating with their team, rather, they are not yet aware of how great their communication could be and how to get there. Whether you are looking to improve your response time in case of an emergency, optimize your warehouse efficiency, or just have reliable coverage on your campus, there is a communications solution for you.  

To get started, here are two of the most common solutions to improve your site-wide communication.  

Tags: Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Digital Two-Way Radios

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For those experiencing a communication issue in their building, you know how frustrating poor coverage can be. When you need to send data or have a voice call with a key member of your team, but one of you enters a dead zone, coverage can be interrupted or even lost, causing time and even safety issues. 

This is most likely due to the signal outside of your building being obstructed by the building itself. In order to overcome this issue, decision makers often consider bi directional amplifiers. To help you determine if this is the right solution for you and your organization, here is a background on BDA solutions.  

Tags: Wireless Communication, Bi-Directional Amplifiers

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