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June 6th, 2016

idDAS From Cobham Breaks Out For Public Safety Use

Cobham Wireless has announced that the company's leading cellular digital DAS (Distributed Antenna System) solution idDAS is now being made available for public safety communications.

This will increase the dynamism of first responder systems and enable significant cost-savings for facilities managers already investing in signal enhancement solutions. The public safety enhancement to idDAS was unveiled at Critical Communications World, Amsterdam, this past week and will be made available worldwide in Q4 2016.

idDAS has already been used in prestigious large-scale cellular projects to provide dynamic capacity across areas with sporadic yet high-capacity cellular demands, such as event spaces and multi-use venues. The ability to share capacity with nearby facilities as and when it is required means facilities managers and owners can significantly lower the OPEX costs associated with coverage enhancement systems. In addition, this nexgen DAS system will support legacy public safety services and LTE services, offering the opportunity to provide wide bandwidth services to first responders.

Expanding this usage to public safety provides further cost-savings and opens up the possibility of reserving high-capacity bandwidth for emergency service use. These frequencies can then be used for next generation public safety applications such as facial recognition technology, video and data transfer and advanced site mapping. 

Rami Hasarchi, Vice President, Coverage solutions, Cobham Wireless, stated that providing additional bandwidth for first responder services enables the development of numerous nexgen emergency service communication technologies, all the while minimizing the OPEX costs associated with high-bandwidth emergency service coverage provisioning.