Why Your Facility Needs a Bi-Directional Amplification (BDA) System

In the event of an emergency, you need first responders to be able to access your facility and communicate with their teams outside with no delay or interference. One of the major complaints voiced during these critical situations by first responders is the ability to communicate to their teams and encountering dead spots within a building.

Don't let your building have dead spots where it leaves first responders without a way to call for help or ask for information. By adding a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) system to your facility, you are helping ensure that first responders can do their job as safely and efficiently as possible.

How Does a BDA System Work?

A BDA system helps to ensure that there are consistent two-way communications by amplifying transmissions using a repeater antenna on the outside of your facility connecting to boosters within your facility to negate the potential for dead spots. This set-up helps to boost the signal strength by expanding the coverage of Radio Frequency (RF) thru your facility.

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Do You Really Need a BDA System?

Various organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Fire Council (IFC) continually work to update the standards for life safety in facilities, including signal coverage for first responders. You may want to check with your county Fire Marshall as they are continually updating facility requirements, and BDA's may have already been added as a requirement for your county. 

Not being in compliance may cost you, not only money but people's lives. It's imperative to stay on top of these changes and make sure that your facility is in full compliance.

What Can You Do Now?

Contact BLTI today! We would be happy to send out one of our life safety experts to review your facility to see if you are in compliance with all requirements. If we see that there are any concerns, we would help provide some cost-effective solutions to bring you up to date.

We have decades of experience in designing, installing, programming, maintaining, and monitoring various life safety and security systems in facilities both large and small. Consider having an expert on your side to ensure that your facility is up to date, and in complete compliance with any new regulations that may have been enacted for your jurisdiction.

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