Enforcement Changes Coming for Distributed Antenna Systems

Distributed Antenna System inspections are now a priority for Fire Marshals, reports Performance Systems Integration.

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Performance Systems Integration, a leading provider of fire and life safety services in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, spoke with an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) within the radio entity in Multnomah County to learn more about upcoming code changes that will impact Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and where DAS lands in the priority for inspections in 2023.

“While historically DAS inspections haven’t been the top priority, that’s changing. Fire Marshals are actively making sure that DA systems are working properly,” states the Portland-based AHJ. “It’s critical to have coverage in large buildings because without DAS in place, the emergency responders will not be able to communicate in every part of the building.”

Distributed Antenna Systems are a series of antennas throughout a structure that provide enhanced two-way radio service, evenly distributing the amplified signals. DAS prevents building materials such as concrete walls from blocking wireless signals. DAS provides emergency responders with continuous two-way radio coverage within the building and with those outside without any interruption in service.

The AHJ continues. “The most critical tool for first responders is 100% available communication. Emergency personnel will most likely be in your building responding to a call at some point, and without DAS, they’re not going to be able to effectively serve the building tenants.”

Read the full conversation with the AHJ. Download your free copy here.

Want to learn more about DAS? Join the PSI webinar, Distributed Antenna Systems 101, happening September 21. Learn about code regulations as outlined by the IFC and NFPA, the necessary hardware, and a walk through of the inspection and testing process. Register today!

About Performance Systems Integration

PSI is committed to delivering high-quality customer service through its “single-point-of-management” compliance services for all fire and life safety installations and inspections in the Pacific Northwest and the Northern California regions.

With over 20 years of fire and life safety industry experience, its highly qualified technicians are carefully factory-trained and NICET-certified to deliver the highest level of services. Beyond compliance, PSI’s mission is to help save lives by providing meaningful fire and life safety protection and training. 

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