Cellular enhancement works by bringing the outdoor cellular signal inside. Outside cellular towers broadcast signal in an area and the farther the signal must travel, the weaker it is. This results in poor cell signal quality. Building materials are also another cause of poor cell signal. The outdoor signal cannot penetrate thick or dense material like concrete walls, shielded areas, certain kinds of wood, or even energy efficient coated glass such as low-e glass. Even regular glass windows can reflect cellular signal.
This results in poor in-building connectivity. Phones may run slower, calls are dropped or experience bad voice quality, and texts or data may take a long time to send or be received. Clients or employees may even have to walk to another part of the building for better service.
Cellular signal enhancement solutions increase your in-building signal strength by capturing outside donor signal from nearby cell towers, amplifying it, and rebroadcasting the enhanced signal indoors. This is done by placing an exterior antenna on the building to gather the donor signal, then transmitting it inside to the amplifier, which then rebroadcasts the amplified signal via antennas located inside your building. Alternatively, a device called a small cell located inside the building can provide the donor signal which the enhancement solution amplifies and distributes indoors using the same method.
Increasing your cellular signal does not have to be a difficult process. Depending on your needs, there are a variety of solutions – single carrier options, carrier pre-approved options, cellular enhancement solutions for small to a million square foot and up buildings, and more.
If a crisis were ever to happen, people rely on their cell phones to contact emergency services and receive information. Experiencing poor in-building cellular signal is not just an inconvenience; it can impact the chances of someone being able to contact emergency services. A study by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) found approximately 240 million calls are made to 911 in the US each year. Roughly 70% of these calls in any area are made on cell phones. More importantly, most of those calls (80%) were made indoors.
As technology continues to evolve, these statistics will only increase. Having clear, strong cellular signal is not just a convenience it is a matter of public safety. Building materials are the number one reason for poor cell phone reception indoors. Which means a cellular enhancement solution is not only needed, it is required to ensure the safety of the public.
If the cellular signal in your building or campus is not up to par, it is important to find a cell signal enhancement solution that will work with your needs. There are many solutions from single area solutions to entire building solutions that can be deployed for make your space much safer.
Business does not just exist on your desktop computer in your office. Cell phones are used in every aspect of business – from two-factor authentication to business phone calls to easily keeping in touch with remote employees. Many businesses are even implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for employees which means many may be relying on cell phones as their primary line of business.
Employees who have access to reliable cellular signal are more 49% more productive because they do not have to fight dropped calls or go searching for signal. The time and monetary savings alone by installing a cellular enhancement system can significantly impact a business. They are also more comfortable with their own devices and can accomplish tasks much faster. However, poor signal can result in slow internet, dropped calls, and spotty voice reception, which slows down employees using their phones.
The key to business, tenant, and employee productivity is to be able to access tools and technology in an environment where the technology can work to help them save time and be as efficient as they can be. Cellular signal has a large impact on businesses of all scales which can significantly impact more than just employee morale.
The Smart Building trend is more than a passing craze; it is proving to have the ability to not only reduce the cost of owning a building but offer a wide array of amenities to tenants. Proven cell signal is proving to be one of the most sought-after tenant amenities; cellular reception is now one of the Top Three reasons why tenants leave their previous buildings in search of a new place to lease. Tenants are also increasingly searching for buildings to lease in with proven cellular capabilities. A study showed that tenants were also willing to pay up to $1.50 more per leasable square foot of space if there was proven cellular enhancement within the building.
Cellular reception is even more important for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Smaller devices such as AC monitors and wireless outdoor sensors cannot rely on Wi-Fi to keep them connected to the system due to the power needed to enable Wi-Fi connectivity. Cellular reception allows for these types of devices to reserve power and last longer on smaller batteries and exist outside of the building where Wi-Fi may not be as strong.
With 5G around the corner and IoT devices predicted to increase in sales, being prepared for the Smart Buildings in the future is not just a smart move, it puts building owners ahead of the competition.
Getting started with a cellular enhancement solution does not have to be a painful or lengthy process.
We made our process simple no matter what type of cellular solution you need. From research to design, we can help you at any stage.
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Floor Plan Analysis
A floor plan analysis allows our Solutions Experts to evaluate the best cellular enhancement solution for you based on your building’s unique structure and your needs. Take advantage of our Free Budgetary Quote that is customized to your building too.
A site survey is a part of the design process and determines the exact configuration needed to enhance the cellular signal inside the building. This on-site survey allows our technicians to take scientific signal readings in all areas of your building.
System Design and Installation
Once the site survey and floor plan analysis have been completed, Wytec Enterprise designers and engineers will expertly design and professionally install your custom solution.