Fire codes can be difficult to manage. Jurisdictions implement different versions of the codes at different
times. Some Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) modify existing codes. There has always been a lot of
cross-referencing to make sure your design is right.
And now, they’ve gotten a little more challenging.Under the revised codes, all new construction must include In-Building Wireless Public Safety
Communications (IBW PSC) systems that meet minimum levels for radio transmission and coverage within buildings.Your construction documents not only need to meet this requirement for permits, your in-building
system needs to pass testing for your client to get their Certificate of Occupancy. Many architects and MEPs struggle to get this design right. If you’ve struggled too, consider these 3 benefits of working with an IBW PSC specialist.
#1: You don’t waste time on a learning curve
Jurisdiction code requirements are updated every few years, but depending upon the activity in the
region, it may be significantly more-frequent. In-building wireless technology is in a continuous state of
improvement. And there are a variety of options to decide upon. You can figure it all out…but if you
don’t work with it every day, to do so is a big investment in time for your staff.
An IBW PSC specialist keeps up-to-date on all of the codes and technologies. And they can quickly talk
with the AHJ to understand any jurisdiction-specific requirements to ensure you achive your Certificate
of Occupancy on-time. This frees your staff to be more efficient working on the areas they know best.
#2: You’ll know your project is compliant
Early in your career, you may have had situations where what looked right on paper didn’t exactly work
out quite right in the field. But through your experience, you now have an understanding that keeps you
from making those errors.
The same is true with designing an IBW PSC system. A design that is technically right on paper, may not
be quite compliant when it’s installed and being tested for your Certificate of Occupancy. If IBW PSC
isn’t your specialty, these errors in planning are hard to pick up.An IBW PSC specialist has extensive practice designing and testing these systems. They understand how the system works on paper and in-building.
#3: You’ll get value-add from design efficiencies
A PSC system may not be the only in-building wireless system to occupy the
building. In fact, it’s increasingly commonfor commercial systems to be integrated as well.Both PSC and commercial systems have space and environmental needs that are different from the other utilities in the building. And—unlike the other utilities—they’re likely to need additional space for future technology. Planning now for the needs through the life-cycle of the building
saves future headache and renovation costs. A IBW PSC specialist doesn’t just understand the PSC system; they understand the requirements for all
potential in-building wireless systems. And they can take into account the future needs of the building when designing the system.
Help your client, grow your business
It’s worth repeating: fire codes can be tricky. And when it comes to life-safety, there’s no room for error.
But if you aren’t experienced in IBW PSC, getting it right can cost your team a lot of time.
If you need confidence that your IBW PSC system is compliant, Capital Telecom Services, LLC, specializes
in becoming an extension of your team without cannibalizing your business. At Capital Telecom Services,
we’re focused on public safety and in-building wireless infrastructure services and provide you a tenured
team with years of experience in the most difficult environments. Let our experienced IBW PSC team
design a compliant system for your next building and support your ongoing growth and profitability.
Please call Kevin Turrisi at 571-375-3989 and let us know about your project. Or visit us at