Pepro LLC

February 2013


Did You Know?
Every second 50 - 150 lightning strikes reach the earth

In This Issue:

  • Come See Us at IWCE!
  • News Flash
  • Product Focus - Platform Tower
  • Report from the Field
  • From the President

Come See Us at IWCE!

March 13th and 14th, Pepro will be back at IWCE, showing the industry our latest products and talking about how we've helped organizations like yours to protect their valuable communications gear. This year, we'll be on the floor in booth #483, and on the stage, talking about "Understanding Network Reliability and Disaster Recovery" on Thursday at 3:30 and "Protecting Your Investment" on Friday at 10:00 a.m. If you haven't made your plans to travel to Vegas yet, give us a call to talk about what you can find there, or visit for more information on the show. It's the year's best chance to meet the world's wireless communication community. See you there!

Mission Critical

Work Begins on Standardized Radio Programming For Interoperability

The Radio Programming Compatibility Requirements working group is creating a standard way to export and exchange basic information between various two-way radio programming software packages by having the basic software requirements that would allow a user to import from radio vendor X to vendor Y and maintain radio functionality for interoperability purposes, according to Tom Sorley, co-chair of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council.

Urgent Communications

Measuring Radio Frequency Interference Is Key to Avoiding It

Because radio systems are proliferating in many areas, the noise floor in most cities and towns has risen. A high noise floor limits the input range of a site. If interference can be located and the range of a system can be extended, fewer sites are needed to provide a given area of coverage.

Mission Critical

Vendors Say Public-Safety Users Need Two Devices in Data Era

Mobile radio vendor executives say mission-critical users should expect to have two devices for the next 10 years -- one for narrowband voice and one for mobile-data applications. Katja Millard, Motorola Solutions head of European research says “officers feel insecure about a converged device. They want to go with something that is never failing. After an incident, an officer has more time to pull out his data device and start interacting with that.”

Urgent Communications

Public Safety's Lessons from Superstorm Sandy

For the most part, public-safety LMR systems remained operational, primarily because LMR towers have been hardened to withstand such conditions, with generators providing backup power when the commercial electric grid is down. "The general takeaway from this is that public safety's requirements are not the same as commercial providers — the need for backup generators is absolutely crucial." - William Brownlow, telecommunications manager for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Product Focus - the Pepro Platform Tower

Announcing our newest products: the Pepro Platform Tower -- 54 rack units of shielded communications capacity and a 50 foot tower you can put almost anywhere!

The Pepro Platform Tower is a configurable, all-inclusive radio site that can be towed nearly anywhere, trusted in extreme situations, and removed with no lasting impact on the location. Thanks to the enclosure’s Faraday cage construction, the site needs no external grounding or additional RFI and EMI protection. Optional features include a 50-foot unguyed tower, HVAC, power source options and Pepro’s patented shielded cable entry gland.

Report from the Field

Green Ridge site -- Deschutes National Forest in Oregon

A Pepro installation crew, consisting of Colt Burk and Tim Ferris with guidance and help from USDA Forest Service personnel, logged 15,527 total miles installing 18 shelters in 11 weeks for the USDA Forest Service and The Bureau of Land Management during the summer and fall of 2012. These installations also included the backhaul and disposal of 8 existing shelters to approved recycling centers.

Average on-site installation time was 4 hours. The highest elevation for site installation was 11,300 feet with the average for 2012 being 6,100 feet. These shelters were installed in 16 different National Forests across six states: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, and Montana.

Tidds site - Manti-La Sal National Forest in Utah

Most people don’t understand the planning required to put in even one day of work. For example, the average distance between the closest lodging and the work site is 73 miles. That distance could take three to five hours to travel. All parts necessary for shelter installation (shelter, outriggers, leveling jacks, ballast baskets, possibly ballast, chains, straps, various sized nuts, bolts, washers, wrenches, cordless drills, saws, miscellaneous tools, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, and personal safety equipment) must be accounted for before the journey to the site.

Some site access roads are not very well maintained and are subject to washouts, fallen timber, low hanging limbs, sheer cliffs, and the standard 180° switchbacks. Site locations will vary but most are compact in size and offer little room for equipment to operate. But with our 4-wheel drive telehandler, mountain trailer, and the small footprint of the Pepro shelter, the installation crew is able to overcome these obstacles and deliver a finished shelter to the desired location.

Thanks to the design of the Pepro shelter, there is no environmental impact to these beautiful forests. There is no need for a poured concrete foundation that will far outlast a traditional shelter. In addition, the equipment protection in Pepro’s Faraday Cage design offers the best protection available from lightning strikes, EMI and RFI – an important consideration given the location and exposure of these sites.

From the President

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Practical advice from Benjamin Franklin and it applies to so many areas of our lives. It also highlights the often flawed development process of communication site planning. In a paper published by the Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response at NYU, it cited “The most common and well-documented cause of telecommunications failures in recent disasters has been the physical destruction of network infrastructure.” Too often when an organization is in the planning stages of a communication site project, the smallest portion of the budget is devoted to the enclosure that will house the radio equipment. Unfortunately, the costs of not protecting the radio equipment at the front end (during construction) increase exponentially in the event of loss or failure of the site. While traditional grounding methods provide some protection, they are not foolproof. Utilizing a Faraday cage method of protection for radio and wireless equipment is the only proven method to protect equipment and ensure a site will remain online when it is most needed.

The cornerstone of all Pepro shelters and enclosures is the Faraday cage and each type of enclosure has been rigorously tested and proven to protect against lightning, RFI and EMI. The greater safety of the public should mandate a change in philosophy with regard to prevention. Let’s plan for the worst so that if and when it happens, we will still be able to call for help.

Six Degrees of Separation:
Ben Franklin

1706, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1723, Ben Franklin moves to Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

1750’s, Franklin studied and experimented with lightning using a kite, a key and a Leyden jar, also developed the lightning rod to protect homes and lives from fire.

1992, first Pepro enclosure manufactured in Franklin (Named for Benjamin Franklin), Pennsylvania to protect electronic equipment from lightning.

2003, Pepro receives grant from Ben Franklin Technology Partners to develop lightning protection technology.

2005, First Pepro mobile unit sold to the City of Boston, birthplace of Benjamin Franklin.