THE PEPRO UPDATE
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In This Issue:
- IWCE 2014 In Review
- News Flash
- Product Focus – Shielded Outdoor Networking Cabinet
- Remote Site Installation Logistics
- Jackson County, Missouri Counts on Pepro
IWCE 2014 In Review
IWCE was a rousing success, and we appreciate everyone who came by to see us in our booth or our session on Hardening Sites for LTE Migration and Tower Management from Top to Bottom. You can read more from our own Travis Schiffer on remote site logistics in this newsletter. We also launched our new Shielded Outdoor Networking Cabinet, which was covered in Urgent Communications' IWCE daily show report. We hope to see you all again soon!
Mission Critical Communications
This report, “Defining Public Safety Grade Systems and Facilities,” defines public-safety grade (PSG) communications and provides measurable characteristics that would differentiate a mission-critical communications system from a standard or commercial-grade network. The report covers environmental considerations, service level agreements, reliability and resiliency, coverage, push-to-talk (PTT), applications, site hardening, installation, and operations and maintenance.
Voice is the MOST important communications tool for first responders. Data and video will certainly be welcomed and will augment voice but at the end of the day, voice will continue to be the communications workhorse of Public Safety. If we don’t get it right and make sure it is right it will cost lives. Let’s get the data and video portion of the network in place and THEN revisit the issue of voice. Dates are certain in only one way: They will certainly come back to haunt us all.
“We haven’t been clear how interested parties can engage us,” FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson said “I can’t tell you how many calls I’ve had from vendors—and I don’t mean small vendors, I mean big vendors—saying, ‘I’m really confused. I’ve talked to several people at FirstNet, and they’re saying, ‘We can’t talk to you,’ and I said, ‘That’s not right.’ Now, it’s probably true how [vendors] talk to us is important, but whether they can talk to us is not the issue. We didn’t do a very good job. We sent mixed messages to all of you in the vendor community, and I want to apologize for that.”
To help improve the situation, FirstNet has established a new “Doing Business with FirstNet” portal on its website that is designed to help ensure that all vendor inquiries are addressed.
Product Focus – Shielded Outdoor Networking Cabinet
Shielded Outdoor Cabinets help organizations reinforce coverage in hard-to-serve areas and provide secure housing for equipment at multi-provider radio site.
All Pepro cabinets use a patented Faraday Cage design to ensure that communications are not interrupted by Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), and Passive Inter-Modulation (PIM), lightning strikes and transient voltage.
Pepro cabinets are network capable to accommodate your equipment loads. Each outdoor cabinet comes with 19” adjustable equipment racks, front and rear access doors, cable trays and MGB. Each cabinet bay comes with a 20 amp, 6 outlet power strip, with each receptacle on its own circuit. All cabinets are fully integrated with HVAC, 100 amp load center, transfer switch and shore power receptacle.
Managing Remote Site Installation Logistics
Many people are surprised when they learn about the planning required to put in even one day of work at a remote site. For example, the distance between the closest lodging and the work site can be 100 miles. Even one important bolt left behind can cause hours of unneeded travel or a complete day lost. Since the actual setting up of a Pepro shelter, under ideal conditions, can take as little as a few hours, logistics problems can easily double or triple the total time for installation. Challenges can include a limited window for deployment, the physical complexity or constraints of the site location, compliance of environmental regulations and more. Over time, we have learned the issues to watch out for and it only starts with a good equipment count before leaving for the site.
For example, 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. We have found we can negotiate most of these travel and maneuvering with a 4-wheel drive telehandler, mountain trailer, and the small footprint of the Pepro shelter. Local intelligence in advance on common problems and possible solutions can be worth the world when you find yourself off the grid and in need of some advice.
Saving time before the installation is important, but there are ways we keep the installation time down as well, so you can comfortably get in and out without worrying about fading daylight. The equipment protection in Pepro’s Faraday Cage design offers the best protection available from lightning strikes, EMI and RFI without pouring a concrete foundation. By working with customers and evolving with experience, Pepro has also been able to design a light weight, fully integrated enclose that has nearly eliminated some of the challenges previously mentioned. Pepro's enclosures also help by removing the need for site inspections, specially trained staff and other experts that can be hard to schedule and coordinate. In many ways the shelters themselves are our ace in the hole.
By using ufer grounding/foundation pads, leveling jacks, attached tower, and Faraday cage technology Pepro is able to set a complete site in one day and save our customers the time and hassles of a drawn out installation.
Jackson County, Missouri Counts on Pepro
Jackson County, Missouri is in the process of adding and upgrading their Law Enforcement Communication Network within the region. According to Randy Steel of Motorola, the cabinet shelters needed to be robust and capable of meeting specific design criteria which included environmental durability, equipment protection and the necessary R56 grounding and lightning protection requirements. Motorola used Pepro cabinets to take advantage of their quality construction and the specific requirements set for the communication equipment. The cabinets provided entry access doors on both sides of the cabinet for easy access to the internal racks and the cabinets are easily transported and delivered for staging of communication equipment and then deployment to the sites. Dual redundant HVAC units and a built-in load center with Type 2 and 3 surge protection and filtering was an added bonus, according to Steel. The Pepro Cabinets were quick to deliver, simple to level and position into place, and provided the necessary environmental protection required with communication equipment. Steel called the cabinets "built to last" and said he "would definitely recommend Pepro cabinets in the future."