Pepro LLC

March 2015


Did You Know?
The average American has about a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning during their lifetime.

In This Issue:

  • Come See Us at IWCE
  • News Flash
  • Product Focus -€“ the HCLP-600 Telescoping Tower
  • If FirstNet Takes Longer than Expected, Don't Shoot!
  • Pepro Meets The Need In New England
  • Tell Us Your Lightning Story

Come See Us at IWCE

We'll be in booth 2329 when IWCE kicks off, and we'll have new products for you to see for the first time anywhere, including a new mobile site you can learn more about below, the HCLP-600. Additionally, Pepro's Travis Schiffer will be part of the workshop covering Tower Infrastructure Management on Tuesday, March 17, from 8:30 - 12:00. The panel will explore the factors to consider when selecting towers to improve coverage, towers'€ role in FirstNet deployment, a sites' value in that location, remote monitoring and signal strength, cooling, shelters, grounding and more. We hope to see you there!

Urgent Communications
Congressional hearing on FirstNet offers fresh insight into potential opportunities, challenges for commercial partners

In response to several questions from senators representing rural states, Swenson stressed the importance of rural coverage to FirstNet’s mandate, describing FirstNet’s rural coverage as a significant basis for differentiation from commercial broadband services.

IAFC President: FirstNet is Critically Important to Public Safety

Bryant said that “while there are still gaps in understanding and agreement during these in-person meetings on what the final network will look like, how much it will cost for public safety to use and the network’s exact coverage areas, these are exactly the types of questions that should be—and are being—asked and debated at state consultations throughout the country. Public safety must be included in these conversations and we appreciate FirstNet’s engagement with the public-safety community over the past year.”

Mission Critical Communications
Public-Safety LTE Pilot Exposes Necessity of Private Network

Several themes were highlighted during a public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) pilot in the Colorado mountains last week: Public safety needs a private network for broadband, some rural communities might have greater needs for broadband than urban areas, and public-safety users quickly embrace LTE applications and devices.

Product Focus – the HCLP-600 Telescoping Tower

The HCLP-600 is a low-profile mobile site, standing six feet five inches when lowered for easy mobility, but quickly transitions to a full, self-supporting 60 feet. Its telescoping tower can be raised entirely from the ground, with no training and little physical effort.

As with all Pepro sites, the HCLP-600 was designed for durability and reliability. No Pepro enclosure has had a failure or suffered electrical damage dating back to the company'€™s first deployment in 1992. Each section of the tower is positioned on rollers and raised by hydraulics, allowing all work, including the attachment and positioning of antennas, to be done from the ground.

This tower addresses common specifications for mobile LTE sites deployed as part of FirstNet, while providing all of the public safety-grade protection organizations expect from Pepro. It provides reliable LTE coverage in any situation, in any location.

The HCLP-600 provides 48 rack units integrated with the 60 foot tower, with a payload of 1850 lbs. The tower can withstand 70 MPH winds and complies with TIA/EIA-222-G standards for wind and ice loads. The equipment stored inside the integrated cabinet is protected by Pepro's patented Faraday cage technology for shielding against lightning, electromagnetic pulse, passive intermodulation and other threats to strong communications.

If FirstNet Takes Longer than Expected, Don't Shoot!

You may have caught this exchange from Sue Swenson's testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee:

Fischer asked, “Do you think you’ll reach that 2022 goal that’s out there?”

“Oh, yeah,” Swenson said. “If we don’t, we should be shot.”

While we appreciate her candor and dedication to her mission, we also have concerns about hewing too tightly to deadlines as we roll out FirstNet. As we saw with the implementation of LA-RICS, LMR systems still hold broad appeal, even in the most developed areas, and the path for rural communities still isn't clear. 2022 might seem very far away, and affords us many opportunities to make up ground when delays arise, but we won't be among those that draw weapons should real concerns about voice quality or coverage get in the way of meeting any deadlines. Pepro stands ready to serve communities and agencies that choose any path to providing reliable coverage to their public safety personnel, but our most pressing concern is making sure coverage does not come in second to any other priorities.

Pepro Meets the Needs of Motorola Solutions, Inc. in New England

Tom Kalis, a principle staff engineer for Motorola Solutions, Inc. in New England working with state and local government agencies, often looks to environmentally-controlled outdoor cabinets to suit the needs of radio site locations with specific constraints, such as a smaller piece of land or a lack of foundation. "Pepro is one of the companies we have a relationship with," Kalis says. "We have unique requirements and they have the technical expertise and the mechanical expertise available to accommodate our custom requests."

Motorola Solutions, Inc. recently had a case in Massachusetts that required four new sites. The first two public safety radio communications sites went into service about a year ago and all four were installed by the fall of 2014. According to Kalis, "the process was quite smooth. Motorola builds the equipment and installs it into racks in our factory in Illinois, and Pepro allowed us to ship the racks directly to their facility in Pennsylvania. They installed the racks into each cabinet as soon as it was complete, and then put the cabinet on the truck and shipped it to the location." This controlled system saved Motorola from installing equipment on-site in unpredictable conditions. Pepro was also able to meet specific needs for helping the shelters blend in with their park land environments.

"They were very easy to coordinate with for the deployment," Kalis adds. "We were in communication with them all the way, which, believe me, doesn't always happen."

Tell Us Your Lightning Story

Have you had a site suffer from the effects of lightning? Visit our submission page or send us an email with your story to be included in a future edition of the Pepro Update!