Pepro LLC

December 2013


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In This Issue:

  • Looking forward to IWCE 2014!
  • News Flash
  • Product Focus – Scout
  • 11 sites installed across seven states in two months
  • Planning for the future of public safety communications

Looking forward to IWCE 2014!

IWCE might seem far away, but we're already planning our booth and looking forward to presenting on two topics this year at the conference, held in Las Vegas from March 24 - 28. We hope to see you at the sessions on Hardening Sites for LTE Migration and Tower Management from Top to Bottom.

Urgent Communications

PSCR testing extended-cell LTE for rural use

Researchers are testing coverage and performance of extended-cell—or “boomer-cell”—technology, according to Emil Olbrich, PSCR’s head of research and development.

“A normal cell site might have a cell radius of 2-3 miles,” Olbrich said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “We’re looking at extending that beyond 30 miles, up to 100 kilometers—a 62-mile range.”

Mission Critical

The Role of Public-Safety Standards in a Broadband Era

The future of public-safety communications was considered at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) annual conference in Washington, D.C. through panel sessions and individual presentations covering the history of U.S. public-safety wireless communications, the role of the TIA TR8 Committee in the evolution of the Project 25 (P25) standard and the future direction of the standard relative to new broadband technologies.

Product Focus – Scout

Pepro Scout mobile radio sites include a secure shielded shelter/enclosure, unguyed articulated tower, generator and trailer.

Pepro Scout Mobile Communication Systems are designed to quickly respond to your mission critical scenarios. Bumper pull capabilities, single person operation and full integration allow for installation and set up to be completed within 30 minutes. Articulated tower design, no guy wires and multiple antenna capability prove this to be an ideal system to restore mission critical communications.

11 Sites installed across seven states in two months

Pepro installed eleven radio sites in national parks and forests in seven states including California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The work was accomplished in three legs in July and August, with each installation taking less than a day to complete, often less than four hours. Pepro began offering its installation service in 2011 in response to customer demand for completely hands-off site ordering that eliminated any risks, delays or liability resulting from handling installation with their own staff.

Our sites are built for easy installation and maintenance, but there are many situations that call for our expert team to provide a complete installation from getting the shelter on site to power up. In these remote locations, even forgetting a necessary bolt can cost a day in travel time, and having qualified staff on hand when the site is ready for installation can be difficult. Our installation team is on call and fully prepared to make every installation hassle-free.

Thanks to the design of the Pepro shelter, there is no environmental impact to the radio site locations. 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.

Pepro discusses the future of public safety communications with industry leaders

Pepro recently attended the three day PSCR (Public Safety Communications Research) workshop at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Boulder, Colorado. Representatives from public safety, industry, government, and academia gathered there to help shape the PSCR’s public safety broadband agenda by identifying productive areas for research to improve communications in the next five to ten year, understand which areas aren't addressed by current research projects, and prepare future investments in staff and equipment.

The workshop consisted of three discipline-specific scenarios in which participants identified technologies that would help fire departments, EMS and law enforcement perform their job more efficiently. Participants then prioritized those technologies according to criteria such as feasibility, estimated cost and impact across several disciplines. This list of prioritized technologies will be used as a guide to target short and long term research that will directly impact the safety of citizens across the country.

Pepro's opinions were sought because of our experience working directly with customers, our manufacturing expertise and long standing commitment to the public safety communications market, and with 150 attendees representing a wide range of industries and public safety job functions, the conference resulted in a productive conversation that will generate improvements in public safety as soon as this year.

More information can be found at the PSCR website.