Home Depot Distribution Center First Responder Radio In-Building Amplification System

When you build a facility one half mile long and a quarter mile wide totaling 1.6 million square feet, you need First Responders to be able to communicate on their radio frequencies during an emergency situation. The size of this structure mandates coverage by crews from several counties and municipalities. All radio frequencies need to work in concert inside the facility. That's where we come in to help.

JDRM Engineering, Bender Communications and Laibe Electric teamed up to tackle the task of designing, testing, and installing a Bi-Directional Amplification (BDA) System with roof mounted donor antennas to receive and distribute First Responder Radio signals for multiple frequencies used by area fire and police services. Frequencies for coverage by First Responders from Ohio MARCS, Lucas County and Wood County are incorporated into the design.
The system is fully NFPA 72, OBC 915, OFC 510 and FCC compliant incorporating dual power sources for redundancy and monitoring of BDA’s for 5 points of integrity from the fire alarm system. Code required lightning protection, surge protection and grounding was provided for protection of equipment, and antennas.
Over 1 mile of radiating antenna cabling was installed throughout the complex to distribute the signal.
After completion of the antenna distribution system and the BDA’s the system signal strength was tested for all frequencies for proper signal levels for uplink and downlink and delivered audio quality (DAQ). The values met every goal for the project and were documented for owner records along with a report of the testing method.
The Home Depot Distribution Center in Troy Township is a facility for internet orders only and serves the entire US.

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