What is a Public Safety DAS System?

The global public safety in-building wireless DAS market is estimated to grow from $404.2 million in 2016 to $1,740.1 million by 2021.

What Is It?
A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is a network of antennae that communicate with a central hub to distribute signals over an area or building, such as stadiums, hospitals, campuses and airports. A DAS extends coverage across multiple antennae to provide coverage in all areas of a building, where signals could normally be degraded or dropped.  In public safety applications, the central communication hub requires uninterrupted power to ensure emergency responders can communicate over the network. [Read more…]

E-Rate: How School Districts Can Benefit

Did you know funding opportunities are available for school districts seeking to bridge the technology gap and meet the needs of digital learning in the 21st century? Also known as E-Rate, it is one of the nation’s largest programs supporting technology development in education today. [Read more…]

Alarm Fatigue – The White Noise in Healthcare

Spend time in the patient-care areas of any hospital or clinic and you’ll hear it: a near-constant stream of beeps coming from the audible alarms on medical equipment and healthcare devices.

Spend enough time in patient-care areas and you might not hear the beeping at all…not because it stopped, but because your ears became immune and all those alarms faded into white noise.

Estimates show 85-95% of all alarms in a healthcare environment don’t require intervention. But as nurses’ and other caregivers’ ears become desensitized – a phenomenon known as alarm fatigue – patients’ lives could be put at risk. Assuming all alarms are false alarms can create a dangerous delay in response. But responding to every alarm that sounds diverts a caregiver’s attention from true medical emergencies. [Read more…]

The Benefits of Lithium Iron Phosphate vs. Lead-Acid Batteries for UPS Systems

A new battery technology called Lithium Iron Phosphate has begun to find its way into UPS systems.

First a quick explanation: lithium iron phosphate (also known as LiFePO4, LiFePhos, or LFP), is a member of the lithium-ion battery family and shares many of its performance perks. What really sets LiFePO4 batteries apart from other lithium-ion battery types is its chemical stability that vastly improves battery safety.

With that in mind, let’s examine how lithium iron phosphate batteries compare to traditional lead-acid batteries. [Read more…]

The Need for Tablet Charging Stations in Schools and Classrooms

These days it’s not unusual to find tablets in the classroom. Devices like Chromebooks, iPads and e-readers have become important educational tools. But as the popularity of mobile devices continues to grow, charging and storing multiple tablets in limited space becomes a clutter problem and a security risk. And shrinking school budgets don’t provide for costly replacement of lost or stolen hardware.

The question for school administrators becomes, how do you balance device charging and security with space and budget limitations? [Read more…]