Public Safety Radio Amplification

  • November 07, 2012
  • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • DoubleTree Hotel - Westminster, CO


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Public Safety Radio Amplification - IFC Section 510 Requirements.  How the code has changed, challenges to enforcement and design / testing specifications.


Gabrielle Sharkey & Jeremy Keller

Triple C Communications, Inc.


From 2001 to 2006 Gabrielle worked for USA Mobility maintaining paging and Nextel accounts for Public Safety and Hospital clients throughout the state of Colorado.   In mid-2006 she made the move to project manager for Triple C Communications, Inc. as code adoptions for Public Safety Radio Amplification began to gain traction in the state and demands for this type of system grew.  From the beginning she has worked with public safety agencies, contractors, and owners to develop best practices and a better, more realistic understanding of the capabilities of these systems.  In 2011, Gabrielle had the opportunity to collaborate on and review the NTIA Technical Report “In-Building Radio Enhancement Systems for Public Safety,” (TR-11-480) published by the Department of Commerce.


Jeremy has worked for Triple C Communications, Inc. since 2000.  During this time he has moved from installation into engineering designs for amplification systems.  Jeremy not only understands the technical “by-the-book” aspect of Public Radio Amplification, but also the reality of real world installations and the unexpected challenges that may be faced in the operation of these systems.


Scope of Presentation


Code adoptions for Public Safety Radio Amplification have changed vastly in the past several years.  In the beginning, districts adopted their own language to put requirements in place.  The lack of continuity made it difficult for owners and contractors to comply because design specifications were not based on any one specific document.  Starting in 2009 the IFC adopted specific language for this code in section 510 and included an Appendix J with design and testing specifications.  The 2012 release incorporated the appendix J language directly into the main 510 section.  We will cover the requirements in both versions and the implications of the adopted language.   If there is interest, we can also touch on some individual district codes in Colorado that use variations of the IFC and have requirements specific to that district.

We will discuss the basic architecture of how system works.  We will also touch on the options for early testing on properties, options to test out of the requirement, and what the risks are waiting until the end of a project to make the determination.

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