Auxiliary BDA Radio Communication Systems

Auxiliary Radio Communication System

Here’s what we include when installing your building’s ARCS.

Power Supply

DRC (Dedicated Radio Console)

RAU (Radio Amplication Unit)

Uplink/Downlink Propagation Analysis

CAP (Cabling & Antenna Plant)

System Monitoring

What Is ARCS?

Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems (ARCS) are two-way emergency radio networks. These systems are installed in high-rise buildings for use by the fire department during an active emergency. The ARCS system is designed and operates to receive and transmit the FDNY portable radio signals throughout the building – enabling their radio communication to operate without fail in the event of an emergency. The way our systems are designed, is that it is fireproof, that even in the event of a power failure/outage and/or a disconnection of the telecommunication power, the ARCS will continue to operate and assist the Fire Department personnel to continue with their vital operations and keep up constant communication between each other. ARCS Operate Continuously, even during power outages, and their main purpose is to assist communication via FDNY radio. The system ensures radio communication is available at all times.

What Properties Require ARCs?

Under the 2014 NYC Building Code, the City of New York requires all new construction high-rise buildings (i.e. taller than 75 feet) to install and maintain an auxiliary communication system – ARCS, in any of the five boroughs. This particular in-building radio communications implementation is known as a AHJ Auxiliary Radio Communication System, or known in short as – ARCS.

Contact COUNTY FIRE to find out more information on ARCS and if it applies to your building. We will walk you through every step of the way from planning, installation, testing, permits and processing and continuous monitoring and re certifications.

AHJ Requirements for ARC Systems

Section FC 511 of the New York City Fire Code outlines the ARCS requirements for property owners. In general, property owners must follow rules for ARCS design, installation, inspection and maintenance. ARCS requirements include (but not limited to):

BDA (Bi-Directional Amplifier) system

Installing a BDA (Bi-Directional Amplifier) system for fire safety enhances communication capabilities for firefighters and other emergency responders within buildings or structures. Here are the key services provided during the installation process:

What Properties Require BDA?

A thorough evaluation of the building or structure is conducted to determine the current radio signal strength and identify areas with poor coverage or dead zones. This assessment helps in designing an effective BDA system tailored to the specific needs of the location.

System Design: Based on the site assessment findings, a comprehensive BDA system design is created.

This design includes the placement of antennas, amplifiers, cabling, and other components necessary to ensure optimal radio coverage throughout the building, including areas that are typically difficult to reach with radio signals.

Regulatory Compliance: Installation of BDA systems for fire safety must comply with local fire codes, building codes, and regulations.

Service providers ensure that the installation meets all relevant standards and requirements set forth by authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs). Equipment Installation:

Professional technicians install the BDA system components according to the approved design plan. This involves mounting antennas, installing amplifiers, running cables, and connecting the system to power sources and fire alarm control panels.

System Testing and Optimization: Once the BDA system is installed, it undergoes rigorous testing to ensure proper functionality and compliance with performance standards. Testing includes signal strength measurements, coverage mapping, and verification of seamless communication throughout the building, including stairwells, basements, and other challenging areas.

Documentation and Certification: Comprehensive documentation of the installed BDA system is provided, including system diagrams, test reports, and compliance certificates. This documentation is essential for regulatory approval and certification of the system’s compliance with applicable codes and standards.

Training and Maintenance: Training sessions may be provided to building staff and management on the operation and maintenance of the BDA system. Additionally, service providers may offer maintenance contracts to ensure ongoing system reliability, including periodic inspections, testing, and repairs as needed.

Overall, installing a BDA system for fire safety involves a comprehensive range of services aimed at enhancing radio communication capabilities for firefighters and emergency responders, thereby improving overall safety and response effectiveness in buildings and structures.