Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF) announced at the International Wireless Communications Expo, earlier this month, that it will receive certification for its public safety repeater series and ADRF battery backup series on the UL 2524 Standard, which enforces a new standard for in-building two-way emergency radio communication for fire and life safety first responders, by April 2019.
UL 2524 requirements covers enclosures, repeaters, transmitters, receivers, signal booster components, remote annunciators and operational consoles, power supply, and battery charging system components. But not passive components.
Cities, such as Washington, DC, will soon require new public safety equipment to comply with UL 2524.
With this certification, ADRF will be the first OEM to offer “Class A” channelized solutions to meet these new stringent requirements.
“We got feedback from AHJs in the field that they were doing to mandate the use of UL 2524, so we fast tracked it and got it into our labs,” Sun Kim, ADRF product manager, told eDigest. “We tested the whole system, including the Class A repeater, back-up battery unit and any other ancillary equipment.
Previously, ADRF built its equipment to the UL rating that was for IT equipment. The updated UL 2524 standard, which is geared toward public safety, is a more robust to make sure the equipment is reliable.
Don Henry of Comba Telecom wrote about the need for codes like UL 2524 on the firm’s web site in November 2018.
“To help to provide flawless in-building public safety communications, AHJs around the country enforce codes and regulations in their jurisdiction to ensure that, if needed, buildings have in-building systems (commonly called ERRCS – Emergency Responder Radio Communications Systems) to ensure that the radio communications for the first responders works effectively inside buildings,” he wrote.