An In-Building Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement System (ERCES) is a wireless communications system used by first responder and emergency services personnel, such as police, fire, emergency medical, homeland security, and disaster response agencies. First responder communications capabilities are a critical component of every emergency response that takes place within a building.
When emergency responders enter a building their ability to maintain inter-operable and continuous communications is paramount to the protection of both public safety and the public’s safety. An In-Building ERCES ensures that communication signals can penetrate into all areas of buildings, using DAS, in accordance with model fire codes and standards. This includes areas that are especially difficult for Radio Frequency (RF) to penetrate, such as exit stairwells, occupant use elevators, basements, buildings with Low-E glass, garages, thick-walled or other areas shielded with various types of building materials. Having an RF Grid test can help determine if such a system will be essential.