Cobham Wireless announced that its cellular digital Distributed Antenna System (DAS) solution idDAS is being made available for public safety communications and will be available worldwide in Q4 2016.

idDAS has already been used in prestigious large-scale cellular projects to provide dynamic capacity across areas with sporadic yet high-capacity cellular demands, such as event spaces and multi-use venues. The ability to share capacity with nearby facilities as and when it is required means facilities managers and owners can significantly lower the OPEX costs associated with coverage enhancement systems. In addition, this next generation DAS system will support both legacy public safety services and LTE services, offering the opportunity to provide wide bandwidth services to first responders.

Expanding this usage to public safety provides further cost-savings and opens up the possibility of reserving high-capacity bandwidth for emergency service use. These frequencies can then be used for next generation public safety applications such as facial recognition technology, video and data transfer and advanced site mapping.

“Bringing idDAS to the public safety communications market opens up a new world of opportunities for first responder agencies,” said Rami Hasarchi, VP, Coverage solutions, Cobham Wireless. ”Providing additional bandwidth for first responder services enables the development of a raft of next generation emergency service communication technology, while minimizing the OPEX costs associated with high-bandwidth emergency service coverage provision.”