For the construction industry, being connected at the jobsite is a top priority. These days, in addition to phone calls, data is constantly streaming to and from smartphones in the field. The challenge is jobsites in remote locations can sometimes be out of cellular coverage.
The good news is advancements in cellular and satellite coverage, along with signal boosters, can help contractors remain connected at the jobsite. However, choosing between the different technologies available can be a challenge.
Consider the difference between cellular boosters and femtocells. Boosters help keep voice and data traffic on the carrier’s network, while femtocells, which are offered by some of the network providers, take voice and data traffic off of handset and offload it from the wireless network—often to the broadband network.
As an example of a cellular signal booster, Wilson Electronics, www.wilsonelectronics.com, St. George, Utah, recently announced its line of cellular signal boosters has completed FCC (Federal Communications Commission) certification.
With this news, in addition to the recent news about FCC certification of Wilson Electronics Mobile Pro, the company now has 12 signal boosters certified within the 2014 standards. This includes the newly announced DB Pro 4G, which is built to provide voice and 4G data coverage inside energy-efficient buildings.
For construction companies, these types of boosters result in fewer dropped calls and lost connections, fewer dead zones, faster data downloads, clearer voice quality, and improved cellular device battery life. Wilson’s boosters also feature SmarTech III cell site protections, which prevent the possibility of interference with cellular networks.
While this is one example, there are a number of ways construction companies can choose to improve cellular coverage on remote jobsites. As the use of smartphones and apps continues to increase in construction, ensuring a signal is always available becomes paramount.