Cel-Fi QUATRA brings signal to Large Disti Center

November 1st, 2021

Alliance Corporation is proud to be a Value-Added Distributor for Cel-Fi by Nextivity products in North America. This is a repost from a Cel-Fi by Nextivity Case Study.

The Challenge

A North Carolina-based logistics company opened up a new 650,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Arizona. Approximately 100 employees work out of this facility and are spread out throughout the warehouse and front office space. While inside the facility, employees were having trouble making and receiving cellular calls due to the signal being blocked from penetrating the building. Being unable to reach an employee by cell phone, a manager would have to walk over to the employee’s location in the warehouse or office. This would consume as much as 20 minutes to deliver an important communication or get the answer to a question, instead of a 20-to-30 second phone call.

The company wanted to address the cellular coverage issues at the lowest cost possible. Based on its past experience working with VAST Signal Booster Solutions, the logistics provider asked the Winston-Salem, NC-based systems integrator to design a solution to bring a strong cellular signal inside the building while keeping costs down.

The Solution

VAST Signal Booster Solutions conducted an extensive in-building walk test through the entire warehouse and office space. This showed the areas of strong and weak coverage, which areas of the building needed to be boosted, and how much equipment was needed. “The best way to determine your cell phone signal strength is to check your RAW signal strength. That’s why the walk test was extremely important.

After assessing the logistic provider’s coverage challenges, VAST Signal Booster Solutions installed Cel-Fi QUATRA 2000, an active DAS hybrid that delivers uniform in-building cellular coverage. It specifically addresses the challenges of poor voice quality, dropped calls, and dead zones in large commercial buildings.

The Results

The installation took two days and a team of three people to complete. Once everything was operational and commissioned, VAST Signal Booster Solutions went back and did another in-building walk test. Within the four areas, significant improvements for both Verizon and AT&T were seen, with bleed over coverage extending well beyond the immediate area where the CUs are installed.

“We were thrilled with the coverage propagation that we were able to get from just those four locations,” says Klingensmith. “We covered about 400,000 square feet of the facility so they got extreme value for their money. It came in at a very low cost per square foot.”

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