Campus' Students, Staff Are Now Connected

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Independence Communications Inc., a wireless systems integrator headquartered in Cleveland, recently completed an in-building wireless solution at the University of Kentucky to allow cell phone reception within four dorm buildings. Students and staff are now able to secure and maintain a cell phone signal in any part of the dorms, with any provider.

Independence Communications Inc., a wireless systems integrator headquartered in Cleveland, recently completed an in-building wireless solution at the University of Kentucky to allow cell phone reception within four dorm buildings.

As many people can attest to, securing and maintaining a signal on a cell phone inside a building is quite a challenge. University service personnel were unable to use their cell phones to speak to other personnel and staff on the service floors or in the underground tunnels connecting the buildings. Students also found it difficult to obtain a signal within the dorms when talking to friends and family.

This prompted the university to retain Independence Communications on Aug. 8 to resolve the connectivity issue. Work began immediately after with engineering and cabling surveys and continued through the fall semester on: Ingels Hall, Baldwin Hall, Smith Hall and New North Hall.

"Cell phone reception in buildings, especially on campuses, has been an important issue," said Don DiGeronimo, president of Independence Communications Inc. "We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the University of Kentucky on this successful project."

Independence's solution was to implement a Powerwave Distributed Antenna System (DAS) with antennas and repeaters in each dorm as well as a main room for overall system control.

The DAS allows a wireless signal to flow throughout the four dorms, from the basement to roof, offering complete cell phone access to students and staff. The project entailed the pulling of over 14,000 feet of cable, 120 antennas and several repeaters for each carrier.

Independence Communications was responsible for the installation of all equipment, coordination of the subcontractors and ensuring that the entire system worked properly. The system was operational on Dec. 14.

To learn more about the project and Independence Communications' company background, visit http://www.independencecomm.com (corporate information) or http://www.icihelp.com (technical information) or call 216-642-1670.

About Independence Communications Inc.

Independence Communications, founded in 1993, is headquartered in Independence, Ohio. Independence Communication, a wireless systems integrator, offers a wide array of products and services, including: ruggedized tablet and laptop PCs, mobile data and CAD, radio systems, mobile video, wireless broadband and various other solutions. Independence Communications serves companies, organizations and government entities in the sports, construction/industrial, public safety, healthcare (general and campus), universities and law enforcement industries, among others.

Independence Communications is a reseller for Canopy, CES Wireless Technologies, Kaval, Trident Micro Systems, Raytheon, IPMobileNET, Motorola and Zetron. To learn more about Independence Communications, visit http://www.independencecomm.com or visit the Technical Web site at http://www.icihelp.com. To request high-resolution pictures or to setup interviews, please contact Ralph Davila at 330-207-5167.

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