Orlando BDA Contractor

As a Orlando BDA Contractor, we provide advanced level design, installation, commissioning, annual maintenance, grid testing building surveys, and validation services to the areas of Orlando Florida, Orange County.

National Data Contractor trains our techs through our certified Orlando BDA Contractor program where our techs are all OSHA certified, FCC licensed, and trained through the manufacturers, and are well trained in BDA systems.

We are not your average Orlando BDA Contractor, as we offer comprehensive services to any extent you require, along with a wide array of talents in all things wireless and cabled.  Our expansive network capabilities and BDA Contractor design level knowledge, along with a state electrical contractors license, FCC license, OHSA and manufacturer certs, enables us to handle the entire project, whether from the very early stages of pre design/build, to post build implementation, and even your other networking needs, thus making us a complete turnkey Orlando BDA Contractor.

Why hire a Orlando BDA Contractor over a low voltage installer?  As both an electrical and low voltage contractor ourselves, it took us time to understand the immense requirements in permitting and design work alone, and what these systems take to install to code when the failure rate is near 90% across the country, for reasons beyond just contractor error. Other than having the proper licenses,  credentials, and tools, we have a dedicated division that are experts in BDA public safety equipment, and we only use the latest technologies to design BDA emergency responder systems and their infrastructures, and the latest technologies in equipment to meet your current and future needs. 

Our dedicated engineers aggressively watch the industry for change, and are quick to pursue and implement, thus ensuring you get a system that won't be obsolete in a few years, and one that is expandable and upgradable, and one that won’t be decommissioned by the AHJ due to signal interference and poor installation knowledge.

What is a BDA / ERRCS emergency responder radio system?

Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDA) are signal repeaters/boosters installed by a BDA Contractor as part of a DAS system that enables two-way radio communications throughout a building lacking in signal strength, most often in the lower and sub floors, as well as in stairwells, elevator shafts, tunnels, parking garages, etc.  As a Orlando BDA contractor, the majority of our focus is in emergency responder radio systems, also called public safety DAS. These systems allow flexibility for various gains and power options, as well as required frequencies to be boosted and distributed to defined coverage areas addressed by installing an infrastructure of networked antennas known as DAS.

A BDA public safety system enables the building to become compliant with Emergency Responder Radio Communication system coverage (ERRCS). The ERRCS code is what a BDA Contractor must adhere to, as it is the standard for BDA Public Safety DAS as mandated under International Fire Code IFC-510 and the National Fire Protection Association standards NFPA 72, Chapter 24.5 Two Way in building ECS (Emergency Communications Systems), along with a few other codes.

We are a one stop Orlando BDA Contractor offering end to end in building wireless solutions in BDA / DAS public safety / ERRCS, with full level services regardless of your project phase.   We provide complete construction ready deign packages with deliverables that can include riser and pathway designs if needed, and all required documentation and support for submittals.  There's no need to sub anything out, as we pull our own permits and do our own installation and close out work.  

A BDA Contractor must have extensive knowledge and training, as lives depend on it.  The ability to design, install, and commission a reliable BDA emergency responder radio communication system is imperative when in times of crisis where first responders or public safety officials need reliable and clear communications, both inside and outside the structure.  Anything less than a full understanding of an emergency response radio coverage system can cost lives, something we take serious. 

Our Orlando BDA Contractor services include:

  • Import floor plan into iBwave & Scale to size.
  • Select appropriate materials & assign to structure.
  • Design the incline surfaces, horizontal surfaces, elevator shafts, stair wells, etc.
  • Geocode & Design the building in 3D.
  • Select the best DAS & headend equipment for the project.
  • Design the equipment layout plan.
  • RF propagation analysis to validate design
  • Fast Ray Tracing, COST231 or VPLE propagation
  • Coverage Output Maps (RSSI, RSCP, RSRP)
  • EMF calculation and analysis
  • Compliance results based on user defined pass/fail criteria.
  • Design Fiber Optic layout.
  • Design Battery Backup system to required specs.

NDC's BDA Deliverable package includes:

  • iBwave Deign File
  • Equipment list & Cross Reference Report
  • Cable Routing Report
  • EMF & Output Maps Compliance Report
  • Link budget Analysis Report
  • Design & Floor Plan Layout diagram with labels
  • Prediction Plots: Signal Strength, RSCP, RSRP & Best Server, etc.
  • Building Survey Grid Testing validation reports

We offer services nationwide out of our Florida BDA Contractor division.  We are headquartered in Florida and hold a state Electrical License, and have another office and hold a C7 license in Los Angeles California.  We have working partners in most other states that we team up with where a license is required or we over overloaded in projects.  Regardless of location, we will always have a National Data Contractor team member overseeing the project from one of our two locations.  We also like to enlist the help of a few local skilled techs in the areas of the project that can aid in quick service response times if the need arises, while providing mandatory annual recertification and maintenance.   

To reiterate, National Data Contractor is a complete BDA Contractor serving Orlando Florida and statewide with a wide array of skilled abilities that can handle your project from conception to completion, and anything else telecom related.  

Some of the main challenges when installing a BDA emergency responder radio communication system in regards to NFPA, state, and city level codes include:

  1. Compliance: Ensuring that the system design, installation, and operation comply with all relevant codes and standards. This includes requirements for signal strength, coverage, reliability, and emergency power backup.
  2. Coordination with local authorities: Working closely with local fire departments, police departments, and other emergency response agencies to ensure that the design meets their specific needs and requirements, as well as any unique regulations or codes that may apply at the city or state level.
  3. Permitting and approvals: Obtaining the necessary permits and approvals from the AHJ before installing the system, which involves demonstrating compliance at all level.
  4. Budget constraints: Balancing the cost of compliance with the available budget for the project, which may require creative solutions or adjustments to the system design in order to meet all necessary requirements.
  5. Documentation and reporting: Maintaining detailed documentation of the system, installation, testing, and maintenance in order to demonstrate compliance, as well as to facilitate any required inspections such as the annual recertification.
  6. Training and education: Ensuring that all personnel involved in the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of the emergency responder radio communication system are properly trained and familiar with all applicable codes and regulations to ensure the continued safe and effective operation of the system.
  7. Ensure the customer has a complete understanding of the proposed system prior to contract, the process of installation, post training, and presenting an annual recertification maintenance agreement.

This is just a fraction of the prerequisites to become a BDA contractor, without considering the numerous design modifications needed to accommodate the different preferences of every authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) that frequently updates local regulations. Additionally, it does not factor in the AHJs that lack proper training and do not grasp the complete scope of the system, necessitating multiple submissions in various jurisdictions. It's a challenging field to navigate, but we find fulfillment in it!