Comba Telecom Releases Public Safety Antenna Monitoring System


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Comba Telecom, an international wireless solutions provider, today released its new public safety in-building CriticalPoint™ Antenna Monitoring System.

Comba calls the CriticalPoint™ Antenna Monitoring System (AMS) solution, “a robust, compact system engineered to provide real-time monitoring of individual service antennas of an ERRC system.”  Powered by RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, the system’s Master Control Unit (MCU) keeps track of RFID tags that are integrated into select Comba’s service antennas. 

In the case an antenna fails, the tag will no longer emit an RF signal back to the MCU, prompting it to generate an NFPA/IFC compliant alarm. From there, it identifies that particular antenna. Through the web-based user interface, individuals can see the overall system status, as well as each individual service antenna and immediately identify any issues.

The CriticalPoint AMS MCU is placed inline with a public safety BDA or Fiber DAS system’s passive infrastructure system which is installed in the building. From the AMS MCU, there are two dry contact alarms that are wired to the annunciator panel for NFPA/IFC compliant visual alarm reference. The whole system can support up to 50 antennas/tags. Finally, the CriticalPoint AMS system is easily configured through its user interface, has extremely low power consumption and is housed in a NEMA 4 enclosure.

“Monitoring a complete in-building public safety communications system was near impossible and very expensive in the past,” said Steven Cheng, Comba’s Public Safety Product Manager.  “With the CriticalPoint™ Antenna Monitoring System, we can now reliably monitor the full system, both the active and passive components to ensure the system is fully functional at a very reasonable cost.”

Comba’s CriticalPoint™ Antenna Monitoring System will be available in April 2019. For more information click here.

March 4, 2019

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