BDA / ERCES

Honeywell Gamewell-FCI Class B BDAs available from Bergen Protective Systems, Inc. are high gain, high power band-selective signal boosters / bi-directional amplifiers that can be designed and customized to meet all public safety frequency band ranges. It is intended to provide reliable emergency responder two-way radio signal coverage inside buildings, tunnels and other structures. The band selective design delivers reliable performance in even the most challenging RF environments. They have been tested and evaluated in accordance with UL2524 requirements for In-building 2-Way Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems, NFPA and IBC/IFC standards compliance—making it the best choice for public safety and other mission-critical applications.

Bergen Protective Systems, Inc. has factory trained and FCC Licensed personnel who can perform RF site surveys, as well as program, test and commission your BDA / ERCES system.

Regulations and Code Information


Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) are required by International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC) and they are specified in NFPA-1221 and NFPA-72. NFPA 1221 Section 9.6 (2016 edition) and NFPA 72 Section 24.5.2 (2013, 2010 edition) dictates that radio coverage shall be provided with 99 percent floor area coverage in critical areas and 90 percent floor area radio coverage in general building areas. IFC Section 510 (2015, 2012 edition) dictates that all new and existing buildings shall have approved radio coverage for emergency responders based upon the existing coverage levels. Many cities and counties have their own ordinance requiring BDA systems — AHJ specifications are usually the bottom line and always the most important spec to meet, they always have the final say on specs. FCC rules apply to all RF (Radio Frequency) Emitters (any device that emits RF energy), including BDAs. All BDAs must be FCC certified to be legally sold in the USA. Furthermore, all systems must be installed in accordance with applicable FCC rules and regulations.




Do I need a BDA / ERCES System?


A RF site survey must be performed by an FCC Certified GROL license holder using specialized equipment that measures signal strengths in decibel-milliwats (dBm). The site survey results are then sent to the AHJ to determine if a BDA is required or waived.




Who is qualified to Install a BDA / ERCES System?


The IFC Section 510 Lists the Following Requirements: 1. A Valid FCC issued GROL (General Radio Operators License)

2. Certification of in-building systems training issued by a nationally recognized organization, school or certificate issued by the manufacturer of the equipment being installed. Bergen Protective Systems, Inc. has personnel licensed by the FCC and factory trained to install your BDA / ERCES system.





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