Converged Wireless Solutions Deliver Huge Cost Savings, Future-Proofing, and Increased Safety

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Converged wireless solutions can save you heaps of money, future-proof a vital part of your technological infrastructure and allow you to feel good about providing every option for the people living and working in your building – all while delivering the very thing they most request. If that sounds like a win, then a converged wireless solution may be the right choice for you.

Converged Wireless DAS – Defined

A converged wireless solution is a method of using the cabling and antennas from your Code-required public safety DAS (Distributed Antenna System), as the backbone for integrating your cellular DAS system as well.

Why is There a Need for Both Public Safety DAS and Cellular DAS?

More and more state and local governments are requiring commercial buildings to install a public safety ERRCS to strengthen the first responders’ dedicated radio network. In fact, in most cases, an ERRCS installation is mandatory for building owners to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

At the same time, the building’s residents, guests, and workers are clamoring for more reliable cell coverage of their own. Fun Fact: reliable cell service is the #1 most requested amenity in multifamily buildings, with more than 90% of respondents saying they won’t rent without it.

This leaves property owners faced with the expense of adding a mandatory ERRCS to meet Code, and a cellular enhancement system to keep occupants living and working happily. Finding a cost-effective solution to deploying both systems is a top priority – and why a converged solution makes so much sense.

Cost Savings of a Converged DAS Solution

When the same infrastructure – the cabling, antennas, and domes – for the public safety DAS are also allowed to carry the cellular DAS, the converged DAS systems can save up to 40% versus installing the two systems separately.

Maximizing the Cost of a Converged DAS Solution

Ideally, you’ll see the greatest savings when a qualified integrator like Illuminati Labs is involved right from the beginning and can design and install both systems simultaneously.  This also allows developers and owners to use a crucial component of public safety as leverage to obtain a valuable building upgrade.  Integrating the cellular repeater system right from the start is a quick and painless way of getting far more bang for your buck.

Converged Wireless Cost Savings:

A Case Study

A new client was trying to understand if cellular coverage + ERRCS were going to be needed in their project. They were evaluating budgets and couldn’t find a way to make both systems work. Since ERRCS is a code-required system, they knew that it would take precedent over a Cellular DAS system is one of them needed to be value engineered.

After analyzing the project, coordinating with the local jurisdiction, and pricing out a converged system design, the Illuminati Labs tea, was able to find a solution for the client that allowed them to stay within budget, while providing both systems in the property.

When compared against quotes the Client had received for two standalone systems, the converged solution saved a total of $.40 per sq/ft.

On their 500,000 sq/ft property, that added up to more than $200,000 in savings.

Converged Wireless DAS Allows for Second Critical Piece of Life-Safety

Almost every emergency response starts with a phone call to 911; and more than 80% of those calls come from a cell phone.  This makes dependable cellular coverage the linchpin of your building’s safety protocol.   Providing secure, dependable access to 911 for everyone on your property is simply the right thing to do and grants everybody peace of mind.  Bonus: your ERRCS system may even function better once it’s converged with your cellular DAS!

Future-Proof Your Building with a Converged Wireless System

As 5G technology rolls out across the country, having a reliable cellular repeater system will be essential to virtually every building.  That’s because 5G frequencies are more easily impacted and blocked by building materials, foliage, and even rain, so 5G will produce worse indoor coverage than current cell signal.   


By installing a converged ERRCS and cellular DAS system now, your property will get significant cost savings as compared to waiting to install separate systems later.  You’ll also gain a future-proofed infrastructure that is highly adaptable and built with an intentional focus on the emerging cellular technologies of the next decade+. 

Are Converged Wireless DAS Systems Permitted Everywhere?

In new construction, the local AHJ will need to approve our installation and merging the two systems. Some AHJs aren’t yet familiar with converged wireless systems and may be reluctant to give consent until they have a better understanding of how we design and implement these solutions to be 100% network safe.

As one of the premier companies in the country to deploy converged wireless systems, Illuminati Labs is at the forefront of this process, and we have found that once we establish that our converged systems are a part of FirstNet and will even enhance FirstNet capabilities, AHJs and first responder teams usually become keen supporters.

Share Your Info With Us and See if You Might be Eligible for a Converged Wireless Solution!

As one of the premier companies in the country to deploy converged wireless systems, Illuminati Labs is at the forefront of this process, and we have found that once we establish that our converged systems are a part of FirstNet and will even enhance FirstNet capabilities, AHJs and first responder teams usually become keen supporters.

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Converged Systems FAQs

If your building already has a public safety DAS, Illuminati Labs may still be able to retrofit a converged cellular DAS, but we will need to make a few design adjustments, such as increasing the antenna density to meet the higher frequency cellular needs. You’ll still see significant cost savings as compared to installing two separate systems.

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