A new 70,000m² regional distribution centre was built for a leading supermarket in Peterborough, UK. The warehouse includes a single level office on the 3rd floor which housed administrative areas and a canteen. Office space, driver check-in desks and the goods out area are located on the ground floor. Employees are provided with EE operated mobile phones and reliable mobile connection is imperative for business operations.
The main building is 242m long x 185m wide x 20m high and constructed from large span fabricated steel trusses and metal cladding. The use of metal cladding and steel effectively blocked any mobile signal from penetrating through. A further challenge was posed by the cable trays which were located above the suspended ceiling and would make any cable installation problematic.
Recognizing that mobile connectivity was crucial for business operations, the customer included mobile signal solutions as part of the project from the onset. This helped to ensure a smooth detection and installation process.
The construction materials used in the distribution centre's structure were preventing mobile signals from entering the building.
Pan RF conducted a site survey which established that there was adequate EE mobile coverage outside the building, but once inside, the signal strength declining significantly, particularly in the 3rd-floor offices and goods out areas.
Pan RF presented the Cel-Fi Quatra mobile signal booster as a solution to the customer to provide voice and data services on the EE network. The Cel-Fi Quatra is a hybrid, all-digital solution which combines the best of active DAS and Smart Booster technologies. Speed tests and walk tests were carried out and showed major improvement of coverage levels within the 3rd floor and ground floor areas.
This cost-effective, OFCOM licence-exempt solution was deployed in a short space of time and provided the warehouse employees with reliable voice and data services in the new facility.