DAS in Dover

NASCAR fans have something new to cheer about.

Dover International Speedway announced the installation of Distributed Antenna Systems around the track. The Speedway is partnering with American Tower to install the DAS systems prior to the 2014 race season.

According to Inside Towers, “The track will no longer have to rely on the external networks of the wireless carriers, which become congested on race weekends.” The track will host two races this race season, the first race is on June 1st, followed by the second race on September 28th.

STEALTH recently completed a small cell project at another notable race track. STEALTH installed side-mounted box concealments at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the famous Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400. The project shipped in time to be installed prior to the Indy 500 race weekend.

Tree Concealment on Hold

Hilton Head Island’s proposed tree concealment just hit another delay.

Hilton Head Plantation has had a longstanding problem with cell phone coverage and data services. The solution to this problem was a 149-foot cell tower disguised as a tree. According to the Island Packet, the tree concealment was approved by the town’s planning officials on October 23rd.

The proposed tree concealment project was moving forward until a local resident appealed the planning officials’ decision. The resident recently requested a delay on his appeal. A second resident is also appealing the decision.

According to the Island Packet, “Construction was to begin this winter and be completed early next year…The town, however, cannot issue permits to begin construction until the appeals have been resolved.”


Big Growth in Small Cell for 2013

This year saw an increase in small cell activity from vendors.

Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and Ericsson introduced new small cell technology. According to AGL Media Group, Cisco purchased Ubiquisys, a small cell software provider based in the UK.

Alcatel-Lucent was able to bounce back from a rough year by making a major announcement. In the announcement, Alcatel-Lucent stated they would be pairing up with Qualcomm to specialize in ultra-broaband wireless access technology. The collaboration with Qualcomm includes small cell base stations. These base stations enhance 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi in residential and business environments.

Ericsson also announced they would be entering the small cell market. According to AGL, “Telecom giant Ericsson launched a minimalist small cell radio in late September, which will provide indoor coverage that mirrors the functionality of the outdoor cellular infrastructure….The disk-shaped small cell, which is small enough to fit a person’s hand, is called Ericsson Radio Dot System.”

It will be interesting to see the evolution of the in-building wireless market over the next few years. The impact of these new small cell technologies could be drastic.


A Merry Gator Christmas!

Gator fans will be receiving DAS concealments for Christmas!

Santa’s elves, a.k.a. STEALTH’s fabrication team, are working hard to deliver these DAS concealments to the University of Florida just in time for Christmas. Our DAS concealments are sure to bring a smile to Gator fans’ faces on game day.

The new addition to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will be a welcome face lift. New vomitory boxes, or section boxes, and flagpole medallions will conceal DAS equipment throughout the stadium. This allows fans to browse the web, text, and even Instagram their game day selfies without ugly antennas in the background.

Take a look at the progress our little elves have made on this site.

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A December to Remember in AGL!

Chris Hills, STEALTH’s Regional Sales Manager, was featured in an interview in AGL’s December issue.

The interview in the December issue focused on concealment, in particular DAS concealment.

When asked what the future was like for concealment, Chris responded, “Cell sites are coming down in height and geographical coverage. You’re going to need more sites, and more of them in residential areas….They’re all going to be shorter and more of them will have to be concealed than ever. I think we’re in a great position. I think the industry as a whole is in a great position.”

You can check out the article here or view the interview in full here.

Black Cloth Concealment?

How do you install DAS when your venue, just doesn’t allow for it? You get creative.

The University of California’s Memorial Stadium is in the process of designing a unique DAS system to deliver cell and Wi-Fi service to the stadium. Memorial Stadium is designed as bowl making any upgrades difficult.

According to Mobile Sports Report, “Right now, the wireless experience inside Memorial isn’t cutting edge. Basically a big concrete bowl filled with seats, Memorial has none of the overhanging levels that allow you to more easily attach antennas underneath, be they Wi-Fi access points or the small antennas used in DAS deployments. “

Currently, Memorial Stadium is having to use COWs, or Cell on Wheels, to deliver cell service to the stadium. The COWs, are disguised with a black cloth for now. Once more permanent DAS antennas are installed, concealments can be built around them.


Stadium Delivery: There’s An App for That

Want to be able to enjoy a game at a stadium and feel like your at home?  More and more stadiums are aiming for this goal.

Enhancing fans’ game day experience through the use of technology is becoming a trend for stadiums around the country. As more stadiums add Wi-Fi, fans are now able to Tweet, text, and even check the line to the restroom.

Stadiums are hoping to lure those fans who have resigned themselves to the couch, back into the stadium. By enhancing Wi-Fi, and adding apps for fans, sports teams are able to allow their fans to have a stress-free game day.

NFL Teams, and other professional sports organizations, are developing ways to make it to where fans do not have to leave their seat unless absolutely necessary. Some of these developments include concession delivery right to your seat.

According to Bloomberg.com, “Fans will be able to choose whether to have a meal or a beer delivered to their seats by a runner or held at the closest concession stand — handy when you need to make a pit stop. The team is working with Micros Systems, which makes the point-of-sale systems used throughout the stadium, to connect the cash registers to the cloud. A trial of the service is running now at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.”

With better technology in stadiums including DAS and Wi-Fi, the sky is truly the limit to enhancing game day experiences.

Endangered Species Welcome

Did you know STEALTH can build concealments to be environmentally friendly and actually provide a habitat for endangered birds?

Recently, STEALTH completed two projects on Kiawah Island with osprey nests, or birds of prey, platforms. The monopole concealments were designed to match the wooden appearance of the original poles.

When designing the concealments, Kiawah, being a naturalistic island located on the coast of South Carolina, wanted to provide endangered birds, especially Osprey, a place to build a safe nest. STEALTH then developed a platform to allow these birds to nest. The platform sits atop the monopole and blends in with the pole.

Check out this photo displaying our osprey nest platform.


Calling From 30,000 Feet

The FCC recently announced they are contemplating lifting the ban on in-flight cell phone usage. The in-flight cell phone ban has caused a lot of controversy in the past.

Currently, cell phone usage is permitted prior to take off and upon landing, but not while in-flight. The fears of electromagnetic interference involving cell phones and flights have been proven false time and time again. So what does this all mean?

It means, according to Inside Towers, ” If the FCC approves cell phone use on airplanes, will more towers need to be constructed to handle the influx of demand from the skies? The FCC believes that the airlines are best positioned to make the decision regarding cell phones on airplanes., which is why their recent proposal doesn’t impose any requirements that airlines should provide voice connectivity. “.  Another suggestion is to add on-board cell towers to relay signal to the ground.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, we may want to question, do we really need cell phone reception 30,000 feet in the air? Do you really want to hear your neighbor groan for hours on end? Or could it be helpful to conduct business? Would airlines have to build phone booths?

Obviously, there are a lot of questions and obstacles that stand in the way of in-flight cell usage. It doesn’t seem likely that calling Grandma from 30,000 will be happening in the near future.