Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDAs)

BDA’s Ensure Critical Communications During a Building Emergency

Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDA) requirements are becoming standard for newly constructed buildings in most jurisdictions in Texas and across the US. Standards are largely dependent on the location of your facility as there is no federal regulation in place. IFC and NFPA codes are the most common in smaller cities but often larger cities will write their own regulations for public safety communication standards.


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Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDA’s)

Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDA) Facts

  • BDAs are amplifiers/repeaters available in a variety of power options that boost and distribute a signal throughout a facility.  (Fire, Police, Building Maintenance, and Building Security).

  • It is not uncommon in large concrete and steel structures to have poor reception in lower levels, stairways, tunnels, parking garages, or areas where wireless signals do not penetrate.

  • BDAs are installed to allow first responders to communicate and work safely in any building during extreme conditions.

  • Office Buildings, Stadiums and Arenas, Hospitals, Hotels, Retail Shopping Malls, Parking Garages, Apartment Buildings, Governmental Buildings, Schools / Campuses, etc. are most likely to require a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA). 

Buildings That Probably Require BDAs

  • Office Buildings
  • Stadiums and Arenas
  • Airport Terminals
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Convention Centers
  • Retail Shopping Malls
  • Parking Garages
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Governmental Buildings
  • Schools / Campuses

Emergency Radio Coverage Problem

Emergency Radio Coverage Problem

How BDAs Solve Communication Problems

The BDA Solution

Is your building properly protected with a bidirectional amplifier system?

If you own a building that is not properly outfitted with a bidirectional amplifier system, you could have both a safety and a legal issue.

For more information about recently issued code requirements, or to talk with Life Safety Management about seeing if you are in compliance or designing and installing a BDA in your facility, give us a call today at 972-484-7722, or reach us through our online contact form.

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iProtection can handle every aspect of your BDA job.

iProtection Systems can do a complete site survey, design, and install a UL2524 listed BDA system to meet the exacting requirements of your Local Authorities. Our experience with fire alarm codes, local fire authorities, and construction requirements are critical ingredients in our commercial fire protection system designs.