Driving Out to The Backcountry for Work? Having a Cell Booster Can Make the Trip Easier.

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The summer months can be some of the busiest for Albertan industries.  Pipeline maintenance workers, forestry workers, and road construction crews are just some of the teams that will be working out in remote parts of northern and central Alberta.  Staying connected – not just to each other, but to managers back at head office in Edmonton or Fort McMurray – will be key to their success.

There may be the need for lengthy discussions to relay information and have a productive discussion on the project status and next steps.  And, if your team is working in a rural or remote area, finding a reliable cellular signal can be challenging, if not completely impossible.

If conversations between the field and HQ is a job requirement, then so is having a signal.  And it’s about more than having work-related conversations.  It could be for GPS, accessing or sending emails or any other work-related function that requires remote access to the office.

Even though cell towers are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, finding a cell signal in remote parts of northern and central Alberta can be extremely challenging.  If you’ve ever driven through Lake Louise, parts of Athabasca, or north of Fort McMurray, for example, you know how frustrating this can be, especially if communication is absolutely critical.

A lack of cell towers isn’t the only source of signal trouble, either. Extreme weather events, like rainstorms and blizzards, terrain and dense vegetation can all interfere with your ability to get a clear signal.

 

Stay Connected When It Matters Most

 

If any of the situations described above sound familiar, then you may be wondering what kind of coverage solutions are out there.  Wi-Fi is an option when a signal is available, but if you’re on the move or in the middle of nowhere (or both), there’s no signal to be had.

This is where an in-vehicle, cellular signal booster can make a big difference.  Having one properly installed in your vehicle means you’ll be able to use your smartphone as easily as you can in the city.

Cell signal boosters can be an extremely powerful solution to the all too familiar problem of dead zones, dropped or digitized calls, and poor cellular reception in rural and remote parts of Alberta.  Having one installed in your vehicle means you’ll get the benefits of enhanced coverage and connectivity when you’re on the road.

 

How In-Vehicle Boosters Help When You’re on the Move

 

In-vehicle cell signal boosters will boost the signal of any cellular device (smartphone, tablet, etc.). And, WeBoost products can improve the signal across any Canadian carrier, like TELUS or Koodo.

The way vehicle cell signal boosters improve your coverage can be broken down in a few steps:

 

  • Accessing data and voice signals from nearby towers via an antenna mounted on the outside of your vehicle.
  • That signal is then routed to the booster installed inside your vehicle.
  • Next, the booster amplifies that signal up to 32 times its original strength. This means your signal will travel 32 times farther than it normally would.
  • The amplified signal is sent to another antenna, this one installed inside your vehicle, which re-broadcasts the signal to nearby cellular devices, like your smartphone.

Having an amplified signal inside your vehicle means calls, texts, data downloads or uploads can happen reliably, consistently and without interruption.  The current generation of signal boosters are designed to operate on 3G and 4G networks, offering better voice and data communication with fewer dropped calls.  They’ll even keep your battery fully charged.

Practically speaking, a cell signal booster can make your company’s fleet vehicles mobile offices. Employees with boosters are enabled to phone in status reports of the project they’re working on or send and receive the data & emails pertinent to the job at hand, even in places that would ordinarily be out of range.

WeBoost has a range of in-vehicle boosters that can suit a range of needs.  There are options like the DriveSleek, which is a single-user booster ideal for solo trips, and the Drive 4G-X, which can support multiple users in the same vehicle.

Determining which is right for your needs is simply a matter of talking to one of the cellular experts at Tridon and telling them how you plan on using it.  Let us know where you typically take your work vehicles and how many devices you need supported.  We’ll recommend and install the solution that fits your needs and budget.

If you have any questions, Contact Us.

 


Tridon is a full solution Telecom Systems Integrator which includes our Engineering and Design team with APEGA certification.  Our Engineering, Service and Tower Division will collaborate with your team to build an engineered solution including communications systems design, tower inspection and co-location, wireless broadband and more. Our Two-Way Radio Division has been providing reliable, effective solutions since 1981.  Our factory-trained technicians inspect, maintain, repair, and program equipment in our CSA-certified repair facility or in a customer-convenient location. And, as a TELUS Customer Care Centre, we are more than happy to handle both personal and business cellular needs, as well.

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