When the Home2 Suites by Hilton in Indianapolis looked to open the 109-room, seven-story historic building last month, the hotel didn’t have cellular coverage. Good Hospitality Services installed RoamBOOST’s distributed-antenna system in the hotel.
The RoamBOOST DAS uses a network of bi-directional antennas that are placed strategically inside a hotel (in corridors, common areas and meeting spaces) or outdoor across recreational areas (such as pool, golf courses, tennis courts, etc.) to address signal strength issues – or lack of a signal altogether. The system proactively removes any obstacles that could potentially interfere with mobile calls or data transactions.
In this passive DAS environment, the system works by taking an existing mobile signal and amplifying it throughout problem areas of a hotel. The solution can target specific areas as small as 5,000 square feet up to entire multi-site, multi-story properties. For larger installations, RoamBOOST would work in an active DAS environment, which connects the building directly to the carriers’ signal source.
The turn-key installation – from site assessment to design and installation – went smoothly, said GHS' Corporate Director of Operations Tim Herzog. RoamBOOST delivered a seamless system that allows guests to use all their 3G voice and 4G data throughout the hotel, while maintaining the historic integrity of the lobby’s decorative ceilings.
“The antennas look terrific — guests don’t even know they are there,” Herzog said. “The crew came in and worked more quickly than we expected. We truly appreciate RoamBOOST’s willingness to work closely with us and accommodate our opening date.