Sep 2014: On going WiFi virtual survey work

The Collabsion team continues to support a major project to deploy WiFi to public areas on the Comcast cable system. Collabsion has two full time resources and ten part time subcontractors conducting virtual surveys, field surveys, and supporting the project in other ways.

Currently our resources are working on deployments in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, and Oregon. Previous deployments we worked on include Utah and California.

Sep 2014: WiFi Survey Completed

Alex conducted an extensive WiFi survey in a senior living facility. Multiple floors, over 250,000 square feet. From this survey, a proposal to provide coverage to the entire facility was developed.

The installation was awarded to Collabsion. This will be a Ubiquiti solution using multiple VLANs to segregate traffic and maintain appropriate security for HIPAA compliant data as well as resident traffic. Installation to occur in the October timeframe.

Aug 2014: Completed a WiFi install in a small school

We completed a survey and installation of 13 access points in a small private school. The goal was to cover the majority of the school with a system that allowed smooth handoff between hotspots but also maintain a reasonable budget.

We used Ubiquiti WiFi devices (AP-PRO) and Ubiquiti Tough Switches to supply PoE to the devices. Our electrician ran 13 home runs from the wiring closets and we installed the units to provide the coverage pattern sought.

2014 May: Tower Safety and Rescue Awareness Class Held

On May 31, 2014, we conducted a Tower Safety and Rescue Awareness class at West Hempfield Fire and Rescue in Lancaster County. Students spent over three hours learning about how the tower industry handles emergencies, RF safety, site safety, and then we conducted a site survey of an actual tower site to help bring it all together. A great time was had by all from the feedback received.


Alex demonstrating a climber’s full-body harness with a positioning assembly.IMG_1542






Alex pointing out the tower owner contact information and FCC registration data that is important to know when dealing with a site emergency.





Alex discussing some of the types of RF (radio frequency) danger present on this tower.

Added new tools for WiFi survey work

Collabsion just acquired a new Fluke Cable IQ cable qualifier to test network cables and conduct troubleshooting. We also acquired NetSpot as a tool to conduct WiFi surveys. This software tool runs on a Mac laptop and tests signal strength, interference, upload, and download speed, among other things. We use this tool to determine the best locations for hotspots.NetSpotFluke

New services: Virtual Assistant

Today we added a new line of services, led by Dawn Wilson, an experienced administrative assistant with over 20 years of experience. Check out the link above to find out more about what Dawn can do to help your business.

2014 Jan: On going virtual WiFi surveys

Alex and Dawn are both working on Comcast WiFi survey work in a variety of markets. The virtual survey is conducted via Google Maps using Street View to look for suitable sites to place WiFi hotspots. Using a list of suggested targets, the surveyor locates it on Google Maps and examines the area for available cable (plant) and to make sure that the target can be covered from the nearest placement location. Screen shots and other data is collected in a database.

Once an area has been surveyed virtually, the sites are turned over to a field team that goes out to validate the locations, capture additional pictures and GPS coordinates, along with pole information.

Markets currently working in include: Chicago, Miami, West Palm Beach, Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, Charleston

Partners on this effort: BIG Wireless, Comcast

2013 Dec: WiFi survey work in Sacramento

Alex went west again to assist with WiFi survey work in Sacramento CA. Over two weeks, Alex visited Sacrament, Modesto, Stockton, Paradise, Chico, Yuba City, and Oakland. Conducted survey work for 650 WiFi sites for Comcast and BIG Wireless. When this work is finished, Comcast customers will have access to WiFi in public locations such as restaurants, ball parks, parks, hospitals, and schools.

Partners on this effort: BIG Wireless, Comcast

2013 Oct: WiFi Survey work in San Jose/Monterrey

Alex went to the west coast to assist with WiFi survey work in San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and the Monterrey/Salinas area. Spent about two weeks out there in absolutely marvelous weather. Surveyed over 700 sites. When this effort is finished, Comcast customers in that area will be able to access WiFi services while in public areas we surveyed.

Partners on this effort: BIG Wireless and Comcast


2013 Jul: WiFi Surveying in Salt Lake City area

Working with Comcast and BIG Wireless, Alex went out to Salt Lake City to spend a few days conducting WiFi surveys in Orem and Provo. Once these sites are installed, Comcast subscribers will have access to WiFi in many public areas.


Partners on this effort: BIG Wireless, Comcast