Case Study

Edge Hill University (Vending Machines)

Mobile Connectivity Improvement Project

Edge Hill University - Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine

Edge Hill University is a campus-based public university in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England, which opened in 1885 as Edge Hill College, the first non-denominational teacher training college for women in England, before admitting its first male students in 1959. In 2005, Edge Hill was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council and became Edge Hill University on 18 May 2006.

The University has three faculties: Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Social Care; these teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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The Challenge - Cellular Connectivity for Vending Machines

The faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine within Edge Hill University has suffered from poor mobile connectivity since construction. A common problem in campus-style buildings, this can be attributed to the sustainability-focused materials used during construction, including Low-E glass, steel, and timber. 

The department recently purchased new cashless vending machines that require a strong, consistent 3g/4g signal in order to operate. Boost Pro was therefore engaged to enhance the cellular signal within key areas in the building, in order to ensure that the new machines would be operational for staff and students alike. 

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The Solution

Following a detailed survey and consultation period, the Boost Pro team liaised with a number of stakeholders to ensure the system could be implemented and the correct bands/frequencies would be improved.

The initial remit was to improve just one network for the vending machines, however due to the system performing well, the university opted to improve all four networks to improve the signal for staff and students in the area surrounding the vending machines. 

Due to the poor donor (external) signal, high-gain LPDA antennas were used in order to maximise the performance of the system.

This project leverages our license-exempt Passive DAS Industrial Signal Booster. This product benefits from:

✓ 3G / 4G / LTE Voice and Data
✓ Multi-Carrier Support with Carrier Switching
✓ Indoor / Outdoor NEMA 4 Rated
✓ Network Safe

The Results

All targeted areas of the university now receive strong, consistent LTE voice and data coverage across all four networks.

The vending machines are now fully operational.

Staff and students now benefit from the health and safety, wellbeing, and productivity advantages of being able to use mobile devices within the areas around the machines.

Our products are license-exempt and fully comply with Ofcom’s UK Interface requirement 2102 (IR2102) (UK) and ComReg S.I.No.283 of 2018 (Ireland).

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Formed in 2014, Boost Pro Systems is the industry leader in solving the problem of dropped calls, poor voice quality and low data throughput caused by weak cellular signal.

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