St. James Infirmary, the sex-worker occupational resources cente located at 234 Eddy St, in SF, is at the first floor of a 6 story building that creates a dead zone for 4G LTE. Since cell phone communication is one of the most used tools of the clients at SJI an amplifier had to be installed to provide service to the dead zones of the building. From the roof a directional antenna was installed pointed towards one of the downtown towers, and length of LMR 400 was run down the side of the building and into the server closet connecting a WeBoost Connect 4G-x. From there an additional length of LMR 400 was run to the internal antenna.
St. James Infirmary was forced to move under the financial pressure of the tech industry in SOMA [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Fortunately for them and their community they were able to move to the Tenderloin where they are surrounded by other overlapping neighborhood social services. The office opened with a working intranet complete with wifi coverage, analog voice service, and a number of printers. Coming soon: DTMF door access control, and extended cell phone service via micro-cell amplifier.
The St. James Infirmary office at 234 Eddy St houses a number of workers, supervised programs, and clinics throughout the week. During the office peak hours the front door is staffed by a security guard and the front desk is staffed by an administrative assistant. During off-peak hours additional managed door access control functionality was needed. Viking Rugged E-30 intercoms alongside Viking SRC-1 relays were chosen as a solution to allow staff members to use the existing phone infrastructure to screen people at the front door and use a password to buzz people in.