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Jefferson Parish Names M S Benbow & Associates to Oversee 5G Wireless Network Assessment

April 21, 2020

Ultra-fast 5G wireless network will usher in advancements such as smart meters, VR and new era of the Internet of Things (IoT)

METAIRIE, LA. —(April 21, 2020)—M S Benbow & Associates (MSB) telecommunications engineering division will lead Jefferson Parish’s 5G cellular network assessment under a two-year contract to provide technical analysis services to develop a framework for deployment of the next generation of ultra-fast wireless connections.

Telecommunications firms say 5G will increase web browsing speed to 8x the current capacity and allow for the evolution of Smart Cities that will usher in technical advancements such as smart meters, self-driving cars, virtual reality and a new era of the Internet of Things (IoT).

“As a company based in Jefferson Parish for over 40 years, we’re proud to work with Jefferson Parish in their effort to adopt a Smart City approach that will enhance delivery of services in everything from healthcare to public programs for residents in rural as well as urban areas,” said the President of MSB, Leo L. Holzenthal, Jr., P.E..

MSB is a leading telecommunications engineering provider and member of the CBRS Alliance, a wireless industry collaborative aimed at advancing CBRS spectrum inbuilding, public space, industrial IoT and 5G networks.

Services will include providing site surveys in environments including outdoors, indoor in public venues, and on rooftops and other locations for wireless antenna installations, as well as reviewing applications and technical specifications for locating small cell nodes, equipment and antennas.

Ultra-fast 5G Network Ushers in Smart Cities, Technological Advancement

The parish’s “Envision Jefferson 2040 Comprehensive Plan” touts transitioning from traditional institutions to online business approaches using advanced technologies such as 5G to facilitate automatic, connected communication such as among transportation infrastructure and vehicles; real-time remote healthcare; and remote delivery approaches for administering regulations, programs and procedures. AT&T has launched their 5G network in 20 cities, and Verizon has expanded to 30 cities as of December 2019.

MSB has provided land use and zoning regulation services in the past for both Jefferson Parish and many other surrounding parishes related to telecommunications infrastructure projects. The engineering firm has managed several mission-critical telecom infrastructure projects in Jefferson Parish, including wireless network expansions at West Jefferson Medical Center, East Jefferson Hospital and Louis Armstrong International Airport; Gretna Police Department’s 911 Call Center Expansion; and deployment of the Louisiana Region One Interoperable Communications System.

The regional multi-agency public safety radio network was the first region in the country to implement a project of this magnitude in 2009. It provides emergency communications for police, fire and medical service providers in the four southern Louisiana parishes of Orleans, Plaquemines, Jefferson, and St. Bernard

MSB Telecommunications and Technology division oversees design engineering, design build and system management of large-scale cellular, in-building distributed antenna system (DAS), public safety radio DAS networks, Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon deployments and Wi-Fi networks for airports, professional sports venues, arenas, convention centers, municipalities, universities, and college sports complexes. The division provides specialized engineering and project management services for infrastructure upgrades and new projects incorporating technologies that include cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location-based services, microwave, satellite, two-way radio, Public Safety radio, fiber optic, and copper technologies.

About M S Benbow & Associates

A multi-discipline, integrated engineering consultancy, M S Benbow & Associates is regarded as one of the top professional engineering firms in the region serving some of the most notable refineries, airports, convention centers, campuses, and large public venues in the United States. With professional registrations in over 30 states and offices in Metairie, Mandeville, Houston and Dallas, MSB provides expertise in Electrical Power Systems, Instrumentation & Controls, Telecommunications & Technology, and Drafting & Design with end-to-end project management services. MSB provides a wide range of engineering services including feasibility studies, front-end engineering design, detailed design packages, site acceptance testing, startup/commissioning services and specialty installation services.