August 2017


Feature Article



Just the Facts, Ma’am: Key Considerations for Selecting and Installing Antennas for Public Safety Vehicles

Adam Alevy, Vice President of Technology,
Laird’s Infrastructure Antenna Systems Group


Some people get nutty about Star Wars collectibles. Some people are bonkers for the Boston Red Sox. Others lose themselves in old stamps from countries that don’t even exist anymore. That is all well and good, but I geek out when it comes to old radio and antenna technology, especially the wireless systems that were in the police cars from back when I was growing up. All the better if they resemble the ones from the cop shows with chase scenes that were all the rage on tv then—on all three channels being broadcast at the time! <read more>


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  Sponsored Announcement

IoT West 2017 Program Announced

The final program for the IoT West Conference have been announced. Already in its 4th year, IoT West will pick up and head to Denver, Colorado for 2017. The conference will consist of two days of technical presentations, an interactive exhibit hall, and pre-conference technical workshops.


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New for 2017 - The Low Power Networking Summit
IoT West will host a new event covering all manners of low power wide area networking. LPWAN is taking the IoT market by storm, enabling a wide range of IoT and M2M applications with low-bandwidth connectivity. The applications are as endless as the technologies rush to gain dominance in the marketplace. Attend to learn more about: LoRa, zigbee, Bluetooth, RPMA, LoRaWAN, Sigfox, Ultra Narrow Band, LTE-MTC, Narrowband IoT and more. Learn More

  New Products

Dedrone Automatic Anti-Drone Solution Provides Protection for Critical Sites
Dedrone, the international market and technology leader in drone detection, provides an automatic, integrated and self-contained drone detection, identification, and counter-measures platform to defeat drone threats and their operators 24/7. Dedrone’s automated, software-based aerial intrusion detection platform – DroneTracker – provides early warning of illegal civilian UAVs and is used to protect industrial plants, government buildings and other critical infrastructure installations against smugglers, spies, and terrorist attacks.

San Francisco-based Dedrone is one of the industry-leading vendors whose solutions are stocked and distributed by Gap Wireless. Dedrone’s DroneTracker is the only modular system on the market that can be adapted to specific threat situations and special conditions on-site. DroneTracker allows users to readily configure multiple sensors, active and passive countermeasures, and alerts for automatic, 24/7 operation. The software continuously displays real time airspace information, and detects and identifies drones using Dedrone's DroneDNA, advanced analysis, and pattern recognition capabilities. Defensive measures against hostile drones can be activated automatically, with security services notified as appropriate.

DroneTracker attaches to exterior walls of buildings, rooftops, or special masts, using a combination of audio, video, Wi-Fi and RF sensors to identify illegal drones in the vicinity. More information about the Dedrone DroneTracker is available here.

Laird Introduces mFlexPIFA, a Flexible PIFA Antenna Designed Specifically for Metal Surfaces

Laird has introduced the industry’s first adhesive-backed flexible antenna designed to be used directly on metal surfaces, enabling the Internet of Things to continue its explosive growth to about 50 billion connected “things” worldwide by 2020. <read more>


Low Profile WiFi Panel Antenna from RFMW

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a 802.11g/n Wi-Fi and unlicensed ISM band antenna. The Southwest Antenna model 1011-005 is a small form factor 2.4 to 2.5 GHz panel antenna that’s only 0.5 inch thick. <read more>


RFMW Offers 1,960 MHz, 0.5 W Small Cell PA

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Qorvo’s QPA9419, a 0.5 watt power amplifier for small cell radios. Spanning the 1,930 to 1,995 MHz frequency band, this internally matched amplifier covers band 2, band 25 and band 36 wireless infrastructure applications. <read more>


40 MHz RealTtime Handheld Spectrum Analyzer – The Lab in Your Hand

Back in February, Narda Safety Test Solutions revealed the SignalShark. Engineers at this RF measurement technology specialist have succeeded in developing an extremely powerful real time handheld Spectrum Analyzer. This device, with its handy format, is capable of dealing with today’s complex measurement and analysis tasks reliably and quickly to the same standard as laboratory instruments. <read more>


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  Industry News

Centerline Solutions Continues Leadership in Wireless Industry Safety as Pioneering Member of TIRAP

Centerline Solutions, a provider of wireless infrastructure services to the telecommunications industry, continues its industry-leading commitment to worker safety and professional development by playing a pioneering role in creating and implementing the first nationwide set of standards and training protocols for wireless professionals. <read more>


Antenna Company Joins CBRS Alliance to Drive Innovative LTE-based Solutions in 3.5 GHz Band

Antenna Company has joined the CBRS Alliance. The CBRS Alliance was formed to develop and promote LTE-based solutions in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, using a shared spectrum model to serve the growing demands of wireless data usage. <read more>


STATSports Selects Taoglas to Connect Next-Gen Sports Performance Monitor

Taoglas has announced that STATSports has selected Taoglas to provide antenna solutions for its new Apex line of GPS-based sports performance monitors. <read more>


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Event Listings


SCADA Technology Summit Program Announced

The final program for the 2017 SCADA Technology Summit have been announced. This event is focused on the latest advancements in SCADA and its supporting ICS technologies that provide control, connectivity, security and data acquisition to critical infrastructure and industrial environments. Call for papers Open

With the advent of “smart” SCADA, networking, IoT and security technology, control system designers, managers and operators must improve their systems to enable them to better monitor/control equipment, optimize value, and harness valuable data to optimize processes. With the explosion of smart connectivity, many organizations are going to be forced to change their way of thinking when it comes to SCADA.


To help you navigate these changes, the SCADA Technology Summit will bring together a cross-section of SCADA and ICS end-users to present, educate and analyze the latest advances in the rapidly changing market of control and automation.




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