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SEptember 2017


Feature Article



Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Debuts Automotive Innovations at the IAA

Gangolf Schrimpf, Media Relations | Merck KGaA

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, exhibited for the first time at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany on September 7th, presenting its innovative solutions for the automotive industry that enhance functionality and aesthetics in automotive engineering.

In its Performance Materials business sector, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, offers a wide variety of materials for the automotive industry. The applications include materials for lighting systems, sunroofs, free-form displays and smart antennas, as well as coatings for interior and exterior applications. To give visitors an impression of the vast range of possibilities, a partial model of a virtual concept car was be exhibited at the stand of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

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  Sponsored Announcement

inUAVi Transforms Wireless Data Measurement from Drones with Innovative Technology

inUAVi, a Mississauga, Ontario start-up in the drone radio frequency monitor and sensor market, has announced availability of an RF measurement instrument for use from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) that collects and relays data in real time to the drone operator from an application integrated with the drone’s operating system. The advanced technology disrupts the industry norm, which currently relies on heavy, ground-based instrumentation strapped onto a drone, without the ability to deliver real-time data to the operator.

InUAVi’s advanced electronic sensors and payloads are controlled through the core UAV system, transforming the way data is collected and processed using airborne platforms. Gap Wireless, a leading distributor of products and services for the mobile broadband and wireless markets, now stocks and distributes inUAVi products.

For enterprises doing antenna inspections and deployments, real time measurements can enable immediate adjustments to the network, provide more accurate measurements, and reduce the time required to inspect and adjust wireless equipment.

inUAVi’s lightweight, highly-integrated and portable applications run on common iOS platforms, automating previously complex measurements and delivering results literally to the palm of the operator’s hands. inUAVi’s  proprietary radio modules currently process signals in commonly used WCDMA and LTE bands, providing spectrum data, channel power, and other key measurements that can be collected and relayed to ground stations in real time.

inUAVi’s equipment can be used for drone-enabled measurement of antenna alignment, wireless network quality measurements, and performing repeater pre-installation site surveys – all with much improved ability to inspect actual radio signals and not just the external radome typically checked by humans during antenna alignments.


About Gap Wireless:


Gap Wireless is a leading distributor of products and services for the mobile broadband and wireless markets, serving carriers and contractors throughout North America. The company works with industry-recognized vendors to stock and distribute thousands of wireless infrastructure and Test & Measurement products, plus offers a suite of hardware and value-added services for the UAV (Drone) market. Gap Wireless also provides value-added technical/engineering services.


The company celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, and has continually added to its roster of vendor products. The most recent additions to the portfolio are solutions supporting the UAV market spanning everything from drones, software & sensors and drone defence, to training and regulatory offerings. Gap Wireless values the technology innovation enabled by its vendor partners from around the world, and is committed to bringing the best in mobile broadband and wireless products and solutions to customers throughout Canada and the U.S


Gap Wireless customers include wireless Service Providers, Test & Measurement users, and the network implementation community across the public and private sectors, spanning government & military, education & utilities, and telecom equipment installation.


Gap Wireless headquarters is in Mississauga, Ontario where the company occupies 15,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. Other Canadian locations include Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal. The 8,000 square foot warehouse in Calgary was the most recent location to open, serving customers in Western Canada. The company has U.S. presence in San Jose, Los Angeles, Rochester, Raleigh, Boca Raton, Boston and Buffalo.

For more information visit: www.gapwireless.com


Solve automated delivery challenges with ANSYS

Retailers and commercial shipping firms are beginning to explore wireless picking and placing robots in warehouses, as well as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver packages from warehouses to consumers. The successful operation of these wireless delivery systems, whether their components are on the ground or in the air, is enabled by antennas.

Like most large structures, a warehouse is a complex electromagnetic environment. A new order fulfillment system there would have wireless robots with antennas, electronic systems and many pieces of equipment dispersed among its inventory of goods. The automated picking and placing of orders faces a host of physics challenges, the most common being metal shelves and reinforced walls that create interference and block RF signals. A UAV, while much smaller in comparison, is also equipped with multiple antennas, and their improper placement on a vehicle could create RFI that jeopardizes a delivery. What’s more, the aerodynamic performance of a UAV on its flight path through an urban environment must contend with RFI from external sources as well as air turbulence.

With ANSYS 3-D simulation tools, retailers and commercial shippers can greatly accelerate the design of order fulfillment and delivery systems by predicting antenna reliability before their deployment. Plus, they shorten a system’s prototyping process and calculate on-site or in-flight environmental conditions experienced during physical testing and evaluation.

To find out more how simulation can get your UAV delivery system off the ground, download our white paper!


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

Antenova Introduces Robusta – a Very Low Profile GNSS Antenna in a Patent Design for Metal Surfaces

Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things, is to launch Robusta part no. SR4G031, a new antenna for metal surfaces – at the GSMA MWC Americas show. The antenna operates in the 1,559 to 1,609 MHz bands and is designed for tracking metal objects and smart city applications.<read more>


AVX Antenna PowerGuard Products Provide Reliable ESD Protection

AVX Corp. has released the new Antenna PowerGuard Series varistors, an ultralow capacitance extension of its reliable AntennaGuard range with new voltage, capacitance, and energy ratings. Antenna PowerGuard Series varistors exhibit highcurrent and energy handling capabilities, low insertion loss, low leakage current, and unsurpassed reliability compared to diode options. .<read more>


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Antennas | Components & Subsystems | Materials & Manufacturing

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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 | October 4-5 | Denver, CO

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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