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Introducing the new Co-Star M2M Adaptor: SMA female to TNC male

Application: M2M  Product: SMA female to TNC male adaptor Product code: CF.28

Co-Star, the UK based supplier to the Mobile Communications industry has designed a coaxial adaptor for M2M applications that converts an antenna terminated with an SMA male to TNC male.
SMA female to TNC male coax adaptor

Antennas used for M2M applications are often fitted with a standard SMA male connector, however some manufacturers of wireless routers have adopted a TNC female as the preferred RF connector. To re-crimp a TNC connector can be time consuming and would require specialist tools and equipment.

The Co-Star adaptor has been designed to simply screw into the factory fitted SMA connector on the antenna providing you with a professional and cost effective conversion in seconds without the need to alter the original connector.

John Groves, an M2M Engineer commented “This adaptor is a great idea as it allows engineers working on-site to quickly re-terminate antennas without using additional tooling. Sometimes you can arrive in a remote area to install M2M equipment not knowing if you need SMA or TNC connectors to complete the installation, these adaptors give us the flexibility to complete the job.”

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Co-Star’s other range of between series coaxial adaptors include:

Co-Star design adaptor that converts FME or SMA to FAKRA

Co-Star the UK based distributor to the Mobile Communications Industry have designed a coaxial adaptor that quickly converts an antenna terminated with either an FME female or SMA male to FAKRA Code Z  Waterblue female in seconds.

A standard antenna for mobile broadband or celluar applications is usually terminated with an FME female or SMA male connector, but some in-car communication applications require a FAKRA connector. To re-crimp a FAKRA connector can be time consuming and needs special tooling. The Co-Star adaptor has been designed to simply screw on to the existing connector providing a professional, fast and cost effective conversion  in seconds.

The FAKRA Code Z Univetrsal Waterblue connector is the most versatile connector in the FAKRA range and is suitable for most applications.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented: ” This is a fantastic product for engineers  as it allows them to re-terminate equipment very quickly without using additional tooling. Sometimes an engineer will turn up to install some equipment not knowing which connectors are needed to complete the installation so the FAKRA adaptors offer the engineer versatility ”   

The connectors are available now from Co-Star:

CFF.FMEP-NEUJ      FME Male to FAKRA Female Universal Code Z  (Converts an antenna terminated with FME female to FAKRA female).http://www.co-star.co.uk/prod/3755/fme-male-to-fakra-female-waterblue-antenna-adaptor.html

CFF.SMAJ-NEUJ      SMA Female to FAKRA Female Universal Code Z  (Converts an antenna terminated with SMA male to FAKRA female).http://www.co-star.co.uk/prod/3754/sma-female-to-fakra-female-waterblue-antenna-adaptor.html

Source: Co-Star Press Office





Rural homes to get broadband internet access via 4G mobile network

4G can become an affordable alternative to fixed broadband for web access in countryside areas, claims EE telecoms company

  • Rural homes stranded without broadband will soon be able to plug into the web via the 4G mobile network – by planting an antenna on the roof or simply switching on a router in the living room.

EE, Britain’s largest mobile operator, is planning to throw down the gauntlet to BT on 11 November by launching what it says will be the UK’s first commercially available 4G home broadband service.

Initially available in Cumbria, the offer will roll out to other hard-to-reach areas over the coming months.

“We think 4G can become an affordable alternative to fixed broadband in rural areas,” said EE’s chief executive, Olaf Swantee. “The government is fixated on fixed, but mobile can provide a solution economically.”

As with Wi-Fi, several devices, including laptops, tablets and phones, will be able to connect to the internet wirelessly via a router placed in the home. The only difference is that the router will be connected to EE’s 4G mobile network, rather than a fixed broadband line.

EE has been trialling home broadband over the airwaves in a pilot project in the Northern Fells district of Cumbria since 2012. EE will announce prices next month, but those participating in the trial were charged from £15.99 a month for a connection of 8-12 megabits a second. The speed is equivalent to a typical copper wire broadband service.

With an area of over 100 square miles and a population of 2,600, the Northern Fells is one of the most poorly connected areas of the country. Local MP Rory Stewart has been at the forefront of the debate over rural broadband, and nearly 900 out of the 1,400 premises have signed up for the service when it launches.

The government has come under fire for its management of the publicly funded project to bring broadband to the countryside. Delays mean the deadline to reach 95% of UK premises has now been extended to 2017, with no target for 100% coverage beyond then.

Mobile firms are lobbying now for a share of the £250m in public funds set aside to reach the most remote 10% of homes, saying 4G may offer a cheaper solution than digging cables over long distances.

Source: Juliette Garside The Guardian

Co-Star see significant increase in sales for M2M applications

Co-Star the UK based Global supplier of Mobile Communications equipment have experienced a huge increase in sales of Antennas and RF cable assemblies for M2M (machine-to-machine) applications.

The Antennas and RF cable assemblies are designed to maximise the signal strength and improve the performance of mobile devices that contain mobile phone style SIM cards to transmit  data and control equipment remotely using global cellular networks including GSM & 4G.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented: ” We have been working flat out manufacturing RF cable assemblies for M2M applications over the last twelve months to keep up with the demand, we are able to make a diverse range of cables using  high quality low  loss RG58 coaxial cable with connectors including FME, SMA, TNC and N type  to our customers specification and offer very fast turnaround times, we have received orders from all over the World.

An M2M company based in Australia recently approached us to work on a project for a Wine company who needed Antennas and Cables to  control sprinklers on a vine yard remotely. The area covered hundreds of miles and the technology allowed the owners of the vine yard to monitor the weather forecast and react quickly to changes in weather conditions helping them to protect the vines and maximise the yield”.

Co-Star have  also seen a substantial growth in sales  of multiband Antennas that work across global cellular networks  and are used for M2M applications including Smart Meters, Vending Machines and remote advertising systems.

M2M has helped companies from all industry sectors to become more  efficient, responsive and accurate.

Source: Co-Star

Satellite antenna domes to be a thing of the past?

A satellite communication technology company named by CNBC as one of the 50 most “Disruptive Technology Companies in the World” is collaborating with yacht communications systems integrator, e3. The companies are working together to commercialise a new form of metamaterials-based satellite for the superyacht industry. 

Kymeta, the spinoff from Intellectual Ventures, has developed the new technology to produce low-profile, flat panel antenna, which, as applied to the yacht industry would enable global access to high speed internet and HDTV services with minimal impact on yacht design.

Washington-based Kymeta, though yet to see its technology in commercial markets, is an exciting company appearing across several peoples’ radars and media. As well as its recognition on CNBC, Bill Gates recently chipped in for $50 million worth of second round venture cap funding, alongside other prominent investors, Liberty Global and Lux Capital.

“The technology is fascinating…it’s effectively like a glass solar panel that tracks the movement of satellites, from virtual transistors within it that are tracking beams – it’s quite extraordinary. It tracks satellites just like the stabalised antennas we have currently but it’s considerably faster, using a lot less power and no moving parts, so more maintenance free,” said managing director of e3, Roger Horner, speaking to SuperyachtNews.com ahead of Monaco, where he will be exhibiting the technology’s potential, if not actual demonstrations at this stage.

The receive and transmit VSAT antennas should be in production by 2015, said Horner, because delays in securing licensing mean that although the technology is ready, the first service will be receiver only for TV satellite. Unusual for the yacht sector, which usually takes on technologies tried in military or commercial environments first, Kymeta’s flat panel technology is still being developed across a range of markets. The involvement between e3 and Kymeta came about because of this, explained Horner.

“Inmarsat [who we work with as value added reseller] had already formed an agreement with Kymeta to develop this antenna for private aviation. So we looked at that, and said, “wow, what about yachting?”

Metamaterial antenna (Source: Kymeta)

The Kymeta flat panel technology will work on the new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems that are currently being deployed, and will provide high-speed Internet connectivity as well as HDTV reception to yachts while cruising or in port, enabling video streaming, video calling and other key activities. This high-speed connectivity is also said to open up a new range of possibilities for telematics and cloud based services for the yachts.

“Yachting is a very interesting market and a natural extension of the mobile technologies already in development at Kymeta,” said Vern Fotheringham, chairman and CEO of Kymeta. “Collaboration with e3 Systems is key in our efforts to develop a solution that surpasses expectations in the yachting industry today.”

Source: Belinda Liversedge

Faster broadband coming to planes, trains and ships as UK eyes spectrum changes

The UK is looking to open up spectrum currently used by satellite Earth stations for vehicle-mounted stations that could boost broadband capacity in aircraft, ships and trains.

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom is hoping to spur innovation in mobile broadband services by making it easier for satellite operators to use ‘Earth stations on mobile platforms’ (ESOMPs) to deliver passenger broadband.

Ofcom has proposed (PDF) three frequency bands that operators could apply for to support mobile Earth stations mounted on aircraft, ships or other land-based vehicles.

While alternative technologies are already used to provide wi-fi on board in transport, the regulator believes the spectrum could be used to provide links with higher capacity and spur a new market for mobile communications.

Several satellite operators are planning to launch commercial satellite networks in 2013 and 2014 that support the use of mobile earth stations transmitting in the 27.5GHz to 30GHz range, according to Ofcom.

Ofcom also points out that recent advances in stabilised antenna technology make it possible for earth station antennas to track a satellite in orbit even when it’s mounted on a fast moving platform.

While there was a risk the mobile Earth stations could cause interference to other fixed site satellite networks, Ofcom considered that risk “very low”. With the appropriate controls, the mobile stations would cause no more interference than fixed-site earth stations, it said.

It also notes that the aircraft and ship-mounted Earth stations can already operate in international airspace and waters, but that parts of these frequency ranges are used by terrestrial radio systems in some countries. That’s why Ofcom was proposing frequency ranges that are already authorised for satellite Earth station applications, such as the permanent Earth stations and high density fixed-satellite services.

Key proposals Ofcom is seeking feedback on under a public consultation are:

  • Radio equipment for land-based ESOMPs should be exempted from the need to have a Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 licence
  • Radio equipment for aircraft and ship mounted ESOMPs should be licensed under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 rather than licence-exempt
  • Licensing of aircraft-mounted ESOMPs should be done through variation of the aircraft radio licence issued on Ofcom’s behalf by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with no additional fee
  • Licensing of ship-mounted ESOMPs should be done through variation of the ship radio licence with no additional fee.

The deadline for stakeholders to respond to the proposal is 10 October 2013 and Ofcom expects to release a statement on the consultation in December.

Source: Liam Tung ZDnet

Topics: Broadband, United Kingdom, Wi-Fi

Brave New Nano Flexible Phones and Shrinking Gadgets

Soon people will be able to shop in a store and leave without checking out. Ubiquitous “scan your own items” checkout lines will disappear and remote wireless RFID readers will tally up the items in your cart and charge your cellphone for the items you’ve selected. Soon the cash and coins you keep in your pocket will become trinkets you pull out at holiday time to show incredulous grandchildren how you did things in your day.

Researchers at Mikron, Russia’s leading nanotechnology company, are creating a nanotechnology future for Russia and the world by developing the technical capacity to work at the nano-level, creating nano sized components and churning out nano-products.

Bar Codes To The Dustbin Of History, Enter Billions Of RFID Chips

Through nanotechnology’s use in the creation of Russian identity cards and subway train passes Mikron believes it will spark innovation and growth across Russia’s many industries. By way of example, barcodes currently on every item we buy, must be scanned by hand, and will soon be replaced by RFID chips that can be read remotely in real time as items are stocked, moved, sold, etc. The days of carpal tunnel syndrome from product scanning are nearly over!

According to Mikron, nanotechnology is already allowing researchers, scientists and engineers to:

custom engineer urban environments
affect what we eat and how we grow it
revolutionize medical technologies making once difficult procedures easy and routine, faster and less invasive
createbetter touch screen technology that will affect all machines and devices
miniaturization of everything
revolutionize industrial production
allow for multi functional chips that will bring data to devices and products in new ways
make RFID chips and smart cards upbiquitous
manufacturemore functional and securebank cards, subway cards, etc.
improve the protection of documents such as contracts, proprietary information, and identification cards and documents
replace multiple cards with one secure card which will be capable of holding all information about a person’s life
make smart cards with antenna for wireless radio transmission
build 90 and 180 namtechnology to build digital television sets and navigation systems
use micro-structured protective coatings to protect surfaces from where or deterioration from mechanical processes, whether, etc. The new surface is impenetrable. Corrosion resistant coatings are another advance.
make space ship materials stronger

Source: David Schilling/Industry Tap