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Sierra Wireless Launch AirLink 55 LTE-A Router For Utility Grid Applications

Sierra Wireless AirLink RV55 LTE-A Pro cellular router connects utility grid infrastructure and mobile workforces for more efficient grid operations and rapid response to service outages.

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Sierra Wireless announces the AirLink® RV55 LTE-Advanced Pro router to simplify and lower the cost of connecting critical remote assets, infrastructure and mobile workforces in utility, energy, smart city and public safety applications.

AirLink RV55 is the industry’s most compact and rugged LTE-A Pro router for SCADA, distribution management systems and service vehicle fleets.

Utilities are deploying cellular IoT solutions like AirLink RV55 to modernize grid operations by connecting aging equipment and infrastructure in order to meet customers’ service expectations and increase adoption of new distributed energy sources. AirLink RV55 combines high-speed, reliable LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, serial and ethernet interfaces, allowing utilities to gather real-time data from infrastructure and connect mobile workforces to improve operational efficiency, rapidly identify issues and restore service outages.

Carol Johnston, VP Product Marketing, Clevest Solutions, said:
“Efficiently connecting mobile workforces, their vehicles and dispatch resources is critical to quickly finding and resolving service outages. Sierra Wireless’ AirLink RV55 provides the secure, reliable, always-on connectivity that utilities need to efficiently dispatch work orders to the closest qualified worker and manage their field service teams leveraging Mobile Workforce Management software to keep critical operations running smoothly.”

Jesus Gonzalez, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit, Critical Communications, said:
“As electric utilities modernize with cellular IoT, the cost and complexity of adding connectivity to aging infrastructure equipment is a significant challenge, especially if the equipment doesn’t have connectivity built in or is deployed in a harsh or remote environment. Cellular LTE routers with a compact, rugged form factor, and flexible interfaces make it easy to connect critical distribution automation equipment like cap-bank controllers, sectionalizers and reclosers to help monitor and respond quickly to changes in the utility grid.”

Tom Mueller, VP, Products, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless, said:

“Utility, energy and industrial companies continue to rely on cellular IoT to efficiently connect and operate their infrastructure. The AirLink RV55, with device management and 24/7 direct support included at zero cost for the first year, provides IT teams with peace of mind knowing they can securely connect and manage both their fixed and mobile networks with a single reliable solution.”

AirLink RV55 is part of Sierra Wireless’ AirLink Performance Series of routers and gateways. It is available in an LTE-A Pro variant with dual-serial, ethernet, GNSS and an optional dual-Wi-Fi interface. LTE-A Pro supports 6x faster downlink (up to 600Mbps) and 3x faster upload (up to 150Mbps) speeds compared to previous LTE versions (RV50). RV55 supports CBRS bands that do not require spectrum licenses and allow utilities to build and operate their own LTE networks.

An LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300kbps downlink) variant is also available for enhanced coverage. RV55 retains the same ultra-low power consumption of the RV50/50X making it ideal for solar- or battery-powered installations.

Pricing & Availability

AirLink RV55 models range from £456 for the LTE-M/NB-IoT variant to £610 for the LTE-A Pro variant with Wi-Fi. LTE-A Pro routers will start sampling in March 2019, with commercial availability beginning in April 2019. LTE-M/NB-IoT samples will be available in May, with commercial availability in June 2019.

Every AirLink RV55 purchase comes with peace-of-mind protection—the first year of AirLink Complete, including device management, 24/7 direct technical support and 3-year warranty—is included at no additional charge.

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Source: Sierra Wireless

Co-Star to launch a range of 2.92mm Series K-Connectors

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Co-Star the Harrogate based ICT company who supply globally are launching a range of 2.92mm K connectors for applications up to 40GHz.

2.92 connectors are also called K connectors. They are a precision connector with high mechanical stability designed tp perform mode free to 40GHz. The interface is similar to an SMA connector, but utilizes an air dielectric and a smaller internal body diameter support for a higher cut off frequency.

The outer conductor measures 2.92mm  with a strong outer body wall compared to dielectric loaded interfaces of comparable size.

2.92mm connectors are mechanically compatible with SMA and 3.5mm connectors, but the male center pin is shortened to allow outer conductor engagement before the center contacts mate, preventing damage to the female contact pins.

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Co-Star are developing 2.92mm male and female crimp connectors and a range of adaptors including male to male and male to female.

 

New winner of the Co-Star table football championship

The 2018 Co-Star table football championship sponsored by Terry’s Chocolate Orange was wone by Tim Cosgrove in an intense and pulsating contest.

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Tim topped the table on goal difference with Matt finishing runner up which meant the grand final was again contested by the two bitter rivals. Tim representing Leeds United and Matt  Manchester United. The previous three finals were all won by Matt but Tim edged this years tournament by two games to one.

Tim commented; “It’s great to finally get my hands on the trophy after three previous defeats and even better to beat Matt who was representing Manchester United.  I will think about him when i’m tucking in to my chocolate orange prize over Chrismas! Maybe this is a good omen for Leeds United too who currently top the Championship table and are looking to return to the Premier League and again compete with Manchester United for real”.

A hugely dissapointed Matt refused to comment.

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The final league positions were:

  1.     Tim Cosgrove
  2.      Matt Hancock
  3.      Emily Braithwaite
  4.      Owen Berger
  5.      Laura Cosgrove

 

 

Source: Co-Star

Sierra Wireless solar powered satellite asset tracking service enables reliable disaster response

 Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service uses Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar device to provide satellite connectivity when cellular service is unavailable, enabling emergency response agencies to connect, track and manage thousands of relief assets when it matters most

Sierra Wireless, the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the company has added solar power to its satellite-enabled asset tracking managed service, which allows agencies to connect, track and manage thousands of relief assets and respond to emergencies more effectively. The company is using Globalstar, Inc.’s (NYSE American: GSAT) SmartOne Solar device to extend battery power and provide reliable satellite connectivity to ensure devices remain online and available when it matters most.

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Following a natural disaster, like a hurricane or forest fire, it’s imperative that assets such as emergency equipment, temporary trailers for housing, and food and clean water supplies be deployed quickly to the right locations. When power and cellular networks are out of service, Sierra Wireless’ managed satellite asset tracking service with Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar device provides the reliability that agencies need to accurately deploy resources. Globalstar’s solar-powered device can run for up to 10 years on battery power, ensuring that agencies stay connected to assets in-motion.

“With Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service, our customers can track high-value assets that are critical to effective, life-saving disaster responses,” said Marc Overton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT Services, Sierra Wireless. “When cellular service is unavailable, satellite asset tracking gives agencies insight into the status of mission-critical aid. Our service provides the reliable, secure connectivity needed to track and control assets sent into disaster zones.”

Using Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service, with mapping and management software designed specifically for mission-critical situations, government agencies can monitor assets in chaotic environments and ensure that emergency responders get the tools they need to save lives and limit damage. The managed service combines the SmartOne Solar device with software and resilient network connectivity to provide an off-the-shelf, market-ready service. Instead of spending time searching for vendors and building their own solution, Sierra Wireless helps customers deploy quickly with low up-front costs.

The solution also features Bluetooth capabilities, which make it easier to update the device remotely in the field, saving time and money. Loss prevention features include geofencing, GPS location data and theft recovery modes, all of which improve visibility of expensive equipment and supplies while in remote locations around the world.

“Government agencies and organizations need dependable, up-to-date information to make informed decisions, especially when lost or delayed emergency response assets can mean endangering lives or spending tens of thousands of dollars replacing lost equipment,” said David Kagan, CEO, Globalstar. “The affordable SmartOne Solar device delivers dependable, low-latency, high-quality connectivity when it’s needed most, whether you’re tracking emergency supplies or crisis support vehicles.”

Co-Star supply the full range of Sierra Wirless products. Please call us on: +44 (0) 1423 340066 or e-mail: sales@co-star.co.uk for more informatin.

Co-Star Launch Mercedes Sprinter 2019 Dashmount Bracket

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Co-Star  home of Dashmount in the UK are pleased to announce the release of the latest 2019 Mercedes Sprinter in-car mounting bracket.

Designed to mount the latest mobile communications devices Dashmount is the original in-vehicle no-holes mounting bracket manufactued by specialist engineers who have more than thirty years experience in the mobile communications industry. Dashmount is the only in-car mounting bracket that has  full safety approval  from TÜV Rheinland, the German Traffic Department. The type approval includes everything from the development, documentation, production, installation to crash test with the product.

The DM711810 Mercedes Sprinter Dashmount bracket is a heavy duty mount capable of securing the latest mobile communications equipment and has the standard amps hole pattern which is  an industry standard configuration. It consists of four holes located in a rectangular pattern spaced at 30.17 mm by 46.05 mm. It is common for the AMPS pattern to consist of multiple holes to allow vertical or horizontal implementation.

The no-holes dash mount brackets are designed to fit safely and securely in a convenient area of the vehicles console  without the need to drill any holes resulting in a damage free no holes installation. Manufactured from top quality steel that has a special black powder coating means that the Dashmount is tough enough to deal with everyday professional use.

The Co-Star Dashmount brackets are compatible with the following equipment:

About Co-Star:

Co-Star specialise in supplying the ICT Industry globally with all the equipment necessary to initiate and conclude 3G/4G LTE Mobile Networking Installations for Mobile Data, Telemetry and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications. Our core product range includes: Sierra Wireless and Cradlepoint Mobile Wireless Gateways for 3G/4G LTE applications, Antennas, RF Connectors and RG58 Low Loss Coaxial Cable Assemblies.

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Source: Co-Star

Business Admin & IT Career at Co-Star

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Co-Star are a leading supplier to the ICT industry based in Copgrove near Harrogate. We distribute a range of products used for 4G and Cloud connectivity. Our customer base is predominantly B2B and we supply Globally.

Due to continued growth we are looking for someone who has the necessary communication skills to deliver outstanding customer service and the IT skills to update our website and e-commerce sales channels. The job is varied and interesting and you will be working in a thriving and positive environment. We will provide you with training on how to operate our IT platforms and full product training.

In brief the job involves:

  • Communicating to a high standard with our customers.
  • Taking and processing telephone and internet orders.
  • Updating the company website.

 

What we are looking for:

  • An excellent communicator with good IT skills.
  • Someone enthusiastic who can actively contribute to the furure growth of the company.
  • Someone who can work well within a small busy team.

Interested ?

Than please e-mail your CV to: tim@co-star.co.uk or call Tim on 01423 340066 for more information.

Hours:

The hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm.

Contact Details:

Our address details are: Co-Star, Jubilee Mills Business Park, Wath Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate, HG3 3TB.

Co-Star Specialised RAM Mounting Systems For Forklift Trucks

Co-Star supply a specialised range of RAM mounting systems designed to secure mobile communications equipment including scanning and location devices onto forklift trucks.

RAM manufacture the the most rugged and versatile mounting systems for forklift trucks on the market and have a comprehensive range to fit most types of mobile devices and tablets.

The catalogue below lists the comprehensive range of RAM mounting options available.

 

For more information on the RAM mounts available from Co-Star please click here> or call us on: +44 (0) 1423 340066.

 

 

USB Power Supplies With Surface Mount Housing Designed For Public Transport Applications

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Co-Star have developed a range of USB power supplies with a surface mount housing designed to fit on any surface either vertically or horizontally or underneath a dash that enables fast and easy installation into: Buses, Coaches. Trains and Taxis.

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Available as a single or twin port the USB chargers are dual voltage DC 12-24V and are compatible with all the latest types of smartphones and tablet devices including: Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony.

The USB housing is manufactured using a tough nylon material that is glass fiber reinforced so it can be used in harsh environments including: Public Transport, Emergency Service Vehicles and Marine applications.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented;

” One of the benefits of using public transport is that it enables people to use the travelling time productively using their mobile devices so this really is a USP for Transport companies and it is crucial that they offer accessible charging facilities otherwise people will simply choose another operator that does have charging facilities. We have developed the housing using tough re-inforced materials that offers versatile installation options into all different types of public transport vehicles”.

Ordering information:

Single port version: Part No: CL.9/AS241-1                      Dual port version: Part No: CL.9/AS242-2

Source: Co-Star

 

Motorola Solutions Wins TETRA Radio Tender in Brandenburg, Germany

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Company will provide TETRA digital two-way radio solutions, accessories, software and services to police and non-police authorities and organisations in the German federal state of Brandenburg.

 Motorola Solutions has been selected in the latest tender of the German federal state of Brandenburg and will supply TETRA digital radio solutions to security authorities and organisations (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben, BOS). The TETRA digital two-way radios plus accessories and supporting services will be used by the police, emergency services, as well as public and private fire departments in Brandenburg.

The multi-year frame contract covers the supply of approximately 2,600 TETRA digital radios including Motorola MTP6650 and MTP8000Ex series TETRA portable two-way radios, Motorola Solutions ST7000 small TETRA radios as well as MTM800 ET TETRA mobile radios. In addition to the delivery of TETRA terminals, Motorola Solutions will also supply the police and non-police public safety users in Brandenburg with a broad range of accessories. With the new radio solutions, Motorola Solutions will update and expand the existing TETRA radio equipment, which has been successfully used by public safety organisations in Brandenburg since their introduction in 2013. Motorola Solutions’ TETRA radio solutions were specially developed in accordance with the requirements of German security authorities and organisations, and will ensure secure and reliable voice and data communication for all police and non-police users.

The delivery to police and non-police forces in Brandenburg also includes the Integrated Terminal Management (iTM) solution from Motorola Solutions for the entire vehicle fleet with up to 50,000 deployed devices. iTM automates the TETRA radio programming process including fleet management and software upgrades, making the process of auditing radio assets and implementing software version control much more efficient. In addition, Motorola Solutions will provide its TETRA RF Automated Coverage and Evaluation Solution (TRACES). TRACES has been designed to track network coverage and performance to provide full visibility of the TETRA network.

“The renewed TETRA tender win in Brandenburg reinforces our position as a trusted market leader in providing mission-critical communication solutions to public safety organisations in Germany and worldwide,” said Mark Schmidl, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Motorola Solutions. “With customers in more than 100 countries, more than 3.5 million delivered TETRA radio terminals and more than 1,000 TETRA systems, which have been supplied by our TETRA Center of Excellence in Berlin, Germany, the tender win in Brandenburg is a further important milestone for us. Motorola Solutions will continue its investment in both TETRA and new mobile broadband-based smart public safety solutions to lead the way into a safe future for our customers.”

Co-Star supply antennas to enhance the performance of TETRA equipment when installed into vehicles.

Peplink and RFC Wireless Announce Partnership

RFC Wireless will be applying Peplink’s unbreakable connectivity to turn Silicon Valley employee shuttle buses into mobile workplaces

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(Fremont, California and Hong Kong) Peplink International Limited, a global leader in wireless SD-WAN technology under its own brand Peplink, has announced its new partnership with Silicon Valley communications experts, RFC Wireless. RFC Wireless’ clients will now have access to Peplink’s full line of connectivity solutions, including transport connectivity solutions used by some of Silicon Valley’s largest and most prolific companies.

 

RFC Wireless, a pioneer in communications technology, has served the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years by providing solutions and support across a variety of industries including high tech, transportation, manufacturing, and public services. The partnership with Peplink enhances RFC Wireless’ ability to provide cutting edge connectivity solutions by utilizing the Company’s unmatched reliability and security to provide clients with true mobile office environments for their employees.

 

“RFC’s partnership with Peplink provides an outstanding solution that transforms commute downtime into a productive work environment”. No longer will employees have to waste their valuable time in the daily routine of getting to and from work. We are helping our clients broaden the parameters of productivity,” observed Roger Dickinson, Founder and President of RFC Wireless.

 

More and more highly prominent Silicon Valley entities have been looking to employees’ transportation time as a source of untapped productivity. RFC Wireless’ knowhow and proven understanding of the mobile communication needs of the Bay Area, combined with Peplink’s advanced wireless SD-WAN technology, have now made mobile office environments a reality. With unbreakable connectivity, and proven secure tunneling technology, the commute is now a truly viable workplace.

 

“This is not about Wi-Fi on buses,” said Keith Chau, General Manager of Peplink. “This is about extending your corporate workspace to the bus, providing the connectivity and security to allow employees to do anything they could do at the office, while en route. Online collaboration, programming, and all manner of delicate, secure work can now be done on the way to or from the office. This partnership with RFC Wireless will help bring this technology and enhanced productivity to their clients across Silicon Valley. We at Peplink are very excited to be working with these communications leaders.”

Co-Star are distributors for Peplink 4G LTE wireless gateway’s in the UK.

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