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Dual Port FAKRA Code Z now available from Co-Star

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Co-Star the UK based global supplier to the mobile communications industry has introduced dual port FAKRA code Z water blue universal crimp connectors to it’s comprehensive range of RF adaptors for the latest telematics and connected car applications.

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Female code Z universal

FAKRA connectors (FAKRA = FAchKReis Automobil, a german automobile working group) are
coaxial high-frequency connectors that meet the requirements of DIN20860 and USCAR 17 &18.
Their application lies in the transmission of a variety of signals, such as shortwave, mobile telephony, GPS, or telematics signals.

Double Fakra Male Water Blue (Neutral) Code Z (RG58)

Male Code Z Universal RG58

Available in male or female for both RG174 and RG58 coaxial cable the FAKRA connectors are used by vehicle manufacturers, Telematics companies and installers of after-market mobile communications equipment.

The water blue code Z is a universal FAKRA that can be used for all types of application and is particularly common for DAB, Audio and Telematics equipment.

  • Available for RG174 or RG58 Coaxial Cable.
  • Code Z universal – Can be used for all FAKRA applications.
  • Male and Female versions available.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commected;

” Co-Star have experienced a high demand for the dual-port FAKRA connectors from vehicle manufacturers and companies who install telematics equipment. We supply the code Z universal version as it simplifies the installation process and can be used for all types of applications  allowing our customers to standardise and just stock one type of connector”

Source: Co-Star

 

 

Co-Star Invest in Cutting Edge Machinery to Produce RF Cable Assemblies For Connected Devices

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Co-Star a global supplier to the Mobile Communications Industry have invested in the latest cutting edge machinery to speed up the production of RF cable assembies for the latest connected devices.

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Co-Star manufacture the cables at their UK headquarters based in Harrogate and supply them Globally.

The cables are used to connect antennas to the latest 4G wireless devices in applications including: Connected Cars, Mobile Wi-Fi, Telematics,  IoT, Emergency Services and Transport.

Co-Star can manufacture the cables with any combination of connector and cable length including: SMA, FME, TNC, FAKRA, SMB.

The cable types manufactured by Co-Star are: RG58 standard, RG58 low loss, RG58 ultra low loss and RG174.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented;

” We have made a major investment in the latest machinery to enable us to increase our production capacity and speed up delivery times to our customers. We can now  turn around orders within days which helps our customers working on time critical installation projects”.

Projects that Co-Star have worked on include supplying cables to connect Wi-Fi systems in public transport, connecting critical communications systems in Ambulances and working with the Automotive industry on connected car projects.

For more information on the cable assemblies available from Co-Star please click here>

Source: Co-Star

 

 

Co-Star Develop GT5 Adaptor For Installation Improvisation

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Co-Star have developed an adaptor cable that quickly converts an  antenna terminated with an FME male or female to a GT5 connector which than interfaces with the in-car communications device.

GT5 connectors have been designed for use in heavy duty applications were there is vibration and movement such as the automotive and marine industry. They lock securely on to the communications device and interface with the antenna ensuring that the RF signal strength is optimized for clear voice and mobile data communication.

GT5 connectors are common on a range of  devices including:  In-car communication, automotive audio systems, GPS antenna systems, RACS antenna audio/video antenna systems and LAN systems.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star;

” GT5 connectors can be difficult to crimp when engineers are working on site, so we developed the adaptors with an FME male and FME female which are the most common antenna terminations, our fly lead than quickly converts the antenna to GT5 allowing versatility and improvisation on installation projects ”

Source: Co-Star

 

 

 

Careers at Co-Star

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Co-Star a leading supplier to the ICT industry are looking for someone to join our busy sales and purchasing department at our HQ in Copgrove near Harrogate. Our customer base is predominatelly B2B and we distribute globally.

Job Description:

In brief the job involves:

  • Taking and processing telephone orders.
  • Advising customers of the correct parts.
  • Ordering parts from suppliers and dealing with general sales office tasks.

What we are looking for:

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

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.

 

Sierra Wireless launches AirLink MG90 LTE-Advanced Multi Network Platform

 

 

 

sierrawirelessairlinkmg90_highres_Sierra Wireless have announced the availability of the AirLink® MG90, a high performance LTE-Advanced vehicle networking platform that provides secure, always-on mobile connectivity. The MG90 builds on the success of the oMG Mobile Gateway, which is the world’s most widely deployed multi-network solution for mission-critical first responder, field service and transit applications.

“Sierra Wireless is the market leader in volume shipments of cellular gateways and routers, with a large installed base of high-speed mobile gateways for first responders in the North American market,” said Sam Lucero, Senior Principal Analyst for IoT at IHS Markit. “Platforms like the MG90, with its focus on multi-network switching capability, are addressing a key customer need for robust, highly-available connectivity technology options.*”
Today’s mobile workforce needs to connect more technology in and around their vehicles than ever before, and these devices need to remain securely connected at all times, even as the vehicle moves from one coverage area to another. The MG90 provides:

  • The world’s fastest vehicle area network to support multiple high-bandwidth applications working simultaneously
  • Guaranteed, “always-on” connectivity with sub-second switching of multiple simultaneous integrated WAN links, including:
    • Dual-LTE-Advanced
    • FirstNet Band 14 option
    • Gigabit Wi-Fi WAN
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Extensions to satellite and Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
  • Connected vehicle awareness with built-in vehicle-ready I/O, Bluetooth and Vehicle Telemetry interface for in-depth visibility of engine health and remote monitoring of axillary devices, such as light bars, sirens and gun racks
  • Mobile multi-network security using the AirLink Connection Manager (ACM)to retain static IP addresses across all wide area networks without interruption, consolidating the security for all technologies connected to the vehicle area network
  • Advanced network management software using the AirLink Mobility Manager (AMM) for instant network insight and control, enabling centralized and remote management, monitoring and configuration, available as a hosted service or in the enterprise

“First responder, transit, and field service fleets increasingly require multiple wireless networks to ensure always-on, secure communications in the field,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “The AirLink MG90 platform is designed to meet the demands of fleets today and in the future, enabling more informed and better equipped mobile workforces, by providing guaranteed connectivity for mission critical applications.”

The MG90’s multi-networking capability is optimized for the world’s most demanding wireless applications, such as in law enforcement vehicles, which host multiple systems (body worn cameras, laptops, electronic citation systems, live digital video surveillance and automated license plate recognition systems) that all need to remain securely connected as the vehicle travels.

Josh Hearen, Deputy Sheriff, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, said: “Since we deployed the new AirLink MG90 in our test vehicle, we’ve been particularly impressed with its ability to connect to our two core networks—Verizon and FirstNet Band 14—at any one time. Because it switches between both networks so quickly, the transition is invisible, resulting in almost no network downtime. When connected to the MG90, our officers are able to complete all of their research, paperwork and reporting remotely from the vehicle via their laptops, increasing productivity and saving the department, and taxpayers, money and superfluous man hours.”

Felix Arenas, IT Analyst, Town of Paradise Valley, said: “For us, the biggest benefit of the AirLink MG90 is reliability—it just works. It provides a constant and secure connection wherever it’s located. The MG90 has allowed us to connect more in-vehicle applications than ever before. All the data is secure, so our officers are able to transmit sensitive information from their vehicles.”

George Barlow Brown, Communications & IT Chief, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said: “One of the main reasons we chose the AirLink MG90 is because it’s FirstNet, Band 14 deployable. When the network is turned on, we won’t need to purchase new technology, saving considerable costs and time. We’ve also been very impressed by the MG90’s performance on our current Verizon network. It’s enabled us to be more informed, respond faster and be better equipped to manage an emergency.”

About the AirLink MG90 LTE-A Multi-networking Platform
Together with the AirLink Connection Manager, the MG90 consolidates the security for all connected technologies in the vehicle area network, simplifying deployment and enabling the enterprise to retain management control over network access and connected mobile assets.

The MG90 integrates with the AirLink Mobility Manager—an end-to-end network management solution—to enable simplified, remote and real-time insight and control of connected mobile assets and mission critical applications, and supports vehicle tracking, telemetry and asset management applications.

For more information about the MG90 and the company’s solutions for the mobile IoT market, visit https://www.sierrawireless.com/products-and-solutions/routers-gateways/.

The AirLink MG90 will be available soon in the UK. For more information contact Co-Star.

Source: Sierra Wireless

Co-Star Enhance FAKRA Range With The Addition Of Right Angle Connectors

img_1424Co-Star the Harrogate based global supplier to the ICT industry have enhanced their range of FAKRA connectors with the addition of Right Angle versions which are designed to simplify the crimping process for end user and put less strain on the cable when installed.

The FAKRA connectors are colour coded to differentiate the application:

To connect the FAKRA connectors you simply need to strip the coaxial cable and locate the inner conductor (centre core) in the gold coloured channel in the connector and than secure it using the threaded cap and crimp the barrel using a crimp tool to complete the process.

FAKRA connectors are widely used to connect antennas to communication devices on the latest vehicles.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented:

The technology in the latest  connected car’s is now more sophisticated than a modern office so the connectors and cabling required to connect the latest telematics and Wi-Fi equipment need to be capable of transmitting very high levels of data. Co-Star work with vehicle  manufactures and Telematics companies so are always early adopters of the latest connectors and cabling on the market. We have just launched a range of HSD connectors which are used on the latest German vehicles and have extended our range of FAKRA connectors and adaptors.

Source: Co-Star

Co-Star Supply the latest HSD connectors for In-Car Telematics and Mobile Data Applications

logoCo-Star the Harrogate UK based global supplier to the ICT industry has today announced that it’s adding the latest HSD (High Speed Data) connectors to their product portfolio.

The demand for HSD connectors has been driven by the adoption of Telematics and high speed data communications systems in vehicles.

The Co-Star range of HSD connectors are based on the star-quad principle which is a symmetrical impedance controlled 100 ohm interconnect system for High Speed Data transmission. Interference from crosstalk and external sources is prevented, ensuring high-performance transmission quality.

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HSD connectors can be used in combination with a variety of protocols such as LVDS camera (Low Voltage Differential Signalling), GVIF (Gigabit Video Interface), USB, IEEE 1394 as well as Ethernet protocols.

The product portfolio can be used in combination with a variety of protocols such as LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling), GVIF (Gigabit Video interface), USB, IEEE 1394 as well as Ethernet protocols.

Applications for HSD connectors include:

  • Infotainment Modules
  • Headed Units
  • Cluster Displays
  • Consumer Ports

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The demand for HSD connectors has been driven by the technologies used by manufacturers in the latest connected cars including: Infotainment systems, Telematics systems, consumer ports and cluster displays.

The HSD connectors are colour coded to differentiate the application (see the table below)

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Source: Co-Star

 

Co-Star Exports Rocket in September

 

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Co-Star the Harrogate UK based supplier to the ICT industry have taken a record number of export orders from countries located all over the World in September to help boost the UK’s GDP.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented “In one day we took orders from: Ghana, South Korea, Australia, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and the USA which is a record for us and a very exciting development for the company. We react very quicky to enquiries and can get orders delivered within days to countries including; Australia and the USA which has helped us develop good relationships with our global customers and has lead to repeat business”.

Co-Star distribute and manufacture products used in the Mobile Communications Industry for IoT, M2M, Telematics and Mobile Data applications.

Tim Cosgrove added “We are lucky to work in such a vibrant industry that is always presenting us with new opportunities to develop products and solutions. We have worked on some cutting edge projects with some of our customers including; Autonomous transport and connected vehicles which helps us ride the wave of new technologies and stay at the forefront of the latest developments”.

urce: Co-Star

 

 

The Antenna play’s a vital role in the performance of wireless gateway’s installed in vehicles

To maximise the performance of vehicle wireless routers it is essential that you install the correct type of antenna.

The key points to consider are:

Mounting Position. A panel mounted antenna is always going to out perform any other type  of antenna but this is not allways practical to install in some vehicles so other options include internal antennas that fit on the vehicles windscreen or dashboard or magnetic mount antennas.

Examples:

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Fits Internally.  Cellular, Wifi, GPS/GNSS Telematics Antenna. Fits securely on the windscreen or dash using acrylic adhesive. Very easy to install.

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External panel/roof mount. GPS/GNSS, MiMo 4G/3G/2G & Optional MiMo 2.4/4.9-6GHz.
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Mini Magnetic Mount Wifi Antenna (SMA).Wireless LAN 2400-2485 MHz

 

Network compatibility. Most IoT applications work on a combination of Cellular LTE, WiFi and other WLAN technologies like Bluetooth and Zigbee and LPWAN (LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, Sigfox) and GPS, GNSS for location. Wireless networks use a dedicated frequency range which the antenna needs to cover.

Cable. To optimise the antennas performace it’s best to minimise the length of cable used as long lenghths of cable can result in signal loss. It’s essential that any cable extenisons used are low loss RG58 coax for the cellular part of the router and double shielded dielectic coax which offers excellent performance up to 6GHz for the WiFi application on the router. Co-Star can manufacture RG58 cable extensions with any combination of connector and cable length. Click here for more information> 

Connectors. The most common connector used on wireless Gateway’s is the SMA series. A standard SMA male is normally used for the cellular application and a reverse polarity SMA male is used for the WiFi application. Some manufacturers of wireless devices do use alternative connectors, to help you choose the correct connector please click on the following  link co-star-connector-matrix.

Co-Star supply a huge range of Antennas and cable assemblies for IoT applications. Please visit our website for more information>

Souce: Co-Star

 

 

 

 

Co-Star launch Multi-Function Telematics Antenna for Connected Vehicles

 

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Co-Star have lauched a multi-function antenna to enhance the performance and coverage of the very latest vehicle communications and telematics technologies.

The GPSCO is a versatile antenna for Cellular LTE, WiFi, GPS/GLONASS and is designed to fit quickly and easily onto the dashboard or windscreen of the vehicle using an acrylic adhesive pad that is supplied with the antenna.

The antenna is manufactured using the latest flame retardant and low smoke specification materials and the housing is UV resistant which makes it suitable for installation on M3 Category vehicles (UNECE Reg 118). It comes with 3 meters of CS29 coaxial cable and is terminated with either SMA male connectors or FAKRA female (blue, beige, bordeaux).

This is a great product for maximising the network coverage on fleet management systems, vehicle wireless routers and GPS navigation systems.

Please click the links below for more information

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Source: Co-Star