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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.

Co-Star supply the full range of Sierra Wireless LTE-A Wireless Routers click here for more information>

Or call us on: +44 (0) 1423 340066

Source: Sierra Wireless

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.

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

 

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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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