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RFI Launches UHF Corporate Collinear Range Into The APAC Region

RFI Launches UHF Corporate Collinear Range Into The APAC Region

RFI is excited to introduce our leading range of UHF Corporate Collinears into the Asia Pacific Region, expanding our extensive base station antenna offering for our APAC customers.

The UHF Corporate Collinear series has been launched into Asia due to the technical capabilities being ideally suited to Public safety, utilities and transport solutions in the region. This includes applications that require wide bandwidth, higher power and more channels. The Corporate range’s PIM and PIP ratings plus greater pattern control are also key reasons for the release of the solutions into these markets. Greater pattern control enables site operators more predictable coverage from modelling through to implementation/rollout.

The expanded series includes new CC450 corporate collinears covering the full 450-512MHz, including both 6dBd and 9dBd variants with 0°, 3° and 6° downtilt alternatives.

These robust, high-powered antennas cover the frequency range of 450-512 MHz, and are a great replacement for traditional exposed dipole array antennas, packaged in a low profile fibreglass radome. This preferred form factor provides a reduction in wind loading, ice loading and tower loading when compared to exposed dipole array configurations.

Key Features

  • High power, high gain and lower loss
  • Maximised gain, 6dBd and 9dBd options
  • Extraordinary bandwidth characteristics
  • Superior pattern control
  • Improved manufacturability and repeatability
  • Light weight
  • -150 dBc PIM rated
  • Now with 25KW PIP rating
  • Available in -3deg and -6deg tilt options
  • Field Invertible (excludes tilt variants)
  • Elements directly grounded for improved stability and reduction of static precipitation

RFI’s Corporate Technology

Performance

The true corporate feed design maintains full pattern stability over the broad operating bandwidth, similar performance only to that previously offered by exposed dipole configurations. RFI’s new corporate collinear arrays offer greater flexibility when considering site design and installation, combine more channels with more accurate pattern control, and no beam tilt cross the band.

The CC450 series have been designed with an exceptional power rating of 500W across the band as well as a Peak Instantaneous Power (PIP) rating of 25kW to cater for the peak voltage levels present in large multi-carrier combining environments. RFI’s refined design processes and proven construction methods achieve a PIM rating of –150dBc, further ensuring performance is maintained for the service life of the antenna.

Corporate Structure

The unique corporate phasing system employed within this antenna ensures excellent pattern and phase control. This coupled with precision element reproduction and placement, produces exceptional bandwidth, offers lower loss, maximises gain and ensures PIM and PIP rated electrical performance throughout the lifetime of the antenna.

Corporate Design

RFI has incorporated its patented flexible PCB technology into the design of its corporate arrays to ensure repeatability and performance of the elements every time. The dipoles are grounded directly to a brass support tube, and onto the lightning spike at the top of the radome providing a robust finish with exceptional lightning protection, better stability and a reduction of static precipitation noise.

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Applications

RFI worked with one of the largest integrators in the US to supply its CC450 series corporate collinears into an LMR radio network upgrade, providing coverage for the most populous county in the United States, covering 88 cities and approximately 10 million residents.

The new network is designed to integrate a patchwork 40 aging radio networks, and improve interoperability to over 80 public safety agencies, with over 34,000 first responders working across the county. It was imperative to ensure that the base station equipment chosen provided durability, flexibility, longevity and stability in coverage.

RFI has supplied to date over 250 CC450 series corporate collinears for the UHF coverage, chosen for their full band coverage, range of gain and tilt options, and factory tested PIM and PIP ratings.

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The Range

RFI’s CC450 range covers 450-512 MHz with various gain and Downtilt options. Learn more from our overview brochure.

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Expanded Panel Antenna Range

RFI's Panel Antenna Range

We are pleased to further expand our panel antenna range with the release of the new BPA7496 series panel antenna, covering 746-960MHz, complementing the existing BPA3338 and BPA3843 ranges presently covering 330-430MHz. The BPA7496 series panel antennas are available in various horizontal beamwidth and gain options, and are ideal for applications requiring ‘corridor’, sectored, or other directional network coverage requirements, they are also well suited to diversity receiver applications requiring multiple antennas. RFI BPA series panel antennas feature  0-10° site-adaptable mounting capability and the inclusion of 2-12° adjustable electrical tilt (MET) on the BPA7496 series, catering for the many varying site requirements that exist today. To further satisfy high-performance network demands, all RFI BPA panel antennas provide excellent -150dBc PIM performance, 25kW PIP rating and a 500-watt power handling to cater for the demands of multi-carrier network deployment requirements. Models are available featuring up to 15dBi of gain, and up to 180° of horizontal beamwidth.

Key Features

  • Ideal for highly populated sites, or sites requiring “corridor” or sectored coverage
  • Excellent PIM rating (-150dBc) providing low IM and low noise characteristics for optimum performance
  • 2-10° Electrical downtilt, manually adjustable on the BPA7496 series
  • Mechanical tilt mounting brackets supplied providing up to 10° of mechanical tilt
  • DC grounded for superior lightning protection

Applications

RFI’s panel antenna solution has been used across the globe in various applications including:

  • Indian Metro Rail Networks- used for the metro rail system’s radio network, providing sectored coverage down rail corridors.
  • Indonesian SCADA networks- used for a telemetry application, providing directional network coverage.
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The Range

RFI now covers from 330-430MHz in 65° beamwidth and 746-960MHz in 180° and 120 ° directional panel antenna models, in varying gain from 7dBi to15dBi.

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X10DR 2.0. The Next generation

What is the X10DR?

The X10DR® (“Extender”) is revolutionary patented secure wireless microphone that liberates the way you communicate with your two way mobile radio. Finally, you can cut the cord from the vehicle mobile radio and stay in communication up to hundreds of meters from the vehicle. The X10DR® takes the power, range and stability of a mobile radio, right into the palm of your hand or sitting comfortably on your shoulder. The X10DR® enables team members to communicate back to base and amongst other team members onsite, via the vehicle mounted mobile radio. The X10DR® is durable, lightweight, affordable and intuitive to use. Finally, mobile radio users can stay in communication out of the vehicle with ease, comfort and security.

X10DR 2.0. The Next Generation.

The new X10DR versions now allow you to talk up to 500 metres from your vehicle. Introducing the next generation models: X10DR Elite and X10DR Pro. X10DR is a complete mission critical solution that unleashes the power of your mobile radio.

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How does X10DR Work?

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What are the versions available?

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  • Designed to meet the stringent demands of mission critical users
  • Ruggedized Elite models feature 128Bit AES encryption to provide the highest levels of voice security.
  • Engineered to provide IP67 waterproof compliance.
  • The elite model can be connected to special function boxes to allow dual radio access/control operation.
  • Elite gateways can be used to provide an ‘in-car monitor’ function or alternatively, can be used as a public address system.
  • Control buttons on the base of the gateway provide independent volume settings.
  • The Elite model uniquely also provides a capability for a dual handset setup where 2 secure microphones can operate simultaneously with a single gateway for a lower cost setup. This dual connectivity capability means that the cost of a second gateway as well as the antenna, junction box and interface cables are not incurred. A mobile charger is available for the second handset in these situations.
  • The latest incarnation of the patented well proven ‘out of vehicle’ X10DR communications solution.
  • Providing all existing X10DR established ‘out of vehicle’ capabilities, multiple 2nd generation X10DR devices can now be connected to a common mobile radio via a low-cost junction box allowing users to choose to either talk over the radio channel or alternatively, just talk locally “off-net” to other X10DR users sharing the same mobile radio.
  • All voice communications plus system alert tones from the mobile radio and other connected X10DR users are audible at all times ensuring users are totally connected.
  • The X10DR Classic model is intended for deployment into existing 1st generation X10DR-XU1 fleets.
  • This “legacy” model has been configured such that the secure microphone looks operationally identical to previously provided X10DR-XU1 devices so as to maintain common user operational knowledge and functionality.
  • Note: Classic X10DR-XU2 secure microphones and X10DR-XU1 secure microphones will only work with their respective series matching gateway units. Wireless Pacific recommends using Elite or Pro models for new X10DR system deployments.
  • For Classic versions of the X10DR-XX1 series please contact RFI.

Learn More

RFI has a comprehensive range of videos, brochures and applications notes to download.

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The NEW LTE MIMO Low Profile Multi-band Series

RFI's global-leading LTE Antenna Product Range

RFI Technology Solutions is excited to introduce a new range of Low Profile LTE/MIMO multiband antennas to further expand our mobile and terminal antenna offering. The new LTE-MHP is a multi-band LTE/WIFI MIMO & GPS Low Profile Antenna. This uniquely designed antenna incorporates 5 antennas in a single, ruggedized low profile housing. The antenna includes:

  • Two (MIMO) multi-band feeds covering LTE/4G/3G
  • Two (MIMO) dual band WiFI antennas covering both 2.4GHZ and 5 GHZ
  • One high performance active GPS antenna

The attractive low profile housing is IP65 compliant for mounting in internal, external and mobile environments. Main applications include industrial vehicles, M2M and other IoT applications requiring a range of radio technologies.

What is Long-Term Evolution (LTE)? LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals which are based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. It increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements. Different LTE frequencies and bands used in different countries mean that only multi-band hardware and antennas which are able to use LTE in all countries where it is supported.

LMHP Series Configurations

The LMHP antenna is available in multiple configurations including:

Any Band. Any Application. Anywhere.

The LMHP series is a part of RFI’s global-leading range of LTE antennas. The LTE series of antennas are compatible with an enormous variety of hardware from various manufacturers and networks. Our antennas have been developed to help users maintain a dependable data connection and fast transfer speeds wherever they are in the world and whatever the application.

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The new 43-10 and the Mini DIN confusion

The new 43-10 and the Mini DIN confusion

Connector manufacturers have released a new cellular connnector 4.3-10 (often referred to as 43-10), soon to the be industry standard in cellular applications. This new connector has recently been confused with a mini DIN. It’s important not to confuse 43-10 with 4.5-9.5 the so called “mini DIN”. The two connectors are not compatible. Although the Mini DIN will screw onto the 43-10, it will destroy the 43-10 female in the process. As you can imagine this would have catastrophic effect if the 43-10 female is on an antenna or a piece of transmission equipment!

For any additional information, please contact the sales team at enquiry@rfi.com.au.

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The NEW LTE antenna range

RFI's global-leading LTE Antenna Product Range

Introducing RFI’s global-leading range of LTE antennas. The LTE series of antennas are compatible with an enormous variety of hardware from various manufacturers and networks. Our antennas have been developed to help users maintain a dependable data connection and fast transfer speeds wherever they are in the world and whatever the application.

What is Long-Term Evolution (LTE)? LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals which is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. It increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements. Different LTE frequencies and bands used in different countries mean that only multi-band hardware and antennas which are able to use LTE in all countries where it is supported.

Any Band. Any Application. Anywhere.

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M2M Devices Using LTE CAT 1

M2M Communications Using LTE CAT1

M2M Devices using LTE CAT1

Higher speeds with mobile broadband was initially the main driver for the development of 4G LTE standards by 3GPP. The rising popularity of smartphones pushed many carriers to launch and expand their 4G networks much faster than initially planned.

Although lower category LTE devices were included even in the initial releases of 3GPP LTE standards, these weren’t fully supported by the carriers or the device vendors as the broadband applications were dominant.

Most of the M2M applications however have a very low throughput demand. With the recent introduction of CAT 1 cellular modules into the market, the maximum throughput can be reduced to 10 Mbps. This in turn allows reductions in the cost, power consumption and the complexity of the device as huge savings on the processing power, clock speeds and memory requirements can be achieved.

This trend will continue with the introduction of CAT M1 and CAT M2 (NB-IoT) devices in future where the channel widths will also be reduced to 1.4 MHz and 200 KHz respectively. This allows even greater reductions in the complexity, power consumption and the cost of the devices. A link budget improvement of 15 to 20 dB is also expected to be achieved with these devices that will considerably enhance the coverage.

by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
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4G – Futureproof your M2M Communications

4G - Futureproof your M2M Communications

With the fast moving pace of technology in the mobile communications area, Australian carriers seem to be very keen to keep their infrastructure updated. As each generation of mobile technology is introduced, carriers tend to phase out older generations to keep the operation costs down and also to reuse the existing licenced spectrum for newer technologies.

Telstra recently switched off their 2G network with Optus and Vodafone to follow this year. It’s more than 10 years now since the first 3G network was launched in Australia. With the fast growing 4G coverage across the country and the upcoming 5G technology already in the horizon, Telstra has announced plans to phase out 3G by 2020.

Although telephony subscribers still form the majority of mobile network users, the number of M2M subscriptions is also rapidly growing. We all have heard of the famous forecast of 50 billion connected devices by 2020. As the industry is heavily investing in M2M devices, it’s very important to select the right technology that survives for a reasonable number of years.

When the first 4G network was launched in Australia back in 2011, higher download speeds and smaller latencies were the main differentiators that attracted customers. Ethernet 4G modems/routers were available in the Australian market shortly after as such devices are normally used in throughput demanding applications. Low cost 4G serial modem market on the other hand, didn’t really pick up because of the low speed nature of serial devices as well as the significantly higher cost of 4G cellular modules compared to the 3G devices.

As the cost of 4G devices continues to decline and the possibility of 3G shut down in the next few years gets more real, many industries now prefer to use 4G devices instead of 3G even if 3G satisfies their current requirements.

by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
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The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

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The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

A 24/7 truly channelized Antenna System monitor designed to make site management easy. Access your RF site from the office and on the go. The power is now in your hands.

The ASM gives you the ability to:

  • Measure and Monitor up to 80 channels
  • Perform maintenance tests from the comfort of your office!
  • Receive alarm alerts for system faults to solve outages fast!
  • Keep detailed history reports and graphs for easy reporting and identification of system issues!
The ASM's graphic user interface (GUI)

Check out our videos highlighting benefits of the Antenna System Monitor!

Download the App Note here
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NZ Waterview Tunnel Rebroadcast

New Zealand Waterview Tunnel Rebroadcast and Break-In Comms System

RFI supplied the system for the rebroadcast of AM/FM radio stations and local Police, Fire and Ambulance two-way radio networks (including duplex and simplex fire-ground channels for in-tunnel incident communications). A new UHF digital two-way radio network for Roadway Operations & Maintenance (O&M) personnel is also included.

RFI fully managed the communications project and provided a full turnkey solution utilising a comprehensive suite of our extensive products and services portfolio in the design, delivery and commissioning of this flexible and feature-rich AM/FM/VHF/UHF radio rebroadcast system. The solution includes live and pre-recorded audio break-in message functionality for roadway incident management, and OMCS RRB control interface, and extensive equipment status and performance monitoring and alarm reporting.

The rebroadcast equipment was built into a small physical footprint to assist installation within the limited equipment space available in several of the in-tunnel equipment node locations, and comprehensive equipment monitoring is incorporated within the design to provide equipment status and alarm reporting throughout the system’s multi-node environment.

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Quick Facts

  • $1.4 billion road project
  • 2.4km long tunnel
  • 8 AM stations rebroadcast
  • 22 FM stations rebroadcast
  • Multi-channel VHF/UHF Emergency Services Rebroadcast
  • UHF O&M Two-Way Radio System – portable radios & O&M Rebroadcast
  • Live and Prerecorded Audio Break-In interface
  • OMCS RRB Control interface
  • OMCS RRB Monitoring and Alarm interface
  • Multiple WDM, Redundant Path, Fibre-based RF Signal distribution
  • Radiating Cable, Multi-band RF Combining, Antennas and related equipment
Click Here for the full Case Study
Click Here for the full Case Study
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