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Metal surface antenna designed for smart cities

The antenna could prove ideal for smart lighting and smart meter applications where it can be fixed to metal fittings

The new antenna has two key features that are reportedly ideal for discreet tracking
The new antenna has two key features that are reportedly ideal for discreet tracking

Antenova, a manufacturer of antennae and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT), has introduced new GNSS antennae for tracking metal objects and smart city applications.


The Robusta antenna operates in the 1559-1609 MHz bands and is aimed at smart lighting and smart meters in smart city applications, where it can be fixed to metal fittings.


The antenna is manufactured from rigid FR4 material and measures 23x16x1.7mm high, and comes with 100mm or 150mm cable and Ipex MHF connector and an adhesive pad for easy integration into a device.


The Reflector family of antennae addresses the challenge of operating on a metal surface or housing, where it is extremely difficult for an antenna to operate.


By using a patented new technology where there are two layers, one electrically isolated from the other, it can provide RF shielding to the second layer. This allows the antenna to radiate effectively in the direction pointing away from the base material.


According to the company, its Robusta antenna has two key features that make it ideal for discreet tracking. It is extremely low profile so it can be mounted onto a metal object such as a bicycle frame or even concealed under a label.


Being able to operate directly on a metal surface, it can also be used on bicycles, motor cycles, vehicles, containers or other property that needs to be tracked and located accurately,


The antennae are designed for easy integration and the company said it is working to help its customers integrate antennas into their designs faster and more easily.



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