STATSports Selects Taoglas to Connect Next-Gen Sports Performance Monitor

Taoglas provides high performance, reliability and positional accuracy in small form factor antenna for company’s new GPS-based Apex system

WEXFORD, Ireland – 01 August 2017 – Taoglas today announced that STATSports has selected Taoglas to provide antenna solutions for its new Apex line of GPS-based sports performance monitors.

STATSports is the world’s leading provider of GPS player tracking and analysis solutions for some of the biggest sports franchises in the world. Teams in the English Premier League, La Liga, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and other professional sporting leagues use STATSports’ performance trackers to gather and analyze real-time player and team data during training and games to help them improve performance and strategy, and reduce injuries.

The company’s state-of-the-art Apex system consists of the Apex Pod, Apex Software and Apex Live Streaming. GPS is at the heart of the Apex device, and STATSports evaluated several GPS antenna options before finding the perfect match in fellow Irish company, Taoglas.

Taoglas’ 25*25mm AGGBP.25B is a two-stage 28 dB Active GPS Patch Antenna Module that provides positional accuracy in a small form factor that is ideal for a performance monitoring solution like the Apex, which embeds the antenna in a small, fist-sized device called the Apex Pod in or under the players’ jerseys.AGGBP.25B GPS-GLONASS-BeiDou 2 Stage Active Patch

“A wearable device with accurate GPS location measurement is of paramount importance to monitor player performance, and the Taoglas antenna is a key component delivering this,” said STATSports CTO, Arthur McMahon. “We have found the Taoglas antenna gives us the best performance in GPS reception in the demanding environments of elite player performance analysis. The accuracy, reliability and robustness of their antenna in our harsh operating environments were key factors in choosing Taoglas.”

The Apex utilizes multiple channels and synchronized mesh networking to deliver data streams from all the players on the field to the Apex Software for analysis. The Apex delivers GPS speed and positional data, heart rate variability, digital compass, gyroscopic and accelerometer data; transmitting over half a million numbers every minute during training and games for a squad of more than 30 players.

Highly accurate positioning is critical, and Taoglas was able to help STATSports deliver location accuracy within 1 meter. However, with that many antennas and transmissions in close proximity, interference can be an issue. Taoglas’ solution includes a front-end SAW filter in front of the two-stage LNA to reduce out-of-band noise, such as signals from nearby cellular transceivers.
STATSports’ proximity to Taoglas’ Wexford, Ireland, headquarters and development labs means the teams can collaborate easily on new functionality as STATSports develops increasingly advanced performance tracking solutions.

“Having the best antennas in the industry can help STATSports collect the most accurate possible data on player performance,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas. “In devices that small and sensitive, antennas can be the most common point of failure in the communications chain. Taoglas has the expertise to deliver reliable antenna solutions that can excel even in the most challenging of situations.”


IoT & Automotive Products Available from Sphinx Connect France

Taoglas’ IoT & Automotive Products Now Available in the System Solutions of Sphinx Connect France

PARIS, France – June 13, 2017 – In an agreement spanning France, Spain and Italy, the IoT and Automotive products of Taoglas are now available through the system solutions provided by Sphinx Connect France. The agreement is effective immediately.

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Taoglas Launches Axiom Reference Design for Connected Vehicles

Axiom reference design will help auto manufacturers test size, placement and performance of antennas, speed time to market

SAN DIEGO – June 7, 2017 – Taoglas, today announced the launch of Axiom, a reference design for a low-profile, compact multiple-antenna solution for the next generation of Connected Cars. The reference design will help automobile manufacturers overcome one of the biggest challenges of the Connected Car: where and how to place the multitude of antennas needed for maximum performance.

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Taoglas Powers Interactive Assistant from Lighthouse

High-efficiency Wi-Fi, Bluetooth antennas provide ultimate RF performance for next-generation interactive assistant for the home

SAN DIEGO – MAY 11, 2017 – Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT and M2M antenna and RF solutions, today announced that Lighthouse has incorporated Taoglas antennas to connect its next-generation intelligent home security and monitoring device. The Lighthouse interactive assistant utilizes Taoglas’ FXP830 Freedom antenna to provide the performance it needs in a form factor that works with Lighthouse’s aesthetically pleasing design.

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Taoglas Helps Compology Drive Efficiency, Savings Across Waste Management Industry

There’s cash in trash, especially if you’re a waste hauler. Waste containers are everywhere—behind restaurants, retail stores and hotels, at office buildings, and on construction sites. San Francisco-based Compology’s waste container monitoring solution helps waste management companies be more profitable by helping streamline operations and enhance customer service through data collection. Continue reading…


5G Antenna Technology

5G innovation will enable an era of connectivity like never before. Anticipated experiences from autonomous driving, tactile internet, Ultra HD video and VR based immersive technologies, all capacity hungry communications, will see demands for higher through-put, better spectral efficiency, ultra-low latency and over 100 times the current number of connections. Taoglas are continuously at the forefront of wireless antenna technologies and we have various products to meet these demands.

In order to support increased traffic capacity, over 10 times existing throughput, and to enable the transmission bandwidths needed to support very high data rates, 5G will extend the range of frequencies used for mobile communication in legacy LTE/4G systems as well as leverage the new Radio Access Technology for 5G called ‘NX’. ‘NX will focus on new frequencies including new spectrum at sub 6GHz, as well as spectrum in higher frequency bands at mmW. The new standards will be addressed in 3GGP release 14.

Taoglas envisages that 5G antenna technology will be a combination of sub 6GHz antenna systems as well as mmW antenna systems, the latter will work just below 30 GHz and also from 30 GHz to 77 GHz. There is particular emphasis from a hardware and network deployment view point on the 28 GHz.

3GGP Release 14 also discusses MU-Massive MIMO which uses a large number of antennas, typically 64/128/256 or more antennas for Multi-user MIMO and/or 2 dimensional beamforming.

Taoglas 5G antenna technology offerings will leverage both the sub 6GHz and mmW frequency space to give ubiquitous coverage and capacity for networks of the future. We believe that the C band can offer a good compromise for range vs coverage for MU Massive MIMO beamforming antenna technology. This is demonstrated in our product offering of the 5-6 GHz Massive MIMO Base Station Antennas, namely the MCM 100 with 64 elements 19dBi effective gain. Digital beamforming can be incorporated in the base band processor of the radios connected to each of the individual antennas.

 


5-6GHz C-Band Massive MIMO Phased Array

Aurora CMM.100.A 5-6GHz C-Band Massive MIMO Phased Array

The Aurora Massive MIMO Phased Array is a dual polarised 5G-ready antenna array which uses Massive MIMO to achieve high data rates.

It is designed for future 5G application where high gain directive beams will be needed to address the high-bandwidth demands of a fixed or mobile user.

The panel has over 1GHz 10dB impedance bandwidth and features over 20dB isolation between the horizontal and vertical polarizations.

Integration

The panel incorporates 64 antenna elements, each of which transmits and receives at different polarizations at the same time providing two independent signal paths from the transmitter to the receiver, resulting in a 128 antenna wireless system in just one panel.

Multiple panels can be merged together, using an innovative and simple click-in mechanism, to provide a Massive MIMO array offering limitless gain value.

Beam Pattern

In Massive MIMO Multiple beam can be individually steered to offer higher throughput and coverage while mitigating co-channel interference than legacy LTE antenna technology. In Multi-User Massive MIMO allows for up to 12 antennas used for 1 client device and 128 antennas can serve 10 clients simultaneously. The 5-6GHz Massive MIMO array combines 12 radiating elements at a time to give an effective gain of 19dBi with a half power beamwidth of 14° degrees. Alternatively all 128 antennas can be combined to give an effective gain of 27 dBi with a halfpower beamwidth of 7°

The Massive MIMO technology enables beamforming to address multiple moving users at the same time which the Aurora also supports.


Adaptrix 5 CMM.200 5-6GHz C-Band Massive MIMO Phased Array

The Adaptrix 5 5-6GHz Massive MIMO Phased Array is a 5G-ready antenna which uses Massive MIMO to achieve high data rates. It is designed for future 5G application where high gain directive beams will be needed to address the high-bandwidth needs of a fixed or mobile user. It is optimized for 200MHz windows to match customers’ requirements.

The block is designed with a tongue and groove frame that allows the user to implement multiple units by stacking and mounting. It can be supplied with blank ground extension sections that surround the actual antenna panels and ensure consistent radiation pattern from each antenna element regardless of where it is located within the array.


VSF100.A 55GHz Fixed Beam Array

The 16×16 Planar Patch Fixed Beam Array Antenna can be used for base station point-to-point/multipoint links. This high-gain array provides coverage by use of satellite communication at Ka-band.

The antenna can be integrated in 5G V-band Access Point to provide omnidirectional coverage once stacked in 120 degree or 90 degree sectors.

Future applications for V-Band will be similar to that of Ka-Band where currently Ka-Band antennas are being used on vehicles for remote monitoring purposes and also to provide satellite broadband internet and communications on aircraft and marine vessels by the likes of Inmarst and ViaSAT.

The 5G-ready antenna patch feeds the radio module via microstrip transmission line.