The Storm Response FMA459 antenna is a world first, a 5in1 low profile, heavy-duty, fully IP67 waterproof external antenna for use in worldwide telematics and IoT applications which require best in class LTE, FirstNet, GNSS, and Wi-Fi performance. Until the arrival of the Storm, achieving high efficiency in LTE and Wi-Fi required the use of large dome antennas typically 80mm+ in height. However, this unique product, at only 31mm high, delivers powerful worldwide 4G LTE antenna technology plus GPS-GLONASS-GALILEO-BeiDou & FirstNet for next-generation location accuracy. The antenna also covers legacy 3G and 2G bands for devices that fallback where 4G is unavailable. Dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi antennas enable high throughput Wi-Fi speeds.

Typical applications include:
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Gateways and Routers
  • Remote Asset and Pipeline Monitoring
  • HD Video over LTE
  • First Responder and Emergency Services
  • Automotive Vehicle Tracking and Telematics

FirstNet also known as Band 14 or PS-LTE (Public Service LTE) is a dedicated communications tool for First Responders in the US. It is an isolated network for providing faster critical information and data-sharing between blue light service providers and their agencies. New FirstNet devices are being deployed to allow for the multitude of services and applications which will be using the network for the following mission critical applications: – Computer-aided dispatch (vehicle location) – EMS Electronic Patient Care Reporting – Vehicle Mounted RMS/ Citations/ Scanners – Video Streaming

*FirstNet® and related logos are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, First Responder Network Authority. AT&T® is a registered trademark of AT&T Intellectual Property, LLC. Neither the U.S. Department of Commerce nor AT&T have authorized, approved, or endorsed Taoglas or the identified Taoglas products.

The recommendation is for FirstNet to augment LMR and not replace it. If the LTE network is not covered then the LMR radio will be used.

This antenna demonstrates extremely high efficiency also ensuring longer Battery life for high RF power handsets. LTE 4G applications demand high-speed data uplink and downlink. High efficiency and high gain antennas are necessary to achieve the required signal to noise ratio and throughput required to solve these challenges. The FMA459 does not require a ground plane. Low loss cables are used to keep efficiency high over long cable lengths. In contrast, smaller MIMO antennas with thinner, poorer quality cables will have much-reduced efficiency and isolation, which would lead to a large drop in system throughput or drops, and may not make a system connection at all.

The GPS-GLONASS-GALILEO-BeiDou active antenna has been carefully designed for excellent performance across all L1 bands, leading to higher location accuracy and stability of tracking in urban environments. Cable length and connector types are customizable. Contact your regional Taoglas sales office for support.