Taoglas has developed a software-defined, LTE beam steering antenna system that is capable of dynamically adapting its antenna radiation patterns in real-time to extend coverage in areas of low signal quality. The Shift also increases the link quality compared to any standard antenna system on the market with can, in turn, lead to substantial throughput increases. The Shift negates the need for expensive repeater solutions to provide internet broadband connectivity and switches its link to another cell tower if one of the base stations goes down. It provides extended coverage in underground car parks, rural areas and other areas that the cellular signals find hard to reach.
Current LTE modems use a pair of passive antennas to provide MIMO connectivity. The difficulty with passive antennas in mobile or fixed applications where the node location is unknown is that the passive antenna is required to operate in all directions, i.e. omnidirectional. Taoglas’ Software-Defined Shift Antenna System uses an intelligent control driver to identify and dynamically select the optimal antenna configuration. The Shifts potential for improvement is more than from -8dBi average gain. It can improve the average gain in a worst case scenario from a -20dBi null to a +3dBi. These parameters are of keen interest to the end user looking for a faster data download or improved reliability from the communication system.
The additional technology layer to beam steering practice brings unprecedented antenna performance, with huge efficiency improvements delivering greater network coverage and dramatically increased data throughput rates within a simple ‘Plug and Play’ installation. The Shift is not a suitable solution for voice over LTE. Taoglas is developing several variations of products around this smart antenna system and is upgradable to sub 6GHz, 5G NR.