At the 2016 International Wireless Communication Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nevada, global technology leader Laird introduced three new lines of disk puck vehicular antennas which improve asset tracking reliability and driver productivity.
In today’s competitive business landscape, data is crucial to gaining the most competitive and profitable position for a company. Laird’s new disk puck antenna family provides the connectivity required to accurately monitor real-time data like position, speed, destination, engine temperature, and even cargo information like temperature and orientation.
Most vehicular antennas do not offer a stable coverage pattern. This means as a vehicle moves down the road, the antenna connectivity becomes less reliable, causing a loss of business critical data.
“Getting a signal with a vehicular antenna that has an unstable coverage pattern is a bit like trying to catch a pea with a tennis racquet; sometimes the pea will go right between the strings,” explained Laird Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Antennas, Jack Cowper. “Leveraging decades of antenna design experience, our engineers have constructed Laird’s new disk puck antennas with an industry leading, stable, coverage pattern which acts more like a baseball glove. That means there are substantially fewer holes in the coverage, creating more reliable connectivity for drivers, asset tracking managers and their customers.”
This propriety antenna design enables fleet managers to offer their customers real-time monitoring of cargo, allowing the owners of cargo to track vital information, like product temperature, and make important decisions from afar rather than leaving those choices up to a contracted driver.
Laird’s new VLT/ VLQ/ VHP Multiport – Multiband Disk Puck Antennas deliver coverage across 3G/ 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and GPS bands so as long as the vehicle is above ground the antenna will stay connected. The compact and rugged housing ensures these antennas will work in any weather conditions that the vehicle can handle.
“For over-the-road haulers these antennas offer increased productivity and more reliable data,” explained Cowper. “For public transportation fleets they offer better connectivity for customers, improving the passenger experience and offering a point of competitive differentiation.”