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CTIA: Taoglas, Iridium launch smart antenna transceiver for oil and gas players

Iain Morris
September 9, 2014

Antenna developer Taoglas has introduced a new smart antenna transceiver to provide connectivity services for oil and gas companies operating in remote environments.

The technology – which was unveiled at this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas – uses the satellite network of Iridium (McLean, VA, USA) to provide remote monitoring and asset tracking services.

Besides being aimed at oil and gas companies, it is also intended to appeal to organizations in the mining, maritime, construction and emergency-services sectors.

Taoglas (Enniscorthy, Ireland) is showing off the transceiver – branded the Spartan STS.01 – on its exhibition stand at the CTIA show.

“For any M2M company working in vehicle telematics, or remote tracking where cellular connectivity is not available, the Spartan STS.01 transceiver provides a low-cost, low-risk solution to deliver critical information from anywhere on earth via the Iridium satellite network,” said David Wigglesworth, the vice president and general manager for the Americas and global M2M services at Iridium.

“For example, the all-in-one STS.01 reduces the cost to add Iridium M2M service to an existing cellular solution by providing the satellite hardware solution, only requiring the developer to complete the software integration by interfacing to an existing serial port,” he added.

Taoglas says it plans to add GPS/GLONASS and Beidou capabilities to the transceiver in the future.

The company claims the new transceiver has a number of advantages over rival products.

For one thing, it features a so-called “brown-out protection system to ride through short power interruptions.

The Taoglas and Iridium technology is also housed in a single waterproof industrial-grade enclosure, says Taoglas, eliminating the expense of installation costs and performance losses associated with the coaxial cable that is normally used to connect antennas to transceivers.
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