Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Two M2M antennas provide connectivity on oil platforms

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2015
For industrial settings such as oil refineries, two M2M antennas from Laird suit IoT applications where equipment needs to remain constantly connected regardless of the surrounding conditions – the HCR dual band and HCR tri-band rotatable shell omnidirectional antennas.
“We like to say the HCR line of antennas deliver high performance, reliable communications almost anywhere a machine operates including the most extreme environments,” said Monty Rohde, senior vice president of the UK company. “Employees depend on constant interaction with their equipment wherever it operates because real-time wireless control, alerts and feedback from the machines is critical to productivity and safety.”
As well as oil refineries, applications include commercial and industrial settings. Both are rated for temporary water immersion, can withstand temperatures from -40 to +70ËšC, and provide a variety of vandal resistant mounting options.
The HCR platform provides frequency agility, low visibility, wide bandwidth and a low angle radiation pattern, which is said to be better than traditional gain antennas in most applications. This makes them suitable for M2M system applications within the commercial, industrial, transportation, energy, utility and outdoor retail industries.
The dual band antenna operates in the 824 to 894MHz or 1850 to 1990MHz frequency ranges while the tri-band models function in the 824 to 894MHz, 1710 to 1880MHz and 1910 to 2170MHz frequency ranges in addition to the 880 to 960MHz, 1710 to 1880MHz and 1850 to 1990MHz ranges.