Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Taoglas cellular M2M amplifier targets utility and metering markets

Steve Rogerson
February 18, 2015

Irish M2M and IoT antenna provider Taoglas haslaunched a cellular amplifier for the North American 850 and 1900MHz PCS frequency bands. This intelligent amplifier, the CSB.01.A, can amplify signal strength to areas of low or no signal, such as inside a vending machine in a basement, within a vehicle or in metal box.
For device manufacturers in the utility, metering and oil and gas markets that use products in difficult and rugged environments, this amplifier provides them a robust and commercial grade option that has an intelligent system for ensuring always-on connectivity.
“The cellular amplifier has an intelligent system that can keep connection going even in cases of power outages,” said Tim Dolan, VP for North American sales at Taoglas. “If for some reason our booster looses power, the device simply bypasses itself and becomes a passive part of the system. This allows the connected device to have the ability to remain connected. This is a critical feature for most M2M applications where consumer grade amplifiers or repeaters do not allow for this and are used simply within home or office environments.”
Within the cellular amplifier, Taoglas has placed its TG30 Apex antenna, which has an efficiency of up to 90 per cent. The Apex is an ultra-wideband, dipole terminal connector mount antenna, and is claimed to be one of the highest performance LTE antennas on the market.
The cellular amplifier is fully certified with the FCC and has low loss and robust cables. It will work seamlessly with any of the company’s antenna range in instances where a different mounting style is preferred.