Case Study – Wireless Utility Metering

February 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM

 

Unless you live off the grid, you probably use some type of utility service, whether it’s electricity, gas, water or all of the above.  For many utility companies, meters are still checked manually by a person walking house-to-house. But like so many businesses, utility providers are turning to technology for a better way to monitor meters.

 

Mueller Systems is one such company. They provide utility companies and municipalities with innovative metering solutions to improve the delivery and use of water and energy. The Mueller Infrastructure Network, Mi.Net®, is a highly efficient communications network that fully automates the meter-reading-to-billing process. It is flexible and scalable, which allows the new technology to be implemented in stages as budgets allow.

 

The problem Mueller Systems was facing was that they needed a high-performance, robust, 900MHz Omni-directional antenna to support their wireless metering system. Not only did the antenna need to fully integrate into the Mi.Net® system, it also needed to withstand the environment and have enough gain and coverage to support Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) and mobile applications.

 

Fortunately, L-com’s 800/900 MHz HGV-906U Omni-directional antenna was up to the task. This antenna has all of the capabilities needed by Mueller Systems, including superior all-weather performance. L-com’s high-performance, low-loss coaxial cables were also used to connect the antenna to the Mi.Net® repeaters.

 

With the help of L-com’s antenna and cables, Mueller Systems is now able to offer their customers a complete wireless monitoring system that reduces cost, increases efficiency, conserves resources and improves customer relations for utility services.

 

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Antenna Arrays 101

April 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM

 

Not sure what an antenna array is? Want to brush-up on the subject? We’ve got everything you need to know right here with this week’s post… Antenna Arrays 101.

 

What it is:

An antenna array is a set of two or more antennas working together to form a single Omni-directional signal.

 

How it works:

When two or more directional Wi-Fi antennas are grouped together, the signals combine and are able to work as a single antenna with improved directional characteristics.  This is usually done with panel-style antennas connected by an RF splitter to a single access point or Wi-Fi amplifier. The number of antennas in an array can be as few as two or as many as four.

 

Why it‘s used:

An antenna array provides better performance and coverage than a single Omni-directional antenna

Additional benefits include:
    • o   Increased overall gain
    • o   Diversity reception
    • o   Cancellation of interference from specific directions
    • o   Sensitivity toward certain directions
    • o   Ability to determine the arrival direction of incoming signals
    • o   Maximizes the Signal to Interference Plus Noise Ratio (SINR)

 

Applications:

Antenna arrays are used in outdoor point-to-multipoint applications.
   
L-com offers three configurations: 4 - 90° panels, 3 - 120° panels and 2 - 180° panels. To ensure maximum wireless signal coverage, these antenna arrays feature 0°-20° down-tilt capability to compensate for the installation location geography.
 

There you have it, the basics of an antenna array - antennas working together to achieve better coverage than a single Omni-directional antenna.

 

And the Award goes to….Our best Selling Antenna of 2015

February 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

 

This awards season, we would like to present our own award for the Best Selling Antenna of 2015.  With a stellar lineup of top performing antennas, this year’s competition was stiff, but one antenna stood out above the rest.

 

And the winner is…… (drum roll).…. The Hyperlink HGV-906U!

 

If you’re not familiar with this year’s winning antenna, here is what you’ve been missing:

 

The HyperLink HGV-906U is a high-performance Omni directional antenna designed for the 800 MHz / 900 MHz ISM band. It is ideally suited for multipoint, Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) and mobile applications where high gain and wide coverage is desired. Typical applications include 900 MHz Wireless LAN, SCADA, Wireless Video Links, as well as 800 MHz and 900 MHz Cellular band applications.

 

The HGV-906U features an integral N-Female bulkhead-type connector that mounts through the wall of an equipment enclosure. It includes a mast mounting kit consisting of a heavy-duty steel bracket and a pair of U-bolts, allowing installation on masts up to 2.0" in diameter.

 

This Omni directional antenna is designed for all-weather operation and features a rugged, 1.3" diameter, white, high-intensity, fiberglass radome which provides durability.

 

On behalf of the HyperLink HGV-906U, we would like to thank all of the customers who helped it rise to the top. Without your support, none of this would be possible. (cue music)

 

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