Antennas for the Entire Smart Utility Network, from Provider to End User
Smart Utility networks require reliable and secure antenna solutions for end to end communications and data transfer. Laird Connectivity has solutions for every point in a connected grid from Utility Providers all the way to Smart Meters and Consumer Applications.
Antenna Solutions for Smart Utilities
Smart Utilities in Gas, Water and Electricity are for more than just convenience. A connected grid improves efficiency, safety and reduces costs through predictive maintenance and control. We have the tools for the ideal robust wireless solution.
- Utility Provider Antennas
- Transmission Grid Antennas
- Local Distribution Grid Antennas
- Mobile Data Collection Antennas
- Smart Metering Antennas
Why Choose Laird Connectivity?
Expertise in Emerging Technologies
Laird Connectivity’s expertise and experience designing and manufacturing RF modules and antennas for WiFi, Cellular/LTE, MIMO, M2M as well as other wireless technologies has uniquely positioned Laird Connectivity as a technology leader in the smart utilities space.
Fully Optimized Antenna Designs
Laird Connectivity’s unique and proprietary AIO (Artificial Intelligence Optimizer) software enables Laird Connectivity to design antennas that are fully optimized for specific applications, beyond the capabilities of conventional software design optimization.
Space Efficient, Aesthetically Pleasing Solutions
Laird Connectivity has proven itself as a leader in low profile and ultra-low-profile antennas with the best range possible for environments that demand antennas that aesthetically blend into their environment.
Wide Range of Solutions
Today’s Smart utilities are connected using several unique wireless protocols, each of which feature unique strengths and capabilities for their given applications and Laird Connectivity has solutions for each of these. Each brings something to the table: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for gathering local/consumer end data; LoRaWAN to route data to the cloud over Low-Power WAN (LPWAN); cellular 4G/5G/LTE-M for nationwide blanket coverage; and even private networks incorporating high gain antennas for wireless backhaul. Every scenario has an ideal solution and our wide range of antennas gets critical data where it needs to go, securely.
Custom Antenna Solutions
Our decades of experience in antenna integration, optimizing antenna performance, and endless customization make Laird Connectivity the natural choice.
- Design, Simulation, and Prototyping Expertise
- Complex In-Ground, Underground and 'Pit Lid' Antenna Placement and Design Experience
- Experience with Complex Multi-Band/Protocol Antennas (WiFi/BLE/LTE/GPS)
- Testing & 3D Pattern Provision
- EMC/FCC Compliance Certification
- Low Cost, In-house Manufacturing in both USA and Malaysia
Internal Antennas for Metering and Consumer End Applications
Laird Connectivity’s diverse range of internal antennas are reliable, low cost and easy to install inside meters.
The FlexPIFA has an integrated ground plane making it less sensitive to detuning than a dipole solution. The mFlexPIFA is designed and tuned ready to be placed directly on metal. For high end WiFi MIMO applications, take a look at the FlexMIMO solution. A variety of other PCB options are offered, as follows:
FlexPIFA 2400-2480 MHz
001-0014, 001-0022, 001-0025
FlexPIFA Dual Band) (2400-2480 MHz + 4900-5900 MHz
001-0016, 001-0021, EFB2455A3S-16MHF1
mFlexPIFA 2400-2480 MHz
Mini NanoBlade (Flex) 2400-2500 MHz + 4900-5875 MHz
FlexMIMO 2400-2480 MHz + 4900-5900 MHz
CBRS Antennas for Self-Contained Networks
Many utilities are now migrating to the recently opened CBRS Bands taking advantage of the benefits of added security and lower cost of these self contained networks. Laird Connectivity has a variety of solutions in various form-factors to meet your needs.
OC69421-FNF & OC35506P-FNF Infrastructure Baton Antennas
CBRS, Cellular + CBRS Combo
Distribution Networks, Wide Area Networking, Substations
CFSA69383P In-Building DAS Antennas
Cellular + CBRS
VFH69383x22JU Vehicular Multi-Port Antennas
Multi-Port: CBRS, Cellular, Wi-Fi , GPS(GNSS)
SJS330065-17-001 High Gain Outdoor Sector
Defined Coverage Areas
High Gain Antennas for Long Range Transmission
Laird Connectivity has a range of infrastructure antennas to establish your IoT network. The families below cover point to point, omnidirectional and directional antennas.
Our line of high-performance infrastructure yagi antennas are perfect for building out the backbone of your Smart Utilities network deployment. Optimized for long range and reliable connection, Laird has models covering VHF, UHF, ISM, Cellular/CBRS and WiFi bands. The following are just a few of the many available models.
High Gain Outdoor Omni Antennas
Our high gain line of omnidirectional baton antennas pushes infrastructure connectivity to wide-reaching outdoor areas, providing broad coverage for remote locations. Offered with gain as high as +13 dBi.
OD35M-10 3400-3600 MHz
Directional Panel Antennas
Expand your network coverage with high performance directional antennas. Ideal for applications such as large industrial campus, plant and factory settings.
Dipoles & Monopoles for Gateways
A range of swivel and fixed dipole and monopole solutions with gain levels up to 6dBi. Extensive options exist for various frequency bands, connector types, fixed vs swivel, and weatherproofing levels.
DBA Series Cellular 698-2700 MHz
DBA6927C1-FSMAM, DBA6927C1-FTNCM, DBA6927C1-FRNCM
RD Series Wi-Fi, BT/BLE, Zigbee 2400-2500 + 5100-5925 MHz
RD2458-5-SMA, RD2458-5-RSMA, RD2458-5-RTNC
2.4GHz Dipole Wi-Fi, BT/BLE, Zigbee
2.4GHz & 5GHz Dipole Wi-Fi, BT/BLE, Zigbee
EXD Series ISM315 + ISM433
EXC Series ISM868 + ISM915
EXE Series ISM868 821-902 MHz
Hinged Dipole Antennas ISM915 902-928 MHz
Gar Multiport Antennas for Infrastructure
Laird Connectivity’s Gar VFx69383x antenna is a multiport and multiband solution to support a complete communications hub. The Gar family offers up to 5 different port assignments including LTE, WiFi, GPS/GNSS. It features an attractive IP67 low-profile aerodynamic housing that makes it a fantastic choice for any outdoor application such as haulage, transportation or remote monitoring.
VFP69383x22JN 5 Port
2x LTE + 2x WiFi + 1x GNSS
VFQ69383x21JN 4 Port
2x LTE + 1x WiFi + 1x GNSS
VFT69383x11JN 3 Port
1x LTE + 1x WiFi + 1x GNSS
VFT69383x2NJN 3 Port
2x LTE + 1x GNSS
VFD69383x1NJN 2 Port
1x LTE + 1x GNSS
VFD69383x2NNN 2 Port
Disk Puck Multi-Port for Infrastructure
Our Disk Puck antennas come in a mechanically robust, impact and UV resistant radome and are IP67-rated. These antennas provide excellent coverage for both fleet and fixed asset applications.
LPS Series 1x LTE
LPS69223NT-61xxxx, LPS69273NT- 61xxxx, LPS69863NT-61xxxx
Multi-Port Canister and Ceiling Mount Antennas
Industry leading low-profile ceiling mount and canister antennas create reliable infrastructure networks for Smart Utilities coverage
CMD69423 698-4200 Mhz
LTE 2x2 MIMO, Ceiling Mount
OP24516 2400-2500 + 5150-5875 MHz
6-Port WLAN, Canister
S2451DBT 2400-2500 + 5150-5850 MHz
6-Port WLAN, Ceiling Mt. Omni.
Phantom Series for Infrastructure
Laird Connectivity’s single and multi-band Phantom antennas are known industry-wide for their IP67 weather resistance, rugged construction and excellent performance. They’re the antenna of choice whether you need cellular, LTE M/NB-IoT, ISM868/915, UHF, or Wi-Fi. These antennas offer excellent performance with superior gain across the horizon vs competitor antennas. Many Phantoms are available for small and no-ground-plane applications.
The 2-Port MIMO Phantom antenna is a multi-protocol, wide-bandwidth antenna designed to support the latest and most demanding Smart Utilities applications. Supporting 2x2 MIMO – choose from cellular (4G/LTE, 5G), Bluetooth, ISM 868 and 900, Sigfox, LoRaWAN and 2.4GHz. The Laird Connectivity MIMO Phantom offers excellent omni-directional gain with minimum uptilt to optimize coverage, even when installed on small or no ground-plane devices.
Cable Assemblies and Accessories
Laird Connectivity’s coaxial cable assemblies are engineered for peak performance up to 6 GHz and manufactured in one of our state-of-the-art production facilities. They are tested 100% and certified to meet performance specifications and minimize system losses to within known parameters and these cable assemblies meet those requirements.