Multi-Protocol Connection in a Tidy, Compact Enclosure
In many in-vehicle applications, data transmission is becoming just as important as voice communication. That data transmission is via multi-protocol radio units that support many connections with many antenna ports all at once. And especially in public safety applications, each of those connections is not just important, it’s critical to minimizing response times and improving outcomes in an emergency.
As mentioned, that can mean four or five concurrent connections over multiple wireless protocols, each requiring an antenna connection that routes external to the vehicle for connectivity. It’s not just a challenge from an RF perspective, it’s a logistical challenge: collocated radio connections require their own wired connection, many cables, through-holes to be drilled into the vehicle, and fitting those antenna connections on the surface of the vehicle.
It’s here that the Gar antenna provides an attractive, carefully-engineered solution that fits all of these into a single aesthetically-pleasing enclosure that’s only 48mm (1.69”) tall, yet doesn’t compromise on performance. Our precisely designed IP67 radome allows a single mount point, a single through-hole, and a single cable braid to run from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle, reducing failure points for ingress of water and dust, and simplifying the integration of complex multi-port wireless connectivity to a vehicle.
Furthermore, we’ve also made available an installation kit for unique on-ridge and between-ridge integrations like those found on the roof of vehicles such as the Ford Explorer Interceptor. These kits help ensure a watertight installation that ensures the long-term reliability of the Gar antenna and the interior of the vehicle.