Ventev (News - Alert) Wireless recently announced its release of three new TerraWave LTE-band wireless antennas. They are designed to operate in a number of industries including utility, warehouse, industrial, and transportation environments.
The three antennas support a range of mobile technologies, and those supported technologies can be seen in their product names: 3G/LTE (News - Alert) Terminal Omni Antenna, 3G/LTE Outdoor Omni Antenna, and 3G/LTE/Wi-Fi/GPS Omnidirectional Antenna. The official product announcement provides descriptions of the three devices.
The first, the 3G/LTE Terminal Omni Antenna, is made for situations in which operators desire cellular connectivity that supports voice, data, and video; SCADA and telemetry; and control applications. It is able to interface with various modems and terminals, and it can maintain a high level of performance even in situations where users employ extension cables.
The 3G/LTE Outdoor Omni Antenna tackles the oil, gas, and utility industries. It is made for remote monitoring of oil and gas products and can work with smart-grid meters and utility meters. Ventev reports that it is designed to acquire data over long distances.
Warehouse and manufacturing industries can take advantage of Ventev's third offering in this series, the 3G/LTE/Wi-Fi/GPS Omnidirectional Antenna. It is designed for machine to machine communications that, for example, can track business assets. Oil, gas, and utility industries may find it capable of remote monitoring, and it can be useful in fleet management situations. Ventev markets this antenna as cost-effective solution for small spaces.
The antennas available from Ventev mark only a small part of the overall mobile market. TMC previously reported that ABI Research (News - Alert) expects the wireless antenna market to reach $2 billion by 2016. That figure includes revenue associated with the sale of base stations, fixed and active antennas, and the infrastructure that supports such products. ABI noted that growth in the market is rising steadily, and further research notes that the overall antenna market is poised to grow as a result of expanding mobile device usage. As people use more mobile devices, they will inherently need the infrastructure to support their demand.