Press Release: Gerald David OBE Award for Innovation in Business Radio 2016

Posted on 21/11/2016

And the winner is... Panorama Antennas Ltd!

Panorama Antennas have delivered the most innovative new product in the business radio arena for the second time in three years.  Panorama’s ‘Sharkee GPSD’ vehicle antenna won the coveted 2016 Gerald David Award with a compact but highly functional MiMo antenna that incorporates all the functionality for the forthcoming Emergency Services Network in a single, discrete housing enhanced to include a VHF / UHF communications bearer.

The GPSD has a very small, shark fin style housing.  The key challenge was to design and position the antenna elements to obtain enough gain for the 4G function whilst retaining adequate isolation and low correlation.  Panorama made a significant investment in development time and cost in the lab to achieve a design that meets all the requirements with effective MiMo function.

The 4G MiMo elements cover the frequency range 698-3800MHz, making the antenna compatible with the next release of frequencies for mobile broadband application (700MMHz & 3400MHz). In addition, it incorporates 2xMiMo for support of dual band WiFi, again meeting the gain, isolation and correlation requirements. To achieve this, a new design for the WiFi elements, mounted on printed circuit sub boards was required.  This resulted in an improvement in the gain in both the WiFi bands.

The unit also incorporates the latest Panorama GPS/GLONASS antenna module, which has a full suite of CE approvals and high specification filtering, to enable reliable GNSS function whilst operating in a multi-band LTE wireless environment.

The crucial role of the antenna in radio communications is often overlooked.  The Judging Panel was particularly attracted to this solution because of the extent of the development necessary to bring these innovative developments to market: they believed this to be a very forward-looking product, able to fulfil a vital role in any successful solution.

 

Reaction from Panorama Antennas Ltd

“We are delighted to receive the 2016 Gerald David OBE award and be recognized for our development team’s hard work in masterfully translating the technical vision of the GPSD. Winning this award from the Federation of Communication Services validates that what we understand our customers’ requirements and continually strive to push the boundaries of radio communications.”

 

For further information please contact: 

Tim Cull, FCS - Head of Business Radio tcull@fcs.org.uk  020 7186 5432

John Thomson, Panorama Antennas Ltd - Head of Business Development johnt@panorama-antennas.com  020 8877 4449

 

Supporting Documents

Judges Notes on 2016 shortlisted entries 

List of previous winners

 

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