PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office notified PCTEL that its patent application, which describes an invention that will protect antenna installations from vandalism, will issue as U.S. patent number 8,162,698 on April 24, 2012. The patent, entitled “VANDAL PROOF NMO ANTENNA MOUNT” should have great value to the industry and PCTEL will introduce a new product line based upon the vandal-proof design. The inventor, Brandon Johnson, is a University of Michigan Engineering (B.S.E, Industrial and Operations Engineering, 2007) graduate who was recently promoted to Director of PCTEL’s China Manufacturing Operations.
The new NMO Vandal Proof antenna mount (NMO-VP) applies to both vehicular and fixed station installations. Increasingly, public safety, healthcare, utilities, industrial process automation, education, and arenas require wireless networks to transfer data, monitor devices, and offload cellular systems. All of these vertical markets and applications share a common threat: communication equipment exposed to theft and vandalism. The vandal-proof invention locks the antenna in place with a unique design that prevents removal from its base.
“This innovative feature prevents unauthorized personnel from removing the antenna and disrupting the connectivity of critical wireless network communications,” commented Ana Bakas, Senior Product Manager at PCTEL. “PCTEL continues to invest heavily in the research and engineering to develop creative solutions to meet our customers’ evolving needs.”
The new NMO-VP mount will be production released and available for purchase through PCTEL’s channels of distribution by June 1, 2012.About PCTEL PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), develops antenna, scanning receiver, and network solutions for the global wireless market. The company's SeeGull® scanning receivers, SeeHawk® visualization tool, and CLARIFY® system measure, monitor and optimize cellular networks. PCTEL develops and supports scanning receivers for LTE, TD-LTE, EVDO, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, GSM, and WiMAX networks. PCTEL's MAXRAD®, Bluewave™ and Wi-Sys™ antenna solutions address private network, public safety, and government applications. PCTEL develops and delivers high-value YAGI, Land Mobile Radio, WiFi, GPS, In-Tunnel, Subway, and broadband antennas (parabolic and flat panel). The company’s vertical markets include SCADA, Health Care, Smart Grid, Precision Agriculture, Indoor Wireless, Telemetry, Off-loading, and Wireless Backhaul. PCTEL Secure focuses on Android mobile platform security. For more information, please visit the company's web sites www.pctel.com, www.antenna.com, www.antenna.pctel.com, www.rfsolutions.pctel.com or www.pctelsecure.com PCTEL SAFE HARBOR This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, these forward-looking statements include statements regarding the potential benefits from use of the SeeGull MX TD-LTE scanning receiver for global testing when transitioning from 2G and 3G cellular networks to 4G LTE, among them, the ability to test eight bands and six technologies in a single drive test or in-building walk test, and the ability to accurately identify and eliminate interference problems and deliver industry-leading dynamic range and data density to efficiently deploy, troubleshoot and optimize LTE in the presence of legacy networks. These statements are based on PCTEL's current expectations. Anticipated customer benefits and product capabilities may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in PCTEL's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and PCTEL disclaims any obligation to update or revise the information contained in any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.