SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The mobile industry's thinnest, smallest ceiling or wall-mounted wideband antenna that is more efficient and meets the design needs of office and apartment buildings, hotels, airports, and other large coverage areas, was announced today by global technology leader Laird (LRD: London).
Laird's new CFS Low Passive Intermodulation (PIM) Ultra-Low profile antennas - just seven millimeters thick, or about half the thickness of a smartphone - improve in-building wireless telecommunications and deliver consistent, reliable Internet connectivity, further enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). Because they are so thin and require eight to 40 percent less wall or ceiling space, they are less visible on walls or ceiling panels and can even be hidden behind wall pictures. This patent-pending innovation radiates an indoor signal up to 20 percent more efficiently than other in-building Distributed Antenna System (DAS) antennas on the market today. Industry experts forecast that by 2020, more than 23 billion "things" globally will be connected to the Internet, and about 40 percent of them will be used for business, industrial, healthcare, and other sectors for the Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT). Furthermore, the majority of EIoT mobile data traffic will be generated indoors at offices, hotels, hospitals, universities, shopping malls, and multi-tenant, multi-use buildings. The new CFS Series Low PIM Ultra-Low Profile antennas provide pattern coverage optimized for indoor requirements at 600-960 MHz, and 1690-3800 MHz supporting global GSM, DCS, UMTS, AWS-3, and 3G/4G-LTE/WiMAX frequency bands. "Laird's technology enables the wireless world to work," said Jack Cowper, Laird's Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Antenna Systems. "Improving indoor wireless coverage and capacity usually requires the installation of more ceiling antennas resulting in higher costs, and at the expense of the design and aesthetics cherished by building owners and management firms. Our new CFS antennas are smaller, more aesthetically pleasing, and deliver next-gen performance for high-quality, in-building connectivity." Cowper added that "these new, ultra-thin antennas reflect Laird's ongoing commitment to deliver market-driven solutions that resolve critical customer needs."