The new antenna is called “Lama‘, part number SRFI065. It is designed for small connected devices running LP-WAN networks, including LoRa, Sigfox, Wi-SUN and MIoTy. This antenna uses ISM frequencies in Europe and America or both, which means that a product design can be sold in both the US and European markets.
Lama is a particularly small antenna, which makes it suitable for projects with limited properties. This is a 35 x 10 x 0.15 mm flexible printed circuit (FPC) antenna equipped with a standard 100 mm RF cable with I-PEX MHF connector. This shape allows it to be mounted in several different ways in the design.
The antenna performed equally well in tests for 868 MHz and 915 MHz, showing a peak efficiency of 60% and a maximum VSWR of 1.5: 1 for both bands.
LP-WANs, also known as ISMs, use 863-870 MHz in Europe and 902-928 MHz in the United States. These are unlicensed tapes that are typically used to connect large fleets of low-power devices that transmit small data packets over long physical distances at low transmission speeds.
These features make the Lama antenna a good choice for small network devices operating in wide geographical areas in IoT applications.
Therefore, the Lama antenna is aimed at fast-growing markets in smart agriculture, smart cities and tracking.
Lama will be suitable for agricultural applications using cloud-based sensors to measure soil moisture or temperature or to track livestock, such as cattle.
It will also respond to remote-controlled applications such as meter reading, environmental monitoring and related services in smart cities controlling street lighting, parking sensors or waste bins.
In other IoT sectors, the Lama antenna is suitable for commercial applications in cold chain transport, distribution, logistics and tracking of goods and containers.
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