Hong Kong is the epicenter of thriving new technology and innovation. It was a great location for Critical Communications World (CCW) and attracted attendees from all over the world. With the Asian market quickly developing, there is a plethora of opportunity ranging from analogue system upgrades and advancing TETRA networks. CCW, now in its 19th year, lined up amazing speakers from Thales, Sepura, and Motorola which all presented on vital topics for the critical communications market. With over 175+ exhibitors, Sinclair Technologies exhibited at CCW with their Hong Kong partner, Telegence (Asia). Other partners that attended the show were Motorola Solutions, BXT Technologies, Suneast, and Systemcom.
With pre-conference masterclasses and workshop in the afternoon, Day One of the exhibition started in the evening on Tuesday, May 16th. Visitors who stopped by Sinclair’s booth expressed interest in the broadband transportation antennas that were on display, including the ST221R (Excaliber) series, SM202 series, ST421R series, and the SM701 antenna. Customers pointed out the unique feature of the SM701 which allowed for excellent performance with or without a ground plane, making it a truly universal solution. Most visitors were already aware of the Sinclair brand and customers complimented Sinclair on its continued reputation for high quality products. Pictured on the left is Sinclair Technologies’ Asia Sales Director, Cedar Hu, with Norsat International’s CEO, Aimee Chan. With only a 4 hour exhibition, Day One was a teaser for what was to come the following day.
Bright and early, Day Two commenced at 8:30AM and ran until 6PM that evening. There was a busy two hour traffic peak just before lunch where almost all booths were busy receiving visitors. Cedar was also very busy educating customers on Sinclair’s capabilities to customize antennas and RF filter solutions. He emphasized that Sinclair had over 60 years of experience in the field and could customize solutions to fit unique needs. Sinclair’s Hong Kong partner, Terrence from Telegence (Asia), was also onsite at Sinclair’s booth. Customers were asking and looking for local support and were thrilled to hear that Sinclair partners with Telegence (Asia) which are located in Hong Kong. A big thank you to Terrence who helped Cedar at the Sinclair Technologies booth during the show days. It was great to have you there!
Day Three was the last day of CCW and the show began wrapping up with closing ceremonies and final keynote speeches. Many new and existing customers came by the booth which made it a great show overall. Thank you to the Hong Kong Police, ICAC, Motorola Solutions, MTR Corporation Limited, PCCW, Polícia Judiciária (Macau Police), Systemcom, Hytera, Sepura, and Suneast for stopping by Sinclair’s booth. We hope to connect with you soon!
CCW is a great show to attend as it always brings the best in technology. From new apps, encryption and wearables, TETRA and LTE solutions and control room technologies, there is a never-ending buzz at CCW. It was a fantastic show with three days of networking, masterclasses, interactive demo tours and round table sessions. CCW is the fourth trade show Sinclair has exhibited in this year and there are lots more to come. The booth is packed and ready to go to the next show. Click here to see where Sinclair will be exhibiting in next.
The 2018 CCW show will be held in Berlin, Germany. Until next time!
In the May 9-15, 2017 issue of Business In Vancouver (BIV), Norsat was listed in the 94th position. Tied with companies such as Novus Entertainment Inc. and RevenueWire, Norsat is happy to share the position in the top 100. To see how Norsat compared with other tech companies in BC, click here.
How much fun would it be to go on a bike ride with 29 of your closest friends and colleagues? Well the Sinclair Technologies staff can tell you – It’s a heart-pumping, cheer-thumping, crazy big, fun ride!
On Friday, May 12th, 29 Sinclair Technologies employees (a division of Norsat) participated in the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike event in Aurora, Ontario.
What is Big Bike?
For 20 minutes, 29 riders power one Big Bike. On event day, you pedal through your community and celebrate your accomplishments. While you pedal, you literally stop traffic to support critical heart disease and stroke research. Participants included: Patty, Daniela, Aldo, Kayla, LOM, Corneliu, Stella, Noy, Ken, Ali, TJ, Liz, Franca, Petra, Thavone, Rag, Lilian, Rene, Ernie, Marselina, Boris, Crystal, Jennifer, Farid, Diego, Amy, Anthony, John, James
Fundraising is a key component of the event and the Sinclair staff collected $2,703 in donations. Along with Norsat’s corporate match the team raised $3,703! Congratulations to the Sinclair employees on a job well done. Money raised goes to critical life-saving heart disease and stroke research in hospitals and universities across Canada.
Amy Gesualdo, Sinclair’s event coordinator commented. “It was an incredible day of fun and great team bonding. Events like this are wonderful, it really got everyone to come together and work towards a great cause.”
Another trade show in the books! Sinclair Technologies exhibited at the UTC Telecom & Technology trade show last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both Sal (Director of Sales, USA) and Cyndi (Western Sales Manager, USA) attended the show and said that it was a good event with lots of great energy. The UTC trade show brings together thousands of information and communications technology (ICT) professionals and partners. Its focus is to bring education to the masses and to spread innovative ideas throughout the industry. It is a key show in the Utilities market and Sinclair’s trade show circuit. Not only is it an educational conference, it’s also one heck of a networking event! Many new and existing customers stopped by the booth including MiMOMax Wireless Ltd, Talley, Duke Energy, and Siemens. It was great to meet an array of customers and partners!
According to Sinclair’s Director of Sales USA, Sal Farina, there was lots of interest in SCADA networks. He said “…customers were asking for products such as MIMO antennas and Yagi antennas that could be used in conjunction with SCADA networks. SCADA networks help the utilities market forecast and meet future customer needs as it collects data such as usage rates and consumption from the user.” Sal also mentioned that there was considerable interest in Sinclair’s 700/800 MHz antennas, especially with the new roll out of the 700 MHz A Block. Other popular industry trends seen at UTC were drones, smart meters, and troubleshooting equipment for outage restoration and asset management.
Over 200 companies exhibited at UTC Telecom & Technology trade show and thousands attended. Attendees were from all over the utilities market ranging from electric, water, and gas utilities. Overall it was a great networking event and it provided great exposure for Sinclair Technologies. Thank you UTC for another great show. We hope to see you in Palm Springs in 2018!
NASA had an aging radar infrastructure that needed to be replaced and upgraded. Radiometrics took on this project, but soon realized that they needed to partner with an antenna manufacturer who could meet the specifications of their custom engineered design. Radiometrics contacted several suppliers but only a few could meet these requirements. Sinclair Technologies stood out as the frontrunner due to their ability to customize and manufacture antennas in large quantities. Read more on how Sinclair worked with Radiometrics to create custom antennas for NASA.
Can you hear me? Can you hear me now? What about now?…
It is always stressful when an antenna does not work as expected. It is stressful for the customer, the user, and the manufacturer. However, in terms of antennas, the root cause of a reduced coverage area may not be the result of the antenna itself but rather how it was installed. Antennas are sensitive pieces of equipment and can be easily damaged if installed incorrectly. If the antenna is bending or twisting, the antenna is not installed correctly and vibration and material fatigue can occur. The antenna should be straight and mounted in a sturdy fashion; it should have minimal movement and should stay as still as possible.
The source of a reduced coverage area could be a result of several factors, but it is important to first look at how the antenna was installed and the clamps used. Is it a Sinclair clamp or is it another manufacturer’s clamp? Sinclair clamps are specified with every Sinclair antenna. When installers move away from the specified clamp, the antenna is not installed to its fullest potential and may not provide complete coverage. Sinclair clamps are designed with weight, diameter, height, potential ice build-up, and other considerations in mind while competitor clamps are often focused only on antenna diameter which may not be sufficient for certain applications. The installers themselves may have incorrectly installed the antenna which may cause failure, mechanical breakage (ie. cracked radomes), and a reduction in the main power area. The photo on the left shows a cracked radome from improper mounting.
In addition, assessing the climate conditions of where the antenna is installed is important as harsh weather conditions such as ice and wind can create irreversible damage to antennas. Heavy weather sites require special heavy duty antennas that are tailored to the specific site conditions. Ice and wind can create extreme mechanical and electrical damage.
During a particular project, the installer used different clamps than the Sinclair clamps specified for a SC412 Sinclair antenna at a public safety facility. The installation site experience a wind storm and the antenna was damaged (see image on right). The SC412 Sinclair antenna was tilted and the coverage area was reduced since the clamps were not strong enough to support the load and did not provide enough friction to hold the antenna. The photo demonstrates the importance of using proper clamps and mounting techniques.
Sinclair’s sales and technical support teams are available to answer your antenna installation questions. If you are unsure of what the best practices are, please feel free to call your Sinclair sales representative and they will be able to assist you in your antenna installation. In addition, Sinclair’s team has come up with a Sinclair Clamp and Side Mount Selection Guide which can help ease the process and ensure that the right clamp is selected for your application and antenna. To learn more, click here.
Norsat was recently covered in the “Communication Complications” article in the May/June 2017 issue of Digital Battlespace. The article focuses on SATCOM on the move (SOTM) and features the Journey Manpack as a portable, lightweight system that fits in a single backpack and provides HD video and IP transmission with over four hours of continuous run time. Click to read the article.
Lights, cameras, action! The NAB Show is one of the biggest shows in Las Vegas bringing in over 103,000 people from 166 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Its focus on media, entertainment, and technology is a sensation for all five senses and is redesigning the way people experience media. The NAB show breaks traditional broadcasting conventions and embraces new ways to deliver content. With a broad variety of products on display ranging from cameras, softwares, cloud apps, and drones, there was always excitement in the air. It was especially great to see Facebook, Google, and Amazon getting into the mix too. Norsat International was proud to be a part of this innovative event showcasing our newest microwave technology, the 4- and 5-band LNBs.
Brian, Annette, Laura, and Marcos represented Norsat’s sales and marketing team at the NAB show and they were definitely kept on their toes. They were visiting partner booths, engaging with new and existing customers, meeting media partners, and promoting the new ATOM 50W Ka BUC and LNBs that were recently launched last month. It was amazing to see all the support from our partners as they displayed and integrated Norsat’s products within their demos and booths. Thank you to Viking Satcom who displayed our C-band LNBs, DH Satellite who used Norsat LNBs on their antenna display, and to Superior Satellite who featured our LNBs on their 4.5m antenna and multi-channel feed (see photo gallery below). We met with a lot of partners at NAB and we hope to continue growing our relationship with them.
Visitors came from all over the world ranging from the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. It was particularly nice to meet in the middle and see broadcasting and media delivery industry professionals from Latin America. Laura, our sales representative for that region, collected many qualified leads and is looking forward to working on some potential new projects in Latin America. As well, with the recent change to the AMC-8 satellite, many radio stations are looking to upgrade their microwave products. It was apparent that there was a demand for C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band products. Specifically, customers raved about Norsat’s C-band 3000 series LNBs and boasted that they were durable, high quality, and lasted for years. The C-band 3000 series LNBs were very popular at this show and within the broadcast market.
The showstopper of the event occurred on the third day of the show during NASA’s session, “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood”, where the first-ever live 4K video stream from space transpired. The live video involved NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander Dr. Peggy Whitson and NASA astronaut Jack Fischer who conversed with Amazon Web Services Elemental CEO and Co-founder Sam Blackman. The three discussed the importance of videos in facilitating NASA missions and then the astronauts demonstrated experiments in a zero-gravity environment. It was a first for the world to see a live 4K video from space and provided an eye-opener for how fast technology is developing. We’re excited to see what happens at next year’s show!
There was never a dull moment at NAB. With Cirque du Soleil performers making an appearance in real at the entrance gate, as well as providing a Virtual Reality experience, the NAB show is where you come for the newest and coolest toys. NAB was a great opportunity to get updated with the latest technology in broadcast and to touch base with many of our partners who exhibited at the show. The NAB show was the epitome of high technology in the broadcast market and Norsat was thrilled to be a part of it all!
Check out some our photos from the show below:
THE NORSAT AND SINCLAIR PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 2, 2017.
If you have a photo of a Norsat or Sinclair product in the field, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card! Email your 10MB or less photo to email@example.com to enter the contest. Contest ends at 12AM on June 2, 2017 (previously May 16, 2017). To enter your photo or to learn more details, click here.
Talley Inc. is proud to host a FREE technical seminar from two of the top industry manufacturers. This one-day event will focus on cable, connectors and prepping along with other Times lightning protection products. Sinclair will focus on antenna, filter and combining solutions. This informational seminar will be held May 24, 2017 from 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m. (lunch will be provided).
Talley Inc. – Phoenix
3343 East Corona Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Each attendee will learn:
- Who is Sinclair/Norsat
- Antenna Basics
- New Features
- Antenna Types
- New Antenna Products
- RF Conditioning Products
- System Design Methodology
- Custom Engineered Systems
Times Microwave Systems
- Cable Basics
- Connector Review
- Connector Termination Demonstrations
- Trouble Shooting
- New weather sealing products and additional accessories
- Lightening Protection and Grounding
- Low PIM DAS Products
- Testing Products