IWCE is one of the most influential wireless communication shows in the world with over 7000 attendees from 62 countries. This year’s IWCE conference will be held from March 5-8, 2018. It is an event where companies showcase its best products and latest innovations. We are happy to announce that two of our technical experts, Mr. Micheal Macki and Mr. Jim Reville, have been selected as IWCE panel speakers in the conference program.
What does the future look like for RF antennas and system components? It looks smart. It’s well-connected. It uses the internet and can be controlled remotely. It can provide data on how it can maximize a radio network’s efficiency and utility. Learn how IoT-capable antennas are revolutionizing the radio networks industry. Join Micheal Macki in an interactive presentation and discussion on IoT-capable antennas. Session details below.
Session Name: IoT, M2M and Sensors Primer (M116)
Date: Monday March 5, 2018 from 8:30AM to 11:30AM
Planning a new or upgraded radio system? You won’t want to miss Jim Reville’s presentation on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 8:30AM in room N220C. He will be providing an educational overview of the RF system design process, detailing the required system components and products. Case studies will be used as examples to illustrate potential problems that can happen in the field. Learn how to make more educated decisions when choosing RF filtering system products. Session details below.
Session Name: Planning a New or Upgraded Radio System (T217)
Date: Tuesday March 6, 2018 from 8:30AM to 11:30AM
HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY IWCE!
Has it been 40 years already? Time sure goes by fast. Here’s to IWCE who turns a milestone age of 40 this year! Through the integration of technology and education, IWCE has always been the premier event for showcasing communications technology.
Sinclair was highly involved in this year’s IWCE conference and expo, participating in a panel as well as on the usual trade show floor. Sinclair’s Jim Reville, a RF engineering professional with over 30 years industry experience, presented on the Network Capacity and Densification: HetNets, Backhaul, and FirstNet panel exerting great energy and providing a wealth of knowledge to the attendees. With a background in public safety, Jim’s presentation was focused on relevant and common challenges around antenna design and implementation in challenging environments. He also reinforced the importance of basic antenna ratings such as PIM and PIP, as they are often overlooked as significant factors when evaluating an antenna. Jim had a lot of support from his colleagues during the panel discussion and reinforced why Sinclair is the industry leader in antenna technology. Congratulations Jim on a job well done!
As for the exhibition, Sinclair had a great presence with a 20’x20′ booth, an overhead sign, ten representatives, and a prime location – the booth couldn’t be missed! Our sales reps were busy chatting to over 200 people during the two day exhibition. They were so busy that the lead scanner couldn’t even keep up! Showgoers commented on the high quality and durability of Sinclair’s products, especially the new UHF and VHF offerings for dual antennas and the triple stacked antennas. Customers also raved highly about the quick response time received from both the sales and support team. Our customers provided us with a lot of positive feedback and shared examples where Sinclair products were superior to competitor products (which we love hearing!). These comments reinforce our commitment to the brand as the go-to antenna manufacturer and helps us understand what our customers are looking for in the future.
We’d also like to thank our partners for stopping by the booth including Production Electronique Inc., Talley, TESSCO Technologies, Primus, and more! It was great to see a large Canadian presence with representatives from BC all the way to Quebec. The support we receive from our partners is crucial to our business and we were happy to see that they all showed interest in our technology and were very forward thinking.
IWCE is the platform for major announcements in the communications industry and this year was no different. It was announced that the FirstNet LTE 25 year contract to build and maintain the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) was awarded to AT&T. This contract is a huge win for AT&T and we’re looking forward to seeing this project executed in the next few years. This contract will surely change the communications industry in the USA.
With over 7000 communications technology professionals attending the show, IWCE 2017 was a huge success! We loved being a part of the show and watching it grow every year. We hope you were able to drop by Sinclair’s booth and meet one of our amazing sales representatives. If not, we will definitely see you next year! Lastly, thank you to the organizer of IWCE for putting on a great birthday party/show!
The Sales and Marketing team from Sinclair Technologies, Norsat’s RF division, recently returned from the International Wireless Communications Expo held from March 21 – 25th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s show saw thousands of industry professionals come together to discuss the latest trends and topics in communications technology. With over 370 exhibitors in attendance, the general feeling was that this year’s event saw probably about 25% more traffic than the 2015 show. Assisting in this uptake was the fact that the 2016 show was co-located with several other events including the Network infrastructure Forum, ETA’s Education Forum, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit, as well as a Motorola partner event.
Hot topics at the 2016 show included FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority). FirstNet is to establish, operate, and maintain an interoperable public safety broadband network in the US. Congress allotted $7 billion and 20 MHz of valuable radio spectrum to build this network. “FirstNet’s request for proposal (RFP) should generate “fierce competition” for the right to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network,” stated one panelist. Integrated with this discussion were sessions on how to deploy LTE within public safety and the integration of service, device and the network. LMR has been around for a long time, but LTE is fairly new to the industry. Our feeling is that LTE and LMR will co-exist for many years. Other areas of discussion included: various mission critical applications for public safety and the network interoperability among public safety agencies.
And there was no lack of energy or excitement at the Sinclair booth! Showcasing our new look for 2016, the booth was abuzz with customers, distributors and new prospects.
In our centerpiece product tower, Sinclair was showcasing some of our newest technologies including the SC251D 2.3dBd dual collinear omni antenna featuring low passive intermod performance with 35dB minimum isolation guaranteed. Fabricated using durable components, this series of antennas is designed and fabricated for ease of installation and to meet the most stringent wind and ice loading requirements. Due to its wide band, high average power and PIP (Peak Instantaneous Power) power handling capability, this antenna is ideally suited for VHF trunking applications or multi-channel operations. The reliability and durability of this antenna makes it suitable for mission critical applications such as public safety and law enforcement.
Both at the our booth and IWCE’s Product Showcase, Sinclair highlighted the SM700, broadband multifunctional transport antenna which is specifically designed to address the need for a compact, low profile, broadband antenna that is truly universal. When used with a cross-band coupler, a single antenna can serve multiple discrete RF systems operating in the 694-6000MHz range. Designed to withstand harsh environments and constant vibration without compromising performance, the rugged SM700 series antennas are ideal for vehicular rooftop mounting. The SM700 offers easy installation with just one hole mount and greater protection against water ingression. The SM700 is ideal for public safety and transportation applications and we also engaged in multiple conversations about in-building uses.
The IWCE show provided an excellent opportunity for our team to connect with prospects, customers and partners who we haven’t seen in a while. The overwhelming sentiment from our customers is that they are happy with the quality and reliability of Sinclair products and the knowledge of our sales team – they like doing business with a well-established company. With prospects that stopped by the booth, we saw increased discussions on Sinclair’s systems design and customization capabilities.
Overall, the show was a huge success for the team and we will be busy following up with all of the leads we collected.
The 2015 International Wireless Conference and Expo (IWCE), held this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will host 350 exhibitors showcasing the newest and latest products and trends in the communications industry and Norsat’s Sinclair Division will be there!
This is a very important event for Sinclair Technologies as it provides the opportunity for over 7,000 individuals in target industries to visit our booth to learn more about our line of antennas, RF Conditioning Products and accessories. Officials and executives from public safety, utilities, transportation government/military and commercial business industries will be able to see and get detailed specifications on our various environmentally durable Collinear and Dipole antennas, the compact and broadband SE412-WBL Series of antennas which covers the full range of 694 – 960MHz. In addition, we will have on display antennas for the transportation market such as the low profile SM700 Series antenna with full frequency range from 694MHz up to 6000MHz, the concealed bumper mount SHA211 Series antenna and the Excal ST221 Series antenna made for trains, taxis, and emergency vehicles. You can’t miss the standing display of our latest ceramic combiner with up to 12 channel capacity, featuring lower insertion loss at minimum spacing and 50% less of footprint comparing to cavity base ones. Visitors will also see filtering products like rugged Duplexers, Tower Top Amplifiers, and more.
Be sure to visit us at Booth #1069 to see our products, speak to a Sinclair Representative and if you come early enough, you might get a little gift.
For more information about Sinclair products, visit www.sinctech.com.