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The latest industry trends, challenges and questions within the Canadian public safety communications market were discussed at the recent APCO Canada Conference and Tradeshow held at Caesars in Windsor, Ontario, November 6-9. Leading experts, professional speakers and colleagues representing public-safety communications agencies across Canada where in attendance to take in the country’s premier industry event. Public Safety is one of the main reasons that Sinclair continues to work hard to make sure that we supply the best and most reliable RF antennas and filter products, and having the chance to listen to first responders and understand their needs is always very helpful.
Sinclair has been a long-time supporter of this event and this year was no different. Sinclair’s General Manager and Canadian sales team attended to talk about Sinclair latest developments and showcase our products that address the public safety arena. Sinclair had a plethora or products on display including a selection of our antennas, transmitter combiners, filters and multicouplers. Stay tuned for some exciting news in the coming months.
Conversations about programs, technology, new initiatives and the strategic direction of the public safety market in Canada were held with current customers, partners and new contacts. It was great to connect with many of our partners throughout this event and at the awards gala.
During the two-day conference there were educational sessions on topics such as Disaster Operations and the Communications Centre and Crisis Negotiations for Telecommunicators, as well as exceptional keynote speeches by two Canadian icons, Jennifer Botterill and Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons.
If you didn’t get a chance to talk to one of our knowledgeable sales reps during the show, please contact us and our sales team will get back to you right away.
APCO International’s Annual Conference & Expo was hosted in Denver, Colorado and offered four days of educational sessions and amazing keynote speakers including General Keith Alexander, Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, and Scott O’Grady. There were over 100 educational sessions and nine session tracks including Emergency Preparedness, Response & Situational Awareness. NG9-1-1 & Emerging Technologies, Communications Center Management, and Industry Products & Tools. Attendees from all over the world participated in the conference and expo where more than 70% of the attendees had over ten years of experience in the public safety sector. The event was mainly attended by communication officers and managers of Police, Fire, and EMT personnel for state and local public safety entities. The turnout was great and provided a good mix of visitors. It was fantastic to meet new faces as well as reconnect with existing customers such as the Denver School District, Montana Highway Patrol, City of LA, and San Lusipi County. Thank you for coming by the Sinclair booth!
The products that were showcased at APCO 2017 were the SM701 series of multi-functional transport antennas and the ST221 Excalibur series of low profile VHF antennas. The SM701 is the newest product series from Sinclair. It was specifically designed to address the need for compact, low-profile, broadband antennas used in harsh environments. The SM701 delivers excellent performance on either metallic or non-metallic vehicle rooftops. On the other hand, the Excalibur ST221 is a tried-and-true Sinclair product making it a customer favourite! The ST221 is designed for a wide range of mobile transportation applications such as trains, police cars, emergency vehicles, buses, and trucks. The rugged cast aluminum design ensures consistent dependable performance and has a relatively inconspicuous appearance which is resistant to damage. These two feature products were very well-received by visitors.
Overall the APCO Conference & Expo was a hit! There were lots of business cards being exchanged and many badges being scanned. The public safety industry is a major customer for Sinclair making this show a critical trade show on Sinclair’s trade show circuit. It was also great to see everyone out-and-about participating in the event’s activities and showcases.Thanks to APCO International for the fantastic show and we hope to see everyone there again next year!
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!
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!
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.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), Canada, Inc. is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. It serves the people who supply, install and operate the Emergency Communications Systems used around Canada from coast to coast.
The annual APCO Canada show held recently in Banff, Alberta is a show where key players from the Canadian Public Safety Sector gather annually to discuss their successes, concerns and action plans.
This is also the opportunity for manufacturers and OEM’s to reach out and share information about their latest technologies.
Sinclair was pleased to feature the new SC251D VHF Dual Antenna that was the center piece of our display, along with the new wideband Yagi. There was huge interest from potential users as this is a way to reduce tower loading, as well as achieve excellent port-to-port antenna isolation.
For more information on these products, as well as Sinclair’s other leading RF antennas and conditioning products go to www.sinctech.com
Norsat and Deviser Partner to Provide Next Generation Spectrum Monitoring System For Distributed Mission-Critical Applications
For over 60 years, Norsat’s Sinclair division based in Aurora, Ontario has provided high performance and ruggedized antennas to various industries globally. Our antennas are some of the best on the market, and will stand up to severe environmental conditions.
Sinclair supplied Deviser Instruments, a major test and measurement solutions provider with our SP4704 antenna for Deviser’s newly announced DS1620 SpectrumPROFILER remote spectrum monitoring system. Deviser’s DS1620 SpectrumPROFILER remote spectrum monitoring system significantly reduces the time, cost and complexity associated with the standard approach of detecting, identifying and removing interference signals originating from licensed or unlicensed communications systems. This enables mission-critical operators to eliminate signal interference in a matter of hours rather than weeks, while simultaneously improving overall service reliability and customer satisfaction.
The SP4704 is externally mounted and covers frequency range from 698 to 960 MHz, weighs less than 7 pounds and provides high gain and high front-to-back ratio giving users excellent performance and increased signal strength. The SP4704 is directionally controlled by the DS1620 System to detect and locate signal interference. Norsat worked closely with Deviser to develop and customize the SP4704 high performance antenna to meet their unique specifications. Click here for more information on the SP4704 narrow beam directional pole mount panel antenna.
When speaking with Mike Tolaio, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Deviser Instruments Inc, he quoted, “We are pleased to partner with Norsat’s Sinclair division to provide this high performance signal monitoring system for mission-critical applications. Norsat’s reputation in the industry for quality products, and their willingness to work with us on this system was a key factor in our decision to choose Norsat.” says Mike Tolaio.
About Deviser Instruments
Headquartered in San Jose, California, Deviser Instruments brings an extensive portfolio of innovative, high-quality, value-packed test and measurement solutions to communications service providers and equipment manufacturers worldwide. For more than 25 years, communications service providers have relied upon Deviser’s products to deliver reliable, high-performance cable, satellite, wireless, fiber optic and telecommunications services to their customers. Over the last 12 years, Deviser has been an OEM supplier of test equipment to tier 1 communications service providers in North and South America.