AVENTICS launches catalog of configurable NFPA cylinders built by CADENAS

AVENTICS USA, a manufacturer of pneumatic and hydraulic products, has recently launched an all-new catalog of configurable NFPA cylinders. Built by CADENAS, the new catalog provides on-demand access to design NFPA cylinders directly within the AVENTICS website. The new NFPA cylinder configurator provides instant access for users to search, configure and download product information in more than 100 native and neutral formats.

“Formerly a customer would contact us with their specific requirements, and our design engineering group would create a custom CAD model for them from scratch,” says Fredrick Goodman, Head of Product Management – Drives at AVENTICS USA. “That’s a lot of engineering work invested, and we may never hear from that customer again. Our engineering team loves the new tool because their workload has decreased, and our customers love it because we are providing the information they need faster and in more formats than ever before.”

AVENTICS is enhancing their digital customer experience by streamlining the path to product information, such as interactive PDF data sheets and native 3D CAD models.

“AVENTICS is striving to be the pneumatics company that is easy to do business with,” adds Goodman. “Being easy to work with means answering questions quickly and accurately. By providing on demand access to our customers, we give them the ability to quickly and accurately answer the questions themselves. That’s something this new generation expects, and we’re meeting the challenge.”

“Differentiation is one of the primary objectives for any manufacturer,” adds Jay Hopper, President and COO of CADENAS PARTsolutions LLC, a member of the CADENAS group. “AVENTICS is using customer service and on-demand access to customize products as a powerful way to differentiate their NFPA cylinders from the rest of the industry.”

The 3D CAD models of the NFPA cylinders by AVENTICS can be found for download at:

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RFS to showcase advanced antenna solutions to simplify the evolution to 5G at MWC 2018

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure, will be showcasing three new antenna product lines at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 to help streamline the evolution to 5G. 

As operators continue to invest in new hardware as a means of keeping pace with growing capacity demands, it’s become all the more important to introduce high performing infrastructure designed for today’s complex macro-environment. RFS CEO, Herbert Merz commented, “To help address this and satisfy our customers, we have extended our product range looking at the specific challenges operators face with LTE-A and 5G infrastructure and designing an innovative portfolio to solve these, driving further efficiency and reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for existing and next-generation network deployments. 

MWC will see RFS showcase three flagship products:

• Active Passive Antenna

RFS is introducing the first Active Passive Antenna (APA) with interleaved radiating layers for 3.5GHz mMIMO. As a key enabler of 5G, mMIMO systems will be used on both small cell and macro sites, however, operators face the challenge of deploying the infrastructure to support this on crowded cell sites. RFS will exhibit a prototype APA at MWC and demonstrate how it solves many of the technical and economic challenges operators face with mMIMO on LTE-A and 5G networks.  

• Multi-band Antennas

Revealed for the first time at MWC will be RFS’s new multi-band antenna range to support the newly reallocated L band for LTE applications. This new product range holds the greatest potential for operators as it not only allows the addition of the 1.4GHz band, but has an evolution path to support 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz TDD applications. 

The design features and capabilities of the high-performance, multi-band platform allow operators to expand capacity and coverage, as well as integrating new frequencies, delivering a product that not only supports the frequencies of today but can easily adapt to integrate the next-generation frequencies as networks evolve. 

• Microwave Antenna Systems

To offer a more efficient microwave backhaul solution to meet the needs of growing 4G, and 5G networks, RFS will demonstrate its new Dual Band Microwave Antenna system which combines two frequency bands into a single antenna. RFS’s Dual Band system provides benefits both on reducing CAPEX due to lower transportation and installation costs; and on savings OPEX due to a reduction in tower leasing costs. 

RFS will also be showcasing an expansion of its existing SerenityLine family of microwave antennas, built to meet ETSI Class 4 standard to increase the link capacity of a network by deploying new microwave links where high levels of interference are present; to help mobile operators satisfying their customer connection expectations.

Alongside the above newly developed products, RFS will be discussing its broader portfolio of end-to-end solutions for indoor and outdoor capacity extension and network densification with small cells, uniquely positioning RFS as a full-service strategic partner to operators and OEMs. 

A range of demos and solutions will be showcased on hospitality stand 2LV24, Hall 2. To set up a meeting at MWC 2018 with RFS to discuss the evolution from 4G to 5G and how RFS can help, contact Véronique De Fournoux: veronique.de_fournoux@rfsworld.com 

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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RFS and Blue Danube Systems Announce First Active Passive Antenna (APA)

RFS and Blue Danube have demonstrated the first Active Passive Antenna (APA) that combines a 96 element Hybrid Massive MIMO antenna for mid band frequencies (1700-2300 MHz) and a low band passive antenna for low band frequencies (600-900 MHz). Outdoor testing results confirm APA performance is uncompromised by the integration.  Several variants have been tested, with gains over 23 dBi gain in the mid band active antenna and 17 dBi in the low band passive antenna. The first commercial system trial will begin in March. The APA supports todays LTE 4G systems and is upgradeable to 5G. The product will be showcased at Mobile World Congress in both the RFS and Blue Danube booths. The APA is contained in one panel and does not increase the site antenna counts. The system provides increased capacity while reducing the OPEX of a multiple antenna solution. 

“Wireless networks must address not only future capacity but existing tower top and siting challenges. Massive MIMO offers significant gains in wireless data rates,” said Mihai Banu, CTO at Blue Danube. “By combining Massive MIMO with a passive low band we are providing operators a flexible solution for site implementation.”

“RFS provides a full range of antenna solutions for the Wireless industry. We are proud to announce the APA as an extension to our product line. APA is a major technical enabler for the evolution of 4G and 5G networks as it simplifies adding and deploying Massive MIMO systems on existing crowded macro sites,” said André Doll, CTO at RFS. “RFS will continue to innovate in this integration of passive and active antennas to bring solutions to our customers.”

As network demand grows, operators have to rely on acquiring more sites, obtaining additional spectrum and deploying multiple frequency bands. This results in a shift towards complex multiband passive antennas to reduce OPEX and meet zoning and environmental regulations. With the introduction of Massive MIMO active antennas for 4G LTE today and 5G in the future, a new dimension of complexity is added to existing deployments.  By integrating Massive MIMO systems with passive antennas into an APA, a number of potential issues can be solved. APA’s do not increase the site antenna counts with a minimal size increase to reduce visual impact and wind loading.  APA’s also help solve some technical challenges faced by Massive MIMO radios such as thermal dissipation and number of RF connections. All of these will ease and reduce site negotiations and its related OPEX and CAPEX.

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Blue Danube Systems
Blue Danube Systems is a privately held start-up backed by Sequoia Capital and Silver Lake along with other investors including AT&T. Blue Danube’s unique, award-winning technology combines intelligent software and hardware into a Massive MIMO solution that enables a significant increase in network capacity, utilizing existing infrastructure and today’s mobile devices. For more information, please visit www.bluedanube.com

Blue Danube Participation at Mobile World Congress 2018 
Blue Danube will have representatives at Mobile World Congress from February 26 through March 1n Barcelona. Blue Danube can be found in Hall 2, hospitality stand 2L10

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RFS Announces Development of Dual Band Microwave Antenna Solutions

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure, today announced it has developed a new dual band antenna solution to enable mobile operators to keep up with increasing capacity demands, better utilize available spectrum, reduce installation costs, and cut down on tower leasing fees. 

RFS will offer compact 1ft and 2ft dual band solutions to support a traditional frequency band plus the higher frequency E-Band from a single antenna. The ability to combine a low frequency band that has good propagation properties and the higher frequency with greater capacity will allow carriers to leverage the benefits of both bands – supporting higher capacities and broader availability over longer distances. 

Carrier aggregation with a single dual band antenna has been demonstrated to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and result in CAPEX/OPEX savings by minimizing transportation needs, installation time, and tower loading and rental fees.

“We’ve seen how significantly the buildout of LTE has already driven the need for more mobile network capacity and that demand is only going to become greater with the advent of 5G,” said Benoît Bled, global product line manager, RFS. “As a leader in microwave technology, RFS is committed to product innovation and looking ahead to simplify network evolution. The availability of dual band antenna options will allow us to best support our customers’ future needs to increase capacity, while providing maximum savings for them.”

RFS will unveil the first of its multiple dual band offerings –- a 2ft antenna that supports both E- band and 23 Ghz frequencies –- in Booth 2LV24, Hall 2. at Mobile World Congress Barcelona taking place February 26-March 1, 2018. 

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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RFS takes active steps to address 5G infrastructure challenges with APA

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure, today announced its new Active Passive Antenna (APA) system. Designed to help operators overcome the technical and economic challenges associated with the evolution to 5G, and continued network modernization in relation to LTE-Advanced, RFS’ APA system will be demonstrated for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2018.

The new APA system uniquely interleaves a 5G active antenna with a passive base station antenna under the same radome. It is being developed in response to operator demand to combine the antennas for 3.5GHz mMIMO with existing passive systems, thereby addressing the significant challenge they face in relation to cell site restraints when looking to deploy new active antennas in dense urban areas.

RFS’ interleaved APA system has a number of benefits:

  • Simplifies the evolution to 5G, allowing operators to easily deploy active antennas and thereby introduce support for new spectrum bands to existing macro sites without needing to increase the overall antenna count per sector (and minimizing visual impact).
  • Lowers Total Cost of Ownership due to shared chassis and RF components between the two antenna systems and reduced windload.
  • More efficiently tackles the common heat dissipation issue associated with active antenna technology. RFS’ APA system takes advantage of the design and housing of the existing passive antenna to act as the heat exchange for the active antenna, driving efficiency, increasing reliability and reducing overall weight by downsizing the bulky heatsinks that are typically needed.

“Operators will have many different options for deploying 5G active antennas, but for dense urban locations where space is a considerable issue, APA technology is a very efficient approach,” said Herbert Merz, CEO at RFS. “Investment into infrastructure is going to grow considerably with 5G and so will deployment complexity. This new approach will help to streamline that evolution.”

The APA is effectively a two-in-one system housed in a form factor that’s the same size as the systems operators have already deployed. By interleaving the two antennas using RFS’ longstanding heritage and expertise, it’s been able to minimize distortion while ensuring consistent high performance of both systems. For operators, APA technology will therefore allow them to prepare for 5G’s evolution while also improving their 4G and LTE-A networks to support ever-increasing demand for capacity.

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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RFS Announces Additions to Class 4 Microwave Antenna Line to Increase Link Capacity in High-Density Environments

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure, today announced the availability of 1ft and 2ft antennas with higher performance radiation characteristics according to ETSI EN 202217 Class 4 standards.  The company’s SerenityLineTM family of Class 4 microwave antennas continue to provide the market’s best RF performance and allow mobile operators to increase the link capacity of a network by deploying new microwave links where high levels of interference are present. 

While RFS’ high quality ETSI Class 3 antennas are sufficient for most of today’s network scenarios, Class 4 antennas will allow RFS customers to offer the highest performance in even the most congested environments. The higher side lobe suppression of SerenityLine antennas supports networks in ultra-dense areas and enables earlier reuse of frequencies. The lower interference increases the carrier-to-interference-ratio and allows smaller antennas with better link throughput, reducing tower leasing fees. The lower interference also enables higher modulation schemes, increasing the data capacity per antenna.

The lightweight, easy-to-install 1ft and 2ft SerenityLine antennas minimize the total cost of ownership by improving network efficiency, facilitating better re-use of a frequency channel, and decreasing installation expenses. The latest offerings are available in both single (SL) and dual polarization (SLX) versions.

“At RFS, we pride ourselves on offering a complete portfolio of high quality, innovative microwave products that not only address the requirements that operators and system integrators have today, but also well-positions them for the future,” said Benoit Bled, Product Line Manager, Microwave Antenna Systems, RFS. “Our SerenityLine antennas have a flexible feed design, better radiation performance, and allow for in-field updates so our customers can make the most of the limited spectrum they have available and embrace next generation radio by easily upgrading from single to dual polarization in the field.”

In addition to its antennas, RFS provides a complete, end-to-end microwave product portfolio, including elliptical waveguides, connectors, components and accessories to support wireless network deployments and upgrades. 

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. ShareLite™ is a trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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RFS Introduces New Three-column Multi-Band Antennas Supporting the 1.4GHz Frequency Band for LTE Applications

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems providing total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure, today announced the availability of a three-column antenna configuration to support the L-band (1.4GHz). This antenna family is particularly critical as the 1.4GHz band continues to be reallocated from satellite communications to LTE applications. RFS’ three-column platform is also ready to host additional bands such as 3.5GHz and 5GHz. Newly licensed frequencies have the potential to provide today’s mobile operators with much-needed capacity support for continually growing mobile network traffic.  

RFS’ three-column platform allows the addition of 1.4GHz band support alongside legacy low (694-960MHz) and high (1695-2690MHz) frequency bands without the need for any internal or external diplexing and will continue enabling MIMO 4×4 in these bands while offering high gain on all bands. The innovative ultra-wide band (1400-2690MHz) antenna design and latest features provide the best trade-off between gain and vertical and horizontal patterns from a single antenna, and is ideal for adding capacity and coverage to existing sites and integrating new frequency bands.

RFS takes a building block approach to antenna development, efficiently tailoring existing and trusted platforms to serve as the foundation for future-proof new solutions. The three-column platform will allow the evolution up to 16-ports on a single antenna without any diplexing required. This platform gives operators the flexibility to deploy multiple radio technologies with several frequency bands and 4-way MIMO on one 50 cm (19.7 in)-wide antenna with best-in-class wind-load and PIM performances.

“RFS is a technology innovator committed to providing our customers around the world with the most flexible, high-performance and cost effective platforms that will enable them to support the frequencies of today – and easily integrate the next-generation frequencies of tomorrow,” said Laurent Cruchant, Vice President Antennas Business Unit, RFS.  “We understand the unrelenting network capacity demands that mobile operators face and the importance of supporting all low, high and middle band frequencies from a single antenna platform.” 

RFS’ flexible three-column platform achieves the optimal tradeoff between RF performance and mechanical constraint, providing MIMO-enabling features (Port-to-port isolation, cross polar discrimination, squint) at the highest market standards. It is designed for low wind-load to minimize tower loading, as it is comparable in size to available dual-band antennas but it adds a third antenna path. Its 4.3-10 connector interface supports future-proof multi-band antenna deployments with optimized PIM stability.

RFS will debut its 10-port and 16-port three-column antenna models supporting 1.4GHz band in Booth 2LV24, Hall 2. at Mobile World Congress Barcelona taking place February 26-March 1, 2018. 

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. ShareLite™ is a trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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AV-TEST: Volle Punktzahl für G DATA Mobile Internet Security

Im Januar 2018 hat AV-TEST 20 Security-Apps für Android untersucht. G DATA Mobile Internet Security erreichte erneut den ersten Platz mit bestem Schutz gegen aktuelle mobile Bedrohungen, einer einfachen Handhabung und sinnvollen Zusatzfunktionen. Mit 13 von 13 möglichen Punkten erzielte G DATA Mobile Internet Security einen Spitzenplatz und erhielt die begehrte AV-TEST-Zertifizierung.


  • Getestete Sicherheitslösungen: 20, darunter G DATA Mobile Internet Security
  • Plattform: Android
  • Zeitraum: Januar 2018
  • Durchgeführt von: AV-TEST

Effektiver Schutz für Smartphones und Tablets
G DATA Mobile Internet Security bietet einen perfekten Schutz des mobilen Lebens für Smartphones und Tablets mit Android-Betriebssystem. Neben dem Abwehren von Trojaner, Viren, Schädlingen und Gefahren beim mobilen Surfen, sichert die smarte Security-App Nutzer auch gegen die fatalen Folgen eines Geräteverlustes oder Diebstahls ab. Smartphones können geortet oder auch alle darauf gespeicherten Daten aus der Ferne gelöscht werden, um sie vor dem Zugriff durch Dritte zu schützen.


  • Sicherheit vor Phishing und gefährlichen Webseiten durch cloud-basierte Erkennung
  • Schutz vor infizierten Apps: Die App-Kontrolle prüft die Berechtigungen von Anwendungen und warnt vor neugierigen Apps
  • Schutz vor Android-Schädlingen: Durch die Cloud-Anbindung entdeckt der ressourcenschonende Advanced-Scan alle Schadprogramme und ist dabei immer auf dem neuesten Stand
  • Individueller SMS- und Anruffilter gegen Werbeanrufe und Co.
  • Schutz vor Geräteverlust und Diebstahl: Sollte das Smartphone oder Tablet verloren gehen, können alle darauf gespeicherten Daten gelöscht, das Gerät gesperrt oder geortet werden.
  • Umfangreiche, konfigurierbare Kindersicherung, damit auch der Nachwuchs das Mobilgerät nutzen kann

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Durchstarten mit Startups aus der Wissenschaft

Startups stehen im Mittelpunkt der 3. Bundeskonferenz der TechnologieAllianz e.V., die unter dem Titel „Durchstarten mit Startups aus der Wissenschaft! Zukunftsfaktoren für unseren Wirtschaftsstandort“ am 12. April 2018 in Frankfurt a.M. bei der DECHEMA e.V. stattfindet (mit Welcome Reception am Vorabend).

Im High-Tech-Segment sind Startups eine vielversprechende Möglichkeit, frühe Technologien erfolgreich weiterzuentwickeln. Junge Unternehmen erschaffen innovative Technologien mit unterschiedlichem Weitblick und sind somit ein bedeutender Zukunftsfaktor für Innovation und Wachstum am Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland. Durch Förderinstrumente auf Bundes- und Landesebene sowie diverse Funds wurde das Gründen solcher Unternehmen aus akademischen Einrichtungen für Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen leichter.

Der Wissens- und Technologietransfer (WTT) spielt bei der Ausstattung der Startups mit notwendigem Know-how und Schutzrechten der akademischen Einrichtungen eine wichtige Rolle und hat die Aufgabe, die Vorbereitung und die Umsetzung der Unternehmensgründung kompetent zu begleiten. Mit dem thematischen Schwerpunkt will die TechnologieAllianz e.V., der Deutsche Verband für Wissens- und Technologietransfer, insbesondere die Rolle des Technologietransfers bei Ausgründungen von wirtschaftlicher und inhaltlicher Seite beleuchten.

Namhafte Referentinnen und Referenten werden u.a. aufzeigen, wie Startups aus der Wissenschaft erfolgreich werden können, welche Förderinstrumente und Förderungen zur Verfügung stehen und wie der Wissens- und Technologietransfer Gründerinnen und Gründer unterstützen kann.
Neben zahlreichen Expertinnen und Experten aus der Wirtschaft und dem Bereich Technologietransfer werden erfolgreiche Gründer wie Catharina von Delden (Mitgründerin und CEO der Innosabi GmbH) oder Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh (Mitgründer des Streetscooters und CEO der e.GO Mobile AG) über ihre Erfahrungen berichten. MdB Thomas Sattelberger wird in seinem Vortrag aufzeigen, wie wichtig Startups für den Innovationsstandort Deutschland sind.

In den verschiedenen Podiumsdiskussionen kommen auch Kapitalgeber aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen zu Wort. Dabei wird beispielsweise diskutiert, wie Venture Capital ein Startup unterstützen kann oder aber wie sich Beteiligungen an Startups auswirken können oder eine Gründungsförderung durch Soft Money aussehen kann. Ziele der Veranstaltung sind, den Austausch zum Thema Startups zu fördern und das Wissen aller Akteure aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Politik über diesen stetig wachsenden Bereich zu stärken.


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Fit für Retail 4.0

Der digitale Wandel hat auch die Handelsbranche fest im Griff. Der Online-Handel boomt seit Jahren und der schon fast tot geglaubte stationäre Handel wird dank moderner Technologien zu neuem Leben erweckt. Nach wie vor wollen Kunden Produkte „erleben“, fühlen und ausprobieren. Auf der EuroCIS 2018 (Düsseldorf, 27.02.-01.03.2018) loten Handelsunternehmen und Technologieanbieter die Potenziale der Digitalisierung aus.

Der Kunde von heute freut sich z.B. über Nachrichten aus seinem Lieblingsschuhgeschäft, in dem das Eintreffen der Frühjahrskollektion angekündigt wird. Dank ausführlichem Kundenprofil inklusive Einkaufshistorie und Schuhgröße kann sich die persönliche Beraterin beim Besuch des Kunden zielgerichtet und individuell um diesen kümmern. Das gefällt dem Kunden, er fühlt sich gut beraten, kommt gerne wieder. Möglich wird dies jedoch nur durch den Einsatz moderner Software-Lösungen. Auf der EuroCIS (27.02.-01.03.18) zeigt die Trovarit AG (Halle 10, Stand A09) – Spezialist für den wirtschaftlichen Software-Einsatz in Unternehmen – was Unternehmen bei der Auswahl einer neuen Retail-Lösung beachten müssen und was zu tun ist, damit die neue Lösung die eigene Digitalisierungsstrategie tatsächlich vorantreibt und unterstützt. Dazu hat sie ein aktuelles Whitepaper veröffentlicht: „Retail 4.0 – Digitale Transformation als Herausforderung für den Software-Einsatz im Handel“. Dieses steht ab sofort unter www.trovarit.com/… zum Download bereit. Dort gibt es auch eine Möglichkeit zur Terminvereinbarung auf der EuroCIS.

Herausforderung Digitale Transformation

Der Handel setzt mittlerweile fast durchgängig auf die neuen Möglichkeiten, die durch das Internet, mobile Anwendungen, Smartphones etc. entstanden sind. Sie reagieren aber dabei längst nicht mehr nur auf das veränderte Erwartungs- und Einkaufsverhalten der Konsumenten, sondern nutzen digitale Technologien aktiv, um neue Produkte oder gar neue Geschäftsmodelle zu entwickeln und umzusetzen. Hieraus ergeben sich auch geänderte Anforderungen und Prozesse zu den Marktpartnern des Handels, wie Lieferanten, Logistikdienstleister und Behörden. Und auch die Software-Landschaften in den Handelsunternehmen müssen sich wandeln.

Diesen Wandlungsprozess unterstützt die Trovarit AG mit verschiedenen Modulen (IT-Matchmaker.roadmap, select und project) aus der IT-Matchmaker-Familie, die sie interessierten Besuchern gerne auf der EuroCIS vorstellt. Terminvereinbarungen unter: www.trovarit.com/…

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