This Bi-Directional Antenna Solves the Wireless Communications Challenges Faced on Trains

MP Antenna has announced a new bi-directional, high-gain antenna to help solve the wireless communications challenges of the rail and transit industries. The Model 08-ANT-0974 provides superior front-and-rear or side-to-side coverage in outdoor environments where high obstructions such as metal poles and bridges can cause reflection cancellation.

With the demand for live video feeds and security communications on rail and transit systems growing, Integrators need every edge they can get to provide seamless real time streaming video. The 08-ANT-0974 sharpens this edge as it is a high gain, Multi-polarized, bi-directional solution for higher, more consistent data transfer rates on mobile wireless systems.

Designed for spatial and polarization diversity, the antenna has a frequency range of 4.9 GHz to 6 GHz, gain of 8 dBi, and VSWR of < 1.5:1. Compared to standard antennas with similar or higher laboratory gains, it provides more reliable performance in obstructed environments. The single-feed, bi-directional, multi-polarized solution is also RoHS compliant, designed to meet rail standards, and has an IP67 rating.

Compact and lightweight, the 08-ANT-0974 is also rugged and ready for mounting. Just 4.5 inches (114.3 mm) in diameter and 2.5-inches (63.5 mm) tall, it’s protected by a low-profile radome made from a high-performance, UV-stable polymer and that can withstand temperatures from -40° to 85° C. The antenna attaches easily to any surface with a 3/4 inch stud mount, and custom mounting configurations for rail and transit vehicle rooftops are also available.