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The new Emergency Services Network (ESN) is set to transform public safety communications. Led by the Home Office, it will replace the current Airwave voice radio service across Great Britain over the next few years. 300,000 frontline users will depend on ESN from the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services, as well as coast guard, local authorities, and utility services.
The aim is to deliver a modern voice and data service across the country, providing a single reliable and secure platform for mobile communications for all users. ESN is to utilise 4G LTE cellular infrastructure owned and operated by EE, part of the BT Group, which is a significant change to the current Airwave service which is a privately owned 380-430MHz TETRA network.
As a result, it’s expected that there will be a period of migration between these technologies to ensure constant communications for users with Airwave likely to be switched off by 2025. As a result, there will be a period of time over the coming years when increasingly complex antenna systems will be required in vehicle fleets to ensure reliable voice and data connectivity is sustained for the safety and security of personnel during the transition.
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Panorama Antennas has played an integral role in providing vehicle communication antennas for Airwave since it was established in 2000, supplying directly or indirectly almost every police, fire and ambulance service in Great Britain with high quality, reliable antenna products.
As we move towards a new evolution of critical communications in Great Britain, Panorama remains at the forefront with the best in class solutions adapted for the needs of ESN.
Panorama’s products have already been extensively proven in providing voice and data communications for public safety in Great Britain. Our GPSK series; GPS/GNSS & UHF TETRA antenna has been a popular product, and widely seen as the ‘de facto’ antenna solution across Airwave user organisations providing an efficient TETRA and high performance GPS/GNSS antenna in a compact single hole mounting.
With the requirement for additional connected devices in vehicles, in 2009 Panorama developed the GPSB “Sharkee®” antenna incorporating GPS/GNSS, Multi-Band 2G/3G/4G LTE Cellular, Dual Band WiFi and an external TETRA whip with rugged single hole mount shark fin housing. ESN operates on EE’s 4G network which uses LTE technology over three frequency bands to provide a mobile broadband bearer for both data and mission critical voice services.
MiMo is a key feature of 4G to provide a high speed broadband. MiMo leverages on multi-path signal propagation to increase the channel capacity. 2x2 MiMo requires the use of two antennas at the client terminal, but with the introduction of LTE Cat 18/20, a 4x4 MiMo antenna system will be required with four antennas. A MiMo system requires the antennas to have a defined level of isolation and a low correlation factor, which Panorama has designed into its’ “all-in-one” solutions, for a simple, effective antenna installation.
The antenna system is a critical part of an ESN vehicle installation. Panorama has a complete range of ESN Ready MiMo multi-function antenna solutions, which are easy to install and provide a pre-defined MiMo performance. In addition, we have a range of single (SiSo) multi-band cellular antennas as a second antenna to provide MiMo function in conjunction with an existing antenna, where required. Panorama continues to develop new products for 4G/LTE & 5G to ensure that we are able to offer high performance, cost effective solutions for public safety use.
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LGMM-6-60 | Great White® 5G
Our LGMM-6-60 “Great White® 5G” and LGMM4-6-60 “Mako® 5G” series antennas are multi-function low profile solutions that provide you with the antenna requirements for ESN within a compact housing using a single mounting hole, and include:
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GPSD-6-60 MiMo Sharkee® 5G
Our GPSD-6-60 “MiMo Sharkee® 5G” series antenna is a multifunction OEM SharkFin styled solution that provide you with in the following in a single hole mount housing, fully suited for the ESN transition;
No need to understand complexities of MiMo antenna configuration in any of our products
You can be connected to a 4G terminal with pre-terminated low loss “plug and play” coaxial cables
Antennas designed to reduce fleet cost, vehicle time off the road, and installation complexity
Panorama Antennas is a UK based privately owned family business, now in its third generation, and is a leading designer and manufacturer of antennas for wireless communication. Established in London in 1947, today Panorama produces antennas for a number of the world’s leading communication companies and has grown to include over 100 staff worldwide, as well as 4 fully owned subsidiaries in Australia, France, Singapore and the US. Panorama strives to take the challenges out of antenna selection for you the customer.
Our products can be purchased in standard kit format with full cable assemblies, or made to order as per contractual obligations. Our expert team is on hand to offer advice and assistance for your antenna needs however basic or complex.
Panorama is the established name in mobile antennas for critical communications and as Airwave transitions to ESN, you can be confident that Panorama will continue to provide you with the most comprehensive and trusted product offering on the market.