Panorama Antennas has 70 years of experience developing and producing radio antennas for communications purposes, including applications that call for critical communications, such as those faced by law enforcement and first responders each day. Among its products are multifunction antennas, GPS antennas, mobile routers and WiFi antennas, covert antennas, and a variety of modular components like bases and whips to make it all work together.
Panorama Antennas is a true family business, passed down through three generations over the decades. Initially, the company was dedicated to building consumer products, and in the 50s, it rode the rise of television in creating antennas for the beloved technology. Its knowledge in this area would pay further dividends in the 60s, with the rapidly expanding trend of transistor radio systems. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Panorama would find its permanent identity as a specialized communications antenna manufacturer. Obviously, this approach was the correct one, as cellular communications are a backbone of global industry and public services.
Although founded in the UK, Panorama Antennas has expanded its reach across Europe and to the United States, where it has established a subsidiary in Mansfield, Texas. It isn’t by chance that the company has made it to the global level, as it has an extremely impressive resumé in the areas of quality control and product design. In 1989, it was the first antenna manufacturer in all of Europe to gain the coveted ISO 9000 certification – a mark of process excellence that all manufacturers strive for.
Panorama Antennas has an amazingly detailed testing and measurement wing that it uses to ensure all of its products make the grade. Though most police and public safety agencies can find what they need off of the shelf with Panorama Antennas, the company can still develop a custom design for those times where a unique solution is needed. And fortunately, with its incredible testing facilities, it can reliably deliver products that meet its clients’ requirements. Some of those testing capabilities include:
· An anechoic chamber, which creates a perfectly quiet zone that is ideal for testing antenna assemblies at higher frequencies without interference.
· Network analyzers, which measure antenna performance while allowing for a comprehensive set of parameters, like field strength, impedance, and insertion loss.
· Turntable and positioning controller, which allows Panorama to assess the antenna’s directivity in both the H and E planes.
· Vehicle ground plane simulation, which can be used to model a vehicle roof and windshield during antenna testing.
· GPS satellite recognition software, which allows Panorama Antennas to test whether its antennas are properly identifying satellites.
· CST Microwave Studio simulation software, which allows the company to visualize difficult to model characteristics, like 3D radiation patterns, correlation coefficient, and antenna system gain.
Panorama Antenna’s Product Offerings
Although Panorama Antennas develops communications antennas for all kinds of commercial and industrial applications, it places special focus on creating products for police, fire, and emergency personnel. Its antennas are built for punishing environments and designed to be as reliable as possible – two traits that every fleet manager needs from their equipment. Here is a better look at some of the company’s signature offerings:
1. MiMo antennas – MiMo antennas contain several high-performance antenna elements, including ultra wideband elements and several dual band elements. The ultra wideband antenna elements can cover frequencies from 698 MHz to 270 MHz, and the dual band elements can cover 2.4 and 4.9-6 GHz. Panorama’s MiMo antennas can also support WiFi and WiMAX operation, and most come with a GPS antenna with high-performance filtering.
Some of the multifunction antennas also provide 2G, 3G, and 4G cellular communications as well. A few are ground plane independent, in that they maintain excellent performance even when mounted on a nonmetallic surface.
A standout multifunction antenna is “The Stingray,” which is shaped just like a stingray, obviously. It is a 3 in 1 product designed for vehicle communications. Those three communication methods include cellular/LTE, dual-band WiFi and GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU with a 26dB gain.
As for durability, almost all of Panorama Antennas’ MiMo and multifunction antennas are built to IP66 specifications. That means they do not allow any dust intrusion whatsoever and that they can withstand powerful water jets from any direction. That’s perfect for exterior installations.
2. GPS antennas – GPS antennas are essential in positioning vehicles and monitoring an entire fleet at once. Accurate and responsive GPS antennas improve every element of police and emergency work, including faster dispatching, reduced response times and better situational control.
Panorama’s GPS antennas are available in GPSME, GPSP, and GPSSV options, and can be fitted with GLONASS compatibility on request. All three are extremely compact in build, measuring, at most, 2.4” x 2” x .7” in size. Permanent and temporary mounting options are available, including a Velcro mount for covert situations.
3. Mobile routing cellular antennas – Panorama Antennas’ primary mobile routing cellular antenna is built to serve in any environment and is nearly invulnerable to standard wear and tear. It measures in at just 3.2” high and covers both LTE and global cellular bands in the 698-960 MHz range and 1710-2700 MHz range. That makes for a highly versatile product.
The antenna is made of high-impact and UV stable ABS polymers and is mounted using an automotive industry grade adhesive pad. It is, in short, built to take a punch.
Panorama Antennas has been doing this for 70 years. It’s safe to say that they know how to build an antenna, and one that is suited for the rigors of vehicle communications.