MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, today announced that major auto manufacturers in North America are using TE's FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) to boost staff productivity with in-building mobile services. TE's DAS solutions enable seamless mobile communications for tens of thousands of employees and managers at Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, and Toyota plants and offices throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Auto manufacturing plants present unique challenges for mobile communications. Featuring long assembly lines, 24x7 operations, and plasma welders that can disrupt RF signals, these plants require a flexible portfolio of DAS products to deliver clear and consistent mobile coverage and capacity. In addition, auto plants are part of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, so a DAS must support a range of commercial cellular frequencies ranging from 700 MHz to 2100 MHz, and must offer MIMO (multi input multi output) as well as SISO (single input single output) technologies to deliver the required network capacity.
TE's FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum DAS solutions are ideal in auto plants for a number of reasons:
- Multi-frequency, multi-operator capabilities support all major mobile operators and frequencies with a single set of electronics.
- TE DAS support MIMO technology with a single cabling infrastructure.
- All-digital DAS uses fiber and thin coaxial cabling allowing cabling to be routed inside conduit.
- TE's high-power and low-power DAS amplifier units address the diverse architecture of auto plants, including large, open areas as well as "buildings within buildings" such as paint booths.
- TE's CPRI digital interface unit (CDIU) saves up to 40% of equipment space in DAS head-ends when space is at a premium in plants and offices.
In addition to manufacturing plants in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Ontario and Mexico, TE DAS delivers mobile services inside non-manufacturing facilities such as GM's Warren, Michigan technical center and its Detroit world headquarters.
"Keeping plants and offices running smoothly requires clear, immediate communications among hundreds or thousands of employees," said Peter Wraight, president of TE's Wireless business unit. "TE's distributed antenna systems adapt easily to any plant environment, and cost-effectively deliver the connectivity that makes manufacturing hum."
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