GLEN BURNIE, MD – 04/11/08 –Pharad, LLC, a leader in flexible antenna technology, today unveiled its comprehensive wearable antenna product line that improves worn antenna performance and allows for direct integration of antennas into clothing. Featuring Pharad’s Flextenna® technology, these antennas conform to the body and flex with body movement. Originally developed for the military and public safety/first responder markets, the wearable antennas feature small size, flexibility, and enhanced electromagnetic performance, all in a waterproof textile package. Complementing the wearable antenna products, Pharad has also developed covert shoulder harnesses that allow the wearable antenna and radio system to be comfortably and discretely worn under street clothing.
“With the increased number of items carried by soldiers and first responders, the military and police are seeking technology to integrate more of the communications and telematics electronics into gear worn by these personnel,” said Austin Farnham, President of Pharad. “We are the first company to offer a comprehensive commercial-off-the-shelf wearable antenna product line supporting the primary communications and telematics services. Customer response has been so favorable to this wearable technology, that we have launched the Octane® brand under which we sell our wearable antenna products.”
Pharad’s wearable antenna products support such common communications and telematic applications such as EPLRS, 800 MHz radios, cellular/GSM, GPS, and WLAN. The antennas are developed on flexible dielectric material and packaged in waterproof textile pouches that can be integrated into body armor vest carriers, helmets, and other clothing and outer wear. Integration options also include covertly worn antennas, allowing special operations personnel to communicate without unsightly antennas.
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