PCTEL Launches Bi-Directional Train Top Antenna for Passenger Wi-Fi

5 GHz Antenna Extends Range and Reliability of Wi-Fi Signals from Wayside Equipment

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PCTEL, Inc. announced today its new 5 GHz bi-directional train top antenna. Wi-Fi on passenger and metro rail systems is evolving from a competitive advantage to a basic service expectation. PCTEL's new bi-directional antenna communicates with wayside equipment in either direction from the train, providing reliable passenger Wi-Fi while minimizing installation and maintenance costs.

"In developing our new train top antenna, PCTEL engineers worked closely with our customers in the rail industry. The result is a reliable, cost-effective antenna solution to the challenge of providing high-speed Wi-Fi over extended track distances," said Rishi Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President and General Manager of PCTEL's Connected Solutions group. "PCTEL also provides antenna farm design services to maximize the performance of multiple antenna systems on crowded train tops," added Bharadwaj.

PCTEL's train top is ruggedized for high-vibration environments and meets EN50155 and AAR certification requirements for use in Europe and North America. It is designed for metallic or non-metallic roof mounting on crowded train tops with no available ground plane. The antenna's high port-to-port performance correlation and symmetrical patterns minimize interference between signals, maximizing data throughput performance and reliability.

PCTEL will display its new bi-directional train top antenna along with other antenna solutions for rail at the 57th Annual RSSI C&S Exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana, September 18-19, in booth #1437. The antenna can be ordered using part number PCT-RSABD-DP and will be available for shipment by December 2017.