Based on recent analysis of the market for compact automotive antennas for satellite broadband, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Kymeta Corporation as the recipient of the 2016 North American New Product Innovation Award. Kymeta identified early the potential of connected vehicles to disrupt the automotive industry and responded with mTenna technology, an innovative solution that enables global coverage and secure over-the-air (OTA) updates. This software-enabled satellite antenna boasts several unique features such as a flat and compact design, low power requirements, and OTA programming.
“Unlike traditional satellite antennas that are large, heavy and have high implementation and maintenance costs, Kymeta’s mTenna technology has a small footprint and is lightweight. The technology uses electromagnetic metamaterials resulting from arranging man-made materials in such a way that they produce an electromagnetic response,” said Meena Subramanian Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Kymeta’s satellite antennas are electronically steered and use a holographic approach to lock the beam from satellites. This design helps it instantaneously and continually transmit signals without a drop in connection.”
The ultimate solution will have a very thin, low power consumption and a compact footprint, all while providing unprecedented throughput to the car. To enhance this design further, Kymeta teamed up with consumer electronic display manufactures that can help it develop low-cost satellite antennas for high-speed connectivity.
Another strategic collaboration is Kymeta’s partnership with Intelsat for the implementation of satellite communication (SATCOM) technology, wherein the Ku-band mTenna makes optimal use of Intelsat’s EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform. Satellite access to the vehicle will provide enhanced security because it does not depend on multiple terrestrial carriers for data transfer.
Kymeta is working with partners to leverage existing LCD production lines to manufacture a product that can be mass-produced. The automotive industry will benefit greatly from this technology as satellite antennas are widely deployed in consumer devices.
Additionally, in January 2016, Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Kymeta formed a partnership to implement mTenna technology in maritime vessels. In the same month, Toyota partnered with Kymeta and showcased the Toyota Mirai, a fuel-cell research vehicle equipped with mTenna technology, at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Kymeta’s solutions benefit original equipment manufacturers (OEM) by reducing their expenditure on software recalls using the OTA update technology. “They further benefit potential customers by saving time and money, dispensing with the need to visit dealer service centers for software and service recalls and providing a better driving experience. In addition, Kymeta’s solution offers huge volumes of data to support autonomous vehicles,” noted Subramanian.
Because of its overall performance using spectrum and satellite, Kymeta has made a mark for itself in the compact automotive antennas market and is richly deserving of the 2016 North American New Product Innovation Award.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The Award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased return on investment (ROI) it offers to customers, which, in turn, improves customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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About Kymeta Corporation
Kymeta Corp. (kymetacorp.com) is commercializing a new, innovative software-enabled metamaterials-based electronic beamforming antenna for satellite communications. Kymeta has been named by CNBC to its annual list of the world’s 50 most disruptive companies for two consecutive years. Kymeta earned the 2016 New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan and was selected by Future in Review as a 2014 FiReStarter company. Boats. Planes. Cars. If it moves, Kymeta is the antenna solution that will keep it connected anywhere. The company is based in Redmond, Washington and operates on a worldwide basis.
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