Kathrein Supports Interactive Rainforest Exhibition


With Kathrein as one of the main sponsors, the new interactive “Rainforest” exhibition has started in the Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre. One of the Earth’s most important ecosystems is being presented with the aid of more than 50 media stations until 29 November. According to the theme of “We plant a little rainforest in your head”, 15 curators from various specialist areas have bundled their expertise and brought together highly valuable exhibits. In the past five years, approximately 800,000 people have visited the exhibitions in Rosenheim.

“In recent years the Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre has distinguished itself with superbly designed special shows, and is one of the leading museums and exhibition venues in Germany”, stated CEO Anton Kathrein about his company’s commitment. With the theme of rainforests, it is particularly important to not only show diversity and beauty but also to point out the threat to this unique ecosystem. “Every year an area the size of Greece is being cleared, and visitors get to see with their own eyes how important it is to actively contribute to the preservation of our environment.”

The Veranstaltungs und Kongress GmbH Rosenheim (VKR) (Culture and Congress Centre Rosenheim) has invested nearly 2.5 million euros in the exhibition. Among other things, a new sound and lighting system was installed and a “jungle” sauna was integrated. “With the rainforest topic we’re entering completely new territory”, said the VKR CEO Peter Lutz. “Never before have so many scientists from so many different fields participated in the design of an exhibition at the Lokschuppen.”

Special attention was paid to make the exhibition appealing to families, informed Mr. Lutz. A rainforest path for the children has been installed for example where they can wrestle with a jaguar or marvel at a trail of marching ants. During the school holidays, various workshops are on offer, and in addition to regular and family tours, there are also various special tours for school classes or senior citizens.

Coordinating curator of the exhibition is Professor Dr. Christian Feest, former Director of the Ethnological Museum in Vienna. “It was a challenge for me to relate a generally intelligible story about the rainforest with the help of the modules provided by my colleagues,” said Feest. Different approaches and also contradictions of the individual disciplines have made the task all the more fascinating.

Rosenheim’s Mayor Gabriele Bauer pointed out in her inaugural speech how important it is to understand the global significance of rainforests. “For each and every one of us it’s essential not just to treasure them as a “life insurance” for humanity, but also to understand them. The exhibition in the Lokschuppen successfully achieves this. “It stimulates your curiosity and encourages you to consider your own attitudes towards consumer behaviour” said the Mayor.

Kathrein Takes Part in Successful Trial of the ORI Standard in the LTE Network


Kathrein has supported the testing of the world’s first LTE network that uses the standard ORI (Open Radio Equipment Interface).This standard makes components from different manufacturers compatible with each other on the same mobile site (the Base Band Unit of the base station and the Remote Radio Head). This trial was carried out successfully by the mobile phone provider Vodafone along with Kathrein and the Japanese technology group Fujitsu.

The LTE base station used in the functional test was fitted with RRH (Remote Radio Head) components from Kathrein as well as BBU (Base Band Unit) equipment from Fujitsu which conformed to the ORI release 1. The connection was made using fibre optic cable. “ORI is based on the existing interface CPRI and offers some benefits in comparison; these include increased interoperability, higher performance and lower testing effort,” said Burkhard Mann, Head of Software Development at Kathrein. In the long term, this reduces the costs in the telecommunications industry.

Through ORI, network operators are more flexible because they can use the BBU and RRH equipment of various service providers. Ultimately, this leads to more innovations in terms of performance and design for these key mobile communication components. The ORI standard already supports LTE Advanced and UMTS in Release 1 and will support GSM/GPRS systems and optimisation for C-RAN architectures from the Releases 3 and 4.