About 100 Participants in “Jugend forscht” Contest in Rosenheim

Communication technologies specialist Kathrein has organized the first regional contest of “Jugend forscht”, a youth science project, in Rosenheim together with the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim. About 100 students presented their innovative ideas – overall there were 62 projects in seven categories. The jury awarded seven of the projects with a first prize, which entitles the winners to participate in the Bavarian state contest.

The regional contest took place in Rosenheim for the very first time. Due to the large number of projects, the Jugend forscht foundation had been looking for a new partner company for the region South East Upper Bavaria. Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group said, “We’ve very gladly committed to support the prestigious competition. The students clearly represent the spirit of innovation which also drives our company forward.” He was impressed by the many creative ideas, which were developed and presented by the students as projects.

The following participants were awarded first prizes in the category “Schüler experimentieren” (pupils experiment): Sonja Drick from the Maria-Ward-Gymnasium in Altötting (chemistry), Leo Heller from the König-Karlmann-Gymnasium in Altötting (mathematics/IT), Louis Wolf and Lucas Wolfgruber from the Chiemgau-Gymnasium in Traunstein (physics), and Louis Einsiedler from the Ludwig-Thoma-Gymnasium in Prien (technology).

The following participants were awarded first prizes in the category “Jugend forscht” (youth researches): Constantin Geier (mathematics/IT) and Hannes Pravida (physics) both from the Ignaz-Günther-Gymnasium in Rosenheim, and Ralf Gleich and Emre Gülcino from the FOS/BOS (vocational college) in Altötting (technology).

Among the guests at the award ceremony was Dr. Nico Kock, member of the managing board of the Stiftung Jugend forscht e.V. “I am very pleased about this new contest for the greater Rosenheim area, which has been made possible by Kathrein and the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim. We hope that in years to come, many other projects will be registered by schools that have not yet taken part in the youth research contest,” said Kock.

 

Innovative Broadband Connection for Suburban and Rural Areas

Rosenheim, 21 February 2017 – Kathrein, a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies has developed a special antenna in collaboration with the network specialist Nokia to optimise the use of spectrum. Nokia’s FastMile concept connects areas without broadband supply by means of LTE radio frequencies. The solution provides households and companies in suburban and rural areas with a powerful and reliable Internet connection. Nokia plans to launch the innovative system by mid-2017.

LTE for the home is offered by various network operators as an alternative to DSL. The connections are, however, often unstable. In most cases, customers even need an extra LTE antenna in order to have acceptable reception at all. Nokia’s FastMile concept uses existing LTE base stations. These are expanded by a special Kathrein antenna which exploits higher, so far idle, LTE frequency ranges supporting higher throughputs via spectrum-efficient utilisation. There is no need to set up new radio sites, which means significant cost savings for the network operator.

High bandwidth is guaranteed

The basic idea is to establish a radio connection between the mast and the customer – but with FastMile, the connection is via LTE. Network operators know where their customers live and are therefore able to equip each FastMile-capable LTE base station in such a way that high bandwidth is guaranteed. FastMile service is delivered to the user through a FastMile modem featuring advanced antenna technology to maximise the user experience. A WLAN repeater, which also powers the FastMile modem, provides Internet access within the house. A smartphone app makes installation and operation easy.

Kathrein’s solution meets the highest requirements

“Kathrein, with its technological competence, is the ideal development partner for implementing such completely innovative concepts,” says René Groot, Head of the Antenna Partner Business at Nokia Networks. “The close collaboration with Kathrein ensured that the antenna for the FastMile system would perfectly fulfil the highest requirements.”

“We are proud that Nokia chose us as a partner for this trendsetting solution,” says Dr Hermann Rodler, Head of the Products Business Unit at Kathrein. “The development of the FastMile antenna has been a complex challenge during which Kathrein’s developers were able to optimally use their multifaceted know-how.”

About Kathrein

Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable high-quality communications technology. The company is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein’s solutions and systems enable people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. The business covers a broad spectrum: from mobile communication and RFID solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family- owned enterprise, Kathrein has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. The company takes pride in its dedicated employees and passion for customers and quality. For more information about Kathrein, see www.kathrein.com.

Kathrein Presents First 5G Solutions at Mobile World Congress

Rosenheim, 23 February 2017 – Kathrein, a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies, presents new technologies for 5G, the next generation of mobile communication. True to its claim “Passion to connect.”, the company demonstrates its unique solution and service expertise in core connectivity areas including the Internet of Things (IoT), Building Digitalisation, Automotive and Mobile Communication. With its Vision 2022, Kathrein looks ahead to the network of the future and outlines future connectivity demands and solutions in different geographies.

5G, the next mobile communication standard, will be one of the most important themes at Kathrein’s exhibition stand. The company carries out intensive research into 5G and put a test bed into operation at the company’s headquarters in Rosenheim last summer. In Barcelona, Kathrein will present different prototypes of 5G antennas made of materials such as glass and ceramics that have not previously been used in this context.

New 14-port antenna with L-band

Also on display will be a new 14-port antenna with integrated L-band. This band is used especially for providing additional download capacity because it improves high-volume data transmission as required for video streaming, for example. Well-known network operators are already running pilot tests with this antenna in Europe.

Kathrein will also be presenting an innovative small cell portfolio with multiple solutions that have been developed for optimum mobile communication at hotspots. “At the world’s leading exhibition for mobile communication, we will demonstrate Kathrein’s unique technology expertise and high innovative strength,” says Dr Hermann Rodler, Executive Vice President Products at Kathrein.

Latest generation of K-BOW system installed in Imola

The company’s devision Business Solutions will showcase solutions for multiple network requirements. K-BOW, a system that provides mobile coverage in indoor and campus areas, has been enhanced and extended by means of additional functionalities and components. The latest K-BOW generation has recently been installed at the world-famous Autodromo Imola in Italy. A further use case of this system is presented in the award-winning, interactive Kathrein Smart City. An animation shows how K-BOW enables the perfect combination of mobile coverage and Wi-Fi provision at an airport.

New hardware and software for IoT applications

“In the area of IoT we will be introducing a new generation of RFID hardware. We will also present version 3.0 of our CrossTalk software for platform-independent integration of AutoID systems and sensors,” says Jürgen Walter, Executive Vice President Business Solutions at Kathrein. The renowned business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan confirmed Kathrein’s leadership in RFID technology a few months ago.

The stand in Barcelona will also exhibit solutions from Kathrein Automotive, the world market leader for automotive antenna solutions. These include an innovative multiband antenna module developed in collaboration with automotive supplier Continental. Visitors will also be able to find out about the functioning and installation of a side-mirror antenna, a solution used in the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Kathrein presents Network Vision 2022

At the Mobile World Congress, Kathrein will also introduce its Network Vision 2022. The model of a future world illustrates the various requirements of the communication network. Kathrein differentiates between four geographies with specific network demands: large urban areas, suburban areas, rural areas and remote areas. “We see our Network Vision 2022 as the basis for a close interaction with customers and partners focusing on the connected world of tomorrow,” says Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group.

About Kathrein

Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable high-quality communication technologies. The company is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein’s solutions and services enable people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. The business covers a broad spectrum: from mobile communication and RFID solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise, Kathrein has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. The company takes pride in its dedicated employees and passion for customers and quality. Find out more about Kathrein at www.kathrein.com.

Kathrein Presents Network Vision 2022

Rosenheim, 22 February 2017 – How will the connected world of tomorrow evolve? Kathrein, a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies, has prepared its Network Vision 2022 in response to this question. The company has developed a model of a future world that clearly illustrates the various requirements of communication networks. Kathrein differentiates between four geographical situations with specific network demands: large urban areas, suburban areas, rural areas and remote areas.

To be able to cope with the enormous increase in data rates in the future, mobile network operators will have to expand and upgrade their networks to ensure customers have powerful and reliable connections. Mobile communication networks will also have to meet new demands in such areas as Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT) or Connected Car.

As an innovation and technology leader in the connected world, Kathrein has set up a project team to develop a vision for the network of the future. “Apart from our own experts from all business units, the project team also included external specialists such as IBM and T-Systems experts. This ensured a multifaceted and universal perspective on the communication network of the future,” says Ralf Exler, Head of Innovation Management at Kathrein.

Six network trends will determine the future

The relevance of megatrends as well as trends in technology and markets to the network of the future was the focus of intensive discussion in the analysis phase. Kathrein deduced six prognoses from these discussions.

1. Massive Data (the amount of data will increase significantly), 2. Massive Connectivities (the number of connected devices will be many times higher than the world population), 3. Coverage Everywhere (areas without network coverage will be provided with a new network infrastructure). 4. Convergence and Virtualisation (all applications will be transmitted via a convergent network, and many network components will be replaced and complemented by software solutions), 5. New Business Models (multiple new business models will be enabled) and finally 6. Overall Security (data and applications will require effective protection that is permanent and universal).

These six Kathrein prognoses will significantly influence the transmission and access networks of tomorrow. It was from these that the project team derived Network Vision 2022.

Different scenarios in different geographical situations

In large cities in particular it will be necessary to expand network capacities significantly. With its Micro C-RAN system K-BOW, Kathrein already provides optimum mobile communication coverage in indoor and campus areas. The company also offers the innovative solutions Kathrein Street Connect, Kathrein Inside Connect and a 4-port micro cell antenna for network densification at hotspots. Such solutions for network densification in city centres will gain importance in the future. Rural areas will need broadband coverage, too: examples here include Connected Car, IoT applications and smart farming.

“Network Vision 2022 illustrates the network requirements of the future. Our prognoses are an important compass for our research and development,” says Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group. “We will expand and develop our Network Vision in close collaboration with customers and partners on an ongoing basis.”

About Kathrein
Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable high-quality communication technologies. The company is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein’s solutions and services enable people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. The business covers a broad spectrum: from mobile communication and RFID solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise, Kathrein has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. The company takes pride in its dedicated employees and passion for customers and quality. Find out more about Kathrein at www.kathrein.com.