The Roger ITAS module enables equipment makers to cost-effectively add satellite connectivity to their designs quickly and with ease

Basingstoke, UK – 9th May 2017 – Alpha Micro Components (AMC) today announces the launch of the world’s smallest ready-to-use Iridium Transceiver Antenna System (ITAS) transceiver. The AMC Roger ITAS is competitively priced and can add satellite connectivity to new and existing designs in a matter of days.

Aimed at markets where remote asset monitoring is essential but challenging, the Roger ITAS enables equipment-makers to use satellite communications to replace or complement other wireless technologies. It can also enable remote connectivity where this isn’t currently possible or feasible.

Typical uses could include oil and gas, mining, maritime, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), fleet monitoring and other telematics applications, especially when transporting high value items across large expanse with limited cellular coverage.

No regulatory re-approval required

Designed for optimal ease-of-use, the Roger ITAS typically requires no changes to an existing device design; only minor modifications to the host device’s firmware are needed. And because the Roger ITAS doesn’t alter the physical hardware design of the host device, there’s no need to go through regulatory re-approval.

World’s smallest

As well as being easy to use, the Roger ITAS is the world’s smallest ITAS transceiver. Its compact footprint of 96.8 mm x 71.8 mm x 20 mm (31 mm in total to the base of the thread) is made possible by the fact it’s the first off-the-shelf ITAS transceiver to incorporate Iridium’s latest 9603 satellite modem.

Christos Papakyriacou, Managing Director at Alpha Micro Components, said: “When you’re operating or monitoring assets in remote locations, cellular and other wireless technologies don’t always give the comprehensive coverage you need. The AMC Roger ITAS is an easy way to add connectivity for those times in locations where there’s no alternative.

“This will give operators a much better understanding of their assets, and therefore enables better strategic and operational decisions. The Roger ITAS enables equipment-makers to rapidly incorporate satellite connectivity using an ultra-compact unit that can immediately enhance their solution without having to redesign their hardware.”

The AMC Roger ITAS is designed for use in challenging environments and is able to operate at 75% relative humidity (RH) and between temperatures of –40°C and +85°C.