Integrating multiple antennas into vehicle telematics

Paul Boughton

Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things, has built a model design for On Board Devices (OBD) and vehicle telematics.

The OBD design uses three new antennas inside an OBD housing to link to a satellite (GNSS), Bluetooth and a terrestrial network, while obtaining optimum performance from all three antennas simultaneously. The design also features a brand new small GNSS RF module to fix location, which Antenova is showing for the first time.

Antenova has used the latest antennas from it product ranges in the OBD design:  the Armata 3G FPC antenna for penta-band frequencies which operates at 824-960 MHz and 1710-2170 MHz, a new GNSS antenna named Bentoni operating at 1559 – 1609 MHZ, and the tiny Weii PCB-mounted antenna which provides a Bluetooth connection at 2.4GHZ. 

The new GPS/GNSS module (Antenova part number M10578) is a complete receiver that provides accurate location tracking for OBDs. It uses the latest MediaTek chipset with an additional LNA to give added performance when mounted under dashboards and out of line of sight with the sky.