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Ventev’s New TerraWave Handrail and Guardrail Antennas Bring Seamless Wi-Fi to Mobile Users in Large Public Venues

New products announced at CTIA 2014 Super Mobility Week solve capacity challenges in high-density environments with large numbers of users

HUNT VALLEY, Md. & LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 8, 2014-- Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ: TESS), today introduced two innovative new antennas to its TerraWave portfolio that can dramatically improve Wi-Fi coverage and capacity in large public venues such as stadiums, arenas and concert halls.

Mobile device users expect internet connectivity everywhere including stadiums where watching instant replays or sharing photos on social media greatly enhance fans’ enjoyment of the event. But with thousands of users connecting to the network simultaneously, providing adequate capacity to all is a challenge for network administrators. Stadiums with open roofs and arenas with very high ceilings are especially difficult because mounting options for antennas and access points are limited and located too far from the lower rows of users to provide adequate coverage and capacity. Finally, obstacles such as columns, seats and even people can block RF propagation.

Ventev, a leading manufacturer of Wi-Fi products and solutions, offers a solution for these unique challenges with two new antennas that can be installed on handrails and guardrails, close to the users.

Handrail Antenna – The small form factor Handrail Antenna measures 8.5” x 6.9” x 3” and easily fits most handrails without impacting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Secured within a compact, watertight polycarbonate enclosure, the antenna is a dual-band, 3 dBi directional antenna with a 60/90 degree beamwidth. The enclosure attaches to the handrail with a pipe mount and stainless steel fasteners and includes four low-loss cables with RPSMA or RPTNC connectors to connect to the access point.

Guardrail Antenna – The slim Guardrail Antenna measures 8” x 10” x 2” and consists of a dual-band 3 dBi antenna housed within a rugged, impact-resistant polycarbonate enclosure. The internal antenna is field-adjustable with a +/- 20 degree tilt for precise coverage. It installs easily to any guardrail with stainless steel fasteners. Four low-loss cables with RPSMA or RPTNC connectors connect to the access point.

Both antennas provide seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and capacity to users in several surrounding rows of the stadium and are compatible with most access points. For more information, visit: www.ventev.com/large-public-venues. Ventev products are available exclusively through TESSCO (www.tessco.com).

“Today’s fans aren’t surprised when mobile internet is available. They’re disappointed when it is not,” said Jeff Lime, Vice President of Ventev Wireless Infrastructure. “Ventev’s Handrail and Guardrail solutions enable large venue owners and managers to provide seamless mobile internet connectivity ensuring attendees will continue to enjoy a satisfying Wi-Fi experience.”

These products round out Ventev’s extensive line-up of creative solutions for delivering Wi-Fi indoors and outdoors where there are challenging interference or other coverage/capacity issues. Ventev’s products are already being used in sports stadiums, college campuses, airports, factories and warehouses around the country.

About Ventev Wireless Infrastructure

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Inc., designs and manufactures solutions that deploy, protect, power, and improve the performance of indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi, DAS (distributed antenna systems), cellular, mesh and two-way networks. Ventev Wireless Infrastructure's (www.ventev.com/infra) three product lines are: TerraWave Solutions® (Wi-Fi enclosures, antennas and cable assemblies); Ventev® (integrated power and outdoor enclosure solutions); and Wireless Solutions® (base station infrastructure including towers, site hardware and grounding).

About TESSCO

TESSCO (NASDAQ: TESS) makes wireless work. The convergence of wireless and the Internet is creating opportunities for new applications that revolutionize the way we live, work and play. TESSCO Technologies enables organizations to capitalize on these opportunities while providing an extraordinary business experience. We deliver the knowledge, product and supply-chain solutions required to build, use, and resell wireless voice, data and video systems.

Source: TESSCO Technologies Incorporated

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