Centurion Debuts Tri-band External Mercury Antenna for Automotive

12/22/2003 - Centurion Wireless Technologies, Inc., the leading designer and manufacturer of antennas and power products for wireless communications, announced the tri-band External MercuryTM antenna for automotive communications systems. The low-profile, waterproof antenna can be mounted anywhere on the exterior of the vehicle, and is ideal for asset tracking and data applications typically used by commercial vehicles.

The External Mercury, available in AMPS/PCS/GPS and GSM/DCS/GPS frequency bands, is designed for telematics systems that enable fleet management, asset tracking and anti-theft applications. The durable, waterproof housing of the antenna can withstand the harsh environmental conditions often encountered by trucks, trailers and oversized vehicles. It is housed in a sealed waterproof PC/ABS blend housing with an operating temperature of -40 to +70 degrees Celsius.

At only 22 millimeters tall, the External Mercury is one of the thinnest antennas of its kind making it ideal for the hidden mounting often necessitated by security applications. With the unique ability to operate either on or off a ground plane, the antenna can be mounted practically anywhere on the vehicle.

"Commercial vehicle telematics is one of the fastest growing segments in the mobile technology industry, forecasted to Wireless Engineering for Centurion. "To provide OEM's and the aftermarket with the best antenna option for their communication systems, we designed the External Mercury with multiple frequency configurations and mounting options to meet their needs."

"Commercial vehicle telematics is one of the fastest growing segments in the mobile technology industry, forecasted to be worth over a billion dollars world wide by 2008," said Blaine Bateman, Director of Engineering for Centurion. "To provide OEM's and the aftermarket with the best antenna option for their systems, we designed the External Mercury with multiple frequency configurations and mounting options to meet their needs."

OEM's and the aftermarket can use the External Mercury to support virtually any frequency range that their systems require including AMPS, PCS, GSM and DCS. With a 3.5 dBi peak gain at these frequencies and a 30 dBi gain for GPS, the External Mercury has a higher gain than most competitive antennas. US versions have standard 15-foot cables and TNC/SMA connectors, while European versions have standard 5 meter cables and FME/SMA connectors. Other configurations are available to connect to nearly all equipment used in the telematics industry today. The External Mercury is available with either magnetic or adhesive tape mounting options.

Centurion is QS9000 certified, guaranteeing that its vehicular antennas have been judged by the automotive industry to be the highest quality in design, materials, production and performance.

The External Mercury is now available from Centurion direct or through the company's authorized distributors. For a complete listing, please visit www.centurion.com.

About Centurion Wireless Technologies, Inc.
Centurion is the leading designer and manufacturer of antennas and power products for wireless communications. Industry leading manufacturers of automobiles, mobile phones, handheld devices, PDA's, and professional business radios have relied on the quality and reliability of Centurion's products for 25 years. Centurion offers in-house custom design, tooling, mold fitting and production to provide a complete turnkey solution to fit any customer-specific need. With eight locations worldwide, Centurion has one of the largest and most talented R&D and sales teams in the industry. For more information, please visit www.centurion.com.

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