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Product News: ‘Halo 300’ 5G intelligent edge antenna

March 15, 2023
The smaller, lighter design promises benefits of greater data-throughput and more reliable 5G connection to a wider range of vehicles.

McLaren Applied has announced the development of its revolutionary 5G intelligent edge-antenna technology for a wide range of moving vehicle applications. Thanks to a smaller, lighter, yet equally durable design, the benefits of the solution for rail are now available to a broad spectrum of operators and industries, per its maker.

While existing connectivity solutions require complex installation, bulky additional hardware and a steady signal to function, McLaren Applied’s Halo 300 offers not only increased performance but lower cost and complexity, they claim. Installation and maintenance considerations are greatly reduced with dual modems built in, fewer cables and no need for a separate router or access point. High quality hardware, including industry-leading Huber+Suhner antenna componentry, and reliable software proven over hundreds of races in the world’s most demanding racing series, ensures the technology is real-world ready.

The technology promises the flexibility and future-proofing necessary to take advantage of near-term developments in autonomous travel, software-defined vehicles and the Internet of Things. With edge computing, integrated eSIMs, the built-in power to support additional applications and a CANBUS interface, Halo 300 provides a connection not just to a fast and reliable data network, but to an exciting future of untold possibilities as well.

Mark Halliday, head of product and programs at McLaren Applied, said, “The availability of Halo 300, our 5G intelligent edge antenna technology, and our proprietary Fleet Connect software, in such a compact and convenient package is truly exciting. Already proven in applications from racing to rail, its potential benefits in other moving vehicle applications are almost limitless. From offering invaluable insight into energy efficiency, scheduling and maintenance for operators, to improving passenger experience through the provision of seamless WiFi connectivity, its current benefits are clear. As we move forward into a new era of autonomy, connected vehicles and AI, an intelligent real-time and reliable data connection will enable transformative advances in the use of vehicles of all kinds, and McLaren Applied’s Halo 300 is the first step on that journey.”