Rural Connect 2, their new white space radio, will be built to the recently ratified IEEE 802.22 standard that governs white-space devices. It’s expected to reach the market in four to six months, said Jim Carlson, the company’s president.
Carlson has developed new hardware for the radio that he expects will reduce the cost of the radio by 50%.
“In a couple of years, a [better] chipset can help you reduce the cost of a $300 device down to a $100 device,” Carlson said. “Just like what’s occurred with Wi-Fi.”
The company also sells an Integrated Solar Power System that includes one 125 watt solar panel, two 110 ampere hour batteries, a 20 Amp-rated charge controller. It can go 11 days on reserve power (262 hours w/ 8 watt system with 20% discharge limit).
Separately, Carlson has extended the frequency range of its Trailblazer radio, which now operates in the 5.9 GHz band, after receiving FCC approval a few weeks ago. The radio — also operational in 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 4.9 GHz spectrum — is targeted to the transportation sector by intelligent transportation systems. The Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) band divides the 5.9 GHz spectrum into seven, 10-megahertz channels and issues non-exclusive licenses to government and public safety entities.