OmniAccess, the superyacht communications provider has entered into a strategic partnership with Phasor Inc., headquartered out of Washington DC, with R&D facilities at the prestigious Royal Institute in London.

Phasor’s patented phase-shifting topology allows for multiple antenna modules to be combined into a single logical antenna. These modules can be configured as a single conformal antenna or a distributed array, placed on multiple locations aboard the yacht. Because the system has the ability to intelligently manage modules with line-of-sight blockages, the combined array is able to achieve a completely blockage-free performance.

The unique scalability of the Phasor solution allows clients to create a very high gain antenna array with an RF performance comparable to very large traditional 2.4m reflector antennas, resulting in dramatically lower operational link-costs without the enormous size and weight penalties associated with a large classical reflector antennas.

Although the technology can be applied to multiple bands (C, X, Ku, K/Ka), the initial release of the Phasor antenna has been designed from the ground up to operate in Ku-band (with both linear and circular polarisations), allowing users to directly tap into the vast amount of TV and VSAT services offered in this dominant band.

From the R&D centre in London, Phasor engineers are currently in the final testing phases of the technology. Successful live tests have already been conducted on a commercial Ku-band GEO satellite. The commercial introduction of the first products is targeted for release within the next 18 months.

The company will present its first maritime Ku-band digital phased array antenna at the Monaco Yacht Show. The company claims the antenna on display represents a true breakthrough, offering some very significant advantages in typical high-end yachting applications.

The antenna’s low 1” profile allows for a seamless and nearly invisible integration into the yacht’s superstructure, without the aesthetic downside associated with the current classic reflector-antenna designs. Being fully electronic with no moving parts, the antenna can track satellites more accurately and OmniAccess says it is 'significantly more reliable than a traditional mechanically steered antenna.'

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