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26 November, 2012 - 14:05 By Tony Quested

Brazil World Cup goal for Zinwave

Zinwave - looking to Brazil

Cambridge wireless technology business Zinwave is bidding to inject a Samba beat into its dance into new world markets.

Having supplied its active DAS technology to guarantee TETRA digital radio coverage at the Euro 2012 soccer championships in the summer, Zinwave is now shooting at an even wider goal.

Zinwave has a number of channel partners in the United States and they will be bidding on the UK company’s behalf for a role in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

The company has good reason for optimism on the road to Rio. Zinwave was chosen as preferred supplier for in-building coverage of private mobile radio services at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, in preparation for Euro 2012. The stadium was host to the final between Spain and Italy. Zinwave’s DAS (distributed antenna system) was installed and commissioned by Doyla & Co Ltd, its Ukrainian partner.

The Olympic Stadium underwent major renovation in 2008 to provide the facilities needed for an internationally televised tournament, after Poland and the Ukraine won a joint bid to host the European Football Championships. It is now the primary sports venue in the Ukraine and the second largest sports complex in Eastern Europe, with a seating capacity of more than 70,000.

Although, the newly renovated building comprised ultra-modern facilities, its overall layout restricted the transmission of private mobile radio (TETRA) in many areas, including all underground car parks, catering and maintenance areas, which posed major safety and security risks.

Zinwave’s DAS technology, (the System 3000), was deployed because of its flexibility, open architecture, and its ability to support all frequencies between 150MHz and 2700MHz on a single hardware layer. The System 3000 ensures that signal-output is optimised at all times to facilitate critical radio communication, in the event of an emergency situation.

To avoid potential clashes between opposing fans inside the stadium and the immediate vicinity, UEFA required the installation of a secondary private mobile radio network (completed by a third-party) for use by its own staff for logistical, stewarding and crowd management purposes.

Coverage tests carried out just before the opening ceremony revealed, however, that signal output from the secondary network was low to non-existent in all underground areas, which presented serious problems in terms of public safety and security.

Zinwave’s in-building wireless technology comprises open-architecture software, so the secondary network was seamlessly integrated onto the DAS (without compromising performance), to provide optimal coverage. Subsequent tests demonstrated that Zinwave’s DAS guaranteed 100 per cent coverage throughout the stadium, enabling the third-party provider to fulfil its UEFA contract demands.

The secondary radio network has since been removed from the stadium, but the original installation is still in place and is actively used during all sports events and concerts.

Zinwave’s says that its 3000 active DAS solution is the only true wideband active distributed antenna system (DAS) on the market, covering all frequencies between 150MHz and 2700MHz.

The company reports strong sales activity with a significant presence across four continents and with relationships established with many well-known partners and system integrators.

Zinwave’s installation base includes customers in the healthcare, industrial, public venue, enterprise & corporate and education vertical markets.

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