Almost a year ago, the SME Instrument of the European Commission recognised that Phasor was developing a unique, game-changing technology. It awarded the Company a prestigious €2million grant through its Horizon 2020 program. A year down the line and Phasor has made excellent progress and can now report that, after completion of its second development milestone, the team is halfway to commercial launch of its exceptional technology slated for the second half of 2017.
The Horizon 2020 program is the largest EU Research and Innovation program ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over its seven year life (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by enabling small, innovative companies to commercialize their great ideas and deliver them to the market. In winning this award, Phasor proved itself to be at the very top of its league in innovation as only 1 in 20 applications are typically successful.
After five years of development with excellent transmit and receive systems tests under their belt, the Phasor Team is now looking forward to completing the next steps towards its market debut.
With the core technology Research & Development phase completed, Phasor has now moved through Technological Readiness Level (TRL) 6. Integrated systems testing, followed closely by field (Beta) tests in several use-cases are in the planning stage and will be implemented shortly.
The Horizon 2020 award has assisted commercialization of Phasor’s revolutionary technology for market readiness, and the timing could not be better. Excitement and demand is growing steadily for the delivery of true broadband communications to aircraft, ships at-sea, high-speed rail and other commercial vehicles in motion. The market is indeed ready for a product that can effectively address the challenges thrown up by on-the-move connectivity. The Phasor team is already engaged in strategic agreements with leading players OmniAccess, Intelsat and Harris Caprock Communications, for the development of the Phasor platform for the super yacht, business aviation and maritime/cruise markets.
Phasor’s Electronically Steerable Antennas (ESAs) are poised to transform delivery of broadband connectivity to moving platforms, and their small size and low profile facilitates easy integration onto vehicle structures. These features will effectively eliminate the need for the traditional parabolic antenna while, at the same time, the ESA technology will allow the antenna to seamlessly and reliably steer beams to GEO and LEO communications satellites. Its modular design makes it highly scalable and allows service providers and vessel/fleet operators to create very high gain antenna arrays with superior RF performance. This results in dramatically higher speed broadband connectivity, at a much lower installation and operating cost. Phasor antennas will initially be made available in Ku-band. However, Phasor will move into additional frequency bands such as Ka-band in the near future.
With Phasor’s antenna commercialisation on schedule and the prospect of broadband connectivity being made available anywhere through its ingenious design, Phasor and its prospective users have much to look forward to.