MatSing’s lens antennas provide extra connectivity with much less {hardware}

When stadium operators plan network coverage for their increasingly modern buildings, there is often an intentional dead zone: the field itself. After all, players don’t text messages during the game – unless they want to be fined anyway – but that is changing, if the venues are used for concerts. Field seats are often the most expensive tickets in the building.

This also applies to Super Bowl halftime shows and why the NFL championship was held for the fifth time MatSing Lens antennas that increase mobile capacity from end zone to end zone even as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic sank the normally large fan base on the pitch for The Weeknd’s halftime show. The portable lenses were also used in DC for the inauguration.

MatSing used a patented man-made dielectric material This enables the signal to be multidirectional – up to 48 sectors that would otherwise require 48 conventional antennas to cover them. Materials scientist Serguei Matytsine developed the polymer that formed the basis of the company, based on the suggestion of a scientist involved in a government space satellite project.

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This scientist said, as reported by Leo Matytsine, the younger son of Sergui and EVP at MatSing, “Instead of using something like a dish, we have something in nature that does something when you send a lot of tight signals in many directions must be very similar, this is our eye. It’s a lens. It focuses it by refraction, right? It takes light from one side and focuses it on the back. They build antennas on the same principle. Instead of focusing light, you are focusing on RF [radio frequency]. ”

This biomimicry forms the core of MatSing’s growing portfolio of distributed antenna installations, which includes permanent coverage of sports venues such as the Amalie Arena of Tampa Bay Lightning, the Allegiant Stadium of the Las Vegas Raiders and the AT&T Stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. The crush of 20,000 fans in an arena or over 100,000 in a stadium leads to network overload that fans, media and teams have all endured.

In the Amalie Arena, 52 MatSing antennas hidden in the rafters are used. When the system was first installed, not every mobile operator registered to use the booster. During a test on the opening night of the 2019-2020 season, AT&T connected to MatSing, but Verizon did not. A third-party report compiled by MobileNet services found that phones using AT&T at the venue had an average download speed of about seven times faster (36 megabytes per second compared to 5.6 for Verizon) and an almost nine times faster upload speed (14.23 compared to Verizon) 1.58).

Amalie Arena in Tampa.

“The MatSings really have control over where your RF goes, and that’s really important for seat coverage,” says Andrew McIntyre, SVP for Technology and Innovation at Vinik Sports Group, Lightning’s parent company and renter of Amalie Arena. All four major airlines – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile – are now signed up, although the first major test at the Amalie Arena won’t take place until the pandemic wanes enough for a full capacity crowd.

In total, MatSing has around three dozen sports customers in the USA. According to Leo Matytsine, the natural tendency of plant operators is to add more antennas. However, the signals from conventional antennas can interfere with one another. When taking advice at a college football stadium, his first piece of advice was to turn off some of the antennas – and increase the speed. The MatSing lens antennas do not have this problem.

“When it is generated from the lens in these many sectors, there is much less or almost no interference from sector to sector because it is generated from our antenna,” says Leo Matytsine. “We know this sector is here, this sector is here. It doesn’t go over. “

Sports facilities have invested a lot of money in modernizing their infrastructure in recent years and have often strengthened their WLAN networks in the process. Industry experts believe these will continue to be important, especially for facility operations such as point-of-sale transactions, while fans will also benefit from advances in cellular network transmission. “I firmly believe it’s not one, it’s both,” says McIntyre. “When it comes to capacity and requirements – and not just to operate the system itself or the venue as well as the needs of the fans – the requirements are increasing faster and faster.”

MatSing is a family business that has not made any external investments. Leo’s older brother Michael is also an EPP overseeing the operations. The brothers grew up in Moscow as fans of American sports – Leo remembers a Chicago Bulls hat from his childhood days from the 1990s – before the Matytsines moved to Singapore in 2000 and started the company in the garage. (The MatSing name is a merging of Materials, Singapore and the family name.) MatSing’s CEO since last year has been Bo Larsson, a former general manager at Sony Ericsson and Sony Corporation of America, who served on the MatSing Board of Directors for five years had spent.

Their breakthrough came in 2014 when MatSing and AT&T provided the Coachella music festival with improved cell coverage. A newer partner is Facebook connectivity, whose SuperCell engineering initiative is designed for low-cost coverage in rural areas and is equipped with a MatSing lens. These advances followed years of lukewarm global interest.

“Everyone was very interested in the idea, but nobody took the risk. That’s why I want to honor America because they like innovation in the US and like to take risks,” says Michael Matytsine. Many more teams are doing so now, using the pandemic’s entry restrictions as an opportunity to take on capital projects in their buildings. “As the season goes on and there are fans the other day, arenas are very difficult to improve,” added Michael. “So last year was very good because many stadiums wanted to upgrade. And this was the time window for that. “

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