To our dear Smarteq partners and customers:

We have worked through difficult times, with unforeseen challenges in shipping and logistics impacting our delivery schedule due to the global effects of the pandemic. We have proactively tried to work on active actions to improve the accuracy of our delivery and find alternative paths to mitigate the impact of these recurring delays.

Unfortunately, the ongoing situation in China – with new lockdowns due to the pandemic – new future challenges have arisen. As one of our production sites are amidst this lockdown, our production has been haltered.

We are keeping ourselves updated with any new information regarding the situation in China, but we have foreseen some future challenges which might impact our customers:

  • Due to our production site being closed for the past 2 weeks it might affect already confirmed orders. We ask for your patience and we will keep you updated if your orders are affected by this lockdown.
  • Uncertain delivery dates. For new confirmed orders it should be taken in consideration that delivery date might change once the lockdown is removed. We hope to set a delivery date we can achieve but due to the circumstances this might change.
  • There might occur congestions once lockdown is removed. It will not only create delayed production but also traffic at the harbors and transit points. This will unfortunately cause even further delays.

 

Your understanding and cooperation as a key partner to Smarteq is of high value which we highly appreciate and cherish.

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,
Smarteq Wireless AB

 

Smarteq’s antenna platforms Alldisc and LPCA are now upgraded with GNSS+, allowing support for multi constellation usage of  Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, GPS satellite system to maximize the availability and accuracy in difficult environments.  

The Alldisc GNSS+ antenna enables excellent Axial ratio and gain and has pre-filtered LNA that ensures functionality in a combination antenna. The LPCA-MIMO GNSS+ contains two cellular band and could be configured with a LNA equipeed GPS/Glonass. Moreover, two Wifi antennas enabling MIMO/diversity functionality.

Discreet, rugged, low profile design. Both Alldisc and LPCA are configurable to enable you to adapt to your antenna need. Moreover they are ground plane independent, enabling flexible and easy installation. Your perfect solution for fleet management, track and trace, navigation, cargo handling and V2X.

Designed in Sweden by our experienced engineering team and successfully tested for durability according to Volkswagen Automotive Test Standards.

 

Data sheets

 

For inquiries , please contact

sales@smarteq.com

To our dear Smarteq partners and customers:

The end of 2021 and this first month of 2022 came with unforeseen challenges in the shipping and logistics industry for deliveries from Asia to Europe, with a remarkable impact in our already delayed delivery schedule.

Here is a short summary on the background of these challenges:

– Loading and ground handling workforce at the transit points getting sick and on leave at the same time the workload unproportionally increased due to higher demand resulted in recurrent delays in traditionally efficient EU points of transit: Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antverpen and Bremerhaven.  
– Irregularity on the booking of available cargo slots due to workforce shortage has also made on-time booked shipments to be on haul at the loading point for over 2 weeks.
– Missed slots for unloading at the transit point forces shipments to wait for next available unloading slot, which can take from 1 day to 2 weeks, or more. Therefore, an announcement of delay with a new, re-scheduled delivery date can and has been delayed again several times.
– This same shortage of staff has left the communication chain by each delay at the carrier a no-priority task, leaving us -and you- with last-minute information on delays and unreliable new dates for re-scheduled deliveries.  
– During the summer-crisis, rail transport mode was taken as the alternative by all industry, skyrocket-increasing the costs within a few weeks and making booked shipments wait over 3 weeks at loading and transit points.
– Sick leave at our own warehouse has forced us to re-schedule already delayed deliveries. 
– Only transport mode unaffected is air freight, though with less routes and fewer carriers, orders booked with airfreight not always are shipped immediately after production is finished.
 

The information we have so far received from our logistics supplier indicate the following scenario for 2022:

Q1-Q2/2022:

Sea freight: We foresee same situation as above mentioned, with transit times between 12 and 14 weeks. Celebration of the Chinese New Year on early February will probably have an impact as well.
Air Freight: No major impact, except for the Chinese New Year celebration.
Rail freight: Expected to be the same long and delayed lead times as in Q4 2021, due to increasing demand, causing bottle necks in their fleet.

Q3-Q4/2022:

We should expect a more favorable transport situation due to reduced demand, given a higher inflation caused by reduced consumption; however, we recommend a conservative approach and keep counting with extended lead times for the rest of the year:

Sea freight:      10-12 weeks
Air freight:       2-7 days
Rail freight:      35-45 days

Higher vaccination rates and redundancy at the workforce may improve the delivery accuracy, though these factors remain outside Smarteq’s control.

Under the current freight and logistic circumstances for shipments in transit from Asia as summarized above, and to avoid the recent chain of delays we have been suffering, affecting our partners and customers, we recommend adding a wandering period of 1-3 weeks to the transit time for the delivery of orders of parts not in stock.  

We foresee these same circumstances to be the case in the moment shipments for orders placed now and ahead will be released for freight. Hence, we encourage you sharing this information with your customer on a timely manner.

We are proactively working on active actions to improve the accuracy of our delivery chain and seeking for alternative paths for mitigating the impact of a recurrently delayed delivery schedule. We need to work closely and align efforts to manage these challenging times, together.

Some of these active actions are:

          Review our high runner stock, for a higher inventory of more parts even if not high-rotating ones.
          Allocate more resources for a closer follow up of the logistic chain throughout transit points
          Encourage our partners to forecast and foresee future demands even without committed orders

Your understanding and cooperation as a key partner to Smarteq is a corner stone in this process, which we highly appreciate and cherish. Please get in touch with your Smarteq Contact to go through this information and to answer any question or comment you may have on this or any other matter we can support you with.

 

Sincerely,

Luisa Burgoa-Narvaez

Smarteq Wireless AB 

 

Dear partners

Smarteq has an exciting development and operates in several segments where the common denominator is the connection of different units. Here we see that antenna functions play an increasingly important role in ensuring that the connection is not disturbed, even in harsh conditions.

The general trend is that more and more units are connected, which benefits the company’s competitiveness with our products. Smarteq is today an antenna partner for some of the world’s most exciting technology companies in the three business segments Energy, Vehicles and Industry. We therefore see good opportunities for profitable growth in these segments in the coming years.

In 2021, Smarteq delivered more than 1 million antennas to customers in over 40 countries through both direct sales and through distributor partners. The company has well-proven processes, a flexible production and logistics approach and has demonstrably the specialist competence, quality certifications and experience required to take on new business. Smarteq is certified according to both IATF 16949 (standard for the automotive industry) and the environmental certification ISO 14001.

On May 1, Smarteq was acquired by US based PCTEL Inc. The driver for the acquisition is to strengthen the European market and also utilize Smarteq´s strong brand and product range in the market and beyond. We see significant potentials to grow together on the different market with combined efforts and the integration work with the both companies will increase during 2022.

Business wise, 2021 was a great retake from the pandemic effects and slow down we saw during the previous year. The existing customers have placed orders at a higher volume than expected which we estimate that will continue in the coming year.

The area for commercial vehicles is increasingly connected. The ability to add value through reliable connectivity, resulting in improved productivity, security. During the early 2021, Smarteq won a significant deal with a new customer in the intelligent transportation sector where volumes will start in 2022.

Charging infrastructure for electric cars is growing as more and more electric cars are available on the market. During the year, we have won a significant business with a major player in the sector and we see that this business will increase in the coming years.

Smart electricity meters: a number of roll-outs of smart electricity meters are underway in the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe as an ongoing initiative within the EU to optimize energy distribution and the use of energy. Smarteq is well positioned in the collaboration with several major global customers. We have won a new significant deal with a new major energy company for the German market and the deliveries are expected the start in the beginning of 2022.

During the year, Smarteq invested in future growth by clarifying the product range and reviewing the cost structure with e.g. shipping and logistics costs which increased significantly under Covid 19. Smarteq’s brand is strengthened through an update of the marketing communication, improved website, webinars with our partners, and active promotions.

All in all, we see good opportunities for growth in the markets in the coming years, and as a part of PCTEL we will continue to serve our customers in the best way!

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a great new year!

 

 

Products & Solutions

Smarteq is committed to contributing to a more connected world. This year, we have expanded our product portfolio and developed new products and upgraded our popular antenna platforms, to meet the continously growing market needs. 

 

NEW PRODUCT

One of Smarteq’s latest addition to its portfolio is MiniBlade – a slim, flexible and discreet adhesive mounted Ultra-Wideband antenna. The size and flexible mounting possibilities enables a variety of use cases and installations in applications such as WiFi mesh network, internet on board buses, EV-charging boxes, and distributed 5G 4×4 MIMO. It supports radio devices operating in the ranges 2400-6000MHz such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 5G, V2X. Read more about its capabities here

 

PRODUCT UPGRADES

 

Smarteq’s popular antenna AllDisc family is now offered with 4 x WiFi 
AllDisc is an omnidirectional hole-mounted antenna Wifi 2.4/5GHz to be used in “Internet on board” applications, such as busses where high throughput and coverage are needed. Robust and suited for public installations in sports arenas/ shopping malls and on/in vehicles.

LPCA is now offered with TETRA applications – LPCA10! 
LPCA10 is a low-profile rugged/durable antenna for TETRA applications operating at 380-410MHz.The antenna platform can also be combined with other antenna options such as GNSS in LPCA10. Perfect match for busses, ambulances and fire brigade where high reliability and performance is of great importance.

AllDisc S is now upgraded with MIMO WiFi
AllDisc S is a 3 in 1 antenna including cellular 2/3/4/5G and 2×2 MIMO WiFi 2/5GHz with a low profile and durable design, making it perfect for M2M applications, internet on-board, cargo handling and smart metering.

GNSS+ Upgrades : AllDisc GNSS+ , LPCA MIMO GNSS+
Maximize availability in difficult environments with multi-cosntellation GNSS antenna. Dual feed GNSS antenna enables excellent Axial ratio and gain. Pre-filtered LNA ensures funcitonality in a combination antenna. More info to come in Q1!

 

Supply Chain

This year the whole world experienced instability following the pandemic, restrictions implemented in the mobiliity of the working force in Asia, limited availability of freight slots from Asia to Europe, and shortage in supply of critical raw materials.

To mitigate and manage the impact of these unforeseeable circumstances and to extend our support to our distributors and customers during these challenging times, Smarteq created several action paths inlcuding; increasing its buffer stock for additional parts of the high runners, frame ordered, and forecasted parts even without committed orders, finding alternative shipping routes, closely following our production to improve capabilities, and working closely with our customers to improve planning.

Smarteq will continue to monitor the supply chain challenges we have seen during the year to strive to keep our customers supplied. Read more

 

A Growing Team

 

At the start of the year Smarteq welcomed Göran Sandström as its new CEO. With his extensive knowledge in the industry and encouraging leadership, Göran continues to lead Smarteq towards the rapid growth it is facing ahead. Also joining us this year is Jan Häyhtiö, who has been a big asset in Smarteq in managing and mitigating the consequences of the global supply chain challenges this year. Finally, with the addition of Christine Valenzuela and Stella Ekström, we are able to strengthen our Finance and Sales teams, and provide continous support to our partners and customers.

Smarteq is also looking for an Account Director! Join us in our growth. Read more

 

Events

We would also like to thank everyone who joined us in this year’s virtual Hannover fair and Enlit Europe in Milan! Smarteq was thrilled to meet you all again and to hear exciting news from all fronts makes us even more enthusiastic and excited for the future in energy, vehicle and industry sector.

We look forward to meeting you in 2022. Stay tuned for future events!

 

 

NEW AllDisc S Upgrade

AllDisc-S is a 3 in 1 antenna including cellular 2/3/4/5G and 2×2 MIMO WiFi 2/5GHz with a low profile and durable design, making it perfect for M2M applications, Internet Onboard, cargo handling and smart metering.

The superior RF performance enables high connectivity and throughput. The Alldisc-S has been successfully tested for durability according to Volkswagen automotive test standards.

 

> Product Specification

 

 

For sales inquiries, contact

sales@smarteq.se

For more information or inquiry, please contact

Mattias Hellgren
Product Manager, Senior RF-engineer 

mattias.hellgren@smarteq.se
+46 (0)733 85 92 39

 

NEW AllDisc Upgrade

Smarteq’s Alldisc Combi antenna is a configurable antenna platform which can be configured to support several antenna systems. The upgraded GNSS+ antenna now supports multi constellation usage of  Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, GPS satellite system maximizing the accuracy in difficult environments.  

The Alldisc antenna platform is a ground plane independent and enables flexible and easy installation, making it perfect for fleet management, track and trace, navigation, cargo handling and V2X. Dual feeld GNSS+ antenna enables excellent axial ratio and gain. Pre-filtered LNA ensures functionality in a combination antenna.

 

> Product Specification

 

For more information or inquiry, please contact

Mattias Hellgren
Product Manager, Senior RF-engineer 

mattias.hellgren@smarteq.se
+46 (0)733 85 92 39

Enlit Europe 2021

Smarteq is thrilled to join this year’s biggest exhibition for energy professionals at Enlit Milan.

Want to meet us? Contact support@smarteq.se to register as our guest and get a free visitor pass.

 

Read more about the event here https://www.enlit-europe.com/live

 

A slim, flexible solution for your critical wireless applications

Are you working with critical wireless applications operating at WiFi, Bluetooth, 5G?

Introducing Smarteq’s new antenna solution- MiniBlade, a slim and discreet adhesive mounted Ultra-Wideband antenna.

MiniBlade supports radio devices operating in the ranges 2400-6000MHz such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 5G, V2X.

The size and flexible mounting possibilities enables a variety of use cases and installations in applications such as: WiFi mesh network, WiFi hotspots, internet on board buses, EV-charging boxes, and distributed 5G 4×4 MIMO. The superior RF performance enables high connectivity and throughput.

 

> Product Specification

 

For more information or inquiry, please contact

Mattias Hellgren
Product Manager, Senior RF-engineer 

mattias.hellgren@smarteq.se
+46 (0)733 85 92 39

Smarteq is closely following up the latest and current events taking place in Asia, the hub of our manufacturing facilities, where we can see instability in the supply of critical raw materials and components for our products, the restrictions implemented and to be implemented in the mobility of the working force from and to Taiwan due to the pandemic and the limited and decreasing availability of freight slots from Asia to Europé.

The immediate consequence of these events is not only a considerable impact on our cost structure and in the stability of our offer in the coming periods but also current lead times (12-14 weeks) will be longer if lockdowns withstand during the summer.

Smarteq has set an action path already on execution to mitigate and manage the impact of these unforeseeable circumstances, and to extend our support to our distributors and customers during these challenging times ahead of us:

  • Smarteq has increased our buffer stock for additional parts of the high-runners, frame ordered, and forecasted parts, even without committed orders.
  • However, it is highly recommendable to review the demand with your customer and end-user, and if possible, establish a forecast for the coming 6-12 months, and place orders accordingly for minimizing the risk of an empty stock or air freight at unmanageable higher costs.
  • Smarteq will review and adjust our cost structure to mitigate the impact in the prices to come, which will have to be adjusted during the coming weeks. As mentioned, higher MOQs and 6-12 months forecasting give a much wider spectrum aiming for less sensitive adjustments.
  • Already this week Smarteq planned relocation of production for non-critical parts and other components to production facilities located in less affected areas. This measure will have a positive impact on our supply chain hopefully by Q3.
  • Smarteq strongly recommends its dear partners and customers to inform your customers and end-users on these conjunction circumstances and the coming impact on the costs and delivery times.
  • By the end of Q1 Smarteq started the evaluation of establishing a manufacturing unit in Europe, as a long-term strategic response to the challenges that arose during the past year.

 

Please get in touch with your Smarteq contact to go through this information and to answer any question or comment you may have on this or any other matter we can support you with.

Dear Partner

Smarteq is today a world-class provider of antennas for different kinds of connectivity solutions in vehicles of all sorts, energy applications such as smart meters and charging stations, and the emerging industry applications for Industry 4.0.

Currently, we see a considerable increase in business coming from the continuous rollout of smart meters worldwide. With our antennas, we secure not only a reliable connection but also substantial operational cost savings. In line with the electric vehicle boom, the demands of antennas for chargers are taking off. For the last few years, Smarteq has supplied a range of solutions to leading charging stations outfits, and we are prepared both technology-wise and in terms of capacity to meet the future increase in demand. For off-road vehicles, there is considerable interest in robust and reliable antennas. Together with Actia, we are well-positioned for this development.

When entering as CEO for Smarteq, I could see a potentially remarkable year with an exciting business where we can make a difference and help our customers become even more competitive in their markets. Leading a team with great people, we not only have fun at work, but we also aim to perform in every aspect of the relation with you as a partner.

Our aim is always to have great partnerships with our customers, sales partners, and suppliers, and I sincerely hope that this is also what you perceive in your contacts with us. If you have any feedback regarding what we could do better or differently, please send me an email to goran.sandstrom@smarteq.se.

On behalf of the whole Smarteq team, I would like to thank you for the collaboration between our companies and wish you continuous success.

Göran Sandström, CEO

 

Product Updates

Miniblade 

Smarteq’s popular antenna family SmartBlade has now been updated to a smaller size called MiniBlade!
This antenna is a perfect fit for Wifi 2.4/5GHz, Wifi 6, and 5G MIMO applications where a quick installation is needed in a limited space.
Applications such as charging stations, local Wifi mesh systems, wireless broadband in various vehicle and smart city installations. Mounted by means of adhesive tape on non-conductive surfaces. Coming in Q3 – more info to come.

 

AllDisc 4xWiFi: 

Smarteq’s popular antenna AllDisc family is now offered with 4 x WiFi! 

The AllDisc is an omnidirectional hole-mounted antenna Wifi 2.4/5GHz to be used in “Internet on board” applications, such as busses where high throughput and coverage are needed.

Robust and suited for public installations in sports arenas/ shopping malls and on/in vehicles. Mount on metal or non–conductive surfaces such as plastic.

 

LPCA10:

Smarteq’s multiplatform antenna LPCA is now offered with TETRA applications – LPCA10!

LPCA10 is a low-profile rugged/durable antenna for TETRA applications operating at 380-410MHz.

The antenna platform can also be combined with other antenna options such as GNSS in LPCA10. Perfect match for busses, ambulances and fire brigade where high reliability and performance is of great importance.

Mount on metal or non–conductive surfaces such as plastic.

 

A growing company

After previously acting as Smarteq’s VP in Sales and Marketing, the Smarteq team is thrilled to have Göran Sandström as its new CEO! With his extensive knowledge in the industry and encouraging leadership, we are confident in Göran’s capabilities of leading Smarteq towards the growth it is facing ahead.

Also joining us as we went into 2021 is Christine Valenzuela. Christine will provide additional support to the finance and sales team, ensuring that our partners and customers always get the help they need.

 

New 3D Printer

A key part of Smarteq’s success is our highly skilled engineering team. To further equip for the growth we are facing, Smarteq has acquired a new 3D printer to heighten the capabilities of the team. Through fast prototyping, Smarteq ensures that it is able to meet new demands and continue being a reliable partner and provider.

 

The Hannover fair #HM21

We will be exhibiting at the virtual Hannover fair on April 12-16. We will have a digital booth with lots of information on our products and the possibility to have meetings with us directly online. If you would like a free eTicket, click here — more info in the coming days.

Smarteq Wireless at Hannover Messe

 

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