Vorbeck Materials and Bluewater Defense (a leading manufacturer of protective clothing, uniforms and equipage for the United States Department of Defense) recently exhibited at AUSA 2016 their graphene-enhanced next-gen, high performance wearable antennas for military, tactical and commercial use in apparel and equipment, featuring multiple communication bands including LTE capabilities.
Bluewater and Vorbeck partnered to offer robust, high-gain, low-cost, and discrete conformal printed graphene antennas embedded in military apparel and backpacks. Its reported benefits include:
- Increase existing cell phone coverage by up to 200%
- Significant improvements of upload and download speeds
- Omni-directional coverage through the deployment of an array of antennas
- Supports wide frequency range from 800-3000 Mhz
- Durable, flexible, washable and non-corrosive -- environmentally friendly
- Increased battery life by reducing operating power
Vorbeck's CEO stated that "We expect that our military and defense leaders will appreciate a high performance wearable antenna with little or no silhouette, therefore better protecting the warfighter". "Two additional benefits of this technology are that it delivers real-time, 'on-the-go' communication capabilities because there is no need to deploy an external antenna, and they also interface with traditional electronics, making them very easy to field."
In September 2016, Vorbeck Materials signed a joint development agreement with Reliance Industries, one of Asia’s top petrochemical production companies, to develop graphene-enhanced synthetic elastomer products.