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05 October 2016

AUSA 2016: Bluewater Defense and Vorbeck Exhibit Advanced Wearable Antennas

Bluewater Defense and Vorbeck Materials on booth #7617 announced the introduction of next generation, 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 with omni-directional coverage through the deployment of an array of antennas, supporting wide frequency range from 800-3000Mhz.

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,” Vorbeck’s CEO, John Lettow, told MT. “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.”

Vorbeck has pioneered the use of graphene in printed, flexible electronic components and systems for a wide variety of industries and applications. Using high volume printing technologies and its suite of commercial Vor-ink formulations, Vorbeck designs and fabricates multilayer electronic products, including antennas, sensors, switches, and wiring.

From military and defence applications to security packaging, RFID, and consumer wearable electronics, Vorbeck’s patented flexible electronic and antenna technologies can be embedded anywhere including; jackets, clothing, backpacks, briefcases, and other assorted wearables, and labeling--to improve communication in a digital world.

Our strength is our ability to ‘connect the past with the future’,” Eric Spackey, CEO, Bluewater Defense, continued. “With Vorbeck’s next generation cellular antenna technology, we are moving information from the fabric of what we wear to the Cloud.”

Bluewater and Vorbeck are featuring a variety of apparel, backpacks, action packs, straps and other related products at their booth.