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ANTECH SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY FROM CATANIA
Integrated satellite communication systems form the core business of Antech, a company from Catania that produces and sells cutting-edge technologies to radio and television companies around the world. Satellite technology is a sector in constant expansion: Eurisko has calculated that for satellite TV alone, 8.4 million satellite dishes have been installed in Italy, accounting for 40% of 21 million households.
One of Antech’s top products is a new mobile system concept known as "One Touch and Go". Presented at SatExpo Europe two years ago, it is an economical and extremely flexible system for satellite transmission on the move. The system is installed on a Fiat Doblò and is equipped with solid-state amplifiers. It uses an Antech antenna supported by a special system that can even be powered completely by "smart batteries" with no need for generators or alternating current, and is capable of performing automatic satellite tracking at the touch of a button while activating the communication link at the same time. This means that "One Touch and Go" can be operated by non-specialised personnel or even, in extreme cases, a single journalist, demonstrating that it can also prove very useful for those who work in urban centres.
Antech has focused on quality and innovation for its success, investing part of its turnover in the development of increasingly advanced technologies. It is also in constant contact with key stakeholders (such as Eutelsat, Mediaset, Sky Telecom Italy Media, as well as associations such as Aeranti-Corallo) to create a network capable of producing flexible services for all communication needs, exploiting the inherent advantages of satellite infrastructure, starting with the potential to provide real-time and instantaneous global coverage.
Antech was born and developed in the Etna Valley technology zone, which was founded in Catania in 1997 around the establishment of STMicroelectronics – one of Italy’s leading high-tech companies - and subsequently recognized in 2003 and 2005 through agreements between the local authorities and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). The technology zone is now a network that benefits from the presence of various high-level scientific structures such as the Departments of Chemistry and Physics of the University of Catania, the Institute for Microoelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) of the National Research Council (CNR) and the laboratory of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Catania.
Catania’s technology zone is specialised in micro and nanotechnology applied to information and communication technology (ICT) in the fields of optoelectronics, bioelectronics, biosensors and bioinformatics, and in the development of nanomaterials and innovative devices capable of providing high reliability, lower environmental impact, faster mechanical and thermal responses, and reduced consumption of energy and materials.