Welcome To ALCAN Systems

ALCAN is the smart antenna company focusing on developing a new class of low-cost smart antenna system that represents a technological breakthrough
in satellite and cellular communication. Smart antennas which are ultra-thin, flat and able to adjust its beam electronically without any moving parts, will allow them to be mounted inconspicuously on moving vehicles (cars, trains, airplanes, ships etc.) to track all satellites (GEO, MEO & LEO) as well as 5G cellular networks.

Existing Antennas Inadequate

Existing Antennas Inadequate

Existing dish antenna have a static beam that transmits/receives the signal to/from a set direction. To scan the entire visible space, a gyroscopic controlled mechanical system that moves the whole antenna is needed. This leads to an antenna that is bulky, lacks aerodynamic qualities and has high costs, making it impractical to deploy wide-scale.

ALCAN Smart Antenna Solves the Problem

ALCAN Smart Antenna Solves the Problem

ALCAN has a revolutionary low-cost smart antenna that is ultra-thin, light, flat and without any mechanical moving parts, allowing it to be mounted  inconspicuously within flat or curved surfaces. The antenna has electronic beam steering (i.e. signal tracking) capability, allowing it to continuously track signals from GEO, MEO or LEO satellites from stationary or mobile platforms.

Revolutionary LC based Technology

Revolutionary LC based Technology

ALCAN’s beam steering feature is implemented using a liquid crystal (LC) layer inside a phased-array antenna. The LC is controlled by means of electromagnetic field, which changes the direction of the received or transmitted beam without physically turning the antenna.

ALCAN TECHNOLOGY

Leveraging Existing LCD Production Capacity

Leveraging Existing LCD Production Capacity

As these antennas have a similar LC core as LCD TV’s, existing display production capacity can be leveraged to help achieve very low production costs.

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SMART ANTENNAS - A LARGE MARKET OPPORTUNITY

Growing demand for ubiquitous connectivity is driving demand for “smart antennas” that can operate outside of traditional boundaries. The market size is expected to reach € 15 billion by 2025.

Three key themes are driving this demand:

Connectivity while on the move

Connectivity while on the move

3 billion people have gone online to date with a further 2 billion more expected to do so over the next 10 years. Increasingly they are seeking connectivity on-the-move:

• SELF DRIVING VEHICLES: Within 3 years the first fully self-driving cars are expected to be commercially available. Built-in high speed connectivity will be an essential requirement for the vehicles’ operation as well as for the connectivity needs of their passengers.

• INTERNET EVERYWHERE: Customers are demanding greater high speed connectivity on mass transportation platforms (ie. planes, buses, ships, trains).

Connectivity for the “Other Three Billion”

Connectivity for the "Other Three Billion"

As connectivity is increasingly becoming a basic “human right”, connecting the rest of the global population is becoming an important social and commercial priority.

A number of new satellite projects are emerging which are based on MEO or LEO satellite networks. These networks require smart antennas that can track “moving” satellites.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT)

Currently there are 5 billion devices (e.g. environmental sensors, remote stations, oil platforms etc.) connected to the internet; this is forecast to grow up to 50 billion by 2025.

These devices are driving the need for connectivity in areas not traditionally reachable by fixed or cellular networks.

Satellite connectivity could provide the answer, particularly from LEO or MEO constellations, necessitating smart antennas that can track these satellites.

EXPERIENCED TOP TEAM

Dr. Onur H. Karabey

Dr. Onur H. Karabey
Co-Founder & CEO / CTO

  • 10 years of experience as microwave Engineer
  • Ph.D. (TU Darmstadt) recognized as Outstanding Research and received 5 awards, focus on LC based smart antennas
  • Inventor of 2 patents
Dr. A. Burak Olcen

Dr. A. Burak Olcen
Co-Founder & CPO

  • 15 years of experience as RF Eng. (US), 12 US patents
  • Ph.D. (Syracuse University) on Electromagnetics and Antenna Design
  • Entrepreneur: Co-founder of 2 start-ups, working on smart systems
Esat M. Sibay

Esat M. Sibay
Co-Founder & CFO

  • 20+ yrs of experience in finance and strategic consulting in EU (HSBC, Citigroup, Accenture)
  • Managing Director at Corvus-Advisors (UK) focusing on private equity / technology investing and advisory
  • M.Sc. Finance from London Business School; BSc Industrial Engineering Bosphorous University
Prof. Dr. Rolf Jakoby

Prof. Dr. Rolf Jakoby
Co-Founder & Senior Advisor

  • Full Professor at Technische Universitat Darmstadt and Director of IMP Microwave Technologies Group
  • Worldwide leading and defining the state-of-the Microwave LC research
  • 15 Ph.Ds, 15 Projects, 4 Patents and 15 Awards on Microwave LC field

KEY INVESTMENT POSITIVES

Disruptive technology

with very large target markets (€ 15 billion per year by 2025)

Immediate demand

satellite TV antenna market that will allow revenue generation by 2017

Long-term growth

driven by demand for on-the-move smart-antennas (e.g. cars, trains, planes, ships, etc.)

Experienced Co-Founders

in technology and business

EXIST Transfer of Research


University-Based Business Start-Ups

The ALCAN Project is funded under EXIST Technology transfer program, which is a part of the German government’s “Hightech Strategy for Germany”. The program is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). The program aims for improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutions.

Gründungszentrum HIGHEST


Home of Innovation, GrowtH, EntrepreneurShip and Technology Management: HIGHEST

HIGHEST - strengthens the entrepreneurial culture within the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt and in the Rhine-Main-Neckar. As a focal point for knowledge-and technology-based start-ups and innovation, HIGHEST brings together a variety of relevant funding opportunities. With wide range of events offered, HIGHEST enables qualification for the path to independence and promote entrepreneurship.

Contact Us

+49 6151 16 28458

 info(at)alcansystems(dot)com

Gräfenhäuser Strasse 85, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany