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powering mobile radios inside a 950-foot, 64-story office tower for a neutral-host network builder. The deal marked general
availability of VoltServer products.
The company's products quickly took off, and Digital
Electricity has now been installed in more than 250 large,
marquee venues, including professional sports stadiums and
arenas, airport terminals, convention centers, hotels, hospitals
and large office buildings.
Wireless deployments represented a natural fit for VoltServer's new product, particularly indoor environments. With
80 percent of mobile voice and traffic occurring indoors, dedicated indoor networks are becoming an increasing focus for
building owners. Tenants and residents expect ubiquitous coverage and capacity within buildings, and that requires power.
"This was the perfect problem set-up to prove out Digital
Electricity's promise," said Eaves.
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With an infusion of $2 million of venture capital funding
from Slater, Marker Hill Ventures, Natural Resources Capital
Management and Clean Energy Venture Group in June 2013,
VoltServer installed its new technology for the first time for
a nationwide cellular carrier powering mobile radios at a college football stadium in 2014. The installation was designed
to improve Long Term Evolution cellular coverage in dense
usage areas and inside buildings where signals are blocked or
weakened by windows, brick and concrete.
VoltServer followed with its second deployment in 2015,
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For in-building deployments, VoltServer can power DAS
remotes, stand-alone small cells, and small cells using more
than one Power-over-Ethernet port. VoltServer is also remotely powering entire Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches,
which in turn power Wi-Fi access points and lower power
small cells, security cameras, IoT hubs, and recently adding
PoE-powered and connected LED lights.
VoltServer has branched out into connected device power,
including digital signage, direct-drive LED lights and data
servers. More recently, VoltServer has provided safe power for
drones and balloons in the U.K. for the mobile operator EE,
a unit of British Telecom, which is testing use of the airborne
devices with mobile radios attached for disaster recovery situations and difficult terrain.
Today, the company has raised $10.5 million in venture
capital, from the same investors that contributed the first venture capital infusion, and is working toward becoming a global
company. VoltServer holds a range of patents for touch-safe
power techniques and uses for those techniques and has grown
to 24 employees with a U.K. subsidiary near London, customer testing in Japan and regulatory approvals and customers in
the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Europe.
If the power of the technology is not impressive enough, the
company's financial success should be. VoltServer said it has
doubled its revenue each year since 2015.
With a solid foundation in LTE densification inside buildings and venues, VoltServer is now looking ahead to new opportunities. The company said it is branching out into outdoor
mobile densification, including powering LTE small cells,