According to RFS CEO Monika Maurer, few companies have a history of world firsts and inventions that date back to 1900. “We are very proud of our legacy and our groundbreaking innovation,” she said in a YouTube video.
A news release from RFS marking the occasion says that the company has been responsible for industry developments ranging from wire in 1900 to radiating cable for connectivity in tunnels and is currently working to ease the evolution to 5G wireless communications.
The company traces its beginning to German engineer Louis Hackethal. A commemorative video RFS produced says Hackethal invented the first insulated wire for telecommunications.
The company Hackethal-Draht-Gesellschaft in Hannover was created to make cables.
Throughout its history, RFS has been responsible for a number of key inventions in cable and antenna technology. These range from creating that first insulated wire for telecommunications in 1900, to designing in 1972, under the name KabelMetal, the first radiating cables to deliver connectivity in tunnels, which are used in 41 percent of metro rapid-transit train stations worldwide.
In 1983, the video explains, KabelMetal was part of mergers that led to the creation of Radio Frequency Systems.
This year, the company’s research-and-development (R&D) teams developed Dragonskin, the first standalone cable to meet the most stringent fire safety standards, while integrating 5G-ready capabilities across its entire portfolio.
The news release says the company has manufacturing sites, R&D centers and offices in 20 countries and deployments at some of the world’s most recognizable sites. In 2017, it delivered the broadcast solution that sits on top of the One World Trade Center overlooking New York City.
RFS has contributed articles to AGL Magazine and other magazines I edited going back to 1983. Just one example: RFS contributed articles that helped readers to install coaxial cable on towers and install connectors properly. Maybe one of their articles helped you in your job. The articles RFS contributed certainly helped me in my job, and my thanks to the company for that.
“At RFS, innovation is in our DNA,” Maurer said. “We are inventors, and we are focused on your future.”
Here’s to a wonderful future for RFS. 120 years, so far. Imagine that!