Smart sensor and software developer Infratab nabs another patent
Infratab, Inc., a smart sensor and software developer, has been issued a RF sensor patent by the U.S. Patent Office, effectively adding audiovisual associations and private-public access of sensor data to the company’s official portfolio.
The patent – referenced as US 10,467,444 “Apparatus and Method for Monitoring, Communicating Data Associated with a Product/Item” – was issued on 5 November, and brings Infratab’s list of issued and active patents to 48. The company has one expired patent and five pending patents spanning 27 countries, it said in a press release.
Innovations that apply to US Patent 10,467,44 and Infratab’s RF sensor patent portfolio generate systems and methods for radio frequency temperature and other environmental sensing monitoring, the company explained. Basic sensing and condition intelligence – which adds shelf life and condition metrics to basic sensing – are the two categories covered in the firm’s patent portfolio. Digital sensors, edge computing, and cloud services make up Infratab’s newly-patented system.
“The system’s digital sensor architecture, consisting of one or more RF transponders, sensors, an optional control processor or microcontroller and communication interface to and from RF reader, RF transponder and sensor, is widely used in the Internet of Things (IoT),” Infratab said.
Infratab President Stanton Kaye remarked upon the long-standing vision the company has maintained in its innovative and patent process.
“The newly-issued patent adds audiovisual associations and private-public access of sensor data to the patent portfolio. We at Infratab marvel at how comprehensive our early vision was,” Kaye said. “Features we patented and implemented years ago are finally gaining public acceptance and triggering ‘Of course!’ comments for features that took years for acceptance.”
“In the perishable cold chain, the digital sensor’s multiple RAIN and NFC RF support, coupled with its audiovisual association of pictures and sensor data, enables high volume reading of RF sensor tags at receiving dock doors and low volume, personal QA inspections using phones,” Infratab CEO Therese Myer added.
Earlier this month, Infratab was honored with top marks in AIM’s 2019 Case Study Competition in the blockchain category for its “RFID Tags & Blockchain for the Seafood Cold Chain” entry. In its winning submission, the developer focused on its work with researchers from the Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Technology and the School of Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) on the implementation of Infratab Freshtime – a condition-intelligent RF sensor blockchain solution – for a fresh fish producer and leading Greek supermarket chain AB Vassilopoulos.
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