Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Infrax Systems awarded three IoT patents in US

Iain Morris
April 15, 2014

Infrax Systems says it has been awarded three provisional patents for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Infrax (St Petersburg, FL, USA) specializes in developing IoT software for the energy and utility industries, and says the new patents will allow it to develop a secure mesh networking and transport system that will support the introduction of “next-generation” M2M services.

The USPTO awards bring the total number of patents held by Infrax to six.

The first of the new patents is for a so-called network interface card that can be used for diagnostic testing and has the capacity to be converted for home area networking at a later date.

Another invention is a “self-contained network interface repeater” that is designed to more closely integrate network intelligence and analytics with advanced electric meters.

Infrax says its main purpose is to manage and aggregate meter data and relay the information to smart grid collectors.

Meanwhile, the third of the three patents is for a gateway that will support the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure as well as distribution automation.

Infrax says it is aimed at utilities looking to introduce smart-grid technologies in a cost-effective manner.

Infrax also served notice of plans to file more patents in coming weeks.

“The issuance of these three additional patents in 2014 further validates the innovative nature of our platform technology and the proprietary methods we use to produce our products,” said Sam Talari, the chief executive of Infrax.

“Infrax's patent estate now consists of more than six patents, and we expect additional patent issuances in 2014 and 2015 which will further strengthen our broad patent estate.”
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