|[July 28, 2014]
Utility Granted U.S. Patent 8,781,475 for Automatic Cellular Communications Connectivity Methodology
ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--
Utility Associates, Inc., the industry leader in Critical Connectivity
and Mobile Video, announced today it has been granted a patent by the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the technology used in the
company's Rocket® Vehicle Router family of products.
The Rocket is a ruggedized universal wireless communications router that
provides Wi-Fi connectivity and high-speed wireless upload for First
Responder, Transit and Utility vehicles. The Rocket automatically
switches between 3G and 4G LTE (News - Alert) to provide the fastest and most reliable
connectivity available wherever a vehicle travels.
U.S. Patent 8,781,475 was awarded to Utility for the location database
system and method that automatically switches cellular data
communications in Rocket wireless vehicle routers from 3G to 4G LTE mode
whenever a vehicle travels into an area where reliable 4G LTE cellular
connectivity is available. The patented technology reports cellular
reliability and throughput on a geofence by geofence basis, so customers
have their own coverage maps based on actual connectivity to and from
vehicles in the field. The solution automatically updates the cell
carrier quality database in all other Rocket vehicle routers when new 4G
LTE cell towers are identified, so that all routers can automatically
switch to the faster service when it is available to them.
"Utility has a track record of developing industry leading wireless
connectivity and mobile video technologies," said Robert McKeeman, CEO
and Chairman of Utility Assocites, Inc. "This latest patent confirms
our exclusive ownership of technology that ensures our customers always
have the best available connection to 4G LTE cellular service in their
In addition to automatic switching from 3G to 4G mode, the invention
also provides a system and method to automatically switch between 4G LTE
cellular networks of different carriers. This includes national carriers
such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint (News - Alert) and T-Mobile, as well as regional carriers
and private networks such as the New York City NYCWIN 4G LTE network and
the upcoming FirstNet private network authorized by Congress for Police,
Fire and EMS organizations.
"Utility's goal is to provide the fastest, most reliable connectivity
for Police, Fire, EMS, Utilities, Public Transit and other sectors that
work remotely yet need fast reliable connectivity while in the field,"
said McKeeman. "This new patented technology allows our customers to
automatically change to data communication networks with faster speeds
when they are available, so the user in their vehicle can focus on doing
their work safely, effectively and efficiently."
Utility has advanced the field of wireless connectivity with its
industry leading mobile communications platforms, such as the Rocket®
Vehicle Router and Atlas digital multimedia system.
About Utility, Inc.
Utility, Inc. develops, manufactures and supports vehicle wireless
routers, video recorder systems, web browser-based video management
software as a service, and the RCM / AVaiL / Vehicle Diagnostics / RFID
tag (News - Alert) suite of software as a service that allows First Responders, Transit
Agencies and Utilities to effectively command, control and support
mission critical field operations, and reliably record and transmit
video, audio and metadata legal evidence. Utility delivers real-time
information about virtually any mobile asset, providing a unified
operating picture for safe, effective and efficient mobile field
operations. Utility's Rocket® Vehicle Router and Atlas Video
Recording Systems and are engineered, designed, assembled, configured
and tested in Tucker, Georgia. Utility also owns patents 6,831,556 and
7,768,548 for Video Recording in First Responder and Public Transit
vehicles, and has Patents pending for ultrafast Video Upload with
automatic load balancing across multiple access points and other
situational awareness Intellectual Property. The Remote Configuration
Management, AVaiL Web, DataSync and other software as a service are
developed and supported at the company headquarters in metro Atlanta,
Georgia. Utility is venture capital-backed by Braemar Energy Ventures.
For more information, visit www.utility.com.
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