Next-generation inflight connectivity solutions provider SmartSky Networks has received its 130th patent supporting the development of its advanced air-to-ground (ATG) network. Named 'Architecture for Simultaneous Spectrum Usage by Air-to-Ground and Terrestrial Networks', SmartSky's latest patent is part of an exclusive rights portfolio at the core of its ATG technology. SmartSky has several patent families covering network architecture and spectrum usage in North America and beyond which enable an ATG network to operate in harmony with terrestrial users of identical frequencies in the same geography.
“SmartSky is focused on launching its US ATG network and providing the best-connected experience in the sky, and our relentless pursuit of new and patented solutions is driving much of the technology leadership and innovation behind the SmartSky advantage,” says president Ryan Stone. “With 91 additional patents currently pending, our development pipeline will continue to deliver the high-performance network that passengers want and need aboard their business and commercial flights.”
SmartSky continues to explore new ways to elevate the passenger experience with patented advancements that ultimately open up new possibilities for a better journey, better network and the ability to access and receive more data during flight. Its network, which incorporates a mix of 4G LTE and 5G technologies, has been developed using patented innovations such as advanced beam forming, low latency and a bi-directional link with the capacity to quickly transfer large amounts of data to and from the aircraft.
SmartSky Networks, based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, was formed in 2011 by senior telecommunications and aviation executives seeking to transform aviation through the use of disruptive communications technologies and related tools. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky is rolling out its air-to-ground network, that takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky’s network enables a productivity experience in the air similar to on the ground, including unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bi-directional data link makes SmartSky the best in-flight user experience and is a key enabler for new and enhanced apps, services, and hardware.