SmartSky Networks, a provider of inflight connectivity systems for business and commercial aviation, has received the 130th patent supporting the development of its air-to-ground (ATG) network. Titled, Architecture for Simultaneous Spectrum Usage by Air-to-Ground and Terrestrial Networks, this patent is part of an exclusive rights portfolio at the core of the company’s 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 alongside terrestrial users of identical frequencies in the same geography.
“SmartSky is focused on launching our 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,” said Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky Networks. “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’s network, which incorporates a mix of 4G LTE and 5G technologies, has been developed using innovations previously patented by the company, 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 aircraft.