Satellite -TCS Earns Patent for Cell-Augmented Radar and Laser Detector
An Annapolis, Maryland-based wireless communications provider reportedly has been issued a patent for a technology that allows a cellular-based radar and laser receiver to share emission detection information.
Officials at TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. say their so-called “Cellular-Augmented Radar/Laser Detector” use a mobile operator’s location infrastructure to determine other detectors that are nearby, and to send information to those other devices.
According to Drew Morin (News - Alert), senior vice president and chief technical officer for TCS, the issuance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows how technologies such as cellular-based radar and laser receivers can leverage location-based services to help increase overall user value in both commercial and government mobile settings.
“Machine-to-machine location-based functionality expands the addressable market for location-based services considerably,” Morin said. “TCS provides not only the infrastructure necessary for operators to derive a device’s location, but also provides a method whereby devices are communicating among themselves.”
Specifically, according to TCS, the new patent describes a device comprising a radar or laser detector and a cellular communications component that initiates a warning when information is received from another cellular-augmented detector based upon the proximity of the devices. The patent also describes a method of passing radar or laser emission data from one device to another, company officials say.
Right now, radar and laser receivers can only alert a driver about emissions that his or her devices detect directly. Officials at TCS say their solution will increase the amount of advance notice, allowing a driver significantly more time to react.
This invention is expected to be used in public safety, commercial and homeland security sectors.
“Vehicles in a convoy can constantly communicate position, traffic density, and traffic flow over a long distance, allowing a high-profile individual to navigate along a more efficient, safe, and protected route,” TCS officials say.