SmartSky Networks announced today that it has surpassed 200 granted patents. This broad portfolio contains many essential innovations which empower and protect the company’s next-generation inflight broadband service, launching later this year.
“SmartSky set out to transform aviation through innovations in communications technology and services,” said SmartSky CEO David Helfgott.
“Our expanding patent portfolio represents the latest advances in a host of sophisticated tech needed to deliver on the promise of the truly connected aircraft, from our cutting-edge radio and antenna hardware to our sophisticated next-generation network and new aviation-related digital services.”
SmartSky’s pioneering patents cover a breadth of areas crucial to providing office-grade inflight communications and related services, including air-to-ground specific features of network architecture, operation in the 2.4 GHz unlicensed band, beamforming, spectrum re-use, seamless handoff, and signal processing.
In the digital services arena, patents cover topics including an aerospace commerce exchange (Skytelligence®), uses of blockchain relevant to aviation, dynamic 5-dimensional aircraft trajectory management and more.
SmartSky Networks was founded to transform aviation through disruptive communications technologies and related tools. SmartSky is rolling out its innovative air-to-ground network in 2021. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky’s network uniquely enables an “office in the sky” experience with unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky the best in-flight user experience, and a key enabler for new and enhanced applications and services.