NEW YORK, and GALWAY, Ireland, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Rivada Networks LLC today announced that that it has secured three new patents in the USA on market-changing technologies with enormous potential to improve cellular communication networks and public safety communications capabilities.
U.S. Patent No. 8,275,349, “Method and System for Providing Tiered Priority Access to Communication Network Resources” will issue on September 25, 2012, and provides emergency response personnel with Tiered Priority Access to cellular communication networks in times of high call volume. This technology will provide public safety personnel absolute priority access to cellular networks during emergencies when increased communication traffic stresses networks.
“Tiered Priority Access is a ground-breaking technology from Rivada with the potential to eliminate a major problem associated with disaster response” said Declan Ganley, CEO of Rivada Networks.
“Tiered Priority Access was a solution developed by Rivada in response to problems faced by government and first responders in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. With this technology implemented in broadband networks, emergency personnel and government authorities will be able to use their voice and data wireless devices to coordinate relief efforts, regardless of the civilian/commercial demand on the wireless network.
This is especially crucial in times of mass public concern, when an understandable desire to contact loved ones can lead to clogged bandwidth, potentially creating problems for first responders during an emergency.
This new technology re-defines what ‘priority access’ really means in the public safety communications environment. We believe this technology could become a requirement in all broadband networks as an essential public safety feature. It also obviously has much wider implications for commercial broadband”.
U.S. Patent No. 8,279,786, “Methods and Systems for Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage” will issue on October 2, 2012, and covers methods that enable government, police, fire and rescue spectrum owners to dynamically ‘auction’ available surplus radio frequency spectrum to commercial (e.g., cellular), telecommunications and broadband networks.
“Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage is a market-changing technology with the potential to provide essential new revenue streams to public safety organisations.” explained Mr Ganley. “The technology covered by this patent will enable public safety spectrum holders to dynamically lease their non-priority unused radio spectrum to the highest competitive bidder, while retaining complete control of their network and the ability to instantly take spectrum back as and when the need arises. This technology presents a win-win opportunity for spectrum holders and spectrum users. Authorities are given the potential to generate badly needed public safety communications revenues by dynamically leasing available spectrum on a short term basis, while commercial network operators obtain access to bandwidth when needed to meet the ever growing demands of their wireless customers.
Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage technology unlocks the potential for supply and demand economics to bolster the quality, quantity and coverage of wireless broadband services. Regulators in the US and Europe have recently been anticipating possible changes to the regulatory environment with respect to ensuring the provision of broadband. Public safety (particularly with the establishment of the ‘FirstNet’ authority in the U.S. and the award of the ‘D Block’ 700MHz LTE radio spectrum to public safety), has recently made significant progress in addressing the key challenge of interoperable communications and the provision of broadband.”
U.S. Patent No. 8,280,344, “Dynamic Telephone Directory for Wireless Handsets” will issue on October 2, 2012 and provides customized contact lists and phone directors for emergency response personnel. This technology will provide public safety personnel with on-phone directories to enable them to reach on-scene and remote leaders, as well as coordinating agencies and resources through their cellular telephones and wireless devices.
“Dynamic telephone directory capability is another solution to problems we observed while supporting post-Katrina disaster relief efforts,” said Mr Ganley. “This technology, particularly when implemented with Tiered Priority Access, provides government and emergency services personnel with powerful communication tools for coordinating emergency and disaster relief operations using their personal wireless devices. Emergency personnel and government authorities will be able to use their wireless devices to coordinate relief efforts, regardless of the civilian demand on the wireless network. We believe this technology could become a requirement in all wireless networks as an essential public safety feature. The award of this patent also has very significant implications beyond public safety.”
“These and other patents granted and pending reflect Rivada Network’s ambitions to help propel public safety communications capabilities to the forefront of wireless innovation in a manner that will enhance public safety communications tools and deliver unprecedented value and return for the taxpayer,” said Ganley.
“We look forward to bringing these technologies to market in the near future, leveraging our intellectual property rights to disrupt the status quo and dramatically improve the utilization of wireless spectrum for all broadband market participants including and beyond public safety.”