Source: Business Wire
RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oceus Networks, Inc., the market leader in delivering agile and innovative mobile solutions, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) granted five patents to the company for its groundbreaking technology that controls and enhances the use of mobile tactical cellular technology.
The five patents are based on Xiphos, the company’s core tactical cellular solution, and include its mission management and network control software as well as the situational awareness features that make Xiphos excel in tactical environments. Xiphos is a 4G LTE communications solution that is portable and rapidly deployable on various platforms including land-based tactical vehicles, unmanned aircraft and U.S. Naval vessels.
“In a traditional cellular network, the only element of the network that moves is the end user equipment, the mobile phones,” said Kevin Stiles, Chief Technology Officer for Oceus Networks. “Ever-evolving technology and tactical network architectures introduce very unique networks. One such network is the ‘mobile mobile-network,’ in which every element of the network can move and come in and out of the network in real-time. These moving elements include the Radio Access Networks (RAN), Core Networks (CN), Backhaul, services and mobile phones. This is a much more complex environment than what most of us think of as a ‘mobile network,’ where only the end user equipment is mobile. Oceus developed and patented a complete product portfolio designed to support deploying and running this dynamic communication network made up of Oceus products; Xiphos, ONmission and our solution for this ‘mobile mobile-network,’ Advanced Network of Xiphos (ANOX).”
ANOX enables a network of Xiphos to work together. It detects connectivity between units, synchronizes key elements and contains algorithms that adjust various elements in real-time to provide the best connectivity to the end-user. Although an individual Xiphos provides a ‘bubble’ of cellular coverage, when a larger coverage area is needed, tactical users can communicate from bubble-to-bubble, using backhaul as the connectivity between bubbles. That backhaul can be accomplished using various technologies like satellite, microwave or Ethernet connections. A patent supporting ANOX provides the automatic selection of ‘best backhaul available’ to optimize this connectivity by using multiple links, of various technologies, to link the users and ensure cellular connectivity.
In addition to the Xiphos network, ONmission, the tool that Oceus developed specifically to manage this ‘mobile mobile-network’ also received a patent. ONmission supports the planning, provisioning, managing and troubleshooting of the end-to-end mission, from the mobile phone, the RAN, CN, Backhaul and services. One of the new patents is based on the core of ONmission and how multiple mobile cellular networks can be networked together.
“These patents are core to the differentiation Oceus is achieving in the tactical cellular environment,” said Randy Fuerst, President and CEO of Oceus Networks. “We have delivered these solutions to the Department of Defense and to First Responders, and it is this ability to operate in a ‘mobile mobile-network’ that is the most challenging for our customers. I am proud of the patents granted to our engineering team – but more importantly, for the contributions these technologies are providing to enhance our customers’ ability to achieve their missions.”
Oceus has two more patents pending; all three patents extend and deepen the control and flexibility of its family of tactical cellular systems.
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