Trafficware Pod Awarded Patent for Improvement in Magnetometer Detection

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Trafficware Pod Awarded Patent for Improvement in Magnetometer Detection

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Trafficware Group today announced that it has received Patent US 8,855,902 B2 from the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) which was awarded for its Pod detection system. The patent was awarded for technology and method improvements to wireless magnetometer detection including innovations in antennae, power management, and enclosure design which result in the superior performance of the system. Along with a previous patent licensed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as other patents pending at the PTO, this patent helps enhance the intellectual property surrounding the technology behind the Pod.

“The resultant increased range and more robust communication from Trafficware’s approach to magnetometer detection allows for a simplified system that does not need or use repeaters, communicates much better through moisture and around obstacles,” said Darren Beyer, Chief Technology Officer at Trafficware. “Even with this superior performance the Pod still has a 10-year battery life which we believe will be compelling to the market.”

The main innovations covered in this recent patent include:

  • Unique antenna design allowing for 900 MHz frequency, physically horizontal orientation (low profile), and hollow interior
  • Enclosure and antenna design allowing for a larger, more powerful battery to be housed in a rugged, compact case
  • Use of a hybrid layer capacitor with battery that increases transmit power while extending battery life
  • Power management that matches transmit power to signal strength, thereby conserving energy and extending battery life

“We appreciate the vote of confidence from the US PTO,” said Jon Newhard, CEO of Trafficware, “but the real vote of confidence comes from the scores of customers who have deployed the Pod and have raved about its performance. With recent approvals from TXDOT and FDOT, we expect adoption of this innovative product to continue to grow quickly, particularly for customers for whom detection matters as well as a desire to partner with a company that continually reinvests in product innovation.”

About Trafficware
Trafficware specializes in research, design, and development of electronic equipment and enterprise software designed to enhance the transportation industry. Trafficware’s industry expertise comes from hands-on experience attained while solving traffic management challenges across the United States since 1979. Trafficware manufactures a full line of traffic equipment from a 90,000 square-foot technology center located in Sugar Land, Texas. In over three decades of manufacturing in the United States, Trafficware products have earned a reputation for unmatched quality and reliability. Through innovative technology and the company’s breadth of knowledge and experience, Trafficware is engineering a better way to move the world.

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