SmartSky Networks, the provider of next-generation inflight connectivity for business and commercial aviation, today announced it has received its 150th patent supporting the development of its advanced air-to-ground (ATG) network and data technologies. Innovation is in SmartSky’s DNA, with approximately 20% of its employees named as inventors on most of the patents in the company’s extensive portfolio. The company has more than 90 additional patents pending domestically and internationally.
“We are proud of our history of innovation, new thinking, disruption and creative approaches to solve technology issues in aviation, particularly as we near the commercial launch of our network in the second quarter of 2020,” said SmartSky Chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin.
SmartSky has several patent families covering network architecture and shared spectrum usage in North America and beyond, which enable an advanced ATG network to operate in harmony with terrestrial users of identical frequencies in the same geography.