OXNARD, Calif., May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Infratab, Inc., a leader in radio frequency sensor solutions for perishables, adds seminal U.S. and European wireless Internet of Things (IoT) sensor patents to its worldwide intellectual property portfolio of radio frequency sensors, software, analytics, and cloud solutions.
Infratab’s patents cover radio frequency IoT sensor tag architecture, in-tag sensor operating environment and application software, condition metrics for real-time assessment of and actions related to the condition of an object, and the methods for setting up, calculating, reporting, storing, analyzing and using sensor data by trading partners in the supply chain and by those concerned with quantifying and monetizing condition.
Three of Infratab’s patents, US 9,946,904 B2, “Apparatus and Method for Monitoring, Communicating Data Associated with a Product,” dated April 17, 2018 and EP 3 179 222 B1; “Shelf-Life Monitoring Sensor-Transponder System,” dated January 17, 2018 and validated in April 2018 in nine European countries; and Hong Kong patent application 17106058.7, granted April 24, 2018; are continuations of earlier Infratab patents.
Of these, Therese Myers, Infratab, Inc. CEO says, “These recent patents reflect our early awareness of the importance of condition-based decision-making, not just to brand owners, their trading partners and users in the cold chain; but also of the importance of condition-based decision-making to those concerned with degradation through measurable wear-and-tear.”
Infratab’s Freshtime® radio frequency sensor tags, middleware, and cloud software and analytics, provide monitoring and tracking of perishables by trading partners who make, store, transport, sell, service and use perishables. Its Freshtime metrics, used in-tag, in middleware, and in cloud; enable validated, secure and thus trusted quantification and monetization of condition, whether that of a perishable or a thing. Freshtime radio frequency solutions, today RAIN-RFID and NFC-based, with low power Bluetooth (BLE) solutions in development, build upon traditional temperature logging conventions—adding “how is it?” to GS1 cold chain “what,” “where,” and “when” tracking of perishables.
Infratab’s Freshtime Dual RAIN-RFID and NFC sensor tag, in which sensor status can be read by either RAIN-RFID readers or NFC smartphones, is the first and only RAIN-RFID sensor tag. The Freshtime Dual tag enables both high-volume, fast-moving consumer goods companies (FMCG); and low volume growers, small businesses, restaurants, labs and consumers; to get visibility into the quality and condition of the perishables they are handling and using.
Myers continued, “Who would have thought that our simple idea of adding a “live date” onto MIT’s Internet of Things’ early radio identification chip would spawn such a variety of “Lego-like” solutions for managing perishables and reducing perishable waste throughout the cold chain. We are truly grateful that our dream of a live-date on milk can finally become a reality.”
Stanton Kaye, President of Infratab, Inc. says, “The three recently-granted patents address tagged items and the spaces in which they reside. Also important to Infratab’s portfolio is a fourth patent, US 9,710,754 B2 patent, “Inference Electronic Shelf Life Dating System for Perishables,” dated July 18, 2017. This patent addresses perishables which are removed from a monitored environment for a short period of time, and then returned to it. It provides a trusted method for inferring how much shelf life is used while the perishable is out of the monitored environment so that monitoring can continue once it returns.”
Infratab’s Freshtime “Shelfies™,” covered by the fourth patent, and currently in test, are multi-temperature liners for totes, boxes, shelves and pallets. Shelfies track shelf life used while perishables are on the liner in a monitored space, infer shelf life used for the time away from the monitored environment, and resume monitoring when the items re-enter the monitored environment.
Infratab’s president, Stanton Kaye, in March 2018 received the esteemed AIM 2018 Percival Award. The award honors outstanding contributions to the application of automatic identification and data capture technologies; and Food Logistics’ Rock Stars of the Supply Chain for 2018 award. Infratab’s Freshtime 2018 was a finalist for best product of the year at RFID Live, April 2018.
Infratab’s intellectual property portfolio includes 4 US patents with 2 patents pending; 3 European patents in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, and United Kingdom with 1 EU patent pending; and international patents in Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong (2), India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand with patents pending in Brazil and the PCT.
For more information about Infratab and its Freshtime product line of sensor tags, software and cloud solutions, go to www.Infratab.com or call Infratab Public Relations 805-874-4603.
Infratab, Inc. a California corporation is the leader in condition-focused IoT sensor solutions for perishables and things experiencing measurable change. Infratab Freshtime sensor tags, software, and analytics answer the questions “How fresh?” and “How is it?,” enabling actionable, trustworthy condition monitoring. Infratab is headquartered in Oxnard, California with offices in Bangalore, India.
Therese (Terry) Myers