iPas Optimizes Wi-Fi Roaming Experience with Latest Patent

iPass (NASDAQ:IPAS) announced that the company has been granted new patent that automatically connects users on the move to the best available network.

The company said that the United States Patent no. 10,080,209 called “Hop on/Hop off” was issued on Sept. 18, 2018 and it covers a means to identify whether a Wi-Fi access point is moving or stationary.

As quoted in the press release:

The improved classification of Wi-Fi access points means that iPass SmartConnectTM users will always be connected to the best available network, even when their devices are moving.

Hop on/Hop off enhances the experience for users in two key scenarios. For example, if a moving user is listening to a music streaming service while driving down a city street, their device won’t connect to irrelevant networks, thereby limiting service disruption and preserving battery life. Likewise, a user on a Wi-Fi enabled airplane, train or bus can automatically connect to the iPass network where available.

The application for United States patent no. 10,080,209, “apparatus and method for identifying a moving Wi-Fi access point and managing connections therewith,” was applied for on September 22, 2016.

“Our goal is to provide users with the most seamless, secure Wi-Fi roaming experience possible,” said Raghu Konka, Vice President of Engineering at iPass. “Whether moving or stationery, iPass SmartConnect is constantly making intelligent connection decisions to invisibly and securely connect users to the Wi-Fi hotspots that best fit their needs. This patent is a key element in our vision to deliver unlimited, everywhere, and invisible connectivity to the best network, regardless of whether the network is Wi-Fi or cellular.”

iPass continues to prosecute patents to strengthen its global leadership in intelligent connection management, further enhancing the portfolio that was used in 2018 to collateralize a debt raise with Fortress.

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