Itron. has filed a patent for techniques involving data transmission in network devices. The method includes receiving, storing, extracting, and transmitting data during an open data session window. The network device transitions to a lower power state upon detecting a last message indicator in the header. GlobalData’s report on Itron gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Itron, V2G smart metering was a key innovation area identified from patents. Itron's grant share as of January 2024 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Data transmission method with power-saving features

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Itron Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240040508A1) describes a method for efficient data transmission in a network device. The method involves receiving a message containing data to be transmitted, storing the message in a buffer, and extracting and transmitting the data during an open data session window. The network device can determine the end of a message by a last message indicator in the header, prompting it to transition to a lower power state by instructing the transceiver accordingly. The method aims to optimize power consumption and data transmission efficiency in network devices.

Furthermore, the patent application includes variations such as using a universal asynchronous receiver transmitter (UART) as the transmitter, initiating a release assistance indication (RAI) with a base station to end the data session window early, and sending command signals or flags to the transceiver for efficient communication. The application also covers scenarios where the transceiver is a wireless transceiver, a cellular modem, or a cellular radio. Additionally, the patent application extends to computer-readable media storing program instructions for executing similar steps in a wireless network node and a networking device with a separate computing system for improved data transmission and power management. These innovations aim to enhance the performance and energy efficiency of network devices in various communication settings.

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