ClearOne, makers of audio, streaming and collaboration solutions, has won a new patent relating to smart devices for the Internet of Things (IOT).
In an announcement to investors, the manufacturer reports that, on August 29, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued United States Patent number 9,749,072.
That patent was entitled, “Endpoint Parameterization Management of Generic Devices.”
It enables a system to use, manage, and control smart devices for the “Internet of Things” by describing key configuration parameters for those devices in a common format like a comma separated values (CSV) text file format or some other format that is equally simple.
According to a ClearOne press release, this new patent is part of ClearOne’s growing patent portfolio that currently includes over 100 patents and pending patent applications covering multiple new technologies in the fields of audio and video processing, audio and video streaming, and networked communication technologies.
This ongoing development of new patents continues ClearOne’s market leadership position, strong history of product innovation, and development of cutting edge technologies.
During the Total Tech Summit, which took place in November in Orlando, Fla., commercial integrators debated exactly how the AV integration industry ought to embrace IoT.
One panelist, Jay McArdle, CIO of Normall, Ill.-based ZDI, pointed out that IoT has been part of the business for quite some time.
“We’ve been talking to motion sensors and making something happen. We’ve been having a button press do something else,” McArdle said.
The panel contended that integrators are in an ideal situation to become IoT leaders.
“IoT is in every environment and the AV integration firm is the master of the technology environment,” McArdle said.
“We don’t own the network but we do own the environment and are responsible for the different technology that goes into the environment.”
However, he also challenged AV manufacturers, contending that too many “don’t know what [Cisco] ISE 802.1x implementation looks like and that “their devices can’t load that certificate to go on somebody’s network.”
He added, “That’s where you’re going to see those companies left behind, because IT is going to demand that you put it on their network.”