Belkin International‘s patent involves setting up multiple IoT devices simultaneously using joint authentication. The network device receives identification information for each device, detects operations, collects data, analyzes it, and automatically groups devices to function as a single virtual device based on shared functions. GlobalData’s report on Belkin International gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Iot network devices setup with joint authentication for grouping

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11856395B2) discloses a network device designed to streamline network management by automatically grouping multiple network devices into a single virtual device based on shared functions. The device, equipped with processing devices and memory storing instructions, can receive identification information for various network devices, monitor their operations, collect data on these operations, analyze the data, and generate groupings of devices. These groupings allow for coordinated functions among the devices, treating them as a unified entity within the network. The patent emphasizes the efficiency gained by determining a least common denominator of shared functions among the grouped devices.

Furthermore, the patent extends to non-transitory, processor-readable storage media containing similar instructions for network device operations. These media facilitate the identification, monitoring, data collection, analysis, and grouping of network devices, enabling the creation of virtual device clusters for synchronized functionality. The patent also outlines methods for determining the activation or deactivation patterns of the grouped devices, enhancing network management capabilities. By detecting and responding to these patterns, the network device can optimize performance and resource allocation within the network, ultimately improving overall operational efficiency and control.

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