Mitsubishi Electric had four patents in edge computing during Q4 2023. Mitsubishi Electric Corp filed a patent for a communication satellite system allowing cross-link communication between satellites in different orbits using fore-aft communication devices. Another patent involves a method and system for blockchain-based monitoring and management of industrial automation systems, providing security checks, audit trails, remote updates, and integrity checks through a blockchain-integrated unikernel for PLCs. GlobalData’s report on Mitsubishi Electric gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Mitsubishi Electric grant share with edge computing as a theme is 50% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Communication satellite system, earth-side control facility, ground facility, artificial satellite, communication ground center, and transmission route search device (Patent ID: US20230421246A1)

The patent filed by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. describes a communication satellite system that includes multiple artificial satellites flying in inclined circular orbits, each equipped with fore-aft communication devices for cross-link communication with satellites in adjacent orbits. This system enables communication between orbits only through the fore-aft communication devices, forming multiple communication networks covering the entire circumference of the orbits. The system also involves air-to-ground communication devices for communication with ground facilities in specific latitude ranges, ensuring comprehensive coverage and connectivity.

Additionally, the patent details the deployment of earth-side control facilities and ground facilities in high latitude regions to facilitate communication with the satellite system. The ground facilities are equipped with supercomputers or data centers for efficient information exchange via the established communication networks. The patent also introduces the concept of mission satellites with advanced capabilities such as edge servers, artificial intelligence, and surveillance devices for tasks like edge computing, collision risk analysis, flying object monitoring, and prediction. Overall, the patent outlines a sophisticated communication satellite system with innovative features and applications aimed at enhancing connectivity, control, and data processing capabilities in satellite operations.

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