NEC had 36 patents in robotics during Q1 2024. NEC Corp filed patents in Q1 2024 related to dealing with suspicious unmanned aircraft in surveillance airspace, using a detection device with multiple sensors and image processing. Another patent involves a detection system using image analysis to detect target objects in specific areas. Additionally, a patent for an optical fiber sensing system was filed for identifying and controlling unmanned aerial vehicles based on detected events. Lastly, an information processing device patent was filed for acquiring attributes of objects in a robot’s operation space. GlobalData’s report on NEC gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

NEC grant share with robotics as a theme is 55% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Uspicious aircraft countermeasure device, suspicious aircraft countermeasure method, and recording medium (Patent ID: US20240097813A1)

The patent filed by NEC Corp. describes a device and method for dealing with suspicious unmanned aircraft in surveillance airspace while ensuring the safety of authorized aircraft. The device includes a detection unit to identify the intrusion of a suspicious aircraft and an instruction unit to command the evacuation of authorized aircraft from the area containing the suspicious aircraft. Once the authorized aircraft has evacuated, the device issues commands to address the suspicious aircraft within the surveillance airspace. The device can detect suspicious aircraft based on information from sensors like radar, LIDAR, and cameras, as well as information from social networking services.

The patent also outlines a method for implementing the device, involving detecting the entry of suspicious aircraft into surveillance airspace, evacuating authorized aircraft from the area containing the suspicious aircraft, and issuing countermeasure commands against the suspicious aircraft. The method includes processes for receiving information from various sensors for detecting unmanned aircraft, acquiring information from social networking services, and adjusting the countermeasure area based on the movement and trajectory of the suspicious aircraft. The patent aims to provide a comprehensive solution for managing unauthorized unmanned aircraft in surveillance airspace while ensuring the safety of authorized aircraft.

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