Plume Design has been granted a patent for a system and methods that involve obtaining and analyzing data from multiple Wi-Fi networks to detect and address issues such as network instability, congestion, and interference. The system can issue alerts and take actions based on the analyzed data, including triggering an upsell or alerting the service provider if the Wi-Fi network is underprovisioned. GlobalData’s report on Plume Design gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Plume Design, AI assisted network mgmt was a key innovation area identified from patents. Plume Design's grant share as of September 2023 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

The patent is granted for a system and method for monitoring and analyzing wi-fi networks

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11743746B2) describes a computer-readable storage medium that contains code for programming a computer to perform various steps related to monitoring and analyzing Wi-Fi networks. The code allows the computer to obtain data associated with multiple Wi-Fi networks over the internet, aggregate and filter the data, and analyze it for Wi-Fi metric based alarms. These alarms can be related to issues such as poor wireless coverage, limited communication speed, connection instability, offline networks, congestion, interference, and more.

The computer then determines the Wi-Fi metric based alarms based on the analysis and displays them for the respective Wi-Fi networks. If any of the alarms reach a predetermined threshold, an alert is issued. One specific type of alert mentioned in the patent is a Wide Area Network (WAN) saturation alert. This alert is determined by comparing the speed of the associated service provider of a Wi-Fi network with the WAN port throughput, including associated Wi-Fi bytes of that network. Depending on the comparison, the alert can trigger an upsell by the service provider or alert the provider that the Wi-Fi network is underprovisioned.

The patent also mentions that the predetermined threshold for alerts may be different for Internet Service Provider (ISP) alerts compared to end-user alerts. The alerts can be presented in various formats, including binary, multi-level, or continuous scores. They can be communicated to customers associated with the Wi-Fi networks through mobile application push notifications, notifications within the mobile application, text messages, or emails.

In addition to the computer-readable storage medium, the patent also describes a method and an apparatus for executing a cloud-based monitoring service for multiple Wi-Fi networks. The apparatus includes a network interface, a processor, and memory storing instructions for obtaining, aggregating, filtering, analyzing, displaying, and issuing alerts for Wi-Fi metric based alarms.

Overall, this patent provides a system and method for monitoring and analyzing Wi-Fi networks, detecting various issues, and issuing alerts based on predetermined thresholds. The system aims to improve the performance and reliability of Wi-Fi networks for both service providers and end-users.

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