The US PTO issued US patent No. 7,002,943 to AirTight

February 21, 2006

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- AirTight NetworksT, the leading provider of wireless perimeter security solutions, today announced that the U.S. PTO (Patent and Trademarks Office) has issued U.S. patent No. 7,002,943 to AirTight Networks for a "METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A SELECTED REGION OF AN AIRSPACE ASSOCIATED WITH LOCAL AREA NETWORKS OF COMPUTING DEVICES". This patent granted by the US PTO covers technologies that are key elements of wireless intrusion detection or prevention.

AirTight Networks' SpectraGuard Enterprise wireless intrusion prevention system has established its leadership position by delivering the key elements of any effective WIPS:

  • detecting and correctly classifying wireless threats - to catch all threats, while minimizing false alarms

  • preventing (multiple, simultaneous) wireless threats - while continuing to scan for new ones

  • accurately locating the wireless threats on a floor map - so they can be removed. This patent addresses technologies implementing these functionalities, which are fundamental to wireless intrusion prevention.

"Wireless Intrusion Prevention is a whole different ball game from Wireless Intrusion Detection," said Lisa Phifer, Core Competence. "In wireless networks, just as in wired networks, prevention requires a far richer, more complex set of capabilities and functions than simple detection. Fast, effective threat mitigation absolutely depends upon accurate classification, efficient multi-tasking, and delivery of actionable, precise threat data."

"This AirTight patent is extremely well written and comprehensive," said Dipankar Raychaudhuri, director of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB) at Rutgers University, and a IEEE fellow. "The problems that AirTight has solved are difficult technical challenges, worthy of a patent. Rather than simply carrying over techniques from wired network security, the AirTight patent approaches the problem of wireless security using fundamental properties of the open/broadcast radio medium as the very basis for strong protection."

AirTight Networks Inc.

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