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Performance Index for Telecom/Mobility/Cloud/IT (Telecom Management Group): Two U.S. Patents

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This was the advice of quality improvement guru W. Edwards Deming. That concept applies to every facet of every business, and that includes the telecommunications-mobility-cloud-information technology continuum that is part and parcel of almost every business today. Image how efficient and profitable a business could be if it could aggregate its technology management and business workflow performance data, could reach across multiple business processes to increase customer satisfaction, could grow profits by increasing existing revenue streams by leveraging performance scoring to identify opportunities, and could provide companies with a proprietary performance-scoring solution across multiple industries?

This patent family creates a performance index that assesses the financial and operational efficiency and control of a business’s technology, as well as the impact the company’s technology has on revenue, profits, expenses, market share, competitive advantage, and customer experience. The system collects data about the company’s technology management practices, the vendors that provide assets, licenses, and services, and the effects of that technology on business goals and objectives. It scores the business on a scale of 0 to 10,000 points and contains algorithms that track best-in-class performance levels and the continuous improvements that are being made – or NOT made!

U.S. Patent Nos. 8,484,071 and 8,775,233 for a “Telecom environment management operating system and method” will enable its acquirer to create a performance index tool for telecom service and equipment suppliers as well as businesses that have a significant investment in telecom, mobility, and cloud storage IT.

Direct Dialing from a Web Page (Speak2sales): U.S. Patent No. 9,042,377

We’ve all been there. We locate the web page of a company we want to contact. We must search the page, find the telephone number, write down the number, then find that piece of paper with the phone number on it – and hope we can read our chicken scratch – so we can make that call. And if we are making business calls to dozens or hundreds of companies, that’s a lot of phone number scribbling. There’s got to be an easier way!

There is. This patent creates technology that enables you to go to a company’s (or other organization’s) website, and when you decide you want to call that company, you do it with a mouse click! For anyone who reaches out to many companies a day – from sales to purchasing, from getting a price for a product to checking availability – this is an incredible time saver!

U.S. Patent No. 9,042,377 for a “System and method for web telephone services” will enable any provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software to take its products to the next level of performance and productivity.

More Secure VPN Tunnel (NOA): U.S. Patent plus European Patent Application

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) has been around for over 20 years and is a common method of connecting your PC or mobile device with an outside network. A VPN Tunnel connects your smartphone, laptop, computer or tablet to an outside network, but keeps your IP address hidden and encrypts all the data you generate. By connecting to websites through a VPN tunnel – and not directly – government agencies, hackers and others cannot track your online activity or even view your IP address! A VPN tunnel is useful when one is logging onto the Internet using public Wi-Fi at hotels, airports, coffee shops, libraries and other public places.

This patent takes the VPN Tunnel to the next level by enabling more secure initial and continuous authentication of the connection. The patent uses USB hardware to route all VPN traffic through the device, enabling easier set-up and administration with higher security, and the option to use biometric or other authentication hardware. VPN software, certificates, credentials and sensors are stored on the device, allowing for greater security and manageability. This patented device continuously authenticates the presence of the user via biometrics or a second device which can be a smartphone, smartwatch, NFC ring or a custom device using Quick Response (QR) Codes, Near-Field Communication (NFC) or Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) proximity authentication to activate or deactivate the VPN tunnel.

U.S. Patent No. 10,412,070 for a “Method and apparatus of implementing a VPN tunnel” is part of a portfolio that also includes European Patent Application 3472719. Any current supplier of VPN Tunnel services or equipment will be able to take its product offerings to the next generation and leapfrog the technology and product offerings of all of its competitors!

Secure VoIP Voice, IM, Video, SMS and P2P (Lesavich): U.S. Patent No. 7,852,831

VoIP (or Voice over Internet Protocol) is now a common, less expensive and more adaptable alternative to conventional telephone service. You can do more via VoIP (like send data and video) than you can do – or at least do easily – with a conventional landline telephone.

This patent covers the foundational concept behind securely sending voice calls as well as video, IM (instant messaging), SMS (short message service) and P2P (peer-to-peer) communications over the Internet and other communications networks such as a PSTN (public switched telephone network) to and from any network device, and do so while maintaining privacy, security and quality of service for the users on both ends. FXO (Foreign Exchange Office) and FXS (Foreign Exchange Solution) interfaces are included in the patent, making international VoIP calls possible! The invention covered by this patent enables a network device to function as an IP PBX (private branch exchange) or a private VoIP gateway, and to provide and control VoIP voice communications without using other public or private VoIP gateways or VoIP servers or devices. And VoIP hardware and software components are covered in this most comprehensive patent for both wired and wireless VoIP communications.

U.S. Patent No. 7,852,831 for "Method and system for providing private virtual secure Voice over Internet Protocol communications" is both robust and foundational. The patent has 15 Claims, a 2005 Priority Date, a Patent Term Adjustment of 1,387 days, and over 200 Forward Citations! It would be a strategic acquisition for any company providing VoIP services including VoIP voice and video calling services similar to Skype and Facetime.

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