Safran Electronics & Defense has patented a method and device for monitoring a region where a carrier is located. The device displays a polar plot with symbols representing the carrier and moving body positions, surrounded by an annular band indicating a monitoring duration. This innovation enhances tracking and surveillance capabilities. GlobalData’s report on Safran Electronics & Defense gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Safran Electronics & Defense, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Safran Electronics & Defense's grant share as of February 2024 was 67%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method and device for monitoring region with moving body

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Safran Electronics & Defense

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11921231B2) discloses a method and device for monitoring a region where a carrier is located. The method involves using sensors to detect the positions of a moving body relative to the carrier and displaying this information on a polar plot. The plot includes a center symbolizing the carrier's current position, with moving-body symbols representing the moving body's position based on bearing angle and distance. An annular band around the plot indicates a monitoring duration, with symbols placed inside representing successive angle readings along the moving body's path. The device, connected to a data bus conveying position data of moving bodies, is programmed to execute this method.

Furthermore, the patent includes various claims related to the method, such as using different types of sensors to detect the moving body's positions, normalizing reference frames, and providing warning steps based on the moving body's transverse movement. The device can be utilized on different carriers like ships or aircraft, with specific data buses tailored to each type. For instance, a ship may use a National Maritime Electronics Association (NMEA) type bus, while an aircraft may utilize an aviation data bus. The technology described in the patent aims to enhance monitoring capabilities in various transportation scenarios by providing a visual representation of the carrier's and moving body's positions over time, allowing for better tracking and analysis of their movements within a specific region.

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