Utah Scientific Receives Patent for UTAH-400 iP Router

Utah Scientific has been awarded a U.S. patent on its revolutionary UTAH-400 iP router, which gives broadcasters real-time, on-the-fly control of port priority, port speed, and security groups on Ethernet networks. The 24-port managed-gigabit Ethernet workgroup router improves efficiency any time high-bitrate streaming video or large video files move over Ethernet.

With a built-in control panel, the UTAH-400 iP enables real-time network changes in response to traffic conditions so that high-priority items can be moved quickly while lower-priority items wait their turn. The router also permits such parameters as bandwidth allocation, QOS, and VLAN assignments to be controlled easily in response to network needs. Support for port-speed control helps troubleshooting of network operations and allows control of traffic from nodes using too much bandwidth. To protect sensitive content, the control panel enables on-the-fly partitioning of a network into smaller virtual networks or security groups.

“Because it can control an IP network in real time, the UTAH-400 iP allows for much more flexibility in using the network,” says Utah Scientific President/CEO Tom Harmon, one of its inventors and the company’s chief technology officer. “The need for just such a switching device has increased dramatically as IT-based equipment has become much more prevalent in the professional-video industry.”

A freestanding product, the UTAH-400 iP can be upgraded to work under command of the Utah Scientific SC-4 Control System, providing users with integrated control of their broadcast and IT routing systems.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office assigned Patent No. 7,756,118 for a video switching system utilizing a prioritized common network to Utah Scientific Inc. In addition to Harmon, Roger Thornblad, Jeff Levie, and Garn Morrell are listed as inventors.

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