Florida Radio Manufacturer Patents First Commercial Cognitive Radio
Adapt4, Inc. is a Melbourne, Florida based firm hopes its patent pending technology will change the way radio frequencies are used to maximize the available radio spectrum that is available.
The technology uses a “time share” model to allow use of radio channels when they are not in use by others according to an article in the Houston Chronicle.
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