The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued TeleCommunication Systems, a provider of wireless communications technology, patent for web gateway multi-carrier support.
The patent describes a means for routing messages between carriers using a wireless internet gateway that can handle a variety of different message formats (such as SMS, MMS, e-mails and instant messaging) for each carrier through the use of a carrier format table. Messages are sent to the destination carrier using the appropriate protocol format of the receiving carrier.
The invention is claimed to allow for an easily configurable and changeable protocol format table to be updated as carriers are added and deleted and as protocols change.
Drew Morin, senior vice president and chief technical officer for TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), said: TCS’s invention, for which a patent application was filed in 2000, is well suited to the current market conditions where e-mail, text, multimedia, and instant messages are all being sent by wireless users from one carrier to other users on different carriers around the globe.