Arkansas Patent of the Month – May 2024

In today’s fast-paced digital world, securing and charging mobile devices is a critical challenge for organizations. Tech Friends, Inc. has pioneered a solution with their innovative secure charging system, designed to address these concerns comprehensively.

Tech Friends, Inc. has designed numerous solutions for large scale organizations, specifically jails. From Lockdown – a banking solution – to commissary solutions. In these institutions, employees often have work phones to support communication across the workforce. If these go uncharged, standard practices and communications may be missed. To address this, Tech Friends has designed a large scale mobile device charging system.

This system integrates a secure base that not only charges but also locks mobile devices, ensuring they are only accessible to authenticated users. Each device is associated with a unique identifier, allowing the base to recognize and manage it efficiently. The identification and authentication systems work in tandem to verify the user and apply pre-set rules to control access. If an authenticated user meets the criteria, the rules logic system sends an unlock message, allowing the device to be released. This ensures that devices are only accessed and used by authorized personnel, enhancing security.

Moreover, the system is equipped with a server that communicates with the base, adding an additional layer of control and monitoring. If a device is not returned within a predefined period, the server can deactivate it remotely, preventing unauthorized use. This feature is particularly useful in environments where device misuse or theft is a concern.

Additionally, the base includes a sanitizing system that disinfects devices between uses, addressing hygiene issues, especially important in shared environments like hospitals and schools. The sanitizing system uses either a spray or a UV light to ensure devices are safe and clean for the next user.

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