IdleAire receives notice of second patent

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — IdleAire Technologies Corporation recently received its second patent for equipment used to provide truck stop electrification services.

"The key element is that it protects the way our services are provided and controlled. This is what allows it to be economically feasible to deploy the remotely managed on-site equipment and the services we provide on any scale," said IdleAire’s general counsel James H. Price.

IdleAire’s ATE system furnishes 110-volt electrical shore power, as well as filtered heating and air conditioning, a Pentium-speed computer with color touch screen, Internet, E-mail and telephone access, satellite television, movies on demand, and education and training packages to the cabs of parked trucks.

Swiping a member card through a card reader built into the window-mounted service delivery module automatically activates the system. The driver then uses the computer touch screen to select and control services. System activation, payment and system performance at each parking space in the national network are controlled and monitored remotely by the company.

The patent also covers the design of the service delivery module and several other claims, including the breakaway control in the adapter that fits the service module to a truck window, and the locking mechanism that provides security while the module is installed in the window.

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