SAN DIEGO, April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameranth, Inc. announced today that it has filed a new patent application with 20 claims - which it anticipates receiving an allowance for in 2017 and with a validity expected to be until at least 2027 - for its 'artificial intelligence' based inventive concepts –
Title: 'An Application Software based Information Management And Real Time Synchronous Communications System Including Intelligent Automated Assistants (Bots) In A Synchronized And Integrated Computing Ecosystem Including Different Types Of Remote Computing Devices With Different User Interfaces And Which Are Synchronized With A Master Database That Is Accessible From And Stored At A Central Location.'
Ameranth's Intelligent Automated Assistant (IAA) innovations were invented by Keith McNally (Ameranth's President and lead inventor) and which were first deployed in 2005, in partnership with Zagat LLC. and used in hundreds of Zagat qualified restaurants as part of Ameranth's Magellan restaurant reservation system, which was then extensively licensed. Coupled with the earlier 1998/1999 innovations from Ameranth's patent family, these new claims, represent the first, leading and earliest priority inventions in systemic (IAA) - which is becoming the most important and strategic area of computing looking into the future.
Virtually all leading computing experts, inclusive of Google, Microsoft, Facebook and many others e.g.( https://adtmag.com/blogs/dev-watch/2016/04/bot-development.aspx ) are now recognizing that the user interface of the future is going to revolve around 'Intelligent Automated Agents' (IAA), commonly referred to as 'Bots' (short for computerized 'robots') in which downloadable software applications, (Apps) will largely become a thing of the past, and the mobile user interfaces will rapidly evolve into 'conversational' type communications -inclusive of 'artificial intelligence', operate mostly over mobile messaging platforms and without the normal/prior user interfaces of App based - standardized-computerized 'screens/menus', (rather with responsive, customized variants, generated in real-time). Mobile computing is no longer the future, it is the now and 'Bots' are fast becoming the 'now' themselves, in fact one of Ameranth's 46 'data synchronization' patent licensees, (Taco Bell), is already testing it's so called 'TacoBot' for food ordering. https://www.tacobell.com/feed/tacobot. The rest of the industry will soon follow.
What most have still not yet recognized however, [yet Keith McNally did] as is reflected in the patent specifications and in these #20 pending claims, is that in order to successfully deploy a total 'Bot' based solution, it must be 'synchronized' as part of an overall integrated and synchronous system, so that these computerized-intelligent 'conversations' e.g. 'chats' are 'bi-directional' and [at least for the foreseeable future], 'Bot' based solutions will have to 'co-exist' in a mixed, multi-faceted computing ecosystem of not only many different device types, sizes and OS concurrently interacting and communicating with each other, but also ensuring that concurrent interactions and transactions from other 'web browser based' and/or 'App based' devices, all can occur seamlessly and synchronously with those from 'Bot based' devices, all while ensuring that the 'one truth' in the master/central database remains consistent and in equilibrium. Ameranth's inventions, as originally conceived and now claimed, uniquely enable and accomplish just that. Additionally, Ameranth's 'patent pending' technology and innovations included and include automatic 'communications conversions', [a prerequisite for any modern, systemic solution], especially 'Bot' based solutions - which require, automatic, real time conversions over varying channels, protocols, and mediums - from e.g. text to voice, voice to text, IM/chat to text, text to IM/chat and any other 'communication conversions' as will be required. Just some of these innovations are shown below in this 2005 filed figure #10 from the pending patent application:
Ameranth's direct 'data synchronization' licenses now number 46 (with dozens of 'sub-licensees' including 'Dunkin Donuts'), - (representing/including more than 25 nationally recognized, large restaurant chains, totaling more than 50,000 deployed locations, which are in various stages of roll-out). In addition to its new patent license, Ameranth has patent license agreements with Cardfree, Taco Bell, Jersey Mike's Sub's, BJ's Pizza, Tilster Inc, Xpient Solutions Inc, EMN8, ORDIT, Cognizant Inc., Monkeymedia, Splickit, Radiant, Red-Fork, Menusoft, Nu-Order, Tap to Eat, Restaurant Revolution Technologies, Netwaiter, Brink Software, Savory Mobile, Skywire Media, Chownow, Compelcart, Xpient, Munchaway, OrderBee LLC, Meplus1 LLC, Ticketmob/Laughstub, Par, Squirrel, Subtledata, Comcash, Snapfinger, My Check LLC, Fork LLC, Data-Hawk, Squirrel POS as well as others and is in active negotiations to provide licenses to several additional hospitality industry product/service providers.
"We are very excited about the vast potential from this pending patent application. These additional innovations continue the industry leading, visionary inventive leadership which Ameranth has sustained since its founding 20 years ago this month. This next generation - 'Bot' based user interface, is the latest but not the last Ameranth 'data synchronization' innovation, since more innovations and patent filings will be announced in the months ahead," stated Vern Yates, Ameranth's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The adoption of Ameranth's technology by industry leaders and the wide acclaim received by Ameranth for its technological innovations are just some of the many confirmations of the breakthrough aspects of Ameranth's inventions. Ameranth has received twelve different technology awards (three with "end customer" partners) and has been widely recognized as a hospitality wireless/internet technology leader by almost all major national and hospitality print publications, e.g., The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and many others. Ameranth was personally nominated by Bill Gates, the Founder of Microsoft, for the prestigious Computerworld Honors Award that Ameranth received in 2001 for its breakthrough synchronized reservations/ticketing system with the Improv Comedy Theatres.
About Ameranth, Inc.:
Ameranth, Inc. (http://www.ameranth.com) is a recognized leader in the hospitality technology market, having been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, USA Today, Business Week, US News & World Report, Nation's Restaurant News, Hospitality Technology, TIME, CNNfn, San Diego Union Tribune, and numerous other prestigious publications. Ameranth has also been awarded or participated in twelve technology/"best product" awards.
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