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SENDING AN SOS ALONG WITH THE EXACT LOCATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004704D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Apr-13
Document File: 1 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Chandrakant Rane: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

SENDING AN SOS ALONG WITH THE EXACT LOCATION

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SENDING AN SOS ALONG WITH THE EXACT LOCATION

by Chandrakant Rane and Amit Choudhary

INTRODUCTION

Emergency situations can occur with anybody and anywhere. The phone can play a very important role in such situations. Currently, the user has an option of calling an emergency number (i.e. 112). But this feature has limitations. Firstly, a single number is not sufficient for a whole city. Secondly, in case of emergencies, the user may not have enough time to dial for the emergency number, his family, friends or a hospital.

DETAILED FEATURES DESCRIPTION

With the innovation herein described, a mobile phone can be made to automatically call required authorities when it is activated. Activation of this feature may be through voice or by a single key press.

To make this feature work, a mobile phone requires the following in-built features:

The mobile phone has an Emergency-List that contains numbers like Hospital, Residence, Family Doctor, Friend, Office etc. The phone will call all the numbers in this list in succession. Once each call gets connected, it will play a pre-programmed voice message.

The mobile phone will be able to determine its exact location either through the network or with the help of some GPS accessory connected to it.

Once this feature has been activated, the mobile phone will determine its location. It will then call all the numbers in the Emergency-List in succession. After each call is connected, the mobile phone will play the SOS voice message and provide its location. This will help the called-party to easily locate the user in case of emergencies. While the phone is performing all these activities, it should display only the idle screen, so that it appears as though the phone is in the idle state and not performing any task.

Furthermore, after sending the SOS messages, the phone can act as a radio beacon, guiding the called-party continuously on a particular frequency.

This feature enables the phone to play an important role during emergencies, which may result in "help" arriving more quickly. Figure 1 shows a detailed flowchart.

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