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EMERGENCY COUNTDOWN WITH TIMER RESET

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007627D
Original Publication Date: 1996-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Michael Moore: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This invention provides additional safety to a radio operator by improving the effectiveness and reliability ofthe Emergency feature. A user in a dan- gerous and potentially life-threatening situation may be unable to send an Emergency signal successfully to the base if the radio is in a fringe area, the radio is dropped or damaged, or the operator is injured. This invention provides an additional margin of safety by allowing the user to activate an emergency count- down timer. If the timer is not reset or canceled within a specified time-out period, an Emergency condition is automatically generated.

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MoToRolA Technical Developments

EMERGENCY COUNTDOWN WITH TIMER RESET

by Michael Moore and Ellis Pinder

  This invention provides additional safety to a radio operator by improving the effectiveness and reliability ofthe Emergency feature. A user in a dan- gerous and potentially life-threatening situation may be unable to send an Emergency signal successfully to the base if the radio is in a fringe area, the radio is dropped or damaged, or the operator is injured. This invention provides an additional margin of safety by allowing the user to activate an emergency count- down timer. If the timer is not reset or canceled within a specified time-out period, an Emergency condition is automatically generated.

  There are two general embodiments to this inven- tion. The first involves incorporating the timer in the subscriber unit itself. By pressing a designated button, the Emergency Countdown Timer is started in the radio. The user must give some active feed- back to the radio within the countdown time or the radio will enter the Emergency state. Any feedback to the radio will reset the countdown timer using the pre-programmed value stored in the radio. When the user feels that the potentially threatening situa- tion has passed then the Emergency Countdown with

Timer Reset state may be:exited by an extended press of the same pre-programmed button used to enter the feature.

  The second embodiment involves moving the timer to the base. When the officer presses a desig- nated...