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SCHEDULED BLOCKING FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008619D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jun-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Charles Sloan: AUTHOR

Abstract

There are situations where it may be desirable to allow possession of a wireless communication device such as a cellular phone or a pager, but not allow that device to be used during specific periods of time. For example, many schools prohibit students from carrying pagers or cellular phones. However, there are perfectly valid reasons why a student may need to carry a wireless communica- tions device to school so that it may be used before and after school.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

SCHEDULED BLOCKING FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

by Charles Sloan

MOTIVATION

  There are situations where it may be desirable to allow possession of a wireless communication device such as a cellular phone or a pager, but not allow that device to be used during specific periods of time. For example, many schools prohibit students from carrying pagers or cellular phones. However, there are perfectly valid reasons why a student may need to carry a wireless communica- tions device to school so that it may be used before and after school.

PROCESS DESCRIPTION

periods can be implemented at the switching infra- structure, with no changes needed to the cellular phone or pager. To implement this process, a database of schedules would be stored at the infrastructure.

  A process flow chart for this concept is illustrated in Figure I. When communication is attempted either to or from the wireless communication device, the switching infrastructure would check a database to see if the device has scheduled blocking enabled. If it does, then the specific schedule for this device is retrieved from the database. If the current day and time falls within a period that is blocked, then the communication is blocked. Otherwise, the communication is allowed to A process to render specific wireless communi- proceed normally.
cation devices unusable during scheduled time

Fig. I Wireless Communication Scheduled Blocking Process Flow Chart

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