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METHOD FOR PROVIDING ALARM, TRACKING AND UNIT SURVEILLANCE FEATURES IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008834D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Jackie Pipla: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In today's world, the need for protective devices is rising. The idea of having protection against crime and other dangers is a thought that is on most people's minds. A person in distress is not always capable of activating a device such as a two-way radio, cellular telephone, etc. by pressing buttons and transmitting a request for help.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

METHOD FOR PROVIDING ALARM, TRACKING AND UNIT SURVEILLANCE FEATURES IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

by Jackie Pipla and Cindy Sepka

  In today's world, the need for protective devices is rising. The idea of having protection against crime and other dangers is a thought that is on most people's minds. A person in distress is not always capable of activating a device such as a two-way radio, cellular telephone, etc. by pressing buttons and transmitting a request for help.

  The present invention uses voice recognition to activate the communication device, which upon detect- ing a particular code word (e.g., "EMERGENCY", etc.) will cause the communication device to transmit an emergency message. This message would be identi- fied at the communication system by a base station, the signal location would then be logged and assistance would be sent to the location of the communication device.

  As soon as the emergency message is received at the base station, a voice recorder is activated and the communication device is caused to enter on command from the base station a transmit mode for a predeter- mined period of time. The base station would then be able to record all sounds being received by the commu- nication device. An operator monitoring the communi- cations could then be able to determine the extent of the emergency. In cases where the communication traftic makes it clear that the emergency message was a false alarm, the base station could cause the communi- cation device to return to normal operation by transmit- ting a reset signal to the communication device. In the case of a real emergency, the recording of the sounds at the communication device could be used as evidence in order to help prosecute the criminal who may have caused the emergency situation.

  The accompanying flowchart highlights some of the steps taken by the communication system in accor- dance with the invention. In step...