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FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION FOR SELECTION OF ALIAS IDS IN SUBSCRIBER UNITS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008998D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Milena Sukovic: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Typically, subscriber units transmit a unique unit ID so that the listening party (another subscriber, console, etc.) can identify the transmitting unit. Because a unit ID is not by itself a good description of who is talking, a pre-programmed name or the like alias may be used and transmitted in lieu of or together with the unique ID. Accordingly, if the alias "Bob" is associated with Bob's particular sub- scriber unit, the listening unit will have the name "Bob" appear on its screen. This information is typ- ically encoded with the voice information and is therefore not seen by the console operator. The con- sole operator is typically not privy to the alias infor- mation, but sees only the unique unit ID at the time of transmission. But even if the console could be modified to see the receive and display the alias information, it is not very useful if the console oper- ator does not know who else is participating in a current call (Detective Killer, Detective Butch, Detective Beat, etc.).

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

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FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION FOR SELECTION OF ALIAS IDS IN SUBSCRIBER UNITS

by Milena Sukovic and Jim Edkins

PROBLEM

  Typically, subscriber units transmit a unique unit ID so that the listening party (another subscriber, console, etc.) can identify the transmitting unit. Because a unit ID is not by itself a good description of who is talking, a pre-programmed name or the like alias may be used and transmitted in lieu of or together with the unique ID. Accordingly, if the alias "Bob" is associated with Bob's particular sub- scriber unit, the listening unit will have the name "Bob" appear on its screen. This information is typ- ically encoded with the voice information and is therefore not seen by the console operator. The con- sole operator is typically not privy to the alias infor- mation, but sees only the unique unit ID at the time of transmission. But even if the console could be modified to see the receive and display the alias information, it is not very useful if the console oper- ator does not know who else is participating in a current call (Detective Killer, Detective Butch, Detective Beat, etc.).

INVENTION

  The present invention proposes (i) making the console privy to the alias information transmitted from units participating in a call, and (ii) making the selection of alias information sent over the air by subscriber units more user friendly so that added benefits of console supervision/participation can be realized. Toward this end, the invention proposes allowing a subscriber to select his personal alias at the time of initial use (power-up, new shift, etc.) by having the user's biometric (i.e., fingerprint) infor- mation enter the alias/authentication information by use of the unit's keypad, selection from memory, etc. This information will then be transmitted over the air to the controlling device for alias/authentica- tion access check.

  Thus, when a detective starts a new shift and is given a subscriber unit, the detective enters an ali...