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METHOD TO DEFINE AND SELECT INFORMATION ON DEMAND CHOICES FROM A PAGER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009142D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 152K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Matt Morriss: AUTHOR

Abstract

The information on demand feature in a paging system allows a user to request specific information, whenever it is desired. While this has an advantage over more traditional information services in that the user can receive much more specific, tailored information at any time it is needed, it is limited by the requirement that the user must initiate a request for the information via the pager. This procedure is relatively straightforward for requesting broad cate- gories of information, such as 'Sports', 'Weather', or 'Stocks', but if the user is only interested in a very specific subset of information- say, the cur- rent price of a particular stock or the weather in Marfa, TX, a method is needed to convey this request to the information service provider. This can be difficult when dealing with a simplified user interface with no means of composing text messages to spell out the information desired. The following describes a method to allow a user to set up a user profile with an information service provider to indi- cate what types of specific information the user is interested in, and then to request this information whenever the user wants.

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8 MOTOROLA Technical Developments

METHOD TO DEFINE AND SELECT INFORMATION ON DEMAND CHOICES FROM A PAGER

by Matt Morriss

INTRODUCTION

  The information on demand feature in a paging system allows a user to request specific information, whenever it is desired. While this has an advantage over more traditional information services in that the user can receive much more specific, tailored information at any time it is needed, it is limited by the requirement that the user must initiate a request for the information via the pager. This procedure is relatively straightforward for requesting broad cate- gories of information, such as 'Sports', 'Weather', or 'Stocks', but if the user is only interested in a very specific subset of information- say, the cur- rent price of a particular stock or the weather in Marfa, TX, a method is needed to convey this request to the information service provider. This can be difficult when dealing with a simplified user interface with no means of composing text messages to spell out the information desired. The following describes a method to allow a user to set up a user profile with an information service provider to indi- cate what types of specific information the user is interested in, and then to request this information whenever the user wants.

DESCRIPTION

  First, the user must set up a user profile with the paging information service provider indicating which subtopics within the broad categories sup- ported by the service provider are of interest to the user. For each of the categories provided by the sys- tem, the user would select a handful of subtopics to be programmed into the user profile. This could be done in a variety of ways, such as through a tele- phone interface, via an email request or by a

response to a message sent by the service provider offering a new information subtopic, though the most convenient method to add or change user pro- file information would be through a web page inter- face. The user could go to the service provider's web page and enter a password to access the infor- mation on demand profile for the pager, then select subtopics that are of interest from a list of supported subtopics within each category.

  Once the user has accepted changes to the pro- file, the system stores the information in its data banks and transmits a specially formatted message to the pager which contains this profile information. This programming can be accomplished using exist- ing over-the-air programming methods. The data sent to the pager would contain a unique item num- ber which the pager uses to refer to the information being requested, a category number to indicate to the pager where to display the subtopic to the user, and a text string with which to identify the subtopic. The pager then stores this data in a section of mem- ory reserved for information on demand choices. When the information on demand feature is then selected by the user, a list of broad categories is pre- sented- se...