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ACCESS POINT TOLL CHARGING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009736D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 118K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

James Hymel: AUTHOR

Abstract

Users of on-site/off-site devices will find them- selves occasionally in the domain of an on-site sys- tem that is limited in coverage. However, while in the presence of this on-site system - the user prefers that messages be delivered via this system - typical- ly because the cost is cheaper. However, while the user may fall out of coverage of the access-points of this on-site system (i.e. base-stations), the user may still be in range of other mobile subscribers - WHO do have access to these base stations. How can the remote subscriber get messages to the access point without inundating these subscribers that lie in this go-between region - without requiring the remote user to switch to wide-area (costly) support or walk the distance to the base station? SOLUTION Access point toll charging is an invention that allows for subscribers near an access point to charge a fee to pass message traffic on from other devices - that do not have an immediate RF comection to the access point. The remote subscriber connects with this intermediate subscriber, requests to transfer a message of N bytes, and is given a fee charge by the intermediate subscriber (N cents) to perform the transfer. The remote subscriber can agree, initiate an e-commerce transaction (i.e. pay the fee) and then transfer this message.

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ACCESS POINT TOLL CHARGING

James Hymel

PROBLEM

   Users of on-site/off-site devices will find them- selves occasionally in the domain of an on-site sys- tem that is limited in coverage. However, while in the presence of this on-site system - the user prefers that messages be delivered via this system - typical- ly because the cost is cheaper. However, while the user may fall out of coverage of the access-points of this on-site system (i.e. base-stations), the user may still be in range of other mobile subscribers - WHO do have access to these base stations. How can the remote subscriber get messages to the access point without inundating these subscribers that lie in this go-between region - without requiring the remote user to switch to wide-area (costly) support or walk the distance to the base station?

SOLUTION

   Access point toll charging is an invention that allows for subscribers near an access point to charge a fee to pass message traffic on from other devices - that do not have an immediate RF comection to the access point. The remote subscriber connects with this intermediate subscriber, requests to transfer a message of N bytes, and is given a fee charge by the intermediate subscriber (N cents) to perform the transfer. The remote subscriber can agree, initiate an e-commerce transaction (i.e. pay the fee) and then transfer this message.

  The operation is best understood by reference to Diagram A, which shows an access point at a fxd location about which are shown five users, interme- diate users A, B and C, and remote users D and E. Intermediate users A, B , and C have direct access to the access point, while remote users D and E do not.

  For remote users D and E to access point, they must negotiate with intermediate users A, B, or C to transfer their messages to the access point. Remote. user D can access the access point either indirectly through intermediate user A or directly through intermediate user C. Should intermediate user A accept the message transfer, the message would have to be transferred through intermediate user B. Remote user E can only access the access point indi- rectly...