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Method for an airport announcer for WLAN-based mobile devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009976D
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an airport announcer for wireless local area network (WLAN) based mobile devices. Benefits include improved functionality and improved useability.

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Method for an airport announcer for WLAN-based mobile devices

Disclosed is a method for an airport announcer for wireless local area network (WLAN) based mobile devices. Benefits include improved functionality and improved useability.

General description

        � � � � � The disclosed method enables users who otherwise would miss potentially important airport announcements to:

•        � � � � Receive all announcements

•        � � � � Only receive the announcements they are interested in (although the airport could decide to always send security announcements)

•        � � � � Receive announcements in a language they can understand best and which typically is not one of the languages used at a given airport

•        � � � � Play back the announcements

Advantages

        � � � � � The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•        � � � � Improved functionality due to the capability to participate in an airport announcer service for WLAN-based mobile devices

•        � � � � Improved useability due to an enhanced user experience

Detailed description

        � � � � � The components of the disclosed method include an airport announcer service for WLAN-based mobile devices (see Figure 1).

        � � � � � Using a protocol like universal plug-n-play (UPnP), mobile devices search for the service when the user wants to listen to the announcements but are distracted by other activity like watching a movie on a laptop or listening to the music with headphones.

        � � � � � When a search request is received, the announcer service sends a reply with the detailed description of the service, which could include such features as voice announcements, text announcements, and voice/text announcements in different languages.

        � � � � � When a mobile device receives a reply from the service, it presents available options to the user. Announcements could be preceded listed by t...