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Seat Exchange System using peer to peer , spontaneous networking and web-services

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015379D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In the modern world many people travel. One of the universal pains endured by travellers is the inability to receive the seat of their choice. It is possible to attempt to book a particular seat position or type of seat with the travel provider . However in many cases this is unsuccessful and almost always due to a catch22 situation. Traveller A wants the seat that traveller B has and vice versa, but neither is aware of the existence of the other. This invention applies peer-to-peer, spontaneous networking and web services to provide a solution to this issue.

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  Seat Exchange System using peer to peer , spontaneous networking and web-services

In the modern world many people travel. One of the universal
pains endured by travellers is the inability to receive the seat
of their choice. It is possible to attempt to book a particular
seat position or type of seat with the travel provider .
However in many cases this is unsuccessful - and almost always
due to a catch22 situation. Traveller A wants the seat that
traveller B has and vice versa, but neither is aware of the
existence of the other. This invention applies peer-to-peer,
spontaneous networking and web services to provide a solution to
this issue.

    Thus travellers with a peer-to-peer capability can form
spontaneous connections with their physical and logical
neighbours with the use of line of sight (ie infrared) or
wireless technology. A traveller runs a web service on their
mobile device offering to exchange their seat for one more
suitable. This web service interacts with an equivalent service
running on another travellers machine. Interaction between
machines is triggered either by the spontaneous network created
as people move about, or via the internet. Once a seat exchange
has been agreed then the travellers can swap at a point
dictated by the travel supplier. In the case of air travel,
many airlines now offer electronic ticketing. In these
situations the seat exchange could be made by the airline
offering a seat exchange facilitation service that would allow
the traveller to exchange s...