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Adaptive Weather Notification for Scheduled Calendar Events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028936D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention is a mechanism for creating appropriate notifications to a user of possible weather conditions which might impact planned activities. Basically if impending weather conditions may disrupt an event on the user's calendar (or call for a change of plans, ie carrying an umbrella), the system will recognize this situation and notify the user.

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Adaptive Weather Notification for Scheduled Calendar Events

An agent, for a user capable of retrieving nationwide weather information, and a calendar scheduling system allows the user to indicate if events will take place outside, or will include outside travel (or airline travel). Obviously the more details associated with the events, the more useful the notification of potential weather impacts can be. Initially this might be a filter, or a series of templates created by the user ("air travel", "picnics", "walk between buildings", etc.) and the user could then associate one of the templates with the scheduled event. The agent would then examine the predicted weather at the time of the scheduled event, and compare it with the template specified ("air travel" might indicate an interest in severe snow and thunderstorms only, "picnics" would probably include rain along with storms, and "trip to the beach" might be interested in "cloudy weather" along with everything else). If the agent determines there is a potential problem (thunderstorms predicted at the time of takeoff), it then notifies the user (via a pop-up alert, email, SMS, etc.) of the predicted weather and the user can decide what, if any action should be taken (cancel the picnic, check for alternative flights, etc). The system can be intelligent about determining what weather events are relevant, and possibly suggest appropriate courses of action.

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