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Use of context awareness to modify the mobile phone behavior/profile

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033395D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jan-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

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Abstract

Mobile phones can be used in a wide variety of situations. The ubiquity of the mobile coverage makes it possible to use the phone in a variety of environments. These environments are characterized by different sets of physical parameters that may influence the quality of mobile phone communications and the easiness of use of the mobile device. Moreover, there are additional non-physical factors that can be associated with distinct environments; i.e. there may be social or cultural constraints making the mobile phone user unwilling to disturb or annoy other people. Also, there may exist zones where the use of mobile phones is somewhat limited or even prohibited for all or for a part of mobile device users. At the opposite, there may exist situations when a mobile device triggers a specific action after entering or spending a defined amount of time in a certain area. Therefore, it is desirable for the user of a mobile phone to be able to influence the behavior of the device depending on a physical location and time. The behavior may vary depending on both, the location and the time. As the process of adding new functionalities to the mobile phones is continuously ongoing, the devices become still more complex and evolve from simple portable communication devices to full functional digital assistants. The drawbacks are that they become more complex to be operated and therefore increasing amount of parameters need to be mastered and controlled by their users manually. However, they are meant to be of assistance to their users, rather then burdening them with additional duties resulting from the need to manually configure the devices' behavior. Therefore, the ability to adapt automatically the behavior to the current context should be implemented into mobile devices.

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Use of context awareness to modify the mobile phone behavior/profile

Idea: Adrian Bohdanowicz, PL-Wroclaw; Maciej Pakulski, PL-Wroclaw

Mobile phones can be used in a wide variety of situations. The ubiquity of the mobile coverage makes it possible to use the phone in a variety of environments. These environments are characterized by different sets of physical parameters that may influence the quality of mobile phone communications and the easiness of use of the mobile device. Moreover, there are additional non-physical factors that can be associated with distinct environments; i.e. there may be social or cultural constraints making the mobile phone user unwilling to disturb or annoy other people. Also, there may exist zones where the use of mobile phones is somewhat limited or even prohibited for all or for a part of mobile device users. At the opposite, there may exist situations when a mobile device triggers a specific action after entering or spending a defined amount of time in a certain area.

Therefore, it is desirable for the user of a mobile phone to be able to influence the behavior of the device depending on a physical location and time. The behavior may vary depending on both, the location and the time.

As the process of adding new functionalities to the mobile phones is continuously ongoing, the devices become still more complex and evolve from simple portable communication devices to full functional digital assistants. The drawbacks are that they become more complex to be operated and therefore increasing amount of parameters need to be mastered and controlled by their users manually. However, they are meant to be of assistance to their users, rather then burdening them with additional duties resulting from the need to manually configure the devices' behavior. Therefore, the ability to adapt automatically the behavior to the current context should be implemented into mobile devices.

The proposed idea deals with automatic modifications of the behavior of a mobile device or specific actions performed by a mobile phone, driven by location and context awareness. The location awareness requires the use of some LCS (Location based Services) technology embedded in the mobile device, yielding position estimate with high accuracy. The context awareness is derived from the mobile station localization, enhanced by time-of-the-day information and by the input from additional sensors the mobile stat...