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Methodology for Electronic Mail to use Global Positioning Techniques

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105456D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manthuruthil, GC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article proposes a methodology to add precise location information to electronic mail using the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database service.

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Methodology for Electronic Mail to use Global Positioning Techniques

      This article proposes a methodology to add precise location
information to  electronic mail using the Global Positioning Systems
(GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database service.

      The traditional postal system stamps each mail item at the
originating post office with the date and location seal before
dispatching the mail item.  This information can be used by the
recipient to verify the actual date and location of the mail item.
This also allows the user to authenticate any location information
entered by the user in the mail itself.  A similar mechanism is
needed to add the location information automatically to the
electronic mail and/or to authenticate any location information
entered by the user.

      This article provides a methodology allowing the mail service
to add precise location information with date time information to
each mail item.  This can be done by using the Global Positioning
System (GPS) techniques and associating the information with a
location database.  The device to be used in conjunction with the
global positioning system can sense the positioning information
emitted from the satellites forming the Global Positioning System
(GPS).  The receiving device, by interpreting the signals from the
satellites, can accurately sense the x and y coordinates of the
device.  Based on the coordinates, the exact location information can
be retrieved from a Geographic Information Database.  The Geographic
Information Database maintains information about the relationships
bet...