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1-900-IAM-LOST Phone Direction Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107319D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ashton, DP: AUTHOR

Abstract

The 1-900-IAM-LOST number disclosed is an easy to remember telephone number for direction assistance. The number 1-900-IAM-LOST can be a global number that provides assistance to persons lost in a city or on a highway any place the number can be accessed. This service can be provided by creating a centralized database of the maps for the area accessed by phone (initially, the maps of all United States cities and highways). This worthwhile service will be useful for anyone who is lost and in need of direction to a specific location. The service will be automatically paid by the customer through the function of the 900 number already provided. The phone operator answering the call will have access to the centralized database and can zero in on the location of the lost caller, and give directions to the required target.

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1-900-IAM-LOST Phone Direction Service

       The 1-900-IAM-LOST number disclosed is an easy to
remember telephone number for direction assistance.  The number
1-900-IAM-LOST can be a global number that provides assistance to
persons lost in a city or on a highway any place the number can be
accessed.  This service can be provided by creating a centralized
database of the maps for the area accessed by phone (initially, the
maps of all United States cities and highways).  This worthwhile
service will be useful for anyone who is lost and in need of
direction to a specific location.  The service will be automatically
paid by the customer through the function of the 900 number already
provided.  The phone operator answering the call will have access to
the centralized database and can zero in on the location of the lost
caller, and give directions to the required target. The customer can
be in their automobile or at any telephone. Most often people are
lost because they do not have access to a current detailed map or
they cannot easily use a map.  With the increased availability of
cellular phones in automobiles, this service can aid the motorists on
a dark city street or on the highway. Some examples of incoming
calls:
      O    "Hello, I am lost, could you tell me how to get to 1225
Marcel in Dallas?  I am on Highway 635, coming to Josey exit."
      O    "Hello, I am lost, could you tell me how to find Grafton,
Wisconsin?   I am in a gas statio...