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Method for Using Global Position System to Find Close Services

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122960D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allen, MJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A laptop computer that has Global Position System (GPS) equipment installed can create a World Wide Web "Cookie" with longitude and latitude information. The cookie can be extracted by a search engine to allow searches to be performed based on this position information. The search engine's data base would contain the longitude and latitude information for each business. The search engine would have a subroutine that would be able to calculate the distance between two longitude and latitude pairs.

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Method for Using Global Position System to Find Close Services

      A laptop computer that has Global Position System (GPS)
equipment installed can create a World Wide Web "Cookie" with
longitude and latitude information.  The cookie can be extracted by a
search engine to allow searches to be performed based on this
position information.  The search engine's data base would contain
the longitude  and latitude information for each business.  The
search engine would have a subroutine that would be able to calculate
the distance between  two longitude and latitude pairs.

      The user would go to the search engine's Homepage.  The user
would fill out a form with service type they were interested in
(restaurant, dry cleaning, etc.) and the distance they are willing to
go.  The user would submit this page in the search engine.  The
search engine would extract the "Web Cookie" with the position
information. For  each service found in the data base, the distance
subroutine would be called with the service's longitude and latitude
and the user's longitude  and latitude extracted from the "Web
Cookie".