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Mobile Telephone with Position Reporting System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123175D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hanney, L: AUTHOR

Abstract

More and more people carry portable electronic equipment such as mobile phones. While a mobile phone enhances personal safety in that the user can often dial 999 at the touch of one button, a mobile phone doesn't know where it is, and if it's owner is kidnapped THEY may not know where they are.

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Mobile Telephone with Position Reporting System

   More and more people carry portable electronic equipment
such as mobile phones.  While a mobile phone enhances personal
safety in that the user can often dial 999 at the touch of one
button, a mobile phone doesn't know where it is, and if it's owner
is kidnapped THEY may not know where they are.

   By building a GPS (Global Positioning System) into the
mobile phone, and interlinking using appropriate software, the phone
then transmits the location on an ongoing basis when 999 is dialed.
The same applies, of course, to any emergency call.

   Combined with a Traffic Monitoring System, the mobile phone
with GPS could warn drivers that their route is blocked permitting
them to select an alternative.

   It may also be combined with a route planning programme to aid
journey planning.

   Companies may also increase efficiency of operations such
as delivery, by installing software permitting phones carried by
their employees to respond to "Where are you?"  queries and using
the data so obtained to plan deliveries.  Similarly, lost or stolen
mobile equipment could be traced by analyzing the responses to
interrogation by the network.