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Group Whereabouts Tracking Using TV Channel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123834D
Original Publication Date: 1999-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Porter, LL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Groups of people, for example families or co-workers, often have difficulty tracking where their members are at any given moment. These days it is common for people to have their calendar available in electronic form, on a personal digital assistant (PDA) or a personal computer (PC) or a groupware server. However this information isn't easily and instantly accessible by other group members.

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Group Whereabouts Tracking Using TV Channel

   Groups of people, for example families or co-workers, often
have difficulty tracking where their members are at any given
moment.  These days it is common for people to have their calendar
available in electronic form, on a personal digital assistant (PDA)
or a personal computer (PC) or a groupware server.  However this
information isn't easily and instantly accessible by other group
members.

   This problem is solved by making the whereabouts
information available to the internet.  An internet application
collates the whereabouts information from all the group members'
calendars and consolidates it on one web page.  This web page is then
made available via a set-top box on a standard TV channel.  Thus by
simply selecting that channel on the domestic television the current
whereabouts of every member of the group can be seen immediately.  In
addition, if the device containing the calendar is a PDS, then using
the Global Positioning System (GPS) the actual geographical location
of the member can be relayed back.

   In a practical implementation each group member carries a
PDA with a built-in modem and a GPS receiver.  Every 15 minutes an
application on the PDA dials into the member's network provider's
server system and interacts with a server program to transfer the
member's calendar details for today and geographical position as
currently recorded by the PDA.  The server application adds these
updated details to t...