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Automatic Laptop Reconfiguration Based on Location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123841D
Original Publication Date: 1999-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cromer, D: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Problem Solved By This Invention: Laptops are an enormous benefit to users who find themselves traveling often. One of the problems in traveling is staying in touch with the home office. Trying to get email from a new location requires either changing the dialup configuration to match the local city information or to dial a nationwide number, which gets quite expensive. Once new email and the laptop's scheduler/calendar program (such as Lotus Notes) have been updated, the traveler must take into account the new time zone. The 4 PM conference call that the secretary scheduled may not be at 4 PM for the traveler. What is needed is an automated way for the laptop to automatically configure itself for the location of the traveler.

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Automatic Laptop Reconfiguration Based on Location

   Problem Solved By This Invention:

   Laptops are an enormous benefit to users who find
themselves traveling often.  One of the problems in traveling is
staying in touch with the home office.  Trying to get email from a
new location requires either changing the dialup configuration to
match the local city information or to dial a nationwide number,
which gets quite expensive.  Once new email and the laptop's
scheduler/calendar program (such as Lotus Notes) have been updated,
the traveler must take into account the new time zone.  The 4 PM
conference call that the secretary scheduled may not be at 4 PM for
the traveler.  What is needed is an automated way for the laptop to
automatically configure itself for the location of the traveler.

   Description of Invention:

   This new invention integrates  a  global positioning
satellite (GPS) tracking chip into a mobile system and uses the
location information it receives from the chip to automatically
reconfigure the laptop computer when it enters a new geographic area.
The key components to this design are the GPS tracking chips and the
GPS software that updates the system configuration when the machine
enters a new area.

   The GPS software would have a database of cities,
boundaries, and information about the bounded geographical area.  The
software would be configured to poll the GPS chip at an adjustable
time interval, at power up from a powered-off state o...