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System and Method of Restricting Mobile Devices via GPS Grid Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130333D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method for restricting mobile devices via global positioning system (GPS) grids. This method allows service providers to enforce policies of participating businesses across GPS grid locations for mobile devices.

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System and Method of Restricting Mobile Devices via GPS Grid Systems

Places such as movie theaters, hospitals, airplanes, schools, companies, and the like have policies that ask users of mobile devices (i.e. cell phones, PDAs, and the like) to follow. For example, many movie theaters and restaurants ask customers to be considerate of others by silencing the ring tone of their mobile devices. However, people rarely silence their devices as instructed and often cause unnecessary distractions (i.e. device ringing, loud conversations, etc) for others. Another example is the prohibited usage of mobile devices on airplanes and in hospitals to prevent interference with sensitive navigation or medical equipment. Again, users often do not follow these instructions. This invention presents a solution to this problem.

The core idea of this invention is to allow service providers enforce policies of movie theaters, hospitals, airplanes, companies, and the like across GPS grid locations/areas for mobile devices. Based on the policies of participating businesses, service providers could send signals across appropriate GPS grid locations/areas to automatically restrict or modify various functionality of mobile phones. These restrictions or modifications could include automatic power-off, switching ring tone to vibrate, disabling camera features, disabling text messaging, and so on.

For example, a service provider could automatically change the ring tone on a mobile device (i.e. cell phone) to vibrate when it detects (via GPS grid locations/areas) customers entering a movie theater auditorium (where a movie will be shown). This will automaticall...