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The Integration of Location-Based Information from a GPS Receiver with Presence Information in a Quick-Messaging Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131847D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

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Abstract

Quick-messaging or instant messaging applications provide presence information so that it is possible to view the status of other parties on the contact list. Although voice calls and messaging can be effective way of communicating with other parties, many people will prefer face-to-face meetings if the other contact is nearby. Or, they may wish to coordinate physically meeting-up with a contact through the quick-messaging application. Either way, it would be helpful to know the current location of the other party.

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LOCATION-BASED QUICK MESSAGES

The Integration of Location-Based Information from a GPS Receiver with Presence Information in a Quick-Messaging Application

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Quick-messaging or instant messaging applications provide presence information so that it is possible to view the status of other parties on the contact list. Although voice calls and messaging can be effective way of communicating with other parties, many people will prefer face-to-face meetings if the other contact is nearby. Or, they may wish to coordinate physically meeting-up with a contact through the quick-messaging application. Either way, it would be helpful to know the current location of the other party.

Currently, it is only possible to arrange face-to-face meetings by sending descriptive instructions to the other party, which is time-consuming and prone to misunderstanding.

The proposed invention consists of the integration of location-based data with presence information in a quick-messaging application. The location of a user is provided by a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver embedded in the wireless device.

The user's current latitude, longitude, and altitude information is transmitted with their current status to parties on the contact list. GPS positioning data is accurate to within 2 to 3 metres with 95% confidence. When a party receives this information, it calculates its own location, and the distance to the other contact.

A quick-messaging application typically contains a list of icons that represent contacts. Beside each contact, the physical distance in metres or kilometres can be displayed. Alternatively, the icon can appear dimmed if the contact is far away, and increase in intensity when it draws near.

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