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System and Method for Paging a Bluetooth Smart-Card Reader Using a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131898D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

The Bluetooth smart-card reader is worn around user’s necks on a lanyard. It is a portable device and fairly small, and thus has the capability for getting lost. If you loose your smart-card reader and still have your mobile device, how could we help the user find it? The proposed solution is to add paging capability to a mobile device and a smart-card reader. When the user activates the paging functionality the reader coulod do any or all of the following: 1) Flash the LED. This would not be ideal in most cases. 2) Make a sound. 3) Vibrate. When the user activates this functionality, the mobile device would open a Bluetooth connection with the reader (it would have to be within range) and send a message to the reader indicating that it needs to notify the user. The opposite situation could occur where the user loses their mobile device but has their reader. In this case the user could hold down the button on their reader for 5 seconds; the reader opens a Bluetooth connection with the mobile device and sends a message to the mobile device to notify the user. The case where the reader is lost can’t really be implemented without a hardware change (because the reader does not currently have a speaker) but the case where the reader notifies the mobile device could be done today with existing hardware. Although the concept of paging has been done on a cordless phone, the cordless phone requires that the base of the phone be stationary (i.e., hook up to your phone line). With Bluetooth paging, you can be mobile and do this anywhere.

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BLUETOOTH READER PAGING CAPABILITY

System and Method for Paging a Bluetooth Smart-Card Reader Using a

Mobile

Device

Disclosed Anonymously

The Bluetooth smart-card reader is worn around user’s necks on a lanyard.  It is a portable device and fairly small, and thus has the capability for getting lost.  If you loose your smart-card reader and still have your mobile device, how could we help the user find it?

The proposed solution is to add paging capability to a mobile device and a smart-card reader. When the user activates the paging functionality the reader coulod do any or all of the following:

1)       Flash the LED. This would not be ideal in most cases.

2)       Make a sound.

3)       Vibrate.

When the user activates this functionality, the mobile device would open a Bluetooth connection with the reader (it would have to be within range) and send a message to the reader indicating that it needs to notify the user.

The opposite situation could occur where the user loses their mobile device but has their reader. In this case the user could hold down the button on their reader for 5 seconds; the reader opens a Bluetooth connection with the mobile device and sends a message to the mobile device to notify the user.

The case where the reader is lost can’t really be implemented without a hardware change (because the reader does not currently have a speaker) but the case where the reader notifies the mobile device could be done today with existing hardware...