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Software Downloads via Satellite Radio

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132432D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 11K

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Abstract

Software distribution can be a challenge. This concept is to use a broadcast method similar to satellite radio to download the software to a device in real time, or have a device that could continuously record a software broadcast for later download to the machine. The recording or receiving upgrade device could be programmed to "listen" for software that is specific to the particular device or record an entire set from which an appropriate single segment could be then used to upgrade the machine.

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Software Downloads via Satellite Radio

Software distribution can be a challenge, it is performed today via many methods including downloads from websites over the internet, distribution through email, or  distribution of physical CD or DVD media  through the mail, UPS, FEDEX, or some other carrier.  This can be costly and result in incomplete penetration in the case of physical media distribution.  It can be time consuming in the case of internet downloads, and requires a connection to the internet.

The concept is to use a broadcast method similar to satellite radio to download the software to a device in real time, or have a device that could continuously record a software broadcast for later download to the machine.  The recording or receiving upgrade device could be programmed to “listen” for software that is specific to the particular device or record an entire set from which an appropriate single segment could be then used to upgrade the machine.  This upgrade device could be imbedded in the machine, it could be integral to a PC or PC like device that is the vehicle for the upgrades, or could be a portable stand alone device that has this feature built into it or is dedicated to this application. 

The word “machine” in the following could be used to describe any type of printer, copier, or multifunction device, but the idea could apply to any device that has software that needs to be updated.  The “user” in the case below would probably be the technician or whoever is performing the task of a software upgrade. 

The idea builds off a recent technology introduced by XM Satellite as a Delphi XM MyFi personal portable satellite radio.  The MyFi has the ability to receive regular satellite radio in real time, it also has a “memory mode” that allows it to store up to 5 hours of music for a later listening .  The user can also pre-select a song or artist so that when the receiver detects that artist or title is being broadcast it switches from what it is doing to listen to that selection or record it for later listening.  One of the reasons for suggesting XM is that the nationwide satellite coverage is enhanced with 800  signal repeaters in 70 cities to ensure “dropout” free reception.  This would make the system proposed more reliable in cities where most people live and would have machines that require this upgrade. 

One implementation of my idea would be to have the MyFi type device record machine software that is continuously being broadcast much the same as a play list that repeats several times a day.  If the recording device senses that it already has the software module present, it could check for any version changes.  If the version is newer it would then...