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Contacting Multiple Parties in Emergency Situations via a Single Action

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000168206D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Feb-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In times of crisis, every second can count in when notifying both loved ones and authorities that are needed to respond to the problem. Today, there are many ways to notify individuals of problems, but identifying time savings techniques will always be an ongoing focus of those familiar with technology.

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Contacting Multiple Parties in Emergency Situations via a Single Action

This implementation would tie one or more emergency contacts to an authority such that, when activated, individuals in distress could make a telephone (mobile or land) call to an authority while a personal contact is made aware of the information being passed along by the distressed in real time, thus saving the need for two separate actions taken by the afflicted individual. The opposite could also be true, where a call placed to a primary caregiver could be listened to by authorities such that an individual only must call the primary caregiver.

If the individual in distress does not initiate the action, the personal contact could. In this circumstance, the distressed could have given the primary caregiver the ability to be an emergency contact, If the caregiver receives a call from a person in distress, they could remotely activate the 'emergency' mode on the distressed phone and stay on the line with the distressed while the proper authorities are 'patched in'.

If no predefined contact parameters are set up, a distressed individual could choose to make an 'emergency call' to a personal contact. In this instance, triggering the emergency call would open a call with a personal contact while simultaneously activated an individual's home security system. This activation would notify authorities while, at the same time, providing rich information to an individual's personal contact.

A detailed description of this behavior is best described in the below scenarios:

Scenario 1- Theft requires quick not...