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Method for Application Installation Based on Physical Location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000186556D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Aug-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Aug-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method and system for installing a computer application based on physical location of a mobile device held by a user is disclosed.

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Method for Application Installation Based on Physical Location

Disclosed is a method and system for installing applications on a mobile device. In order to install an application, an application distribution device detects the mobile device within proximity to a location of the application distribution device. Further, the application distribution device requests an install status of the application on the mobile device. If the mobile device responds with a negative install status of the application, installation package instructions are transmitted to the mobile device. The mobile device may be one of, but is not limited to, laptops, computers, PDAs, mobile phones, and portable computing devices. The method and system may also be applicable to stationary computing devices including desktop computers, servers, kiosks, ATMs, gaming machines etc.

The method and system installs an application based on the physical location of a mobile device held by a user. For example, security tools will be installed on a mobile device when it enters a restricted area. The installation is done based on some predefined rules stored on the mobile device. Alternatively, the predefined rules may be stored on a remote device and accessed by the mobile device via a communication protocol. The communication protocol may be one of, but not limited to, FTP and web services. The predefined rules may be common for a plurality of devices. In a scenario, an administrator or user may modify the predefined rules.

The applications may be installed using a proxy page or runtime component on the mobile device. The proxy page or runtime component may identify available applications needed to be installed on the mobile device. After the installation, the application may be available on the mobile device till the time the mobile device is in proximity to a location. Alternatively, the application may be available on the mobile device for an indefinite period of time.

The figure below illustrates the method and system for installing applications on mobile devices based on their location. In order to install the applications, a server communicates with a satellite. The server has installation data corresponding to location 1 applications and location 2 applications. When a user having a cell phone moves into an area deemed appropriate for the location 1 applications, the satellite makes available installation data corresponding to location 1 applications for download to the cell phone. Similarly, when a user having a handheld computer moves into an area deemed appropriate for the location 2 applications, the satellite makes available installation data corre...