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Maps overlay for location-based messaging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201098D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-08
Document File: 3 page(s) / 31K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system which enables users to send and message via an instant messaging application to a group of users based on their location, irrespective of whether these users are on their contact list or a part of a list/group in the application. The system integrates coded location maps and radio frequency identification with the instant messaging application.

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Maps overlay for location-based messaging

Instant messaging (IM) systems can be used to initiate instantaneous collaboration with a contact/buddy. In these systems, in order to send a message to a person, the recipient must either be a part of a user's contact list or should be a part of a list/group to which user would send the message.

Consider a case when a user wants to send a message to all the people around their cubicle. All these candidates might not be a part of user's contact list and may not be a part of a single list/group. In such cases sending a message to a group of people, all of whom are not a part of user's contact list or are part of a single group/list becomes a problem.

Furthermore, although location of an individual is often known via their device, and location can be overlaid on geographical maps, this information is not fully integrated into the instant messaging capabilities.

IM users need a means to flexibly send a message to group of users based on their location, as well as to use location information and a mapping user interface (UI), to help users find other real-time activities of interest (e.g., meetings).

Current approaches to associate IM with location include:
• Local Map Chart [1]: This technology is different from the disclosed solution in that:

o It doesn't use radio frequency identification (RFID) to determine the

location of a user

o It doesn't assist the user in finding the meeting room that is vacant.
o It also doesn't identify the path to reach to a particular location
o It doesn't allow the user to select a few individuals or select an area from a

map to which to send a message
• Location-Based Messaging [2]: This invention talks about associating location identifiers with systems and sending a message to an individual using that system. In contrast, the disclosed system uses RFID/other existing technology to find out the user in a particular location and sends a message based on that. This system may not work if user is working on wireless and the Internet Protocol (IP) address is changing dynamically as there is a mapping between the physical location and the electronic address.

• Viewing people in a location [3]: Discusses viewing people present in a particular location and sending the message to all people. In contrast, the disclosed solution allows the user to select a few individuals or select an area from a map to which to send a message. In addition, it says nothing about the integration of calendar, to find people in a particular meeting that you are supposed to join.

The solution disclosed here enables users to send a message to a group of users based on their location irrespective of whether these users are on their contact list or a part of a list/group.

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The solution integrates location maps with the instant messaging application. These maps h...