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Method and Apparatus for an event based model for advanced profile management in mobile devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000217999D
Publication Date: 2012-May-15
Document File: 5 page(s) / 105K

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Abstract

With the amount of features in the modern mobile devices, a user can encounter several scenarios where the function or usage of the device changes. Examples of such events could be a user checking into an airline or unlocking a car using the mobile device. Every such event calls for a different preference or a repeated action to be performed on or by the device like switching to flight mode or sending a SMS stating the user is driving. Currently only a manual way of applying profiles is possible which is time consuming. A convenient way to manage those profiles and support for custom profiles will prove very useful.

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Method and Apparatus for an event based model for advanced profile management in mobile devices

A user can have multiple settings changed on his device based on the time and place he is in. It is very uncomfortable for the user to choose a setting for every scenario repeatedly. The challenge today is that there is no automated or intelligent way of deducing a preferential setting on a mobile device for a specific time and place. Such a way will save valuable time and promote convergence of technologies on the mobile platform saving workstation costs. A solution to this is to bring in an intelligent event processor model in the mobile device which can identify scenarios based on events triggered by NFC(Near field Communication), GPS location change or the reception of a call or SMS on the device and apply a customized profile based on weight ages or user priorities.

A NFC event is associated with two NFC enabled devices and a data transfer. This information is used to identify the location or scenario that the user is in and then a setting is applied or an action is performed. Similarly, a set location based on GPS coordinates can also be used to identify a location. A phone call or a SMS from a preferred list of people can be treated as an event trigger to perform a specific action on the mobile device.

An event on the mobile device triggers the activation of a customized profile. An event is defined as one of the following:


When the NFC tag in the mobile device is being used in an active or passive mode.


When the user specifies a set of important GPS coordinates and the mobile device is in a location that is in range with one entry in the user specified list of coordinates.


When the user receives a phone call or a SMS from a contact who is in the user specified list of contacts.

More event types like Wi-Fi found and similar could also be introduced as event triggers thereby making this model future-proof.

An event of one of these types is required to be specified by the mobile device user along with the intended profile to be applied. The customized profile could be anything related to the mobile device like activating a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, recording a call, auto-response to a call or SMS. The events are managed inside event groups which are maintained in the order of criticality. The user decides which event group an event maps to, if the default assignment is not suitable. The groups help in deciding the priority of an event that happens when a profile is active because a different event was triggered. An example of such a scenario is receiving a call on the mobile phone while making a Mobile payment using NFC.

The event based model consists of two components - an intelligent event processor and an advanced profile manager. The two components operate between themselves to constitute an efficient event processor model.

Intelligent Event Processor (IEP)

IEP is the brain of the event processor model. At a high level, t...