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Method and System for Automatically Powering Off of Electronic Equipments in an Airplane during Take-off and Landing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223831D
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-30
Document File: 3 page(s) / 62K

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Abstract

A method and system for automatically securely powering off of electronic equipment in an airplane during take-off and landing is disclosed.

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Method and System for Automatically Powering Off of Electronic Equipments in an Airplane during Take-off and Landing

In an airplane, all the passengers' electronic equipment needs to be in the OFF position during takeoff and landing. Also, when in flight, everything needs to be OFF below 10,000 ft. Sleep mode or "airplane mode" is not acceptable since there is still power provided to the electronic devices even when in this mode.

Disclosed is a method and system for securely and automatically powering off of electronic equipment in an airplane during take-off and landing. The method and system securely and automatically powers of electronic devices by initially tracking electronic devices entering the airplane, correlating the electronic devices with the flight number and position of the airplane, securely turning off all electronic equipment at take-off and securely turning-off all electronic equipment when the airplane descends below a specific altitude. The method and system utilizes Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags embedded within electronic devices. The RFID tag of an electronic device is read by a near field scanning device (NFC) and registers the device and its class as the passenger enters the airplane. Thereafter, the NFC device sends signals to each electronic device indicating the flight number and an identifier embedded in the RFID for the electronic device. During take-off any electronic device that is ON reads its global position using Global Positioning System (GPS) and correlates it with flight number which results in turning OFF all the devices within the airplane upon receipt of an electronic "turn off" signal from the airplane.

As illustrated in the figure, a control circuit for the on/off switch is added to the electronic device. This circuitry includes an RFID tag, which transmits its information to the gate agent at boarding point or in the airplane. There is also a comparator circuit for comparing different pieces of information to determine if the electronic device needs to be powered off. Different pieces of information include, but are not limited to, comparing flight number with GPS position and receiving commands from a scanner at the boarding point. The circuitry takes power from either the electronic device itself if the electronic device is not turned off or from RF signals coming f...