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WIRELESS COORDINATE CONNECTOR APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE (API)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000225902D
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-12

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Related People

Mike Sullenberger: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is presented to provide a location based connection service between users and servers with location based information or between users in a location based peer to peer connection. This innovation uses the network to provide these services in an efficient way that preserves user privacy, ease of deployment and universality (competition between location server providers). This innovation lowers the barriers to entry since it does not require new servers to build a location based application system. The servers need only connect into a virtual network that is providing this location based connection service.

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WIRELESS COORDINATE CONNECTOR APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE (API)

AUTHORS:

Mike Sullenberger

Andre' Ara Karamanian

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    The wireless solution space has as a core competency in location services. However, it is inaccessible to most end users without customization. The users who have the most interest in this data are users in motion and who are wirelessly connected to the infrastructure. Currently, the wireless solution space does not have the ability for these wireless objects and users to actively use location services. Third parties write their own Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) with their own customizations leading to a non-uniform solution set.

    Two location based services that are needed by wireless and other users are summarized as follows:

1. Accurately discovering own location, especially indoors. This current solution space does not have user centric mechanisms for end users to ubiquitously receive this information from the network, i.e. the network knows the users location. While outdoors a user may be able to use GPS to discover his/her position, but GPS does not always work well indoors. Users who are indoors need to be able to query the wireless network to discover their location.

2. Query the network (Internet) for location-based information. This context-based location service is central to the idea in this paper, i.e. the core infrastructure is

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A method is presented to provide a location based connection service between

users and servers with location based information or between users in a location based

peer to peer connection. This innovation uses the network to provide these services in an

efficient way that preserves user privacy, ease of deployment and universality

(competition between location server providers). This innovation lowers the barriers to

entry since it does not require new servers to build a location based application system.

The servers need only connect into a virtual network that is providing this location based

connection service.


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used to distribute location based information irrespective of the edge mechanisms used to discover and retrieve it.

A wireless location portfolio needs to be able to provide a high-resolution position

and location based services for critical applications such as:


Proximity services


High-value asset tracking


IT management


Location-based security


Collaboration

Augmented reality


Ideally, this would smoothly integrate with wireless local area network (WLAN)

controllers and lightweight access points to track the physical location of wireless devices to within a few meters. Additionally, via a network management station an administrator can add static object information to a mobility services database. Normally this static object information is used to optimize wireless object positioning, but it could also be used to add other objects t...