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System for managing large file transfers using mobile device mediation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238275D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

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Abstract

A system and method for managing large file transfers using mobile device mediation is disclosed.

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System for managing large file transfers using mobile device mediation

Disclosed is a system and method for managing large file transfers using mobile device mediation.

Many mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, have limited storage space resources. This is particularly a problem in file transfer situations, since user's often desire to transfer large files. A user may want to send a file to another user that is too large to originate from a mobile device. Correspondingly, a user may want to receive a file that is too large to be saved on a storage constrained mobile device. What is needed is a system to allow mobile devices to intelligently coordinate large file transfers between client systems.

Disclosed is a system for the management of file sends and receives between client systems using a mobile device as a mediator for the transfers. This allows for the transfer of files even if they would exceed the storage resources of the mobile device. The mobile device interface presents listings of files that are available both locally on the mobile device as well as remotely on client systems. The mobile device user can select any of these files to send to another user. The interface also presents the names of files that other users want to send to the mobile device user. When the mobile device user indicates that they want to download a file, the mobile device will check its storage resources and warn the user if there is not enough space on the mobile device or if some storage space threshold (user settable) would be exceeded by downloading the file. The interface would then offer an alternate client system on which to download the file.

As depicted in the Figure, the system has of three major elements: a file transfer server (manager), a mobile interface, and remote systems to send files to or receive files from.

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The transfer server stores all the information about system users and transfers. When a user sends a file to another user for download, that file is actually uploaded to the transfer server and stays there until the recipient downloads the file. The transfer server is able to transfer files to and from mobile devices (interface C) and to and from remote systems (interface D) at the request of the mobile device (interface A).

The mobile device gets information about remote system files systems (files available, storage space) through interface B.

The mobile application uses the User Interface (UI) Control, Info interface (A) to construct a UI containing a list of people that the application user has either sent files to or received files from. Selecting a person from this list will show files sent by that person for

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download by the mobile application user (from the transfer server) and / or files sent to the selected person by the mobile application user. The UI shows statuses for the files such as who sent files for download, whether they've been previo...