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Controlling software-as-a-service based on geolocation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238578D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

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Abstract

A method for controlling Software as a Service (SaaS) based on geolocation is disclosed.

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Controlling software-as-a-service based on geolocation

Disclosed is a method for controlling Software as a Service (SaaS) based on geolocation.

The disclosed method offers different user experiences based on a user's location. Access and control the software may change based on the user's location. Cases include where SaaS is provided or where files are created by the software.

With software offered as a form of SaaS or as a pay-as-you-go model, it is difficult to track whether the user is using it for business or personal purposes. By defining a location in which users will be using the software chiefly for professional purposes, providers will be able to control the software service. Users can also determine where they want to use the software for personal use, in the same way that they set up a working environment. The disclosed method allows a software provider to offer different fees or impose access restrictions on the software based on user location information. It provides software providers with a better way of tracking user software usage and enables them to bill users based on their usage patterns. Moreover, thanks to its software defined networking (SDN) features, the SaaS provider is able to ensure better user experience or differentiate user experience based on user location. The user can control the costs of network access.

The Figure below depicts the environment where the following features are supported:
1) SaaS or pay-as-you-go software provide...