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Method and System for Automatically Updating In Case of Emergency Contact Number in a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240386D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for automatically updating In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact number in a mobile device of a user. The method and system automatically updates an ICE contact list within the mobile device of the user based on a current geographical location of the user.

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Method and System for Automatically Updating In Case of Emergency Contact

Number in a Mobile Device

Generally, a close contact or loved ones are notified during emergency based on In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact numbers stored in a mobile device of a user. Often, numbers stored in the ICE contact list remains same irrespective of the current location of the user. There are chances that the user is travelling to another city or location in

which a different ICE contact might be necessary. Thus, ICE applications are available in all mobile devices but numbers stored as ICE contacts remains static.

Disclosed is a method and system for automatically updating In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact number in a mobile device of a user. The method and system automatically updates an ICE contact list within the mobile device based on the current geographical location of the user. The method and system enables the user to specify contacts within the mobile device for each geographical location. Thus, the specified contacts can be contacted in an emergency situation depending on the current geographical location of the user.

In an implementation of the method and system, a user selects an existing or a new contact from an address book as the ICE contact. Once the user selects the ICE contact, a new menu option is provided to the user for attaching location based preferences. The new menu option allows the user to select provided contacts as the ICE contact when user is within N miles of a geo-location. For example, since "Contact

A" lives near "Area A", "Contact A" can be used as the ICE contact when the user is near to "Area A" and "Contact B" can be used as the ICE contact when the user is in "Area B". The new menu option allows the user to select provided contacts as the ICE contact when the contact is closer to the user. For example, the user is closer relationship to "Contact A" rather than to "Contact B". Therefore, "Contact A" is selected as the new ICE contact for the user. When the user's location changes and someone wishes to access the ICE contact of the user, the ICE contact is determined based on the rules pre-determined by the user. When someone tries to call the ICE contact, an appropriate ICE contact is alerted. Optionally, if a first ICE contact does not answer, a second ICE contact can be automatically tried.

Consider a scenario where at any point of time "Contact A" is listed as the ICE contact in mobile device of "User X". If "User X" is on a business travel, "User X" usually tr...