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System and Method for a Mutual Temporal GPS Tracking (ManHunt)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241832D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 192K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method for a temporal Global Positioning System (GPS) mutual tracking system that is geographical, event, and/or time-based. This system tracks a predefined trusted group of members for a period of an event.

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System and Method for a Mutual Temporal GPS Tracking (ManHunt)

When attending large events (e.g., conferences, festivals, etc.) as a group, it is difficult to locate and track other members when the group splits and goes in different directions. Existing methods of phone calls, text messages, manually sharing electronic location, or word of mouth in order to find each other are inefficient and not always effective.

The novel contribution is a system and method for a temporal Global Positioning System (GPS) mutual tracking system that is geographical, event, and/or time-based. This system tracks a predefined trusted group of members for a period during an event. This event can be a calendar entry, an event agenda, or geographical boundary, such as a conference location with a specific, predefined time. When the set time passes or the conference/event ends, the trusted mutual tracking dissolves.

This system enables a group of people to mutually track locations at an event for a specific amount of time. Users not only track the current movements of others in the group, but also can view the associated movement history in a trusted and temporal manner.

The system can also be used for a non-predefined group of members. By "bumping" together phones (leveraging art), users can add non-members to the group.

Alternatively, the members can send a push-notification that the non-member can accept. This allows the new member to obtain access to the tracking start/end time, location, and the other members participating in this tracking.

Example Embodiment #1:

1. Users A, B, C, D, and E are attending a business conference 2. Time, date, and members of the conference are known before the event and are entered into the colleagues' work calendar

3. By importing the calendar event into the locator application, the device creates an event

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