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Proactive Emergency Detection and Notification through Contextual Analysis of Mobile Phone Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243516D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for proactive emergency detection and notification through contextual analysis of a mobile phone network. The system tracks certain activities of the users, and then analyzes the collection to identify usage patterns. Deviations in the stored usage patterns can indicate that the user is experiencing an emergency.

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Proactive Emergency Detection and Notification through Contextual Analysis of Mobile Phone Network

Large-scale proliferation of mobile phones has created opportunities for detecting when a user is experiencing an emergency. Current emergency detection capabilities on smart phones are largely dependent on the sophistication levels of the device and associate applications. Thus, the same emergency detection capabilities are not available to users of basic mobile phones. In addition, even in smart phones, the features to detect/notify of an emergency are available only

when the device is active (i.e., powered on). Furthermore, almost all emergency notification systems are reactive rather than proactive; the user has to, in some manner, create an emergency alert through some active or passive input in the phone. Depending on the situation, when an emergency strikes, the user may not be in a position to use the mobile phone to alert anyone about the emergency.

There is a need to address the aforementioned problems.

The solution is a system for proactive emergency detection and notification through contextual analysis of a mobile phone network. A mobile network provider (MNP) provides an option to its subscriber (the user) to avail/subscribe to an emergency notification service. Upon acceptance of the offer, the system prompts the user to provide emergency notification numbers (ENN) (e.g., friends, family, etc.).

The MNP initiates tracking certain activities of the user (described below) in order to enable the system to contextually analyze the subscriber's usage patterns. The system then uses contextual analysis to proactively detect an emergency

without any interference from the user. When an emergency is detected, the system generates and delivers an emergency notification to ENNs.

The MNP uses the currently available technology to track the user's movement and establish a regular movement pattern. The MNP tracks movement of the mobile phones through the associated mobile network without relying on the Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities of the phone, unlike other emergency related applications, which require

inherent capabilities of the mobile phone (e.g., sensors, GPS, etc.) to detect any emergency.

As an example, if the user is a senior citizen with disease conditions, then the movement pattern is probably limited. Thus, as soon as the system detects any pattern deviation beyond a predetermined threshold, it can auto...