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DYNAMIC ADDITION OF USERS TO A SPARK ROOM BASED ON GEO LOCATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243612D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-05
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Shridurgha Janakiraman: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A mechanism is provided to dynamically add users to and dynamically remove users from a virtual conference room based on the user s geo location in accordance with enterprise requirements The geo location of the user is determined based on a physical location of a Wi Fi access point to which the user connects

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DYNAMIC ADDITION OF USERS TO A SPARK ROOM BASED ON GEO- LOCATION

   AUTHORS: Shridurgha Janakiraman Salini Kumar

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    A mechanism is provided to dynamically add users to, and dynamically remove users from, a virtual conference room based on the user's geo-location in accordance with enterprise requirements. The geo-location of the user is determined based on a physical location of a Wi-FiĀ® access point to which the user connects.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Requirements for mobile social networking applications significantly differ from enterprise requirements for geo-location based groups of employees. Mechanisms used by mobile social networking applications mark a user's location on a map and then make the user visible to other users in the same geographical location. The objective of such a proximity based approach is to enable the user to socialize with other users in the same location. Groups are statically created and linked to a location. Users see the group on the map and decide whether to join the group based on interest, time, availability, etc. In addition, mobile social networking applications only deal with spatial restriction and time restriction but not with posting restrictions.

    Existing virtual conference room systems, such as Cisco's Spark platform, enable teams to work together. Users may create virtual conference rooms and add colleagues or buddies to the virtual conference room. In addition, a user may request any member of a virtual conference room to add him or her to the virtual conference room.

    However, existing mechanisms do not take into account enterprise requirements for geo-location based groups as discussed in further detail below.

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    Unlike in the consumer mobile market for mobile social networking applications, enterprise requirements for geo-location based groups of employees are not directed towards socializing but towards productivity, emergency broadcasts, bring your own device (BYOD) solutions, and secure communication. Also, mobile social networking applications typically provided two/multiple way communication groups and not one way communication groups which are specific to enterprise requirements.

    While all the various existing mobile social networking applications use a map as the base to reach out to the user, enterprise requirements require a mechanism to reach out to the user/employee without using a map as the base. This is because a user/employee is not requesting for access to a group/room but the IT admin in the enterprise wants the employees in a particular location to be part of a group.

    The mechanisms provided herein dynamically add a user/employee to a group based on geo-location without using a map. In particular, the mechanisms allow dynamic removal of a user from a group based on the geo-location which is not addressed by existing applications and platforms.

Enterprise requirements include:

    1. IT admins or facili...