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Reset Lost Device during Registration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244641D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

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Related People

Nitin Khanna: INVENTOR

Abstract

Mobile handset theft is one of the biggest problems faced by the telecommunication industry. An Equipment Identity Register (EIR) reduces the threats of theft of mobile handsets by enabling individual telecommunication operators to prevent the use (registration) of stolen handsets in their own mobile networks. This invention proposes the use of the EIR to not only blacklist (forbid) the mobile handset on the network but also to reset the device handset data. Also, the proposed solution can work for any type of phone (regular cellular phone, Smartphones, Phablet, PDA, etc.).

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Reset Lost Device during Registration

Background

Mobile handset theft is one of the biggest problems faced by the telecommunication industry. An Equipment Identity Register (EIR) reduces the threats of theft of mobile handsets by enabling individual telecommunication operators to prevent the use (registration) of stolen handsets in their own mobile networks.

This invention proposes the use of the EIR to not only blacklist (forbid) the mobile handset on the network but also to reset the device handset data. Also, the proposed solution can work for any type of phone (regular cellular phone, Smartphones, Phablet, PDA, etc.).

 

Motivation

All the current available alternatives in the market, to reset the device data handset upon theft, require the device to connect to the any network via voice, SMS or data channels.

Mobile handsets are generally stolen by the lower income group people. Also stolen handsets from grey market are generally bought by lower income group people who are least likely to have a data connection enabled on their prepaid/postpaid SIM cards.

It is most likely that a mobile handset when powered up will try to register to any of the nearby mobile network. Hence, resetting a stolen mobile handset at network registration stage itself will be more beneficial than waiting for it to latch onto voice, SMS or data channels.

 

Core Proposal

The current proposed invention utilizes the existing capabilities, call flows and framework of the EIR element in the telecom network. The EIR is proposed to be enhanced with new color type value which indicates “blacklist device with reset”.

At present the GSMA standard prescribed color codes only blacklist a device (forbid registration). The invention adds a new color type which signifies blacklist device with reset operation.

The proposed new call flow for the invention will be as follows:

•                    Stolen device is reported by the Subscriber

•                    Subscriber requests the Service provider to reset the device data in case the lost device tries to register on the network

•                    The Service Provider marks the device as blacklisted in the EIR with additional information i.e. wipe device data

•                    The blacklisted device tries to attach to the network via Atta...