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Enhanced Contact Information Exchange by Aggregating Contextual Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245507D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 123K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an application on a mobile or other computing device that pushes and pulls social media and contact information between two or more devices and stores the information with an additional assortment of electronically harvested contextual information tags and metadata related to the meeting of two or more people.

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Enhanced Contact Information Exchange by Aggregating Contextual Information

Formats exist for exchanging contact information (vCard) and transferring that information between mobile computing devices; however, these formats and technologies do not include a way to capture and exchange contextual information such as date and time, event, geo-location or other related contextual metadata about the actual meeting between the users. Additionally, existing solutions do not provide a way to review a history or report of contact interactions using this meta-data (e.g., Whom did I meet at that event?).

The novel contribution is an application on a mobile or other computing device that pushes and pulls social media and contact information between two or more devices and stores the information with an additional assortment of electronically harvested contextual information tags and metadata related to the meeting of two or more people.

This idea provides a type of enhanced vCard format and process by extending the existing idea of gathering and exchanging information using a format like vCard. The main improvement is the gathering, addition, and exchange of location, date, and other contextual information related to the meeting of two or more people. This enhancement allows users to store and track other people by the context of how, when, and where the people met (e.g., at an event, last month, etc.).

The exchanged information extends the standard vCard information by pairing contact information with the following contextual information:

• Date and time • Geo-location, address, Global Positioning System (GPS)

• Place name (e.g., business, restaurant, store, etc.)

• Event name and information (e.g., conference, workshop, concert, etc.)

• Social media information (e.g., user names and links for social networks, professional networks, blogs, etc.)

• Information from other co-located devices, via Internet of Things devices
• Personal electronic information (e.g., e-calendar, email, etc.)

With this system, the user can access contact information by the collected metadata. This system allows the user to recall the meeting and contact information by any of the stored tags, without having to remember exact names and dates. Users of this system can recall information with queries such as:

• Whom did I meet at that event?

• Whom did I meet last month?

• How many times/places did I see a certain person?
• What was their social media contact information?

All of this information can be collected by one or more devices and then be

electronically exchanged, shared and merged among the same devices or other mobile devices at a later point.

If two people meet to exchange information but only one person has the information exchange application, the other person can be prompted to download and install the application. Th...