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Proactive Notification and Direction to Adequate Bandwidth Based on Calendar Entries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246009D
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 63K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to pro-actively notify and direct a user to a location, such as a hotspot, that provides the appropriate amount of bandwidth required for an upcoming scheduled meeting.

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Proactive Notification and Direction to Adequate Bandwidth Based on Calendar Entries

A technology in development is a wireless telecommunication device (telco) that provides a self-service mobile application (app). The mobile app is targeted to geographies outside the U.S., such as Latin America. In these locations, telcos not only provide wide area network (WAN) connectivity, but also augment that with managed Wi-Fi hotspots within towns and cities. These Wi-Fi hotspots may be deployed in locations such as malls, cafes, or restaurants. In many cases, the telco's subscribers' devices instantly switch to the Wi-Fi hotspot, when available. When connected, subscribers have access to a higher bandwidth connection and that data is not deducted from the subscription allocation.

Smart mobile devices have proliferated and have access to vast amounts of user data, including calendar.

This disclosure proposes a system and method to pro-actively notify and direct a user to a location, such as a hotspot, that provides the appropriate amount of bandwidth required for an upcoming scheduled meeting.

The system and method are based on a mobile app that runs on the telco customers' phones. The app is primarily used to view and modify the user's account, but it also can provide directions to nearby hotspots.

The novel system and method enable the app to proactively search the user's calendar for upcoming meetings, and then determine whether said meeting has a bandwidth requirement. This might be indicated by the presence of a web conference uniform resource locator (URL) address. The algorithm to determine bandwidth requirements can be very simple or quite sophisticated. That algorithm is outside the scope of this invention.

Based on bandwidth requirement, the system determines the best location (e.g., the nearest hotspot) to have the meeting. A database of local hotspots and the associated geographic location is stored on the client device. If the device is connected, perhaps on a slow connection, the database can be updated with latest data from the telco server. In addition, the app provides the user with the ability to get...