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System and Method for Detecting Visitors/Co-Workers in Any Given Physical Location and Connecting the Same with Associated Contacts List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246070D
Publication Date: 2016-May-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 56K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to identify and notify both visitors to a site and the associated contacts of the presence of each using enterprise location information, historical location, device ownership, and networks to which the devices connect. The system connects to two or more people (e.g., friends, colleagues, etc.) through a smart device, when the individuals happen to be at the same location or area at the same time but are unaware of each other’s presence.

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System and Method for Detecting Visitors /

--Workers in Any Given Physical Location

                              Workers in Any Given Physical Location and Connecting the Same with Associated Contacts List

Companies usually have many office locations distributed worldwide. Employees frequently travel between sites. Because sites are usually large and divided into many small rooms, it is difficult for people to know who is on site at a particular moment (e.g., a visitor might want to know that a team member is also working in that office that day). Because people are unaware of each other's presence, the opportunity to meet and connect face to face is lost.

The novel contribution is a system to identify and notify both visitors to a site and the associated contacts of the presence of each using enterprise location information, historical location, device ownership, and networks to which the devices connect. The system connects to two or more people (e.g., friends, colleagues, etc.) through a smart device, when the individuals happen to be at the same location or area at the same time but are unaware of each other's presence.

The novel system uses an existing network infrastructure and software system as a feed. The system identifies the visitors by looking at the connected devices to a given network, and identifies the owners from devices and the associated regular office location. It also identifies all contacts' names for that given visitor who happens to be at same location. Further, the system notifies visitors and contacts of each other's presence.

In a preferred embodiment, the system begins by identifying the devices connected a given network, obtaining the Media Access Control (MAC) addresses, and accessing device ownership records to obtain the owner details. The system identifies the owner's regular office location and historical work location. If the current location does not match the regular or recently used location, the system identifies...