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Weather Alerts based on Indoor/Outdoor Location Travel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249296D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a mobile device function that detects when the user is going outdoors, and then accordingly provides weather alerts. This helps the user receive weather alerts at the appropriate times.

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Weather Alerts based on Indoor /Outdoor Location Travel

Weather alerts delivered to mobile devices via push notifications are typically triggered by severe weather events in the surrounding region, which is identified by zip code, city, county, state, etc. However, such alerts do not consider the precise location of the device owner; in particular, these alerts are unaware or unconcerned with whether the user is indoors or outside. The current or future weather conditions might not be a concern until that person is ready to leave the building. Such users must always remember to check the weather forecast before leaving home, work, etc.

The novel solution is a mobile device function that detects when the user is going outdoors, and then accordingly provides weather alerts. This helps the user receive weather alerts at the appropriate times.

Weather services can send alerts, via push notifications or similar delivery methods, to mobile devices that are detected as leaving a building, where said building is equipped with location-based beacons that can track the precise location and trajectory of the mobile device.

In an example embodiment, a person with a mobile device travels per usual processes. A smart location detection system detects the user’s device in a micro-location setting. This system can use various types of technology to detect indoor presence such as Wi-Fi triangulation, Bluetooth* Low Energy (BLE) beacons, etc.

Figure: Detection of the user’s mobile device

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