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A wireless anti-theft system for mobile devices in work space

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249419D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 78K

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Abstract

This disclosure proposes a digital anti-theft system, which could effectively prevent working assets from being stolen while not requiring a physical string attached. Three components are involved in this proposal. One is a low-power consumption wireless (Bluetooth, wireless, infrared, magnet, etc) base station which can be fixateed onto any place which cannot be easily moved. Then a personal mobile device such as cell phone or smart watch is needed to represent the presence of individual owner. Your protected mobile device is the last piece to this method.

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A wireless anti-theft system for mobile devices in work space

Nowadays, mobile device gets so wildly used and intertwined with our daily life that people cannot live without it. Users tend to store more important and private information onto their mobile devices due to its convenience and significantly improved computing capability. Although some relevant companies come up with ideas to erase data when you file a report of loss , there is still a great risk that your lost device gets cracked open and your personal data leaked online. So the ideal situation is that we keep an eye on the devices all the time and never give theft a chance to steal them away, which, apparently, is not realistic.

Anti-theft is an old topic which runs for thousands of years. A typical and obvious way to prevent one object from being stolen is to fixate it to its surroundings. For instance, most of laptops are equipped with a lock port, which can be used to string the laptop to a physical desk top via a wire. Whereas, as we move on to wireless era, tethering is deemed as a primitive creature which is not

supposed to exist in 21 st

century and must be kicked out of way as soon as possible. It’s almost absurd to ask modern companies to provide lock port on their mobile devices. At the same time, millennias, who get used to carrying devices around all the time, are not willing to accept this stale tethering method when they get to work space. In short, people are craving for a more elegant and intuitive way to protect their devices which does not require sticking a bump sticker to their laptop or tying it to some place.

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Figure 1. Tethering laptop to desktop

With all stated above, this disclosure proposes a digital anti-theft system, which could effectively prevent working assets from being stolen while does not require a physical string attached. Three components are involved in this proposal. One is a low-power consumption wireless (Bluetooth, wireless, infrared, magnet, etc) base station which can be fixed onto any place which cannot be easily moved. Then a personal mobile device such as cell phone or smart watch is needed to represent the presence of individual owner. Your protected mobile device is the last piece to this method.

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The base station should be able to automatically pair with your personal device and protected device immediately they enter into its radiation scope. On top of that, it is also capable of being programmed to raise an alarm whenever a paired device gets out of a predetermined range, like 1m. Of course,...