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System and apparatus for locating individuals by user properties

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250622D
Publication Date: 2017-Aug-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 162K

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System and Apparatus for Locating Individuals by User Properties

People finder applications allow users to find the location of the registered users. To find people based on certain properties, such as expertise or interests, a user needs to go to each person and look at the associated profile. This approach is time-consuming and not effective.   

For example, in a conference or an event venue, a user might want to connect with any other participant with cloud expertise, not having the names of anyone in particular. Existing technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS) and location-based services do not address this need; current systems cannot locate a registrant based on associated properties.

The novel contribution is a system that enables users to locate individuals within an area based on associated properties. The system aggregates properties of all the individuals that are in a location, and then maps those properties at the location. The generated map tracks and shows aggregated properties (e.g., areas of knowledge or expertise) of people in that location. The map is visible to a user, who can then see the locations of people with desired properties, even if the user does not personally know the individuals. The user can refine the map to only show those properties if there are more than certain number of people with such property in that location. This system enables a user to not only navigate an event or venue and reach the people with desired properties (e.g., expertise in cloud computing), but also to drill down and find out who those individuals are.  

The system comprises:

·         Location component: identifies where people are using existing technologies (e.g., location-based service/GPS)

·         User profile component: retrieves users' profiles and identifies associated properties (e.g., areas of expertise, interests, etc.)

·         Analytic component: calculates occurrences of the property in different locations

·         Visual map component: creates a user property location map, with visual effect based on the occurrences (e.g., bigger dot if there are many people with the same property in the same room)

·         Search component: allows a user to search for a property and see on the map where the most people with such a property are located. User can also specify advanced search criteria such as filter the results to only show property that has more than five individuals with such property in the location.

In an example embodiment, a user is at a conference or an event venue. Basic GPS and location-based services enable p...