Timely notification of emergencies or other time-varying information
Original Publication Date: 2000-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Disclosed is a system and method for providing users with time-critical information that is available on web-sites but which do not provide a “push” or notification service to interested users. The general idea is to convert sources of time-varying information that are presently accessed in a ‘pull’ fashion into a ‘push’ mechanism. That is, where without this invention the user would have to take active steps to access the information (such as logging on to a partic- ular site), with the invention the information gets to the user without his needing to log on. Two examples of the kind of information transmission supported by this invention will be described travel delays and weather. There are various way in which one’s travel can get delayed. Often, information about the delay is available, but if it is not readily accessible or made available in a timely fashion, alternative plans can’t be made. This example uses the example of traffic delays due to accidents/congestion/whatever, but could equally well apply to flight delays or other kinds of plan interruptions.