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Definition and marketing of mobile phone or vehicle tracking information containing an average daily commute database

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014519D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Definition and marketing of mobile phone or vehicle tracking information containing an average daily commute database This disclosure defines an approach for creating customer or subscriber profiles containing daily commute patterns and the possible use of such a database. The usefulness of this database assumes the customer or subscriber has a fairly regular pattern of travel that is repeated on a weekly basis. The information for the database is retrieved from tracking mobile phone positions using integrated GPS (global positioning system) devices. The latitude and longitude information is transmitted back to a base station and cross referenced to individual streets or parking lots. A database record is then created with, 1) the time and location the mobile unit entered the street or parking lot, 2) the street or parking lot identification, and 3) the time and location the mobile unit exited the street or parking lot. A new record is created for each street traveled on in a 24 hour period. The set of database records for a single 24 hour period is considered the ‘actual’ daily commute pattern for a customer. The actual commute patterns for several weeks are then statistically merged to create ‘average’ daily commute patterns for each day of the week. The average daily commute pattern database can then be used to predict the location of the subscriber at any time of day on any day of the week.