Geographic based disabling/enabling of devices
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Disclosed is a method of enabling and disabling devices and software using global position systems (GPS) to determine the device location and enabling or disabling the device based upon its location. Often there is a need to enable or disable devices based upon their location. Consider a scenario where a storage device is used to store highly sensitive information. If this storage device were limited to operations within a certain geographic area removing the device would not result in compromise of the information since it would be secured to access on the device within the limiting area. The following figure demonstrates this: Further zones could be established where devices within which devices could operate. Equipment could be transported between these zones safely without fear that loss outside of the operation zone would compromise the data or equipment. This concept can also be applied in systems that are limited by export regulations such as certain classes of computing hardware. Fitting of enabling hardware would limit the utility within proscribed geographical boundaries. The system can also be employed as a means of copy protection or license validation.