Business model for the telemetric use of mobile phone networks
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
With the imminent release of robust wireless interface technologies like blue tooth, together with the proliferation and coverage of digital mobile telephones and the ubiquity of the Internet, it is worth considering the possibilities that combining the three technologies would generate. One such possibility is to enable sensors with wireless interfaces such that they can use mobile phones in a telemetric like fashion to send data back to a WEB portal. Revenue would be collected from the mobile service provider as a percentage of the network usage( per SMS message/ per call etc.). Network Usage Billing of Network Usage Taking the concrete example of providing ambulatory patient monitoring service for hospitals and patients. A patient would be registered with a medical portal, where a profile and history database would be kept. The patient would be provided with a digital mobile telephone that had a wireless interface like blue-tooth. The patient would also receive the sensors necessary to monitor vital information like heart beat or blood pressure, etc. These sensors would also be enabled with identical wireless interfaces such that they could communicate with the mobile phone. The sensors would use the wireless interface to the mobile telephone to periodically transmit the patients vital information back to the medical portal. This could be in the form of WAP or SMS messages. The portal would analyze the data in order to provide a variety of services: Ambulant monitoring, diagnostic services, emergency services, automated patient location, prescription reminders etc.