System for serving information based on location of consumer and time
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Disclosed is an infrastructure for storing, delivering and receiving information based on time and location. The proliferation of the Internet has allowed people to access information from anywhere about anything. Information is available on the "move through" technologies such as Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) and can be provided as based on a user's location. Location determining technologies, such as a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, installed on a mobile phone, are used to determine a user's location. For example, a user can find the nearest post office by utilising a system to automatically detect his/her location and then by utilising information from third party 'location based services' providers. The present mechanism is advantageous with the event of broadband mobile phones, especially if enabled with technologies, such as GPS. For example, a user can leave information based on his/her location on a remote system (co-ordinates determined by GPS). This can then be accessed by other users in that area at a later date. As an example, on a visit to a garden, a user may notice a rare species of butterfly and may want to comment on his/her experience so that others visiting the same garden can benefit from that user's comments. If the user records this event using his/her phone (using text, and feasibly audio and video), at a later point in time, visitors to the same garden can search (for example using "sliders" on their phone) based on a topic and time or proximity for the nearest information. If they themselves leave further information, an information trail through time and space grows, providing a historical diary.