Attended guidance service using an ad-hoc, short-range wireless communication network like Bluetooth
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Disclosed is a method of attended guidance service using ad-hoc, short-range wireless communication network technology like Bluetooth. Ad-hoc network technology enables an instant, occasional formation and breakup of a guided group, and short-range wireless network technology makes it possible to detect a member of the group who is getting lost being away from the group, and to alarm the guide or leader of the group. The disclosure relates to an application of wireless communication technology to an attended guidance service for a small group like a guided tour in a plant, zoo, museum, sight-seeing spot, and so on, where the guide talks to the group to explain about the place and others. Recently, Bluetooth, a wireless personal area network (PAN) technology, is being developed aimed at a low-power-consumption, low-cost, short-range, and ad-hoc voice and data communication tool. Among its proposed applications are occasional communication service between a fixed terminal/device and moving portable device, like service to a bank customer who is coming to a teller machine which does not require the customer to line in front of the teller machine, service in advance to an airline customer who is approaching to the airline counter in an airport, synchronization of data files in a moving portable device which comes close to a communication base station of a computer network, and so on. This disclosure proposes a use of the Bluetooth-like occasional short-range wireless communication technology to communications among persons who are all moving but maintaining a network. Also the short-range wireless communication technology can be used for detecting a member who is going away from a group. The communication technology is used as follows.