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Remotely querying the status of a car wash

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028069D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-22

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In general, car washes tend to be frequently out of service. It can be very inconvenient to drive all the way to one only to find out that it is not working. A solution to this problems is to allow a user to remotely query the status of a car wash before driving to it. The query mechanism could be SMS, Internet (or for instance) a voice activated service available over the phone. The car wash status information can include both the operational status and the size of queue waiting to use the car wash. This information can be deduced from the sale of car wash tickets or tokens. The same principle can also be applied to querying the status of other queuing based services like busy carparks.