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Using wireless communications to limit device functionality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029071D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

High-end cell phone handsets, of the type that include digital cameras, often also include local wireless capability such as Bluetooth or 802.11 (WiFi). An organisation that wishes to block functionality - such as the digital camera - on their site could require employees to install an application that identifies local restrictions via this channel. In this way, the camera or other applications could be blocked in the workplace or other specific locations without impairing their functionality elsewhere.