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Contacting Multiple Parties in Emergency Situations via a Single Action Disclosure Number: IPCOM000168206D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Feb-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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In times of crisis, every second can count in when notifying both loved ones and authorities that are needed to respond to the problem. Today, there are many ways to notify individuals of problems, but identifying time savings techniques will always be an ongoing focus of those familiar with technology. During an emergency, two parties almost always need notified; authorities that are needed to respond, and a personal contact. This personal contact can include primary caregivers, next of kin, significant others, or close friends. In home emergencies such as health problems, fire, or security breaches it is common that both of these parties should be contacted. Currently this would require two separate actions. These actions could include separate telephone calls (mobile or land line), activation of a security system, or activation of personal health monitors. Often these actions tie together the notification of separate parties. For example, if a personal health monitor is activated, both caregivers and authorities are notified. However, in this example, the record of information transferred from the party in need is not complete in transmission and both parties need more information to act accordingly. The current notification techniques are also incomplete and cannot encompass multiple types of emergencies while contacting both loved ones and authorities. The present article looks to provide a system or method in which authorities and personal contacts can be simultaneously contacted for a plurality of emergency circumstances. Rich information must be passed to both parties and must be usable by both.

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Contacting Multiple Parties in Emergency Situations via a Single Action

This implementation would tie one or more emergency contacts to an authority such that, when activated, individuals in distress could make a telephone (mobile or land) call to an authority while a personal contact is made aware of the information being passed along by the distressed in real time, thus saving the need for two separate actions taken by the afflicted individual. The opposite could also be true, where a call placed to a primary caregiver could be listened to by authorities such that an individual only must call the primary caregiver.

If the individual in distress does not initiate the action, the personal contact could. In this circumstance, the distressed could have given the primary caregiver the ability to be an emergency contact, If the caregiver receives a call from a person in distress, they could remotely activate the 'emergency' mode on the distressed phone and stay on the line with the distressed while the proper authorities are 'patched in'.

If no predefined contact parameters are set up, a distressed individual could choose to make an 'emergency call' to a personal contact. In this instance, triggering the emergency call would open a call with a personal contact while simultaneously activated an individual's home security system. This activation would notify authorities while, at the same time, providing rich information to an individual's personal contact.

A detailed description of this behavior is best described in the below scenarios:

Scenario 1- Theft requires quick not...