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Protocol and Method to create ad-hoc mobile social network communities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199908D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

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Collaboration can be useful during many day to day tasks. In most cases, a group has to be formed using traditional means based on trust and references and only after that necessary information is exchanged to solve problems. At present there is no well defined method to reach out to "unknown" subject matter experts/ interested groups in a physical location and hence the process of collaboration is generally avoided. To take a real world example - Consider a shopping mall that offers discounts on bulk orders. Generally a customer is interested in buying retail but may end up with a bad bargain either by not being able to buy as part of the offer or by buying excess just for the sake of the offer. The traditional approach to collaboration would be to talk to other people in the physical area and try to establish interest. This approach has problems like missing the target audience. For example in this particular case, another customer interested in the same offer may be shopping on a different floor

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Protocol and Method to create ad -hoc mobile social network communities

Below is a protocol which a mobile phone user could use to create and use such a network community
1. The initiator ( retail buyer in the example) will broadcast a message on his mobile device at a low range frequency. The range should be just enough to reach the targeted audience.
2. All the target devices (mobile phones for example) inside the current range would be running an application which will route the received message on their regular phone connection, to the service provider they are registered with.
3. The service provider receives the message and after doing an authenticity check on the initiator, and filtering the message, sends the final text message with contact information of the initiator back to the set of target devices. This step can serve the additional purpose of tracking the number of people using the service and charging them accordingly
4. Once the targets have the message they can decide if they are interested in the offer and can respond to the initiator. At this point the ad-hoc community is established.
5. The service provider may optionally create a virtual network ( similar to a chat room) with the members of this newly created community and its own set of protocols defined to exchange messages between them.