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Adhoc situation based content detection Disclosure Number: IPCOM000210675D
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 209K

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This article elaborates on a method and a system for managing resources (for example, documents, images et cetera) that users can access using a mobile device (for example, smartphone, tablet PC et cetera). The disclosed method and system allows users to filter and to sort resources based on a situational context. It involves the evaluation of identification data sent by other devices that are in the vicinity of the mobile device providing access to the resources.

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Adhoc situation based content detection

Sample Scenarios

Scenario 1:

John is at a meeting with a patent lawyer. He needs to identify all resources stored on his mobile device that are relevant for the discussion with the lawyer. The issue he might face is that he misses some resources or locates resources that are irrelevant.

Scenario 2:

Alice attends a political meeting and she needs to give a speech about a certain topic in her area of expertise. She needs to identify her speaker notes from a list of resources that are stored on her mobile device. One issue she might face is that she chooses the wrong speech.

Current Solution

When looking for resources that are relevant in a particular situation and that are made available by a mobile device, users have to identify the current setting and the relevant resources themselves. For instance, they can perform a search using specific keywords and then manually select the truly relevant resources from the search result. The link between the situation and the resources has to be made by the user based on their perceived circumstances. At present, there is no smart solution that lets the mobile device identify the suitable resources for the current situation the user is in.

Determining a Situational Context

For users to access the resources that are relevant in a particular situational context, there are various aspects that can be considered. Apart from interesting but coarse means such as the geographical location, the devices close-by and the people related to those devices are important indicators when determining the current setting. The latter aspects are in the focus of this article. For a mobile device, the situational context is represented by a set of attributes that it may store in a local or remote situation data repository.

Those attributes can also be thought of tags that may be applied to resources either locally stored on the mobile device or retrieved by the mobile device from a remote location. In order to determine the situational context, the mobile device will contact devices nearby to obtain data that can be used to query the situation data repository. The precise range or distance between the mobile device and the devices that contribute to the situational context is a detail of an implementation of the proposed method and system. It is not discussed in this article. The devices that receive a request of the mobile device to identify themselves and the person they belong to, may decide not to respond. In case a response is sent back, however, it contains information that help the requesting mobile device to identify the device and the corresponding person. Among others a response may include the e-mail address of the device owner or a unique device ID.

Upon receiving an identification data record, the mobile device builds a situational context by querying the situation data repository. The latter maps the pieces of device and person identification data to attribute...