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An event driven system for sending messages to targeted users of shared devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237614D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-27
Document File: 5 page(s) / 96K

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Routines and schedules play a critical role in society. People are faced with the challenge of carefully managing time to maintain schedules. Unfortunately, when using manual time management techniques, it is very easy for people to lose track of time. A lapse in time management can cause people to arrive late or even miss scheduled events. When applied to a family environment, the problem of time management can cause undue stress, particularly for children. The concept of time is difficult for children to grasp and manage. It is easy for children to be captivated by an activity and completely lose track of time. In today’s day and age, many of these engaging activities involve technology linked to IT networks, such as tablets, smart phones etc. The problem is that there is no known way to automatically enforce routine (based on usage) using features of these technological devices.

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An event driven system for sending messages to targeted users of shared devices

What's needed is a system that can accurately direct messages to individuals who are known to be using particular devices, in a manner that leverages message delivery capabilities of the devices themselves. This system comprises:

Device Usage Monitor: Monitors application usage actions on targeted device

Classification Engine: Device monitored events are classified using existing techniques

Behavior Evaluation Engine: Aggregates a set of event classifications (e.g. over time) to identify demographic of user

Notification Management System: An administrator for managing notification events (and acting upon them) to target users

Message Delivery System: A system that is able to deliver electronic messages across different mobile platforms

The benefits of this approach over existing implementations are as follows:

Ability to send notifications to particular groups of users without the need for explicit log-on

Eliminates the need for all participants to have registered for shared calendars

Leverages existing messaging technologies to target current device user rather than device owners

The ability to notify users with certain characteristics of events that are relevant to them

Consumer friendly media encourages positive response from the message consumer

Provides a consistent solution across active registered devices

The diagram below is a sample screen for configuring a notification event. The example system has been pre-configured with a set of user classifications, e.g. child-girl. Note that this example is a timer based event, but other events may be triggered by other actions, e.g. email received by person whilst using a device not connected to email:


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In this example, an event has been configured for an afternoon rest notification to be sent to a female child for an afternoon sleep at 2pm each day. The message to be sent and the appropriate image would form the notification contents to be displayed on the device that


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she is currently using.

Note that in this example, a single entry is used for a girl, and perhaps another for any boys. Implementation may vary, in that these classifications may be handled by a single notification entry or split into separate events.

The implementation components are illustrated in the following diagram:


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Notification scheduler

Notification scheduler:

                :: An administrator can schedule notification events to target a particular demographic. Each scheduled notification includes details such as the user classification (intended recipient for the notification), subject, time, and message contents. The scheduler also contains logic to handle events when triggered.

Usage Monitor

Usage Monitor:

          :: Monitors application usage actions on targeted device. The monitored...