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Detection of a known contact currently using a mobile device via data aggregation/analysis and controlling access to the device Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238273D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 38K

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The invention takes data from an intelligent contact list, and uses it to identify the user holding the mobile device. The identity of the user is then used to control access and automatically switch accounts of device features and applications.

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Detection of a known contact currently using a mobile device via data aggregation/analysis and controlling access to the device

Mobile devices are often shared by multiple users. Today there is technology that allows multiple accounts to exist on a mobile device, however switching between accounts is often a manual process where users log in and out of the device and applications running on them. It is more desirable for a seamless transition of functionality when the primary user hands the device off to a secondary user. For example, the device's current user session remains open but access to some content may be restricted for a particular secondary user. Such functionality does not exist in the art today.

Modern mobile devices have an integrated contact list that serves as an intelligent funnel for a variety of information such as social media, photos, voicemail, text messages, voice calls, etc. This invention focuses on using integrated contact lists combined with related digital and social media to identify a user of a mobile device and automatically change access levels to the device and applications running on them based on the identified user. The usage of integrated contact lists is considered enabling art.

In the art today there is also an abundance of various biometric and other user recognition approaches. The disclosed invention is specific to the confluence of information that comes together in a user's contact record on a mobile device, and leveraging many pieces of data to identify the user. For example, a user contact record has a photo and a voice sample so the invention can leverage facial recognition (front facing camera) and voice analysis (microphone) to determine the user. Thus, some of the individual identification methods are existing, but in combination with the contact list aggregation of data this is a unique application of the known identification techniques.

For the purpose of this invention the "user" is defined as someone who does not own the device, but is temporarily using the device and will often have a subset of the permissions that the owner has.

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