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20120202527TECHNIQUE FOR EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION - In a communication arrangement in accordance with the invention, a server is employed to collect and organize information for mobile device users according to the user profiles, e.g., personal profile, business profile, vacation profile, etc., which reflect different user personae. Moreover, with the server, incoming messages for the user are organized and stored according to the source of the messages and the user criteria established in the user profiles. Further, information in a mobile device may be organized using electronic information cards, referred to as “E-cards,” which facilitate, among others, transfer of information from the mobile device to the server, or other mobile devices to conduct various commercial and data transactions.08-09-2012
20130029692Information Distribution Method and Device - The present invention provides an information distribution method based on geographical location information of a mobile terminal. The method includes obtaining current geographical location information of the mobile terminal; based on an acquiring mode used to obtain the current geographical location information, determining a positioning accuracy of the mobile terminal's current geographical location information; based on the determined positioning accuracy, determining a distribution mode used to distribute information to the mobile terminal, wherein the distribution mode includes a location-based distribution mode and the combination mode of location-based distribution and relation-based distribution; and distributing information to the mobile terminal using the determined distribution mode.01-31-2013
20130029691Brand Mapping - A user uses a portable electronic device to select an image representative of a brand. In response to the user's selection of the image representative of the brand, the device automatically presents the user with an image of a map that indicates a current location of the device and shows one or more images representative of brand purchase sites where the selected brand may be accessed by the user.01-31-2013
20110207479SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ALERT-BASED SERVICES TO MOBILE STATIONS IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - System for providing alert-based communication services for which corresponding alert conditions to be met by mobile stations are defined. The system includes an alert engine capable of firing alerts associated with the alert-based communication services if location data regarding the mobile stations is indicative of the mobile stations meeting the alert conditions corresponding to the alert-based communication services. A requirements engine is provided for determining an expected earliest future time at which at least one alert condition is capable of being met by a particular mobile station and outputting a data element indicative of a requirement to obtain updated location data about the particular mobile station in advance of the expected earliest future time. Also provided is a scheduler for receiving expiry times data indicative of a plurality of expiry times relating to respective location requests, processing the expiry times data for determining an order for servicing the location requests by positioning determining equipment (PDE) at least in part on a basis on the expiry times of the location requests and an output for interfacing with the PDE, allowing it to service the location requests according to the order determined.08-25-2011
20090197619SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ADVERTISEMENT DATA TO A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE - A mobile device includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor and configured to store user-specific data. The processor is configured to access data indicating a position of the mobile device and provide advertisement data based upon the position of the mobile device and the user-specific data.08-06-2009
20090061901Personal augmented reality advertising - Personal augmented reality advertising involves detecting a proximity between a participant's mobile device and a viewer's mobile device. An identifier of the participant's mobile device and biometric data that describes the participant have both been made publicly available. The biometric data is obtained in response to detecting the proximity between the participant's mobile device and the viewer's mobile device. A match is detected between the biometric data of the participant and an image captured from a sensor of the viewer's mobile device. In response to detecting the match, the captured image and an advertisement presented with the captured image is presented in the viewer's mobile device. The advertisement is associated with the participant.03-05-2009
20120172058Tracking and Alerting Populations Using Wireless, Wireline and Internet Mechanisms - A method and system for transmitting alerts messages is provided. An automatic management system determines a location of a device. An alerting device is determined based on the determined location and an alert message is transmitted to the alerting device.07-05-2012
20080261625REMOTE LOCATION BASED SERVICES - The invention relates to a method, system and service for processing at a remote device a request from a first device, the method has the steps of receiving a request message to obtain information on location based services available at the physical location of the remote device from the first device, determining a user defined query in the request message, routing the query to an appropriate response service, formulating the response from the response service into a response message, and routing the response message to the first device.10-23-2008
20110190009SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATION PRIVACY AND LOCATION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OVER WIRELESS SYSTEMS - A method for allowing the management of permissions, notifications and reporting pertaining to a wireless device and the physical location of the device obtained via automatic location identification (ALI) technologies. A location preferences management system and method is provided for wireless users utilizing a mobile application requesting location fixes via any telecommunication technology. The location management system provides these mobile users with a comprehensive understanding of the location permissions and notifications and hence the location transactions associated with their wireless device and with the ability to manage it in a way that makes sense for their personal or business needs.08-04-2011
20120184300System and Method for Anticipating Wireless Signal loss to Provide Robust Location Based Services - A system and method for anticipating wireless signal loss and providing location based services in view of the anticipated wireless signal loss is disclosed.07-19-2012
20120184299SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING INTERACTION WITH CONTROLLABLE LIGHTING NETWORKS - Systems and methods for managing interaction with controllable lighting networks are disclosed. Particularly, a user's input regarding the user's preferred level of interaction with a controllable lighting network is used in conjunction with memories and processors, to selectively allow the controllable lighting network access to the user's personal data such as the user's identity or the user's personal lighting preferences. A user's preferred level of interaction with a controllable lighting network is also used, in conjunction with personal mobile electronic communication devices, to allow the user to control lighting within controllable lighting networks.07-19-2012
20090191899System for Providing Location-Based Services in a Wireless Network, Such as Locating Sets of Desired Locations - A system and associated method receives a command from a user's mobile device to locate points of interest near the mobile device's location. The points of interest are associated with different, user-identified, point of interest categories. Based at least in part on the mobile device's location, the system substantially simultaneously provides a list of points of interest for at least some of the point of interest categories.07-30-2009
20090191898METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING A PROXIMITY-BASED APPLICATION IN A HAND-HELD COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A system and method for operating a proximity-based application on a hand-held communications device utilizing a GeoData Bar is disclosed. The system can be configured to extract proximity-specific intelligent search results from social network services, local contact services and information regarding proximity-specific contents. The search results simultaneously display with an active proximity search range on a graphical user interface (GUI) of the device corresponding to the settings of the GeoData Bar associated with the hand-held communications device. The active proximity search range includes a numeric indication of the magnitude of the active proximity search range, for example, in miles or kilometers. The GeoData Bar enables a user to interact/update/change the active proximity search range without entering any additional navigation windows or menus.07-30-2009
20090191897Environment Characterization for Mobile Devices - Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products are provided to harness massively distributed, but locally available location, application usage, device usage, network and overall Radio Frequency (RF) systems awareness, processing, memory and connectivity from mobile devices in a manner which would broadly characterize the environments these mobile devices operate within given the capabilities of each type of mobile device to contribute information about its local environment.07-30-2009
20110195727PROVIDING CALENDAR NOTIFICATIONS BASED ON CHANGES IN TRAFFIC PATTERNS - Provided is a method of providing calendar notification information on a mobile device. The location of the mobile device and the location of a calendar entry are sent to a remote server. The remote server gathers real-time traffic information along the route between the mobile device and the calendar entry and provides the mobile device with an estimated travel time.08-11-2011
20110195726COMMERCIALLY SUBSIDIZED MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICES AND SERVICES - Mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, may be capable of recommending to a user various providers of one or more solicited services, e.g., by identifying a user location and identifying providers near the user location that provide the services, and by initiating a call between the user and a selected provider. However, the equipment and service costs of such devices may be prohibitive, particularly for mid-range mobile communication devices that may appeal to cost-conscious users. The prohibitive costs may be diminished by redirecting part or all of the cost of providing the recommendation service from the providers, e.g., by charging the provider a service cost upon initiating a call from the user to the provider, or upon representing the provider in a provider database. In one such embodiment, all service costs may be borne by providers, providing to the user a free recommendation service via the mobile communication device.08-11-2011
20100159956Method for Providing Location-Based Information Services, Location-Based Information Services System, and Portable Electronic Device - A method for providing location-based information services to a portable electronic device includes the steps of: providing an information platform and a user preference settings database for receiving and recording preference settings data of a user of the portable electronic device, respectively, the preference settings data including categories of information and location range; receiving positioning information from the portable electronic device using a positioning module; selecting location information from a location information database in accordance with the preference settings data recorded in the user preference settings database that corresponds to the positioning information received by the positioning module; and transmitting the selected location information to the portable electronic device. Since location-based information services are provided based on the preference settings data, the user receives only the location information that he or she prefers.06-24-2010
20100159955Method and Apparatus for Providing Location-Based Information - A method and apparatus for providing location-based information to a wireless communication device is disclosed. The wireless communication device receives its geographic position information and provides its geographic position information to a web server while accessing a web service provided by the web server. Based on the geographic position information received from the wireless communication device, the web server provides geographic coordinates of locations relevant to the web service in the form of web geo-cookies. The wireless communication device maintains a database of the received geographic coordinates. When the wireless communication accesses a geographic map of a route or region, the wireless communication device determines if the geographic coordinates in the database lie within boundaries of the accessed map. The geographic coordinates that lie within boundaries of the received map are annotated and displayed on the wireless communication device.06-24-2010
20100069092Scalable Geo-location Event Processing - Traditional, server-oriented architectures have focused on providing location-based services by using publish-subscribe, efficient message buses, and filtering mechanisms. However, given an enterprise's unique requirements, these techniques have offered mixed results when used in an enterprise context. The present invention enables an efficient way to provide location-based services to an enterprise, as well as to integrate those location-based services into the enterprise's communications platform. A platform for supporting converged, location-based communications comprises one or more application servers such as a transactional server, a Session Initiation Protocol server, and so forth. In addition, the platform advantageously comprises an event processor for managing arriving location streams that are generated by targets being monitored. Such targets include the cell phones and WiFi handsets of the enterprise users, but can also include location data from various users arriving from multiple, fixed points such as credit card readers in stores.03-18-2010
20100075697WIFI AND GSM LANDMARKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS FOR LOCATION BASED SERVICES - A system for capturing and delivering location-based information and services captures wireless landmark information sent by mobile devices to build a map of locations based on the relationship between wireless landmarks that are visible to the mobile device at the same time. A wireless landmark may be a cellular telephone base site or local network (WiFi/Bluetooth) access point. The mobile device may capture a location signature using identifiers for all wireless local area networks in range as well as one or more cellular telephone transmitters. A location service resolves the location signature into a relative location that an application service may use to record incoming information or to send location-specific information such as traveler comments, reviews, or advertisements. The distance between two mobile devices may be calculated using weighted edge values, representing a number of ‘hops’ between location signatures.03-25-2010
20130084891FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE FOR LOCATION BASED CROWDSOURCING OF CONTEXTUAL DATA - A system for the collection, aggregation and analysis of location based crowdsourcing data includes a server that server that controls the distribution of crowdsourcing requests and workloads to a plurality of external mobile platforms. The server receives crowdsourcing queries from multiple parties and provides measurement requests to the mobile platforms, e.g., based on the location of the mobile platforms. Upon receipt of the measured contextual data from the mobile platforms, the server may distribute information, such as the raw measured contextual data or an analysis of the measured contextual data, to the appropriate requesting parties in a secure manner. The mobile platform may receive a plurality of measurement requests from a remote server, wherein the plurality of measurement requests are based on crowdsourcing queries from a plurality of parties. The mobile platform may measure and provide to the remote server contextual data in response to the plurality of measurement requests.04-04-2013
20130035116SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ACTION SPOT LOCATIONS RELATIVE TO THE LOCATION OF A MOBILE DEVICE - A system, server, mobile device, and method for determining action spot location. The action spot location can be determined relative to the location of a mobile device. The mobile device can include a display and a processor module communicatively coupled to the display. The system, server, mobile device, and method can receive data indicative of the current location of the mobile device, and determine at least one action spot relative to the current location of the mobile device. The action spot can be a location where at least one other mobile device has engaged in documenting action within a predetermined period of time from when the mobile device arrived at the current location.02-07-2013
20130210463Confirming a Venue of User Location - Methods and systems that record the location of a user and transmit targeted content to a user based upon their current and past location. A network is configured to include a server programmed with a database of targeted content, a database of location information, a database of user information, a database searching algorithm, and a wireless communication system capable of communicating with the user's mobile device. The location of the mobile device is ascertained and recorded. The location information is analyzed to determine businesses visited by the user, and other behaviors of the user. Targeted content is sent to the mobile device of the user and whether the user visits the physical locations associated with the targeted content is monitored. Payment systems, phone exchange systems, and other features may also be integrated to provide detailed conversion tracking to producers of targeted content and business owners.08-15-2013
20130029695System and Method of Providing Voice Updates - Various embodiments of methods and systems for providing informational updates, such as directional updates, to a user of a computing device are disclosed. Certain embodiments may include receiving a voice update while the user is using other functionality of the computing device, such as a telecommunication function. Embodiments may also include scheduling an update window within which the update may be delivered. The update window may be a predetermined time window in which a voice update is broadcast, for example. Embodiments may also include alerting the user to a pending update.01-31-2013
20130029694Method And System For Locating And Communicating With A User Of A Wireless Communication Device - A system and method provides a notification to a user via a wireless communication device when the wireless communication device leaves a predetermined area. Components within the wireless communication device are utilized to determine the location of the wireless communication device. When the wireless communication device is no longer within the predetermined area, a notification is provided to the user.01-31-2013
20130029693SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING MEDIA CONTENT HAVING ATTRIBUTES MATCHING A USER'S STATED PREFERENCE - A location-based and preference-based system and method for matching media content about persons, places and things with the expressed preferences of mobile users to notify users about and provide users with access to media content about persons, places and things that match the user's expressed preferences. The system thus provides information such as stories or articles that match the user's interests and relate to their location. The system may assign ranks to all of the media content that meets that user's preferences wherein, in one embodiment, it will automatically play them in the assigned order. Comparison of the user's preferences with the various profiles of the media content allows the user only to be informed of the media content for those persons, places or things that the user is likely to be interested in. The system and method thus provides for a mobile real-time point of interest exchange network.01-31-2013
20130035114PROXIMITY-RELATED USER GROUPS - Techniques are described for providing location-based information and functionality to people and computing devices in various ways. In at least some situations, the techniques include enabling multiple people in a common geographic area to interact in various ways, such as via devices capable of communications (e.g., cellular telephones, computing devices with wired and/or wireless communications capabilities, etc.), while in other situations at least some users who are remote from a particular geographic area may be allowed to inter-communicate with one or more other users or other entities in or related to that geographic area. In addition, the techniques include enabling the creation and maintenance of location-based virtual groups of users (also referred to as “clouds”), such as for users of mobile and/or fixed-location devices. Such clouds may enable various types of interactions between group members, and may be temporary and/or mobile.02-07-2013
20130035115Measures Indicative of Wireless Data Transfer Rates For a User Equipment - A user equipment (02-07-2013
20130079036SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TARGETED LOCATION-BASED ADVERTISING - A media streamer providing multiple-network connectivity including both Bluetooth® and Wifi™ connectivity. The appliance allows mobile devices to surf the internet, and allows the owner of the device to advertise on these mobile devices. By identifying individual mobile device, the appliance allows targeted advertising, for example making use of MAC address for target identification. The appliance allows for a location-based advertising experience, since the range of wireless connectivity it offers (such as BlueTooth® and WiFi™) each have well-defined spatial extent. By use of several such appliances a location- and history-aware advertising experience can be provided.03-28-2013
20130079038SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATION DEPENDENT MESSAGING - Methods and Systems are provided for forwarding location dependent messages from a first user's mobile device over a wireless communication network to a second user's mobile device, via a central server.03-28-2013
20130079037Proximity Based Social Networking - A system and method for proximity based social networking is disclosed between mobile computing devices each having a short range communication (SRC) device using near field magnetic induction. The SRC devices can include at least two antennas to provide magnetic induction diversity. The method comprises defining a proximity boundary with dimensions defined by a communication range of the SRC devices. A proximity signal is communicated in the proximity boundary between the SRC devices. Information can be exchanged between the mobile computing devices based on the settings of a social networking filter module.03-28-2013
20130040661PROVIDING SAFETY STATUS INFORMATION - A method begins by a processing module receiving a safety status request for a safety status level associated with a user device and determining whether to generate a safety status response. When generating a safety status response, the method continues with the processing module obtaining the safety status level associated with the user device and determining whether to include location information in the safety status response. When including the location information, the method continues with the processing module obtaining location coordinates corresponding to the user device, obtaining street address location information based on the location coordinates, generating the location information based on the location coordinates and the street address location information, generating the safety status response to include the safety status level and the location information, and outputting the safety status response to a requesting entity.02-14-2013
20130040663Brand Mapping - A user uses a portable electronic device to select an image representative of a brand. In response to the user's selection of the image representative of the brand, the device automatically presents the user with an image of a map that indicates a current location of the device and shows one or more images representative of brand purchase sites where the selected brand may be accessed by the user.02-14-2013
20130040662PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAY OF BLACK SCREEN CONTENT - A portable communication device having a processor, a battery with a battery sensor, a display screen and a proximity sensor. The processor receives a signal from the display screen indicating whether the display screen is in a disabled state. The processor also receives a signal from the battery sensor indicating the remaining charge of the battery and the processor compares the remaining charge of the battery to a low power threshold. The processor also receives a signal indicating whether the proximity sensor is uncovered. If the display screen is in a disabled state, the remaining charge exceeds the low power threshold and the proximity sensor is uncovered, the device displays content. In certain embodiments, the device transmits a signal identifying the location of the device. In response, the device receives content based on the location of the device and stores the content in memory, filling a queue.02-14-2013
20120208563METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING A PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD - A method and apparatus for providing information, and a computer readable storage medium having recorded thereon a program for executing the method, are provided. The method includes receiving information from at least one device included in a location-based group; transmitting information of the location-based group based on the received information to an external device; receiving at least one piece of targeting information regarding the location-based group based on the information of the location-based group from the external device; and outputting the received at least one piece of targeting information.08-16-2012
20090247193System and Method for Creating Anonymous User Profiles from a Mobile Data Network - A mobile network device creates and continuously modifies an anonymous user profile from collected network data and subsequently shares the profile with content providers. The mobile network device includes multiple collector devices that monitor data from routers on the mobile data network for application-level activity and a corresponding IP address or mobile phone number. The collectors then analyze the content involved with the activity and correlate it to an IP-address-phone-number pair to create a user profile. Each collector then modifies the user profile with the user's location information at the time the activity was requested. Each collector subsequently transforms the user profile into an anonymous user profile vector and shares it with the profile manager. By repeating this process over time, the collectors create and modify an anonymous user profile vector that can be shared with content providers for targeted advertising.10-01-2009
20090163227SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TARGETED ADVERTISING ON WIRELESS DEVICES BASED ON DEVICE LOCATION AND CURRENT USER INTERESTS - Aspects provide for systems, methods, apparatus and computer program products for selecting advertisements for presentation on wireless device applications based on the current device location and the current interests of the device user. The current interests of the device user are defined by the application currently being executed on the device and/or current user inputted requests for content. In this regard, present aspects provide for highly targeted advertising that serves to provide advertisements to users based on their current needs, which are defined in terms of their current interests and current location.06-25-2009
20100041419CUSTOMIZED CONTENT DELIVERY THROUGH THE USE OF ARBITRARY GEOGRAPHIC SHAPES - Methods and systems are disclosed for providing customized content to users based on their location. In one embodiment, for each of one or more content providers, a customized content delivery function receives information from the content provider defining a number of geographic shapes selecting corresponding geographic areas. Preferably, each of the geographic shapes overlaps at least one other of the geographic shapes and is assigned an importance level. For each geographic shape, the content provider defines one or more tags for the geographic shape and assigns a weight to each of the one or more tags. Thereafter, when a request is received from a requestor, one or more content items are selected for delivery to the requestor based on the geographic shapes, the tags and corresponding weights for the geographic shapes, and the location of the requestor.02-18-2010
20090156233METHOD OF PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED SERVICE IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A location-based service method may include receiving a plurality of data through a first communication equipment, wherein each of the plurality of data is related to an indicator, the indicator being configured to indicate if the data is related to the location of a provider of the data, receiving a query through the first communication equipment or a second communication equipment located closely to the first communication equipment, and searching the plurality of data to find data related to the location of the provider and also related to the query to form a search result related to the query.06-18-2009
20100105414SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ALERT-BASED SERVICES TO MOBILE STATIONS IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - System for providing alert-based communication services for which corresponding alert conditions to be met by mobile stations are defined. The system includes an alert engine capable of firing alerts associated with the alert-based communication services if location data regarding the mobile stations is indicative of the mobile stations meeting the alert conditions corresponding to the alert-based communication services. A requirements engine is provided for determining an expected earliest future time at which at least one alert condition is capable of being met by a particular mobile station and outputting a data element indicative of a requirement to obtain updated location data about the particular mobile station in advance of the expected earliest future time. Also provided is a scheduler for receiving expiry times data indicative of a plurality of expiry times relating to respective location requests, processing the expiry times data for determining an order for servicing the location requests by positioning determining equipment (PDE) at least in part on a basis on the expiry times of the location requests and an output for interfacing with the PDE, allowing it to service the location requests according to the order determined.04-29-2010
20100105415SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ALERT-BASED SERVICES TO MOBILE STATIONS IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - System for providing alert-based communication services for which corresponding alert conditions to be met by mobile stations are defined. The system includes an alert engine capable of firing alerts associated with the alert-based communication services if location data regarding the mobile stations is indicative of the mobile stations meeting the alert conditions corresponding to the alert-based communication services. A requirements engine is provided for determining an expected earliest future time at which at least one alert condition is capable of being met by a particular mobile station and outputting a data element indicative of a requirement to obtain updated location data about the particular mobile station in advance of the expected earliest future time. Also provided is a scheduler for receiving expiry times data indicative of a plurality of expiry times relating to respective location requests, processing the expiry times data for determining an order for servicing the location requests by positioning determining equipment (PDE) at least in part on a basis on the expiry times of the location requests and an output for interfacing with the PDE, allowing it to service the location requests according to the order determined.04-29-2010
20100069093MOBILE ALERTING NETWORK - A Mobile Alert Network service includes identifying an Alert Area related to an Event Location, identifying a group of subscribers in the Alert Area, and broadcasting an Alert Message to the identified subscribers in a push-to-talk-equivalent environment. The Alert Messages can alert the subscribers about the cause of the alert, offer message related choices, and offer event related choices, such as promotion information or offers. The MAN Service may include an Alert Information Service, a Subscriber Selector, and a Broadcast Module to generate an Alert Message. The event related choices may be generated based on campaigns by Promotional Agents. A wrapper can be downloaded to manage Alert Messages, a mailbox, and to update on board applications. An on-board logger can provide a detailed account of the operations of the handset and its user. A Sensor Array can be used to determine the location of users, based on the self-identification information, broadcast by the cell phones.03-18-2010
20130045758PEER DEVICE SUPPORTED LOCATION-BASED SERVICE PROVIDER CHECK-IN - Methods, apparatuses and articles of manufacture are provided for use in checking-in a mobile device with a location based service provider at a venue location. A candidate device check-in profile for a candidate device and one or more check-in validation schemes may, for example, be provided, directly or indirectly, to a computing device via the candidate device and/or one or more peer devices. The candidate device may, for example, be checked-in with the location based service provider in response to a determination that the candidate device check-in profile is valid.02-21-2013
20130053070METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACCESSING LOCATION BASED SERVICE - A method for accessing a location-based social network service in a portable terminal is provided. The method includes determining whether virtual location information is used when the location-based social network service is requested, obtaining virtual access location information of the portable terminal when it is determined that the virtual location information used, and accessing the location-based social network service using the obtained virtual access location information.02-28-2013
20130053069METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT UTILIZING FEATURES OBTAINED BY MULTIPLE RADIO RECEIVERS - A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to facilitate the determination of the environmental context of a mobile terminal. In this regard, the method, apparatus and computer program product may utilize the features obtained by a plurality of different types of radio receivers in order to more precisely determine the environmental context of the mobile terminal. The performance of the mobile terminal including applications executed by the mobile terminal may correspondingly be more accurately tailored to the current environmental context of the mobile terminal.02-28-2013
20130090136Methods and Systems for Delivering Travel-Related Information - Methods and systems are provided for delivering travel related information with an intelligent network. One method embodiment includes establishing a communication with the intelligent network through an access device, determining a location of the access device, and obtaining the travel-related information with the access device through the intelligent network, wherein the travel-related information includes data related to a location of the access device. Additional system and computer-readable media embodiments of the present methods and systems are also provided.04-11-2013
20130090135Populating User Data - A computer system for receiving user data comprising a user access component having a display and a processor arranged to execute a data receiving application, wherein the data receiving application provides on the display at least one address field; and a geographical location device in communication with a location network and arranged to identify a geographical location of the device using information from the location network, the geographical location device located at a user address, the geographical location device operable to provide location data from which address data of the user address is derived and supplied to the data receiving application to automatically populate the address field on the display.04-11-2013
20130090134Method and apparatus for power efficient user location profile determination in mobile devices - Systems and methods are disclosed for reducing power consumption of a mobile device in determining locations by determining if the mobile device is stationary; and if the mobile device is stationary, determining if the mobile device is in a zone with a known location and assign the known location as the location of the mobile device without involving a position determination system in the mobile device to reduce power consumption arising therefrom.04-11-2013
20090305727Mobile device with wide range-angle optics and a radiation sensor - The invention comprises a mobile device controlled by moving it, for example, by tilting. The mobile device is equipped with wide-angle optics and with a radiation sensor detecting either visible light or infrared radiation. The wide-angle optics may be directed towards the user, whereupon the radiation sensor receives useful images through the wide-angle optics. The images include contrast or thermal differences which it make possible to determine in which way the user has moved the mobile device. In more detail, a tilt angle or a corresponding change can be calculated and then, on the basis of the change, the content shown on a display of the mobile device is altered. The content is, for example, a menu or a web page.12-10-2009
20090093261Methods for Sending Location-Based Data - A location-based messaging system and its methods of operation disclosed, including methods for sending geographic location information for a target address from a computing device to a receiving device that will enable the receiving device to display a map and/or directions from a geographic location of the receiving device to the geographic location of the target address. Methods for processing and distributing location-based data, methods for receiving and responding to location-based data, and methods for virally distributing location-based applications are also disclosed. 04-09-2009
20090093260Methods for Receiving and Responding to Location-Based Data - A location-based messaging system and its methods of operation are disclosed, including methods for receiving and responding to location-based data. Methods for sending geographic location information for a target address from a computing device to a receiving device that will enable the receiving device to display a map and/or directions from a geographic location of the receiving device to the geographic location of the target address, methods for processing and distributing location-based data, and methods for virally distributing location-based applications are also disclosed. 04-09-2009
20090093259LOCATION AND TIME BASED FILTERING OF BROADCAST INFORMATION - Techniques for sending and receiving broadcast information are described. In an aspect, broadcast metadata may be generated for broadcast information and may include location and time criteria used by terminals to filter the broadcast information. Each location and time criterion may include (i) a location criterion given by a target location and a presence or absence requirement and (ii) a time criterion given by a time period in which the location criterion applies. A terminal may receive the broadcast metadata prior to or with the broadcast information, obtain location and time criteria from the broadcast metadata, and filter the broadcast information based on the location and time criteria. The terminal may evaluate each location and time criterion by determining its location within a specified time period and determining whether its location is within or outside a specified target location, as indicated by the presence or absence requirement.04-09-2009
20130072234MOBILE ALERTING NETWORK - A system for providing a mobile application includes a Mobile Subscriber Detection Authorization and Verification System (MSDAVS), to request and receive confidential information from a confidential information owner relating to a user who opted-in to a mobile service application, and to communicate the received confidential information to a mobile application service provider. The MSDAVS can include an opt-in database, to store opt-in or registration data of the opted-in users of the mobile service application and a service policy database. The mobile application service can be a mobile traffic alerting service, the confidential information owner a telephone number database of one of a wireless carrier or a telephone number database operator, and the requested confidential information a list telephone numbers of opted-in users in an alert area, defined by the mobile traffic alerting service.03-21-2013
20130072233GEOGRAPHICALLY PARTITIONED ONLINE CONTENT SERVICES - A content-generic platform may provide online content-specific services via primitives. One of the primitives can be an economic recommendation primitive for user-recommendation of the geographically partitioned content. The economic recommendation primitive may include economic recommendation models for user-recommendation of the geographically partitioned content.03-21-2013
20130072235Location-Based Categorical Information Services - A selection of a category of interest and location information is used to determine categorical information that is provided to a device. In some implementations, the device includes a touch-sensitive display and presents the categorical information on a map using an indicator. In some implementations, the categorical information can be shared and/or updated by others.03-21-2013
20110059755METHOD OF PROVIDING LOCATION INFORMATION IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method of providing location information in a wireless communication system includes receiving a location information request message, including Location Based Service (LBS) control information, from a Base Station (BS), the LBS control information being information about a condition in which location information is reported, performing LBS measurement, and if the condition is satisfied, transmitting a location information response message, including location information collected through the LBS measurement, to the BS. In accordance with the present invention, in a wireless access system supporting LBS, LBS-related information can be reported irrespective of the state of a User Equipment (UE). In particular, in the case in which a UE is in an idle state, location information can be provided efficiently and rapidly.03-10-2011
20130059607SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING, ANALYZING, AND TRANSMITTING INFORMATION RELEVANT TO TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS - When individual persons or vehicles move through a transportation network, they are likely to be both actively and passively creating information that reflects their location and current behavior. In this patent, we propose a system that makes complete use of this information. First, through a broad web of sensors, our system collects and stores the full range of information generated by travelers. Next, through the use of previously-stored data and active computational analysis, our system deduces the identity of individual travelers. Finally, using advanced data-mining technology, our system selects useful information and transmits it back to the individual, as well as to third-party users; in short, it forms the backbone for a variety of useful location-related end-user applications.03-07-2013
20130059606Method and System for Integrated Messaging and Location Services - A method and system to integrate communication with location services. The method and system provide a mapping tool and discoverability tool whereby a user can define discoverability to other users of the system on a per group or per individual basis. The system enables users to coordinate activities with friends and groups and to easily communicate with friends, family and associates who happen to be nearby, where in the past these opportunities to meet and congregate would have been missed.03-07-2013
20120225672GEOTARGETED NEWS AND ADVERTISEMENT DELIVERY SYSTEM - A system that provides content and/or ad publishers the ability to sell and target content, including “deals,” to mobile device of users when those users and their mobile devices are located within the defined geographic zone. The content may be targeted and mass distributed to all mobile devices having a registered address within the defined geographic area. The content creator and/or content distributor can manually define the regions where they desire to distribute content by plotting vertices on a map to form a polygon enclosing a geographic region. Regions may be defined by population, retail locations, content and/or ad categories and other relevant criteria. The System User can manage the type of message delivered based upon the time of day and day of the week. Such options provide the content creator with granular management of its content based upon the defined regions established by the content creator and/or content distributor.09-06-2012
20130190017Melt Crush MG - The invention provides a multifunctional cellular phone specifically designed for international calling with integrated features, programs and applications, and specifically comprises an embedded international calling program.07-25-2013
20130065614MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION THEREOF - Discussed are embodiments that provide an interface which is intuitional to users in a mobile terminal having a transparent display. In an exemplary embodiment, there is a mobile terminal that includes: a sensing unit configured to detect a user's direction with respect to the mobile terminal; a transparent display unit configured to display an image; and a controller configured to control the transparent display unit to change a display direction of the image.03-14-2013
20130065613METHOD OF PROVIDING LOCATION BASED SERVICE INFORMATION - An embodiment of the invention provides a location based service (LBS) that updates a first version of information provided a mobile terminal responsive to a geo-query relative to a second, later version of information responsive to the geo-query by transmitting portions of the second version to the mobile terminal rather than all of the second version.03-14-2013
20130165155SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSOCIATING COMMUNICATION INFORMATION WITH A GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION-AWARE CONTACT ENTRY - Disclosed herein are systems and methods for associating communication information with a geographic location-aware contact entry. According to embodiments of the present disclosure, a method may include identifying a geographic location. The method may also include receiving a communication including identification information and originating from the geographic location. Further, the method may include associating the identification information with a contact entry.06-27-2013
20130165154METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC CHECK-IN AT BUSINESSES AND OTHER APPROPRIATE VENUES USING HANDHELD DEVICES - A method and system for automatically checking-in patrons by detecting that a user is within a defined boundary and then communicating with the patron to invite them to electronically check-in with a business via a mobile device.06-27-2013
20130165153System for Managing Risk in Employee Travel - A system for managing risk in employee travel may notify affected users of the travel risk management system of the occurrence of a risk management event during travel. The travel risk management system may store geographic location information for a plurality of users of the travel risk management system, determine the occurrence of a risk management event, determine a geographic location of the risk management event and compare the geographic location of the risk management event to the stored geographic location information for the users. The system may execute a risk management event response in response to determining that a geographic location of at least one of the users is at the geographic location of the risk management event. The response may include transmitting a risk management event notification message to a portable computing device for each user located in the affected area.06-27-2013
20110021212METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING LOCATION-BASED SERVICE - The present disclosure relates to a communication technology and discloses a method, device, and system for implementing a Location-Based Service (LBS). A corresponding particular service area is set for a User Equipment (UE) and services in the particular service area are provided by a corresponding application server. By applying the technical solution provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure, an operator can provide services for particular users in the particular service area, and implement intelligence and personalization to avoid the spread of junk information and to improve user satisfaction.01-27-2011
20110021211Method and System for Receiving and Sending Navigational Data via a Wireless Messaging Service on a Navigation System - A system and method are provided for receiving navigational data via a wireless messaging service on a navigation system. The system and method provide a way to send requests for destination information via the wireless messaging service and capture navigational data from the responsive message received, such as addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses, and then utilize that data for navigational routing, generation of telephone calls, emailing and the like, from the vehicle's navigation system. The system and method further sends location-related reply messages and preset reply messages to an originator of a received message. A wireless device can be paired with the navigation system over a Bluetooth® communication link, wherein the navigation system periodically polls the wireless device for newly received messages. In one embodiment, the NAVI displays icons on a map that correspond to the extracted addresses from the messages received in relation to the vehicle's current location.01-27-2011
20090258659METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATION BASED MULTIMEDIA MESSAGE SERVICE - A multimedia message service method and a server therefor are disclosed. In one embodiment, the server i) allows a broadcast transmitting server to receive a request of transmitting a position-based multimedia message from a content providing server, ii) collects information related to a base station covering an area to which the requested position-based multimedia message is desired to be transmitted, iii) transfers the position-based multimedia message to a multimedia transmitting equipment, iv) collects address information of the position-based multimedia message from the multimedia transmitting equipment and v) transmits the collected address information in a form of a cell broadcast service message to a receiving mobile communication terminal according to the information related to the base station. According to one embodiment, a large-sized multimedia message can be easily provided to a plurality of mobile communication terminals located in an area by using a cell broadcasting service.10-15-2009
20090036146Method and Apparatus for Supporting Location Services for a Roaming Mobile Station - Techniques to support location services for a roaming mobile station are described. The mobile station may communicate with a serving mobile switching center (MSC) in a serving network. A roaming service provider (RSP) network may map an actual MSC identity (MSCID) of the serving MSC to a generic MSCID and may provide the generic MSCID to a home network. A home mobile positioning center (H-MPC) may map the generic MSCID to an Internet Protocol (IP) address of a mapping server within the RSP network and may send a location request message containing a mobile station identity (MSID) to the mapping server. The mapping server may determine a serving mobile positioning center (S-MPC) based on the MSID and may forward the message to the S-MPC. The mapping server may also receive a location response message from the S-MPC and may forward the message to the H-MPC.02-05-2009
20090233624METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A MOBILE TERMINAL SEARCH SERVICE - A method and system for providing a mobile terminal search service includes the steps of (a) requesting, by a first mobile terminal, to search for a second mobile terminal, the first mobile terminal having avatar information stored thereon, and (b) searching for the second mobile terminal within a geographical range corresponding to the avatar information of the first mobile terminal.09-17-2009
20090233623System and method for location based exchanges of data facilitating distributed locational applications - Provided is a distributed system and method for enabling new and useful location dependent features and functionality to mobile data processing systems. Mobile data processing systems (MSs) interact with each other as peers in communications and interoperability. Indirectly located mobile data processing systems are located relative other mobile data processing systems, and are automatically located using whereabouts data of directly located mobile data processing systems and/or whereabouts data of other indirectly located mobile data processing systems. A mobile data processing system may dynamically take on roles of being directly located or indirectly located, depending on the environment and capabilities available at a particular time. Data is shared between mobile data processing systems to carry out novel Location Based eXchanges (LBX) of data for new mobile applications. Information which is transmitted inbound to, transmitted outbound from, or is in process at, a mobile data processing system, is used to trigger processing of actions in accordance with user configured permissions, charters, and other configurations. In a preferred embodiment, a user configurable platform is provided for quickly building well behaving LBX applications at MSs and across a plurality of interoperating MSs.09-17-2009
20090233622System and method for location based exchanges of data facilitating distributed locational applications - Provided is a distributed system and method for enabling new and useful location dependent features and functionality to mobile data processing systems. Mobile data processing systems interact with each other as peers in communications and interoperability. Indirectly located mobile data processing systems are located relative other mobile data processing systems, and are automatically located using whereabouts data of directly located mobile data processing systems and/or whereabouts data of other indirectly located mobile data processing systems. A mobile data processing system may dynamically take on roles of being directly located or indirectly located, depending on the environment and capabilities available at a particular time. Reference whereabouts data is appropriately shared between mobile data processing systems to carry out automatic location techniques ensuring mobile data processing systems are kept up to date with their own whereabouts and whereabouts of others, regardless of the freely moving travels of any of the mobile data processing systems involved, and the location technologies that may or may not be available when needed. A confidence is associated to whereabouts data shared for facilitating selection of the best candidate data used in determining new whereabouts information.09-17-2009
20120115514PORTABLE TERMINAL FOR DISPLAYING LOCAL SERVICE BASED ON CONTEXT AWARENESS TECHNOLOGY, AND OPERATION METHOD OF THE PORTABLE TERMINAL - Provided are a portable terminal for displaying a local service based on context awareness technology, and an operation method of the portable terminal. The portable terminal may discover a plurality of local services available at a current position, verify a current context of a user, apply a predetermined weight to one or more local services corresponding to the verified current context among the plurality of local services, and thereby display the one or more local services based on the weight.05-10-2012
20120115513METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AUGMENTED REALITY INFORMATION AND MOBILE TERMINAL USING THE METHOD - A method for displaying information and a mobile terminal using the same are disclosed. A method for displaying AR information of a mobile terminal, including: capturing an image of a subject; transmitting information designating the captured image of the subject to a server; receiving augmented reality (AR) information relevant to the captured image of the subject; and displaying the received AR information based on filtering information stored in the mobile terminal.05-10-2012
20120115512Beacon-Based Geofencing - A mobile device can monitor a current location using a multi-tier approach. A baseband subsystem can monitor a coarse location of the mobile device using various course location parameters, such as a mobile country code (MCC), a location area code (LAC), or a cell identifier (cell ID), as the mobile device moves closer to the geographic region. Upon determining that the mobile device is in a cell that intersects the geographic region, the baseband subsystem can transfer the monitoring to the application subsystem. The task can be performed when the application subsystem determines that the mobile device is currently located in the geographic region. A beacon network can provide more accurate estimates of mobile device location and advertise location based services available to the mobile device.05-10-2012
20120231818SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING INFORMATION PROVIDING PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE, TERMINAL PROCESSING PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING TERMINAL PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM - Provided are a server apparatus, an information providing program, an information providing method, and an information providing system, capable of effectively acquiring information regarding facilities, etc., which are located in an approximate direction from the current position of a user, even in the case that a destination is not determined. When the server apparatus receives, from the portable terminal device, position information, direction information, and an information acquisition request which have been acquired by the portable terminal device, the server apparatus determines an information extraction range on the basis of the position information and the direction information. Then, the server apparatus extracts provision information corresponding to a position located within the determined information extraction range, and provides the provision information to the portable terminal device.09-13-2012
20090011778METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING COMMUNICATION MODE IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method and system for determining a communication mode in a communication system are provided. The system and method include determining whether a first MS and a second MS are located within a preset area where P2P communications are available, estimating a first expected performance that can be achieved when the first and second MSs operate in a cellular communication mode, estimating a second expected performance that can be achieved when the first and second MSs operate in a P2P communication mode if the first and second MSs are located within the predetermined area, and selecting one of the cellular communication mode and the P2P communication mode as a communication mode between the first and second MSs by comparing the first expected performance with the second expected performance.01-08-2009
20090011777Method and apparatus for warning a mobile user approaching a boundary of an area of interest - A mobile wireless system (01-08-2009
20100087207User interface for content channel hud (heads-up display) and channel sets for location-based maps - A navigation device for displaying at least one point-of-interest on a map comprises a channel set module to record a user defined channel set. The channel set includes at least one point-of-interest criteria. A channel set options module provides a user of the navigation device with an option to select the channel set. A channel set display module displays the point-of-interest criteria associated with the user selected channel set.04-08-2010
20130165151SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PROXIMITY-BASED DYNAMIC CONTENT IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided in one example embodiment that includes receiving a location update indicative of a position of a mobile device; determining a proximity of the mobile device to an anchor location based on the position; identifying a preference associated with the mobile device; and sending content to an output device based on the preference and the proximity. In specific implementations, the anchor location is a display device and the content is sent to the output device if the proximity is within a viewing area of the display device. Additionally, the preference can be a preferred language, where content is sent to the output device in the preferred language.06-27-2013
20130165152METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING ACTIONS BASED ON LOCATION-BASED RULES - Methods and systems for performing actions based on location-based rules are provided. In particular, these methods and systems may store an entertainment profile of a user, wherein the entertainment profile identifies entertainment media characteristics of the user. It may then be determined that the user entered a predetermined range of a location. In response to this, a location-based rule that corresponds to the location and that defines an action to be taken may be automatically identified. Based on the location-based rule, the location, and the entertainment profile of the user, the action may be performed.06-27-2013
20120238295METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOMMENDING CONTENT BASED ON CONTENT PROVISION MODELS ASSOCIATED WITH SPATIAL REGIONS - An apparatus may include a content module configured to provide for recommendation of one or more content segments based at least in part on a recipient region. A registrar may be configured to provide for access to a plurality of content provision models configured to recommend the content segments, wherein the content provision models correspond to a plurality of spatial regions. Further, a locator module may be configured to determine a recipient region of the spatial regions at which one or more of the content segments are to be provided. Thereby a user may be provided content based on a content provision model of a service provider associated with the location of the user. A manager entity may coordinate registration of service providers and user terminals and/or facilitate transfer between the content provision models of the service providers when the user transfers between spatial regions.09-20-2012
20120270563LOCATION BASED ASYNCHRONOUS THREAD COMMUNICATIONS - Communication by location method that geoplaces asynchronous message threads to a specific first geographic location geo-fence within which they are visible, and a second sub geo-fence for replies. This geopinning process may be done by remote users. The message threads have a first viewing distance parameter, a second reply parameter, and other parameters. Users with mobile devices such as GPS equipped smart phones may set their devices to discover message threads that are within a specified radius of the actual device itself, or a device virtual map location, allowing very distant threads to be viewed. However only users with a real geographic proximity to the thread within the specified reply distance may reply to the thread. The method will generally be implemented by software residing on mobile devices and host servers, and may additionally use data from map servers to place the treads in a map context.10-25-2012
20110034182GEOGRAPHIC MESSAGING USING LOCATION-IDENTIFIED ACCESS POINTS - Systems and methods are provided for geographic messaging using a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network of location-identified access points, such as femtocells. In one embodiment, a femtocell receives a message from an associated mobile device. The message is then routed from the femtocell to one or more other femtocells located within an area of interest of the message via the P2P network. The femtocells located in the area of interest of the message then deliver the message to mobile devices located within coverage areas of the femtocells. In addition, rights management may be performed to control introduction of messages at the femtocells, propagation of messages through the femtocells, and/or delivery of messages by the femtocells.02-10-2011
20120214517System And Method For Providing A Task Reminder - Systems, methods, and computer readable media for providing a task reminder are disclosed herein. The method includes receiving a location of a user of a mobile communication device. The method includes identifying task information including a task location. The method includes receiving historical presence information identifying least one of a number of times the user is present at the location and an amount of time the user is present at the location. The method includes providing a reminder of the task for presentation based on the historical presence information and a distance between the task location and the location of the user.08-23-2012
20130012238Method and System for Integrated Satellite Assistance Services - A method and an apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes a controller to process a travel assistance request for communication through a satellite and terrestrial mobile communication network. Data related to multiple assistance providers can be received in response to the request. At least one criterion can be processed for the assistance providers based on, for example, historical trip data. The assistance providers can be graphically represented for user selection based on the criterion. Data related to a selected assistance provider can be displayed, including navigation data to and/or from the assistance provider. In another embodiment, the travel assistance request can be communicated to a service center through the network. The service center can communicate data related to an assistance provider, including navigation data to and/or from the assistance provider. A rating of the assistance provider can be communicated to a specified community-of-interest through the network.01-10-2013
20110136510SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MIGRATING AGENTS BETWEEN MOBILE DEVICES - Mobile agents can be deployed to location aware mobile devices within specific regions of interest to achieve specific goals in respect of events occurring in the region of interest. In order to ensure that the agent can persist within the region of interest until the agent goals are achieved, the agent is configured to locate other devices within the region of interest and to propagate itself, by moving or copying itself, to those other devices. When a device hosting the agent exits the region of interest, the agent is terminated, thereby freeing device resources.06-09-2011
20110136512VELOCITY CALCULATING APPARATUS, VELOCITY CALCULATING METHOD, NAVIGATION APPARATUS, AND MOBILE PHONE WITH NAVIGATION FUNCTION - Provided is a velocity calculating apparatus including: a horizontal-angular-velocity-detecting portion disposed to a main-body portion attached to a movable object moving along a movement plane to detect a horizontal-axis angular velocity around a horizontal axis perpendicular to a moving direction generated according to an inclination angle of the movement plane; a vertical-acceleration-detecting portion disposed to the main-body portion to detect a vertical acceleration generated according to a shape of the movement plane; a time-difference-calculating portion configured to calculate a time difference between characteristic components occurring in the horizontal-axis angular velocity and the vertical acceleration due to a position of the movement plane; and a velocity-calculating portion configured to calculate a time-differential velocity based on a ratio between an installation distance from a position to which the horizontal angular velocity is exerted in the overall movable object to an installation position of the main body portion and the time difference.06-09-2011
20110136509System for preventing text messaging while driving - A system and method are described to disable texting while driving a moving vehicle. The position and speed of a user's cell phone are compared with that of a registered master phone. If the position and speed match that of the master phone, it is assumed that the user is a passenger and not a driver, and texting is enabled for that user. Texting at speed is disabled for a master phone user who may be an ordinary citizen or may be a professional driver of a mass transit vehicle. A professional driver may be known to the service provider and his phone may receive special treatment such that he is prevented from texting while driving but may be allowed to text while riding as a passenger. Passengers and operators of a train may be treated differently since the roadbed of a train has a known position.06-09-2011
20100331016LOCATION-BASED PROMOTION FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION NETWORK - Methods and systems for location-based promotions are presented. A location of a mobile device is determined and transmitted to a server computer via a wireless communications network, along with user identification information. One or more location-based applications are run on the mobile device. At least one of the applications receives location-based content based on a context determined by the server computer. The location-based content including a promotion for a location associated with the location-based content. The application further executes a promotional function based on the promotion.12-30-2010
20110300881APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - An apparatus and a method for driving a communication terminal are provided. A method for driving a communication terminal according to the present invention includes determining, when a proximity of an object is detected, data based on a proximity duration for which the proximity is maintained, and executing, when an execution request is detected, a function corresponding to the data. Since a specific function is executed in response to the information on the proximity of an object to the communication terminal, there is no need to display touch keys on the screen, resulting in improvement of user's convenience.12-08-2011
20110143777Network-Assisted Optimization of Continual Location Determination - A mobile device that can use both data from a GPS or other GNSS receiver and signals from a wireless network to provide location based services based on the location of the mobile device is controlled at least partly by a locationing resource control module in the wireless network. The module provides network-assisted optimization of utilization of the GPS receiver and other resources by activating the GPS receiver and associated components when fine resolution location data is needed for provision of the location based services, and deactivating the GPS components when coarse resolution will suffice. The selective control of the GPS components is performed in the wireless network in response to receipt from the mobile device of location requisition data, conditions specifying what actions are to be performed by the mobile device, and current location data from the wireless network. The wireless network may also specify and prioritize at least some conditions.06-16-2011
20110143775USER-SELECTED TAGS FOR ANNOTATING GEOGRAPHIC DOMAINS CONTAINING POINTS-OF-INTEREST - A location-based service is provided that allows a user of a mobile device to tag and track the places he or she visits and share these places with social networking members. To implement this service a system receives location information from the user's location-aware mobile device over a wireless network. The location information identifies various locations or other points-of-interest that the user has visited. Based on this information the system determines a geographical domain that encompasses at least some of the locations the user has visited. Once a geographic domain has been determined it is presented to the user via the mobile device. The user is prompted to tag the geographical domain with an annotation that describes the geographic domain. The system stores the geographical domain and the annotation associated therewith so that it can be searched and accessed or retrieved by the user or members of the user's social network.06-16-2011
20110117935METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING AND PROVIDING DOMAIN SERVICE - A method of performing the domain service including: receiving a request of user metadata from a domain service providing apparatus managing a position-based domain; sending user metadata to the domain service providing apparatus in response to the request; and receiving service information related to the domain from the domain service providing apparatus based on the user metadata.05-19-2011
20120289255Selective Communication for Digital Coupon Distribution - A proprietary website is maintained on which merchants can access their account, in order to add, delete, and amend digital coupons available. Consumers can download a mobile application to their mobile device and geographical co-ordinates selectively receive digital discount coupons displayed on the consumers mobile device when the consumer physically approaches or enters the participating merchant's place of business.11-15-2012
20110287786Mobile coaching distribution system - A mobile coaching distribution system that sends various types of persuasive Content that many include, but not be limited to, advice, reminders and interventions relating to healthcare, physical and mental wellness, treatment adherence, professional development or personal development, over a cellular network. There are three components of mobile coaching: time and place and frequency. The mobile coaching distribution system enables a subscriber to control the location at which the content is received. The user may specify up to a certain number (say 10) of different geolocations. The geolocations are specified by opening an application in the provided mobile client and pushing a button. Through either data or SMS connection the longitude and latitude of the location are uploaded into a server. The server recognizes the phone number or IMEI of the phone and stores the location into a subscriber-specific location database. The subscriber can go on a website and modify or augment the database of locations that he has entered through the application. The content that can be delivered may include audio, SMS, data or pictures. The content, the frequency and timing of its delivery and the radius around the pre-selected locations can be determined either by the subscriber to the service, or by a website administrator for the service provider.11-24-2011
20110287787LOCATION-BASED SERVICE BASED ON ACCESS POINT IDENTIFIERS - An access point transmits cell information via a physical layer channel. In some cases, the cell information sent on the physical layer channel comprises a physical layer identifier. For example, a physical layer channel may be modulated based on a cell identifier and/or a closed subscriber group identifier associated with the access point. Through the use of this cell information, an access point may be quickly identified for mobility and/or interference management operations. In addition, this cell information may be used for finger-printing operations.11-24-2011
20100227628Advanced Triggers for Location-Based Service Applications in a Wireless Location System - Methods and systems are employed by a wireless location system (WLS) for locating a wireless device operating in a geographic area served by a wireless communications system. An exemplary method includes monitoring a set of signaling links of the wireless communications system, and detecting at least one predefined signaling transaction occurring on at least one of the predefined signaling links. Then, in response to the detection of the at least one predefined network transaction, at least one predefined location service is triggered.09-09-2010
20120108266METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A RADIO STATION LOCATOR SERVICE - An approach is provided to present station location information to one or more mobile devices. A request is received to provide station location information to a mobile device. Station location information is generated, in response to the request, the station location information including station location information of one or more radio stations that correspond to the location of the mobile device. The station location information is transmitted to the mobile device.05-03-2012
20120015672MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which object information on an object in a preview image is held in the preview image to be utilized in various ways. The present invention includes displaying a preview image photographed via a camera, obtaining a current position of the mobile terminal, searching object information on at least one object in the preview image based on the current position of the mobile terminal, displaying the found object information within the preview image, if the displayed the object information is selected from the preview image, holding the selected object information within the preview image, and controlling an operation related to the held object information.01-19-2012
20110294522CHARACTER RECOGNIZING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A character recognizing system includes a portable electronic device, a location sensing system and a server system. The portable electronic device captures image of a target to produce a captured image. The location sensing system locates position of the portable electronic device to produce a position information. The server system receives the captured image and the position information via internet for executing recognizing motion.12-01-2011
20080242318Consolidating Online Privacy Preferences - User privacy preferences are consolidated for location-based services. A mobile user is able to control the service providers to which the mobile user's location is transmitted as well as control the service providers from which the user wishes to receive content. Service providers and other online vendors request the location and network identifiers of mobile users in order to provide the mobile users with content. The user's privacy preferences are described in a document that includes the location format being used by the user, a link to the user's preference data, and the current location of the user's mobile device. The privacy preference file includes global privacy preferences that apply when the user is outside of established privacy locations and one or more privacy locations defined by geographical boundaries. These preferences apply while the user is inside the defined privacy location.10-02-2008
20090247190ADVERTISING INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, ADVERTISING INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, ADVERTISING INFORMATION PROVIDING PROGRAM AND ADVERTISING INFORMATION RANKING PROGRAM - By using the location information of a wireless communication terminal, an advertising information display method, etc. is provided to display on a display, highly useful advertising information, that is, advertising information of an advertising information transmission source, which is located at a location that is close to the location at which the user of the wireless communication terminal is present. This advertising information display method, which displays, on a display 10-01-2009
20100113065GPS DRIVEN ARCHITECTURE FOR DELIVERY OF LOCATION BASED MULTIMEDIA AND METHOD OF USE - An architecture, system and method of use sends location based multimedia to participants of a geo-tour or other application using geo-boundaries and/or other location information. The method includes detecting when a user has crossed within a geo-boundary. The method further includes determining a content type to be sent to a mobile device based on preferences provided by the user. Additionally, the method includes sending user location specific content of the determined content type to the mobile device when the user has crossed within the geo-boundary.05-06-2010
20090318168DATA SYNCHRONIZATION FOR DEVICES SUPPORTING DIRECTION-BASED SERVICES - With the addition of directional information and gesture based input in a location based services environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided on top of user identification or interaction with specific object(s) of interest. For instance,12-24-2009
20100113066GEO-BOUNDARY TRIGGERED MESSAGING AND SCHEDULE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - A location based system is provided is configured to provide messages to a recipient based on time and location based information. The a method includes detecting when a mobile user has crossed within a predefined geo-boundary. The method further includes sending a message to the mobile user when the mobile user has crossed within the predefined geo-boundary during a predetermined time period set by an originator of the message.05-06-2010
20100113069Image Capture and Distribution System and Method - Images captured at a venue and relating to one or more patrons of the venue are incorporated into one or more products in accordance with image selections and/or product selections made by the patron(s). The images may be captured at venues with a variety of image capture devices such as pre-mounted cameras, cell phones, cameras brought by patrons to the venue, or cameras provided to patrons by the venue or another entity. The patrons may obtain products such as T-shirts, coffee mugs, prints, slideshows, or other products incorporating one or more selected images. Patrons may also view the images on portable electronic devices.05-06-2010
20090149199VIRTUAL BILLBOARD DISPLAY ON A MOBILE DEVICE - A method, system, and apparatus are directed to providing advertising information to a mobile device over a network. A request is received from the mobile device. The request may comprise a query, geo-location information, and/or a user preference. If the request comprises the query, a search result is generated based on a search for the received query and/or the received geo-location information. At least one virtual billboard is determined, wherein the at least one virtual billboard is in proximity with a first geo-location identified by the received geo-location information and/or a second geo-location associated with the search result. The virtual billboard may also be based on a type of the virtual billboard, a time, a user preference (criterion), and/or a keyword included in the query. The virtual billboard is provided to the mobile device. An advertising usage is recorded for the provided virtual billboard.06-11-2009
20100267399SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING ATTENDEE LOCATION INFORMATION WITH AN EVENT PLANNER - A system and method for providing enhanced event planning capabilities including receiving information regarding an invitee. The invitee information may be stored for later use. The presence of the invitee at an event may be detected. In response to the detected presence, information may be communicated to a communications device associated with the invitee regarding the event, using the stored invitee information.10-21-2010
20100267398Location based service system - Disclosed is a Location Based Service (LBS) system for providing location information of a target terminal for positioning. Such a LBS system can provide both a requester for location information as well as a third party specified by the requester with the location information by means of only one request message for the location information. The LBS system includes a requester terminal requesting location information of a specific terminal, and a LBS provider receiving a request for the location information from the requester terminal and providing the requester terminal with the location information. The LBS provider receives information on at least one terminal specified to simultaneously receive the location information, along with the request message for the location information, from the requester terminal, whereby the LBS provider delivers the location information to the at least one specified terminal along with the requester terminal.10-21-2010
20100056181LEVERAGING LOCATION BASED SERVICES FOR POWER CONSERVATION IN MULTI-MODE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A power saving and security enabling method, system, computer program product, and program storage device are disclosed. Wireless communication technology transceivers in a multi-mode wireless communication device are activated and deactivated based on a location detected by a location-based service system. A set of wireless network connection profiles control activation and deactivation of the wireless communication technology transceivers. Reduction in power consumption and improvement in security is achieved by only activating wireless communication technology transceivers when need and deactivating any other transceivers which are not currently connected to a wireless communication network.03-04-2010
20100120450Location Specific Content - Systems, methods, and computer program products communicate location information associated with a device, such as a mobile device, to a server. Content identified by the server is received at the device, from the server and/or from a content service. The content can include an application associated with the location information. The content received at the device is displayed on the device only while the device is at or near a particular location identified by the location information.05-13-2010
20100144371Location Register for Trusted WiFi Devices that Roam - Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to the gathering and recording of network availability and attributes in a location in order to define location based services. Registration logics onboard mobile communications devices collect network data as they roam inside and outside of their home cellular network. The registration logic sends this data to a registry in the form of a data message. The registry is updated by each instance of a received message. The aggregation of this data allows the system to adaptively learn about network availability in geographic locations. The data collected may also assist in the recovery of lost or stolen phones since the phone location is frequently updated.06-10-2010
20120034933METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING DATA BETWEEN A SYSTEM AND A MOBILE NETWORK THROUGH AN IP CHANNEL, CORRESPONDING PORTABLE OBJECT AND SYSTEM - The invention relates to a method for communicating data between a communication system and a mobile radio-communication network through an Internet Protocol data communication channel. The communication system comprises a host device and a portable object cooperating with the host device. According to the invention, the portable object determines in which geographical place the communication system is located. The portable object determines whether at least one subscription before a mobile radio-communication network operator over a data communication channel using the IP within the geographical place exists or not. And, if at least one subscription before a mobile radio network operator exists, then the portable object sends to the host device a request for reading configuration data relating to an access to the data communication channel using the IP. The invention relates also to corresponding portable object and communication system comprising a host device and the portable object cooperating with the host device.02-09-2012
20120108267Method of Informing of Support of Zone-based Service and Related Communication Device - A method of informing of support of a zone-based service for a personal network gateway is disclosed. The method comprises including an indicator in a message, wherein the indicator indicates the personal network gateway supports the zone-based service, and sending the message to a personal network entity in a specific zone.05-03-2012
20100081457TRANSACTION INFORMATION BASED MEET-UPS - A computerized method and system for organizing meet-ups based on transaction information are provided. Example embodiments may include receiving a selection of a geographic area from a first user and displaying a map of the geographic area including one or more item symbols. A location of an item symbol on the map may indicate a geographic location associated with a listing in a publication system. A designation of an event location to an event may be received from the first user. Information related to the event may be communicated to a number of invitees. The invitees may be related to one or more listings in the publication system associated with an inclusion zone defined by the first user.04-01-2010
20080311929SCHEDULING TASKS DYNAMICALLY DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF A MOBILE USER - Systems, methods, and computer program products for automatically scheduling and rescheduling tasks based on predictable, observable, or measurable events, and on conditions occurring in the vicinity of the user's location. A plurality of tasks are defined by the user. Events or conditions depending on the user's location and affecting the opportunity or the feasibility of the tasks are associated with these tasks. Task schedules are assigned, merged, or permuted to dynamically provide the user with a feasible and convenient agenda.12-18-2008
20120295640User Behavior Model for Contextual Personalized Recommendation - A user behavior model provides personalized recommendations based in part on time and location, particularly to users of mobile devices. Entity types are ranked according to relevance to the user. Example entity types are restaurant, hotel, etc. The relevance may be based on reference to a large-scale database containing queries from other users. Additionally, entities within each entity type may be ranked based on relevance to the user and the time and location context. A user interface may display a ranked list of entity types, such as restaurant, hotel, etc., wherein each entity type is represented by a highest-ranked entity with the entity type. Thus, the user interface may display a highest-ranked restaurant, a highest-ranked hotel, etc. Upon user selection of one such entity type the user interface is replaced with a second user interface, for example showing a ranked hierarchy of restaurants, headed by the highest-ranked restaurant.11-22-2012
20120295639DISCOVERING NEARBY PLACES BASED ON AUTOMATIC QUERY - Architecture that enables a user to define areas of interest in advance, and while in motion (e.g., driving, walking, riding, etc.), the architecture automatically notifies the user and/or user device based on notification criteria such as when the user (user device) is near a specific point of interest which matches a category of points of interest (e.g., museum, restaurants, concerts, police radar, etc.), is heading in the direction of the point of interest, anticipates time of arrival to the point of interest, etc. The architecture enables the discovery of points of interest that did not exist when the user defined the location query for the category of points of interest. Moreover, points of interest that change in location and/or time can also be discovered. Implicit location queries can be processed based on a product of interest or service of interest as well.11-22-2012
20090258658Location Services Based on Positioned Wireless Measurement Reports - Methods and apparatuses are provided that may be implemented in a wireless signaling environment to provide certain location services. The location services may, for example, be based at least in part on positioning information associated with positioned wireless signaling measurements associated with wireless terminals. The location services may comprise location using signal pattern matching, location using observed timing differences, location using fine time assistance, location of significant network events and location distribution of terminals over a certain coverage area.10-15-2009
20110171977Method and system for exploiting location-dependent services in a cellular radio system - A communications system (07-14-2011
20090143078TECHNIQUES TO MANAGE A RADIO BASED ON LOCATION INFORMATION - Techniques to manage a radio based on location information are described. A mobile computing device may include a radio module, a location detector operative to determine a location for the mobile computing device, and a processor to couple to the radio module and the resource database. The processor may be operative to execute a resource management module to access a resource profile having resource information for one or more cellular radiotelephone network resources accessible from the location, and control operations for a radio module based on the resource profile. Other embodiments are described and claimed.06-04-2009
20090280833METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH PREVIOUSLY VISITED LOCATIONS - A method and system of providing information associated with a previously visited location. The method can include the steps of monitoring the location of the mobile unit, receiving at the mobile unit information from one or more points of interest as the mobile unit engages the points of interest in which the information is associated with the points of interest and storing the information associated with the points of interest in a database that is accessible for a predetermined amount of time after the receipt of the information. The method can also include the step of storing the information into one of a predetermined number of categories based on how the mobile unit engages the points of interest.11-12-2009
20090286554USING CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT DATA EXHIBITING UNIQUE USER IDENTIFIERS IN A CELLULAR NETWORK FOR CREATING GEO STATISTICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE USERS - A computer implemented data processing system for using customer relationship management (CRM) data exhibiting unique user identifiers in a cellular network for creating geo-statistical representations of the users. The system is arranged to: repeatedly identify all network-connected devices which are both active and idle in each location area using the unique identifier; repeatedly create a table for all location areas, each table exhibiting: location area identifier, unique user identifier, time of inflow to the location area, time of outflow from the location area; and differentiate table of time N−1 over table of time N thereby detecting inflow outflow quantities of unique identifiers for each location area; decipher the difference table by the authentication center of the network; analyze the deciphered tables using CRM profiles; and join over time, the deciphered tables with corresponding location area thereby creating at least one GIS data layer.11-19-2009
20090104920RETAIL-RELATED SERVICES FOR MOBILE DEVICES - A system identifies a location of a user based on a location of a mobile device associated with the user, associates the location of the user to a location having a collection of attractions relating to shopping or entertainment, retrieves layout information associated with the location having the collection of attractions, and provides the layout information to the user on the mobile device.04-23-2009
20090275348Location-Based Services Platform - A platform for providing location-based services is disclosed. A location data collection client running on a mobile device periodically obtains data allowing determination of the geographic location of the mobile device (e.g., GPS, cell tower, or WiFi data) and transmits that data and mobile device-specific information to a location-based services (LBS) platform server. The LBS platform server determines geographic location of the mobile device from the received data. For example, the LBS platform server accesses databases associating latitude and longitude coordinates with cell tower data or WiFi data and updates mobile device location to maintain current location information for the mobile device, which can be used as a proxy for the location of a mobile device user. The LBS platform server further includes a set of APIs allowing third-party services providers to access to the location data.11-05-2009
20090275347Transmitting content to a mobile computing device - A method and system for targeting content (e.g., a service or an advertisement) according to location-based information derived from a mobile wireless transceiver device. Position information as a function of time is used to calculate a rate of travel and a direction of travel. This information can be used to identify a likely mode of transportation. Geographical information can be used to further refine the mode of transportation. Thus, in addition to the position of the wireless transceiver devices, factors such as the rate of travel, the direction of travel and the likely mode of transportation are also considered to more precisely identify the appropriate service. Moreover, a potential destination can be predicted, allowing further refinement of the targeted service.11-05-2009
20130217417HANDHELD DEVICE HAVING LOCATION-BASED FEATURES FOR PLANT WORKERS - A method of operating an industrial plant having processing units that includes a wireless network including a network server, at least one router, and a plurality of workers including a first worker. A first handheld computing device is provided having a wireless transceiver and a processor programmed to implement a location-based service algorithm stored in non-transitory machine readable storage to a first worker. The location-based service algorithm implements obtaining location information that identifies a physical location for the first worker, and adding the location information to wireless transmissions of information by the first worker to others of the plurality of workers or to the network server. The first handheld computing device wirelessly receives server provided plant information that is a function of the physical location, and the first worker performs at least one action guided at least in part by the server provided plant information.08-22-2013
20090286553SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING LOCATION BASED SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING SERVICES - A location based system is provided for providing messages to a user and, in particular, to a location based advertising system using multiple geo-boundaries and which is configured to provide advertisements to a user and to track the effectiveness of such advertisements. The method includes defining a zone with a plurality of geo-boundaries and detecting when a mobile user has crossed a first boundary of the plurality of geo-boundaries and a second boundary of the plurality of geo-boundaries. The method further includes sending a message to the mobile user upon the determining that the mobile user has crossed the first boundary.11-19-2009
20100113068HOSTED IMAGERY CAPTURE IN AN AD HOC FOR MOBILE COMPUTING - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for digital imagery capture in an ad hoc location for mobile computing devices. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for digital imagery capture in an ad hoc location for mobile computing devices can be provided. The method can include determining a geographic position of a mobile computing device disposed in an ad hoc location and identifying at least one image capture sensor proximate to the determined geographic position. The method also can include directing a selected one of the image capture sensor or sensors to acquire imagery. Finally, the method can include wirelessly forwarding the acquired imagery to the mobile computing device.05-06-2010
20090170531Method and apparatus for transmitting meeting opportunity alert messages to users of mobile terminals located in the same geographical area - A LBS (location-based service) in which users equipped with a localizable mobile communication terminal advantageously receive “alert” messages when they have an opportunity to meet someone located in their geographic vicinity and having a profile matching their own profile. In particular, users, who may be associated with a given group of users, can be alerted via their mobile communication terminal when another user with a matching profile, and who may also be associated with the same group of users, is located in the same predetermined geographical area. The alert message may, for example, include the mobile phone number of the other user located in the same geographical area.07-02-2009
20110207478LOCATION BASED MULTIMEDIA MESSAGE SERVICE GENERATING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention discloses a location based MMS generating system and method thereof. The generating system previously stores multimedia contents, each of which is related to a corresponding location. When a user's MMS request is triggered, a location service request is sent to LoCation service (LCS) server of the 3G telecommunication network to obtain the user's location. Then the multimedia contents related to the user's location are extracted and further packaged to a MMS format. The MMS generating system sends the MMS to the user. Therefore, the user may immediately receive the useful MMS.08-25-2011
20080242317Mobile content creation, sharing, and commerce in a geo-spatial environment - A method, apparatus, and system of a mobile content creation, sharing, and commerce in a geo-spatial environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes communicating a positioning data of the mobile device to a server at a periodic interval, automatically generating in the mobile device, in response to the server, a present location profile associated with a present geographic location of the mobile device, simultaneously generating, in the mobile device, a set of adjacent profiles provided by the server as being a direction away from the present geographic location of the mobile device and refreshing, in the mobile device, the present location profile and the set of adjacent profiles at the periodic interval. The method may include automatically attaching a present sense data in the present location profile when a user selects a capture function in the present location profile.10-02-2008
20100137004LOCATION AND AVAILABILITY DRIVEN (LAD) SERVICES PLATFORM FOR WIRELESS TERMINAL DEVICES - Method and system for performing electronic commerce over a data network via a local application of a user's wireless device and a LAD engine. Accordingly, the user registers to the system for the wireless device and downloads the local application into the wireless device. Then the user activates the local application and provides an address upon request from the local application. The local application provides the user with a menu of available items/services which are relevant to the address and the user selects entries on the menu, for reaching sub-levels of the menu that include lists specific merchants and selects a specific merchant and desired items/services provided by this specific merchant. The user submits an order of the desired items/services by the local application to the system, which stores the order in a database and relays the order from the system to the merchant by the server. The user is billed and the merchant fills an order, for supplying the desired items/services to the address.06-03-2010
20100248747System and Method for Location Transparency - A service that augments a key element of Unified Messaging and Unified Communications initiatives—i.e., Mobile Subscriber Location Awareness—to enhance substantially the value, usefulness, etc. of the presence awareness, place shifting, etc. components of such initiatives. The service may optionally leverage the capabilities of a centrally-located, full-featured Messaging Inter-Carrier Vendor.09-30-2010
20100248745APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING POSITION INFORMATION SERVICE - An apparatus for providing a position information service includes a position acquisition section for acquiring first position information of a current position; an input section for inputting search information related to a destination; an acquire section for acquiring, on the basis of the search information, destination alternative information including at least an alternative destination related to the destination and a second position information of the at least the alternative destination; an output section for outputting first screen information including the destination alternative information and position relation information between the at least the alternative destination and the current position, and, when one of the at least the alternative destination is selected, second screen information including the position relation information between the selected alternative information and the current position; and a display for displaying the first screen information and the second screen information.09-30-2010
20090170529EMERGENCY EXIT ROUTING USING WIRELESS DEVICES DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS - A method and wireless device direct a user to safety during an emergency situation. A wireless device (07-02-2009
20090170532Event-based modes for electronic devices - Event-based modes of operation are supported on an electronic device. One or more event-based modes of operation may be automatically or selectively applied to the device when a new life event is detected. The device's previous mode of operation may be backed up to the device or a network location and restored after the event-based mode of operation is no longer applied. The event-based modes of operation may be used to restrict access to certain applications or functionalities on the device, enforce or restrict certain user interface or other types of settings, and add or remove or rearrange the priority of device assets. The new life events associated with event-based modes of operation may be of various types, including location-based events, environment-based events, calendar-based events, news-based events, and usage-based events.07-02-2009
20080287141Method and Device for Optimizing the Radio Transmission of Data Between a Vehicle and an External Remote Station - Control of the transmission of data between a vehicle and an external remote station that functions as a data source or data sink is geographically and temporally planned in order to achieve an optimization of the data transmission. In the planning of the data transmission, information is taken into account that is determined by the driver information system of the vehicle, as well as information (e.g., as radiotelephone network information) concerning the radiotelephone networks that are available for the data transmission.11-20-2008
20100099435METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-DEPENDENT SERVICES TO TERMINALS OF A RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method provides location-dependent services for a terminal of a radio communication system, wherein the terminal receives information regarding at least one service from a local beacon transmitter, wherein transmissions of the beacon transmitter (BE) are compatible with transmissions of a base station of the radio communication system. The beacon transmitter is located in the radio cell of the base station. The terminal evaluates the received signals and, depending on the result of the evaluation, initiates a connection to a base station of the radio communication system.04-22-2010
20080280628Mobile handset information stream - A system and method which allows for a more direct form of presenting useful information to a mobile handset user is disclosed. More specifically a method to dedicate a transmission period of the MAC protocol when certain pre-formatted information is transmitted to all users on a network.11-13-2008
20100144372SYSTEM FOR TELECOMMUNICATION - The invention relates to a system for telecommunication, comprising:—a wireless network for telecommunication with at least one transmitter/receiver, which network is provided with message facilities such as SMS and MMS and the like; and—at least one portable communication device connected to or to be connected to the network and having means for at least receiving messages. The network comprises means for determining the position of the communication device in or close to an establishment, and a transmitter for sending a message to the communication device in character with the establishment.06-10-2010
20100144373METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BORDER CONTROL - A method for location tracking that includes identifying a subset of users of a mobile communication network who are located in a predefined area of interest using a first location subsystem of the mobile communication network. One or more of the identified users are assigned to a second location subsystem of the mobile communication network, which is different from and has a higher resolution than the first location subsystem, to measure their respective locations. In variations, the locations may be passed to an operator, the subset of the users may be identified by passively monitoring location information generated in the mobile communication network, the second location subsystem may be provided with information regarding the users, and profiles of the users may be determined.06-10-2010
20090156234GUIDE INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, GUIDE INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, SERVER DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE - A guide information providing system including terminal and server devices, comprising: a specified location acceptance unit in the terminal device, to accept input of a specified location; a display unit in the terminal device, to display information; a storing unit, in the server device, to store guide information classified by position wherein guide information including time-of-day information, and position information, of an object of guiding, are correlated; an information selecting unit to select guide information correlated with position information indicating the position corresponding to the specified location based on the content of specified location information accepted by the specified location acceptance unit, and the guide information classified by position, and satisfies a time-of-day condition with at least the current time-of-day and thereafter as reference; and a display control unit in the terminal device, configured to control the display unit to provide the guide information selected by the information selecting unit, and position information correlated with the guide information thereof, to a user in a predetermined display format.06-18-2009
20110190008SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES FOR PROVIDING CONTEXT-BASED NAVIGATION SERVICES - Methods, apparatuses, and systems are provided for providing context-based navigation services. A method may include determining a first location and a second location. The method may further include extracting context information from a context model based at least in part upon one or more of the first location or the second location. The extracted context information may include one or more of audio context information, activity context information, social context information, or visual context information. The method may additionally include determining at least one route between the first location and the second location based at least in part upon the extracted context information. The method may also include providing the at least one determined route to a client apparatus. Corresponding apparatuses and systems are also provided.08-04-2011
20120142377SHOWING REALISTIC HORIZONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES - In general, this disclosure describes techniques for providing a user of a computing device with the ability to view a realistic map of the sky based on information associated with the current location of the user. The information may be geographical information, orientation or directionality of the computing device, time and date, and zoom settings of the computing device. The computing device may use built-in capabilities (e.g., compass) and applications (e.g., maps and GPS) to determine the current location information. The computing device then uses the current location information to obtain celestial and topographical information. Using the celestial information, the computing device displays a map of the sky with the appropriate celestial bodies. Additionally, the computing device uses the topographical information to display a realistic rendering of the horizon, such that objects in the horizon may be displayed to render a realistic representation of the sky from the current location.06-07-2012
20090117918Identification Method and System - The invention relates to a method and a system to compare a main profile of a first mobile telephone with at least one comparative profile of a second mobile telephone, wherein the profiles are transmittable via the mobile phones. The comparative profile is stored with individual user information for the second mobile phone and the main profile is created based upon the input of information of a user. By arranging the profile information into individual levels, it is possible, when making a comparison, to allocate to every level a level index for the correlation of the information. The combined level indices create an overall index, which is compared with a predetermined threshold. Exceeds the overall index, as degree of correlation between the profiles, the threshold, a contact establishment is enabled between the first and the second mobile phone and thus between the users. By means of the patent, a contact between two persons that are unknown to each other, can easily be established, wherein the contact establishment is initiated only between profiles with a predefined degree of correlation.05-07-2009
20090029722Method and system for generating presence information with regard to people visiting an area of interest - The invention relates to an information system for generating presence information with regard to people visiting an area of interest. The system comprises a detection system arranged to detect locations of a plurality of mobile terminals, an identification system arranged to identify subscribers of said plurality of mobile terminals, a subscriber information system arranged to provide subscriber related information with regard to said subscribers, and a processing module arranged to create said presence information for said area of interest using said location information of said subscribers and said subscriber related information.01-29-2009
20100144374Geographic-based Detection Keys - The present invention relates generally to signal processing and cell phones. One claim recites a method comprising: receiving a signal from a cell phone; determining, based at least in part on the signal, whether the cell phone is physically located in a predetermined home area; and if not in the predetermined home area, communicating a machine-readable code detector to the cell phone for use as its primary machine-readable code detector to detect machine-readable code while outside of its predetermined home area. Of course, other claims are provided too.06-10-2010
20090163228SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION BASED ON GEOGRAPHIC POSITION - A system and method for providing position information using a three-dimensional based grid is provided. The position information may be relayed to an electronic device by providing location information to a database and receiving location-centric information at the electronic device. The system may include a network for continuously updating the database in real-time.06-25-2009
20100004003METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING LOCATION-BASED SERVICES BY A REMOVABLE MODULE - Techniques for supporting location-based services (LBS) by a removable module are described. A set of messages (e.g., commands and events) may be defined to support location-based services by the removable module. In one design, the removable module may send a first message (e.g., a Get Position—Request message) to a terminal to request for location information. The first message may be sent for an LBS application running on the removable module. The removable module may thereafter receive a second message (e.g., a Get Position—Response message) with the requested location information from the terminal. The removable module may execute a task for the LBS application based on the location information. The task may include reporting the location of the terminal, initiating a voice call, sending an SMS message, displaying a menu on the terminal, sending a report for tracking of the terminal, etc.01-07-2010
20090186631Location Based Information Related to Preferences - A system, method, and apparatus for providing location based information related to user preferences is disclosed. One embodiment comprises first storing in a memory a first data set that includes information related to at least one geographic location, and the information is hierarchically organized by content according to an indexing scheme, and specifying a second data set that includes user preferences, wherein the user preferences are hierarchically organized by content according to the indexing scheme. Then, by knowing or determining a specific geographic location using a location determining device, an embodiment can generate one or more interests for the specific geographic location, according to information common to the first data set and the second data set, or information related to the first data set and second data set by the indexing scheme. Additionally, some embodiments may provide a list of locations that have information or content matching user specified interests.07-23-2009
20090005080Location-Aware Mobile Device - One or more location-based clients can be activated on a mobile device for providing location-based services. The location-based clients can be provided with information (e.g., presets, defaults) related to the current location and/or mode of the mobile device. The information can be obtained from one or more network resources. In some implementations, a number of location-based clients can run concurrently on the mobile device and share information.01-01-2009
20090005079DYNAMIC AWARENESS INVOLVING LOCATION - A system for dynamic content delivery is provided. The system includes a control component to determine location, preferences, and state of a user. A delivery component dynamically selects and provides content to the user as a function of the user's location, preferences, and state.01-01-2009
20090325607MOTION-CONTROLLED VIEWS ON MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES - A computer-implemented visual navigation method includes providing from a wireless mobile device, over a public wireless network to a server located remotely from the wireless mobile device, information identifying a geographic location. The method also includes receiving in response, from the server, image data of digital images captured from an location at the geographic location, displaying the image data to a user of the mobile device as an image of an image space around the geographic locations, and panning the image within the image space automatically in response to user motion of the wireless mobile device.12-31-2009
20090209270LOCATION-BASED SEARCH-RESULT RANKING FOR BLOG DOCUMENTS AND THE LIKE - In one embodiment, a mobile communication device is adapted to provide geography-enhanced blog search results. In response to a blog-search query entered by a user, the mobile communication device is adapted to determine a current geographical location for the mobile communication device and a home location for the user. The mobile communication device is further adapted to provide the current location and home location information along with the search query parameters to a search engine. The search engine is adapted to provide results corresponding to blog posts that satisfy the parameters of the search query, wherein the search results are ranked based on at least one of (a) the geographic proximity of a blog post subject to the current location and (b) the geographic proximity of a blog post author's home location to the user's home location.08-20-2009
20110223940METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING MOBILE TERMINAL'S LOCATION - A method by a Mobile Terminal (MT) for positioning the MT is provided. The method includes requesting a Base Station (BS) to allocate a first transmission time for transmitting a first sounding signal for the MT, receiving the first transmission time from the BS, transmitting the first sounding signal to the BS at the first transmission time, requesting the BS to allocate a second transmission time of a second sounding signal for the MT after the MT moves, receiving the second transmission time from the BS, transmitting the second sounding signal to the BS at the second transmission time, reporting a moving distance moved during the period between the first transmission time and the second transmission time, and receiving a position of the MT determined based on the first sounding signal, the second sounding signal, and the moving distance.09-15-2011
20110223939System For Tracking Text Messaging While Driving - A system and method are described to track and warn a person suspected of texting while driving a moving vehicle. The position and speed of a user's cell phone are compared with those of other cell phone users in the vicinity. If the position and speed of a phone track that of one or more neighboring phones, it is assumed that a user may under certain conditions be texting while driving. For circumstances where persons suspected to be in the same vehicle utilize different service providers, parameters such as for instance cell phone position, velocity, and direction of travel are time stamped and passed between service providers or alternately made available to other service providers via a central database. Cell phone users who are determined likely to be texting while driving based on the disclosed methods may be warned without disabling their texting capability.09-15-2011
20120071175System and Method of Performing Location Analytics - A system and method are provided for associating location data from one or more unique sources. The place and time of a unique location enabled device are associated with stored demographic information relating to the particular place and particular time. The place and time of the unique location enabled device are associated with a historical record of past locations and time of locations that the device has been. Based on the association of demographical information and historical information, the unique location enable device is assigned to one or more groups or tribes. The location of all members of the group or tribe can be aggregated and exported for further analysis or display, thereby showing all group or tribe members at a particular time and place.03-22-2012
20090023461Method and system for determining whether a terminal belongs to a target space in a communication network, related network and computer program product - The system allows determining whether at least one terminal belongs to a target space in a communications network in order to provide a set of services linked to the fact that the terminal belongs or does not belong to the above target space. The belonging is determined depending on at least one determination parameter. The services are associated with, preferably through a model, respective service specifications indicating the allowable error margin in determining whether the terminal belongs or does not belong to the target space. The determination parameters are changed depending on the above service specifications.01-22-2009
20120196626MOBILE VALET - A system provides location-based services through an enhanced mobile device. The system determines a current location of the mobile device, and determines whether the current location of the mobile device falls within one or more geographic regions defined in a database. If the current location falls within one or more of the geographic regions, the system identifies services available within the one or more geographic regions that the mobile device is determined to be within. The system generates a customized menu based on the identified services and displays the customized menu on the mobile device.08-02-2012
20090061902Directories and groupings in a geo-spatial environment - A method, apparatus and system of directories and groupings in a geo-spatial environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes automatically placing communication information associated with a set of neighbors in a geo-spatial area into a group, mapping the set of neighbors in a map that simultaneously renders a set of pushpins representing each location of the set of neighbors to each other, and enabling a moderator and users of the group to provide additional information on each of the set of neighbors such that data associated with the set of neighbors is accessible by those of the set of neighbors who subscribe to the group. The method may further include providing a multi-modal interface such that the communication information enables communication through a plurality of modes including phone, fax, SMS, email, printed mail, and/or face to face meetings between the set of neighbors.03-05-2009
20090061900APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to transmit to a media server a request for distribution of media content to one or more targeted recipients according to a user profile associated with the communication device that is stored in the media server. The format of the media content can be adjusted by the media server based at least in part on the user profile. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-05-2009
20110143780Wireless network location-based reference information - The present invention provides a ‘411xx’ value added service to wireless users. The disclosed ‘411xx’ service allows a mobile user who may be unfamiliar with their current geographic location to nevertheless obtain quick, accurate, and current information relating to the geographic area, e.g., different services in their current location, stores, libraries, gas stations, etc., via a mobile terminated (MT) short message system (SMS) message. In addition to the traditional ‘4-1-1’ dialed digits, a mobile user would also dial a number (or numbers) representing a feature code for a particular service, e.g., nearby ATMs, or traffic information. Upon receiving a 411xx call, the MSC generates an ORREQ/TCAP trigger based on a translation of the requested service represented by the extra ‘xx’ digits. The 411xx call is terminated on the MSC after an audible whisper notice plays to the caller, e.g., “thank you for calling, your requested information will be sent momentarily”.06-16-2011
20110143779Providing City Services using Mobile Devices and a Sensor Network - Apparatus and methods related providing city services, such as parking, are described. A mobile device can be configured to receive information from local sensor nodes, such as parking sensor nodes, in the vicinity of the mobile device. In a parking application, the mobile device located in a moving vehicle can be configured to locate available parking based upon the information received from the parking sensor nodes. In other embodiments, the mobile device can be utilized in a retail establishment in conjunction with a remote server to display eye-level image data taken at various locations throughout the retail establishment. The eye-level image data can include products displayed throughout the retail establishment and can be augmented with one or more indicators that indicate product placement locations associated with the products.06-16-2011
20110143776Location and Time Specific Mobile Participation Platform - A mobile participation platform enables a wireless network operator or third party to solicit response data related to a specific time and location specific event by signaling multiple mobile device users that meet predefined qualifications. The qualifications include presence at the specific location at the specific time, and may include other characteristics, such as prior consent to receive solicitations, and particular device type or data collection functionality. The platform locates mobile devices that may qualify for participation, and generates and transmits a solicitation. Mobile devices receiving the solicitation may activate a participation client to acknowledge the solicitation and to contribute by submitting the requested response data, which may include photos, text, sensor data, audio, video and the like. The qualifications are verified, the response data is validated, and anonymity and privacy are maintained by associating the mobile device and other pertinent non-identifying information with an encrypted identifier.06-16-2011
20090054084MOBILE VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for messaging within a mobile virtual and augmented reality system is provided herein. During operation a user can create “virtual graffiti” that will be left for a particular device to view as part of an augmented reality scene. The virtual graffiti will be assigned to a particular physical location. The virtual graffiti is then uploaded to a network server, along with the location and individuals who are able to view the graffiti as part of an augmented reality scene. When a device that is allowed to view the graffiti is near the location, the graffiti will be downloaded to the device and displayed as part of an augmented reality scene.02-26-2009
20090082037PERSONAL POINTS OF INTEREST IN LOCATION-BASED APPLICATIONS - Framework for receiving, processing, and re-using personal points of interest (PPOI) information of a user in a location-based application. A telephone dialog system provides location-based information related PPOI of a user. For example, the PPOI information can include major intersections that the user may normally travel, gas stations, clubs, etc., based on real-time data obtained via web services. The PPOI information can be acquired using common names and nicknames, which are added into system lexicon and recognition grammars. Each PPOI is also tagged to the user (or “owner”) who defined it. The PPOI information can also be shared to support a community of users. The framework also resolves conflicting PPOI information between multiple users and multiple locations. PPOI information input by one user can be used to extract demographic information and personal preferences and be re-used by other users by automatically popping up common names and attributes other users entered for the same nickname.03-26-2009
20110230210Wireless User Based Notification System - A group of wireless device users are notified of an event. A location data determination algorithm is provided to a wireless device, where the algorithm determines a frequency at which the device interacts with network elements to determine its location. The location data is stored in a notification server and used to identify a user at a specific location. When a governmental or commercial entity wishes to issue a notification, a message is provided to those users whose location is identified as being in an area defined by the entity.09-22-2011
20110230209Method and Mobile Device for Automatic Activation of Applications - A mobile device and method for automatically activating an application, based on the location of the mobile device.09-22-2011
20090203388ANTICIPATORY LOCATION-BASED MOBILE COMMUNICATION MEDIA TRANSFER - Methods and systems for anticipatory location-based mobile communication media transfer are disclosed and may include pre-planning communication of information with a mobile communication device (MCD) based on present and future locations of the MCD and the availability of wireless services. The MCD may include location-determining capability which may include one or more of: a global navigation satellite system, triangulation, and ultra-wideband positioning. A travel route of the MCD may be anticipated utilizing the locations. The travel route may traverse one or more wireless coverage areas and the communication of information with the MCD may be configured when the travel route enters a wireless coverage area with a desired wireless capability, which may include one or more of: bandwidth, data transfer rate, cost, power requirements, channel conditions, quality of service, and secure communications capability. The information may include multimedia data. The MCD may include a plurality of wireless protocol capabilities.08-13-2009
20090203387METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING TARGETED CONTENT - In one embodiment of a method for generating targeted content, an indication of a geographic position is received from a mobile electronic device. An instance of targeted content is generated based upon the geographic position of the mobile electronic device.08-13-2009
20120077523USER CONTRIBUTION BASED MAPPING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A computer implemented user contribution method is provided. The method includes receiving identifying information from a plurality of users and receiving from the plurality of users indications of one or more geographic areas. A quality value of the one or more geographic areas is determined based on the indications of the one or more geographic areas from the plurality of users, and the quality value is transmitted to one or more of the plurality of users. The present invention further provides a user contribution based mapping system.03-29-2012
20120077521METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INFORMATION AGGREGATION AROUND LOCATIONS - An approach is provided for information aggregation around locations. An information aggregation platform determines one or more content items, the content items provided by respective one or more content sources. The information aggregation platform also determines respective location information associated with the one or more content items. The information aggregation platform further determines to group the one or more content items based, at least in part, on the respective location information.03-29-2012
20090215469Device, System, and Method of Generating Location-Based Social Networks - Device, system, and method of generating location-based social networks. For example, a method for dynamically creating location-based virtual social networks includes: detecting presence of a wireless device at a location which is associated with a location-based virtual social network; and sending to the wireless device an invitation to join said location-based virtual social network.08-27-2009
20090239552LOCATION-BASED OPPORTUNISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS - Location aware notification service technology operable to provide users with notification of opportunities to complete errands on a personal sharable list is disclosed. The location aware notification service technology provides a means for generating recommendations for users for the successful completion of errands based upon current location, time and travel context.09-24-2009
20090253441ACCESSING CORE NETWORK SERVICES - The present disclosure is directed to system and method for accessing core network services. In some implementations, a method can include receiving a communication from a femtocell identifying status information of a cellular mobile device. Instructions for accessing one or more core-network services are identified based, at least in part, on the status information. The core-network services are accessed in accordance with the identified instructions.10-08-2009
20090247192SYSTEM FOR MOBILE ADVANCED MATCHING - A system is described for mobile advanced matching. The system may include a processor, a memory and an interface being operatively connected. The memory may store advertisements and a request. The interface may communicate with a user on a mobile device associated with a mobile carrier. The processor may associate the advertisements with one or more content types. The content types may describe the content of the advertisements. The processor may receive a request for items of a content type from the user via the interface. The processor may identify the content type of the items. The processor may determine an advertisement associated with the content type of the items. The processor may provide the advertisement to the user via the interface.10-01-2009
20100151885Location Privacy Enforcement in a Location-Based Services Platform - A method for determining the privacy settings for location-based services without some of the disadvantages of the prior art is disclosed. This is done by establishing a session between the location generator and the location recipient. The session is created by a validator that is capable of keeping track of the rules for a stream of location objects created by a location generator. The validator determines what information to send to the location recipient without having to determine the rules for each location object and each location recipient every time a new location object is received by the location server.06-17-2010
20120196623SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING INCLINCATION OF SLOPES WITH RESPECT TO FIXED DIRECTIONS - Systems and methods are provided for measuring inclination of slopes given their locations with respect to fixed directions. One embodiment includes a system for measuring inclination of slopes given their locations with respect to fixed directions. The system further includes using modules including accelerometers, compassing devices, and mobile phones. The disclosed accelerometers are configured to measure an angle of orientation, wherein the angle represents the current angle of orientation the mobile phone with respect to gravity. Also, the compassing device is configured to detect current direction of which the mobile phone is oriented, with respect to earth's North Pole.08-02-2012
20120196625MOBILE ALERTING NETWORK - A Mobile Alert Network service includes identifying an Alert Area related to an Event Location, identifying a group of subscribers in the Alert Area, and broadcasting an Alert Message to the identified subscribers in a push-to-talk-equivalent environment. The Alert Messages can alert the subscribers about the cause of the alert, offer message related choices, and offer event related choices, such as promotion information or offers. The MAN Service may include an Alert Information Service, a Subscriber Selector, and a Broadcast Module to generate an Alert Message. The event related choices may be generated based on campaigns by Promotional Agents. A wrapper can be downloaded to manage Alert Messages, a mailbox, and to update on board applications. A on-board logger can provide a detailed account of the operations of the handset and its user. A Sensor Array can be used to determine the location of users, based on the self-identification information, broadcast by the cell phones.08-02-2012
20100184452POSITION TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PORTABLE TERMINAL - Disclosed is a position tracking system and method for a portable terminal. If a portable terminal is connected to a computer via wired/wireless communications, the portable terminal transmits a certain software program and identification information to the computer so as to silent-install the certain software program on the computer. Upon the completion of the installation of the software program, the computer transmits the identification information of the portable terminal and the position information of the computer to the server, and the server checks whether or not the portable terminal is the lost terminal, and if the portable terminal is determined to be the lost terminal, notifies the position information to the user having lost the portable terminal.07-22-2010
20100261485PERSONALIZATION BASED ON USER LOCATION AND HISTORICAL USAGE DATA - Location information and historical usage data such as historical location data associated with a mobile device is tracked to provide a user with a personalized and location relevant experience. Not only are applications tailored to a particular mobile device location, but applications can be tailored based on user historical location patterns such as commute and travel patterns. Content and applications including content lineup, advertising, mashups, and search are intelligently personalized based on user location and historical location data.10-14-2010
20100261484Use of local position fix when remote position fix is unavailable - A mobile computing device has a transceiver circuit, a location determination circuit, and a processing circuit. The transceiver circuit is configured to receive a remote position fix from a remote computer via a wireless network. The location determination circuit is configured to receive satellite data and to calculate a local position fix. The processing circuit is configured to operate an application, to receive a request for a position fix from the application, to determine whether the remote position fix is available, and to provide the local position fix to the application based on whether the remote position fix is available.10-14-2010
20130122935CHARACTERIZING AN INDOOR STRUCTURE BASED ON DETECTED MOVEMENTS AND/OR POSITION LOCATIONS OF A MOBILE DEVICE - An embodiment relates to characterizing a signaling environment by gathering a plurality of measurements, generated during a period of time, in response to a determination that a mobile device is within an area of location uncertainty. Such an example mobile device may generate a position fix, e.g., at or subsequent to an end of the period of time, based, at least in part, on one or more signals received at the mobile device within an area of location certainty; and in response to a determination that it is to report a travel history for at least a portion of the area of location uncertainty, generate a travel log based, at least in part, on the plurality of measurements and the position fix, and transmit at least a portion of the travel log to one or more external devices.05-16-2013
20130122936System for enabling interactive socialization of users at a location or geographic radius thereof - A system enables interactive socialization of users having a wireless device at a venue. The system includes a registration mechanism for registering a user. A location determination mechanism comprises a global positioning system that identifies the longitude and latitude of other users. An on-location update mechanism publishes the availability of the service at a given venue. A data mechanism runs a list of active sessions against a user compatibility engine. A notification is transmitted to each user that contains a compatibility match listing compatible users at the venue. Intercommunication among users is provided through the system/application, whereby a user receives the compatibility match notification and can respond with a message, block or ignore based on a compatibility assessment. The subject system or application may be used for a dating aid for meeting others, or to create networking opportunities.05-16-2013
20130122937String Based Travel System and Methods Thereof - A string based travel generating system (TGS) of the present invention generates or suggests a string based upon one or more travel properties, such as, but not limited to, a current location, a direction of travel, a travel route, a travel plan, and/or a velocity of travel of a user. Each string includes at least two places and a relationship, with TGS using the travel properties to identify one or more places for the creation of a new string or a place that may be linked to an existing string. The relationship between the places of the string can include the type of travel underway and the anticipated destination. The travel and places may be physical or virtual, with an inference or extrapolation being developed that allows the travel generating system to determine suitable strings to suggest to a user or to allow for the generation of new strings.05-16-2013
20130122939INTUITIVE COMPUTING METHODS AND SYSTEMS - The present disclosure relates generally to mobile devices and content recognition. One claim recites a method employing a mobile device having a processor configured to perform one or more acts of the method, the mobile device including at least one sensor. The method includes: obtaining information from the sensor; and selecting a user profile from among a plurality of different user profiles based on the information. Other claims and combinations are provided as well.05-16-2013
20090149200System and method for device or system location optimization - Systems, devices and/or methods that facilitate location optimization of mobile devices and/or systems are presented. Location optimization can result in an improved user experience by providing information and/or software tailored to the location of the device and/or system. Location aware devices/systems can include a deterministic or inferential determination of the granular location of the device/system. Location aware devices/systems can also include deterministic or inferential determinations of potential location zone transitions. These determinations and/or inferences can be employed to determine the availability of, and relevance of, device/system updates. Available relevant updates can be downloaded to the device/system at varying levels of granularity and overlap. The downloaded updates can then be installed and made available to the user.06-11-2009
20110059754MONITORING SPEED OF A VEHICLE USING A MOBILE NETWORK - Systems and methods are disclosed that monitor the speed that a mobile device is traveling, such as when the user of the mobile device is driving or riding in a vehicle. A speed monitoring system described herein receives a request from a third party to monitor a speed of a mobile device. The system periodically queries a mobile network for a location of the mobile device over a time period, and receives responses from the mobile network indicating locations of the mobile device. The system then determines a speed of the mobile device based on the locations indicated during the time period, and may determine the speed limit the roadway the mobile device is traveling on. The system then sends a notification message to the third party that includes an indication of the speed of the mobile device and possibly the speed limit.03-10-2011
20100197324Method And System For Call Management Based On Geographical Location - A method and a system for providing call management based on geographical location of an electronic communication device. Based on the location or rather a position area of the electronic communication device, a local policy is determined and is employed to a call service serving the electronic communication device.08-05-2010
20100197325System and Methods for Distributed Tracking of Public Transit Vehicles - A system and methods are provided for collecting and aggregating the movements of location-aware wireless devices and corroborating them with the routes of public transit vehicles. Individual public transit agencies transmit details of their covered routes, including scheduled times and stop locations, to a central processing system. Individual end users of public transit systems carry their own mass-produced, location-aware wireless devices that transmit their location and other relevant information to the central processing system for analysis. The central processing system assigns the specific devices to transit vehicles, uses their locations to determine the actual locations of the vehicles they are traveling on, and communicates this information to the end user of the device, and other users.08-05-2010
20120196624METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPORTING LOCATION OF MOBILE STATION IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method and an apparatus for reporting location information of a Mobile Station (MS) through a ranging procedure in a wireless communication system are provided. A Base Station (BS) transmits, to the MS, partition information representing a plurality of partition regions constituting the BS cell coverage. Upon receiving from the MS a ranging code belonging to one ranging code subset among a plurality of ranging code subsets corresponding to the plurality of partition regions based on the partition information, the BS determines location information of the MS depending on the partition region corresponding to the ranging code subset to which the received ranging code belongs, making it possible to notify the network of the MS's location information without the need to define a separate signaling procedure.08-02-2012
20100159954UPDATING AN OPERATING PARAMETER - A method includes communicating with a first wireless network of a first type, and obtaining a location-based operating parameter from the first wireless network. The method further includes checking the validity of the location-based operating parameter obtained from the first wireless network. If the location-based operating parameter obtained from the first wireless network is not valid, then the method further includes searching for a second wireless network of a second type, and updating the location-based operating parameter from the second wireless network.06-24-2010
20100222081Location Quality of Service Indicator - A mobile wireless device is configured to provide a location quality of service indicator (QoSI) indicative of the quality of a calculated location estimation for use by a location-based service. The QoSI may be calculated by the device itself or by a server, such as a location enabling server (LES). The QoSI may be used to represent the predicted location accuracy, availability, latency, precision, and/or yield.09-02-2010
20100222078WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM PROVIDING NOTIFICATION-BASED MOBILE DEVICE NAVIGATION FEATURES AND RELATED METHODS - A wireless communications system may include a notification server and at least one mobile wireless communications device. The at least one mobile wireless communications device may include an output device, a position determining device, and a processor. The processor may be configured to obtain at least one notification from the notification server, determine a current location based upon the position determining device, and output the at least one notification via the output device. The processor may also be configured to selectively output navigation information for a route from the current location to a destination location via the output device based upon the at least one notification being output.09-02-2010
20100216490METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT RELATING TO COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A system and method may include receiving information about a movement of a device from a motion detector of the device, receiving information about ambient sound of the device from a sound receiving portion of the device, receiving information about position of the device, corresponding the movement to a particular type of movement that is distinguished from any and/or all other types of possible movements, corresponding the ambient sound to a specific sound, relating the specific movement and the specific sound to a particular event, and providing a location of the event to a user.08-26-2010
20100216489SELECTIVE DELIVERY OF PRESENCE MESSAGES FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES - What is disclosed is a method for communicating a presence message from a presence server to a monitoring wireless communication device, wherein the presence message indicates a location-oriented status of a monitored wireless communication device. The method includes receiving the presence message from the presence server and determining if the monitoring wireless communication device is in an active mode. If the monitoring wireless communication device is in the active mode, the method includes transferring the presence message for delivery to the monitoring wireless communication device. If the monitoring wireless communication device is not in the active mode, the method includes applying filtering characteristics to the presence message, creating summary data of the presence message, and transferring the summary data of the presence message for delivery to the monitoring wireless communication device once the monitoring wireless communication device enters the active mode.08-26-2010
20100222079MOBILE TERMINAL, METHOD OF MANAGING SCHEDULE USING THE MOBILE TERMINAL, AND METHOD OF MANAGING POSITION INFORMATION USING THE MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal, a method of managing a schedule using the mobile terminal, and a method of managing position information using the mobile terminal are provided. The method of managing a schedule using the mobile terminal can interoperate schedule information with a navigation function, the method of managing position information using the mobile terminal can manage position information included in audio data received in various forms, and the mobile terminal implements the methods.09-02-2010
20130217418HYBRID METHOD FOR HIGH ACCURACY AND COST-EFFECTIVE PREDICTION OF MOBILE DEVICE POSITIONS THROUGH MOBILE NETWORKS - A method for determining the geographical location of a network-connected mobile device comprising a hybrid approach that further comprises both the utilization of strength or time delay signals and a database of fingerprints taken throughout the network area.08-22-2013
20130217419NETWORK SERVICE OF A CELLULAR COMMUNICATION NETWORK - A method for providing a network service of a cellular communication network covering a geographical area for a plurality of mobile terminals, the method comprising: defining a grid covering at least a part of the geographical area with grid fields, framed by grid lines and spaced by a grid spacing; providing grid information comprising reference point information and information on said grid spacing, generating crossing information in response to one of the plurality of mobile terminals crossing one grid line, based on said grid information and on position information of the at least one mobile terminal, and keeping grid field information for at least one grid field comprising identification information of the one mobile terminal when inside the one grid field based on said crossing information.08-22-2013
20130217420MOBILE TERMINAL, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Provided are a mobile terminal that displays information regarding environment in a more convenient way, a non-transitory computer readable medium storing a control program thereof, and a method of controlling the same. A mobile terminal according to the present invention includes environmental information acquisition means that acquires predetermined environmental information regarding a current location of the mobile terminal or a surrounding area of the current location, environmental information acquisition control means that causes the environmental information acquisition means to acquire the environmental information while a predetermined application that performs processing other than acquisition of the environmental information is executed by a user's operation, and display means that displays the acquired environmental information.08-22-2013
20130217421SYSTEM, METHOD AND ROBOT TERMINAL APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ROBOT INTERACTION SERVICE USING LOCATION INFORMATION OF MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - The present disclosure relates to a system and method for providing a robot interaction service utilizing a location-based service of a mobile communication terminal.08-22-2013
20100248746PREDICTIVE SEARCH WITH LOCATION-BASED APPLICATION - A system and method are disclosed for rendering geographically and/or temporally relevant POI information on a mobile client device. A mobile device client transmits its current location to a server. The server determines and transmits to mobile client device geographically and/or temporally relevant POI information based on the received current location of the mobile client device and its predicted future locations. The mobile client device renders the received POI information when it becomes geographically relevant.09-30-2010
20100222080CONTEXT AWARE WIRELESS INFORMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention relates to a system and method for providing context-aware services in pervasive computing environments. Specifically it targets environments where a plurality of intermittently connected portable computing devices interact with each other and possibly a plurality of embedded computing devices, that can be fixed in a certain environment. Said portable computing devices communicate with each other via some forms of proximity wireless communications when getting within mutual communication range. Said embedded devices can communicate with said portable devices via a wireless communication interface when getting within mutual communication range. The method proposed is particularly suited for transparent dissemination (i.e., requiring no explicit user intervention) of contextual information, in the form of data which relates to the context the user is in. Some examples of specific forms of contextual information include, but are not limited to: location information, time information, user activity information, information on locally available resources.09-02-2010
20110111772Methods, Device and Systems for Allowing Modification to a Service Based on Quality Information - The disclosure is directed to a method, computer program product, mobile device allowing for configuring a service accessible via the mobile device. The mobile device is configured to allow a determination of its location data using one or more of a plurality of location techniques. The configuring of the service comprises obtaining quality information including a designation of the location technique used for determining said location data and at least partly a quality of said location data; and integrating said quality information at least partly with said service to allow a modification of said service based on said quality information. Various examples of services enabled or enhanced by this capability are described including camera service, navigation services, data sharing services. Various configurations of computer program products, mobile devices and systems for enabling the services above are also described.05-12-2011
20100210287IDENTIFICATION OF PROXIMATE MOBILE DEVICES - A method of identifying proximate mobile devices, the method comprising the steps of: providing a sensory identifier (ID), a first mobile device (08-19-2010
20120196627MESSAGING - A device for transmitting a message for reception by another device, comprising: a processor for adding location information to the message, before transmission, wherein the location information identifies an area within which the message is to be hosted for reception by the other device; and a transmitter for transmitting the message, with the location information.08-02-2012
20090075676SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING LOCATION INFORMATION FOR HOME NETWORK - Provided are a system and method for managing location information for a home network. The system includes a device management means for collecting information of home network devices to form a device table, a location management means for generating a space data structure including a gridded home floor plan, and associating the device table with the space data structure on the basis of a location of the home network device, and a user interface module for receiving a location of the home network device to transfer the input location information to the location management means. Since location information of the home network devices is directly input, accurate location-based home network services can be provided.03-19-2009
20090156232Mobile telephone with distance measurement and data collection capability - An exemplary wireless mobile telephone includes a transmitter and receiver module for transmitting and receiving radio communications, and a display screen. A mechanism acquires linear distance measurements to objects within line of sight of the wireless mobile telephone. A graphical representation of a structure having elements to be measured is stored in memory. A microprocessing unit operating under the control of software stores in the memory a plurality of the linear distance measurements, where each stored linear distance measurement is associated with a corresponding element of the graphical representation as shown on the display screen. This enables areas defined by a pair of such elements to be calculated.06-18-2009
20100113067CELL NOTIFICATION - A system and method for enabling an access point to determine that a mobile device has crossed a wireless coverage area boundary associated with the access point and select, for transmission to the mobile device, an audible notification indicating the mobile device has crossed the wireless coverage boundary associated with the access point, wherein the audible notification is stored at the access point in compressed form, prior to determining the mobile device has crossed the wireless coverage area boundary.05-06-2010
20090325606Systems and Methods for Facilitating a Third-Party Service Based on Location of a Mobile Device - In an exemplary method, a request is received from a mobile device, a geographic location of the mobile device is determined, the geographic location of the mobile device is confirmed to be within a predefined range of a premises reference location located within a premises area, and a third-party service associated with the premises reference location is facilitated in response to the request and the confirmation. In certain embodiments, the third-party service includes adding a user associated with the mobile device to a wait list. In certain embodiments, the third-party service further includes providing a notification message to the mobile device when a wait period is over. In certain embodiments, the third-party service includes a food service provided at the premises reference location.12-31-2009
20090247191SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING PREVIOUS OCCUPATION IN OR PROXIMATE TO AN ALERT AREA - Systems and methods for determining whether a mobile device was within a specified area and for providing a location history of a mobile device are disclosed. A request may be received from a device which inquires about the location history of a mobile device. The request may include a time period and/or a location. The relevant location history of the device may be determined and provided in response. A request may also be received which inquires whether a mobile device was within a known alert area. The location history of the device may be correlated to the alert area and a response provided.10-01-2009
20090186630ADJUSTING USER SETTINGS ON A HANDHELD MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE BASED UPON LOCATION - A handheld electronic device that receives geo-location based signal data into a microprocessor on board the handheld electronic device. The microprocessor processes the signal data into location data representative of the present geographic location of the electronic handheld device. The microprocessor adjusts at least one user defined setting of the handheld electronic device based on whether the location data indicates that the handheld electronic device is within stored geographical boundaries.07-23-2009
20130130720INORMATION DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR SENDING REMINDER TIMES BASED ON EVENT AND TRAVEL TIMES - There is provided an information delivery apparatus including a receiving portion to receive location information of a mobile communication terminal at a given time and acquired date and time of the location information from the terminal, an event information storage portion to store event information including an event place, date and time, a delivery terminal selecting portion to select the mobile communication terminal to which the event information is to be delivered based on the location information and the acquired date and time of the location information and on the event place, date and time, and an event information delivery portion to deliver the event information to the selected mobile communication terminal. The delivery terminal selecting portion selects the mobile communication terminal whose location indicated by location information is within a predetermined range and whose acquired date and time of the location information are before the event date and time.05-23-2013
20130130721MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF TRANSFERRING OR RECEIVING DATA USING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a mobile terminal which transfers or receives data, including location information, in various ways, and a method of transferring or receiving data using the same. According to an embodiment, the mobile terminal includes a display including a touch screen: a communication unit; a location information unit configured to manage at least one location information including a specific location information; and a controller configured to: obtain the specific location information in response to a first user input to the touch screen, display the obtained specific location information on the display in the form of a text, and transfer together the message and the obtained specific location information through the communication unit in response to a second user input to the touch screen.05-23-2013
20130137461METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSERTING LOCATION DATA INTO MESSAGES AT A COMMUNICATION GATEWAY - The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for enabling location data for a user to be included in communication messages from the user. A communication message is received from a mobile device of the user wherein the communication message is addressed to or intended for a location based service. A request message is transmitted for a location data of the mobile device to a mobile operator of the user. A response message is received from the mobile operator wherein the response message includes the location data for the mobile device. The communication message is processed to include the received location data for the mobile device and the processed communication message is transmitted to the location based service.05-30-2013
20130137462Location Sharing - Geographic location data is sent from a first device to a second device with a modified message to signal the presence of geographic location data associated with the message. The message can include (or attach) the geographic location data or file, or the message can include a link to a network-based resource which the second device can use to obtain the geographic location data. In some implementations, when a user of the first device views a location on a map display of the first device, a graphical user interface is presented to allow the user to select an option to share the geographic location with the second device. The second device receives geographic location data or a link from the first device which can trigger a map display on the second device showing the location of the first device and, optionally, the location of the second device.05-30-2013
20130137464SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING MOBILE ALERTS TO MEMBERS OF A SOCIAL NETWORK - Systems and methods are presented for providing mobile alerts to members of a social network upon the occurrence of certain trigger events related to the social network, including member-trigger events, venue-trigger events, and other-trigger events. A member may select and edit their own mobile-alert settings that determine which events are trigger events. The member may enable or disable all their mobile alerts using a single action, such as toggling a digital button on their phone screen. A data processor receives indication of, or determines occurrence of, a trigger event. The data processor then determines whether to communicate a mobile alert to the member based on the member's mobile-alert settings. The alert may be communicated to the member's mobile communication device, such as a mobile phone, using a variety of convenient means, such as a text message or Push Notification.05-30-2013
20090069035Device and Method for Tracking an Accessed Location of a Network - A device comprises an analog signal port, a data packet port, and a control processor comprising circuitry to convert analog audio signals into the data packets and vice versa. The device further comprises an access control module to register network access locations and determine a perimeter within which the accessed location is located when the device is accessing the network. By using the perimeter, the access control module is to receive from a user of the device a verification or a manual entry of a location within the perimeter as the accessed location. The access control module is to determine the received one of the verified location and the manually entered location as the accessed location and provide the determined accessed location to a location-based service through the data packet port.03-12-2009
20090069033WIRELESS TRANSMISSION DURATION AND LOCATION-BASED SERVICES - The exemplary embodiments provide a computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for managing location-based services provided via a wireless access point. A signal is received from a client device by at least one wireless access point. A distance the signal has traveled to the at least one wireless access point is determined. A determination as to whether the client device is within an allowed range of the at least one wireless access point is made based on the determined distance. Responsive to a determination that the client device is within an allowed range, a location of the client device is determined. Location-based service information is sent to the client device based on the determined location of the client device.03-12-2009
20130165156COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND INFORMATION TRANSMISSION PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR - Provided in the present invention are a communication terminal and an information transmission processing method therefor. The communication terminal comprises: a communication processing module (06-27-2013
20090036147METHOD TO ACCESS MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS ASSOCIATED TO A GEOGRAPHICAL AREA - A method is for accessing multimedia contents associated with a geographical area including a plurality of items, the multimedia content being stored on a multimedia content provider having information of one or more of the items. The method provides an IC Card application for enabling a mobile device to detect a geographical area of interest, connect to the multimedia content provider and select at least one multimedia content of the detected geographical area of interest, download the selected multimedia content into a memory of the IC Card, provide an identification code of an item located into the detected geographical area of interest, and access a portion of the multimedia content which stores information of the identified item.02-05-2009
20090036144TECHNIQUES FOR MOBILITY INDUCED ERROR CORRECTION - Techniques for mobility induced error correction are described. An apparatus may comprise a mobile device having a frequency correction module arranged to determine a frequency shift for a communication channel caused by movement of the mobile device relative to a fixed device, and generate a frequency correction value to compensate for the frequency shift. Other embodiments are described and claimed.02-05-2009
20100331015METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR A REMOTE BUSINESS CONTACT IDENTIFIER - This disclosure details the implementation of methods, systems and computer program products for remote business contact identification (hereinafter, “RBCI”). RBCI systems implement a remote business identification application whereby users may submit rich media including indicative information of at least one target business entity to a RBCI service provider, and the service provider may identify the target business entity within its database and return the contact information of the target business entity to the user instantly.12-30-2010
20100331017METHOD AND SYSTEM OF EFFICIENTLY USING MOBILE TERMINAL CONTEXT - A system includes a context manager that stores, as a device catalog in a storage unit, attribute information and execution condition of a device from which an application acquires context information to execute a predetermined function and that selects a device which the application uses responsive to a request from the application. The application sends a collection policy of the context information relating a device which the application uses to the context manager. The context manager selects a device complying with the collection policy based on the collection policy from the application side and the attribute information and execution condition of the device stored in the device catalog. Upon receiving a context collection request from the application, the context manager provides the application with the context information collected by the selected device.12-30-2010
20100331014NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A navigation system and method which provides direction to visitors in buildings or groups of buildings. The system includes a check-in computer for recording identification information and destination information of a person upon entry into a building, for interrogating a wireless communicator associated with the person to obtain a wireless identifier, and for storing the identification information, the destination information, and the wireless identifier in a record. The system further includes a plurality of navigation stations for receiving the wireless identifier along a route of the person, for determining directions to a next navigation station along the route based upon the destination information in the record, and for providing the directions to the person.12-30-2010
20110244889APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR REPORTING POSITIONING INFORMATION OF A MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A mobile communications device with a wireless module and a controller module is provided. The wireless module performs wireless transmissions and receptions to and from a service network. The controller module receives a positioning information request indicating a plurality of desired positioning information elements from the service network via the wireless module, and determines whether some or all of the desired positioning information elements are not supported. Also, the controller module transmits only a positioning information response indicating the unsupported positioning information elements to the service network via the wireless module, in response to some or all of the desired positioning information elements not being supported.10-06-2011
20110014930System and Method for Location Transparency - A service that augments a key element of Unified Messaging and Unified Communications initiatives—i.e., Mobile Subscriber Location Awareness—to enhance substantially the value, usefulness, etc. of the presence awareness, place shifting, etc. components of such initiatives. The service may optionally leverage the capabilities of a centrally-located, full-featured Messaging Inter-Carrier Vendor.01-20-2011
20110130156Methods, Device and System for Sending and Providing Environmental Data - The invention relates to a method for sending environmental data by means of a mobile terminal device, comprising the the steps of detecting said environmental data, evaluating said environmental data, determining if said evaluated environmental data is to be sent, and sending said environmental data in case of an affirmative determination.06-02-2011
20100178939METHOD OF PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED SERVICE USING LOCATION INFORMATION OF MOBILE TERMINAL - Disclosed is a location-based service method using location information of a mobile terminal in a mobile communication system. In a location-based service providing method, second mobile terminals within a predetermined range of a first mobile terminal are searched for, status information and relative location information of one or more second mobile terminals found is collected, and display data comprising the relative locations and status information of the one or more second mobile terminals found is sent to the first mobile terminal.07-15-2010
20100178938SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CUSTOMIZING RADIO PRESETS - Systems and methods are provided for customizing radio presets. The radio presets can be customized based on one or more of geographic location and user preferences. For example, radio presets bookmarking particular radio frequencies can be associated with a particular location. When a user device is in the particular location, the associated radio frequencies can be used to populate “hot keys.” In some embodiments, if radio presets are not available for a particular location, recommended radio presets can be determined by, for example, comparing radio station information with user preferences. This radio station information can include, for example, a listing of available radio stations, the genre of these radio stations, and radio station names. User preferences can include, for example, preferred songs, preferred radio stations, preferred radio shows, and preferred genres. Recommended radio presets can be determined by identifying available radio stations that match the user preferences.07-15-2010
20110081921User Defined Location Based Notification for a Mobile Communications Device Systems and Methods - Embodiments of the invention comprise systems and methods related to the provision of location based services via a mobile communications device. In different embodiments, a communication system is described, comprising a mobile communications device, a mobile communications base station, and a server computer system. The location of the device may be correlated with certain user preferences stored on the server computer system. In various embodiments, components of the larger system are described. In some cases, various location related mapping functions for a device are discussed. In other embodiments, systems and methods which provide for activities to be undertaken based on the location of a device are described. In still other embodiments, the disclosure addresses systems and methods of efficiently determining the location of a mobile device. In some embodiments, different notification schemes based on the location of a device and specified preferences are described. In various other embodiments, the disclosure addresses systems and methods for keyword monitoring based on the location of a device.04-07-2011
20110143778SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING POSITION OF LOST MOBILE TERMINAL, AND MOBILE TERMINAL - Provided are a system and method for estimating position of lost mobile terminal and a mobile terminal. The system for estimating position of lost mobile terminal includes a plurality of base stations and a computing apparatus. Each of the base stations transmits an activation signal, receives a terminal ID from the mobile terminal in response to the activation signal, and transmits a reception time of the terminal ID and the terminal ID. The computing apparatus estimates a position of the mobile terminal corresponding to the terminal ID on the basis of the reception time and a position of each of the base stations.06-16-2011
20120244886METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING AND DISSEMINATING HEALTH INFORMATION VIA MOBILE CHANNELS - An approach is provided for tracking and disseminating health information. Health information corresponding to a geographic location is caused, at least in part, to be received. Location information associated with a user equipment configured to receive a message specifying content is determined. Whether the location information is encompassed by the geographic location is determined. The message is modified to present a health alert indicator by appending supplemental content to the message or by amending the content. Initiation of delivery of the modified message to the user equipment when the user equipment is in or within a predetermined range of the geographic location is caused, at least in part.09-27-2012
20110177830LOCATION BASED REMINDERS - Location based reminders are described. A mobile computing device may comprise a location based reminder application to set a target location for a reminder item. The location based reminder application may provide a location based reminder for the reminder item when a current location matches the target location. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.07-21-2011
20100056182SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION BASED SERVICES (LBS) TO ROAMING SUBSCRIBERS IN A WIRELESS ACCESS NETWORK - Embodiments of a wireless access network and method for providing a location based service (LBS) to a visiting mobile station are disclosed. In some embodiments, a location data request forwarded by a home location server (HLS) is received at a visited location server (VLS). A subscriber profile and security query is generated for forwarding from a visitor authentication server to a home authentication server. When the home authentication server authenticates the request, location information for the visiting mobile station is obtained and a location data response message that includes the location information from the VLS is sent to the HLS for forwarding to the location client for use by the location client in performing a requested LBS.03-04-2010
20100016000Location-Aware, Multimedia-Enabled, Interactive Question Asker - Systems and methods for location-relevant information communication, including systems and methods for collecting information that may include real-time location determination, location-relevant multimedia information display, user-interactive interfaces for selection of particular location-relevant information, and centralized storage and control of information.01-21-2010
20090036145Systems and Methods for Providing Tourist Information Based on a Location - A system for identifying and retrieving information about a point of interest comprises a portable device capable of determining the location of the point of interest and including a communication mechanism to communicate the same with a processing center. The system specifically identifies the point of interest, obtains relevant sources of information about the point of interest and reconciles the information. Furthermore, the system either transmits textual, graphical, audio or video to the portable device or facilitates communication between a user of the portable device and a call center or guide.02-05-2009
20100056183Methods and system for providing location-based communication services - Systems and methods are provided for providing location-based communication services, such as location-based chat sessions and location based-data feeds. Access to a chat session or data feed may be provided to a user of a mobile device when the current location of the mobile device is determined to be within a predetermined geographic region. In one implementation, the chat session or data feed relates to content provided by members of a group or social network. In other implementations, the content related to chat session or data feed is provided by members of the general public.03-04-2010
20100069091MULTI-USERS/MULTI-SERVICES PAGING FOR LOCATION BASED SERVICES - A paging technique for location-based services is provided to improve the paging resources of networks. Aspects relate to a multi-users/multi-services page that enables a multitude of users in a location area to, at substantially the same time, receive a single paging message for several location-based services. The disclosed aspects enable point-of-multi-services-broadcast to/from multiple-point-with-multi-services-decoding. A mobile device can decode the broadcast messages in connected/dedicated mode carried on the shared channels after successfully decoding the broadcast paging indicator portion of the paging changes. Multiple shared channels in connected modes can be transmitted, each carrying a different set of services.03-18-2010
20090215470METHOD, APPARATUS OR SOFTWARE FOR LOCATING A MOBILE NODE RELATIVE TO ONE OR MORE OTHER NODES - A method, apparatus and software is disclosed in which the location of a mobile device is calculated from the signal coverage areas of other detected nodes.08-27-2009
20100062793MOBILE STATION ASSISTED LOCATION BASED SERVICE - A method for determining a location of a mobile station is provided. The mobile station is requested to identify pilot signals monitored by the mobile station. A pilot signal report is received from the mobile station identifying the pilot signals monitored. It is determined that a location of the mobile station cannot be determined according to the identified pilot signals. A resource allocation signal is transmitted to the mobile station. A report is received from at least one assisting station. The report includes information for determining the location of the mobile station. The location of the mobile station is determined according to the information received in the report from the at least one assisting station and the signal received at the base station from the mobile station.03-11-2010
20110151892Proximity-Based User Interaction - Techniques are described for providing location-based information and functionality to people and computing devices in various ways. In at least some situations, the techniques include enabling multiple people in a common geographic area to interact in various ways, such as via devices capable of communications (e.g., cellular telephones, computing devices with wired and/or wireless communications capabilities, etc.). In addition, the techniques include enabling the creation and maintenance of location-based virtual groups of users (also referred to as “clouds”), such as for users of mobile and/or fixed-location devices. Such clouds may enable various types of interactions between group members, and may be temporary and/or mobile.06-23-2011
20110098060WIRELESS DIRECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A wireless direction system provides service information. A comparison module logs onto a data server via a base station by wireless internet access, and outputs service information corresponding to location coordinates of a portable device in response to the data server storing the service information. A service information processing module receives the service information and provides it to users.04-28-2011
20110098061MOBILE TERMINAL AND SCHEDULE NOTIFYING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and a schedule notifying method of the mobile terminal are disclosed. The mobile terminal includes: a wireless communication unit configured to perform radio communication with a location-based service (LBS) providing server; a controller configured to select a participant in a schedule creation mode, discriminately display whether or not the selected participant uses the LBS, registers schedule to a scheduler when creating of the schedule is completed, and acquire location information of the participant using the LBS when an alarm time of the registered schedule arrives; and an output unit configured to output a schedule notification signal and location information of the participant.04-28-2011
20110081920SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TIME ZONE AS INSTANT MESSAGING PRESENCE - A system and method are provided to obtain and use time zone information as presence in instant messaging. The time zone information is obtained by a user's mobile device and is sent to other mobile devices corresponding to the user's contacts. The time zone information of a contact may be displayed on the user's IM application, including the contact list and instant messaging conversation window. The location of the mobile device may also be provided. The user uses the time zone and location information to discern the status of a contact. Rule-based decisions that rely on the time zone information are also used to affect the operation of the instant messaging application.04-07-2011
20110077027METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATION-BASED MOBILE POWER CONTROL - A technique to extend location-based (e.g. GPS) mobile device battery lifetime by reducing the location-based (e.g. GPS) circuitry power consumption is provided. The technique defines and controls when to start power and when to stop power to the device in the context of a mobile terminating (MT) location request and/or a mobile originated (MO) location request that is either on-demand or periodic.03-31-2011
20120034934SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR LIGHT-BASED SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS - Light-based systems for communicating information associated with the formation of social connections are disclosed. One or more lighting controllers controlling individually controllable luminaires are used in conjunction with communication networks in order to identify and form remote light-based social connections. Additionally, visualization controllers are used in conjunction with visualization infrastructures, visualization actuators, localization systems and identification systems to visually identify proximally present potential social connections.02-09-2012
20110014929LOCATION SPECIFIC STREAMING OF CONTENT - The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that stream pertinent and/or selected content to a mobile device based at least in part on the location of the mobile device. The system can include components that detect the presence of a mobile device within a coverage area dynamically demarcated by an access point, determine the mobile device location in relation to the access point, and thereafter supplies event information to the mobile device based on the mobile device location in relation to the access point.01-20-2011
20110009131Permission-Based Mobile-Device Positioning System and Method Thereof - The present invention discloses a permission-based mobile-device positioning system and a method thereof. A sender uses an electronic mobile device to make a request for positioning service and/or a request for inputting contents the sender intends to issue. A communication provider provides positional information for the sender and receives the contents input by the sender. A primary server receives the positional information and contents of the sender from the communication provider, uses a member database to verify membership of the sender, and uses a positional information comparison database to compare the positional information with a built-in geographic data to provide corresponding information. A webpage server publishes the positional information and contents. Alternatively, an edit/transmit server edits the positional information and contents into edited contents and transmits the edited contents to one or more recipients via an issue channel.01-13-2011
20110159893Signaling Support Enabling QoS Discrimination for Positioning, Location and Location-Based Services in LTE - One aspect of the present invention extends the number of client and/or service types used in location-based services. The extension provides richer definitions for use in selecting the optimal or otherwise best suited positioning sequences to be used in fulfilling given positioning requests. For example, some types of commercial-related positioning requests are better satisfied with quicker-but-lower-accuracy position determinations, while other types benefit from more-accurate-but-slower position determinations. These and other benefits are provided by extending the type definitions used to identify commercial positioning requests. For example, a UE may be configured to send positioning requests that indicate the extended client or service types. As another example, the network node(s) involved in generating or processing such requests are configured to understand the extended type definitions and/or to map the extended definitions to QoS requirements, or to particular positioning sequences, for requesting that a positioning node carry out that particular positioning sequence.06-30-2011
20110212735METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEAMLESS CONSUMMATION OF AN ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION BASED ON LOCATION RELATED DATA - A mobile device may determine its location, receive transaction related information, and initiate, based on its determined location and/or the transaction related information, a transaction at the current location. The transaction related information may be received from a location server. The mobile device and/or its users may also be authenticated, using the location server. The initiated transaction may be completed automatically, without user input. The device user may also be prompted for authorization and/or information for completing the transaction. The transaction related information may specify if and/or when transactions are to be completed automatically. The mobile device may track user actions via the mobile device, and may generate based on that tracking, user action data pertaining transactions initiated and/or conducted by the user. The generated user action data may be communicated to the location server, and may be used to update the profile data maintained by the location server.09-01-2011
20120202528GEOGRAPHIC POSITION BASED REWARD SYSTEM - A computer-implemented method of rewarding a user based on compliance with predetermined geographic limitations is provided. The method includes receiving from a first user and storing an indication of one or more geographic areas. Mobile device location information of a user mobile device associated with a second user is received from the user mobile device or a remote telecommunication carrier server in communication with the user mobile device. The mobile device location information is compared with the indication of the one or more geographic areas. An indication of a reward is transmitted to the user mobile device based on the comparison of the mobile device location information and the indication of the one or more geographic areas. Systems for rewarding a user based on compliance with predetermined geographic limitations are also provided.08-09-2012
20120202526Method and system for implementing information interaction in a next generation network - A method and system for implementing information interaction in a Next Generation Network are disclosed. The method comprises that: a Service Control Function (SCF) sends a location query request message to a ID/Locator Mapping Functional Entity (ILM-FE); the ILM-FE feeds back to the SCF a location query response message, which includes location information and/or information about a characteristic of an IP connection session accessing the service control function. The service control layer utilizes ID/locator separation technology to control the service layer, and uses the characteristic that the user identifier does not change along with the mobile location to provide a rapid transmission location management for a terminal in a moving process. Thus, the service control based on a user identifier is implemented in the NGN, and the continuity of user service is assured when the IP address of the user changes due to the mobility or the multihoming.08-09-2012
20120202525METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTRIBUTING AND DISPLAYING MAP EVENTS - An approach is provided for distributing and displaying map events. A map event distribution platform processes and/or facilitates a processing of at least one map event specified by a user. The map event distribution platform determine to encode information regarding the at least one map event. The map event distribution platform cause, at least in part, transmission of the encoded information to one or more devices associated with one or more other users. The map event information is processed, at least in part, to be associated with a map application, at least to modify a locally-stored device map, and/or to affect the mapping and navigation behaviors of the map application.08-09-2012
20090054085Device and Method for Performing Location Association for Services - A service call evaluation unit evaluates a service information and a piece of service call location information for the purpose of performing location association for services. A location/service association generator takes the service information and the service call location information as a basis for producing a location/service association, where a respective service has the location of the associated service call attributed to it. This allows inexpensive implementation of a self-organizing client/service system.02-26-2009
20090029721Method And System For Delivering Customized Advertisements To Mobile Devices - Disclosed herein is a method and system for delivering advertisements asynchronously to a user of a mobile device. The delivery of the advertisements is based on a number of preferences and delivery parameters. The transferred advertisements are stored on local drives of the mobile device. A client application on the mobile device intelligently determines the state of use of the mobile device and delivers advertisements depending on the state of use of the mobile device. The rendering of advertisement is performed in a controlled and non-intrusive manner, independent of the wireless network used by the mobile device. The advertisements are customized based on the user's geographic location, preferences, interests, etc.01-29-2009
20090029720SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ELECTRONIC ADVERTISEMENTS - A system for displaying electronic advertisements on a display device includes a processor having a set of instructions, a display device in communication with the processor and a network interface in communication with the processor. The processor is configured by the set of instructions to receive an initial advertisement from a central server via the network interface, display an initial advertisement and a first navigational element on the display device, receive a subsequent advertisement from the central server based on a user's interaction with the initial advertisement, and display the subsequent advertisement on the display device when the first navigational element is selected by the user.01-29-2009
20120122491METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUGMENTED REALITY, SERVER FOR SAME, AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - The present disclosure provides a method for providing an augmented reality, to server and portable terminal for same. Augmented reality providing server provides an augmented reality with information overlaid on captured video and includes server communication unit for inter-working with portable terminal; and server control unit for receiving selected menu information from portable terminal, generating first menu information data attained by extracting data that matches selected menu information by comparing the selected menu information with pre-stored location-associated information, and transmitting first menu information data to portable terminal, wherein the server control unit generates the first menu information data by selecting menus that match the selected menu information among a plurality of menus included in the location-associated information. In an embodiment, fast augmented reality operation can be obtained since portable terminal may receive and output information corresponding to menu selection immediately with a composition onto acquired image information.05-17-2012
20120122489LOCATION BASED CONTENT AGGREGATION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An exemplary method includes a content hub subsystem receiving a content posting from an access device connected to a wireless network and associated with a first user. The content posting includes data representative of a content instance and a geographic location associated with the content instance. The exemplary method further includes the content hub subsystem storing the content posting and selectively distributing the content instance to at least one other access device connected to the wireless network based on the geographic location, the at least one other access device associated with a second user. A past or present physical location of the at least one other access device within a predefined proximity of the geographic location is requisite to the distribution of the content instance to the at least one other access device. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.05-17-2012
20110053611System and method for performing non-commercial messaging - Methods and Systems are provided for forwarding location dependent messages from a first user's mobile device over a wireless communication network to a second user's mobile device, via a central server.03-03-2011
20110053610Portable communicator - This communicator makes it possible for the user to do telephone, facsimile, and data communication at any location. On a pen input device, a space eye 03-03-2011
20100285818LOCATION BASED SERVICE FOR DIRECTING ADS TO SUBSCRIBERS - In one embodiment, a method of providing a location based service (LBS), comprises: (i) receiving location information over a period of time by one or more software programs from a plurality of wireless devices belonging to a plurality of subscribers; (ii) processing the location information to detect that respective subscribers tend to spend time at one or more locations with one or more other specific subscribers; (iii) storing data indicative of a tendency of each such subscriber to spend time with the subscriber's one or more other specific subscribers; (iv) detecting whether subscribers are present at locations with one or more specific subscribers identified in the stored data subsequent to performance of (ii) and (iii); and (v) comparing ad parameters against subscriber data, to select ads for communication to subscribers, wherein the comparing differentiates in selection of ads for communication to subscribers in response to (iv).11-11-2010
20110111773METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATION-BASED UPDATE OF CONTENT - A method and apparatus for a location-based update of RSS content are provided. The method includes appointing place information for an update of content for each RSS URL at user equipment, acquiring location information about the user equipment selecting RSS content to be updated based on the place information when the acquired location information coincides with the appointed place information, and updating the selected RSS content.05-12-2011
20100323722ARRIVAL MONITORING WITH DIRECT AND ACTUAL TRAVEL PATH REPORTING - A system for monitoring progress of at least two parties who have agreed to meet at a predetermined destination substantially at the same time. The system tracks location of each party and estimates remaining time or distance or both of each party to the destination. Querying of each party as to location may be adjusted as to frequency of polling for example based on changing progress towards the destination. Location or remaining time or distance to the destination may be communicated to each of the parties. The system may establish a new predetermined destination based on updated progress of the parties.12-23-2010
20110256889MOBILE PHONE AGGREGATION SYSTEM - An aggregation machine including: a smart phone including a display, and networking hardware connecting the smart phone to the Internet, the smart phone programmed so that the aggregation machine connects to a plurality of servers via the Internet, and then authenticates itself with each of the plurality of servers, and then retrieves information from each of the plurality of servers, and then parses the information from each of the plurality of servers so as to produce an aggregation of the parsed information, and then renders the aggregation as output via the display.10-20-2011
20110256888Message over Cell phone System - A social networking technique and site that sends information based on current time and on interests. An embodiment sends information by text messages.10-20-2011
20110143781Localized Information Service - A method of providing a localized information service using an infrastructure of a cellular communication network is described. It comprises a service source terminal transmitting a network upload message to the cellular communication network, said network upload message comprising a payload part, a reflection entity of said cellular communication network receiving said network upload message, generating one or more reflection messages comprising said payload part, and sending said one or more reflection messages to a group of service destination terminals that stand in a predetermined spatial relationship with said service source terminal.06-16-2011
20110136511METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM TO PERFORM LOCATION SPECIFIC INFORMATION RETRIEVAL USING A GESTURE-CONTROLLED HANDHELD MOBILE DEVICE - A method and apparatus are disclosed that calculate an area-of-interest based on a user request for location specific data. The operations may include transmitting initial location data of the mobile terminal and user initiated gesture data to a server. The server may then perform initiating a request to receive the requested location data, and calculating a geographical area-of-interest based on the initial location data and the user initiated gesture data. The location specific data related to the area-of-interest may then be retrieved and transmitted to the mobile terminal. The area-of-interest may be defined based on the initial position of the mobile terminal and information provided by a gesture made by the user of the mobile terminal.06-09-2011
20120309426METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING LOCATION BASED SERVICE-REFERENCE SIGNAL IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - A method for allowing a mobile station to detect a Location Based Service-Reference Signal (LBS-RS) in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method includes receiving LBS-RS setup information of at least one target cell participating in location measurement from a serving cell, acquiring a frequency offset value of the target cell using the LBS-RS setup information, and detecting the LBS-RS transmitted from the target cell using the LBS-RS setup information and the frequency offset value. In addition, the method further includes measuring a reception delay time of the detected LBS-RS, and transmitting a reception delay time to the serving cell.12-06-2012
20120309425Methods and Devices for Content Distribution - To control content distribution to plural mobile entities (12-06-2012
20120309424USER PROFILE-BASED ASSISTANCE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method including providing a user profile-based assistance service; receiving an assistance request from a subscriber, wherein the assistance request includes geographic information pertaining to a destination of the subscriber; searching a user profiles repository storing user profiles of other subscribers, wherein each user profile includes information indicating a geographic location in which the other subscriber has at least one of lived or worked; selecting candidate user profiles to offer assistance to the subscriber seeking assistance based on a matching between the geographic information pertaining to the destination and a geographic location in which each of the one or more other subscribers at least one of currently lives or works; sending the one or more candidate user profiles to the subscriber; receiving a selection of one of the one or more candidate user profiles; and establishing a communication session between the subscribe and the other selected subscriber.12-06-2012
20090176511MOBILE ALERTING NETWORK - A Mobile Alert Network service includes identifying an Alert Area related to an Event Location, identifying a group of subscribers in the Alert Area, and broadcasting an Alert Message to the identified subscribers in a push-to-talk-equivalent environment. The Alert Messages can alert the subscribers about the cause of the alert, offer message related choices, and offer event related choices, such as promotion information or offers. The MAN Service may include an Alert Information Service, a Subscriber Selector, and a Broadcast Module to generate an Alert Message. The event related choices may be generated based on campaigns by Promotional Agents. A wrapper can be downloaded to manage Alert Messages, a mailbox, and to update on board applications. A on-board logger can provide a detailed account of the operations of the handset and its user. A Sensor Array can be used to determine the location of users, based on the self-identification information, broadcast by the cell phones.07-09-2009
20090176510Method And Apparatus For Routing Data Between A User And A Data Provider - A method and apparatus route geographic information for the purposes of securing marketing information such as real estate information selected by reference to geographic information. A request for marketing information from a user is passed onto a database server for selecting information without knowing the actual identity of the user but knowing a profile of the user, the geographic location of the user when the request was made and the fact that the user made the request voluntarily. The method and apparatus provide useful data to a marketing entity without compromising the relationship between the user and the entity enabling the means to provide the requested information.07-09-2009
20090176509INTEREST MAPPING SYSTEM - Apparatus, interfaces, and computer instructions are provided for establishing an association between a user and a declared interest, such as a brand or some other subject, and for generating a map to display the interests of one or more users. An association is established between an interest identifier, a user, and target object selected based upon an action of the user. The target object may include a location that may be specified by coordinates. The action may include selection of the at least one location by the user. Selection may include selecting a user interface feature that causes the at least one location to be selected based upon a geographical position of the user. The position may be determined by a Global Positioning System device carried by the user. Techniques are also disclosed for identifying people who are potentially interested in a given interest, or in a second interest related to a first interest, based on previously established interest-location-user associations.07-09-2009
20090197620LOCATION-BASED INFORMATION SERVICE METHOD AND MOBILE TERMINAL THEREFOR - A location-based information service method for improving utilization of location-based information services and a mobile terminal for implementing the location-based information service method are provided. A method for providing an information service using a mobile terminal includes acquiring, at a mobile terminal, location information, determining an Internet Protocol (IP) address based on the location information, and receiving service information from a cyber space associated with a service provider that corresponds to the IP address.08-06-2009
20090197618METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING LOCAL PRIVATE BROADCASTING SERVICE WITH A MOBILE TERMINAL - The present invention relates to a method and a system for providing a local private broadcasting service with a mobile terminal. The system for providing a local private broadcasting service with the mobile terminal according to the present invention comprises a broadcasting mobile terminal; a viewing mobile terminal; and a broadcasting relay device which relays a broadcasting content to be streamed down in real time from the broadcasting mobile terminal to the viewing mobile terminal placed in a predetermined broadcasting service area centering on a position of the broadcasting mobile terminal based on a movement of the broadcasting mobile terminal. Thus, the present invention provides a method and a system for providing a local private, broadcasting service through which a mobile terminal user performs a private broadcasting and which has a limited, predetermined broadcasting transmission area based on a position of a broadcasting mobile terminal.08-06-2009
20100190513MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION BASED CONTENT - A mobile device and method are disclosed to provide location based content to a user of a mobile device based on the current location, wherein the provision of location based content depends on obtained location data. The mobile device comprises a location obtaining section for obtaining location data based on locations of the mobile device, location based content section for obtaining location based content, and a controller adapted to compare presently obtained location data with previously obtained location data and to select between a first operation mode and a second operation mode according to the comparison, wherein in the first operation mode the location based content section is adapted to provide location based content to a user of the mobile device according to the current location of the mobile device and in the second operation mode providing of location based content is suppressed.07-29-2010
20110201358DETERMINING APPLICATION USAGE RELATIVE TO A PARTICULAR LOCATION - A mobile device collects information about application usage and associates collected application information with a location of the mobile device and/or a time that the application is accessed. The application is stored on the mobile device or on an external device and accessed via a network. The application information, location of the mobile device and time the application is accessed are communicated to another device and stored in a storage device which may be operated or managed by a service provider or another entity. The application information may comprise identification of a website, a network device or URL, the application and/or data that is input and/or output from the application. The location of the mobile device and/or the time, are determined utilizing a GNSS receiver and/or utilizing information from a network device. The application information, the location of the mobile device and/or the time may be utilized for targeted advertizing.08-18-2011
20100029300METHOD FOR INQUIRING REAL-TIME TRAVEL-RELATED INFORMATION USING A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - In a method for inquiring real-time travel-related information using a mobile communication device having satellite navigation software installed therein, the following are included: the mobile communication device sending a short message containing target GPS coordinates of a destination to a travel information server at an operation and maintenance center (OMC) of a mobile phone system; and the travel information server calculating based on the target GPS coordinates to locate a target mobile phone BTS that is closest to the destination, obtaining real-time weather information dynamically collected by weather monitors at the target mobile phone BTS, and transmitting the weather information along with separately collected visitor density information in connection with the destination to the mobile communication device.02-04-2010
20100022253Mobile device - A mobile device is provided which in an embodiment comprises a circuit to obtain position information, a circuit to obtain commercial information, a circuit to detect patterns based on said position information and said commercial information and a circuit to convey information to a user based on said patterns. A corresponding method is also provided.01-28-2010
20120302260PROXIMITY-DEPENDENT EVENTS - A calendar application for use with a first portable electronic device includes time-dependent events having a start time and an end time and proximity-dependent events having a specified device ID that corresponds to a second portable electronic device. Both the time-dependent events and the proximity-dependent events are stored in the calendar application and the proximity-dependent event is convertible into a time-dependent event. A proximity reminder is generated when the second portable electronic device is in short range radio frequency communication range of the first portable electronic device.11-29-2012
20120302259Systems and Methods to Determine the Current Popularity of Physical Business Locations - In general, the invention relates to methods and systems that record the location of a user and transmit targeted content to a user based upon their current and past location information. A network includes a server programmed with a database of location information, a database of user information, and a wireless communication system capable of communicating with the user's mobile device. The location of the mobile device is ascertained and recorded. The location information is analyzed to determine the businesses visited by the user, and other behaviors of the user. The system has access to the reported locations of a plurality of mobile devices. This aggregate location information is used in order to determine which business locations are currently popular, busy, or not busy.11-29-2012
20110217992MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS MATCHING SYSTEM - A wireless communications network comprises a server in a central location storing matching profiles for a plurality of users of the network. The matching profile for each user is stored in the server through the user's mobile unit or a secure page on the Internet. Each matching profile is corresponded with a respective mobile unit using the same identification information (ID) of the respective mobile unit utilized for carrying out phone calls. The server has a customizable variable matching algorithm and probes the matching profiles corresponding to the respective mobile units in a cell or group of cells for a match every time a new mobile unit subscribes into the cell or group of cells. When there is a match of matching profiles, the two persons are put in contact or advised of each other through a phone call or other communications method.09-08-2011
20120149397Determining Geographic Zone - Included are embodiments for determining data for at least one geographic zone. At least one embodiment of a method includes determining a geographic zone for monitoring and receiving data related to a contact of a user entering the geographic zone. Some embodiments include providing an indication, to the user, that the contact of the user is currently located in the determined geographic zone.06-14-2012
20110117934METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MOBILE ASSISTED EVENT DETECTION AND AREA OF INTEREST DETERMINATION - An approach is provided for determining the existence of an event based on information collected from mobile devices. Reception is caused, at least in part, of media from a plurality of mobile devices. A plurality of event vectors for the respective mobile devices is determined. Each of the event vectors includes geo-location information and timing information of the corresponding mobile device. The existence of the event is determined based on the received media and the event vectors.05-19-2011
20090239553DISSEMINATING TARGETED LOCATION-BASED CONTENT TO MOBILE DEVICE USERS - A trusted third party information arbiter for facilitating third party information sources, such as advertisers or data processing services, to accurately target communications to mobile device users. Illustratively, the mobile device users can control target communications through the utilization of discretion requests/permissions processed by the third party information arbiter. Furthermore, the mobile device users may further interact with the trusted third party information arbiter to provide/release additional personal information. For example, a mobile device user may be provided an increasingly rich rewards or payments that may be provisioned by discount, coupons or offers associated with existing or new product advertisements or promotional information messages.09-24-2009
20110151893COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A communication device communicates with another communication device via an information managing device. The communication device includes a transmitter unit, a storage unit, and a control unit. The transmitter unit transmits presence information to the other communication device via the information managing device. The storage unit stores a program. If the communication device executes the program, the control unit judges whether the presence information currently registered needs to be changed based on executing the program. If the control unit judges that the presence information currently registered needs to be changed, the control unit changes the presence information based on executing the program. The control unit controls the transmitter unit to transmit the changed presence information as updated presence information to the other communication device via the information managing device.06-23-2011
20090170530Device System and Method for Providing Availability Status and Alternate Contact Information Within a Wireless Keep-Quiet Zone - A system and method for providing notification of a user's presence in a wireless keep-quiet geographic zone includes a fixed infrastructure device capable of conducting short-range wireless communication, and a server communicatively coupled to the fixed infrastructure device, accessible to a calling party, and including a phone book, wherein the fixed infrastructure device is operable to detect a presence of a wireless device within a wireless geographic keep-quiet zone, query the device for alternate contact information, aid update the phone book, accessible to a calling party, with an indication of the wireless device's presence in the wireless geographic zone and/or the alternate contact information.07-02-2009
20120040695METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION BASED SERVICE IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method and an apparatus for providing a location based service in a wireless communication system are provided. A method of a Base Station (BS) for a Location Based Service (LBS) in a wireless communication system includes allocating identifiers to a plurality of transmission devices in a service coverage area of the BS, generating a Reference Signal (RS) including the identifier of the corresponding transmission device and an identifier of the BS with respect to each of the transmission devices, and transmitting the RS generated for each of the transmission devices, to a Mobile Station (MS) via the corresponding transmission device.02-16-2012
20110171976IDENTIFYING CLIENT PATTERNS USING ONLINE LOCATION-BASED DERIVATIVE ANALYSIS - A method and system for targeting content (e.g., a service or an advertisement) according to location-based information derived from a mobile wireless transceiver device. Position information as a function of time is used to calculate a rate of travel and a direction of travel. This information can be used to identify a likely mode of transportation. Geographical information can be used to further refine the mode of transportation. Thus, in addition to the position of the wireless transceiver devices, factors such as the rate of travel, the direction of travel and the likely mode of transportation are also considered to more precisely identify the appropriate service. Moreover, a potential destination can be predicted, allowing further refinement of the targeted service.07-14-2011
20110319099NAVIGATION OR MAPPING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A navigation or mapping system comprises a display device (12-29-2011
20120046050SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A LOCATION-BASED PREFERRED MEDIA FILE - A system and method for determining a location-based preferred media file includes a position module and a processor communicatively coupled to the position module. The processor configured to execute instructions to determine a current position of the mobile device based at least partially on data from the position module, to request data for a preferred media file associated with the determined current position of the mobile device, and to receive data representative of the preferred media file. The preferred media file can be a video file or an audio file that is selected based upon frequency that the media file has been played within a predetermined distance from the determined current position of the mobile device. The frequency can be based upon the total number of plays of the media file, the number of unique plays of the media file, or from trend data received from an external resource.02-23-2012
20120252495POSITIONING SYSTEM USING LIGHT INFORMATION - An apparatus and method for initiating a search mode of a mobile device based on the light information in the environment of the mobile device is described herein. The light information may include at least one of color temperature or illuminance, which may be used to determine if the environment of the mobile device is indoors or outdoors. A threshold may be predetermined or adjusted based on received position assistance information. The position assistance information may include at least one of time, day, solar angle, motion information, location information, or weather information.10-04-2012
20120252498METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR NOTIFYING PROXIMITY OF MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINALS USERS - A method for notifying proximity of users of mobile communication terminals, comprising: a) having a mobile communication terminal obtaining from a remote server data suitable to be used by the mobile communication terminal for deriving a distance between a position of another mobile communication terminal and the mobile communication terminal; b) having the mobile terminal determining, based on said obtained data, whether the position of the other mobile communication terminal falls within a predetermined distance range; and c) in case the position of the other mobile communication terminal falls within said predetermined distance range, having the mobile communication terminal generating a notification for the user of the mobile communication terminal. A corresponding system is also disclosed.10-04-2012
20120046051APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED SERVICES WITHIN A WIRELESS NETWORK - A system for providing wireless telecommunications services to mobile devices includes structure and functionality for location-based services, and includes both server and client/mobile device apparatuses. One apparatus includes a data store storing at least a first record associated with a first wireless device or a second record associated with a second wireless device. A computer is coupled to the data store and is configured to receive a request from the first wireless device to obtain location information associated with the second wireless device. The computer is configured to receive a change location privileges request, and to update the first or second records in the data store based on the received change request. Other apparatuses provide additional structures and functions.02-23-2012
20090286555USING CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT DATA NON EXHIBITING UNIQUE USER IDENTIFIERS FOR CREATING GEO STATISTICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE USERS - A computer implemented data processing system for using customer relationship management (CRM) non-exhibiting unique user identifiers in a cellular network for creating geo-statistical representations of the users. The system is arranged to: repeatedly identify all active network-connected devices in each location area using the unique identifier; repeatedly create a table, for all location areas, each table exhibiting: location area identifier, unique user identifier, time of inflow to the location area, time of outflow from the location area; and differentiate table of time N−1 over table of time N thereby detecting inflow and outflow quantities of unique identifiers for each location area; factorizing said difference by the ratio of stationary non-active network-connected device and the total number of network-connected devices; decipher the difference table; analyze the deciphered tables using CRM profiles; and join over time, the deciphered tables with corresponding location area thereby creating at least one GIS data layer.11-19-2009
20120208565SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREFERRED SERVICES IN NOMADIC ENVIRONMENTS - A method of locating preferred services includes searching an augmented spatial index, which is based on a user's determined preferred services. Additionally, the method includes indicating a location of a currently-sought preferred service.08-16-2012
20120208564METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING GEOSPATIALLY-AWARE USER-CUSTOMIZABLE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS - Methods and systems are provided for generating and delivering data content to a mobile device using geospatially-aware virtual environments. A virtual environment management system generates a virtual environment based on a hybrid application having one or more functionality associated with an activation condition, and provides the virtual environment to the mobile device. The virtual environment management system then determines that a location of the mobile device satisfies the activation condition, and activates the one or more functionality for the virtual environment.08-16-2012
20120208562METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NETWORK ANALYSIS - A network analysis capability is provided herein. A network analysis capability supports proactive detection of service troubles in a network by looking at the network from the perspective of the end users. A proactive detection mechanism is provided by having end user devices (e.g., smartphones, computers, and the like) run background applications which monitor for service-impacting problems and autonomously report service-impacting problems when such problems are detected. A background application, before and/or after problems are detected, collects diagnostic information and forwards the diagnostic information to a network for analysis. A network node compiles and analyzes data collected from the end user devices, data collected from one or more network-based data collectors, and, optionally, information from one or more network support systems, to diagnose problems and dynamically respond, potentially before service is impacted.08-16-2012
20120252496Method of Providing Service to On Board Unit with Mobile Device - A method of providing service to an on board unit (OBU) in a car with a mobile device, for the mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises connecting to the OBU via a cable or wireless connection, and providing a positioning/navigation service to the OBU when a notification associated to positioning capability is received from the OBU.10-04-2012
20120009947METHOD OF TRANSMITTING COUNTING RESPONSE MESSAGE INDICATING SERVICE AREA AT USER EQUIPMENT IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A method for a user equipment to transmit a message in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The present invention includes the steps of receiving a first message containing an information on at least one service from a network and transmitting a second message indicating a specific area and a specific service to the network in response to the first message, if wishing to receive the specific service of the at least one service or being interested to receive the specific service of the at least one service. Preferably, the present invention further includes the step of receiving system information for providing information on at least one area.01-12-2012
20120009946System For Providing Location-Based Services In A Wireless Network, Such As Locating Sets Of Desired Locations - A system and associated method receives a command from a user's mobile device to locate points of interest near the mobile device's location. The points of interest are associated with different, user-identified, point of interest categories. Based at least in part on the mobile device's location, the system substantially simultaneously provides a list of points of interest for at least some of the point of interest categories.01-12-2012
20120009944System and method for providing locally applicable internet content with secure action requests and item condition alerts - Optimized delivery of locally applicable Internet content to users. A cache of locally applicable Internet content is maintained in a local content server, based upon a monitoring of locations of users requesting Internet content. Requests for Internet content are received from user equipment through a wireless network base station, and served from the local content server, which is logically proximate to the wireless network base station. The caching of locally applicable Internet content may be maintained on a layered basis. Secure action request receipt and corresponding performance, and item condition alerts are also described.01-12-2012
20120015674Automatic Routing of Search Results - In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for providing search results automatically to a user of a computing device. A spoken input provided by a user to a computing device is received. The spoken input is transmitted to a computer server system that is remote from the computing device. Search result information that is responsive to the spoken input is receiving by the computing device and in response to the transmitted spoken input. An alert is provided to the user that the device will connect the user to a target of the search result information if the user does not intervene to stop the connecting of the user. The user is connected to the target of the search result information based on a determination that the user has not intervened to stop the connecting of the user.01-19-2012
20120015673Visual Representation of Contact Location - A method for visually representing information on a display of a portable electronic device includes receiving location coordinates from at least one other portable electronic device, plotting a visual identifier on a map and displaying the map on the display of the portable electronic device. The position of the visual identifier corresponds to the location coordinates received from the at least one other portable electronic device, which correspond to an actual location of the at least one other portable electronic device. The appearance of the visual identifier is selected to depict the status of the user of the at least one other portable electronic device.01-19-2012
20110014928Methods, Systems and Computer Program Products for Tailoring Advertisements to a User Based on Actions Taken Using a Portable Electronic Device - Advertising is tailored based on usage patterns of a portable electronic device are provided including determining if a portable electronic device has entered an area associated with a local area network (LAN). A link is established between the portable electronic device and the LAN if it is determined that the portable electronic device has entered the area associated with the LAN. User services are established between the portable electronic device and a remote server using the established link based on a user profile associated with the portable electronic device. Devices associated with the remote server communicatively coupled to the LAN are controlled using the portable electronic device. Actions and/or behaviors of a user are tracked based on use of the portable electronic device. Advertisements are displayed and/or played on at least one of the controlled devices based on the tracked user actions and/or behaviors.01-20-2011
20120064919CROWD CREATION SYSTEM FOR AN AGGREGATE PROFILING SERVICE - Systems and methods for creating new crowds of users are disclosed. In one embodiment, a number of geographically relevant Points of Interest (POIs) within a geographic bounding region in which the new crowd is to be created are identified. A POI for the new crowd is then selected from the geographically relevant POIs based on a crowd profile defined for the new crowd. Users to attract to the new crowd at the POI selected for the new crowd are selected based on the crowd profile defined for the new crowd, and the selected users are then attracted to the new crowd at the POI selected for the new crowd.03-15-2012
20120172059MOBILE SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY RECOMMENDING CONTENTS, CONTENT RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM, AND CONTENT RECOMMENDATION METHOD - Provided are a mobile system for automatically recommending contents, a content recommendation system, and a content recommendation method. The mobile system may include a communication unit to receive playlist information of another user based on at least one of a current position and a position set by a user, and a content recommendation unit to recommend at least one content based on the received playlist information.07-05-2012
20120157126POSITION ESTIMATION OF A WIRELESS TERMINAL IN A STRUCTURE USING BASE STATION SIGNAL INFORMATION - Wireless terminals are provided that comprise, for example, a wireless signal receiving portion that receives a wireless signal transmitted from a base station; a measurement portion that performs signal intensity measurement of the wireless signal; and an information transmitting portion that transmits pieces of measurement information acquired by the signal intensity measurement, and at least one piece of base station identification information that indicates a base station of a transmission source of the wireless signal and that is associated with each of the pieces of measurement information. The wireless terminals may also comprise, for example, an input portion for specifying information on a section of a building structure; an information acquisition portion for acquiring and transmitting measurement information to a position estimation server; a display screen generation portion; a display portion; and a registration request portion for transmitting registration request information to a position estimation server.06-21-2012
20120071174METHODS OF LOCATING DATA SPOTS AND NETWORKS AND USER EQUIPMENT FOR USING THE SAME - Methods determine data spots in a network by identifying a transmission resource and its characteristics so as to determine geography of a data spot. Users are then directed to, locate, and/or move to the data spot and retrieve desired content. Users may be directed to the determined data spot, with a map or compass. Transmission resources include ad hoc hotspots for need by sideloading network users in a communicative proximity. Methods may match characteristics of the requesting network user with determined transmission resources to position a data spot. Example methods may be configured based on amounts of network resources consumed, third-party costs to a user, maximizing user experience by providing nearer and faster data spots, and/or any other desired criteria. Different portions of the methods may be performed by the network, the user, and/or third-parties, to reduce network burden while supplying users with desired content through data spots.03-22-2012
20110092227MODIFICATION OF DYNAMIC CONTACT LISTS - In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems and program products for dynamically generating contact list. A computer system identifies a geographic location of a mobile computing device that is associated with a user. A local contact list is generated by selecting, for inclusion in the local contact list, one or more contacts that are from a contact list that is stored for the user and are within a first predetermined geographic location. The local contact list is generated by selecting, for inclusion in the local contact list, one or more contacts that are not in the contact list that is stored for the user and are within a second predetermined geographic location. The local contact list is provided for display on the mobile computing device.04-21-2011
20120108268EVENT REMINDER METHOD - A method includes setting, by a mobile device, a notification based on the mobile device being within proximity of a predetermined location at a predetermined date or time. The mobile device detects that the mobile device is located within proximity of the predetermined location at the predetermined date or time. Subsequent to the detecting, the mobile device provides the notification.05-03-2012
20090143079MOBILE TRACKING - A method of tracking a first wireless communications device using another computing device, such as a second wireless communications device, includes obtaining current position data for the first wireless communications device and obtaining one or more of speed data, time data, and path data for the first wireless communications device. The first wireless device then transmits the current position data and at least one of the speed data, time data and path data to the second wireless communications device or other computing device. In addition to current position data, the speed, path and time data facilitate tracking of the first wireless communications device. When a first mobile user wants a second mobile user to follow him, the first mobile user can put his device in “follow me” (tracking) mode. This is particularly useful when the first and second mobile users are traveling in respective cars or other vehicles.06-04-2009
20120270564METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR USE IN A MOBILE DEVICE TO DETECT SIGNALING APERTURES WITHIN AN ENVIRONMENT - Methods, apparatuses and articles of manufacture are provided that may be implemented in a mobile device to determine whether one or more signaling apertures may be present within an environment based, at least in part, on a presence or an absence of a reflected version of a detection signal in a received signal, and affect an operation of at least one function based, at least in part, on a determination as to whether a signaling aperture is determined to be present or absent within the environment.10-25-2012
20110077028System and Method for Integrating Smartphone Technology Into a Safety Management Platform to Improve Driver Safety - Identifying risky driving situations in the context of a driver's real-time operating environment and providing effective interventions and countermeasures that mitigate the risky situation to reduce the likelihood of the driver having a vehicular accident. A driver monitoring and mentoring system includes mobile safety centers individually installed on driver-assigned smartphones or other mobile devices. The mobile safety centers collect real-time driving data and compute a risk of a driver in a specific situation being involved in an accident and provide mentoring to drivers in a driver risk situation above a risk threshold to reduce the likelihood of an accident. The mobile safety centers communicate with a master safety analytics center that collects data, collects and stores information relating to detected risk situations, creates risk algorithms, creates driving mentoring communications, and communicates the algorithms and communications to the mobile safety centers.03-31-2011
20120157125iALERT ENHANCED ALERT MANAGER - iAlert_Enhanced_Alert_Manager enables a user to register an interest in their current location, as well as persons, places and/or things in which the user holds some regard. The iAlert_Enhanced_Alert_Manager provides notification and clarifying information to user's devices concerning events/happenstance that have occurred or are likely to occur within a proximity of registered persons, places, and/or things. The iAlert_Enhanced_Alert_Manager comprises data structures (e.g. an Affinity Table, a SPIN table, a SPIN-List Table, an Affinity-List Table, and a Keyword-List Table) to manage affinities, Spheres of Influence (SPINs), and relationships therebetween that may positively or negatively induce a person. Timely notification of events/happenstance to a user comprises the computation of iEvent-vectors and iAlert-vectors. An iEvent-vector contains fields pertaining to events/happenstance whereas an iAlert-vector comprises information pertaining to notifications. Transmission of a notification is determined as a function of the magnitude of an event/happenstance and the proximity of an event/happenstance to registered objects of interest.06-21-2012
20110065455Wireless network tour guide - Location based wireless services in a service provider's network are intertwined with a message database (text and/or audio) to automatically provide location information regarding the subscriber to the message database, without requiring the wireless device itself to provide the location information. A location management system is provided to perform the location management functions of determining subscriber location (e.g., by call/sector ID, angle of arrival (AOA), time difference of arrival (TDOA), time of arrival (TOA)), and of mapping the location to the desired text and/or audio. Speed information may also be determined by the location management system, or the subscriber may be prompted to input a particular mode of transportation, or generally indicate their speed. Of course, the slower the speed of the subscriber, the fewer location updates will be required, lessening the burden on the tour guide system in the wireless network.03-17-2011
20110105152MOBILE DEVICE AND SERVER EXCHANGING INFORMATION WITH MOBILE APPARATUS - A mobile device and a server are provided. The mobile device displays relevant information extracted based on location information and additional information. Accordingly, by linking regional information acquired through a personal device with a location based service, the user is provided with useful contents effectively and further is provided with a new experience.05-05-2011
20110105151GEOGRAPHIC ADVERTISING USING A SCALABLE WIRELESS GEOCAST PROTOCOL - Geographic advertising utilizes a location of a mobile communications device to infer potential interest in a product and/or service. A scalable network protocol is utilized to provide advertisements, coupons, discounts, or the like, to mobile communications devices that are within a select geographic area or areas. A geographically addressed message is formulated based on the location of a potential customer and the content to be provided to potential customer. A message is generated at the time it is sent based on a current location of mobile communications device in the select geographic area. A protocol is utilized that replaces an IP address with a geographic location.05-05-2011
20110105150APPLICATION SUGGESTIONS FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE BASED ON LOCATION-BASED DIRECTORY INFORMATION - A mobile communication device may include a mobile communication system configured to facilitate wireless mobile communications. A location sensing system may be configured to sense the location of the mobile communication device. A location-based points of interest application may be configured to locate points of interest within the vicinity of the mobile communication device based on the location of the mobile communication device. An application mapping application may be configured to locate user applications that are relevant to the points of interest within the vicinity of the mobile communication device. A user interface may be configured to present links to the user applications.05-05-2011
20110034184LOCATION BASED DATA ACQUISITION - A method, apparatus, and system for providing information related to a geographic location of a user of a mobile device are disclosed. In some embodiments, a location of the mobile device is determined. Information related to the location is also determined. The related information is provided to a user of the mobile device via the mobile device. In some embodiments, an image sensor nearby the mobile device is identified and an image captured by the image sensor is displayed via the mobile device. In some embodiments, the mobile device can be used to control the direction, focus, and aperture of the image sensor.02-10-2011
20110034183INTELLIGENTLY PROVIDING USER-SPECIFIC TRANSPORTATION-RELATED INFORMATION - A method, system, and medium are provided for distributing transportation alerts to computing devices in accordance with factors, such as device-specific and location-specific factors. In embodiments of the present invention, travel alerts, including public alerts associated with certain areas, are formatted or held prior to delivery, based on safety concerns, legal requirements, device settings, or other considerations.02-10-2011
20120122490LOCATION SPECIFIC EVENT BROADCASTING - Applications in a broadcast environment distribute events in real-time to a large number of receivers within specified geographic locations while efficiently sharing bandwidth resources with other applications using the same broadcast network. Applications need not be aware of the other applications sharing the resources, nor of the methods, protocols, and other mechanisms used to actually broadcast the data over the broadcast medium. Server-side applications that serve data, send notifications, or distribute events to specific locations within the network use a broadcast location manager. Client applications that receive such data, notifications, or events use a client location filter to obtain events that are relevant based on the location of the device. The broadcast location manager and client location filter work together to reliably and efficiently transmit data, notifications, and events to specific locations over the broadcast network for all applications involved.05-17-2012
20100093374LOCATION-BASED WIRELESS MESSAGING FOR WIRELESS DEVICES - An apparatus and method of location-based wireless messaging wireless devices is described. The method includes the receipt of a location-based message request from a user of a wireless device desiring to receive a location-based message. Once the request is received, a spatial location of the wireless device is monitored. Once a current spatial location of the wireless device is identified, as a spatial location of a message delivery location, a location-based message is communicated. In one embodiment, a user, via a location-based message request, may request the delivery of the location-based message to a destination wireless device. In a further embodiment, a wireless device may periodically transmit the current spatial location of the wireless device to a predetermined destination wireless device. In a further embodiment, a wireless device may be notified when a selected wireless device is within a predetermined proximity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.04-15-2010
20100093373BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT POPULARITY BASED ON PERSON LOCATION TRACKING - A system receives information associated with locations of multiple people, where the information is derived based on each of the multiple people's use of an electronic device. The system cross-references the locations of the multiple people to locations of one or more places where people get together to determine a number of the multiple people who are located at the one or more places. The system further provides a visual representation of a popularity of each of the one or more places to a user device based on the determined number of the multiple people who are located at the one or more places.04-15-2010
20100093375GEOGRAPHICAL NETWORK INITIATED WIRELESS DEVICE FEATURE CONTROL - A method, apparatus and system for applying feature controls to features on a wireless device while the mobile is in a geographic area is provided. The wireless device receives instructions from a wireless network indicating which feature controls to apply. The wireless device determines that its position is within the geographic area and applies the feature controls.04-15-2010
20120315924METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LEAVING AND/OR DISCOVERING LOCALLY RELEVANT PIECES OF INFORMATION - Methods and apparatus for storing user generated information, e.g., reviews, comments, suggestions relevant to a particular geographic region, using local access nodes and/or facilitating discovery of the availability of the locally stored and locally relevant content through the use of peer-to-peer signals are described. In various embodiments, the locally stored and available content can be discovered when passing within range a local access point, storing the locally relevant user provided content. User generated information, in some embodiments, can be stored subject to user specified sharing restrictions. In various embodiments, users can limit the information they are provided by controlling profile setting and/or a setting used to control what information is provided as they move through a region. In some embodiments, user provided information distribution and/or access can be, and sometimes is, restricted based on group membership, user identity and/or interests.12-13-2012
20090131080Device, System, and Method of Physical Context Based Wireless Communication - Device, system and method of physical context based wireless communication. For example, a method for physical context based wireless communication includes: determining an association between a spatial location of a wireless communication device and location context information related to said spatial location; determining an identity of a user of said wireless communication device; and determining an association between said user of the wireless communication device and said location context information.05-21-2009
20090131079METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING INFORMATION TO MOBILE DEVICES - A system for delivering information to a mobile device includes a server; and a beacon coupled to and receiving information from the server. The beacon is configured to provide a message based on the information to the mobile device when the mobile device is within a transmitting range.05-21-2009
20120220314LOCATION-BASED ADVERTISING MESSAGE SERVING FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICES - Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of location aware mobile communication devices over a wireless network. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more of the mobile communication devices. An advertising platform manager provides tools for an advertiser to create and transmit relevant ad messages to a user based on specific location, time, and profile data of the user. The ad messages can be provided in the form of a text advertising message, coupon and/or graphic element.08-30-2012
20120165046Intuitive Computing Methods and Systems - A smart phone senses audio, imagery, and/or other stimulus from a user's environment, and acts autonomously to fulfill inferred or anticipated user desires. In one aspect, the detailed technology concerns phone-based cognition of a scene viewed by the phone's camera. The image processing tasks applied to the scene can be selected from among various alternatives by reference to resource costs, resource constraints, other stimulus information (e.g., audio), task substitutability, etc. The phone can apply more or less resources to an image processing task depending on how successfully the task is proceeding, or based on the user's apparent interest in the task. In some arrangements, data may be referred to the cloud for analysis, or for gleaning. Cognition, and identification of appropriate device response(s), can be aided by collateral information, such as context. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.06-28-2012
20120129553LOCATION-BASED SERVICES - Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving a selected location on a mobile device, monitoring a current location of the mobile device, determining when the current location of the mobile device is within the geofence, and initiating an action on the mobile device associated with the geofence and the selected location.05-24-2012
20120129552INTEGRATED MOBILE ORDERING SYSTEM - A mobile requisition system; said mobile requisition system including an internet and GPS enabled mobile communication device; said mobile communication device interacting over internet-based services with a Broking Facility in a first instance to acquire information of goods and or services from participating goods and or service providers; said mobile communication device interacting over said internet in a second instance with said Broking Facility to purchase a said good or service from a selected said participating goods and services provider; said mobile communication device interacting over said internet in a third instance to transfer payment to said provider; said mobile communication device enabled to display data providing evidence of said purchase and said payment.05-24-2012
20120165045LOCATION POSITIONING APPARATUS, LOCATION POSITIONING METHOD, AND LOCATION POSITIONING PROGRAM - A location positioning apparatus, a location positioning method, and a location positioning program are provided for shortening the wait time necessary for positioning, by changing the timeout period in the positioning measurement according to the accuracy of the general location, when the current location cannot be positioned. A general location error determining unit (06-28-2012
20120165044ANONYMOUS POSITIONING OF A WIRELESS UNIT FOR DATA NETWORK LOCATION-BASED SERVICES - This invention concerns a process and a system for providing location information for a wireless unit in a wireless network to a location-based service provider, using a data network. In particular, the location information is provided to the location-based service provider without necessarily providing the identity of wireless unit, e.g., a subscriber's wireless identification number, to the service provider. In this regard, a subscriber's identification number may be hidden from the positioning service provider via a process in which an alias is used instead of the subscriber's normal identity. The subscriber's number may further be concealed from the service provider via a process wherein encrypted information is used instead of the subscriber's normal identity.06-28-2012
20130172015SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATION BASED EVENT MANAGEMENT - A system and method for location based event management is disclosed for organizing content based on time, location, application, and relates this information to the user by linking an associated relevant content. This is accomplished by utilizing a time module, a people module, a location module, an applications module, a browser module, an event module, and a content module to filter and display associated content. Through these modules, an event list is updated with results based on time, location, and relevance to the user and location, thus prioritizing information in a unique and novel manner.07-04-2013
20120231819METHOD AND SYSTEM TO AUTOMATICALLY IDENTIFY UNKNOWN IDENTITIES - The present invention relates to methods, nodes, arrangements and articles of manufacture to automatically identify unknown identities of a target. The method comprises the following steps: positioning indicators indicating presence of a known identity of the target in at least one location are periodically collected; at least one mobile network is interrogated and lists of identities of users located in defined target areas, each area covering at least one of the collected positioning indicators, are fetched; a crosscheck between the fetched lists is performed; a single or restricted number of identities that is common to the fetched lists is identified.09-13-2012
20120135757METHOD OF SHARING MOBILE SENSOR, APPARATUS FOR VERIFYING INTEGRITY, AND MOBILE SENSOR SHARING SYSTEM - Provided are a method of sharing mobile sensors, an apparatus for verifying integrity, and a mobile sensor sharing system. The method of sharing mobile sensors includes setting an area-based lattice in a sensor information space including at least one mobile sensor and generating representative virtual sensors representing respective divided lattice spaces, collecting sensor data for each lattice spaces through the representative virtual sensors respectively, and performing primary integrity verification of sensor data newly collected from the sensor information space by checking consistency with peripheral sensor data of a predetermined spatial interpolation area stored in an integrated sensor database.05-31-2012
20120135756USER CONTRIBUTION BASED MAPPING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A computer-implemented user contribution method is provided. The method includes retrieving event data posted by a plurality of users related to a first user, the event data including indications of at least one geographic area. The event data is compared with predetermined trigger data. A quality value of the at least one geographic area is determined based on the comparison of the event data with predetermined trigger data, and an indication of the quality value of the at least one geographic area is transmitted to a second user. A user contribution based mapping system is further provided.05-31-2012
20100184453METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING AND SENDING NAVIGATIONAL DATA VIA A WIRELESS MESSAGING SERVICE ON A NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A system and method are provided for receiving navigational data via a wireless messaging service on a navigation system. The system and method provide a way to send requests for destination information via the wireless messaging service and capture navigational data from the responsive message received, such as addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses, and then utilize that data for navigational routing, generation of telephone calls, emailing and the like, from the vehicle's navigation system. A wireless device can be paired with the navigation system over a Bluetooth® communication link, wherein the navigation system periodically polls the wireless device for newly received messages. In one embodiment, the NAVI displays icons on a map that correspond to the extracted addresses from the messages received in relation to the vehicle's current location. The icons can be shown in a plurality of visual formats to distinguish previously viewed locations from newly received ones.07-22-2010
20120214516Apparatus and Method for Context Based Wireless Information Processing - A context of the user of a mobile communication device determines what product or service is requested. By determining where the mobile communication device is, unique identifying information is used to identify a specific product or service. By using information regarding products limited to a defined area, a reduced product/service identifier can be used on products/services.08-23-2012
20120252497LOCATION-BASED MOBILE APPLICATION - A location-based question and answer mobile application method and system is disclosed. The system has a processor coupled to a nontransitory computer readable medium, the computer readable medium containing software instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform a series of operations. The operations can include presenting a user interface for receiving a question, the user interface adapted to be displayed on a user device, and receiving a question via the user interface. The operations can also include obtaining a location associated with the question, and publishing the question to other users associated with the location of the question.10-04-2012
20120252499Method and apparatus for interactive audience participation at a live entertainment event - The present invention relates to a method for providing interactive audience participation at live entertainment events. The method includes use of an interactive device that presents a promotional message and includes a user interface, broadcasting audio programming to the audience member through the interactive device, querying the audience members, wherein answers to the querying may be entered by the audience member via the user interface of the interactive device, transmitting the answers to a central processor, storing the answers as audience data, processing the audience data into results, storing the results of the processing of the audience data and broadcasting the results of the processing of the audience data.10-04-2012
20120214515Mobile Device Indoor Navigation - A method for indoor navigation in a venue derives positioning of a mobile device based on sounds captured by the microphone of the mobile device from the ambient environment. It is particularly suited to operate on smartphones, where the sounds are captured using microphone that captures sounds in a frequency range of human hearing. The method determines a position of the mobile device in the venue based on identification of the audio signal, monitors the position of the mobile device, and generates a position based alert on an output device of the mobile device when the position of the mobile device is within a pre-determined position associated with the position based alert.08-23-2012
20120315927METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR ACCESS GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION INFORMATION SERVICE - The invention provides a solution to accessing for a geographical location information-based service in a server of a machine type communication based communication system, where firstly a server broadcasts or multicasts a content request message, the content request message comprising information on requested content and information on a target geographical location; then the server receives a response message from at least one user equipment, the response message indicating that the at least one user equipment possesses the requested content and the at least one user equipment being located within the target geographical location; and finally the server acquires the requested content from the at least one user equipment.12-13-2012
20100279711System For Providing Location-Based Services In A Wireless Network, Such As Locating Sets Of Desired Locations - A system and associated method receives a command from a user's mobile device to locate points of interest near the mobile device's location. The points of interest are associated with different, user-identified, point of interest categories. Based at least in part on the mobile device's location, the system substantially simultaneously provides a list of points of interest for at least some of the point of interest categories.11-04-2010
20120178475MOVING BODY TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD - A moving body terminal is basically provided with a position information acquiring section, a receiving section and a control section. The position information acquiring section is configured to acquire position information indicating a current position of the moving body terminal. The receiving section is configured to receive from an information providing apparatus simple map information which includes information transmission determining information indicating an information transmission unnecessary region of the simple map information where the position information of the moving body terminal is not required to be transmitted from the moving body terminal to the information providing apparatus. The control section is configured to prohibit a transmission of the position information to the information providing apparatus when the position information acquired by the position information acquiring section is inside the information transmission unnecessary region contained in the simple map information that was received.07-12-2012
20100273510DESIGNED CONSOLE FOR PROVIDING A VARIETY OF CELLULAR SERVICES TO A DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND HIS ENVIRONMENT - A system for providing cellular services to a driver of a motor vehicle, comprising a user interface unit that includes: a touchscreen for displaying a desired content and icons being input keys to receive inputs from the driver; a memory with dedicated managing software for controlling the offered services and inputs from the touch-screen; a cellular basic unit for providing voice and data communication between the user interface unit and a cellular base station to thereby provide content and cellular services from one or more remote servers over a data network; a local interfacing application for generating a dedicated interface, adapted to be compatible with the vehicular environment of the driver, by modifying the interface of the content and cellular services being rendered on the remote servers; a processor and operating system for controlling the operation of the user interface unit; a rigid panel for holding the user interface unit; and one or more remote servers for providing content and cellular services to the user interface unit.10-28-2010
20100273509MASS TRANSPORTATION SERVICE DELIVERY PLATFORM - Embodiments of the disclosed invention include an apparatus, method, and computer program product for providing location information for a mobile device associated with a passenger of a mass transportation vehicle. For example, in some embodiments, the location information of a mobile device of a passenger may be utilized to provide location-based services, such as, but not limited to, providing the passenger with updated information regarding a travel arrangement, enabling an airline crew to determine the whereabouts of a passenger, and enabling automatic check-in. In addition, certain ones of the disclosed embodiments provide a method for maintaining location-based services associated with a mobile device while the device is in transit on a mass transportation vehicle, such as, but not limited to, an airplane.10-28-2010
20100009698Method for capturing real-time video and audio data at specific location - A method for capturing real-time video and audio data at a specific location is provided. A real-time video and audio data of people, objects and landscapes at a specific location may be obtained at any time and place. A user needing real-time video and audio data of objects, people and landscapes at a specific location access a specific website and then inputs his/her requests. By the website, these requests are transmitted to a mainframe platform of the telecommunication companies which have signed an agreement with a company of the website and telecommunication companies select and match video mobile phone users for providing the services to users.01-14-2010
20100009699Communication terminal apparatus, method of changing function and/or setting of communication terminal apparatus, and program - A communication terminal apparatus includes a situation change detecting unit that detects a change in external situation and transmits an external situation change detection signal, and a control unit that receives the external situation change detection signal, thereby reads out a predetermined function and/or setting stored in a storing unit, and changes the functions and/or setting.01-14-2010
20090069034Neighbor to neighbor relay in a geo-spatial environment - A method and system of neighbor to neighbor relay in a geo-spatial environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of managing a community network includes obtaining member data associated with a member of the community network, determining a location of the member based on the member data, storing the member data in a member repository, obtaining a number of profiles in the community network corresponding to a number of neighbors of the member based on the member data and the location, generating a neighbor to neighbor introduction using the member data and the profiles by forming a chain between neighbors such that one neighbor introduces a group formed between neighbors in the chain to another neighbor such that a neighbor to neighbor relay is formed in a geo-spatial social network, and facilitating the introduction between the member and a profiles using the neighbor to neighbor relay.03-12-2009
20100291950CONSTRAINT-BASED SCHEDULING FOR DELIVERY OF LOCATION INFORMATION - Defining subscriptions to location information for a computing device (e.g., a mobile computing device). Application programs, services, and/or peer devices define the subscriptions based on constraints associated with requests for the location information. A location request scheduler coordinates the subscriptions temporally and spatially to reduce the quantity of the requests from the computing device. In some embodiments, the subscriptions are automatically defined based on an observed mobility pattern of the computing device.11-18-2010
20120315926METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY LOCATING RADIO STATIONS - Method and device for automatically locating radio stations, of the type which comprises at least a first database of radio and/or television stations (12-13-2012
20120315925SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ALERT-BASED SERVICES TO MOBILE STATIONS IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - System for providing alert-based communication services for which corresponding alert conditions to be met by mobile stations are defined. The system includes an alert engine capable of firing alerts associated with the alert-based communication services if location data regarding the mobile stations is indicative of the mobile stations meeting the alert conditions corresponding to the alert-based communication services. A requirements engine determines an expected earliest future time at which at least one alert condition is capable of being met by a particular mobile station and outputs a data element indicative of a requirement to obtain updated location data about the particular mobile station in advance of the expected earliest future time. A scheduler receives expiry times data and processes the expiry times data for determining an order for servicing the location requests.12-13-2012
20120258737Method and system for providing assistance resource progress information along a route - A user, either in a vehicle with a telematics device, at a home having a computer device, using a handheld wireless device, or other type of communication device, can request services such as to repair a flat tire, unlock a locked door, repair cable television service, etc. using the communication device. The user's communication device sends a request message over the communication network to a second server. The second server creates a request for service record and forwards the message to a first server that determines a resource to dispatch to the user's location. The first server sends resource information, including location information, to the user's device, and either the device, or a device coupled to the user's communication device, displays the current location of the service resource on a map as the resource makes its way toward the user's location.10-11-2012
20120258736METHOD, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED LISTING SERVICES - The present invention relates to a computer-implemented method, system and computer readable medium for providing context-based listing services. The method comprises registering at least one first service provider with an second service provider wherein registering comprises that the first service provider provides the information via a communication network to the second service provider and it validates the information. Validating comprises identify the location of the first service provider and/or request to at least one predefined user located nearby the location of the first service provider. At least one user requests the second service provider for the information via the communication network. At least one user retrieves the information and provides ranking to category of services so as to update the information in the second service provider.10-11-2012
20120190386WIRELESS LOCATION ESTABLISHING DEVICE - A system, method, service and wireless location-establishing device are disclosed, which locates its position by a plurality of means, including GPS satellite interrogation and triangulation. Alternative methods of location establishment include triangulating location data from nearby location-established objects such as WiFi or cell site towers, as well as from other present Invention location establishing devices (“Survey Eggs”). Once location has been established, the device can transmit and receive a variety of data based upon location, profile, and other factors, facilitating novel interactions and transactions.07-26-2012
20120190387Location Ranking Using Social Graph Information - In one embodiment, a user of a social networking system requests to check in a place near the user's current location. The social networking system generates a list of places near the user's current location, ranks the places in the list of places near the user's current location by a distance between each place and the user's current location, as well as activity of the user and the user's social contacts for each place, and returns the ranked list to the user.07-26-2012
20120190385METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR POPULATING LOCATION-BASED INFORMATION - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method and system for populating location-based information on a portable electronic device. According to one embodiment, a request to create a memory record on the portable electronic device is received from a user. Based on the geographic location of the portable electronic device, relevant location information associated with a plurality of reference fields of the memory record are determined and displayed on the portable electronic device.07-26-2012
20120258739METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SITE-SPECIFIC OPERATIONS - A method and apparatus for controlling a site-specific activity at a plurality of remote locations, for example, the inspection of geographically remote equipment or the gathering of data for a census. A mobile operator transports a portable tool to a plurality of locations where a site-specific activity is to be conducted. The portable tool includes a location detection device. Processing of data using the portable tool is enabled only when the portable tool is located proximate a designated site, as determined by the location detection device. In various embodiments, the enabled site-specific activity may include data recordation, data transmission, data reception, data processing, and/or the display of a data entry form.10-11-2012
20090017840MOBILE TERMINALS INCLUDING DISPLAY SCREENS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING MAPS AND MAP DISPLAY METHODS FOR MOBILE TERMINALS - A mobile terminal includes a communication module, a display screen, and control circuitry. The circuitry is configured to estimate a current geographic position of the mobile terminal, and to determine if the estimated current position of the mobile terminal is within a boundary of geographic map information stored in the mobile terminal. The circuitry is further configured to retrieve additional geographic map information including the current position of the mobile terminal using the communication module if the current position of the mobile terminal is not within the boundary of the stored geographic map information.01-15-2009
20120258735SOCIAL NETWORK GEOGRAPHIC FILTER - A method and system for defining a geographic target area for filtering communications or messages based on geographic criteria. The target area can relate to the user's common shopping area or a maximum distance he or she is willing to travel for a given event or a given time. A trip planner is also disclosed that allows a user to specify a planned trip and that alerts other users along a path of the trip.10-11-2012
20110124351Mobile Device and Geographic Information System Background and Summary of the Related Art - The present invention provides a system and mobile device for providing geographic information to a user. The system includes a mobile device that is wirelessly connected to a geographic database. The mobile device includes a plurality of sensors for determining a first location and a first direction. A controller is adapted to provide information requested based on local queries and distal queries. In addition, the controller can respond to thematic queries of each variety, wherein the database search is limited to objects, entities or features that fit within a selected theme. Finally, the controller is adapted to select and order query results based upon two- and three-dimensional query windows.05-26-2011
20110124350POINT TO CONNECT COMMUNICATION INTERFACE - In one embodiment, the system for a point to connect communication interface comprises a desired receiving device, operable to receive information desired to be sent; a mobile device, operable to transmit the information desired to be sent, a GPS location of the mobile device and a direction from the mobile device to the desired receiving device, a server, operable to receive the information desired to be sent, the GPS location of the mobile device and the direction from the mobile device to the desired receiving device, locate the desired receiving device from among candidate devices, and transmit the information desired to be sent to the desired receiving device. The desired receiving device may be another mobile device, or for example another device such as a printer or television. The information desired to be sent may be a business card, or another type of information such as a document or spreadsheet, digital media file such as a song or a command to the desired receiving device.05-26-2011
20110124349Power management system and method for mobile applications using location based services - A power manager for mobile applications using location based services. Generally described, the system and method manages power of a wireless device by adjusting the sampling rate of mobile applications that use location based services. In one illustrative embodiment, the power can be managed by establishing a schedule. The schedule can include settings such as a start time, end time, interval, and duration. These settings can be used to establish a window of time whereby multiple location samplings can take place. The schedule can minimize the user's involvement on a continual basis by allowing manual and automatic scheduling. The power manager can include, but is not limited to, three features to provide better power management for the wireless device. These can include scheduling for location sampling, automatic and learned scheduling, and frequency and duration dynamic modification. Through the power manager, the power supply on the wireless device can be maximized.05-26-2011
20120231815METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-SPECIFIC DATA SERVICES - A method for providing location-specific data services to vehicles that carry onboard units for short-range communication with tolling stations at known locations in a road-tolling system and mobile terminals for data reception in a mobile communication network. The method includes: storing a list of service IDs, a mapping between a device ID and a terminal ID, and at least one booking of a service ID for a device or terminal ID within the road tolling system; transmitting the device ID of an onboard unit to the tolling station; retrieving the booking of the service ID for the device ID or the mapped terminal ID; testing whether the service ID from this booking is included in the service ID list, and if so, transmitting of the mapped terminal ID to the data service; and providing this data service via the mobile communication network to the mobile terminal.09-13-2012
20120231814REAL-TIME ANALYSIS INVOLVING REAL ESTATE LISTINGS - In general terms, embodiments of the present invention relate to apparatuses, methods, and computer program products for presenting information associated with a real estate listing in an augmented reality environment. For example, in some embodiments, a method is provided that includes (a) receiving positioning information from a mobile device; (b) identifying, based at least partially on the positioning information, a real estate property; (c) determining that the real estate property is subject to a real estate listing; and (d) presenting, via the mobile device, information that indicates that the real estate property is subject to a real estate listing.09-13-2012
20120231816Location Based Computerized System and Method Thereof - The invention includes a computerized method for providing a location based service, the method comprising reporting a location of at least one user client device to a location based service program, querying a database of location based applications of the location based service program to identify one or more location based applications associated with the location of the at least one user client device, and launching at least one of the one or more location based applications on the user client device so as to offer a user experience for the location of the user client device.09-13-2012
20120231817METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO A MEDIA ITEM BASED AT LEAST IN PART ON A ROUTE - An apparatus for providing access to a media item based at least in part on a route may include a processor. The processor may be configured to receive a start location of a mobile device. The processor may be further configured to receive a route. In this regard, the route may have been determined based at least in part on points of interest and the start location. The processor may be further configured to provide for access to a media item if a current location of the mobile device remains on the route. Associated methods and computer program products may also be provided.09-13-2012
20130172016PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT - An information processing apparatus that detects a first location of the information processing apparatus; receives information representing a target location from a target information processing apparatus; detects a target direction from the first location toward the target location; detects an orientation of a casing of the information processing apparatus; calculates an angular difference between the target direction and the orientation of the casing; determines a perceptual strength of each of a plurality of active elements disposed in different locations on or within the casing based on the angular difference; and controls each of the plurality of active elements based on the perceptual strengths.07-04-2013
20120264457DATA SYNCHRONIZATION FOR DEVICES SUPPORTING DIRECTION-BASED SERVICES - With the addition of directional information and gesture based input in a location based services environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided on top of user identification or interaction with specific object(s) of interest. For instance, a device can interact with various endpoints of a direction-based location service and any of the content or other information exchanged between clients and services can be synchronized for efficient exchange of information and efficient utilization of network bandwidth and resources. For example, change input is received by a device that alters, deletes or augments dynamically updateable information associated with a point of interest and the changes resulting from the change input are synchronized from the mobile device to a location based network service. Optionally, the synchronization can be according to a knowledge exchange to identify what should be synchronized prior to transmitting the updates.10-18-2012
20120264456METHOD OF SEARCHING FOR LOST CHILD USING TWO-DIMENSIONAL BAR CODE - Various embodiments of a searching method for a missing child using a two-dimensional bar code are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, the method may include photographing a two-dimensional bar code possessed by a missing child through a missing child prevention program and receiving current position information through a GPS module and stores the received position information. The method may also include transmitting the two-dimensional bar code and the stored position information to a two-dimensional bar-code server, receiving child and guardian information of the missing chilled from the two-dimensional bar code server, and displaying the received child and guardian information. The method may also include connecting a call to the missing child's guardian by inputting a call connection key.10-18-2012
20110045848Bearing Calculator and Error Correction Method - A bearing calculator provided with a geomagnetic sensor for detecting earth-geomagnetism and a control unit for calculating a geographical bearing based on detection values of the geomagnetic sensor. The control unit can execute offset error correction processing for correcting the offset error to the geomagnetic sensor based on a change in the magnetic field inside the bearing calculator. When detection values of the geomagnetic sensor enter an abnormal state, it performs said offset error correction processing when the abnormal state continues for a predetermined time, while does not perform the offset error correction processing when the abnormal state ends within a predetermined time.02-24-2011
20110045847Digital content distribution system for delivering location specific content to an ad hoc group of mobile subscribers - A digital content distribution system and method are disclosed for delivering location specific content to an ad hoc group of mobile subscribers and method of delivering subscriber-requested, location-based content directly to a mobile communication device, such as a cell phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) or other mobile communication device. The system consists of a downloadable application that runs on the subscribers mobile communication devices and communicates with the server-based content composer system. The content composer system manages outgoing content based upon the geographic location reported by the mobile communication device application and the demographic and preference data stored in a subscriber database. Using available messaging technology, such as Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messaging, relevant sponsored content, mobile emergency alerts, and the ability to facilitate 2-way text or voice based services utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping is provided to an ad hoc group of subscribers in designated geographic locations. In order to optimize the utility for deaf and hard of hearing subscribers, the mobile communication device may be placed in a low power sleep or hibernate mode instead of a no power mode when the device is turned off. In a hibernate mode, in response to emergency content, the mobile communication device will wake up to an alert even when it is hibernating. Moreover, the alerts take over the portable device no matter what other tasks are being executed. In accordance with another important aspect of the invention, in response to emergency content, the system will cause the mobile communication device to vibrate even if the mobile communication device has been configured with the vibrate feature turned off.02-24-2011
20120270566WEATHER PREDICTION FOR PRESSURE SENSOR - The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for updating application information of an application in a portable communication device. The updating involves determining the current location and the connectivity to a communication network, adaptively creating a visitation history based on the current position and previously visited locations of the portable communication device, and also on the connectivity to a communication network of the current and previously visited locations. Then the next visitation location is predicted based on the visitation history, and if the next location is determined to not have any connectivity, up-to-date application information is downloaded from a server for updating the application information in the portable communication device.10-25-2012
20120270567System and method for anonymous location based services - Provided is a fully automated web service with location based services generally involved in transmission of situational location dependent information to automatically located mobile receiving data processing systems. The web service communicates with a receiving data processing system in a manner by delivering information to the device when appropriate without the device requesting it at the time of delivery. There are varieties of configurations made by different user types of the web service for configuring information to be delivered, and for receiving the information. The web service maximizes anonymity of users, provides granular privacy control with a default of complete privacy, and supports user configurable privileges and features for desired web service behavior and interoperability. The web service is fully automated to eliminate human resources required to operate services.10-25-2012
20120270569SYSTEM AND METHOD OF WIRELESS PROXIMITY AWARENESS - The present application provides a system for proximity awareness for mobile data communication on an electronic communication device comprising a client application on an electronic communication device communicating across a wireless network, and an awareness server that includes a plurality of server objects that monitor multiple devices on a wireless communication network. In addition, the client application on the electronic communication device comprises a plurality of software objects. The client application periodically broadcasts the current wireless tower that the device is communicating on to the awareness server. The awareness server tracks the location of other Tower IDs of other users in the individual's contact list. If there is a match in Tower IDs, an alert is sent to both users that they are in proximity to each other.10-25-2012
20120270568METHODS, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SHARING AND USING LOCATION INFORMATION IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - Methods, apparatus and a system are provided for sharing and using location information in a portable terminal. A setting indicating whether location-information sharing is activated is received for each application of the portable terminal that uses location information. The settings are transmitted to a server. An application for which location-information sharing is activated is executed. A request for sharing of location information with respect to the executed application is transmitted to the server. Location information of a portable terminal in which location-information sharing is activated for the executed application is received from the server. The received location information is processed through the executed application.10-25-2012
20120270565LOCATION-BASED SERVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING SECONDARY INFORMATION - Provided are a location-based service system and method for generating secondary information. The location-based service system, which includes a processor, may include an information receiving unit to receive location information corresponding to a location in a route of a user, and an information adding unit to add to multimedia content that the user created, using the processor, at least a part of the received location information and location-related information which is associated with the received location information.10-25-2012
20120322464TERMINAL WITH VIRTUAL SPACE INTERFACE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VIRTUAL SPACE INTERFACE - Embodiments of the present invention provide a computer-implemented method for providing a mobile user interface on a mobile computing device. Specifically, among other things, embodiments of the present invention provide a computer-implemented infrastructure comprising: determining a virtual space; generating a display of at least a first portion of the virtual space; sensing a movement in real space of the mobile computing device; determining a change in position in real space of the mobile computing device based upon the sensed movement; determining whether the change in position is within a predefined boundary; and determining a viewing perspective of a second portion of the virtual space based upon the determined change in position of the mobile computing device.12-20-2012
20120094697PERSONAL NETWORKING NODE FOR TACTICAL OPERATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS - A radio that provides communications and tactical situational awareness includes a screen, a communications module for establishing a link with a server, a knowledge management (KM) module for receiving alerts from the server and the communications module, and a map application that displays associated menu options on the screen for selection by the user. A communications interface operates to (i) initiate communications with the server through the communications module, (ii) handle information to be communicated to the server from the map application, and (iii) receive alerts from the server through the KM module. A user location module operates to (i) send data corresponding to the user's location and identified targets to the communications module for forwarding to the server, and (ii) provide data from the server corresponding to locations of other radio users, their availability to exchange messages and any targets they identify, to the map application in the radio.04-19-2012
20100240399GEOGRAPHIC POSITION BASED REWARD SYSTEM - A computer-implemented method of rewarding a user based on compliance with predetermined geographic limitations is provided. The method includes receiving from a first user and storing an indication of one or more geographic areas. Mobile device location information of a user mobile device associated with a second user is received from the user mobile device or a remote telecommunication carrier server in communication with the user mobile device. The mobile device location information is compared with the indication of the one or more geographic areas. An indication of a reward is transmitted to the user mobile device based on the comparison of the mobile device location information and the indication of the one or more geographic areas. Systems for rewarding a user based on compliance with predetermined geographic limitations are also provided.09-23-2010
20100203902Triggered Location Services - Techniques for supporting triggered location services are described. In one design, at least one location related measurement for a terminal may be obtained and used to detect for a trigger event. For an equidistance triggered service, a trigger event may be declared if the distance traveled by the terminal exceeds a predefined distance. For a relative terminal to terminal triggered service, a trigger event may be declared if the terminal is inside or outside, or enters, or leaves a moving geographical target area defined by a reference terminal. For a velocity triggered service, a trigger event may be declared if the maximum velocity of the terminal exceeds a predefined velocity. For a time-distance-velocity combination triggered service, a trigger event may be declared based on distance traveled by the terminal, velocity of the terminal, and time since the last report. For all services, a report may be sent if a trigger event has occurred.08-12-2010
20100203901Location-Based Services Using Geofences Generated from Learned Patterns of Movement - Location-based services are provided in a communication system comprising a wireless network. In one aspect, information indicative of location of a given mobile user device of the system is periodically collected. The collected location information is processed in a server or other processing device of the system to determine at least one normal pattern of movement of the mobile user device from at least a first location to a second location. An alert is generated if subsequent movement of the mobile user device from the first location to the second location exhibits a significant deviation from the normal pattern of movement. The normal pattern of movement may be used to generate a multidimensional geofence that includes, in addition to a geographic area dimension, at least one additional dimension such as, for example, a speed of movement dimension, a direction of movement dimension, a stop duration dimension, or a related device proximity dimension.08-12-2010
20120276930SELECTIVE PROCESSING OF LOCATION-SENSITIVE DATA STREAMS - A method for processing a first data stream specifying locations of a user at different times and a second data stream specifying values of a monitored attribute at a location of interest at different times includes: receiving a location-centric trigger specifying at least one spatial predicate condition relative to the location of interest and at least one non-spatial predicate condition relevant to the location of interest, calculating a safe region that includes locations whose probability of satisfying the spatial predicate condition falls below a first threshold, calculating a safe value container that includes values whose probability of satisfying the non-spatial predicate condition falls below a second threshold, and processing the first data stream and the second data stream against the location-centric trigger, by considering only those locations that are not contained within the safe region and only those values that are not contained within the safe value container.11-01-2012
20120276931SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF NETWORKING ENHANCEMENTS USING LOCATION BASED SERVICES - A location based service and method configured to provide a mechanism for information to a subscribing user. The method is implemented on a computing infrastructure and includes querying one or more databases for matching information of a third party that is associated with one or more mobile devices that pass within a predefined location at one or more predefined intervals. The method further includes providing location information to a subscribing user of the one or more mobile devices that have the matching information and pass within the predefined location.11-01-2012
20120276928Method and System for Providing Location Targeted Advertisements - A method of providing advertisements to mobile devices located in a geographic region is disclosed. Current weather condition information and data representing an advertisement are obtained. A size of an advertisement area for the advertisement based on the current weather information is determined. The size of the advertisement area is decreased during a poor weather condition. A position of a first mobile device is obtained and if the position of the first mobile device is located in the advertisement area, the advertisement is provided to the first mobile device.11-01-2012
20100234046METHOD OF PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED INFORMATION FROM PORTABLE DEVICES - The method of providing location-based information from portable devices allows for the tracking of the location of portable devices (09-16-2010
20120088524System and method for facilitating interpersonal contacts and social and commercial networking - The system and method of the present invention is a mobile computing device application or “mobile application” designed to assist users in performing directed searches within defined geographic scope to achieve specific goals within social, e-commerce and collaborative spaces.04-12-2012
20120088523NOTIFICATION DEVICE, NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING NOTIFICATION DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING A CONTROL PROGRAM RECORDED THEREUPON - A mobile phone (04-12-2012
20120329483FACILITATING USER INTERACTIONS BASED ON PROXIMITY - Techniques are described for providing location-based information and functionality to people and computing devices in various ways. In at least some situations, the techniques include enabling multiple people in a common geographic area to interact in various ways, such as via devices capable of communications (e.g., cellular telephones, computing devices with wired and/or wireless communications capabilities, etc.). In addition, the techniques include enabling the creation and maintenance of location-based virtual groups of users (also referred to as “clouds”), such as for users of mobile and/or fixed-location devices. Such clouds may enable various types of interactions between group members, and may be temporary and/or mobile.12-27-2012
20120289254PROXIMITY-BASED TASK NOTIFICATION - This document describes proximity-based task notification. By notifying a user of an entity at which the user can perform a task when that entity is near to the user, the techniques enable the user to decide, at a time and location likely convenient to the user, whether or not to perform the task now at the entity or wait until a later occasion. If the user wishes to forgo performing the task, the techniques can notify the user again when the entity or some other entity is likely to be convenient to the user.11-15-2012
20120289256Geographically Constrained Network Services - A method and system arc disclosed for determining the geographic location of a user communicating on a communications network such as the Internet. In one embodiment, a provider of a product or service: (a) receives the user's phone number (or other identification for contacting the user's station), and (b) supplies the user's station with a distinctive identifier. The provider then supplies a location determining service with the user's phone number (or other identification). A phone call is made to the phone number by the location determining service for retrieving the distinctive identifier from the network station having the phone number. If the distinctive identifier is retrieved and the location determining service determines that the user's station is within an appropriate geographical area (or not within an inappropriate area), then the provider can provide the requested product or service to the user.11-15-2012
20100167760LOCATION INFORMATION TAGGING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATION-BASED SERVICE IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A location information tagging method and system for location-based services in a wireless communication system are provided. In the method, if it is determined that a service request message received from a device is being sent to an application server for providing a service based on a location of the device, location information about a base station is tagged to the service request message. The service request message with the tagged location information is transmitted to the application server. Therefore, the application server can obtain location information about the device by merely depending on the message received from the device without referring to a conventional location service server. This reduces a service response time and also rapidly offers a location-based service.07-01-2010
20130012235Venue application for mobile station position estimation - Disclosed is a method, and a system to perform the method, comprising receiving venue infrastructure information at an entity hosted on a mobile station, and selectively providing a portion of the venue infrastructure information to one or more other entities hosted on the mobile station based, at least in part, on a privilege level attributed to the mobile station or a user associated with the mobile station.01-10-2013
20130012236NOTIFYING A USER OF AN EVENT - Devices, methods, and systems for notifying a user of an event are described herein. One or more embodiments include a computing device for notifying a user of an event. The computing device includes a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to determine a location of a user based on location information received from a personal device of the user, receive information regarding a predicted path or range of an event, determine, based on the location of the user and the information regarding the predicted path or range of the event, if the user is located within the predicted path or range of the event, and send a notification of the event to the user if the user is located within the predicted path or range of the event.01-10-2013
20130012237DISPLAYING NETWORK OBJECTS IN MOBILE DEVICES BASED ON GEOLOCATION - Displaying network content searches on mobile devices involves obtaining results of a network content request via a mobile device. A geolocation of at least one object associated with the results of the network content request is also obtained. A scene is viewed in a camera view of the mobile device. A virtual location is determined in the camera view. The virtual location represents the actual location of the object relative to the scene contained in the camera view. A graphic representing the object is then displayed at the virtual location in the camera view.01-10-2013
20130012239Location-Based Social Software for Mobile Devices - A method of establishing connection between users of mobile devices includes receiving at a computer a location of a first user from a first mobile device, receiving from a second mobile device a location of a second user having an acquaintance relationship to the first user, and sending a message to the first mobile device based on the proximity of the first user to the second user.01-10-2013
20130012234Systems and Methods for Position Tracking and Reporting of Objects - Geographic location and environmental conditions of a tracking target are reported by a position tracking and reporting (“PTR”) device. Reports are aggregated and stored by a server system, which also provides access to the information for interactive and automatic programmatic use. A mobile phone (smartphone) interface allows system conditions to be examined, and PTR device operating envelope to be modified.01-10-2013
20100130231Lawful interception of location based service traffic - The present invention relates to methods and arrangements in a telecommunication system to generate Interception Related Information IRI related to positioning activities involving a mobile subscriber/equipment MSA The system provides information to an Intercept configuration unit ICU, collected from an Intercept Access Point IAP; MSC, GMLC that is associated to the monitored subscriber/equipment. The method comprises the following steps: receiving to the Intercept Access Point IAP; MSC, GMLC from the Intercept configuration unit ICU, a request to monitor the mobile subscriber/equipment MSA. Registration in the Intercept Access Point IAP; MSC, GMLC, of a positioning activity involving the monitored subscriber/equipment. Delivering information related to the positioning activity, from the Intercept Access Point IAP; MSC, GMLC to the Law Enforcement Agency LEA.05-27-2010
20100130235Apparatus and method for providing map service using global positioning service in a moble terminal - An apparatus and method for providing a map service using a global positioning service in a mobile terminal includes determining a current position of the mobile terminal. A moving path of the mobile terminal is recorded. If content for key point marking are generated, a tag icon corresponding to the content is inserted into a point representing the current position of the mobile terminal. A map message includes the moving path, the tag icon, and the content.05-27-2010
20100130234PERSONAL BROADCAST SERVICE TRANSMITTER AND MOBILE TERMINAL - A personal broadcast service transmitter and a mobile terminal are provided. The mobile terminal receiving a personal broadcast service includes a location information transmitter to transmit location information of the mobile terminal to a personal broadcast service transmitter transmitting the personal broadcast service over a mobile communication network; and a personal broadcast service receiver to receive from the personal broadcast service transmitter the personal broadcast service generated based on the location information of the mobile terminal.05-27-2010
20100130232Location Based Services with Multiple Transmission Methods - A location-based service system for providing messages to a recipient and, in particular, to transmission methods and systems for providing location data of a device to a location-based service system. A method of updating a location of a mobile device includes determining a location of the mobile device and, based on Internet accessibility of the mobile device, transmitting the location via Internet communication when Internet access is available and via SS7 communication when Internet access is unavailable.05-27-2010
20100130233SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR LOCATION BASED SERVICES, ASSET MANAGEMENT AND TRACKING - A system for location based services utilizing a mobile device includes a software module configured to operate in a background mode on the mobile device. The software module is further configured to determine a geographical location of the mobile device and transmit the geographical location at predetermined intervals. A services platform is in communication with the mobile device for receiving the geographical location. The services platform includes at least one location based service module for facilitating at least one location based service on the mobile device. A plurality of back end databases is in communication with the services platform where the services platform integrates data from the back end databases with data from a location database. A secure website is included where an owner of the mobile device can view the geographical location of the mobile device and geographical locations of other mobile devices and have the ability to view friends/family/business associates on their mobile device.05-27-2010
20120149398CONTROLLING MULTI-MODE DEVICES - In an example embodiment, a technique for automatically controlling radio interfaces of a multi-mode device. Wireless interfaces are enabled or disabled based on the probability of network availability of the interfaces at a current geographical location.06-14-2012
20120149396EVENT BASED SERVICE - An event based service provides services and/or products based on an event. Services/products are made available to persons attending an event. Services, products, and/or advertisements can be made available to persons via wireless mobile communications devices. The services/products can be made available to persons attending an event. Services/products can be made available while the event is occurring. Additionally, advertising space is auctioned allowing the ability to bid for advertising space for advertising services/products via the event based service. Individual providers can offer services/products to a group of people at the same location, and at a time that people may be most interested in the services/products. Access to the event based service can be via service provider offered access points. An individual provider's device can act as a server that enables services/products to be purchased. An individual provider's device can act as a network gateway that enables services/products to be purchased.06-14-2012
20130017844METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING LOCATION DATAAANM Li; HuiAACI ShenzhenAACO CNAAGP Li; Hui Shenzhen CNAANM Shan; LiangAACI ShenzhenAACO CNAAGP Shan; Liang Shenzhen CN - The disclosure discloses a method and a system for transmitting location data. The method comprises at least one step of that: the location data is transmitted between a first terminal and a second terminal; the location data is transmitted between a first location server and a second location server; and the location data is transmitted between a third terminal and a third location server, wherein the location data comprises: assistance location data and/or position data. According to the technical solution provided by the disclosure, the location function between two terminals supporting Security User Plane Location (SUPL) can be realized, and some novel assistance location data can be transmitted.01-17-2013
20110159892APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING STATION INFORMATION OF TRANSPORTATION IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An apparatus and method for identifying if station information of a public transportation is information corresponding to a destination by generating and broadcasting guide information including station information to a plurality of portable terminals in a mobile communication system are provided. The apparatus includes a position information system for generating and broadcasting information on the next station, and a portable terminal for receiving the broadcasted guide information and determining if the next station is a station corresponding to a destination.06-30-2011
20110159891Cooperating Receiver Selection for UMTS Wireless Location - For Wireless Communications Networks (WCNs) that support soft handover, cooperator receiver selection for a TDOA, AOA, TDOA/AOA, or hybrid network-based or network-overlay Wireless Location System (WLS) must contend with one or more network base stations as a serving cell. When the active set contains more than one member, two techniques for determining a set of cooperating and demodulating receivers to use in the signal collection for location estimation is disclosed. In one embodiment, the active set members are constructively reduced to a single member that is used as a proxy serving cell. In another embodiment, the information contained in the active set membership is retained and a new set of demodulating and cooperator receivers are generated based on the entire membership of the active set.06-30-2011
20130023290MULTI-MODE MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE WITH MOTION SENSOR AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - A mobile communication device includes a motion sensor for generating motion signals in response to motion of the mobile communication device. A motion data generation module generates motion data based on the motion signals. At least one transceiver sends the motion data to a game device in a gaming mode of operation and transceives wireless telephony data with a wireless telephony network in a telephony mode of operation.01-24-2013
20130023291Configurable Groups of Virtual Walls Providing Proximity Related Privileges - A group of common users each with a mobile device are provided access to information displayed on a group of virtual walls. Each wall corresponds to a different real world location or venue owned or associated with a common entity. The mobile devices are used for viewing information and, when in the vicinity of the real world locations, publishing location-based user content to the corresponding walls. Groups of virtual walls may be created from a set of configurable templates, each template representing a different business vertical.01-24-2013
20130023289Location Based Service and System - A location based service and system wherein a database includes customer records each mapped to customer location information. A user device launches a request to the server. The request includes user device location data, from the user device location data, a geopositional frame about the user location is calculated and used to search customer location information in the database and to retrieve customer records within the geopositional frame corresponding to the launched request.01-24-2013
20130172017HELP-SEEKING METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM BASED ON LOCATION BASED SERVICE - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a help-seeking method, device and system based on a location based service, which relate to the field of location based service technologies. Help-seeking information sent by a first terminal is received, and a location area of the first terminal is determined according to the help-seeking information; the help-seeking information is sent to a second terminal located in the same location area as the first terminal; and response information fed back by the second terminal is received, and the response information is sent to the first terminal. The problem that, in the prior art, help-seeking information cannot be published in time when a user terminal needs help from another user terminal in the neighborhood of the user terminal in terms of geographic location is solved. The present invention may be applied in a mobile user terminal, for example, a smart phone terminal.07-04-2013
20130172013SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A ZONE OF RELEVANCE FOR SUBSCRIBER LOCATION AND NOTIFICATION - A computer-implemented method for determining a zone of relevance for locating wireless subscribers of interest to a location based application and making a user notification decision including: obtaining application specific information from an application service provider; obtaining wireless subscriber profile and real time information from a serving wireless network operator; accessing a geographical database to extract related geographic information; extracting relevant dynamic inputs from external sources; determining the value of user notification based on weighting of said extracted information and historical use information; and determining a corresponding zone of relevance wherein notifying the user meets certain criteria for the determined value of notification.07-04-2013
20130172014WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH POTENTIAL NEW CONTACTS AND RELATED METHODS - A wireless communication system (07-04-2013
20110263276Method and System to Control Actions Based on Global Positioning System - A method and system for restricting operation of at least one function of a communication device based upon the physical location of the device. Global position coordinates are leveraged to ascertain the location of the device and to restrict functionality of the device. One or more alternative solutions are presented as a substitute for the restricted functionality.10-27-2011
20130130718METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN ALERT ON A USER EQUIPMENT ENTERING AN ALERTING AREA - A method and apparatus for providing an alert on a portable communication device such as a user equipment (UE) entering an alerting area is provided. The UE runs a GPS engine continuously to estimate the location of the UE from the time the alert system is activated. The method and apparatus provide an alert system on a UE by calculating the distance between the UE and alerting area. Further, the method and apparatus enable using different positioning systems based on the distance of the UE from the alerting area, thereby reducing the power consumption of the UE battery.05-23-2013
20130178233Dynamic Geo-Fence Alerts - Examples of systems, methods, apparatuses, and software are described in which a mobile device may receive information about a subset of ATMs, VTMs, and/or retail banking locations (and/or other points of interest) based on both the speed and location of the mobile device. The size and/or shape of geo-fences established around each of the subset may also depend upon the speed and/or location of the mobile device. The mobile device may alert the user as to when the mobile device is within one of the speed and/or location-variable geo-fences.07-11-2013
20120252494PROVIDING A LOCATION-BASED SERVICE USING REAL-TIME RADIO ACCESS NETWORK (RAN) MODELING - A system is configured to receive information associated with a flow being transported via a cell within a radio access network (RAN) associated with a service provider network; identify a user device, associated with the flow, based on the information; identify a location of the device based on a location of the cell; generate a group of codes based on the location, the codes corresponding to a group of code lengths and representing one or more quantities of error associated with the location, where a particular code is associated with a code length that corresponds to a quantity of error; and transmit the codes to a content provider, where the codes enable the content provider to obtain the quantity of error that corresponds to a geographical boundary in which the user device is located, and target content, associated with an advertiser within the boundary, to the user device.10-04-2012
20090111486DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A MESSAGE - One or more embodiments may concern a portable communication device comprising a detection unit and a control unit, said portable communication device being adapted to use an information template for generating a message. The detection unit is configured to detect a physical entity. The control unit is configured to insert information corresponding to the detected physical entity, detected by the detection unit into a pre-specified position in the message template. One or more embodiments may also concerns a method for generating a message in a portable communication device by using an adaptive information template.04-30-2009
20080214210LOCATION-BASED NOVELTY INDEX VALUE AND RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention is a system and method for computing a result for a location, wherein the result indicates how novel it is for a wireless device to occupy a specific location. After determining the location of a wireless device through various means, a Novelty Index Value (NIV) is calculated for the location, and the NIV is then stored into a database. The NIV may then be subsequently used by application programs to compute a desired result from the NIV. Multiple users may utilize and/or share the same NIV values. The NIV may also be used to alter the configuration of a wireless device as well. A recommendation system is also disclosed, wherein user context is utilized along with NIV values to compute particular results for a user.09-04-2008
20130137463Systems and Methods to Recommend Businesses to a User of a Wireless Device Based on a Location History Associated with the User - In general, the invention relates to methods and systems that record the location of a user and determine the corresponding physical named location (e.g. business location) visited by the user. The system further provides suggested or recommended destinations and targeted content to the user. A network includes a server programmed with a database of location information, a database of user information, payment account information, and a wireless communication system capable of communicating with the user's mobile device. The location of the mobile device is ascertained and recorded. The system determines the physical named location (e.g. business location) visited by the user at a particular time and stores the information in a location history. The system further provides suggested or recommended businesses of interest based on the user's current location and location history.05-30-2013
20130095856METHOD, DEVICE, AND SERVER FOR TRANSMITTING AND RESPONDING TO A LOCATION DECLARATION - Subject matter described pertains to methods, devices, and servers for transmitting and responding to a location declaration.04-18-2013
20130095858METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SERVICE AND SERVICE INTERFACE BASED ON POSITION - A method and apparatus for providing a position-based service is provided. The method includes detecting a current position; determining whether the current position is included in a previously set area-of-interest; and scanning for a wireless transceiver in response to a determination that the current position is included in the set area-of-interest.04-18-2013
20130095857Content Surfacing Based on Geo-Social Factors - In one embodiment, a geo-social networking system determines a user's current location, calculates a novelty score for the location representing the user's degree of familiarity, and surfaces content within a geographic and temporal radius based on the novelty score for display to the user.04-18-2013
20130102331Apparatus, Method, Computer Program and User Interface - A method, apparatus, computer program and user interface wherein the method includes displaying, on a display of an apparatus, a first plurality of content items, over a first period of time, in response to the apparatus being positioned in a first position; wherein during the first period of time a first subset of the first plurality of content items is removed from the display and a second subset of the first plurality of content items is added to the display; and displaying a second plurality of content items, over a second period of time, in response to an apparatus being positioned in a second position; wherein during the second period of time a first subset of the second plurality of content items is removed from the display and a second subset of the second plurality of content items is added to the display.04-25-2013
20130102329Location-Based Services - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for location-based services. An event or device condition is detected at a device. A current geographic location of a device is determined. Location-based information based on the determined current geographic location is received. The location-based information includes information relevant to the event or device condition. The information is presented.04-25-2013
20130102330APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ADVERTISEMENT DATA IN MOBILE TERMINAL, AND SYSTEM THEREOF - An apparatus and method for providing advertisement data in a mobile terminal, and a system thereof are provided. If a Location Based Service (LBS) service is running, an advertising server measures a moving speed of the mobile terminal, compares the measured moving speed with a reference speed, selectively generates first advertisement data including one or more of image advertisement data and video advertisement data or second advertisement data including voice advertisement data based on the comparison results, and transmits the generated advertisement data. The mobile terminal selectively receives and outputs the first or second advertisement data from the advertising server.04-25-2013
20130122938METHOD OF ADAPTING A BIT RATE FOR A MOBILE DEVICE - A method and system for micro-cloud computing is described. An application serving node, which is a specifically configured piece of customer premises equipment such as a set-top box, is the server for a micro-cloud network. Various user devices that form part of the micro-cloud network, such as television sets and smart phones, communicate with the application serving node. The application serving node is configured with software that allows various heterogeneous types of data to be obtained and streamed to the user devices in multiple ways. The application serving node performs much of the processing necessary for such content streaming itself and thus represents an edge-based network architecture.05-16-2013
20130130722MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF TRANSFERRING OR RECEIVING DATA USING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a mobile terminal which transfers or receives data, including location information, in various ways, and a method of transferring or receiving data using the same. According to an embodiment, the mobile terminal includes a display; a communication unit; and a controller configured to receive together the message and a specific location information through the communication unit from a communication terminal, wherein the specific location information is location information excluding a current location of the communication terminal. The controller is further configured to display the message and the specific location information separately on the display such that the message and the specific location information can be identified separately from each other by a user of the mobile terminal.05-23-2013
20130130723APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR REPORTING POSITIONING INFORMATION OF A MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A mobile communications device with a wireless module and a controller module is provided. The wireless module performs wireless transmissions and receptions to and from a service network. The controller module receives a positioning information request indicating a plurality of desired positioning information elements from the service network via the wireless module, and determines whether some or all of the desired positioning information elements are not supported. Also, the controller module transmits only a positioning information response indicating the unsupported positioning information elements to the service network via the wireless module, in response to some or all of the desired positioning information elements not being supported.05-23-2013
20130130717METHOD AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING LOCAL TIME - A method and a communication device for displaying local time relating to a person are provided. The communication device determines the local time relating to the person. Next, the communication device displays, at a display device comprised in the communication device, a view relating to the person. The view comprises an indication about the local time.05-23-2013
20130130719Systems and Methods to Provide a Reminder Relating to a Physical Business Location of Interest to a User when the User is Near the Physical Business Location - In general, the invention relates to methods and systems that facilitate the discovery of business locations of interest to a user and record visits of the user to those business locations. A network includes a server programmed with a database of location information and a database of user information. Sometimes, users may not realize that businesses of interest are nearby. Businesses of interest be selected by the user using a button in a web page or on a mobile phone. The business location is put into a list of business locations associated with the user. The next time the user is determined to be physically located near a business of interest to the user, a notification is sent to the user's mobile device. The system may determine if the physical named location is subsequently visited by the user.05-23-2013
20130143601IN-CAR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEVICES - Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system to generate a vehicle communication system. The vehicle communication system can determine which devices are within the vehicle. From this determination, the vehicle communication system may create a universal bus and hotspot where applications, data, multimedia information, and resources can be shared both with the vehicle and with the other devices in the vehicle.06-06-2013
20130143600METHOD, MOBILE DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR LOCATION-AWARE APPLICATION - A method, a mobile device, and a computer-readable recording medium for a location-aware application are provided. In the method, at least one signal source around the mobile device and a signal strength thereof are detected by using a signal detecting module. Then, each detected signal source and the signal strength thereof are compared with a signal source and a signal strength thereof recorded in multiple system profiles, so as to find a system profile having matched signal source and signal strength, in which the system profiles include signal sources and signal strengths thereof which are recorded and detected by the mobile device at multiple different locations and a system setting of the mobile device applicable to each location. Finally, a system setting of a matched system profile is executed.06-06-2013
20100279710METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATION NOTIFICATION USING LOCATION CONTEXT INFORMATION - Provided is a method and apparatus for location notification using location context information. In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, a mobile device automatically generates location context information that indicates a point of interest in a vicinity of the mobile device. For example, if the user of the mobile device is at home, then the location context information indicates that the user is at home instead of merely indicating latitude/longitude information corresponding to the location of the home. The mobile device displays the location context information in order to convey the location of the mobile device in a manner that is meaningful without the need for a map. Alternatively, or additionally, the mobile device provides the location context information to at least one other device. This serves to inform other users of the location of the mobile device in a manner that is meaningful without the need for a map.11-04-2010
20110223938PROVISION OF INFORMATION - An information providing server acquires, according to a relative position of a mobile terminal to an information source which is a base of provided information transmitted to the mobile terminal, preset provided information among a plurality of pieces of provided information stored in a provided information database, and transmits the acquired provided information to the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal displays the received provided information.09-15-2011
20130150087METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING REAL-TIME MAP AND LOCATION-BASED DATA - An approach is provided for generating accurate and substantially real-time map and location-based data in a cost-effective manner. Specifically, one or more communications within one or more social networks are monitored, processed, and mined to determine map-related information (e.g., maps, traffic, points of interest). The map-related information is then subjected to one or more threshold criteria (e.g., a correctness probability, a level of confidence, a degree of trust, an author's influence, a rating, or a combination thereof) to better ensure its accuracy before being made available to mapping and/or location-based services that can use the map-related information to develop better quality maps and/or location-based mobile applications (e.g., improved routing guidance, location recommendations, etc.). By providing mapping and location-based services with accurate and real-time map and location-based data, the services can fulfill user's increasing expectation and demand for up-to-the-minute information.06-13-2013
20130150088LOCATION-BASED PROXIMITY NOTIFICATION - A user device may receive selection of a type of a location-based proximity notification, and may receive a device parameter, a message parameter, and a location parameter for the selected notification type. The user device may detect that the user device is proximate to a location defined by the location parameter, and may provide a proximity notification message, defined by the message parameter, to a device defined by the device parameter, when the user device is proximate to the location.06-13-2013
20130150089SERVER DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A server device includes: a receiving unit configured to receive, from each of a plurality of information-processing devices, location information showing a respective location of each information-processing device; a setting unit configured to set a condition showing that one information-processing device is close to another information-processing device, based on a predetermined parameter; a determining unit configured to determine whether a first information-processing device and a second information-processing device from among the plurality of information-processing devices satisfy the condition based on the location information received by the receiving unit; and a transmitting unit configured to transmit information determined at the determining unit to the first information-processing device and the second information-processing device, in a case that the determining unit determines that the first information-processing device and the second information-processing device satisfy the condition.06-13-2013
20130150090APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED SERVICE - Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for providing a location-based service. The apparatus includes a location-based service server and a wireless communication infrastructure location DB. When a mobile payment service is performed for a member store terminal using a user mobile terminal, the location-based service server receives measurement information about a wireless communication infrastructure and information about the location of the member store from the mobile terminal, and generates information about the location of the wireless communication infrastructure using the received measurement information about the wireless communication infrastructure and the information about the location of the member store. The wireless communication infrastructure location DB stores the generated information about the location of the wireless communication infrastructure.06-13-2013
20130150091SYSTEM FOR EVENT-BASED INTELLIGENT-TARGETING - An event-based intelligent targeting engine is capable of delivering highly relevant content, including, but not limited to, advertisements, alerts, messages, notifications, warnings, signals, machine-to-machine (M2M) telemetry, entertainment/media, and any communications thereof, etc. based on real-time situations (i.e., observed events) of a user as well as, historical preferences both explicitly stated or observed in behavior including demographics, psychographics, and sociographics.06-13-2013
20110250907METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING POSITION-RELATED INFORMATION TO MOBILE RECIPIENTS - A system for providing position-related information to a mobile user includes a mobile unit and a central site server. The mobile unit includes circuitry for determining present position information from position signals which may emanate from, for example, GPS satellites. The mobile unit further includes circuitry for establishing a wireless bidirectional communications link with the central site server via a terrestrial network, which may be accessed via a cellular telephone network. The central site server includes circuitry for receiving the present position information from the mobile unit. A table stored at the central site server includes different response information in correspondence with possible positions of the mobile unit. The response information may further be in correspondence with user preferences. The central site server uses the received present position information to retrieve corresponding response information from the table, and sends the retrieved response information to the mobile unit via the bidirectional communications link. The mobile unit further includes circuitry, such as a loudspeaker, for supplying the response information to the mobile user. In another aspect of the invention, communications between the mobile unit and the central site server are encrypted. Furthermore, the mobile unit may include components for preventing position information from being supplied to the loudspeaker, thereby eliminating distracting noise from being presented to the user.10-13-2011
20120276929SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN USERS BASED ON MOTION OF MOBILE TERMINAL AND DISTANCE DETERMINED BY USER - Provided are a social network service providing system and method for setting a relationship between users based on a motion of a mobile terminal, and a distance determined by a user. The social network service providing system may include a request receiver to receive, from a mobile terminal, a request generated in accordance with a motion of the mobile terminal, an information providing unit to provide location information of the mobile terminal, and distance information determined by a user of the mobile terminal, a mobile terminal identifying unit to identify at least one other mobile terminal based on the location information and the distance information, and a user information providing unit to provide information about a user of the at least one other mobile terminal.11-01-2012
20110275388METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR GEOSPATIAL-BASED SHARING OF INFORMATION BY MULTIPLE DEVICES - A system for exchanging GPS or other position data between wireless devices for purposes of group activities, child location monitoring, work group coordination, dispatching of employees etc. Cell phones and other wireless devices with GPS receivers have loaded therein a Buddy Watch application and a TalkControl application. The Buddy Watch application communicates with the GPS receiver and other wireless devices operated by buddies registered in the users phone as part of buddy groups or individually. GPS position data and historical GPS position data can be exchanged between cell phones of buddies and instant buddies such as tow truck drivers via a buddy watch server. Emergency monitoring services can be set up with notifications to programmable individuals in case an individual does not respond. Positions and tracks can be displayed. TalkControl simplifies and automates the process of joining talk groups for walkie talkie services such as that provided by Nextel.11-10-2011
20110275387COMMUNICATION GATEWAY - The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for enabling location data for a user 11-10-2011
20110275389USE OF LOCAL POSITION FIX WHEN REMOTE POSITION FIX IS UNAVAILABLE - A mobile computing device has a transceiver circuit, a location determination circuit, and a processing circuit. The transceiver circuit is configured to receive a remote position fix from a remote computer via a wireless network. The location determination circuit is configured to receive satellite data and to calculate a local position fix. The processing circuit is configured to operate an application, to receive a request for a position fix from the application, to determine whether the remote position fix is available, and to provide the local position fix to the application based on whether the remote position fix is available.11-10-2011
20130150086SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING LOCATION-BASED GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS - Methods and systems for generating location-aware group recommendations are discussed. For example, a method can include operations for receiving a group recommendation request, accessing user profile data associated with members of the group, and generating a group recommendation. The group recommendation request can be received at a network-based system and include identification of a first and second user as well as information identifying a current location associated with the first and second users. Accessing the user profile information can include accessing user profile information for both the first and second users. The group recommendation can be generated based on the current location data and a combination of at least a portion of the user profile data from the first and second users.06-13-2013
20100285817APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED SERVICES TO A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE HAVING A DUAL PROCESSOR ARCHITECTURE - Various embodiments of systems and techniques for providing location-based services (LBS) to a mobile computing device having a dual processor architecture are described. In one or more embodiments, the mobile computing device may comprise or implement hardware and/or software configured to enable LBS and data communications sessions using a single active data stack at any particular point in time. Other embodiments are described and claimed.11-11-2010
20120258738Discovering an Event Using a Personal Preference List and Presenting Matching Events to a User on a Display - A user profile is used to assist a user in identifying events of interest and to provide context to users regarding events that matches user preferences. The user profile may be based on behaviors exhibited on a mobile device, on input by the user or on data on the mobile device. The user profile is analyzed to provide notification of events of interest to the user based upon the analysis of the user profile. The user profile may include anything that contributes to a state on the device.10-11-2012
20100317370CONTENT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD - This invention relates to an apparatus and method to provide event notifications to a user. More specifically, this invention is related to a content delivery system which provides event notifications to the user according to the user's current location and the content in the user's electronic device. Since the content, such as play count, number of songs, etc., may indicate the user's preference about some specific artists, this invention is particularly related to an intelligent content delivery system adapted to provide event notification to the user according to the user's preference. The content delivery system includes an event searching unit, a playback information retrieving unit and an information processing unit which is configured to determine whether to provide and display at least a portion of said first content information by analyzing a plurality of factors and managing said first content and second content information. The factors include but not limited to, whether the event location is within a predetermined distance from the current location, future event occurrence, and event ticket availability.12-16-2010
20120282950Mobile Geolocation String Building System And Methods Thereof - A system for generating a string based upon a plurality of places and a relationship between two or more of those places. Of the plurality of places used in any given string, at least one of the places does not have associated taxonomy or other place related or entity related information (e.g., business hours, description of services, etc.). The strings represent an authentic user experience of a quality, character, and/or feel intended by the string author. The user experience can be further enhanced or guided through a narrative accompanying the string or places, written by the string author, that describes or invokes the quality, character or feel of the experience intended by the author.11-08-2012
20130157692MEDIA DISTRIBUTION VIA A SCALABLE AD HOC GEOGRAPHIC PROTOCOL - Media is distributed via a scalable ad hoc geographic routing/broadcast protocol. Media can be transmitted from a mobile device to a cluster of mobile devices that are geographically located in a particular region. Devices that are located between the source and the intended target can act as routers with the ability to forward data packets toward the intended destination. In essence, a geocast network cloud is established, allowing any device within the cloud to communicate with any other device in the cloud. Devices in the network can constantly change position and the transmission path through the network can be constantly changing. The geocast protocol adapts to the changing conditions.06-20-2013
20130157693AD-HOC USER AND DEVICE ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM - A local engagement system is described herein that leverages devices people commonly carry with them to dynamically engage them based on their locations and/or activities. One goal of the above referenced system is to leverage the power of the various devices present while providing the audience with a chance to better engage and participate with each other. A side benefit is additional opportunities to market products and services in new and exciting ways. The system includes a presentation component at the event or venue that links to existing systems, a web interface, and optional individual client applications for the devices. Thus, the local engagement system provides a highly engaging experience to people that might otherwise be idle and provides an enhanced opportunity for advertisers or educators to reach the people and give them something entertaining to do.06-20-2013
20130157694Personalized Location Information for Mobile Devices - Providing location information on a mobile device includes receiving signals from external devices. Each signal includes information that specifies a geographic location for the external device that has provided the signal. A geographic location for the mobile device is calculated by using the information contained in each of the received signals. A representation of the geographic location of the mobile device is generated. The representation of the geographic location is included within an electronic message that provides information describing a user of the mobile device to other users of an electronic communications system. The electronic message is transmitted to another device to provide an indication of the geographic location for the user to one of the other users of the electronic communications system.06-20-2013
20130184011SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATION OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINALS USING APPLICATION-LEVEL LOCATION DATA - Methods and systems for tracking the locations of wireless communication terminals such as mobile phones. A location system monitors communication conducted between a wireless communication terminal and a wireless communication network. The monitoring system may monitor the communication by intercepting one or more of the interfaces or links between network elements. The location system decodes the monitored communication, and identifies an interaction between the terminal and a server that provides the terminal with a location-based service. The identification may be performed, for example, by detecting a data pattern that is indicative of the Application Programming Interface (API) of the location-based service. The monitoring system then finds location data in the decoded communication between the terminal and the server. The monitoring system extracts this location data and uses it to track the location of the terminal.07-18-2013
20130122934Data Pre-Fetching Based on User Demographics - Mechanisms are provided for pre-fetching content data and storing the content data in a mobile device. An identifier of a mobile device and a location of the mobile device are received. Demographic information about a user of the mobile device is obtained based on the identifier of the mobile device. The demographic information of the user is compared with demographic information of other users to identify one or more similar users having similar demographic information to the demographic information of the user of the mobile device. Content data to transmit to the mobile device is identified based on the location of the mobile device and the identification of the one or more similar users. The content data is transmitted to the mobile device for storage in the mobile device.05-16-2013
20110312346Printing a List on a Print Medium - A system for printing a list on a print medium is disclosed. The system includes a mobile device able to determine a current geographical location of the mobile device. The mobile device determines a list of destination locations using the current geographical location of the mobile device, and then prints the list of destination locations on the print medium using a printer module of the mobile device. The print medium has coded data printed on a surface thereof, with the coded data encoding an identity of the print medium and positions on the surface. The mobile device also has a sensor module for sensing the coded data on the surface of the print medium. The system further includes a computer system for storing in a database each entry in the list of destination locations in association with the identity of the print medium and the position of the entry on the surface. The entry is retrievable from the database using the print media identifier and the position of the entry on the surface.12-22-2011
20130190015EFFICIENCY OF ELECTRONIC MESSAGE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A disclosure provides mobile communication devices that receive information corresponding to users associated with target mobile communication device, via a near field communication protocol. The information is stored in a storage device either within the mobile communication device or within a separate server. If it is determined that the target mobile communication device is within a predetermined distance of the mobile communication device, data entries associated with the stored information are created and retrieved, in real time. The data entries are displayed on the mobile communication device. The data entries may include personal information or email messages from prior communication sessions, which are employed in future communications between the mobile communication devices.07-25-2013
20130190016SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC MERGING OF REAL AND VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS - Method and system to coordinate a virtual environment with a real environment, including: coupling a transceiver to a person; determining a position of the transceiver within the real environment by use of a position-determination module; and rendering the virtual environment to a user by use of a virtual environment server that is configured to determine a position of the transceiver. The method and system may further comprises a wormhole server configured to provide communication services between the user and the person.07-25-2013
20120009945APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING LOCATION BASED SERVICE RESOURCE ALLOCATION INFORMATION IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method, an Advanced Base Station (ABS) and an Advanced Mobile Station (AMS) for transmitting Location Based Service (LBS) resource allocation information by an ABS in a mobile communication system are provided. The ABS transmits LBS resource allocation information including LBS zone configuration information representing an LBS zone transmission period. The LBS zone configuration information includes at least one of first information indicating that LBS zone transmission is switched off, second information indicating that the LBS zone transmission period corresponds to a first number of super frames, third information indicating that the LBS zone transmission period corresponds to a second number of super frames, and fourth information indicating that the LBS zone transmission period corresponds to a third number of super frames.01-12-2012
20120021776NETWORK PERFORMANCE SERVER - Techniques are described for collecting and providing information regarding mobile network performance. In one example, a device includes a mobile device interface configured to receive data sets from mobile devices, each of the data sets comprising a geographic position value identifying a geographic position of a corresponding mobile device and a signal quality value representative of signal quality for the corresponding mobile device at the geographic position, a computer-readable storage medium configured to store the data sets, a request interface configured to receive a request for signal quality data at a requested geographic position, and means for providing an aggregate location value representative of an average signal quality at a location including the requested geographic position, wherein the aggregate signal quality value comprises an aggregation of signal quality values of the data sets that also have geographic position values contained within the location.01-26-2012
20120021775SERVICE PROVIDER RECOMMENDATION ENGINE - In one example, a device includes a first interface to receive a request for a service provider recommendation, the request comprising a first geographic position value and a second, different geographic position value, wherein the service provider recommendation comprises a recommendation for a provider of a wireless service for a mobile device, means for determining aggregate signal quality values for service providers at a first location including the first geographic position and at a second location including the second geographic position, means for determining scores for the service providers based on signal quality values for the service providers at the first location and the second location, means for constructing the service provider recommendation comprising an identification of the service provider having the highest score, and a second interface to output the service provider recommendation.01-26-2012
20120021774CONTEXT-INFLUENCED APPLICATION RECOMMENDATIONS - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for recommending content based on context such as location. In one aspect, a method includes receiving data that references a location of a mobile device, selecting, from among multiple, different applications that are available in an online application marketplace, one or more of the applications that are relevant to the location, and providing, by a recommendation server, a recommendation to the mobile device, where the recommendation identifies the one or more applications as applications that the user is likely to be interested in purchasing or downloading.01-26-2012
20120021773LOCATION-BASED MEDIA PRESENTATION - Media can be presented based on location associated with presentation of media (e.g., physical location of a device that is to present media). Presentation of media can be effectively controlled in order to automatically present a first media content (e.g., a list of songs, an album) in accordance with a first set of media presentation attributes or parameters (e.g., volume associated with presentation of audible media) at a first location, while a second media content is automatically presented in accordance with a second set of media presentation attributes or parameters when the current location is changed to a second location.01-26-2012
20120021772SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENDING LOCATION-BASED MESSAGES USING DATA TRANSMITTED BETWEEN BASE STATIONS AND MOBILE SWITCHING DEVICES - A system and method for sending location-based messages to mobile communication devices utilizes communications between base stations and mobile switching devices of a mobile access network to calculate the latest locations of the mobile communication devices supported by the mobile access network. The calculated locations of the mobile communication devices are maintained as location data in at least one location database, as well as information about the mobile communication devices. The location data and the information about the mobile communication devices are used to send the location-based messages to the mobile communication devices located within a specified geographical area.01-26-2012
20120021771Methods And Apparatuses For Determining If Access To A Region Is Feasible Or Infeasible For A User Of A Mobile Device - Techniques are provided which may be implemented using various methods and/or apparatuses in a mobile device to allow the mobile device to obtain map information associated with at least a portion of an indoor environment comprising a plurality of regions. The mobile device may also obtain additional measurement information associated with at least the portion of the indoor environment, wherein the additional measurement information is based, at least in part, on previously obtained estimated position measurement information associated with a plurality of mobile devices within the indoor environment. The mobile device may determine whether access to at least one of the plurality of regions is either feasible or infeasible to a user associated with the mobile device. The determination may be based, at least in part, on the map information and the additional measurement information.01-26-2012
20120021770System and method for control and management of resources for consumers of information - A system and method is provided for using information broadcast by devices and resources in the immediate vicinity of a mobile device, or by sensors located within the mobile device itself, to ascertain and make a determination of the immediate environment and state of the mobile device. The sensor data is then used to identify situational profiles to target and determine the relevance of apps, advertisements, content, and recommendations.01-26-2012
20120028654METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR MOBILE STATION CENTRIC DETERMINATION OF POSITIONING ASSISTANCE DATA - Methods and apparatuses are provided which may be implemented in various devices to generate positioning assistance data and/or the like by mobile station with regard to at least one of a plurality of different indoor regions.02-02-2012
20130196691Method and Apparatus for Mobile Terminal User-Oriented Precise Location-Based Information Services - The present invention provides a precise location-based information service method and apparatus for mobile terminal browser users. The method includes: acquiring at least two types of positioning references based upon a positioning service request from a user; establishing correlation relationships among the positioning references based on the acquired positioning references; and performing integrated positioning and cross-validation on a precise location of the user based on the correlation relationships to determine final positioning service information. This invention can implement precise location-based services (LBS) and precise Point of Interest (POI) push service by analysis and extraction of the user's location information and behavioral data acquired and accumulated with the user's consent. This satisfies the needs of the mobile phone browser user for precise LBS and personalized nearby information service.08-01-2013
20130196690Location-Based Social Software for Mobile Devices - A method for communicating location information to a device includes receiving, at a computer system that implements a social networking service, location information that represents a geographic location of a device associated with a first user; associating, by the computer system, the received location information with a profile associated with the first user; and sending, from the computer system to a device associated with a second user, a message that is generated based at least in part on the location information..08-01-2013
20130196689Location Analytics Systems and Methods - Provided is a method for assessing effectiveness of a geographic location of interest. The method includes receiving a geographic location of interest, receiving access information including a location corresponding to a geographic location of a visitor at or near a time of the visitor accessing content associated with the geographic location of interest, determining, by a computer, an effectiveness of the geographic location of interest based at least in part on the proximity of the geographic location of the visitor to the geographic location of interest, and storing the effectiveness determined.08-01-2013
20120046049SECONDARY INDICATIONS OF USER LOCATIONS AND USE THEREOF BY A LOCATION-BASED SERVICE - Systems and methods are disclosed for obtaining secondary indications of locations of users for use by a location-based service. In one embodiment, a secondary indication of a location of one or more users is obtained from a source of secondary indications of locations of users. The secondary indication includes a location of the one or more users and timing information defining when the one or more users were or will be located at the location. The secondary indication of the location of the one or more users is then stored and utilized to provide the location-based service. In one embodiment, the secondary indication is utilized to store historical aggregate user profile data by location and/or to provide aggregate user profile data for crowds of users formed via a spatial crowd formation process.02-23-2012
20130203444AUTOMATED CONTACTLESS ACCESS DEVICE LOCATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method is disclosed. The method includes receiving transaction data in an authorization request message from an access device, where the transaction data is associated with a merchant and a transaction location. The method also includes analyzing the transaction data to determine if a location database comprises location data corresponding to the merchant associated with the transaction data, and adding the transaction location and information regarding the access device to the location database.08-08-2013
20130203445Beacon-Based Geofencing - A mobile device can monitor a current location using a multi-tier approach. A baseband subsystem can monitor a coarse location of the mobile device using various course location parameters, such as a mobile country code (MCC), a location area code (LAC), or a cell identifier (cell ID), as the mobile device moves closer to the geographic region. Upon determining that the mobile device is in a cell that intersects the geographic region, the baseband subsystem can transfer the monitoring to the application subsystem. The task can be performed when the application subsystem determines that the mobile device is currently located in the geographic region. A beacon network can provide more accurate estimates of mobile device location and advertise location based services available to the mobile device.08-08-2013
20130203446PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED INFORMATION IN LOCAL WIRELESS ZONES - Mobile terminals to receive location-based information upon entering a local wireless zone established by an access point are described. The access point includes or is associated with one or more servers, which may provide the location-based information and control access. The local wireless zone is a limited area in which communications between the access point and the mobile terminal are possible. Once the mobile terminal enters into one or more local wireless zones, the presence of the mobile terminal in the local wireless zone is detected. Once detected, the mobile terminal is afforded access to a server on which the location-based information is stored. The server is associated with the local wireless zone.08-08-2013
20130203442Location-Based Methods, Systems, and Program Products For Performing An Action At A User Device. - Methods, program products, and systems for location-based reminders are disclosed. A first user device can receive an input specifying that a reminder be presented at a given location. The first user device can provide a reminder request, including type and content of the reminder and the location, to a server computer for pushing to one or more user devices. A second user device, upon receiving the reminder request, can determine a device location of the second user device. If the given location matches the device location, the second user device can present the reminder in a user interface.08-08-2013
20130203443PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT A LOCATION TO A MOBILE DEVICE BASED ON THE LOCATION OF THE MOBILE DEVICE - The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for providing information (e.g. advertisements) to a mobile device based on the location of the mobile device. The location of a mobile device can be tracked to determine when to provide the information to the mobile device. After information has been displayed on the mobile device, the location of the mobile device can be tracked to determine whether the mobile device comes within a specified proximity of a location associated with the information. For example, the information can be for an event at a first location. The invention can track whether and when the mobile device comes within a specified proximity of the first location after the information for the event is displayed.08-08-2013
20120077522METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING ROLES FOR MEDIA GENERATION AND COMPILATION - An approach is provided for determining roles for multi-device recording. A media platform determines one or more devices for generating one or more media items of at least one subject and then determines the respective locations of the one or more devices relative to one or more focal areas of the at least one subject. Based, at least in part, on the respective locations, the media platform determines respective roles for the one or more devices for generating the one or more items.03-29-2012
20130095859PLACE-SPECIFIC BUDDY LIST SERVICES - An information service provides search and notifications to inform when certain people (e.g., friends, family, business contacts, etc.) are nearby so as to facilitate communications with those people. Users may define lists of people whose locations may be tracked by positioning equipment based on personal communications/computing devices carried by the people. The information service processes this people and place data to identify those of the listed people that are in the user's vicinity, and provide notifications and user-initiated search results informing the user such as via the user's personal communications/computing device.04-18-2013
20130210462Confirming a Venue of User Location - Methods and systems that record the location of a user and transmit targeted content to a user based upon their current and past location. A network is configured to include a server programmed with a database of targeted content, a database of location information, a database of user information, a database searching algorithm, and a wireless communication system capable of communicating with the user's mobile device. The location of the mobile device is ascertained and recorded. The location information is analyzed to determine businesses visited by the user, and other behaviors of the user. Targeted content is sent to the mobile device of the user and whether the user visits the physical locations associated with the targeted content is monitored. Payment systems, phone exchange systems, and other features may also be integrated to provide detailed conversion tracking to producers of targeted content and business owners.08-15-2013
20130210460Apparatus and method for controlling transmission and reception of basic safety messages by pedestrian users - Safety message monitoring operations and/or safety message transmission operations are controlled for a mobile wireless communications device. The periodicity with regard to safety message monitoring and/or safety message transmissions is varied based on the environment of the mobile wireless device. The transmission power level with regard to safety message transmissions is varied based on the environment of the mobile wireless device. In some embodiments, safety message monitoring and transmission operations are disabled when the mobile device is determined to be inside a building or inside a vehicle. In some embodiments, safety message monitoring rate and safety message transmission rate is varied as a function of proximity to vehicular traffic and/or the level of detected vehicular traffic. In some embodiments, safety message transmission power level is varied as a function of proximity to vehicular traffic and/or the level of detected vehicular traffic.08-15-2013
20130210461CLOSE PROXIMITY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM - Methods and systems for providing information to a user of a mobile device when the user is located in close proximity to a point of interest. For example, as a user of a mobile device travels past a retail store, coupons are displayed on the user's mobile phone. The information to be displayed is identified though use of a unique identifier provided by a short-range wireless transmitter deployed by the retail store and provided to a remote server by the mobile device.08-15-2013

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