Patent number 8600337 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates generally to mobile device and alerting systems, and more particularly, to devices, systems and methods for confidentially communicating a security alert to a monitoring service or other entity.
"Portable digital devices are now common. Examples include the various Windows.TM. Pocket PC devices which have an operating system created by
"Increasingly, many of these portable media devices include a means of transmitting and receiving digital content. Various communications technologies are frequently built into these devices. Examples of portable communicating devices include mobile phones which employ GSM, CDMA, W-CDMA, and FOMA technology, among other standards, to send and receive data in addition to handling voice communications. Many of the portable media devices also include transmission capabilities including WiFi (IEEE 802.11a, b, g and x among others), Bluetooth, infrared, etc. to allow the user to transmit and receive digital content. Furthermore, some mobile devices having transmission capabilities can use this capability to achieve voice communications such as by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) when connected to the Internet or other packet switched networks.
"Due to these advanced features, mobile telephones and other mobile devices are some of the most prevalent consumer electronic devices. Hundreds of millions of these devices are sold each year and are used around the world.
"Increasingly crime against individuals (many of it violent) is becoming more and more prevalent. Further, many individuals also suffer unexpected medical emergencies. Therefore, due to the prevalence of mobile devices, a need exists for techniques to enable a user to utilize their personal mobile device (such as a cell phone or integrated cell phone such as a Blackberry device) to alert a security monitoring service or a designated representative (such as a friend or husband/wife/child, etc) that they are in danger and/or having an emergency."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Devices, systems and methods for confidentially communicating a security alert to a monitoring service or other entity are provided. The present disclosure enables a user to alert a security monitoring service or other entity using their mobile communications device (such as a cellular telephone or a web-enabled digital media device) that they are in danger and then send relevant information on the nature and location of the danger to the monitoring service. All the aforementioned to be accomplished so that no one but the user is aware that the alert is being transmitted.
"According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a mobile device for communicating an alert is provided, the device including a housing; a trigger module operative to receive a trigger signal from a user of the mobile device; a storage module operative to store at least one contact; a processing module operative to receive the trigger signal and, upon receipt of the trigger signal, to access the storage module to retrieve the at least one contact; and a communication module operative to communicate an alert to the at least one contact.
"In one aspect, the mobile device further includes at least one input key disposed on the housing operative to generate the trigger signal. Optionally, the trigger signal is generated in response to a predetermined combination of the at least one input key.
"In another aspect, the mobile device further includes a peripheral device located remotely from the housing operative to generate the trigger signal. In one aspect, the peripheral device is wirelessly coupled to the mobile device, for example, a wireless headset.
"In a further aspect, the mobile device includes a microphone operative to receive a voice commend and generate the trigger signal therefrom.
"In another aspect, the alert includes at least one of an identifier, a telephone number of the user and at least one prestored message from the storage module.
"In a further aspect, the mobile device includes a locational information module operative to determine a geographic location of the mobile device, wherein the communicated alert includes the determined geographic location.
"According to another aspect, a system for communicating an alert includes a mobile device including a housing; a trigger module operative to receive a trigger signal from a user of the mobile device; a storage module operative to store an address of at least one server; a processing module operative to receive the trigger signal and, upon receipt of the trigger signal, to access the storage module to retrieve the address of at least one server; and a communication module operative to communicate an alert to the at least one server; the at least one server configured for receiving the alert from the mobile device along with an identifier and for retrieving information relating to a user of the mobile device based on the identifier; and a communications network for coupling the mobile device to the at least one server."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Rothschild, Leigh M.. Communicating a Security Alert. U.S. Patent Number 8600337, filed
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