No assignee for this patent application has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The following description relates to an apparatus and method for providing location-based service, and more particularly, to a system and method that enable a user to acquire information of a region of interest in real time without having to visit the region.
"Conventionally, location-based services have attracted a lot of attentions due to their advantage of being able to provide desired service in a region in which a user is currently located, using location information.
"In other words, technology for searching for and providing optimal stores, goods or services based on a current location of a user using a matter of concern and preference is already being provided through many services.
"In particular, with the recent explosive growth in use of mobile devices such as smart phones or tablet PCs equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) and with the high accuracy of positioning, services that take advantage of location information increase rapidly.
"However, conventional location-based services are provided based on information that has been specified by a service provider for each region in advance. In other words, generally, the service provider registers information or services for each region (or location), which can be provided by the service provider in the region, in advance, and provides the information or the services when the user is located in the region. Examples of the service may include restaurant search service, coupon search service, and shop search service.
"Thus, information that can be acquired by the user is limited to the information that has been registered by the service provider based on the location in advance, and information cannot be acquired from regions not specified by the service provider."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The following description provides an apparatus and method for acquiring information from users currently located in a specific location and providing users located in a specific location with the information acquired from the users, in real time.
"According to the present invention, a user who is interested in a specific region can request and acquire useful information and desired information from other users currently located in the region, in real time.
"In addition, users having provided the information can charge a certain cost from the user having requested to provide the information.
"The present invention proposes a method capable of providing useful information acquired from a specific location using location information of users to other users in real time or sharing the useful information with the other users.
"According to the present invention, a user can acquire useful information in real time in advance without having to actually visit the region of interest or desired to travel.
"The following description is directed to a method and a system in which useful information of a specific location (or a remote place) is acquired based on location information and transmitted to users desiring the information in real time so that the information can be provided or shared.
"The present invention may be applied to, particularly, travel-related business models. A user can acquire and utilize useful information and desired information of a region in which the user is desired to travel or a region of interest from other users in real time in advance without actually having to visit the region.
"In one general aspect, there is provided a method of providing location-related information in an explorer information management server, the method including: receiving registration of current locations of explorers; searching for the explorers in a specific region according to a request for search for the explorers in the specific region from a requester; transmitting a list of explorers according to the search to a requester terminal; requesting an explorer selected by the requester to provide information as explorer selection information is received from the requester terminal; and receiving the information from the explorer and transmitting the information to the requester terminal.
"Other features and aspects will be apparent from the following detailed description, the drawings, and the claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating a configuration of a system for providing location-related information according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention; and
"FIG. 2 is a signal flow diagram illustrating a method of providing location-related information according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention."
For additional information on this patent application, see: LEE, Kang-Yong; HUH, Kang-Suk; CHO, Kee-Seong; RYU, Won. System and Method for Providing Location-Related Information. Filed
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