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Patent Application Titled "Enhanced Location Based Services" Published Online

June 26, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Albanes, Stalin Fernando (Atlanta, GA); Ho, Ming-Ju (Alpharetta, GA); Mullings, Craig (Loxahatchee, FL), filed on December 5, 2012, was made available online on June 12, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is AT&T Mobility II LLC.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Communications devices such as cellular telephones, mobile communication devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptops, and the like are becoming more prevalent as technology advances make these devices more powerful and more affordable. And with the advancements in location determination technologies, location-based services developed for communications devices are becoming extremely popular. However, when indoors, location based services may be inconsistent or nonexistent."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The following presents a simplified summary that describes some aspects or embodiments of the subject disclosure. This summary is not an extensive overview of the disclosure. Indeed, additional or alternative embodiments of the subject disclosure may be available beyond those described in the summary.

"In an example embodiment, global positioning system (GPS) signals may be integrated into radio frequency distributed antenna system (DAS) equipment. This may be accomplished via a real-time GPS combine and amplify system. Seamless GPS satellite signal visibility (accessibility) to any indoor GPS device may be accomplished. In addition to the relay of GPS satellite information, the GPS amplification system also may estimate altitude of a device with respect to ground level, tag antenna identification information serving the device, provide spatial (e.g., x,y,z) coordinates adjustments for navigating indoors applications, and the like. Accuracy performance of indoor location services may be enhanced by utilizing real-time global positioning system (GPS) amplification. Round-trip time (RTT) location responses associated with network assisted GPS (A-GPS) location requests for services from indoors call may be improved (shorter round-trip time).

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"Reference is made here to the accompanying drawings, which are not necessarily drawn to scale.

"FIG. 1 illustrates an example global positioning system (GPS) combination and distribution system.

"FIG. 2 is a diagram of an example diplexer 26.

"FIG. 3 illustrates an example GPS combination and distribution system 50 utilizing a local area network (LAN) distribution infrastructure 46.

"FIG. 4 is an example flow diagram of enhanced location based services. At step 54 an indication of a call may be received.

"FIG. 5 is another example flow diagram of enhanced location based services. A location signal may be provided at step 70.

"FIG. 6 is another example flow diagram of enhanced location based services.

"FIG. 7 is another example flow diagram of enhanced location based services.

"FIG. 8 is a block diagram of an example communications device 120 configured to facilitate enhanced location based services.

"FIG. 9 is a block diagram of an example system 130 for facilitating enhanced location based services.

"FIG. 10 depicts an overall block diagram of an example packet-based mobile cellular network environment, such as a GPRS network, within which enhanced location based services may be implemented.

"FIG. 11 illustrates an architecture of a typical GPRS network within which text message generation for emergency services can be implemented.

"FIG. 12 illustrates an example block diagram view of a GSM/GPRS/IP multimedia network architecture within which text message generation for emergency services may be implemented.

"FIG. 13 illustrates a PLMN block diagram view of an example architecture in which text message generation for emergency services may be incorporated."

For more information, see this patent application: Albanes, Stalin Fernando; Ho, Ming-Ju; Mullings, Craig. Enhanced Location Based Services. Filed December 5, 2012 and posted June 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2377&p=48&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

Keywords for this news article include: Industry, AT&T Mobility II LLC, Technology Companies, Wireless Communication Companies.

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