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Patent Issued for Enhanced Location Based Services

September 10, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Albanes, Stalin Fernando (Atlanta, GA); Ho, Ming-Ju (Alpharetta, GA); Mullings, Craig (Loxahatchee, FL), filed on December 5, 2012, was published online on August 26, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8818410 is AT&T Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA).

News editors 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."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "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)."

For additional information on this patent, see: Albanes, Stalin Fernando; Ho, Ming-Ju; Mullings, Craig. Enhanced Location Based Services. U.S. Patent Number 8818410, filed December 5, 2012, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL:

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

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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