Method to provide ad hoc and password protected digital and voice networks

  • US 10,299,100 B2
  • Filed: 10/02/2017
  • Issued: 05/21/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/21/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method performed by a mobile device having a display and one or more processors, the method comprising:

  • executing operations on the one or more processors of the mobile device, the operations comprising;

    associating the mobile device with an identifier, wherein the identifier corresponds to a network participant;

    determining a device location corresponding to a geographical location of the mobile device;

    receiving, from a server, mapping data including a map and coordinate translation data correlating coordinates of positions on the map with corresponding coordinates of geographical locations;

    receiving, from a server, location data indicating vehicle locations of one or more vehicles;

    marking the map with a plurality of symbols comprising;

    a participant symbol corresponding to the device location, one or more facility symbols corresponding to respective facility locations of one or more facilities, and one or more vehicle symbols corresponding to the respective vehicle locations of the one or more vehicles, wherein marking the map comprises;

    determining, based at least in part on the vehicle locations and the coordinate translation data, positions on the map corresponding to the vehicle locations,displaying the map on the display of the mobile device, andplacing the vehicle symbols on the map at the determined positions corresponding to the vehicle locations;

    responsive to user selection of a portion of the display corresponding to a position on the map, identifying a selected facility symbol based on the selected position, comprising;

    initiating a search of a set of symbols including the facility symbols for a symbol located nearest to the selected position and, based on a result of the search, identifying the selected facility symbol as the symbol located nearest to the selected position;

    responsive to user input, transmitting first information to a first vehicle of the one or more vehicles; and

    receiving second information corresponding to the first vehicle and displaying the received second information on the display of the mobile device,wherein the mobile device does not have access to a phone number associated with a computing device corresponding to the first vehicle, an Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the computing device corresponding to the first vehicle, and an e-mail address associated with the computing device corresponding to the first vehicle.

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