Method for tracking mobile objects based on event conditions met at mobile object locations

CAFC
  • US 11,064,038 B2
  • Filed: 10/27/2020
  • Issued: 07/13/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A notification method that uses locations of mobile devices carried in vehicles to convey driving event notifications when driving events occur, wherein the notification method is executed by one or more servers having access to a database (DB), wherein the one or more servers are configured by a tracking application software of a tracking service provider, which controls conveyance of the driving event notifications in a tracking service used by authorized users of a plurality of companies having corresponding authorized user accounts accessible based on information stored in the DB, each company tracking one or more groups of vehicles based on mobile device locations, which are determined based on information received from wireless location information sources (LISs), the method comprising:

  • (a) using one or more first computing devices in a first network of computing devices of the tracking service provider to configure the tracking application software by identifying a plurality of groups in the DB using group identification codes (GIDs) stored in the DB, a GID identifying a company which tracks a group of vehicles including a first vehicle that carries a first mobile device and a second vehicle that carries a second mobile device, wherein the GID is associated in the DB with a plurality of user identification codes that identify authorized users of the company, and wherein the tracking application software is further configured to control access to the authorized user accounts of authorized users of the tracking service in the plurality of groups, said authorized users including

         1) a group administrator of the company having a group administrator identification code used to access a group administrator account and

         2) a first authorized user of the company having a first authorized user identification code used to access a first authorized user account;

    (b) receiving an access request to the group administrator account from a second computing device in a second network of computing devices different from the first network of computing devices of the tracking service;

    (c) granting access to the group administrator account before associating, in the DB, the first authorized user identification code of the first authorized user with an access code in the DB that identifies recipients of the driving event notifications,(d) granting access to the first authorized user account based on the first authorized user identification code before conveying the driving event notifications to the first authorized user;

    receiving

         1) a first event condition for occurrence of a first driving event that is met based on locations of the first mobile device or locations of the second mobile device relative to a zone or boundary and

         2) a second event condition for occurrence of a second driving event that is met based on sensor information received from sensors that measure characteristics of a physical environment detected at the first mobile device or the second mobile device;

    (f) conveying a first driving event notification after the first event condition is met based on the zone or boundary and determined locations of the first mobile device or the second mobile device; and

    (g) conveying a second driving event notification after the second event condition is met, wherein the first event driving notification or the second driving event notification is conveyed only to recipients identified by the access code.

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