Method and apparatus for efficient and deterministic group alerting

  • US 20060187897A1
  • Filed: 12/16/2005
  • Published: 08/24/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/16/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of alerting a group of recipients over a wireless network, each recipient comprising a mobile device capable of transmitting and receiving data, the method comprising the steps of:

  • storing for each recipient an assigned primary identifying address and one or more group addresses that are shared with selected ones of the other recipients;

    receiving a communication from a network client requesting wireless transmission of a message to recipients sharing a selected one of the group addresses;

    transmitting a communication to the network client comprising group information relating to the selected group addresses, the group information comprising at least one of the number of the recipients having the selected group address and the identifying addresses of the recipients having the selected group address;

    broadcasting the message to the selected group address via a wireless network;

    receiving acknowledgment responses from the recipients sharing the selected group address via the wireless network; and

    providing the acknowledgment responses to the network client.

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