Assigning and managing patron reservations for distributed services using wireless personal communication devices

  • US 5,978,770 A
  • Filed: 04/24/1997
  • Issued: 11/02/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/24/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for assigning and managing patron reservations to one or more of a plurality of attractions, comprising:

  • at least one personal communication device (PCD), each PCD associated with at least one patron, each PCD for generating at least one reservation request specifying a selected one of the attractions, for transmitting the reservation request, and for receiving a proposed reservation time for the reservation request; and

    at least one computer, each computer associated with at least one of the attractions, each computer for receiving a transmitted reservation request specifying the attraction associated with the computer, for determining a proposed reservation time for the received reservation request, and for transmitting the proposed reservation time to the PCD which generated the reservation request.wherein each PCD comprises;

    a user interface for receiving the reservation request from the patron and for providing output to the patron;

    a request generation module, coupled to the user interface, for processing the received reservation request;

    a communications module, coupled to the request generation module, for transmitting the processed reservation request to the computer associated with an attraction specified in the request; and

    patron information storage coupled to the user interface and to the request generation module, for storing information describing the patron;

    and wherein;

    the user interface receives patron information for storage in patron information storage; and

    the request generation module retrieves selected information from patron information storage and selectively determines the validity of the reservation request based on the patron information.

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