Notification systems and methods with user-definable notifications based upon occurance of events

  • US 6,904,359 B2
  • Filed: 05/12/2003
  • Issued: 06/07/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/18/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for a notification system, the method for allowing a user to define when the user is to receive a vehicle status report relating to the status of a mobile vehicle, in relation to a location, the method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) permitting the user to predefine one or more events that will cause creation and communication of the vehicle status report by the following steps;

    (1) permitting the user to establish a first communication link with a host computer system using a user communications device that is remote from the host computer;

    (2) receiving during the first communication link at the host computer system an identification of the one or more events relating to the status, wherein the one or more events comprises at least one of the following;

    distance information specified by the user that is indicative of a distance between the vehicle and the location, location information specified by the user that is indicative of a location or region that the vehicle achieves during travel, time information specified by the user that is indicative of a time for travel of the vehicle to the location, or a number of one or more stops that the vehicle accomplishes prior to arriving at the location;

    (3) storing the predefined one or more events in memory associated with the host computer system;

    (b) analyzing data indicative of travel of the mobile vehicle;

    (c) initiating a second communication link from the host computer system to a remote communications device to be notified, when appropriate, based upon the predefined one or more events and data indicative of travel; and

    (d) delivering the status report from the host computer to the notified remote communications device during the second communication link, the status report indicating occurrence of the one or more events.

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