Locating a mobile station and applications therefor

  • US 7,812,766 B2
  • Filed: 03/01/2005
  • Issued: 10/12/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/09/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for navigating a wireless mobile unit and a communication device closer together, wherein there is a network having a plurality of geographically spaced apart stationary network access units for at least one of transmitting and receiving wireless signals with the mobile unit comprising:

  • (a) receiving a request via a wireless communication with the mobile unit, wherein the request is for at least one of locating and contacting at least one of one or more mobile entities, wherein there is pre-existing information associated in a predetermined data storage with information for a user of the mobile unit, the pre-existing information including for each of the one or more mobile entities, data identifying the mobile entity or identifying a corresponding communication device therefor;

    (b) obtaining, from computational machinery, a location for the mobile unit, the location determined using measurements of wireless signals received from one of;

    the mobile unit and at least one of the network access units;

    (c) accessing the pre-existing information from the predetermined data storage for thereby obtaining identification data for an item (ITM), the ITM being one of;

    the one or more mobile entities, or the corresponding communication device therefor, wherein ITM is to be provided with data related to the location of the mobile unit;

    (d) obtaining a location for the corresponding communication device for one of the mobile entities (ME) by issuing a request to the network to locate the corresponding communication device for the mobile entity ME; and

    (e) when the one mobile entity ME or the corresponding communication device therefor is also the item ITM, a step of determining at least one navigational direction for moving the user and the mobile entity ME nearer to one another, the step of determining using the location of the mobile unit and the location for the corresponding communication device for ME.

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