Locating a mobile station and applications therefor

DC
  • US 8,994,591 B2
  • Filed: 08/23/2010
  • Issued: 03/31/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for providing, for each mobile (M) of more than one of a plurality of wireless mobile telecommunication stations including vehicular embodiments thereof, corresponding one or more notifications for a condition related to an event or circumstance for the mobile M or a user thereof, wherein there is a network having a plurality of geographically spaced apart stationary network access units for receiving wireless signals from the mobile M, comprising performing, for the mobile M, by computational equipment a step at each of (a) through (d) following:

  • (a) a step of receiving an electronic input from a first user for a service, the service for providing the corresponding one or more notifications for the mobile M, the input for controlling a data content to a persistent machine data storage;

    wherein the data content includes;

    an identification of at least one entity authorized by the first user to be notified of an occurrence of the condition by receiving the one or more notifications, wherein one or more notification criteria are available whose evaluation is for determining whether;

    the at least one entity is to receive the one or more notifications for the occurrence of the condition;

    wherein the notification criteria are for at least determining whether the mobile M has moved into or out of one or more zones or areas;

    (b) subsequently, a step of receiving status information for the mobile M, the status information including geolocation data indicative of a location, L, for the mobile M, wherein;

    (b-1) the geolocation data is obtained from location indicative measurements of a plurality of wireless signals communicated to or from the mobile M, each signal, S, of the plurality of wireless signals;

    (i) has a corresponding different location from which the signal S is transmitted to, or received from, the mobile M, and (ii) for the location indicative measurement of the signal S, the location indicative measurement is dependent upon a geographic position of the corresponding different location for the signal S, and(b-2) the status information is wirelessly communicated between the mobile M and the network;

    (c) a step of using an identification for the mobile M to access the data content in the persistent machine data storage for evaluating the notification criteria using the status information for at least determining whether the mobile M has moved into or out of the one or more zones or areas; and

    (d) when the notification criteria evaluates to a first, result, a step is performed of notifying the at least one entity by a network transmission of at least one of the one or more notifications, the at least one notification identifying the mobile M, and the at least one notifications including location information for identifying the location L of the mobile M, wherein the location information is determined using the geolocation data.

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