Rendez vous management using mobile phones or other mobile devices

  • US 9,883,360 B1
  • Filed: 01/05/2017
  • Issued: 01/30/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A processor-implemented method of sending alerts to mobile devices in a group, the method comprising:

  • receiving information defining an event, including a meeting location and a time, and information identifying the mobile devices in the group;

    storing the information defining the event and the information identifying the mobile devices in the group in server-accessible storage;

    receiving position information for each mobile device in the group; and

    sending an alert to each mobile device in the group dependent on both the time and position of the respective mobile device;

    whereinthe event is a first event, the time is a first time, and the group of mobile devices is a first group of mobile devices,the method further comprises sending alerts to mobile devices in a second group, andthe sending of the alerts to the mobile devices in the second group includesreceiving information defining a second event, including a second meeting location and a second time, and information identifying the mobile devices in the second group, the mobile devices in the second group free to be different than the mobile devices in the first group,storing the information defining the second event and the information identifying the mobile devices in the second group in server-accessible storage,receiving position information for each mobile device in the second group, andsending an alert to each mobile device in the second group dependent on both the second time and position of the respective mobile device in the second group; and

    wherein for each of the first and second events, the method further comprises obtaining a maplet for the respective meeting location from a map server, and transmitting the maplet to each mobile device in the respective group that is within at least a predetermined distance from the respective meeting location, wherein said maplet is selectively zoomable as displayed on the respective mobile device, and wherein the method further comprises intermittently updating the maplet as transmitted to show updated position of at least one of the mobile devices in the group rendered thereon, dependent on a last-reported position of the at least one of the mobile devices in the group.

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