Location sharing group for services provision

  • US 9,942,705 B1
  • Filed: 02/09/2017
  • Issued: 04/10/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A server-implemented method for sharing position data between a first device associated with a first subscriber of a cellular carrier and a second device associated with a second subscriber of a cellular carrier, the position data indicating a location of the first device, the server-implemented method comprising:

  • storing a status associated with the second device, wherein the status indicates whether the second device can currently be associated with a location sharing group;

    authenticating the first device as corresponding to an account predefined in server accessible storage;

    receiving via a wide area network (WAN) a request from the first device to initiate a location sharing group and input from the first device selecting the second subscriber, wherein the location sharing group is to be associated with provision of a service from the second subscriber to the first subscriber;

    contingent on authentication of the first device, contingent on receiving the request from the first device to initiate the location sharing group, and contingent on the status of the second device, responsively forming the location sharing group; and

    in connection with the location sharing group, sending the position data indicating the location of the first device to the second device via the WAN.

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