Personal emergency communication system

  • US RE41,392 E1
  • Filed: 03/21/2008
  • Issued: 06/22/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A personal emergency response communications system, comprising:

  • a portable communications unit intended to be carried by a user who may require emergency attention, including (1) a wireless transmitter and a wireless receiver for respectively transmitting and receiving communication signals, (2) a call button actuatable by the user to initiate a call request signal that will result in placing the user in voice communication with an emergency response provider;

    a base communications unit coupled with a dial-up telephone system for establishing voice communication between the user and the emergency response provider, the base unit including (1) a wireless transmitter and a wireless receiver for respectively transmitting and receiving communication signals, and (2) a dialer for dialing the emergency response provider telephone number, a first memory in said system for storing a telephone number of the emergency response provider in one of the portable communications unit and the base communications unit , and a first controller responsive to the call request signal for controlling the dialer to dial the emergency response provider telephone number, wherein thea second memory storesin said system for storing electrical signals convertible into preselected voice messages, a speech synthesizer is provided in said system for reproducing the preselected voice messages from the stored signals indicative of the status of the call request, and thea second controller is operative to deliverplay the preselected voice messages tothrough a speaker in the portable unit and, wherein the preselected voice messages include a first voice message indicating that the emergency response provider number is being dialed, and a second voice message indicating that the call to the provider is being terminated.

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