AU2010100086B4 - Personal Alerting Device - Google Patents

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AU2010100086B4
AU2010100086B4 AU2010100086A AU2010100086A AU2010100086B4 AU 2010100086 B4 AU2010100086 B4 AU 2010100086B4 AU 2010100086 A AU2010100086 A AU 2010100086A AU 2010100086 A AU2010100086 A AU 2010100086A AU 2010100086 B4 AU2010100086 B4 AU 2010100086B4
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    • G08BSIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS
    • G08B25/00Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems
    • G08B25/01Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium
    • G08B25/08Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using communication transmission lines
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
    • H04W88/00Devices specially adapted for wireless communication networks, e.g. terminals, base stations or access point devices
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C:\NRhonbl\DCC\RJCU955707' _DOC-25ID5/2010 PERSONAL ALERTING DEVICE Technical Field of the Invention 5 The present invention relates to a personal alerting device. Background of the Invention 10 Systems using Global Mobile (Communications) System (GMS), Global Positioning System (GPS), or satellite technology for monitoring, controlling, or tracking purposes, have time, location and/or portability limitations imposed mainly by their power requirements. 15 It is generally desirable to overcome or ameliorate one or more of the above mentioned difficulties, or at least provide a useful alternative. Summary of the Invention 20 In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there is provided a personal alerting device, including: (a) a mobile telecommunications device; (b) an activation system in communication with the mobile telecommunications device; 25 (c) a detector for sending an activation signal to the activation system on detection of a change in an environment; and (d) a counter system for periodically sending an activation signal to the activation system, wherein the activation system powers up the mobile telecommunications device and effects 30 an alerting telephone call to a predetermined telephone number on receipt of an activation signal from the detector, and the activation system powers up the mobile C:WQRPortbr\DCCRC\295572 I.DOC-255/f2010 -2 telecommunications device and effects an assurance telephone call to a predetermined telephone number on receipt of an activation signal from the counter system. Preferably, the counter system sends the activation signal to the activation system via the 5 detector. Preferably, the counter system sends a delayed deactivation signal to the activation system to power down the telecommunications device after either the alerting telephone call or the assurance telephone call has been effected. 10 Preferably, the device repeats the alerting telephone call if the call is unanswered. Preferably, the detector includes a plurality of external sensors. 15 Advantageously, the personal alerting device reduces power requirements of telecommunications devices that are used for monitoring, controlling, or tracking purposes, or at least provides a useful alternative. Brief Description of the Drawings 20 Preferred embodiments of the present invention are hereafter described, by way of non limiting example only, with reference to the accompanying drawing in which: Figure 1 is a schematic diagram of a personal alerting device; 25 Figure 2 is a diagrammatic illustration of the personal alerting device shown in Figure 1; and Figure 3 is a diagrammatic illustration of the personal alerting device shown in Figure 1 in a condition of use. 30 C:WRPortbl\DCC,C\29S55107 IDOC-255/20 10 -3 Detailed Description of Preferred Embodiments of the Invention The personal alerting device 10 shown in Figures 1 to 3 is used to reduce power requirements of telecommunications devices that are used for monitoring, controlling, or 5 tracking purposes. The personal alerting device 10 includes a mobile telecommunications device 12; an activation system 14 in communication with the mobile telecommunications device 12; a detector 16 for sending an activation signal to the activation system 14 on detection of a change in an environment; and a counter system 18 for periodically sending an activation signal to the activation system 14. The activation system 14 powers up the 10 mobile telecommunications device 12 and effects an alerting telephone call to a predetermined telephone number on receipt of an activation signal from the detector 16. The activation system 14 powers up the mobile telecommunications device 12 and effects an assurance telephone call to a predetermined telephone number on receipt of an activation signal from the counter system 18. 15 The device 10 preferably achieves improved power efficiency by only powering up the mobile telephone communications device 12 when needed to send a call. The telecommunications device is otherwise off. The counter system 18 sends a delayed deactivation signal to the activation system 14 to power down the telecommunications 20 device 12 after either the alerting telephone call or the assurance telephone call has been effected. The device 10 preferably repeats the alerting telephone call to the predetermined number if the call is unanswered. 25 As particularly shown in Figure 1, the counter system 18 includes a clock 20 electrically coupled to two counters 22a, 22b. The counter system 18 periodically sends a signal via the detector 16 to the activation system 14 to power up (i.e. switch on) the telecommunications device 12 and effect an "Assurance" call to a predetermined number 30 stored in memory on the device 12. The counter system 18 then generates a signal to power down (i.e. switch off) the device 12 after a preset period of time of between 1 to 60 C \NRPortbl\DCCJUC\2955701_7 DOC-25/05/2010 -4 minutes, for example. As particularly shown in Figure 3, the detector 16 includes a plurality of sensors 24 for sensing changes in the environment. 5 The personal alerting device 10 uses common general knowledge IT/Wireless/Bluetooth/Satellite/GPS/Cell Phone technology. The device 10 will send phone calls to pre-programmed phone numbers (satellite/cell/landline) when activated by a signal from a sensor 24 or internally generated clock signal -'System Check'. 10 The cell phone circuitry 12 is turned 'ON', only when activated by a signal received from a sensor 24 via the device's Wireless/Bluetooth detector 16, or 'System Check'. The device 10 is preferably a cheap, small, portable, low running cost, 15 monitoring/controlling/tracking unit, when used in conjunction with auxiliary sensors 24 and/or equipment that are Wireless/Bluetooth compatible with it. The proposed method of operation obviates the necessity of choosing between a large battery, or short operating time. 20 The device 10 is programmable to send a phone call to one or more telephone numbers. The device 10 is used for the most simple of applications involving one sensor/switch, or very sophisticated systems using many sensors 24, such as: PIR, AUDIO, CAMERA, 25 VIDEO, SMOKE DETECTORS, GPS UNIT, etc. The device 10 can be a 'Stand Alone' device, or may be incorporated into equipment at manufacture, e.g. Motorcars, Motorcycles, Boats, Caravans, Laptops etc. 30 The device 10 can be incorporated into existing systems, covering the cost/needs of a large range of private, commercial and industrial users.

C:NRPortbr\DCC\RJCU955707 1.DOC.25/05/2010 -5 The device 10 is able to differentiate between signals sent from each sensor 24 and relay data to/from user's phone. 5 A telephone call from the device 10 at a precise known 'System Check' time, will allow the user to know when cell phone circuitry 12 is 'ON', and that device 10 is operational. The device 10 and/or sensor(s)/equipment is programmable from any phone while cell phone circuitry 12 is 'ON'. The user has to know the device 10 telephone phone number and password, in order to communicate with device 10. 10 The device 10 requires telecommunications provider and SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) card to operate. SYSTEM CHECK 15 As particularly shown in Figure 1, the counter system 18 generates a signal that will turn cell phone circuitry of the device 10 'ON' at a precise time every 1 to 168 hrs (programmable), set and known only by 'User'. The counter system 18 will then generate a signal to return the device 10 to standby mode after set time (programmable 1 to 60 20 minutes). These two steps, referred herein, as - "System Check". SENSOR ACTIVATED When the detector 16 receives a signal from a sensor 24 indicating a change in 25 environment, it sends an activation signal to the activation system 14, which, in turn will power up (i.e. switch 'ON'), the cell phone circuitry 12. The counter system 18 will then generate a signal to return the device to 'Standby' mode after a set time which is programmable. On 'Standby', the only power requirements for the 30 device 10 are for counter system 18 and the Wireless/Bluetooth detector 16.

C 4RPorblIDC0RJC'C2953577 I DOC-25105/20Inl -6 When the cell phone circuitry 12 is powered up, i.e. switched 'ON', by either 'system check' or 'sensor activated', the device 10 will automatically send a phone call to its pre programmed phone numbers and remain 'ON' for preset (programmable) time. If the cell phone circuitry 12 is switched 'ON' by sensor 24, then will repeat call after preset time 5 interval if call not accepted. 'System Check' will send phone call once only. While the cell phone circuitry is 'ON', the device 10 is accessible from any phone by sending unique device 10 phone number given by SIM card provider, and pre-programmed 'Password' provided by the user on setting up the device 10 after purchase. The user can 10 then, using state of the art telecommunication technology, re-programme/communicate with the device 10 and via the device 10 using Wireless/Bluetooth technology, with sensor(s)/ equipment. The device 10 will return to standby if call(s) not accepted, or after 'call end' from 'User's phone detected. 15 The personal alerting device 10 aims to reduce the power requirements of a system using GSM/GPS for Monitoring/Controlling/Tracking purposes. This is achieved by detection/standby mode requiring power for counter system 18 and detector 16 only. The device 10 allows monitoring over long periods of time, weeks/months, rather than 20 days, using commonplace size batteries, as used in cell phones today. The device 10 is powered by an internally connected battery 26 and can operate independently of any other external power supply. The assurance telephone call is sent on a regular basis to user, confirming operational status 25 of system. The assurance telephone call allows user to communicate with device 10 and via the device 10 with Sensors 24/Controllers/Tracking GPS at set precise times, known to user. The device 10 does not require a keyboard or readout screen. All circuitry is preferably 30 on one chip, making for cheap manufacture.

C :RPotblDCCFUC\2955'071 DOC-25/05/201 0 -7 The size and weight of the device 10 is mainly determined by battery and antenna. Small size makes it easy to hide/disguise. The device 10 is suitable for use with any device that includes GSM circuitry. For example, 5 the device can be configured for use with cell phones /iphones/ipads etc.. The device 10 can be used to alert the owner as to it's whereabouts. Only the owner/user knows the precise time that the device 10 switches 'ON' the GSM circuitry 12. The user can use any phone to establish communication and using a password, take over control, switching permanently 'ON' the GPS and reprogramming the device 10 to send information to new phone number 10 for example. The disclosed personal alerting device 10, uses a counter system 18 to generate a signal, that will switch 'ON' and 'OFF' the cell phone circuitry 12 at set programmable intervals of time. Although the device 10 is monitoring on a 24/7 basis, the device 10 operates on 15 reduced power requirements. If GPS is incorporated as part of the device 10, then would require no power until purposely activated by the user via GSM network. A phone call sent to the user's phone at regular known intervals, provides reassurance to the user, that the device 10 is operating, and allows user to communicate with the device 10 at this time if needed. A phone call arising from sensor activation, allows immediate communication 20 between user's phone and the device 10. The users would already own or have access to phone(s), making the device 10 a cheap alternative to more costly systems. Many modifications will be apparent to those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the present invention. 25 Throughout this specification, unless the context requires otherwise, the word "comprise", and variations such as "comprises" and "comprising", will be understood to imply the inclusion of a stated integer or step or group of integers or steps but not the exclusion of any other integer or step or group of integers or steps. 30 The reference to any prior art in this specification is not, and should not be taken as, an C WRPoriblCCMC295571_ I DOC-25M5/2010 -8 acknowledgment or any form of suggestion that the prior art forms part of the common general knowledge in Australia.

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1. A personal alerting device, including: (a) a mobile telecommunications device; 5 (b) an activation system in communication with the mobile telecommunications device; (c) a detector for sending an activation signal to the activation system on detection of a change in an environment; and (d) a counter system for periodically sending an activation signal to the 10 activation system, wherein the activation system powers up the mobile telecommunications device and effects an alerting telephone call to a predetermined telephone number on receipt of an activation signal from the detector, and the activation system powers up the mobile telecommunications device and effects an assurance telephone call to 15 a predetermined telephone number on receipt of an activation signal from the counter system.
2. The device claimed in claim 1, wherein the counter system sends the activation signal to the activation system via the detector. 20
3. The device claimed in claim I or claim 2, wherein the counter system sends a delayed deactivation signal to the activation system to power down the telecommunications device after either the alerting telephone call or the assurance telephone call has been effected. 25
4. The device claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the device repeats the alerting telephone call if the call is unanswered.
5. The device claimed in any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the detector includes a 30 plurality of external sensors.
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