GB2474828A - A Network Termination Unit including a location identification system to provide a unique identifier for inclusion in transmitted data communication - Google Patents

A Network Termination Unit including a location identification system to provide a unique identifier for inclusion in transmitted data communication Download PDF

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GB2474828A
GB2474828A GB0913934A GB0913934A GB2474828A GB 2474828 A GB2474828 A GB 2474828A GB 0913934 A GB0913934 A GB 0913934A GB 0913934 A GB0913934 A GB 0913934A GB 2474828 A GB2474828 A GB 2474828A
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M7/00Interconnection arrangements between switching centres
    • H04M7/006Networks other than PSTN/ISDN providing telephone service, e.g. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), including next generation networks with a packet-switched transport layer
    • H04M7/0066Details of access arrangements to the networks
    • H04M7/0069Details of access arrangements to the networks comprising a residential gateway, e.g. those which provide an adapter for POTS or ISDN terminals
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04L12/00Data switching networks
    • H04L12/28Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. local area networks [LAN], wide area networks [WAN]
    • H04L12/2854Wide area networks, e.g. public data networks
    • H04L12/2856Access arrangements, e.g. Internet access
    • H04L12/2869Operational details of access network equipments
    • H04L12/2898Subscriber equipments
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M1/00Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
    • H04M1/66Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges with means for preventing unauthorised or fraudulent calling
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M3/00Automatic or semi-automatic exchanges
    • H04M3/42Systems providing special services or facilities to subscribers
    • H04M3/42348Location-based services which utilize the location information of a target
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04QSELECTING
    • H04Q1/00Details of selecting apparatus or arrangements for establishing connections among stations for the purpose of transferring information via these connections
    • H04Q1/02Constructional details
    • H04Q1/028Subscriber network interface devices
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M2242/00Special services or facilities
    • H04M2242/30Determination of the location of a subscriber

Abstract

A network arrangement and a network termination unit (NTU) are disclosed. The network termination unit includes a location identification system, the location identification system including a unique identifier and being arranged to provide the unique identifier on demand for inclusion in a data communication to be transmitted from the network termination unit.May be used for functionality where the origin of the data communication can be vouched for, e.g. Spam impersonators could be blocked by requiring emails to include the unique identifier.

Description

Network Termination Unit and Network Arrangement The present invention relates to an improved network termination unit and a network arrangement created using an improved network termination unit.

A network termination unit (NTU) is a unit that connects a public switched telephone network (PSIN) to customer premises equipment (CPE).

Although traditionally used to provide voice telephony services to a premises, NTUs today commonly have a dual role of providing both voice and data services to a premises. The advent of ADSL based broadband has enabled consumers, particularly residential consumers, to obtain high speed access to the Internet. This dual mode of voice and data at an NTU is addressed by an internal or external splitter that divides signals for the two services and directs them to one of two connection ports.

According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a network termination unit including a location identification system, the location identification system including a unique identifier and being arranged to provide the unique identifier on demand for inclusion in a data communication to be transmitted from the network termination unit.

Preferably, the network termination unit includes wireless communication network node, the wireless communication node including the location identification system.

The wireless communication node may be a low power wireless personal area network such as a 6L0WPAN (see www.6lowpan.org) node.

According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a network arrangement comprising a network termination unit and a gateway unit, wherein: the network termination unit includes a first wireless communication network node including a location identification system, the location identification system including a unique identifier and being arranged to provide the unique identifier on demand for inclusion in a data communication to be transmitted from the network termination unit, the network termination unit being connectable to a wired public network for connecting the first wireless communication network node to the wired public network; and, the gateway unit including a second wireless communication network node arranged to communicate with the first wireless communication network node and including an identifier request component arranged to trigger the inclusion of the unique identifier in a communication to the external public wired network from the gateway unit.

The gateway unit may include a user interface unit, screen and the like. Additionally or alternatively, the gateway unit may provide routing functionality and/or bridge communications from a first network (such as an IEEE 802.11 wireless network -the gateway unit including the appropriate wireless access point) to the second wireless communication node.

Examples of the present invention will now be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 is a schematic diagram of a network termination unit according to an embodiment of the present invention; and, Figure 2 is a schematic diagram of a network arrangement according to another embodiment of the present invention.

Figure 1 is a schematic diagram of a network termination unit according to an embodiment of the present invention.

The network termination unit (NTU) 10 includes a cabled network termination node 20, a consumer connection port 30 and a location identification system 40. The NTU 10 terminates a cabled network 25 at a customer's premises via the cabled network termination node 20. Consumer equipment (such as telephony devices 50, ADSL modems 51 and the like) can be connected to the network 25 at the port 30. The port 30 may include a splitter to result in two ports dividing DSL/ADSL (data) traffic from voice traffic. In another alternative, the port 30 may be arranged to interface with an external splitter. In yet another alternative described below, the NTU itself may act as a data modem such that the port only services voice devices and a wireless network is provided for data from the NTU.

The location identification system 40 includes a memory 41 and a processing system 42.

An identifier that is unique to the NTU 10 is recorded in the memory 41. The processing system is arranged to provide the unique identifier on demand for inclusion in a data communication to be transmitted from the network termination unit 10.

In a preferred embodiment, the network termination unit 10 includes a wireless communication network node 60, the wireless communication node 60 incorporates the location identification system 40.

The wireless communication node may be a low power wireless personal area network such as a 6LoWPAN node.

Figure 2 is a schematic diagram of a network arrangement according to another embodiment of the present invention.

The network arrangement 100 includes a network termination unit 10 as discussed above with reference to Figure 1 and a gateway unit 110.

The network termination unit 10 includes a first wireless communication network node 60 including the location identification system4o. The network termination unit 10 is connectable to a wired public network 25 for connecting the first wireless communication network node 60 to the wired public network 25.

The location identification system 40 includes a memory 41 encoding a unique identifier.

The first wireless communication node 60 is configured to provide the unique identifier on demand for inclusion in a data communication to be transmitted from the network termination unit 10.

The gateway unit 100 includes a second wireless communication network node 110 arranged to communicate with the first wireless communication network node 60 of the NTU 10. The gateway unit 100 includes an identifier request component 120 arranged to trigger a request for the inclusion of the unique identifier in a communication to the external public wired network from the gateway unit.

In use, communications originate or are otherwise routed from the gateway unit 100. On demand, those communications can be location stamped to include the uniciue identifier.

The gateway unit 100 may obtain the unique identifier from the NTU to include, encode, incorporate or otherwise utilise the identifier in communications to vouch for the origin of the communication. Alternatively, this functionality may be incorporated into the NTU 10 and the gateway unit 100 may simply ask that an outgoing communication is included, encoded, incorporated or otherwise utilised in the communication to vouch for the origin of the communication.

It will be appreciated that there are many uses for functionality where the origin of a data communication can be vouched for. For example, spam impersonators could be blocked by requiring emails include the unique identifier. Electronic transaction operators or other banking operators could use the location guarantee to secure their services (by only allowing account access to a particular registered unique identifier; by treating card transactions bearing the unique identifier as a card present type transaction...).

The gateway unit 100 may preferably act as a WlFl router and establish a WIFI network 130.

Devices 140 accessing the WIFI network 130 can then route communications to the internet via the gateway unit 100, second wireless communication node 110, first wireless communication node 60, and NTU 10. Access to the unique identifier for communications to the internet 25 can be provided to the devices 140 as long as they access the internet 25 via the network assembly.

Claims (11)

  1. Claims 1. A network termination unit including a location identification system, the location identification system including a unique identifier and being arranged to provide the unique identifier on demand for inclusion in a data communication to be transmitted from the network termination unit.
  2. 2. A network termination unit according to claim 1, further comprising a wireless communication network node, the wireless communication node including the location identification system.
  3. 3. A network termination unit according to claim 2, wherein the wireless communication node comprises a personal area network node.
  4. 4. A network termination unit according to claim 3, wherein the wireless communication node comprises a 6LoWPAN node.
  5. 5. A network termination unit according to any preceding claim comprising a public 0 switched telephone network termination unit.
  6. 6. A network arrangement comprising a network termination unit and a gateway unit, wherein: the network termination unit includes a first wireless communication network node including a location identification system, the location identification system including a unique identifier and being arranged to provide the unique identifier on demand for inclusion in a data communication to be transmitted from the network termination unit, the network termination unit being connectable to a wired public network for connecting the first wireless communication network node to the wired public network; and, the gateway unit including a second wireless communication network node arranged to communicate with the first wireless communication network node and including an identifier request component arranged to trigger the inclusion of the unique identifier in a communication to the external public wired network from the gateway unit.
  7. 7. A network arrangement according to claim 6, wherein the gateway unit includes a user interface unit.
  8. 8. A network arrangement according to claim 6 or 7, wherein the gateway unit comprises a computer network bridge or router.
  9. 9. A network arrangement according to claim 8, wherein the gateway unit includes a wireless access point.
  10. 10. A network termination unit as herein described and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
  11. 11. A network arrangement as herein described and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Co a)
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US13/389,302 US9178895B2 (en) 2009-08-07 2010-08-09 Data communication authentication system and method
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