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US20100167686A1 US12/508,611 US50861109A US2010167686A1 US 20100167686 A1 US20100167686 A1 US 20100167686A1 US 50861109 A US50861109 A US 50861109A US 2010167686 A1 US2010167686 A1 US 2010167686A1
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A power management method for a handheld mobile computing and communication device for a normal and an emergency occasion is disclosed. The device, for example, is useful for a trapped person under a mound of debris created by a fallen building during an earthquake or a terrorist attack. The invention is based upon a conventional mobile communication device with a second communication unit and a sensory unit. The second communication unit is based upon a short-range and ad hoc communication network. The invention is characterized by that a power management unit is used to monitor the remaining power of a battery system for the mobile device. If the power is below a preset threshold, the main function of the mobile device as a mobile phone is switched off and the reserved power is used to supply power for the second communication unit, which consumes much less power, in particularly, in a mode as a receiver only. An authorized signal, delivered by a nearby mobile rescue station and received by the second communication unit, will trigger the power management unit to provide additional power to activate the sensory unit. The sensory unit such as an accelerometer and/or a gyroscope may detect a signal if the person touches and/or moves the device after receiving a triggering signal. Yet additional power is further supplied to send collected data through the second communication unit to the rescue station.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This is a division of application Ser. No. 12/344,519, filed 28 Dec. 2008.
  • BACKGROUND
  • 1. Field of Invention
  • This invention relates to a mobile computing and communication device, specifically to method of power management for the device used for determining location and survivability of a captive person under a disaster situation.
  • 2. Description of Prior Art
  • A person may encounter many different dangerous situations during his or her life. For example, a person may be trapped under a mound of debris created by a fallen building during an earthquake or a terrorist attack. A rescue team is sent to fallen building to search for survivors. It is important for the rescue team to identify the location and status of the trapped person to save the person's life effectively. Although mobile phones are becoming a popular handheld device, it may not be an effective communication device under a disaster situation. For example, the communication network may be destroyed during an earthquake. Further, a rescue task may take more than 1-2 weeks for a disaster such as an earthquake. The battery of the mobile phone may run out of power in a couple of days for most of devices.
  • Therefore, it is desirable to have a device and method based upon a popular handheld device such as a mobile phone for locating a trapped person and for determining his or her status under a disaster situation for a prolonged period of time after the incident. This allows a rescue team to have more opportunities to save a person's life.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • In an exemplary embodiment, a mobile phone is used to illustrate the inventive concept, which should not limit the scope of the present invention. The inventive concept can be extended to other mobile devices such as handheld media players, PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) and digital cameras. In one implementation, the mobile phone may further include second communication device such as a ZigBee transceiver. The ZigBee is a short range communication standard conforming to IEEE 802.15.4 and its amendments. The ZigBee device is operated under much lower power consumption than the mobile phone.
  • A power management method for the managing the mobile device used in a disaster situation for a trapped person is disclosed in the present invention. A power management unit is used to measure the remaining power of a battery for the mobile phone. If the power is below a preset threshold value such as for example 10% of the maximum power, the mobile phone is switched off. The operation is almost transparent to a user of the mobile phone as long as the reserved power is a small portion of the battery power. The reserved power is used to supply the required power for an emergency operation unit comprising at least the second communication unit and a sensory unit for detecting the survivability of the trapped person. A ZigBee transceiver is taken as an exemplary illustration of the second communication unit. The ZigBee transceiver communicates with an external device through an ad hoc communication link or network. The reserved power is able to support the operation of the ZigBee device for a significantly longer period of time.
  • The ZigBee device operated under the reserved power mode may check, in a regular interval, if authorized external signals are received. A mobile rescue station equipped with a communication device is operated by a rescue personnel or team. The communication device is conforming at least to the same communication standard as the ZigBee device. The mobile rescue station sends authorized signals to the ZigBee device of the trapped person in an emergency occasion. The authority for granting a permission of delivering such emergency signals to switch the mobile phone into an emergency lifesaving device may only be from a government agency. The ZigBee device switches on selected functions of the mobile device after receiving the triggering (authorized) signals. The selected functions may include a bidirectional communication functionality of the ZigBee device, a sensory unit for detecting the status of the trapped person. The sensory unit may be an accelerometer and/or a gyroscope integrated with the mobile phone. The selected functions may further include required data processor. The mobile phone may then deliver a notable event of vibration of the device or a ring tone to the trapped person. The mobile phone receives a signal from the sensory unit if the person interacts with the mobile device by touching or moving the device. The ZigBee device may send a data file, including data collected from the sensory unit and personal data stored in the storage of the mobile phone, to the rescues mobile station.
  • The rescue station may decide the person's status by analyzing the received data file. The location of the trapped person may be determined by switching on a GPS device in the mobile phone. The location may also be determined by a zonal method related to the ad hoc network formed by a number of ZigBee devices. Disposable devices with ZigBee communication capability may be deposited at selected locations to form existing ZigBee nodes. The location of the trapped person with the mobile phone, including the ZigBee transceiver, may be determined based upon its relationship to the existing nodes. The method can be extended to a case of multiple persons and multiple rescue stations in a significant disaster situation.
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  • For a more complete understanding of the present invention and its various embodiments, and the advantages thereof, reference is now made to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a mobile device illustrating the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is a schematic functional block diagram of one embodiment of the present invention based upon a mobile phone, a ZigBee transceiver and an accelerometer.
  • FIG. 3 is a schematic functional block diagram of the mobile device operated under a low power mode with the ZigBee device receiving the signals from an external device.
  • FIG. 4 is a schematic functional block diagram of the mobile device after receiving authorized signals. The mobile device is used to collect the trapped person status and communicate with the external device.
  • FIG. 5 shows a schematic diagram that the mobile rescue station sends authorized signals to the mobile device and triggers the operation of the device as a lifesaving device.
  • FIG. 6 shows a flow diagram of the operation that the mobile device is used to collect the status of the trapped person and to communicate with the mobile rescue station.
  • FIG. 7 shows a flow diagram of summarizing steps of the power management of the mobile computing and communication devices.
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  • The present invention will now be described in detail with references to a few preferred embodiments thereof as illustrated in the accompanying drawings. In the following description, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. It will be apparent, however, to one skilled in the art, that the present invention may be practiced without some or all of these specific details. In other instances, well known process steps have not been described in detail in order not to unnecessarily obscure the present invention.
  • FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a mobile device 100 as an illustration of the present invention. The mobile device 100 includes a first communication unit 102. According to one implementation, 102 is a mobile phone except that a battery system is shown separately in the figure. The unit may conform to one of or a combination of the existing mobile phone communication standards such as, for example GSM, CDMA and 3G of a public telephone network. The mobile device 100 further includes a second communication unit 104. In accordance with one implementation, 104 is a short range communication device. It may form an ad hoc communication network with other similar devices. The short range communication device consumes typically much less power than a mobile phone. A power management unit 106 is used to control the power flow. The mobile device 100 further includes a sensory unit 108 and a battery system 1 10. It can be viewed that the mobile device 100 is a conventional mobile phone with an added emergency operation unit comprising the second communication unit 104 and the sensory unit 108. The mobile device 100 is in a form of handheld contained in a single case for the convenience of the user's operations.
  • The battery system 110 supplies power to enable the operations of the first communication device 102. The mobile device is based upon a mobile phone according to one embodiment. The power management unit 106 is used to monitor the consumption of the power of the battery system 110. The remaining power of the battery system is measured by 106. If the power is below a preset threshold, the power management unit 106 switches off the power supply for the operations of the first communication unit 102 and delivers the power to enable the operations of the second communication unit 104. The threshold may be predetermined by the system provider. The threshold may be adjusted by the user of the mobile device. A threshold value preset at 10% of the maximum power, for example, will not cause significant inconvenience for the user of the mobile device 100 when it is used as a mobile phone.
  • The battery system 110 may comprise a single piece of the battery. The battery system may also comprise a main battery and an auxiliary battery. The main battery is used to enable the operations of the first communication unit 102. The auxiliary battery is used for supplying power to the second communication unit 104 after the main battery runs out of the power. In such a two-battery implementation, both batteries are charged during a battery charging operation. Further, the auxiliary battery may not be removable from the mobile device.
  • If a trapped person switches off the mobile device 100 proactively, the reserved power for the second communication device 104 and subsequently operations related to detecting the person's status and communication with the external device may exceed the preset value. In the main/auxiliary battery system, it means that the reserved power may exceed the auxiliary battery power.
  • When a mobile rescue station equipped with a communication device attempts to contact the trapped person, it sends out authorized signals. After receiving the authorized signals, the second communication unit 104 sends a signal to switch on the sensory unit 106. An event of notable vibrations and/or a ring tone are delivered to the trapped person through the mobile device 100. The interaction or non-interaction of the person with the mobile device 100 results in signals collected by the sensory unit 106. The second communication unit 104 sends the collected signals to the mobile rescue station. The user's location may be determined by a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit 112. The user's location may also be derived based upon a zonal method of the ad hock network.
  • An exemplary illustration of the mobile device is shown in FIG. 2. The mobile device is in an integrated form contained in a single case. The device 200 includes a processor 202 that pertains to a microprocessor or a controller for controlling the overall operation of the mobile device 200. The processor may also include a DSP (Digital Signal Processor). The file storage system 204 is, typically, a flash memory or a plurality of flash memories. The file system 204 may also include a cache, for example, a Random-Access Memory (RAM) provided by semiconductor memory. The relative access time to the cache is substantially shorter than for the Flash memories. The mobile device 200 also includes a user input device 206 that allows a user to interact with the device. For example, the user input device 206 can take a variety of forms, such as a button, keypad, dial, etc. The mobile device 200 includes a display 208 (e.g., Liquid Crystal Display) that can be controlled by the processor 202 to display information to the user. The mobile device 200 also includes a speaker 210 and a microphone 212 both are connected to a coder/decoder (CODEC) 214. The CODEC 214 converts digital signals into analog ones for the speaker. It also serves function to receive the analog signals from the microphone and converts to digital signals for further processing by the processor 202.
  • The mobile device 200 further includes a transceiver 216 for transmitting and receiving signals and for communicating with an external device through an existing communication network. The network may be based upon GPS, CDMA, 3G and any other existing wireless communication standard of a public telephone network. The mobile device is powered by a rechargeable battery 220 through a power management unit 218. The various units may be connected to a data bus 222. A sensory unit is an accelerometer and/or gyroscope 224 in a preferred embodiment. Silicon based accelerometer and/or gyroscope has been used in mobile device to enhance its functionality such as in iPhone from Apple Inc.
  • In another embodiment of the sensory unit, 224 may be an infrared sensor, which may be used to detect body temperature of a nearby human body and to determine the survival status of a person. In yet another implementation, the microphone 212 may be used to receive voice message from the user and 224 may be eliminated.
  • The mobile device 200 includes the second communication unit that is taken as a ZigBee transceiver 228 as an exemplary case as shown in the figure. A low power processor 226 may be added in the configuration to manage the device operation after the first communication unit and main portion of the device are switched off. ZigBee is the name of a specification for a suite high level communication protocols using small, low-power digital radios based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for wireless personal area network (WPANs). The technology is intended to be simpler and less expensive than other WPANs, such as Bluetooth (IEEE 802.11b). ZigBee is targeted at radio frequency (RF) applications that require a low data rate, long battery life, and secure networking.
  • The mobile device 200 may also include a GPS unit 230 as an option to determine the location of the trapped person. Alternatively, the location can be determined by a zonal method for an ad hoc network formed by multiple ZigBee devices.
  • When the device 200 is operated as a conventional mobile phone, the battery power is delivered to supply the required power for the phone operation. 226/228 for the second communication unit 104 is switched off. The power management unit 218 is used to monitor remaining power of the battery 220. If the battery power is below a preset threshold such as, for example, below 10% of the maximum power of the battery, the mobile phone is switched off. The second communication unit is then switched on with a power supplied from the battery 220 as shown in FIG. 3. The device 300 is the mobile device on a low power operation mode. The device checks, in a regular interval, if authorized signals are received from an external device. Although a low power processor 226 is explicitly shown in the figures, it may not be a separate unit. It may be the processor 202 operating at low power mode. It may also be in a single chip integration form with the ZigBee transceiver 228.
  • After the authorized signals are received by the ZigBee transceiver, the low power processor 226 switches on the accelerometer 224, the GPS 230 (optional) and the voice processing blocks (210, 212 and 214). The GPS unit 230 is not required if the location of the trapped person is determined by the zonal method. Further, the voice processing block may also not be essential in the operation illustrated by the device 400. The authorized signals may be sent from a mobile rescue station comprising a communication device conforming to the ZigBee standard. The permission of delivery of the authorized signals may only be granted by a government agency. It can only be used, for example, under a nature disaster or under a terrorist attack. It may be a software key to unlock the mobile device to operate as the emergency communication and data collection system as illustrated in FIG. 4. After receiving the authorized signals, the processor 226 sends a command that the mobile device will deliver vibration signals or a ring tone to the trapped person. The accelerometer 224 receives a signal if the person touches or moves the device after notifying the alert signals. The collected signal will be sent back to the mobile rescue station for analyzing the status of the person. In the same time, the personal identity and/or other personal data may also be read out and be sent to the rescue station. The personal data may be stored in a memory in the same chip as the Zigbee transceiver. It may also be stored in the file storage system of the mobile device.
  • The interaction between the mobile rescue station 502 and the mobile device 504 is further illustrated in FIG. 5. The mobile rescue station 502 sends the authorized signal 506 to the mobile device 504. The mobile device 504 then sends back a file 508 to the rescue station 502 which may comprise the person's identity, the person's survival status represented by the signals collected from the sensory unit and the location detected from the GPS (optional). Although one rescue station and one mobile device are shown in the figure, the inventive concept can be extended to multiple mobile devices and multiple rescue stations. In the case that the zonal method is used to determine the person's location, multiple disposable communication devices including ZigBee transceivers may be used to form existing nodes of the ad hoc network. Locations of trapped persons associated with the respective Zigbee device may be determined based upon their relationship with the existing nodes.
  • FIG. 6 shows a flow diagram for a process 600 that the mobile rescue station 502 communicating with the mobile device 504. The process begins with a step 602 that the authorized signals are received by the mobile device 504 from the mobile station 502. After receiving the signals, the mobile device 504 activates the emergency functions in step 604. A notification signal in the form of vibration and/or ring tone is delivered to the trapped person in step 606. The trapped person touches or moves the mobile device will send a signal to the accelerometer or the gyroscope. In step 608, the signal or no signal is collected by the sensor (s) depending on the person's interaction with the mobile device. The person's location may be determined in step 610 by the GPS. Alternatively, the location may be determined by the Zonal method. In step 612, the person's identity which is read out from a storage device in the mobile device, the location measured by GPS (optional) and the status information collected by the sensory unit are sent back to the rescue station 502.
  • FIG. 7 shows a flow diagram of summarizing steps of the power management. The process 700 starts with step 702 that the battery power is supplied to the first communication unit 102 when the handheld mobile device 100 is used as a mobile phone in a normal operation. After the measured battery power is below a preset value, the first communication unit 102 is switched off in step 704. The battery power is directed to the second communication unit 104 in step 706. After receiving an authorized signal from the rescue station, battery power is drawn to the output unit for providing alert signals to the trapped person in step 708. In step 710, battery power is supplied to activate the sensory unit 108 to collect the survivability data of the trapped person and also to process the data by the processor. In step 712, battery power is drawn for converting the second communication unit from a receiver to a transceiver to transmit the data to the rescue station.

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1. A method for managing power supply of a handheld mobile computing and communication device powered by a battery system, wherein the device comprising a first and a second communication unit, a processor, an input/output unit and a sensory unit, the method comprising:
supplying the power from the battery system to enable operations of the first communication unit when the said mobile device is switched on;
measuring the remaining power of the battery system at a predetermined frequency;
switching off the power from the battery system for said operations of enabling the first communication unit if said remaining power is below a predetermined threshold; and
supplying the power from the battery system to enable operations of the second communication unit, wherein said operations including receiving an authorized signal from an external device by the second communication unit.
2. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein the method further comprising following steps for an emergency operation after receiving an authorized signal from an external rescue station:
supplying required power to the output unit for providing alert signals, including an event of notable vibration of the device or ring tone signals, to a trapped person associated with said mobile device;
supplying required power to the sensory unit for sensing survivability of the person by detecting an interaction or interactions of the person with the device;
supplying required power to the processor for processing data collected from the sensory unit; and
supplying required power to the second communication unit for transmitting a data file including said data collected from the sensory unit to the rescue station.
3. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said the authorized signal may contain a software key authorized by a government agency.
4. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said first communication unit comprising a transceiver for communicating with a public telephone system.
5. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said second communication unit comprising a short range communication device conforming to a standard or a combination of standards from the following group:
ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4 and its amendments);
Bluetooth (IEEE 802.11b and its amendments);
WiFi (IEEE 802.11n and its amendments); and
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).
6. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said sensory unit including a device or a combination of devices selected from the following group:
an accelerometer;
a gyroscope; and
an infrared sensor.
7. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said mobile computing and communication device further including:
a GPS (Global Positioning System) for determining the location of said device.
8. A method for managing power supply of a handheld mobile computing and communication device powered by a main battery and an auxiliary battery, wherein the device comprising a first and a second communication unit, a processor, an input/output unit and a sensory unit, the method comprising:
supplying the power from the main battery to enable operations of the first communication unit when the said mobile device is switched on;
supplying the power from the auxiliary battery to enable operations of the second communication unit after the main battery runs out of the power, wherein said operations including receiving an authorized signal from an external device by the second communication unit.
9. The method as recited in claim 8, wherein the method further comprising following steps for an emergency operation after receiving an authorized signal from an external rescue station:
supplying required power from the auxiliary battery to the output unit for providing alert signals, including an event of notable vibration of the device or ring tone signals, to a trapped person associated with said mobile device;
supplying required power from the auxiliary battery to the sensory unit for sensing survivability of the person by detecting an interaction or interactions of the person with the device;
supplying required power from the auxiliary battery to the processor for processing data collected from the sensory unit; and
supplying required power from the auxiliary battery to the second communication unit for transmitting a data file including said data collected from the sensory unit to the rescue station.
10. The method as recited in claim 8, wherein said the authorized signal may contain a software key authorized by a government agency.
11. The method as recited in claim 8, wherein said first communication unit comprising a transceiver for communicating with a public telephone system.
12. The method as recited in claim 8, wherein said second communication unit comprising a short range communication device conforming to a standard or a combination of standards from the following group:
ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4 and its amendments);
Bluetooth (IEEE 802.11b and its amendments);
WiFi (IEEE 802.11n and its amendments); and
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).
13. The method as recited in claim 8, wherein said sensory unit including a device or a combination of devices selected from the following group:
an accelerometer;
a gyroscope; and
an infrared sensor.
14. The method as recited in claim 8, wherein said mobile computing and communication device further including:
a GPS (Global Positioning System) for determining the location of said device.
15. A process of managing power supply of a handheld mobile computing and communication device powered by a battery system, wherein the device comprising a mobile phone including a first communication unit, and an emergency operation unit comprising a second communication unit and a sensory unit for detecting survivability of a trapped person, the process comprising steps in the following sequence:
supplying the power from the battery system to enable operations of the mobile phone;
measuring the remaining power of the battery system at a predetermined frequency;
switching off the mobile phone if said power is below a predetermined threshold;
supplying the power from the battery system to enable operations of the emergency operation unit at a low power mode, wherein the second communication unit is operated as a receiver only and said sensory unit is powered off;
receiving an authorized signal from an external mobile rescue station;
supplying required power to the output unit for providing alert signals, including an event of notable vibration of the device or ring tone signals, to a trapped person associated with said mobile device;
supplying required power to the sensory unit for sensing survivability of the person by detecting an interaction or interactions of the person with the device;
supplying required power to the processor for processing data collected from the sensory unit; and
supplying required power to the second communication unit for transmitting a data file including said data collected from the sensory unit to the rescue station.
16. The process as recited in claim 15, wherein said the authorized signal may contain a software key authorized by a government agency.
17. The process as recited in claim 15, wherein said handheld mobile computing and communication device is contained in a single case.
18. The process as recited in claim 15, wherein said second communication unit comprising a short range communication device conforming to a standard or a combination of standards from the following group:
ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4 and its amendments);
Bluetooth (IEEE 802.11b and its amendments);
WiFi (IEEE 802.11n and its amendments); and
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).
19. The process as recited in claim 15, wherein said sensory unit including a device or a combination of devices selected from the following group:
an accelerometer;
a gyroscope; and
an infrared sensor.
20. The process as recited in claim 15, wherein said mobile computing and communication device further including:
a GPS (Global Positioning System) for determining the location of said device.
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