US20130244685A1 - System for providing extensible location-based services - Google Patents

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A system for providing location-based services to a mobile device regularly determines the location of the mobile device. Using the device location, the system queries a database of virtual geographic regions to determine if the location of the mobile device falls within one or more of the virtual geographic regions. The virtual geographic regions correspond to service entities that have purchased, rented, leased, or otherwise acquired the virtual geographic regions. If the mobile device is within a virtual geographic region, the system notifies the mobile device. A location-based services application installed on the mobile device launches an applet for the entity that acquired the virtual geographic region within which the mobile device is located. When the mobile device is located within overlapping virtual geographic regions, the system generates a prioritization scheme that defines which of the corresponding service entities should be displayed on the mobile device, and in what order.

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    BACKGROUND Technical Field
  • This application relates to mobile applications. In particular, this application relates to a system for providing extensible location-based services to a mobile device.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The system may be better understood with reference to the following drawings and description. The elements in the figures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the type model. In the figures, like-referenced numerals designate corresponding features throughout the different views.
  • FIG. 1 shows an example of an architecture for providing an extensible location-based services to a mobile device.
  • FIG. 2 shows examples of virtual geographic regions that are defined as circles.
  • FIG. 3 shows examples of virtual geographic regions that are defined as polygons.
  • FIG. 4 shows an example of an applet interface displayed by the location-based mobile application installed on a mobile device.
  • FIGS. 5-7 show another example of an applet launched on a mobile device.
  • FIG. 8 is an example of process a location-based services system may implement for providing location-based services to a mobile device.
  • FIG. 9 shows a mobile device displaying an applet window that includes multiple service entities.
  • FIG. 10 shows a mobile device displaying an applet window that may be displayed when the mobile device is not located within a virtual geographic region.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • FIG. 1 shows an example of an architecture 100 for providing an extensible location-based services to a mobile device. The architecture 100 includes a mobile device 102 equipped with a location-based service application, a location-based services system 104, a location-based services database 106, and service entities 108, 110, 112, each of which may communicate via a communications network 114. The mobile device 102 may be a cellular phone, tablet, smart phone, PDA or other mobile communication device configured to access the internet. The mobile device 102 has installed thereon a location-based services application configured to communicate with the system 104.
  • The communications network 114 may be any private or public communications network or combination of networks. The communications network 114 may be configured to couple a computing device, such as a server, system, database, or other network enabled device, to another device to enable communication of data between computing devices. The communications network 114 may generally be enabled to employ any form of computer-readable media for communicating information from one computing device to another. The communications network 114 may include one or more of a wireless network, a wired network, a local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN), a direct connection such as through a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port, and the like, and may include the set of interconnected networks that make up the Internet. The communications network 114 may include any communication method by which information may travel between computing devices.
  • The service entities 108, 110, 112 each correspond to a vender of goods or services that purchased, rented, leased, or otherwise acquired virtual geographic regions from the provider of the location-based services system. The database 106 may store data corresponding to the virtual geographic region(s) of each service entity 108, 110, 112. The mobile device 102 transmits location data to the system 104 via the communications network. Based on the location data, the system 104 determines whether the location of the mobile device 102 falls in the proximity of the virtual geographic region of one or more of the service entities 108, 110, 112. If the location of the mobile device 102 falls in the proximity of the virtual geographic region of one of the service entities 108, 110, 112, the system 104 notifies the location-based services application installed on the mobile device 102. The application launches an applet corresponding to the identified service entity. The applet may access and load HTML-based pages corresponding to the identified service entity, which may provide sales information, product lists, coupons, a map of a nearby store, phone number, hours of operation, and other information corresponding to the service entity.
  • If the location of the mobile device 102 falls in the proximity of the virtual geographic regions of multiple service entities 108, 110, 112, the system 104 may execute a conflict resolution process to determine the multiple service entity about which to notify the mobile device 102. In another example, the application may be configured to display a menu to a user that prompts the user to select which of the identified service entity applets to launch. In this example, the conflict resolution process may include a determination of what order to list the identified multiple service entities on the menu, or whether to omit any of the identified service entities from the menu.
  • If the location of the mobile device 102 does not fall within the proximity of the virtual geographic region of any service entity, the system 104 may determine whether there are any service entities corresponding to nearby virtual geographic region about which to notify the user of the mobile device 102.
  • FIGS. 2-3 show a map 200 including examples of virtual geographic regions that may be purchased, rented, leased, or otherwise acquired by a service entity. FIG. 2 shows examples of virtual geographic regions 202 and 204 that are defined as circles. In particular, the geographic regions 202 and 204 may be defined by a geographic coordinate (e.g., longitude and latitude) and a radius. In FIG. 2 region 204 is defined by a larger radius than region 202.
  • FIG. 3 shows examples of virtual geographic regions 302 and 304 that are defined as polygons. The polygons may be defined by geographic coordinates. For example, six geographic coordinates may form a six sided polygon region. Borders of the virtual geographic regions may also be defined, partly or wholly, by pre-defined geographic regions such as a zip code, city limit, etc. The virtual geographic region may be defined by a combination of the above examples as well.
  • The boundaries of the virtual geographic regions may be defined by the service entity purchasing, renting or leasing the region. For example, the service entity may select the geographic coordinate and radius defining their circular virtual geographic region, or may select the geographic coordinates defining the polygonal virtual geographic region. Monetization of the virtual geographic regions may be based on area as well as location. For example, a region covering more area may cost more than a smaller region. As another example, a region in a densely populated area may cost more than a region of the same size in a less populated area.
  • Virtual geographic regions corresponding to different service entities may overlap. When a mobile device enters an area covered by multiple virtual geographic regions, the location-based services system may perform conflict resolution, which is discussed in more detail below. In addition, a service entity may also purchase exclusive rights to a particular virtual geographic region.
  • FIG. 4 shows an example of an applet interface 400 displayed by the location-based mobile application installed on a mobile device 402. In this example the mobile device 402 was determined to be within a virtual geographic region corresponding to a coffee shop. The location-based services system notifies the application installed on the mobile device 402 that the device 402 is within the identified virtual geographic region and launces the applet and displays the applet interface 400 corresponding to the coffee shop. The display 402 may be an initial applet window displayed when the corresponding applet is launched. The initial applet window provides the user includes menu items 404, 406 and 408. The applet may allow the user to view the menu (menu item 406) and place an order. The applet may allow the user of the mobile device 402 to order the usual (menu item 404). The applet may collect purchasing data about the user's purchases at this coffee shop, or at coffee shops in general to determine what order to place when the user clicks on the “Order the Usual” menu item 404. In another example, the applet may allow the user to manually input a product that is purchased when the user clicks on the menu item 404. The applet may also allow the user to determine what music is playing in the corresponding coffee shot (menu item 408).
  • FIGS. 5-7 show another example of an applet launched on a mobile device 500. In this example the mobile device 500 is determined to be within a virtual geographic region corresponding to an electronics store. FIG. 500 shows that the subsequently launched applet may provide a layout 502 of the nearby retail store. FIG. 6 shows that the applet may overlay a sales or promotion indicator 602 over the layout. The indicator 602 may indicate a location within the store of a sale or promotion. If the user selects the indicator 602, the applet may display a sale or promotion window 702, as shown in FIG. 7. The applet may integrate with the electronics store's website to enable the user to make purchases from the retail store using the applet.
  • FIG. 8 is an example of process 800 a location-based services system may implement for providing location-based services to a mobile device. The disclosed methods, processes, programs, and/or instructions may be encoded in a signal-bearing medium, a computer-readable medium such as a memory, programmed within a device such as on one or more integrated circuits, or processed by a controller or a computer processor. If the methods are performed by software, the software may reside in a memory resident to or interfaced to a communication interface, or any other type of non-volatile or volatile memory. The memory may include an ordered listing of executable instructions for implementing logical functions. A logical function may be implemented through digital circuitry, through source code, through analog circuitry, or through an analog source such as that occurring through an analog electrical, audio, or video signal. The software may be embodied in any computer-readable or signal-bearing medium, for use by, or in connection with, an instruction executable system, apparatus, or device. Such a system may include a computer-based system, a processor-containing system, or another system that may selectively fetch instructions from an instruction executable system, apparatus, or device that may also execute instructions.
  • The system receives location data from a mobile device equipped with a location-based services application (step 802). The location data may be geographic coordinates (e.g., longitude and latitude), identification of a geographic sector in which the mobile device is located, identification of the nearest base station, coordinates determined via triangulation, or other location data corresponding to other known mobile device location techniques.
  • Based on the location data, the system determines whether the location of the mobile device is within the virtual geographic region purchased, rented, leased, or otherwise acquired by a subscribing service entity (step 804). The system may compare the location of the mobile device with the virtual geographic regions stored in a database to determine whether the mobile device location falls within the virtual geographic region. If the system determines that the mobile device is not within a virtual geographic region, the system determines whether there are other, nearby virtual geographic regions that might be of interest to the user of the mobile device (step 806). The system may, for example, notify the application installed on the mobile device of the next closest virtual geographic region. The system may also compare the distance between the next closest virtual geographic region against a threshold, such that the system will not notify the application of the next closest virtual geographic region if the virtual geographic region is greater than a threshold distance (e.g., 5 miles, 25 miles, etc.) from the location of the mobile device.
  • The system may determine that, as another example, based on the direction of the mobile device, the mobile device is approaching a particular virtual geographic region and the system may notify the application installed on the mobile device to launch the corresponding applet even before the mobile device passes into the virtual geographic region.
  • If the system determines that there no other, nearby virtual geographic regions about which to notify the application, the application does not launch an applet and the system continues to obtain new location data of the mobile device (step 802). If the system determines that there are other, nearby virtual geographic regions about which to notify the application, the system transmits a notification to the application (step 808). The notification may include an identification of the corresponding service entity or other information that allows the application to know which applet to launch.
  • If in step 804 the system determines that location of the mobile device falls within at least one virtual geographic region, the system notifies application in the case where the system identifies a one virtual geographic region (step 810). In the case where the system identifies multiple virtual geographic regions corresponding to the location of the mobile device, such as in the case of overlapping virtual geographic regions, the system executes conflict resolution procedures (step 812).
  • To resolve a conflict, the system may determine the service entities (corresponding to each of the multiple virtual geographic regions) about which to notify the mobile application, as well as prioritize the service entities. Conflict resolution may be based on the location data, directional data (indicating the direction of movement of the mobile device), behavioral data about the user of the mobile device, temporal data (e.g., the time of day), and user preferences.
  • If the location of the mobile device falls within two overlapping virtual geographic regions, for example, the system may prioritize the virtual geographic region that the mobile device is moving towards above the virtual geographic region that the device is moving from. The movement or direction data may be received from the mobile device, or may be calculated by the system based on the current location and immediately preceding locations of the mobile device.
  • Prioritization of the multiple virtual geographic regions may also be based on behavioral data. The system may collect behavioral data corresponding to the mobile device and store the behavioral data in the database. Behavioral data may include, as examples, purchasing history, location history, temporal data such as the types of purchases the user makes at different times of the day or on different days of the week. If, for example, the mobile device is located within the vicinity of a coffee shop and a restaurant, the system may determine based on the behavioral data that the user of the mobile device typically visits coffee shops in the morning and restaurants in the early afternoon. Around lunch time the system may prioritize the restaurant ahead of the coffee shop, whereas the system may prioritize the coffee shop ahead of the restaurant in the morning. Thus, the system may provide different prioritization schemes based on the time of day.
  • Prioritization may also be based on user preferences. The application may allow the user to enter preferences in regards to the types of services entities he/she prefers (e.g., a preference of a certain restaurant chain over another, etc). The mobile device may transmit the user preferences to the system, which may be stored in the database.
  • The system may use a log of locations and “dwell time” to generate the prioritization scheme, indicating which of the corresponding service entities will likely be important to the user of the mobile device. One method that may be used to “score” each service entity is to sum all historical location data points using “time at location” (T) divided by “distance from nearest entity” (DX), or
  • Score X = T D X ,
  • where ScoreX corresponds to a score for a given entity (X). In other words, for each location data point over some previous period of time, the divides the amount spent at a location divided by the distance to the nearest entity from the location data point. In this manner, a particular entity would have a higher score where the user has a longer time at the location, and would have a lower score where the user visited locations that were a greater distance from the nearest entity being scored. The system may generate a corresponding score for each of the overlapping service entities. The score generated by the above-mentioned sum may indicate which service entity the user is most likely to be interested in.
  • The system may use probability curve data based on the behavior data. The probability function PX may correspond to, for example, a distribution curve indicating the number of times the user visited a particular entity and the time of day. If a mobile device is near a restaurant and a coffee shop, the system may also rank or prioritize the entities according to the following function: RankX=VX*PX(t)+SX, where VX corresponds to the number of visits, PX(t) corresponds to probability function at a given time and SX corresponds to the entity score referenced above.
  • In addition, an amount of actions the user takes with reference to a given service entity (X) may corresponds to a utility score (UX), augmenting the above function in the following manner: RankX=UX*VX*PX(t)+SX. Further, as discussed above, a direction of travel of the mobile device may help determine intent of the user, such that the function may be further augmented as follows: RankX=(UX*VX*PX(t)+SX) dot(Dir, Dx). In this manner, UX accounts for the utility of a service entity, VX accounts for repeated use of a service entity, PX accounts for the usefulness of a service entity at a given time, SX accounts for overall behavior, dot(Dir, DX) accounts for direction.
  • Once prioritized, the system notifies application of the corresponding service entities, along with the prioritization scheme (step 814). The system is described herein as being separate from the mobile device. However, in another embodiment identification of nearby virtual geographic regions and prioritization in the case of multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions may be performed by the mobile application, taking advantage of the processing and memory capabilities of the mobile device. In this embodiment, the mobile device, after determining its location, may query the database directly to determine whether the location data corresponds to a virtual geographic region purchased, rented, leased, or otherwise acquired by a service entity. Based on the results of the query, and in the case of overlapping virtual geographic regions, the mobile application itself may be programmed to determine the prioritization scheme as discussed above. In this example the location-based services system includes the mobile device.
  • FIG. 9 shows a mobile device 900 displaying an applet window 902 that includes multiple service entities, including airport services 904, airline services 906, coffee shops 908, and fast food 910. The order the services entities are listed in the applet window 902 may be based on the prioritization scheme determined by the system. Prioritization may also include grouping related service entities together. For example, if the mobile device is located within the virtual geographic region of multiple fast food service entities, the prioritization scheme may group the fast food service entities together such that if the user selects the “Fast Food” option 910, a submenu is displayed that lists each of the corresponding fast food service entities. As the mobile device 900 moves, it may pass outside of one of the virtual geographic regions. As the location-based mobile application periodically updates the location of the mobile device and transmits the updated location to the system, the system may determine that the virtual geographic regions within which the mobile device is located has changed. The system generates a new prioritization scheme and transmits the new prioritization scheme along with an identification of the corresponding service entities to the mobile device. Upon receipt of the updated data, the mobile application updates the applet window 902 of the mobile device 900. In other words, as the mobile device 900 moves in and out of different virtual geographic regions, the mobile application may automatically update the applet window accordingly. In this manner, as the user walks, for example, through an airport, the list of service entities displayed on the applet window 902 may change. The changes may include addition or removal of the listed service entities, as well as a reordering of the listed service entities, as the mobile device changes location.
  • FIG. 10 shows a mobile device 1000 displaying an applet window 1002 that may be displayed when the mobile device is not located within a virtual geographic region. The applet window 1002 includes two options including “My Lists” 1004 and “Find Services” 1006. The “My Lists” option 1004 may include a list of default applets selected by the user, or determined by the system based on user behavior (e.g., service entities most frequented by the user). The “Find Services” option 1006 may allow the user to see applets corresponding to services that may not be tagged to any specific geographic location (e.g., taxis, social apps, internet retailers, etc).
  • Exemplary aspects, features, and components of the system are described above. However, the system may be implemented in many different ways. For example, although some features are shown stored in computer-readable memories (e.g., as logic implemented as computer-executable instructions or as data structures in memory), all or part of the system and its logic and data structures may be stored on, distributed across, or read from other machine-readable media. The media may include hard disks, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, a signal, such as a signal received from a network or received over multiple packets communicated across the network.
  • The system may be implemented with additional, different, or fewer components. As one example, a processor may be implemented as a microprocessor, a microcontroller, a DSP, an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), discrete logic, or a combination of other types of circuits or logic. As another example, memories may be DRAM, SRAM, Flash or any other type of memory. The processing capability of the system may be distributed among multiple components, such as among multiple processors and memories, optionally including multiple distributed processing systems. Parameters, databases, and other data structures may be separately stored and managed, may be incorporated into a single memory or database, may be logically and physically organized in many different ways, and may implemented with different types of data structures such as linked lists, hash tables, or implicit storage mechanisms. Logic, such as programs or circuitry, may be combined or split among multiple programs, distributed across several memories and processors, and may be implemented in a library, such as a shared library (e.g., a dynamic link library (DLL)). The DLL, for example, may store code that prepares intermediate mappings or implements a search on the mappings. As another example, the DLL may itself provide all or some of the functionality of the system, tool, or both.
  • While various embodiments of the invention have been described, it will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art that many more embodiments and implementations are possible within the scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not to be restricted except in light of the attached claims and their equivalents.

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What is claimed is:
1. A product comprising:
a memory;
instructions stored in the memory that, when executed, cause a computer processor to:
determine a current location of a mobile device;
determine whether the current location falls within one or more virtual geographic region acquired by a service entity that provides good or services, wherein each virtual geographic region is defined by at least one geographic coordinate stored in a database; and
based on a determination that the current location falls within at least one virtual geographic region, display an applet window corresponding to the service entity that acquired the at least one virtual geographic region on the mobile device.
2. The product of claim 1, wherein the instructions, when executed, further cause the computer processor to, based on a determination that the current location falls within multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions:
generate a prioritization scheme that prioritizes service entities corresponding to each of the multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions; and
display the service entities corresponding to the multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions on the mobile device according to the prioritization scheme
3. The product of claim 2, wherein the prioritization scheme is based on behavioral data of a user using the mobile device.
4. The product of claim 3, wherein the behavioral data comprises temporal behavioral data.
5. The product of claim 2, wherein the instructions, when executed, further cause the computer processor to determine a direction of movement of the mobile device.
6. The product of claim 5, wherein the prioritization scheme is based on the direction of movement of the mobile device.
7. The product of claim 2, wherein the instructions, when executed, cause the computer processor to update the prioritization scheme as the location of the mobile device changes.
8. The product of claim 1, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is further defined by a radius extending from the at least one geographic coordinate.
9. The product of claim 1, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is defined by multiple geographic coordinates that define a boundary of the one or more virtual geographic region.
10. The product of claim 1, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is a virtual area on a map purchased by the corresponding service entity, and the at least one geographic coordinate is defined by the corresponding service entity.
11. A system for providing location-based services, comprising:
a computer processor; and
a memory connected with the computer processor, the memory comprising instructions that, when executed, cause the computer processor to:
determine a current location of a mobile device;
determine whether the current location falls within one or more virtual geographic region acquired by a service entity that provides good or services, wherein each virtual geographic region is defined by at least one geographic coordinate stored in a database; and
based on a determination that the current location falls within at least one virtual geographic region, display the service entity corresponding to the service entity that acquired the at least one virtual geographic region on the mobile device.
12. The system of claim 11, wherein the instructions, when executed, further cause the computer processor to, based on a determination that the current location falls within multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions:
generate a prioritization scheme that prioritizes service entities corresponding to each of the multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions; and
display the service entities corresponding to the multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions on the mobile device according to the prioritization scheme
13. The system of claim 12, wherein the prioritization scheme is based on behavioral data of a user using the mobile device.
14. The system of claim 13, wherein the behavioral data comprises temporal behavioral data.
15. The system of claim 12, wherein the instructions, when executed, further cause the computer processor to determine a direction of movement of the mobile device.
16. The system of claim 15, wherein the prioritization scheme is based on the direction of movement of the mobile device.
17. The system of claim 12, wherein the instructions, when executed, cause the computer processor to update the prioritization scheme as the location of the mobile device changes.
18. The product of claim 11, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is further defined by a radius extending from the at least one geographic coordinate.
19. The system of claim 11, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is defined by multiple geographic coordinates that define a boundary of the one or more virtual geographic region.
20. The system of claim 11, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is a virtual area on a map purchased by the corresponding service entity, and the at least one geographic coordinate is defined by the corresponding service entity.
21. A method for providing location-based services, comprising:
determining a current location of a mobile device;
determining whether the current location falls within one or more virtual geographic region acquired by a service entity that provides good or services, wherein each virtual geographic region is defined by at least one geographic coordinate stored in a database; and
based on a determination that the current location falls within at least one virtual geographic region, displaying an applet window on the mobile device corresponding to the service entity that acquired the at least one virtual geographic region.
22. The method of claim 21, further comprising, based on a determination that the current location falls within multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions:
generating a prioritization scheme that prioritizes service entities corresponding to each of the multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions; and
displaying the service entities corresponding to the multiple overlapping virtual geographic regions on the mobile device according to the prioritization scheme
23. The method of claim 22, wherein the prioritization scheme is based on behavioral data of a user using the mobile device.
24. The method of claim 23, wherein the behavioral data comprises temporal behavioral data.
25. The method of claim 22, further comprising determining, using the computer processor, a direction of movement of the mobile device.
26. The method of claim 25, wherein the prioritization scheme is based on the direction of movement of the mobile device.
27. The method of claim 22, further comprising updating, using the computer processor, the prioritization scheme as the location of the mobile device changes.
28. The method of claim 21, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is further defined by a radius extending from the at least one geographic coordinate.
29. The method of claim 21, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is defined by multiple geographic coordinates that define a boundary of the one or more virtual geographic region.
30. The method of claim 21, wherein the one or more virtual geographic region is a virtual area on a map purchased by the corresponding service entity, and the at least one geographic coordinate is defined by the corresponding service entity.
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