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Transportation Information Using Communication Network    

This patent enables direct communication between a service provider and a customer, for example a taxi driver and passenger. The location of a taxi and a passenger is captured by the telecom. company.

Overview

Traditionally local intermediary transportation systems have used operators to receive customer calls and check their location information. Operators search for the closest service providers, e.g. taxi drivers, and provide them with the customers' location and phone number. The taxi driver collects the customer.

A more developed system adopts ALI (automatic location identification) and all the service providers must use ALI. In this case, the intermediate system checks the location of the subscribed taxi’s periodically. When a customer calls using a mobile phone without the ALI system, or by a wired phone call to their system, the customers must input their location information in the company’s ARS system or to an operator. The customers' location information is then transferred to the closest taxi drivers; the taxi driver can locate or call their customer. These two systems are not convenient to a customer causing time delays and the requirement of two calls.

The patent offered for sale overcomes these technical difficulties by receiving the taxi drivers' and the customers', location information from the telecommunication network – e.g. AT&T. A telecommunication network checks their user’s mobile phone location periodically to promote the telecommunication quality and to avoid communication failure of their calls. Their base-station checks the frequency sensibility and strength from their users' mobile phone and therefore they know the users location.

In the case of wired phone, the telecommunication company has their customer’s address for billing purposes, the patented technology ascertains the wired phone’s location when the customer calls the system. Retrieving their locations, the host computer system receives the incoming call, checks the closest taxi drivers' location for the customer and enables direct verbal communication between the driver and customers - just one call and the customer’s location data is relayed without the need for an intermediary operator. As long as the mobile phone capable area can be detected the users' location information is available from the base station, the intermediate coverage area is very wide, and theoretically a single system can cover the whole area of the US.

Benefits of the patented system:

1. Very wide range can be covered, single intermediate system can cover all of the U.S.A. without any operators.
2. Service provider and service user can direct verbal conversation with the nearest people when they connect to the system.
3. Very low investment required, there is no need to have any other equipment except a mobile or wired phone. If anyone wants more exact location information, they can easily adopt a GPS system.)
4. This system can be used in many business fields.

Primary Application of the Technology

Substitutional driver, call taxi, door to door delivery market would be first target.

The Problem Solved by the Technology

1. To integrate many local intermediate systems into one, to cover wide local area.
2. Mobile or wired telecommunication means can be applicable to this system without operators.
3. To avoid time delay and many times connection.
4. To enable direct verbal conversation to each other by only one connection to this system.
5. To reduce investment cost.

How the Technology Solves the Problem

1. Many other services adopt their own location detecting system so the coverage areas are restricted and very high investment cost is needed.
2. Most of the existing systems are not able to detect location for the wired telecommunication, and this means they require operators.
3. Data relay means can be enabled to proceed direct verbal communication between a service provider and a service user by only one connection to the system.

Competitive Advantage

1. No need for an operator to be an intermediate.
2. Wide range area can be covered.
3. One connection to this system will enable verbal conversation between a service provider and a service user, not two or more connection needed.
4. Mobile or wired communication means can be used for this purpose, the system can obtain their location information easily and automatically from the telecommunication network.
5. Very low investment required.

The seller may consider selling these patents individually.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 455: Telecommunications

This is the generic class for modulated carrier wave communications not elsewhere classifiable.

Subclass 404.2: Location monitoring
Subclass 414.3: Based on request (e.g., news, weather, etc.)
Subclass 422.1: Zoned or cellular telephone system
Subclass 426.1: Including other radio communication system (e.g., cordless telephone, paging, trunking, etc.)
Subclass 456.3: Position based personal service
Subclass 459: Meet-me system
Subclass 569.2: In vehicle
Subclass 575.9: In vehicle
Subclass 99: With vehicle