US 7426398 Event control system and method for a mobile communication network

ABSTRACT – A system for controlling an event on a mobile communication device is provided. The system comprising at least one circuit for receiving a message communicated over a wireless communication network; and at least one circuit for converting the message to a command executable by a processor of a mobile communication device to trigger performance of a first event on the mobile communication device.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to mobile communication services and, more particularly, to a system and method for remotely controlling events on a mobile communications device communicating in a wireless communication network.

BACKGROUND

Devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and cellular phones, or a combination of the two, are used for calendaring events, sending text messages, storing contact information, etc. Most such devices are also configured for data synchronization with another device, such as a desktop computer for example, so that the data stored in the two devices are periodically updated when the synchronization process is performed.

Unfortunately, the synchronization process is inconvenient, in that it requires the user to periodically connect the devices to each other and execute a software application so that the information between the devices is updated. Some of the current systems have automated some of the steps involved in the synchronization process so that all that is needed for the user is to place the device into a cradle connected to the computer (e.g., by way of a cable, Bluetooth, or infrared) and press a button.

Regardless of the above implementations, the fact remains that a user will have to remember to synchronize the devices every time the data in one of the devices is updated (i.e., at least on a daily basis). When a user has multiple devices to be synchronized, the synchronization process becomes even more tedious and to some extent confusing, as the user can lose track of the devices that are synchronized and run the risk of loosing precious data.

Further, the related art systems noted above provide only a data synchronization capability between the devices. That is, said data synchronization options can be used to update only contact or calendar information and related events specific to certain proprietary organization software, such as Microsoft Outlook. Thus, the current systems do not allow a user to remotely schedule, control or manipulate other events (i.e., initiating a phone call, accessing a webpage, etc.) that the communication device can perform.

A method or system is needed that can overcome the above problems.

SUMMARY

One or more embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method of controlling events on a mobile communication device.

For purposes of summarizing, certain aspects, advantages, and novel features of the invention have been described herein. It is to be understood that not necessarily all such advantages may be achieved in accordance with any one particular embodiment of the invention. Thus, the invention may be embodied or carried out in a manner that achieves or optimizes one advantage or group of advantages as taught herein without necessarily achieving other advantages as may be taught or suggested herein.

In one embodiment, the method of controlling an event on a mobile communication device, comprises receiving a text message communicated over a wireless communication network; and converting the text message to a command executable by a processor of a mobile communication device to trigger performance of a first event on the mobile communication device.

In one embodiment, the receiving and the converting is performed by the mobile communication device. The text message can be communicated over short text messaging (SMS) protocol. In certain embodiments, the wireless communication network comprises a cellular communication network.

In accordance with yet another embodiment, a method of controlling an event on a mobile communication device comprises receiving a message communicated over a wireless communication network; and converting the message to a command executable by a processor of a mobile communication device to trigger performance of a first event on the mobile communication device.

The mobile communication device can be a cellular telephone. The first event may comprise updating data stored on the mobile communication device or initiating a telephone call based on information included in the message. The message is a text message, in one embodiment, and is communicated, for example, over a text messaging communication protocol, such as a short messaging service (SMS) protocol.

In accordance with another embodiment, an apparatus for controlling an event on a mobile communication device is provided. The apparatus comprises one or more circuits for receiving a message communicated over a wireless communication network; and for converting the message to a command executable by a processor of a mobile communication device to trigger performance of a first event on the mobile communication device.

The mobile communication device may be a cellular telephone. The first event may comprise updating data stored on the mobile communication device or initiating a telephone call based on information included in the message. The message can be a text message communicated over a text messaging communication protocol, such as short messaging service (SMS) protocol.

These and other embodiments of the present invention will also become readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description of the embodiments having reference to the attached figures, the invention not being limited to any particular embodiments disclosed.

 

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