Determining approximate locations of network devices that are inaccessible to GPS signals

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7643836
APP PUB NO 20080293434A1
SERIAL NO

12143501

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Methods, apparatus, and computer program products for determining approximate locations of network devices. Information is received concerning last known locations of portable network devices that attach to a network, and used to compute an approximate location of an obscured network device attached to the network. In some embodiments, the last known locations of the portable network devices may be determined using information from GPS satellites. The approximate location of the obscured network device may be used as the approximate location of other stationary network devices connected to the same network.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATIONARMONK, NY44232

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
McMahan, Paul Franklin Apex, US 17 159
Uthe, Robert Thomas Morrisville, US 16 262

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (2)
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FUJITSU TEN LIMITED (1)
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EXTREME NETWORKS, INC. (1)
2003/0225,893 Locating devices in a data network 179 2003
 
MEDIATEK INC. (2)
6819267 System and method for proximity bookmarks using GPS and pervasive computing 73 2000
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INTEL CORPORATION (1)
6831598 Method of exchanging data between a local device and a central server 14 2002
 
UNIFY, INC. (1)
7202814 System and method for presence-based area monitoring 113 2003
 
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) (1)
2004/0203,380 Method and wireless terminal for generating and maintaining a relative positioning system 69 2002
 
MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
6473038 Method and apparatus for location estimation 86 2001
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GOOGLE INC. (1)
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