US 10,891,568 B2
Leader directed coordination of navigation for a group traveling together in a transportation hub
Evelyn R. Anderson, Houston, TX (US); Michael Bender, Rye Brook, NY (US); Rhonda L. Childress, Austin, TX (US); and Ea-Ee Jan, Adrsley, NY (US)
Assigned to International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed by INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed on Apr. 16, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/385,355.
Application 16/385,355 is a continuation of application No. 15/593,774, filed on May 12, 2017, granted, now 10,346,773.
Prior Publication US 2019/0244157 A1, Aug. 8, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G06Q 10/06 (2012.01); G06Q 50/30 (2012.01); H04W 4/02 (2018.01); G06Q 50/00 (2012.01)
CPC G06Q 10/063116 (2013.01) [G06Q 50/01 (2013.01); G06Q 50/30 (2013.01); H04W 4/02 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
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1. A method to assist people traveling together through a transport hub, said method comprising:
providing access, by a plurality of portable smart computing devices, to personal data for members of a group of people traveling together through the transport hub for a trip, wherein each person of the group has possession of a single portable computing device of the plurality of portable computing devices;
mapping, by each person's portable smart computing device, a preferred route from a current location at which the group is located for each person to travel through the transport hub, wherein the preferred route is a direct route without stops or a route including one or more preferred stops;
selecting from the mapped preferred routes, by the plurality of portable computing devices, a group route which is route to be commonly used by each person of the group, wherein the selected group route is the mapped preferred route of one portable computing device of the plurality of portable computing devices, wherein each person's portable computing device mapped a preferred route for each previous trip of a plurality of previous trips by the group, and wherein said selecting the one portable computing device is based on the preferred route for the one portable computing device have been a group route for more of the previous trips than was the preferred route for any other portable computing device of the plurality of portable computing devices;
generating, by each person's portable smart computing device, sub-groups of members to travel through the transport hub together in response to matching personal data;
monitoring, by each person's portable smart computing device, the personal data for members of the group, travel data for the group, and transport hub data corresponding to the transport hub, wherein the travel data for the group includes a departure location, a boarding time, and a departure vehicle; and
alerting each person, by each person's portable smart computing device, in response to the monitored values, to begin moving from the current location towards the departure location along the selected group route to arrive at the departure location at a desired arrival time.