US Patent No. 9,253,652

AD HOC FORMATION OF A SWARM FOR INFORMATION COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION


Patent No. 9,253,652
Issue Date February 02, 2016 
Title Ad Hoc Formation Of A Swarm For Information Collection And Distribution
Inventorship Fared A. Adib, Overland Park, KS (US)
Joshua R. Cole, Overland Park, KS (US)
Assignee SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,253,652

1. A method for triggering ad hoc formation of a swarm of mobile devices for information collection and distribution comprising:
monitoring, by a swarm management application executing on at least one mobile device, communication traffic from a plurality
of mobile devices, wherein the swarm management application is stored in a non-transitory memory and executed by a processor
of each of the plurality of the mobile devices and is stored in a non-transitory memory and executed by a processor of a network
server in communication with at least one of the plurality of mobile devices;

recognizing an increase in the monitored traffic, wherein the increase in the monitored traffic comprises an increase of at
least one of:

a number of mobile devices in a location,
a number of calls being made to an emergency number,
an amount of media being captured or uploaded by the plurality of mobile devices, wherein the media comprises photo, video,
or audio content,

an amount of multimedia messaging service (MMS) messages being sent or received by the plurality of mobile devices, or
usage of a specific application on the plurality of mobile devices;
determining a location associated with the increase in monitored traffic and the plurality of mobile devices;
triggering the swarm management application and forming a swarm based on the determined location and the recognition of the
increase in the monitored traffic, wherein the swarm comprises a computer based system in communication with the network server
and the plurality of mobile devices in the area of the determined location for collecting, storing, and distributing information
and messages within the area of the determined location;

identifying, by the swarm, messages or information initiated by one of the plurality of mobile devices in the area of the
determined location and intended for delivery to another mobile device in the area of the determined location via the internet
or the MMS;

in response to the identifying, intercepting, by the swarm, the messages or information intended for delivery to the another
mobile device before the messages or information initiated by the one of the plurality of mobile devices are transmitted via
the internet or the MMS; and

in response to the intercepting, sending, by the swarm management application to the another mobile device, a link to access,
via the swarm, the messages or the information initiated by the one of the plurality of mobile devices, wherein the swarm
provides communication with at least two mobile devices in the area of the increase of monitored traffic.