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1. WO2006094221 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A GEO-LOCATION INDICATOR IN RESPONSE TO A WAKE-UP REQUEST

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CLAIMS
What is claimed is:
1. A method for providing a geo-location position report comprising:
receiving a wake-up signal for a geo-tracking device;
enabling a geo-tracking receiver according to the wake-up signal;
receiving geo-location signals in the enabled geo-tracking device;
generating a geo-location report according to the geo-location signals;
enabling a feedback device; and
conveying the geo-location report to the feedback device.

2. The method of Claim 1 wherein receiving a wake-up signal comprises:
monitoring a radio frequency for a unidirectional signal;
extracting a message from the unidirectional signal; and
generating a wake-up signal according to the message.

3. The method of Claim 2 wherein monitoring a radio frequency for a unidirectional signal comprises monitoring a frequency below 100 MHz for a unidirectional signal.

4. The method of Claim 2 wherein extracting a message from the unidirectional signal comprises extracting at least one of a constant tracking message, a periodic-reporting message and a temporary tracking message.

5. The method of Claim 1 wherein enabling the geo-tracking receiver comprises providing power to a geo-location receiver according to the wake-up signal.

6. The method of Claim 1 wherein enabling a feedback device comprises providing power to a wireless network interface.

7. The method of Claim 1 wherein enabling a feedback device comprises providing power to a cellular data interface.

8. The method of Claim 7 wherein providing power to a cellular data interface comprises providing power to at least one of a GSM cellular transceiver, a CDMA cellular transceiver, a G2 cellular data transceiver, a G2.5 cellular data transceiver and a G3 cellular data transceiver.

9. The method of Claim 1 further comprising:
receiving a status indication from within the geo-tracking device;
generating a status report according to the status indication; and
conveying the status report to the feedback device.

10. The method of Claim 1 further comprising:
receiving an abduction indication from a user; and
enabling the geo-tracking receiver according to the abduction indication;
receiving geo-location signals in the enabled geo-tracking device;
generating a geo-location report according to the geo-location signals;
enabling the feedback device; and
conveying the geo-location report to the feedback device.

11. The method of Claim 1 further comprising provide ancillary utility function.

12. A geo-location reporting apparatus comprising:
wakeup receiver capable of generating a wakeup signal;
geo-tracking receiver capable of generating a geo-location report according to a
plurality of received geo-tracking signals;
feedback unit capable of conveying the geo-location report to a distal processing
center; and
enablement unit capable of enabling at least one of the geo-tracking receiver and the feedback unit according to the wakeup signal.

13. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 12 wherein the wakeup receiver comprises:
unidirectional receiver capable of passively receiving a radio frequency signal; and message framer capable of extracting a message from a received radio frequency
signal and further capable of generating a wakeup signal according to an extracted message.

14. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 13 wherein the unidirectional receiver is capable of receiving a radio frequency of less than 100 MHz.

15. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 13 wherein the message framer is capable of generating at least one of a constant tracking wakeup signal, a periodic-reporting wakeup signal and a temporary tracking wakeup signal.

16. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 12 wherein the enablement unit comprises a power-controller capable of providing power to the geo-location receiver when the wakeup signal is active.

17. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 12 wherein the enablement unit comprises a power-controller capable of providing power to the feedback device when the wakeup signal is active and wherein the feedback device comprises a wireless network interface.

18. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 12 wherein the feedback device comprises at least one of a GSM cellular transceiver, a CDMA cellular transceiver, a G2 cellular data transceiver, a G2.5 cellular data transceiver and a G3 cellular data transceiver and wherein the enablement unit comprises a power-controller capable of providing power to the feedback device.

19. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 12 further comprising a status unit capable of generating a status report according to the state of at least one of a battery, the wakeup receiver, the geo-location receiver and the feedback unit and wherein the feedback unit is further capable of conveying the status report to the distal processing center.

20. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 12 further comprising an abduction switch and wherein the wakeup receiver if further capable of activating the wakeup signal when the abduction switch is actuated.

21. The geo-location reporting apparatus of Claim 12 further comprising a utility function apparatus.

22. The method of Claim 21 wherein the utility function apparatus comprises at least one of a shoe, a bracelet, a belt, a watch, a pendant, a button, a hat, a hair band, a backpack, a plush, a toy, a bicycle, a necklace, an article of jewelry, a helmet, an article of clothing, a pen, a notebook, a skateboard, a scooter, a rollerblade, a stroller, infant car seat, a bassinet, and a child carrier.