(19)
(11)EP 2 507 981 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
24.12.2014 Bulletin 2014/52

(21)Application number: 10784792.3

(22)Date of filing:  30.11.2010
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04M 1/725  (2006.01)
G08B 21/02  (2006.01)
G08B 25/01  (2006.01)
H04M 11/04  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2010/068488
(87)International publication number:
WO 2011/064380 (03.06.2011 Gazette  2011/22)

(54)

MOBILE TELEPHONE EQUIPPED FOR ACTIVATION OF AN EMERGENCY MODE

MOBILTELEFON MIT AKTIVIERUNG EINES NOTBETRIEBS

TÉLÉPHONE MOBILE MUNI D'UNE ACTIVATION D'UN MODE D'URGENCE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 30.11.2009 LU 91625

(43)Date of publication of application:
10.10.2012 Bulletin 2012/41

(73)Proprietor: Galuszka, Andrzej Jaroslaw
5573 Remich (LU)

(72)Inventor:
  • Galuszka, Andrzej Jaroslaw
    5573 Remich (LU)

(74)Representative: Office Freylinger 
P.O. Box 48
8001 Strassen
8001 Strassen (LU)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 920 225
JP-A- 2004 040 339
JP-A- 11 284 711
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical field



    [0001] The present invention generally relates to a mobile telephone, i.e. a portable cellular or satellite telephone, and more specifically to a mobile telephone equipped for activation of an emergency mode, in which the telephone automatically performs emergency operations.

    Background Art



    [0002] It is well known that the ubiquitous advent of mobile telephones has had a beneficial impact on safety and health since, in case of emergency situations, mobile telephones allow setting of emergency calls instantly and at virtually any location.

    [0003] The capabilities of modern mobile phones have led to further developments intended to improve the user's health and safety, or at least the reliability and swiftness, with which help or first-aid can be called. One such improvement are mobile phones enhanced with an "one push" emergency-only-key. Such a mobile phone is suggested for instance in Japanese patent application JP 7 183970, which proposes a portable cellular phone capable of activating an emergency call if the user presses the emergency-only-key. When this key is pressed, a line is connected to a specific destination, which is stored in the phone as emergency call receiver, and information, such as the user's details and the address of the current base station (network cell), is transmitted automatically to the destination. Another mobile phone of this kind is known e.g. from U.S. patent no 5,365,570.

    [0004] A drawback of this approach is that, in order to set off an emergency call, relatively conscious and controlled user interaction is required, which under certain circumstances - e.g. when a user feels panic or is incapable to properly handle the phone - may prove difficult if not impossible. Moreover, this approach is prone to generate a majority of unintended emergency calls due to inadvertent or accidental pushing of the dedicated emergency-only-key.

    [0005] An alternative solution that allows more easily setting off an emergency call and/or sounding an acoustic alarm, e.g. an "anti mugging alarm", by means of a mobile telephone is disclosed in European patent no. 0 920 225.

    [0006] The telephone according to EP 0 920 225 comprises a housing, a detection circuit configured for being interrupted from outside the housing, a strap member and an electronic control unit. The strap member cooperates with the detection circuit for interrupting the detection circuit upon pulling the strap member off the housing. The control unit is configured to monitor interruption of the detection circuit, to activate an emergency mode in case of interruption and to automatically perform emergency operations in this emergency mode. The detection circuit of EP 0 920 225 includes a first conductor that is grounded and a second conductor that is pulled up to higher potential. In the absence of an emergency, the first conductor and the second conductor, which are configured in the form of springs, are constantly in contact with each other so that the control unit measures a ground potential. The strap itself is wrapped immediately around the spring-like first and second conductors. When the user pulls the strap from either conductor, they are brought out of contact. Consequently, in the event of an emergency, the emergency input detection signal changes to pull-up potential so that a pulse is generated that is detected by the electronic control unit. So long as an emergency input can be entered by simple removal of a strap, a user can instantaneously indicate an emergency through use of the portable cellular phone according to EP 0 920 225.

    [0007] Whereas the approach of EP 0 920 225 facilitates user activation of an emergency mode, its configuration has several drawbacks. Among others, it is not readily suitable as a retrofit or optional enhancement for mass production mobile phones, in case of which not every user may desire the presence of a strap and a "rapid-action" emergency feature. Furthermore, the suggested approach is also inadequate to allow discerning inadvertent or accidental activation from a true emergency situation.

    [0008] Japanese patent application JP 11 284 711 also discloses a mobile telephone equipped for activation of an emergency mode, with a housing, a detection circuit configured for being triggered from outside and a strap member for triggering. This phone also has appears to have an electronic control unit that is configured 1) to monitor triggering of the detection circuit, 2) to activate an emergency mode accordingly, and 3) to automatically perform emergency operations in such an emergency mode. As opposed to EP 0 920 225, the strap member according to JP 11 284 711 does not only have a strap but also a first mechanical connector attached to the strap, Correspondingly, there is a second mechanical connector on the housing that cooperates with the first connector for fastening the strap member to the housing. When the strap is pulled off, the strap-side connector is detached so that an annular conductor provided on a retainer-shaped base part of the strap member bridges a detection circuit. Whereas this design might improve avoidance or discerning of inadvertent or accidental activation, it still does not enable a low-cost retrofit or optional mass production enhancement for mobile phones.

    Technical problem



    [0009] It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved mobile telephone equipped for activation of an emergency mode, which overcomes at least part of abovementioned drawbacks of the prior art, and in particular, which provides a low-cost mobile phone enhancement suitable as optional / retrofit enhancement.

    [0010] This object is achieved by a mobile telephone equipped for activation of an emergency mode according to claim 1 and by a kit-of-parts according to claim 15.

    General Description of the Invention



    [0011] The present invention relates to a mobile telephone equipped for activation of an emergency mode. In a manner known per se, it comprises a housing for protecting the internal electronic components, a detection circuit that is configured for being activated, preferably for being interrupted, from outside the housing and a strap member cooperating with the detection circuit for triggering the detection circuit by pulling the strap member so as to detach it from the housing. Furthermore, an electronic control unit of the telephone, e.g. its inherent processor, is configured - using suitable connections and software - inter alia to monitor triggering of the detection circuit, to activate an emergency mode in case of such triggering, especially a circuit interruption, and to automatically perform predetermined emergency operations when the emergency mode is activated. The strap member comprises a strap - which is ideally flexible and may be in the form of a simple tag-shaped band or in the form of a loop - a first connector (e.g. a male plug), to which the strap is attached, and a bridging circuit portion. Correspondingly, the housing comprises a second connector (e.g. a female socket) that cooperates with the first connector for mechanically fastening the strap member to the housing.

    [0012] In order to achieve the above-mentioned object and according to the invention, the first and second connector are respectively configured as mating snap-fit connectors, with the first connector on the strap member having two bridging circuit terminals, preferably inside the connector. Accordingly, the bridging circuit passes from one of said two bridging circuit terminals via at least the first connector, and preferably further inside and through said strap, to the other of said two bridging circuit terminals. Correspondingly, the detection circuit includes at least two detection circuit terminals, which are arranged in or adjacent the second connector, for cooperating with the bridging circuit terminals of the first connector. As will be appreciated, when the strap member is fastened to the housing, the bridging circuit terminals respectively connect to the detection circuit terminals so as to close the detection circuit. The closed circuit condition is used to determine a normal non-emergency state. Further according to the invention, if the bridging circuit portion is removed or opened, especially due to the strap member being pulled off the housing or due to the strap itself being cut open or ripped apart, a long-term interruption of the detection circuit is caused, i.e. an open-circuit condition, which can be reliably detected. This condition prevails until the strap member is properly reconnected or replaced so that reliable detection of an emergency is enabled.

    [0013] As will be understood, the proposed strap member, in the manner of an electrically bridging jumper, allows removing part of the detection circuit, namely the bridging circuit portion, and thus interrupting the detection circuit reliably and in long-term manner. As a corollary, the mobile phone is capable of detecting presence or absence of a properly connected strap member so that, given a default configuration of the phone devoid of the emergency mode activation feature, retrofitting a strap member to the phone allows automatically enabling the emergency mode activation feature. Moreover, the proposed approach allows relatively rapid re-connection of the strap member (i.e. putting the strap member back into place) to enable aborting or canceling activation of the emergency mode, e.g. combined with a suitable user input using the telephone keys - such as confirming and entering the PIN for safety reasons. As will further be appreciated, the proposed configuration is reliable, suitable as an optional add-on or retrofit, while being suitable for mass-production at comparatively low unit cost of both the phone and the strap.

    [0014] Further preferred features of the present invention are defined in the enclosed dependent claims 2-14. In addition the present invention also proposes a kit-of-parts as claimed in claim 15, which is to be used as an optional enhancement for a portable mobile communication device, especially a mobile phone, according to the invention.

    Detailed Description with respect to the Drawings



    [0015] A preferred embodiment of the invention will now be described, by way of example and in non-limiting manner, with reference to the accompanying drawing:

    FIG.1 is a schematic vertical cross sectional view of an upper left region of a mobile telephone illustrating a strap member for activation of an emergency mode.


    Description of Preferred Embodiments



    [0016] FIG.1 partially and schematically shows a mobile phone e.g. a GSM or UMTS based cellular phone, generally identified by reference numeral 10, more specifically the upper right corner of the housing 12 of the mobile phone 10.

    [0017] As seen in FIG.1, a strap member 14 with a loop-shaped strap 16 is fastened to the housing 12. More specifically, the strap member 14 includes a first connector 18 that serves as mechanical fastener, preferably of the snap-fit type, e.g. a male plug of a suitable small-size snap-fit or clip-fastened connector pair, to which both end portions of the loop-shaped strap 16 are fixedly and individually attached. As an alternative embodiment, the strap 16 may have any suitable shape that permits manual grasping, e.g. that of a flat tab-shaped band, preferably provided with means for attaching the strap 16 (and therewith the mobile phone 10) to an external item. The strap 16 may e.g. be configured as a flexible wrist strap or necklace of any suitable base material, e.g. textile, plastics, leather, etc. As further seen in FIG.1, the strap member 14 includes any suitable conductor forming a circuit portion, more specifically a bridging circuit portion 20 that bridges (shorts) two bridging circuit terminals 22, 23. The terminals 22, 23 are arranged at, on or in the first connector 18 of the strap member 14, more specifically at or near the front end of the first connector 18.

    [0018] As shown in FIG.1, the mobile phone 10 is further equipped with a second connector 24, e.g. a female socket of a standard small-size snap-fit connector pair. The second connector 24 is fixed to the housing 12 in any appropriate border region of the mobile phone 12, e.g. the upper right corner as in FIG.1, and sunk in so as to protect the contacts and avoid impediment. The second connector 24 cooperates with the first connector 18 of the strap member for easily fastening the strap member 18 including the strap 16 to the housing 12 of the mobile phone 10. As connectors (plug + receptacle) 18, 24 any suitable mechanical fastener pair can be used, provided it serves to keep pairs of at least two terminals of a signal conductor (e.g. electrical or optical) in contact - as will become apparent below. Preferably, the connectors 18, 24 are configured to disconnect at a predetermined pulling force or tear-off force that lies in the range of m • 6N/kg to m • 14N/kg, preferably in the range of m • 8N/kg to m • 12N/kg, with m being the net weight of the mobile 10. This configuration allows self-induced detaching of the strap member 14 without any user intervention in case of an accident that involves a considerable shock causing high acceleration (e.g. >10G), if the strap 16 is properly fastened, e.g. to a motorcycle or other vehicle (for traffic accident emergencies), to the user's body e.g. at the wrist or neck (e.g. for sports accident emergencies). Alternatively or as a combined requirement, the connectors 18, 24 are preferably configured to disconnect at a relatively low absolute pulling force chosen independently from the weight of the mobile 10. Suitably chosen connectors 18, 24, e.g. of the snap-fit type, enable such disconnection for instance at a force in the range of 10N to 30N, preferably in the range of 15N to 25N. Such a relatively low disconnection force allows pulling-off of the strap member 14 with little physical effort, which is beneficial especially for use by children or elderly people.

    [0019] In a manner known per se, the mobile phone 10 comprises a detection circuit (not shown in full) that is operatively connected to an electronic control unit ECU (not shown) of the mobile phone 10, e.g. a core processor as typically present in a mobile phone to control phone operation. This ECU is configured to monitor interruption of the detection circuit, to activate an emergency mode in case of such interruption and to automatically perform emergency operations in the emergency mode. Suitable hardware and software on the basis of which such an ECU and the related detection circuit can be implemented on the phone side are well known to the skilled person, e.g. according to EP 0 920 225.

    [0020] As is apparent from FIG.1, the mobile phone 10 further comprises two terminals, namely detection circuit terminals 26, 27 of the mentioned phone-side detection circuit. The detection circuit terminals 26, 27 are arranged inside or adjacent the second connector 24 for cooperating respectively with the two bridging circuit terminals 22, 23 of the strap member 14.

    [0021] As will be appreciated, the proposed mobile phone 10 is equipped in such a way that when the strap member 14 is properly fastened to the housing 12 by mating engagement of the connectors 18, 24, the bridging circuit terminals 22, 23 respectively connect to the detection circuit terminals 26, 27 so as to close i.e. to "short" the detection circuit via the conductor part of the bridging circuit portion 20 that extends between the two bridging circuit terminals 22, 23 and is arranged either to pass only via the first connector 18 or, more preferably, to pass furthermore inside and through the loop-shaped strap 16. Conversely, when the strap member 14 is pulled off i.e. detached from the housing 12, the bridging circuit portion 20 is removed so as to interrupt the detection circuit. Moreover, in case the bridging circuit portion 20 passes inside and through the loop-shaped strap 16, the strap 16 may be cut or ripped in a hazardous situation so as to interrupt the detection circuit (not fully shown).

    [0022] In order to detect an emergency and trigger activation of a correspond preprogrammed emergency mode and its related emergency operations, the mobile telephone preferably comprises a transmitter (not shown) and a receiver (not shown). The transmitter is connected to one of the detection circuit terminals, e.g. terminal 26, for emitting signals to the one detection circuit terminal 26. The receiver is connected to the other detection circuit terminal 27 for receiving signals emitted by the transmitter from the latter terminal 27. Accordingly, in any suitable manner, the ECU is connected to the transmitter for controlling the transmitter to periodically emit signals and to the receiver for monitoring reception of the periodically emitted signals. In case one or several emitted signals have not been received properly (and on condition that the phone is set to operate the emergency activation enhancement), the ECU activates an emergency mode and automatically performs emergency operations. As noted above, the ECU is also configured to perform certain predefined emergency operations. These preferably include automatically transmitting preprogrammed information, such as the user's name and health relevant user information, and/or cyclically obtained information, such as position data or other safety or security relevant data, via a mobile communication service, such as SMS, MMS, GPRS, EDGE etc. to a preprogrammed destination, e.g. a dedicated emergency server station configured to cooperate with mobile phones 10 according to the invention. Accordingly, the mobile phone 10 preferably has an ECU that is configured to cyclically obtain and store (refresh or add) information related to the current environment, in particular to obtain audio data using the telephone microphone of the mobile telephone, to obtain video data using a standard picture camera of the mobile telephone (today present on most mobile phones) and/or to obtain position data using a navigation device, in particular a GPS satellite navigation receiver, of the mobile telephone. In emergency mode, the ECU may send such information only once initially, or periodically to the preprogrammed destination. In addition or alternatively, the mobile phone 10 may have an ECU configured to set of an emergency call ("911" / "112") and play a prerecorded and/or speech-synthesized message to the emergency operator, including the user name, relevant user related information (blood type, chronic diseases, etc.) and the last known location as determined using known base station-related positioning methods or, if provided, a GPS receiver. Furthermore, the mobile phone 10 may be configured to create an alarm in order to attract attention, e.g. in form of a "burglar alarm", by sounding the phone's speaker at high volume. Especially but not exclusively with the latter feature, the mobile phone is preferably equipped with a non-removable and non-accessible buffer battery that is dimensioned to warrant emergency operations in emergency mode during a sufficient time even when the removable main battery of the mobile phone 10 is removed.

    [0023] In order to distinguish different types of emergency, e.g. an assault (safety) or a health-affecting situation (health), the mobile phone 10 may be provided with a higher number of detection circuit terminals 26, 27 and different types of strap members 16 may be used in conjunction with such a mobile phone 10, so that the phone is able to discern which kind of emergency the user is in (three terminals on the phone side allow using three different strap members for shorting the three possible combinations of two terminals).

    [0024] Whereas a fully electrical detection circuit (and bridging circuit 20) is possible, in the preferred mode of execution shown in FIG.1, both the bridging circuit portion 20 and at least a terminal portion of the detection circuit that is connected to the detection circuit terminals 26, 27 are made of optical waveguides. More specifically, the part of the bridging circuit portion 20 that passes through the loop-shaped strap 16 in between the bridging circuit terminals 22, 23 is made of optical fiber 28. Accordingly, the strap 16 has a flexible sheathing 30 for protecting the optical fiber 28. The sheathing 30, including the fiber 28, is preferably manufactured so that it can be torn apart i.e. ruptured manually, more preferably, comprises a predetermined breaking point, that ruptures at a force slightly exceeding the pulling force required for disconnecting the connectors 18, 24 for additional safety and reliable interruption.

    [0025] In conclusion, it may be noted that a mobile phone 10 equipped with a detection circuit and, especially with a "rip cord"-like or "snatch plug"-like strap member 14 according to the invention has among others the following further benefits:
    • its use is easy, safe and reliable in any kind of emergency, including natural disasters (such as earthquake, flood, fire), accidents (work-related, traffic-related, or domestic accidents), health-related emergencies (e.g. heart-attack, apoplexy, circulatory collapse, etc.) and criminal offenses such as a hold-up, a violent assault;
    • the speed of issuing the help request / alarm is improved;
    • optionally, the type of help requested may be specified automatically; and
    • as a consequence, the speed and quality of received help improves.

    Legend / List of reference signs:



    [0026] 
    10
    mobile phone
    12
    housing
    14
    strap member
    16
    strap
    18
    first connector
    20
    bridging circuit portion
    22, 23
    bridging circuit terminals
    24
    second connector
    26, 27
    detection circuit terminals
    28
    optical fiber
    30
    sheathing



    Claims

    1. A mobile telephone (10) equipped for activation of an emergency mode, said mobile telephone comprising a housing (12), a detection circuit configured for being triggered from outside said housing, a strap member (14) cooperating with said detection circuit for triggering said detection circuit and an electronic control unit configured to monitor triggering of said detection circuit, to activate an emergency mode in case of such triggering and to automatically perform emergency operations in said emergency mode;
    said strap member (14) comprising a strap (16), a bridging circuit portion (20) and a first connector (18) attached to said strap (16) ;
    said housing (12) comprising a second connector (24) cooperating with said first connector (18) for fastening said strap member (14) to said housing (12); characterized in that
    said first connector (18) and said second connector (24) are respectively configured as mating snap-fit connectors;
    said first connector (18) comprises at least two bridging circuit terminals (22, 23), said bridging circuit portion (20) passing from one of said two bridging circuit terminals (22, 23) via said first connector (18), and inside and through said strap (16), to the other of said two bridging circuit terminals (22, 23); and in that said detection circuit includes at least two detection circuit terminals (26, 27) arranged for cooperating with said bridging circuit terminals (22, 23);
    wherein said bridging circuit terminals (22, 23) respectively connect to said detection circuit terminals (26, 27) so as to close said detection circuit when said strap member (14) is fastened to said housing, and
    wherein said detection circuit is interrupted when said strap member (14) is pulled off said housing (12) or when said strap (16) is cut or ripped.
     
    2. The mobile telephone according to claim 1, wherein said bridging circuit portion (20) and at least a terminal portion of said detection circuit are made of optical waveguides.
     
    3. The mobile telephone according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said strap (16) is loop-shaped and has two end portions that are individually attached to said first connector (18).
     
    4. The mobile telephone according claim 1, 2 or 3, wherein said bridging circuit portion (20) is removed so as to interrupt said detection circuit when said strap member (14) is pulled off said housing (12).
     
    5. The mobile telephone according to claim 2 and 4, wherein said bridging circuit portion (20) passes internally through said loop-shaped strap and is made of optical fiber (28).
     
    6. The mobile telephone according to claim 5, wherein said strap (16) comprises a flexible sheathing (30) for protecting said optical fiber (28), said sheathing (30) being preferably manually tearable and, more preferably comprising a predetermined breaking point.
     
    7. The mobile telephone according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein said first connector (18) and said second connector (24) are configured to disconnect at a pulling force in the range of m • 6N/kg to m • 14N/kg, preferably in the range of m • 8N/kg to m • 12N/kg, with m being the net weight of the mobile telephone (10).
     
    8. The mobile telephone according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein said first connector (18) and said second connector (24) are configured to disconnect at a pulling force in the range of 10N to 30N, preferably in the range of 15N to 25N.
     
    9. The mobile telephone according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said first connector (18) is a male plug connector and wherein said second connector is a female socket connector (24).
     
    10. The mobile telephone according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said strap (16) is flexible and preferably configured as a wrist strap.
     
    11. The mobile telephone according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said mobile telephone comprises a transmitter connected to one of said detection circuit terminals for emitting signals to said one detection circuit terminal and a receiver connected to the other of said detection circuit terminals for receiving signals emitted by said transmitter and received at said other detection circuit terminal, said electronic control unit being connected to said transmitter for controlling said transmitter to periodically emit signals and to said receiver for monitoring reception of said periodically emitted signals.
     
    12. The mobile telephone according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said electronic control unit is configured to perform emergency operations that include automatically transmitting preprogrammed and/or cyclically obtained information via a mobile communication service to a preprogrammed destination.
     
    13. The mobile telephone according to claim 12, wherein said electronic control unit is configured to cyclically obtain and store information related to the current environment of said mobile telephone, in particular to obtain audio data using a microphone of said mobile telephone, to obtain video data using a camera of said mobile telephone and/or to obtain position data using a navigation device, in particular a satellite navigation receiver, of said mobile telephone.
     
    14. The mobile telephone according to any one of the preceding claims, further comprising a removable main battery and a non-removable buffer battery that is dimensioned to warrant emergency operations in said emergency mode when said removable main battery is removed.
     
    15. Kit of parts for a portable mobile communication device, in particular a mobile telephone (10), that is equipped for activation of an emergency mode and comprises a housing (12), a detection circuit configured for being interrupted from outside said housing and an electronic control unit configured to monitor interruption of said detection circuit, to activate an emergency mode in case of such interruption and to automatically perform emergency operations in said emergency mode,
    said kit comprising:

    a strap member (14) that comprises a strap (16), a first connector (18), which is attached to said strap (16) and comprises at least two bridging circuit terminals (22, 23), and a bridging circuit portion (20) that passes from one of said two bridging circuit terminals (22, 23) via said first connector (18), and inside and through said strap (16), to the other of said two bridging circuit terminals (22, 23), said first connector (18) being a snap-fit mating with a second snap-fit connector (24) provided in the housing (12) of said mobile device,

    said strap member (14) being configured
    so that said bridging circuit terminals (22, 23) respectively connect to and cooperate with at least two detection circuit terminals (26, 27) at said second connector (24) so as to close said detection circuit when said strap member (14) is fastened to said housing (12), and
    so that removal or interruption of said bridging circuit portion (20) interrupts said detection circuit when said strap member (14) is pulled off said housing (12) or when said strap (16) is cut or ripped.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Mobiltelefon (10), das für die Aktivierung eines Notbetriebsmodus ausgestattet ist, wobei das Mobiltelefon Folgendes umfasst: ein Gehäuse (12), einen Detektionskreis, der dafür ausgebildet ist, von außerhalb des Gehäuses ausgelöst zu werden, ein Bandelement (14), das mit dem Detektionskreis zum Auslösen des Detektionskreises zusammenwirkt, und eine elektronische Steuereinheit, die dafür ausgebildet ist, das Auslösen des Detektionskreises zu überwachen, im Fall eines solchen Auslösens einen Notbetriebsmodus zu aktivieren, und automatisch Notbetriebsoperationen in dem Notbetriebsmodus auszuführen;
    wobei das Bandelement (14) Folgendes umfasst: ein Band (16), einen Überbrückungskreisabschnitt (20) und einen ersten Verbinder (18), der an dem Band (16) befestigt ist;
    wobei das Gehäuse (12) Folgendes umfasst: einen zweiten Verbinder (24), der mit dem erstes Verbinder (18) zusammenwirkt, um das Bandelement (14) an dem Gehäuse (12) zu befestigen;
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass
    der erste Verbinder (18) und der zweite Verbinder (24) jeweils als komplementäre Einrastverbinder ausgebildet sind;
    der erste Verbinder (18) mindestens zwei Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) umfasst, wobei der Überbrückungskreisabschnitt (20) von einem der beiden Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) über den ersten Verbinder (18), und in dem Band und durch das Band (16), zu dem anderem der beiden Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) verläuft; und dass der Detektionskreis mindestens zwei Detektionskreisanschlüsse (26, 27) umfasst, die dafür ausgebildet sind,
    mit den Überbrückungskreisanschlüssen (22, 23) zusammenwirken; wobei die Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) jeweils so an die Detektionskreisanschlüsse (26, 27) angeschlossen sind, dass der Detektionskreis geschlossen wird, wenn das Bandelement (14) an dem Gehäuse angebracht wird, und
    wobei der Detektionskreis unterbrochen wird, wenn das Bandelement (14) von dem Gehäuse (12) abgezogen wird oder wenn das Band (16) durchschnitten oder zerrissen wird.
     
    2. Mobiltelefon nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Überbrückungskreisabschnitt (20) und mindestens ein Anschlussabschnitt des Detektionskreises aus optischen Wellenleitern bestehen.
     
    3. Mobiltelefon nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei das Band (16) schleifenförmig ist und zwei Endabschnitte hat, die einzeln an dem ersten Verbinder (18) angebracht sind.
     
    4. Mobiltelefon nach Anspruch 1, 2 oder 3, wobei der Überbrückungskreisabschnitt (20) in einer solchen Weise entfernt wird, dass der Detektionskreis unterbrochen wird, wenn das Bandelement (14) von dem Gehäuse (12) abgezogen wird.
     
    5. Mobiltelefon nach Anspruch 2 und 4, wobei der Überbrückungskreisabschnitt (20) intern durch das schleifenförmige Band verläuft und aus optischer Faser (28) besteht.
     
    6. Mobiltelefon nach Anspruch 5, wobei das Band (16) eine flexible Ummantelung (30) zum Schutz der optischen Faser (28) umfasst, wobei die Ummantelung (30) bevorzugt manuell aufgerissen werden kann und besonders bevorzugt einen zuvor festgelegten Bruchpunkt umfasst.
     
    7. Mobiltelefon nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6, wobei der erste Verbinder (18) und der zweite Verbinder (24) dafür ausgebildet sind, sich bei einer Zugkraft im Bereich von m • 6 N/kg bis m • 14 N/kg, bevorzugt im Bereich von m • 8 N/kg bis m • 12 N/kg, zu trennen, wobei m das Nettogewicht des Mobiltelefons (10) ist.
     
    8. Mobiltelefon nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7, wobei der erste Verbinder (18) und der zweite Verbinder (24) dafür ausgebildet sind, sich bei einer Zugkraft im Bereich von 10 N bis 30 N, bevorzugt im Bereich von 15 N bis 25 N, zu trennen.
     
    9. Mobiltelefon nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei der erste Verbinder (18) ein Verbindungsstecker ist und wobei der zweite Verbinder eine Steckbuchse (24) ist.
     
    10. Mobiltelefon nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Band (16) flexibel ist und bevorzugt als ein Handgelenkband ausgebildet ist.
     
    11. Mobiltelefon nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Mobiltelefon einen Sender umfasst, der mit einem der Detektionskreisanschlüsse verbunden ist, um Signale an den einen Detektionskreisanschluss auszusenden, und einen Empfänger umfasst, der mit dem anderen der Detektionskreisanschlüsse verbunden ist, um Signale zu empfangen, die durch den Sender ausgesendet und an dem anderen Detektionskreisanschluss empfangen werden, wobei die elektronische Steuereinheit mit dem Sender verbunden ist, um den Sender zu veranlassen, periodisch Signale auszusenden, und mit dem Empfänger verbunden ist, um den Empfang der periodisch ausgesendeten Signale zu überwachen.
     
    12. Mobiltelefon nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die elektronische Steuereinheit dafür ausgebildet ist, Notbetriebsoperationen auszuführen, die beinhalten, automatisch vorprogrammierte und/oder zyklisch erhaltene Informationen über einen Mobilkommunikationsdienst zu einem vorprogrammierten Bestimmungsort zu senden.
     
    13. Mobiltelefon nach Anspruch 12, wobei die elektronische Steuereinheit dafür ausgebildet ist, Informationen über die aktuelle Umgebung des Mobiltelefons zyklisch zu erhalten und zu speichern, und insbesondere Audiodaten mit Hilfe eines Mikrofons des Mobiltelefons zu erhalten, Videodaten mit Hilfe einer Kamera des Mobiltelefons zu erhalten und/oder Positionsdaten mit Hilfe eines Navigationsgerätes, insbesondere eines Satellitennavigationsempfänger, des Mobiltelefons zu erhalten.
     
    14. Mobiltelefon nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, das des Weiteren eine herausnehmbare Hauptbatterie und eine nichtherausnehmbare Pufferbatterie umfasst, die so bemessen ist, dass Notbetriebsoperationen in dem Notbetriebsmodus ausgeführt werden können, wenn die herausnehmbare Hauptbatterie herausgenommen wird.
     
    15. Kit aus Teilen für ein tragbares Mobilkommunikationsgerät, insbesondere ein Mobiltelefon (10), das für eine Aktivierung eines Notbetriebsmodus ausgestattet ist und Folgendes umfasst: ein Gehäuse (12), einen Detektionskreis, der dafür ausgebildet ist, von außerhalb des Gehäuses unterbrochen zu werden, und eine elektronische Steuereinheit, die dafür ausgebildet ist, eine Unterbrechung des Detektionskreises zu überwachen, im Fall einer solchen Unterbrechung einen Notbetriebsmodus zu aktivieren, und automatisch Notbetriebsoperationen in dem Notbetriebsmodus auszuführen, wobei das Kit Folgendes umfasst:

    ein Bandelement (14), das Folgendes umfasst: ein Band (16), einen ersten Verbinder (18), der an dem Band (16) befestigt ist und mindestens zwei Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) und einen Überbrückungskreisabschnitt (20) umfasst, der von einem der beiden Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) über den ersten Verbinder (18),

    und in dem Band und durch das Band (16), zu dem anderen der beiden Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) verläuft, wobei der erste Verbinder (18) eine Einrastpassung mit einem zweiten Einrastverbinder (24), der in dem Gehäuse (12) der Mobilgerätes angeordnet ist, bildet, wobei das Bandelement (14) so ausgebildet ist,

    dass die Überbrückungskreisanschlüsse (22, 23) jeweils an mindestens zwei Detektionskreisanschlüsse (26, 27) an dem zweiten Verbinder (24) angeschlossen sind und mit diesen so zusammenwirken, dass der Detektionskreis geschlossen wird, wenn das Bandelement (14) an dem Gehäuse (12) angebracht wird, und

    dass ein Entfernen oder Unterbrechen des Überbrückungskreisabschnitts (20) den Detektionskreis unterbricht, wenn das Bandelement (14) von dem Gehäuse (12) abgezogen wird oder wenn das Band (16) durchschnitten oder zerrissen wird.


     


    Revendications

    1. Téléphone mobile (10) équipé pour une activation d'un mode d'urgence, ledit téléphone mobile comprenant un boîtier (12), un circuit de détection configuré pour être interrompu de l'extérieur dudit boîtier, un élément de cordon (14) coopérant avec ledit circuit de détection pour interrompre ledit circuit de détection et une unité de commande électronique configurée pour surveiller l'interruption dudit circuit de détection, pour activer un mode d'urgence dans le cas d'une telle interruption et pour exécuter automatiquement des opérations d'urgence dans ledit mode d'urgence ;
    ledit élément de cordon (14) comprenant un cordon (16), une partie de circuit de pontage (20) et un premier connecteur (18) attaché audit cordon (16) ;
    ledit boîtier (12) comprenant un deuxième connecteur (24) coopérant avec ledit premier connecteur (18) pour fixer ledit élément de cordon (14) audit boîtier (12) ;
    caractérisé en ce que
    ledit premier connecteur (18) et ledit deuxième connecteur (24) sont respectivement configurés comme des connecteurs correspondants à emboîtement par encliquetage ;
    ledit premier connecteur (18) comprend au moins deux bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage, ladite partie de circuit de pontage (20) passant de l'une desdites deux bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage par l'intermédiaire dudit premier connecteur (18), et à l'intérieur dudit et à travers ledit cordon (16), jusqu'à l'autre desdites deux bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage ; et en ce que ledit circuit de détection inclut au moins deux bornes (26, 27) de circuit de détection agencées pour coopérer avec lesdites bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage ;
    dans lequel lesdites bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage se connectent respectivement auxdites bornes (26, 27) de circuit de détection de façon à fermer ledit circuit de détection lorsque ledit élément de cordon (14) est fixé audit boîtier, et
    dans lequel ledit circuit de détection est interrompu lorsque ledit élément de cordon (14) est retiré dudit boîtier (12) ou lorsque ledit cordon (16) est coupé ou arraché.
     
    2. Téléphone mobile selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite partie de circuit de pontage (20) et au moins une partie terminale dudit circuit de détection sont constituées de guides d'ondes optiques.
     
    3. Téléphone mobile selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel ledit cordon (16) est en forme de boucle et a deux parties d'extrémité qui sont individuellement attachées audit premier connecteur (18).
     
    4. Téléphone mobile selon la revendication 1, 2 ou 3, dans lequel ladite partie de circuit de pontage (20) est enlevée de manière à interrompre ledit circuit de détection lorsque ledit élément de cordon (14) est retiré dudit boîtier (12).
     
    5. Téléphone mobile selon la revendication 2 et 4, dans lequel ladite partie de circuit de pontage (20) passe à l'intérieur dudit et à travers ledit cordon en forme de boucle et est constituée d'une fibre optique (28).
     
    6. Téléphone mobile selon la revendication 5, dans lequel ledit cordon (16) comprend une gaine flexible (30) pour protéger ladite fibre optique (28), ladite gaine (30) étant préférablement déchirable manuellement et comprenant plus préférablement un point de rupture prédéterminé.
     
    7. Téléphone mobile selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 6, dans lequel ledit premier connecteur (18) et ledit deuxième connecteur (24) sont configurés pour se déconnecter à une force de traction dans la plage de m • 6 N/kg à m • 14 N/kg, préférablement dans la plage de m • 8 N/kg à m • 12 N/kg, avec m étant le poids net du téléphone mobile (10).
     
    8. Téléphone mobile selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7, dans lequel ledit premier connecteur (18) et ledit deuxième connecteur (24) sont configurés pour se déconnecter à une force de traction dans la plage de 10 N à 30 N, préférablement dans la plage de 15 N à 25 N.
     
    9. Téléphone mobile selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel ledit premier connecteur (18) est un connecteur à fiche mâle et dans lequel ledit deuxième connecteur est un connecteur à prise femelle (24).
     
    10. Téléphone mobile selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel ledit cordon (16) est flexible et préférablement configuré comme une dragonne.
     
    11. Téléphone mobile selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel ledit téléphone mobile comprend un émetteur connecté à l'une desdites bornes de circuit de détection pour émettre des signaux vers ladite une borne de circuit de détection et un récepteur connecté à l'autre desdites bornes de circuit de détection pour recevoir des signaux émis par ledit émetteur et reçus au niveau de ladite autre borne de circuit de détection, ladite unité de commande électronique étant connectée audit émetteur pour commander audit émetteur d'émettre périodiquement des signaux et audit récepteur de surveiller la réception desdits signaux émis périodiquement.
     
    12. Téléphone mobile selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel ladite unité de commande électronique est configurée pour exécuter des opérations d'urgence qui incluent l'émission automatique d'une information préprogrammée et/ou cycliquement obtenue par l'intermédiaire d'un service de communication mobile vers une destination préprogrammée.
     
    13. Téléphone mobile selon la revendication 12, dans lequel ladite unité de commande électronique est configurée pour obtenir cycliquement et mémoriser une information relative à l'environnement actuel dudit téléphone mobile, en particulier pour obtenir des données audio en utilisant un microphone dudit téléphone mobile, pour obtenir des données vidéo en utilisant une caméra dudit téléphone mobile et/ou pour obtenir des données de position en utilisant un dispositif de navigation, en particulier un récepteur de navigation par satellite, dudit téléphone mobile.
     
    14. Téléphone mobile selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre une batterie principale amovible et une batterie tampon non amovible qui est dimensionnée de façon à garantir des opérations d'urgence dans ledit mode d'urgence lorsque ladite batterie principale amovible est enlevée.
     
    15. Kit de pièces pour un dispositif de communication mobile portable, en particulier un téléphone mobile (10), qui est équipé pour une activation d'un mode d'urgence et comprend un boîtier (12), un circuit de détection configuré pour être interrompu de l'extérieur dudit boîtier et une unité de commande électronique configurée pour surveiller l'interruption dudit circuit de détection, pour activer un mode d'urgence dans le cas d'une telle interruption et pour exécuter automatiquement des opérations d'urgence dans ledit mode d'urgence,
    ledit kit comprenant :

    un élément de cordon (14) qui comprend un cordon (16), un premier connecteur (18), qui est attaché audit cordon (16) et comprend au moins deux bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage, et une partie de circuit de pontage (20) qui passe de l'une desdites deux bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage par l'intermédiaire dudit premier connecteur (18), et à l'intérieur dudit et à travers ledit cordon (16), jusqu'à l'autre desdites deux bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage, ledit premier connecteur (18) étant un correspondant à emboîtement par encliquetage avec un deuxième connecteur (24) à emboîtement par encliquetage prévu dans le boîtier (12) dudit dispositif mobile,

    ledit élément de cordon (14) étant configuré
    de telle sorte que lesdites bornes (22, 23) de circuit de pontage se connectent respectivement à et coopèrent avec au moins deux bornes (26, 27) de circuit de détection au niveau dudit deuxième connecteur (24) de façon à fermer ledit circuit de détection lorsque ledit élément de cordon (14) est fixé audit boîtier (12), et
    de telle sorte que l'enlèvement ou l'interruption de ladite partie de circuit de pontage (20) interrompt ledit circuit de détection lorsque ledit élément de cordon (14) est retiré dudit boîtier (12) ou lorsque ledit cordon (16) est coupé ou arraché.


     




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