Verizon ‘Anti-Bullying Service’ Would Monitor Calls, Texts, Movements

An “anti-bullying service” unveiled in a Verizon patent application on Thursday would alert parents, law enforcement and school authorities if it senses that an individual is being threatened through cyber or physical confrontations.

In addition to monitoring voice calls, multimedia texts and social network posts, the system could track threatening physical activity by analyzing everything from security camera feeds to accelerometer readings and GPS coordinates on mobile devices.

“In yet another embodiment, location or sensor data may be used to identify movement or locations that might indicate that the source has approached the target in a potentially threatening manner (e.g., moving quickly towards the target, following the target for extended periods, maintaining close proximity to the target, etc.),” Verizon states in the patent application. The system could even determine if an individual is “performing vandalism.”

CherifiTanya Cherifi, a senior consultant at Verizon’s Basking Ridge, N.J., corporate finance department, is named as lead inventor on the patent application. It was filed in February 2014.

Abstract: An approach is provided for an anti-bullying service. A service platform monitors interaction data from one or more applications, wherein the interaction data is associated with an interaction between a source and a target. The service platform analyzes the interaction data to parse one or more indicators of a monitored conduct between the source and the target. The service platform then initiates at least one of (a) a recording of the interaction data; (b) a transmission of an alert message, the one or more indicators, the interaction data, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof to a third party; and (c) a pushing of an anti-conduct application to a source device associated with the source, a target device associated with the target, or a combination thereof based on the monitored conduct, the one or more indicators, or a combination thereof.

Patent Application

Claims:

  1. A method comprising: monitoring interaction data from one or more applications, wherein the interaction data is associated with an interaction between a source and a target; analyzing the interaction data to parse one or more indicators of a monitored conduct between the source and the target; and initiating at least one of (a) a recording of the interaction data; (b) a transmission of an alert message, the one or more indicators, the interaction data, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof to a third party; and (c) a pushing of an anti-conduct application to a source device associated with the source, a target device associated with the target, or a combination thereof based on the monitored conduct, the one or more indicators, or a combination thereof.
  1. A method of claim 1, wherein the interaction data includes messaging data, calling data, contextual data, or a combination thereof associated with the source, the source device, the target, the target device, or a combination thereof; and wherein in the monitored conduct includes a bullying conduct, an offensive conduct, an illegal conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. A method of claim 1, further comprising: comparing the one or more indicators to a dictionary of one or more reference indicators to identify the monitored conduct.
  1. A method of claim 3, further comprising: receiving an input for customizing the dictionary for the source, the target, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. A method of claim 1, wherein the anti-conduct application provides a remote access capability, a remote control capability, a remote monitoring capability, or a combination thereof by the third party with respect to the source device, the target device, or a combination thereof
  1. A method of claim 1, further comprising: determining metadata associated with the interaction data, the source, the source device, the target, the target device, or a combination thereof, wherein the metadata includes contextual information, device identification data, network identification data, communication identification data, or combination thereof; and generating a report of the interaction data, the monitored conduct, the metadata, or a combination thereof.
  1. A method of claim 6, further comprising: searching for other interaction data, one or more other indicators, other monitored conduct, or a combination thereof based on the metadata.
  1. A method of claim 1, further comprising: monitoring other interaction data between one or more other sources, one or more other targets, or a combination thereof for the one or more indicators, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. A method of claim 1, further comprising: generating a profile for the source, the target, or a combination thereof based on the interaction data, the one or more indicators, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. An apparatus comprising a processor configured to: monitor interaction data from one or more applications, wherein the interaction data is associated with an interaction between a source and a target; analyze the interaction data to parse one or more indicators of a monitored conduct between the source and the target; and initiate at least one of (a) a recording of the interaction data; (b) a transmission of an alert message, the one or more indicators, the interaction data, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof to a third party; and (c) a pushing of an anti-conduct application to a source device associated with the source, a target device associated with the target, or a combination thereof based on the monitored conduct, the one or more indicators, or a combination thereof.
  1. An apparatus of claim 10, wherein the interaction data includes messaging data, calling data, contextual data, or a combination thereof associated with the source, the source device, the target, the target device, or a combination thereof; and wherein in the monitored conduct includes a bullying conduct, an offensive conduct, an illegal conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. An apparatus of claim 10, wherein the apparatus is further caused to: compare the one or more indicators to a dictionary of one or more reference indicators to identify the monitored conduct.
  1. An apparatus of claim 12, wherein the apparatus is further caused to: receive an input for customizing the dictionary for the source, the target, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. An apparatus of claim 10, wherein the anti-conduct application provides a remote access capability, a remote control capability, a remote monitoring capability, or a combination thereof by the third party with respect to the source device, the target device, or a combination thereof.
  1. An apparatus of claim 10, wherein the apparatus is further caused to: determine metadata associated with the interaction data, the source, the source device, the target, the target device, or a combination thereof, wherein the metadata includes contextual information, device identification data, network identification data, communication identification data, or combination thereof; and generate a report of the interaction data, the monitored conduct, the metadata, or a combination thereof.
  1. An apparatus of claim 15, wherein the apparatus is further caused to: search for other interaction data, one or more other indicators, other monitored conduct, or a combination thereof based on the metadata.
  1. An apparatus of claim 10, wherein the apparatus is further caused to: monitoring other interaction data between one or more other sources, one or more other targets, or a combination thereof for the one or more indicators, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. A system comprising: a service platform configured to monitor interaction data from one or more applications, wherein the interaction data is associated with an interaction between a source and a target; to analyze the interaction data to parse one or more indicators of a monitored conduct between the source and the target; and to initiate at least one of (a) a recording of the interaction data; (b) a transmission of an alert message, the one or more indicators, the interaction data, the monitored conduct, or a combination thereof to a third party; and (c) a pushing of an anti-conduct application to a source device associated with the source, a target device associated with the target, or a combination thereof based on the monitored conduct, the one or more indicators, or a combination thereof.
  1. A system of claim 18, wherein the interaction data includes messaging data, calling data, contextual data, or a combination thereof associated with the source, the source device, the target, the target device, or a combination thereof; and wherein in the monitored conduct includes a bullying conduct, an offensive conduct, an illegal conduct, or a combination thereof.
  1. A system of claim 18, wherein the service platform is further configured to compare the one or more indicators to a dictionary of one or more reference indicators to identify the monitored conduct.