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The SPIRITS Architecture (RFC3136)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005320D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Aug-21
Document File: 11 page(s) / 19K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

L. Slutsman: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This document describes the architecture for supporting SPIRITS services, which are those originating in the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network)and necessitating the interactions between the PSTN and the Internet. (Internet Call Waiting, Internet Caller-ID Delivery, and Internet Call Forwarding are examples of SPIRIT services.) Specifically, it defines the components constituting the architecture and the interfaces between the components.

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Network Working Group L. Slutsman, Editor Request for Comments: 3136 AT&T Labs Category: Informational I. Faynberg

H. Lu

M. Weissman Lucent Technologies

June 2001

The SPIRITS Architecture

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document describes the architecture for supporting SPIRITS services, which are those originating in the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network)and necessitating the interactions between the PSTN and the Internet. (Internet Call Waiting, Internet Caller-ID Delivery, and Internet Call Forwarding are examples of SPIRIT services.) Specifically, it defines the components constituting the architecture and the interfaces between the components.

1. Introduction

This document describes the architecture for supporting SPIRITS services, which are those originating in the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and necessitating the interactions between the PSTN and the Internet. (Internet Call Waiting, Internet Caller-ID Delivery, and Internet Call Forwarding are examples of SPIRIT services.) Specifically, it defines the components constituting the architecture and the interfaces between the components.

The rest of the document is organized as follows:

Section 2 describes example SPIRITS services from the end-user

point of view;

Section 3 describes the SPIRITS architecture;

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RFC 3136 The SPIRITS Architecture June 2001

Section 4 contains security considerations;

Section 5 contains acknowledgments;

Section 6 contains references; and

Appendix contains the figure.

2. Brief Description of Example SPIRITS Services

To illustrate the motivation for the overall SPIRIT architecture, this section provides a brief description of the example SPIRITS services:

Internet Call Waiting (ICW),

Internet Caller-ID Delivery, and

Internet Call Forwarding.

These services are considered from the end-user point of view under the assumptions below:

Service subscription (or cancellation) is a separate process and

may be done over the telephone, via postal mail, or over the Web.

The subscriber's IP host (e.g., a PC) is loaded with the necessary software [including a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and the IP addresses of the SPIRITS servers] for realizing the SPIRITS services. The software may be sent by postal mail or downloaded from the Web.

The subscriber activates a SPIRITS service by an act of service session registration, which can take place anytime after he (or she) is connected to the Internet. The subscriber may specify the life span of the session. As soon as the session ends, the SPIRITS service is deactivated. Naturally, the subscriber should also be able to deactivate a SPIRITS service anytime during the service session.

For certain services (such as ICW or Caller-ID Delivery) the assumption is that the service ...