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SELF-DIALING FAX MACHINE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008981D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Wolfgang Erler: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A fax machine reads the destination fax number from a fax's cover sheet. The fax machine then dials this number automatically.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

SELF-DIALING FAX MACHINE

by Wolfgang Erler and Uwe Hennings

ABSTRACT

  A fax machine reads the destination fax number from a fax's cover sheet. The fax machine then dials this number automatically.

INTRODUCTION

  This paper describes an improvement in office communications. The arrangement described improves the efficiency of a procedure which is used many times a day in all types of office environ- ments which use fax machines.

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED

  When sending a fax, it is necessary to manually type into the fax machine (dial) the number of the fax machine to which the fax is being sent. Before dialing this number, the user has to insert the docu- ments which are to be sent "face down" into the fax machine. After having inserted the documents, the

user of the fax machine is no longer able to read the number of the destination fax machine while dialling.

  Typically, users solve this problem by writing the destination fax number on an extra piece of paper before the documents are inserted, so that the user is then able to read and dial this number.

PROPOSED SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM

  A fax machine has to read the entire document which is being sent. Therefore a special small area of the fax's cover sheet can be defined and standard- ized to be used for writing in the recipient's fax number. This dedicated area is read by OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and the fax machine automatically dials the number located in this area. If the...