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WIRELESS FAX STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009427D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Ronald S. Coapstick: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Wireless mobile products which support data transmission such as fax capabilities generally require the addition of external hardware such as a computer and interface cable. When properly con- nected, the mobile unit may establish a complete data link through the wireless system when appro- priate software is executed on the computer.

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Developments Technical 0 M MOZOROLA

WIRELESS FAX STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

by Ronald S. Coapstick, Jeffrey T. Brady and Kamlesh S. Lele

BACKGROUND STORAGE

  Wireless mobile products which support data transmission such as fax capabilities generally require the addition of external hardware such as a computer and interface cable. When properly con- nected, the mobile unit may establish a complete data link through the wireless system when appro- priate software is executed on the computer.

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

  Mobile product users who have need for wire- less data capability are currently restricted by the limitations of present systems. Specifically, for mobile users to receive a fax transmission, the wireless unit must be powered on, registered, have a data cable connected, and be attached to a computer running a fax receiving program. A typ- ical user will not have the radio in this configura- tion most of the time. Therefore, receiving faxes becomes a matter of pre-arranging, scheduling, and proper timing. The user may need to receive faxes which are to be sent at some unknown time, or at a time when direct receiving is impractical or impossible.

  The system receives an incoming data call to be sent to a specific subscriber unit. It checks the unit to determine whether it is a data receiving contigu- ration. The incoming data call is then routed by the system as follows: If the receiving radio is in a data receiving configuration (data cable attached), the call is routed as usual. If the radio is not ready for a data call (or unavailable, out of service, etc.) the call is answered by the system. If this answered call is determined to be a fax transmission, the system receives and stores the data. When the fax transmis- sion successfully completes, the unit is notified that a fax has been received and sto...