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Live Address Book

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016210D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that enhances electronic address books. This invention adds valuable, dynamic information to address book entries including: the person's status, how long the person will be available or when he will next be available, the best way to contact the person at this time, his location, e-mail and voice mail checking information, backup person and corresponding information, and calendar information. This address book information is derived from multiple sources including (inter alia) the calendar, a corporate address book or central address book service, and user preferences. The information is made available to address book applications including those on the desktop, mobile devices, kiosks, and so forth. The information is available in both disconnected and connected models.

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Live Address Book

Disclosed is a system that enhances electronic address books. This invention adds valuable, dynamic information to address book entries including: the person's status, how long the person will be available or when he will next be available, the best way to contact the person at this time, his location, e-mail and voice mail checking information, backup person and corresponding information, and calendar information. This address book information is derived from multiple sources including (inter alia) the calendar, a corporate address book or central address book service, and user preferences. The information is made available to address book applications including those on the desktop, mobile devices, kiosks, and so forth. The information is available in both disconnected and connected models.

In the preferred embodiment a system is in place that reads and analyzes users' calendars and coalesces the information with individual preferences and information obtained from a central address book (e.g., office phone number and location). This information is then made available to address book applications. An address book application then obtains the data for each person in a user's address book. The following figure displays one way of implementing such a system.

The figure shows the inputs (blocks 110-125), the analysis component (block 130), two

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means for making the data available (blocks 145 and 146), and devices/services that have address books (blocks 150-160). Block 125 represents other forms of input such as location-based services. Block 130 analyzes the input data to determine a person's status and availability information, and coalesces this with calendar information, preferences and central address book information to generate data for each person. Block 145 represents a synchronization service that pushes the data to the address book application (various techniques could be used). This data is then stored on the local device (blocks 150-160). Block 146 represents a way for the user to view the address book information directly on the server, while remaining in his address book application. Block 146 could be implemente...