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Phone locator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016341D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an idea for a telephone tracking system. When dialing a desk phone number, the target phone that receive the call is not the number owner phone desk, but the telephone nearest to the current physical location of the number owner. In this scenario it does not matter in which location of a building an user has moved. He will be always reachable by phone. People that need to be always reachable by phone may ask to be located by the phone infrastructure. There is no privacy violation in this solution if the following policies are implemented

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Phone locator

Disclosed is an idea for a telephone tracking system.

    When dialing a desk phone number, the target phone that receive the call is not the number owner phone desk, but the telephone nearest to the current physical location of the number owner.

In this scenario it does not matter in which location of a building an user has moved. He will be always reachable by phone.

    People that need to be always reachable by phone may ask to be located by the phone infrastructure. There is no privacy violation in this solution if the following policies are implemented
1) the feature is to be activated on request only and can be disabled at any

moment by the phone number owner
2) Only the phone number owner can query the system in order to know if the

"locator" is active. Any other user has no way to know.

Implementation

There exist particular badges that can be tracked by special sensors located in each room of a building. There is no physical contact between sensor and badge. If such a system is connected to phone system software, it can inform the system where a badge is (in which room) and redirect there an incoming call. The system will locate the phone nearest to the target people. The located desk phone will show on its display the calling and the called people.

Process description

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Step 1: A call arrives to number XXX

     The phone locator (PL) receive this call. Step 2: PL maps the number XXX to an user called USER Step 3: PL asks a badge locator (BL)...