Intelligent Answering Machine (IAM)
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-23
There are different types of answering machines. Mobile telephone network companies provide a (con- figurable) answering machine. Fixed telephones are equipped with an answering machine or the tele- communication company provides an answering machine service. In all of these cases all callers hear the same message every time they call. This message can be chosen out of some pre-recorded messages by the called person, but it is chosen before the incom- ing call.
Intelligent Answering Machine(IAM)
Idee: Zsolt Bodó, HU-Budapest
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There are different types of answering machines.Mobile telephone network companies provide a (con-figurable) answering machine. Fixed telephones areequipped with an answering machine or the tele-communication company provides an answeringmachine service. In all of these cases all callers hearthe same message every time they call. This messagecan be chosen out of some pre-recorded messages bythe called person, but it is chosen before the incom-ing call.
The suggestion is to include an intelligent answeringmachine (IAM) in mobile or fixed telephones thatmakes this decision automatically based on thecaller’s identity. The IAM is realised as a processrunning on the telephone. A table contains the callerIDs (phone number or name from phonebook) asso-ciated with a sorted list of pre-recorded message andoperations (“reject” – rejects the call, “inactivate” –disables the IAM and makes the telephone act likewithout an answering machine and “divert to a num-ber” – diverts the call to another configurable phonenumber) with at least one entry. If there is more thanone entry associated to an ID, this means, that everymessage or operation corresponds to an incomingcall from that caller in chronological order. There aretwo reserved IDs: “unknown” – a caller that is notregistered and “anonymous” – a caller who’s phonenumber can’t be seen. The IAM can run in threemodes:
• In the „full automatic mode“ the process waitsfo...