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Smart Voice Mailbox

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018520D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 149K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

George Stylianopoulos: AUTHOR

Abstract

Voice Mailbox Service (VMS) is useful but not very convenient to use since information about the con- tents of VMS can only be retrieved by phone. This problem is partly solved by a feature, which commu- nicates with the subscriber’s mobile phone and in- forms about the sender and the date of messages of the voice mailbox. Smart VMS (as an enhancement of plain VMS) does not change the VMS normal operation but adds new functionality. The VMS user predefines the Device- Numbers and IP-addresses of his mobile phone and data devices (e.g. FAX, PC). When a message is entered to the voice mailbox an automatic search is made by a communication network in order to find any of the subscriber’s devices. If there is no active device nothing further is done until activation of VMS. Otherwise the speech of all VMS messages are translated to data and are transferred to an active device by using a Voxportal. If more than one device is active, then the information is transmitted to only one device depending on a priority level predefined by the user. Alternatively to the automatic network search the user may specify a device at which all voice mails should be directed at all situations.

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Smart Voice Mailbox

Idee: George Stylianopoulos, GR-Athen

Voice Mailbox Service (VMS) is useful but not veryconvenient to use since information about the con-tents of VMS can only be retrieved by phone. Thisproblem is partly solved by a feature, which commu-nicates with the subscriber’s mobile phone and in-forms about the sender and the date of messages ofthe voice mailbox.

Smart VMS (as an enhancement of plain VMS) doesnot change the VMS normal operation but adds newfunctionality. The VMS user predefines the Device-Numbers and IP-addresses of his mobile phone anddata devices (e.g. FAX,� PC).� When� a� message� isentered to the voice mailbox an automatic search ismade by a communication network in order to findany of the subscriber’s devices. If there is no activedevice� nothing� further� is� done� until activation ofVMS. Otherwise the speech of all VMS messages aretranslated� to� data� and are� transferred� to� an� activedevice by using a Voxportal. If more than one deviceis active, then the information is transmitted to onlyone device depending on a priority level predefinedby the user. Alternatively to the automatic networksearch the user may specify a device at which allvoice mails should be directed at all situations.

The network search is made using a “login list” thatcontains information about the status of all SVMSdefined devices. This list is updated correspondinglyevery time one of the devices is activated or deacti-vated.

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