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Proactive mechanism to synchronize hand held devices using minimum resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033912D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jan-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system which proactively prompts a user about the need to synchronize data of a handheld device with a partnered host computer due to a disparity of data on each device. Only a flag/notification of synchronization needing to occur is exchanged to minimize data sent across the wire.

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Proactive mechanism to synchronize hand held devices using minimum resources

Disclosed is a system which proactively prompts a user about the need to synchronize data of a handheld device with a partnered host computer due to a disparity of data on each device. In the current art, a handheld device typically has to be mounted on a base and then synchronized with a partnered host computer system. The synchronization process involves the comparison of records of the handheld device and the host computer device. This comparison process can be quite time consuming. The proposed system aims to expedite the process of letting the user know that synchronization needs to take place between the host computer system and a handheld device. Once a record on the handheld device or host computer device is modified/deleted/added, the host computer system or handheld is marked as needing synchronization. In the future, when the handheld device comes in proximity to the host computer device, a notification for need of synchronization can be sent wirelessly from the handheld device to the host computer system (or visa versa). Using this system, the need to synchronize is expressed with a minimum amount of data sent in between devices. The need to synchronize can be sent with a single "dirty" bit expressing to a partner device that the information on the device is different than that on the partner device. Consequently, the user is thus reminded about the need to carry out a full s...