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Mail Paging and REMINDER Forwarding System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039207D
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGlynn, KP: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a method which allows users of the IBM Professional Office System (PROFS) or similar system to be contacted by a personal computer (PC) using a voice communications card when they have PROFS Mail or when it is time for a PROFS Reminder. The method is illustrated in the flow diagram. Each user writes a program on his/her PROFS ID which loads all reminders into an internal table. The user includes the telephone number at which the user wants to be contacted for mail or reminders. Once this information is loaded, the PROFS ID can be disconnected. The program continues to run in a disconnected mode and, when it is time for a PROFS reminder, the program sends a file called the REMINDER FILE over another PROFS Service machine, called the PAGER machine.

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Mail Paging and REMINDER Forwarding System

This article describes a method which allows users of the IBM Professional Office System (PROFS) or similar system to be contacted by a personal computer (PC) using a voice communications card when they have PROFS Mail or when it is time for a PROFS Reminder. The method is illustrated in the flow diagram. Each user writes a program on his/her PROFS ID which loads all reminders into an internal table. The user includes the telephone number at which the user wants to be contacted for mail or reminders. Once this information is loaded, the PROFS ID can be disconnected. The program continues to run in a disconnected mode and, when it is time for a PROFS reminder, the program sends a file called the REMINDER FILE over another PROFS Service machine, called the PAGER machine. The PAGER machine is a PC with 3270 file transfer capabilities or similar system and has an IBM Voice Communications card installed. Once the PAGER machine receives the REMINDER FILE, it transfers the file to the PC using a Host-to-PC file transfer program. The PC reads the file and initiates a call to the telephone number contained within the record, using the autodial capabilities of a smart modem. After the receiving party answers the telephone, the PC performs a text-to- speech conversion, delivers the reminder, and hangs up. In addition to delivering PROFS reminders, if a PROFS user receives any new PROFS mail the same process takes place, but a stand...