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Computer-Mediated Communication System Using Both Telephone and Computer Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040493D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chess, DM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Voice and image (e.g., text and graphic) information are communicated by using interconnected computer and telephone networks. Image information may be conveyed by one or more "presenters" to one or more "attendees" through a central computer server in the computer network. An attendee, on the other hand, can send inquiries to a presenter through the server. Verbal information passes between the presenter(s) and attendee(s) via PBX services of the telephone network. The server and PBX services are coupled so that the computer controls telephone connections between users of the system.

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Computer-Mediated Communication System Using Both Telephone and Computer Networks

Voice and image (e.g., text and graphic) information are communicated by using interconnected computer and telephone networks. Image information may be conveyed by one or more "presenters" to one or more "attendees" through a central computer server in the computer network. An attendee, on the other hand, can send inquiries to a presenter through the server. Verbal information passes between the presenter(s) and attendee(s) via PBX services of the telephone network. The server and PBX services are coupled so that the computer controls telephone connections between users of the system. In the figure, users of the system are shown to include PRESENTERS who present text, graphic, and verbal communications to ATTENDEES in an audience; MODERATORS who may screen inquiries, furnish a written or verbal introduction, or interrupt a presentation as deemed appropriate; a COORDINATOR who controls the presentation of information; and USER HELP individuals who respond to communications problems or questions experienced by other users. The latter three users are optional. Each user has a computer terminal (not shown) attached to a host computer (not shown) connected to a computer network. Each user terminal is attached to Service Programming which runs in either the user's communication environment or in a special conferencing SERVER. Service Programs are software used in (a) setting up a presenta...