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Automatic Job Routing to Minimize Job Cost

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103490D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cook, RL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a means of minimizing the cost of facsimile transmissions by automatically controlling the timing and routing of the jobs.

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Automatic Job Routing to Minimize Job Cost

      Disclosed is a means of minimizing the cost of facsimile
transmissions by automatically controlling the timing and routing of
the jobs.

      Facsimile machines typically provide the ability to delay job
execution until a later time in order to reduce telephone charges.
Most higher function machines also provide the "relay" function in
which a document which is to be broadcast to multiple receivers is
sent to an intermediate station which then resends the document to
all the final destinations.  Again, this can save money since
multiple long distance calls may be replaced by the single call to
the relay machine.  It is, however, a rather complex process for the
operator to use these features to minimize the cost for a variety of
facsimile transmissions.

      The idea disclosed here is that of storing the phone rate and
relay station data in the facsimile machine (or in an attached
computer) and then giving the operator the option of allowing the
machine to determine the optimal time to send the job.  Additionally,
if the job is of the broadcast nature, the machine could determine
the best method of using relay stations to minimize the telephone
charges.  The facsimile machine (or computer) could also
automatically send the job several times in order to utilize multiple
relay stations to further reduce cost.

      Disclosed anonymously.