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Method for Batching Facsimile Transmissions in a Fax Server Subsystem

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104202D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Argenta, JT: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Currently, ImagePlus* users can select multiple documents from the ImagePlus data base to be faxed out and designate a single destination (phone number). The fax server receives each of the documents and sends each document separately to the same phone number. The first document gets sent to the first fax board (in a multiple fax board server) and dials out. The second document goes to the second fax board and obviously gets a busy since the first fax board has the phone tied up. The same is true for the third document, and so on. The result is multiple retries until the line is clear and multiple phone calls to the destination fax machine. This is a typical scenario for an automated fax server. Manually, the operator would put all the documents together in a pile of pages and dial the number.

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Method for Batching Facsimile Transmissions in a Fax Server Subsystem

      Currently, ImagePlus* users can select multiple documents from
the ImagePlus data base to be faxed out and designate a single
destination (phone number).  The fax server receives each of the
documents and sends each document separately to the same phone
number.  The first document gets sent to the first fax board (in a
multiple fax board server) and dials out.  The second document goes
to the second fax board and obviously gets a busy since the first fax
board has the phone tied up.  The same is true for the third
document, and so on.  The result is multiple retries until the line
is clear and multiple phone calls to the destination fax machine.
This is a typical scenario for an automated fax server.  Manually,
the operator would put all the documents together in a pile of pages
and dial the number.  In an image environment there is no "pile of
pages," only images of pages kept in separate documents and not
readily merged.

      The solution solves both the problem of the busy condition
causing multiple failures and retries (up to the configurable limit
of retries), hereafter referred to as problem 1A, and the problem of
dialing the same phone number multiple times for multiple documents,
hereafter referred to as problem 1B.

      Problem 1A is solved by having the fax server application poll
the queue for outbound fax to determine the destination phone number
and checking to se...