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Methodology for Automated FAX Selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104990D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Prior art in office automation requires that the requester search a list of FAX devices, previously defined by an enterprise. The information imbedded within the list does not necessarily reveal the 'actual' physical location, the attribute, and the capabilities of the defined FAX devices.

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Methodology for Automated FAX Selection

      Prior art in office automation requires that the requester
search a list of FAX devices, previously defined by an enterprise.
The information imbedded within the list does not necessarily reveal
the 'actual' physical location, the attribute, and the capabilities
of the defined FAX devices.

      Often times users do not have sufficient knowledge of and/or
feedback from the list to select the closest FAX capable of handling
their object requirement.  This is especially a barrier and
inconvenience for those that are unfamiliar with the physical layout
of an establishment.  User ignorance of the relative positions of
facsimile devices can lead to an incorrect and/or random
misselections.  For example, how close is the available FAX to the
user's current position of the terminal he/she is using to search for
the FAX?  Current art does not provide a mechanism whereby the
location of the terminal can be used to automatically list the
nearest FAX device(s) capable of transmitting the user object.

      The methodology in this article provides a mechanism to
automate the selection of the nearest FAX device(s) suitable to
transmit a user's object based on the criteria set forth by the
requestor and/or attributes of the intended object.  A Selector
Server scans a database of the available FAX devices.  The Server
performs a search to select a FAX device that best fits the user
requirements (e.g., the closest FAX and the attributes of the user's
object).

      This provides a mechanism to automate selection of nearest FAX
device(s) suitable to transmit a user's object based on the criteria
set forth by the requester and/or attributes of the intended objec...