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Method for Communicating Message Content before Caller Listens to all Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105289D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 109K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, SM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Provided is a service which allows mapping conditions in messages to a selected number of rings.

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Method for Communicating Message Content before Caller Listens to all Messages

      Provided is a service which allows mapping conditions in
messages to a selected number of rings.

      This article describes allowing mapping conditions in messages
to a selected number of rings.  The number of rings for no pending
messages can also be set.  The number of rings is mapped to a type of
message which has been left on the phone.  A caller may only be
interested in certain messages left on an answer machine.  A caller
may only be interested in the presence of an agreed upon content in a
message.  A method is needed for communicating message types or
particular content in messages, on an answer machine, to an
interrogator without forcing the interrogator to listen to every
message.

      The present article implementation executes on an answer
machine apparatus and is completely independent of any phone lines
connecting telephones.  It executes on the answer machine wherein the
call is picked up in accordance with the type of messages which have
been left on the answer machine.  The number of rings is tracked as
is typical in prior art.  Allowed is recognizing content within
messages for the purpose of answering on a prescribed number of
rings.  Content recognized is configured on the answer machine with
either a person's voice which was previously recorded on the answer
machine (voice print), a voiced word, a series of telephone keypad
tones or a character string for recognizing within a voice recording.

      While playing an existing message on the answer machine, a user
is able to save a voice print (reconstruction variables of an audio
based on averages of audio samples) by manipulating a user interface
to save the voice print.  Remotely, telephone touch tone keypad
entries can be used to navigate through messages and saving a desired
voice print.  Of course, special keys can be made available on the
answer machine for local configuration at the answer machine.  After
selecting a message portion for a sound print, it is assigned to a
number of rings.  This means any messages left on the answer machine
which contain portions matching the voice print will cause the
assigned number of telephone rings when calling the phone number (#
with the answer machine connected).  The answer machine can also
optionally be configured for detecting a character string in one or
more messages.  The character string specification is entered using
the same answer machine user interface previously described.
Optionally, the user may enter the string with predefined telephone
touch tone keys or a voice string subsequently converted into a
character string for matching to messages.  The answer machine may
also be configured for recognizing a series of touch tones in
messages.  This allows communicating in code to an answer machine and
allowing remote communications of the code to the owner of the answer
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