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Dynamic, Continuous and Automatic Update of Addressing Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105329D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manthuruthil, GC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article provides a method for automatically updating address and contact information in Enterprise Address Book without ANY user intervention.

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Dynamic, Continuous and Automatic Update of Addressing Information

      This article provides a method for automatically updating
address and contact information in Enterprise Address Book without
ANY user intervention.

      In modern work environment, which includes service technicians,
travelling salesmen, and the workers who are required to be on move
by their very nature of job, frequent and even continuous change of
work locations and mailing address is a fact of life.  Timely updates
to the enterprise level address book is a necessity to maintain the
communication and to receive mail.  It can be quite a chore to
continuously update the addressing information such as the FAX number
to the nearest branch office in the enterprise address book.

      Timely, correct, automatic and continuous updates of the access
information of the enterprise address book can be made possible by
imaginative use of the Global Positioning System.  The device to be
used in conjunction with the global positioning system can sense the
positioning information emitted from the satellites forming the
Global Positioning System.  The device, by interpreting the signals
from the satellites, can accurately sense the x, y and z coordinates
of the device.  This device can be connected and interfaced to the
workstation or the portable computer carried around by the office
worker.  This positional information can be transmitted back to the
central enterprise computer facility.  The central computer facility
can maintain a database of all locations of the FAX machines and
branch offices.  With the information received from the computer of
the travelling (or moving) worker, the central computer can identify
the nearest FAX machine number, branch office location etc.

      For the physical moves to a different office, the follow...