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Methodology for Conference Room Scheduling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106091D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Current art in office automation technology provides few mechanisms for automated conference room scheduling; a requestor must browse a list of available conference rooms for selection. Often, the information imbedded with the list does not necessarily reveal the actual physical location of the available conference rooms (e.g., 658C/A213 or Building 6/CR62A&B and directions to get there). This is especially a barrier and inconvenience for those that are not familiar with the physical layout of an establishment and can lead to an incorrect and/or random mis-selections. More importantly, the "shorthand" information in the list of conference rooms does not convey the physical location relative to the user's current position.

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Methodology for Conference Room Scheduling

      Current art in office automation technology provides few
mechanisms for automated conference room scheduling; a requestor must
browse a list of available conference rooms for selection.  Often,
the information imbedded with the list does not necessarily reveal
the actual physical location of the available conference rooms (e.g.,
658C/A213 or Building 6/CR62A&B and directions to get there).  This
is especially a barrier and inconvenience for those that are not
familiar with the physical layout of an establishment and can lead to
an incorrect and/or random mis-selections.  More importantly, the
"shorthand" information in the list of conference rooms does not
convey the physical location relative to the user's current position.
For example, how close is the available room to the user's current
position of the terminal he is using to query the request.  Prior art
does not provide mechanism whereby the location of the terminal can
be used to automatically query specified rooms nearest to the user.

      This article describes a methodology to automate conference
room reservations based on the most conveniency set forth by
requestors.  This consists of a Presentation Service that presents a
Graphical User Interface (GUI) to allow users to specify selection
criteria.  The selection criteria collected by the Presentation
Service is passed to a Selector Server to select the nearest or the
best fit location.  The Select...