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Sensor Based Event Management Mechanism and its Interface to E Mail System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106229D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Howell, WE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Proposed is a methodology to use an inexpensive programmable electronic device which can sense, using an appropriate mechanism such as a scanner or a switch, a physical event and transmit a pre-programmed message to the designated recipient(s).

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Sensor Based Event Management Mechanism and its Interface to E Mail System

      Proposed is a methodology to use an inexpensive programmable
electronic device which can sense, using an appropriate mechanism
such as a scanner or a switch, a physical event and transmit a
pre-programmed message to the designated recipient(s).

      This day and age can be heralded as the age of "interpersonal
messaging".  Electronic mail system is fast becoming the primary
interface of today's knowledge worker to the external world.  For
example, electronic mail is extensively used in workflow, computer
supported cooperative workmanagement, and electronic data
dissemination in addition to standard interpersonal messaging that
was once the goal of electronic mail systems.  However, there are
several physical events that the knowledge worker needs to be aware
of in a timely manner to do one's job effectively.  For example, the
arrival of hard copy mail, a person completing some physical task,
etc.

      There is a plethora of disparate means of communication that
has evolved over time as a way to integrate an office worker into a
workgroup environment.  Examples of such services include facsimile,
electronic mail, voice mail, hard copy mail, notes, etc.  The
knowledge worker is spread thin in trying to keep up with all these
sources.  At times this leads to security exposure and embarrassment
due to eavesdropping or deliberate tampering.  Also, lack of timely
monitoring of...