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Remote Telephone Expenditure Association for Inbasket Media Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110364D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 125K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dugan, PA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Prior methods have described techniques to allow a user to access office services via telephone mechanisms. These mechanisms allow Text To Speech processes to send audio over existing telephone lines. These Text To Speech processes allow for a plurality of office services to be accessed, such as directory, mail, calendar, etc. Prior methods have been developed whereby digitized audio services can permit for inbasket messages to be retrieved via audio telephone services. In addition, multimedia presentations are isosynchronous by nature, i.e., timing characteristics are the basis for the information. This implies that there is an associated time for the information to be conveyed.

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Remote Telephone Expenditure Association for Inbasket Media Objects

       Prior methods have described techniques to allow a user
to access office services via telephone mechanisms.  These mechanisms
allow Text To Speech processes to send audio over existing telephone
lines.  These Text To Speech processes allow for a plurality of
office services to be accessed, such as directory, mail, calendar,
etc.  Prior methods have been developed whereby digitized audio
services can permit for inbasket messages to be retrieved via audio
telephone services.  In addition, multimedia presentations are
isosynchronous by nature, i.e., timing characteristics are the basis
for the information.  This implies that there is an associated time
for the information to be conveyed.

      The users who access such system remotely, i.e., long distance
telephone access may be charged intolerable rates due to the duration
of time required to convey the message via audio.  Users of these
systems require methods whereby they can be notified of the monetary
consequence for listing to such messages over the telephone.
Currently, such systems do provide document size; however, this is
not an indication of the phonetic structure of the words.  Depending
on the actual words the message may be extremely long when actually
spoken.  Thus, a user lacks knowledge on how long they will be
conversing over the telephone to retrieve and listen to such
messages.  Compounding the problem, is depending on the date and
location of the call the rates may vary.  A mechanism is desired
whereby the isosynchronous process of the objects can be surmised
into monetary terms for the duration required for transmission over
telephone audio lines.

      This article describes a process that allows remote users of
telephone services to be notified of the monetary consequences for
listening to particular messages within a user's inbasket.  A
registration interface permits users to define specified rates
associated with particular telephone companies and times, e.g., a
telephone company may offer discount rates at particular times of day
or for particular destinations.  Messages entering the inbasket
repository of the user invokes the Duration Assessment Service.

      This service can "pre-play" the incoming message to determine
the duration necessary to convey the message.  Determining the
duration length permits storage of the information as an additional
attribute of the object.  Moreover, significant portions of the text
can be identified by the originator of the message.  This allows the
Duration Assessment Service to establish a duration to convey
significance (DTCS), attribute.  These attribute assist the Monetary
Informati...