Voice Synthesis for Conference Calling by Interface to Variable Distribution List
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]
AbstractProvided is an automatic conference call attach methodology.
Voice Synthesis for Conference Calling by Interface to
Provided is an automatic conference call attach methodology.
user must make multiple phone calls, back to back,
in order to set up a teleconference between multiple parties.
Another method is to call a phone company operator to do this task
for the user. A method is needed for automating conference calls.
Provided is a
phone system capable of allowing a user to define
a list of callees with their phone numbers, a distribution list. At
any time in the future this list may be accessible. A list of phone
mail distribution lists may be maintained. A voice-driven interface
is provided for interfacing with the user to enter a distribution
list by phrase, individual characters or specified key tones. Phone
numbers and/or callee names may be entered similarly. Optionally, a
connected electronic mail system may be interfaced for mail
distribution list access. In this case, persons' names in the
electronic mail distribution list are used for greeting callees. The
mapped mail user id is used to look up the person's phone number in a
connected Address Book for the call. Because the electronic mail
distribution list names are optional or possibly not present at all
(as embodied on some mail systems), the absence of an assigned name
will cause a generic greeting to the callee. A generic greeting
could be used indiscriminately in an alternate embodiment. In any
case, automatic establishment of a teleconference call between
multiple parties is provided. The phone system interfaces with the
user for s...