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Facsimile Inbasket Items using Dual Tone Multiple Frequencies

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110939D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Current electronic mail systems allow users to use their inbasket as a central repository for electronic mail items. Also, current art provides a mechanism to forward mail items from one inbasket to another inbasket or a device (e.g., printer). Often times, a user travels to a site without direct access to their system, e.g., they may only have a "distribution" gateway between the 2 networks. Accordingly, a person cannot log on to his/her own system, but would like to receive his/her new mail or messages forwarded to the remote site.

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Facsimile Inbasket Items using Dual Tone Multiple Frequencies

      Current electronic mail systems allow users to use their
inbasket as a central repository for electronic mail items.  Also,
current art provides a mechanism to forward mail items from one
inbasket to another inbasket or a device (e.g., printer).  Often
times, a user travels to a site without direct access to their
system, e.g., they may only have a "distribution" gateway between the
2 networks.  Accordingly, a person cannot log on to his/her own
system, but would like to receive his/her new mail or messages
forwarded to the remote site.

      This article describes a mechanism to control a remote
application using conventional touch tone telephones to auto-forward
inbasket items to a FAX device.  This mechanism enables users to
request a list of inbasket items for selection.  The essential
elements for this mechanism include a Controller that receives the
Dual Tone Multiple Frequencies (DTMF) when a caller dials in.  An
Authentication Service verifies the caller's identity.  An Audio
Distribution System (ADS) presents the caller with an action menu.
The caller uses the keypad of his/her touch tone telephone to choose
an option and specify the FAX number of the destination.  Upon
selection, an Auto-Forwarder Service is activated to transfer the
caller's inbasket items that are new, i.e., not opened yet.  As the
ADS presents the listing of the inbasket items, the caller can select
one or mor...