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Automated Phone Forwarding during Office Calendar Events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111028D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When a user holds a meeting in his/her office, there are frequent interruptions by incoming phone calls. In order to prevent these interruptions, the user must manually forward his/her phone messages to another desired location (such as to the PhoneMail* messages) just before each meeting, and then cancel this automatic forwarding immediately after each meeting. The user needs a method by which automatic forwarding of messages would occur during these meetings.

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Automated Phone Forwarding during Office Calendar Events

      When a user holds a meeting in his/her office, there are
frequent interruptions by incoming phone calls.  In order to prevent
these interruptions, the user must manually forward his/her phone
messages to another desired location (such as to the PhoneMail*
messages) just before each meeting, and then cancel this automatic
forwarding immediately after each meeting.  The user needs a method
by which automatic forwarding of messages would occur during these
meetings.

      This system provides automatic forwarding of phone calls based
on calendar events.  When an event on the user's calendar indicates
that a meeting is being held in this user's office, incoming calls
are forwarded to a user-specified destination for the duration of the
meeting.  For example, if Joe has a meeting scheduled on his calendar
from 1:00 to 2:00 o'clock in his office, the system will intercept
all incoming phone calls beginning at 1:00 o'clock, and reroute them
to the pre-configured destination, such as Joe's PhoneMail.  Then, at
2:00 o'clock, the system terminates the call monitoring state, once
again allowing incoming calls to Joe's office.  The user can
configure the system to activate during all meetings at a certain
destination, or he/she can specify only certain meetings by using a
pre-defined calendar tag on selected events.  At any time, an
override will allow calls to be put through.  An indicator, as in
current a...