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Conveying Pertinent Information through a Secured System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111342D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system which can convey select information to visitors even when a workstation is secured. This system enables the user to convey certain information to anyone trying to access a secured workstation, through that workstation, even though it is locked securely. The user pre-configures the information to be displayed, such as the current calendar entry. The user then secures the system in the normal manner. The system locks the keyboard, and then enters a wait state. If the system detects the password being entered at the keyboard, the system is unlocked. However, if the system detects any keyboard or mouse activity other than the password, then the pre-configured information is conveyed to the person currently using the system--visually, if the display is turned on and active, and/or audibly otherwise.

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Conveying Pertinent Information through a Secured System

      Disclosed is a system which can convey select information to
visitors even when a workstation is secured.  This system enables the
user to convey certain information to anyone trying to access a
secured workstation, through that workstation, even though it is
locked securely.  The user pre-configures the information to be
displayed, such as the current calendar entry.  The user then secures
the system in the normal manner.  The system locks the keyboard, and
then enters a wait state.  If the system detects the password being
entered at the keyboard, the system is unlocked.  However, if the
system detects any keyboard or mouse activity other than the
password, then the pre-configured information is conveyed to the
person currently using the system--visually, if the display is turned
on and active, and/or audibly otherwise.

      For example, User A locks his/her workstation, and then leaves
the office.  Later, User B enters User A's office and simply presses
one or two keys at random on User A's keyboard.  Immediately, the
calendar event on User A's calendar which corresponds to the current
time is displayed on User A's terminal, telling User B where User A
is at this time.  With this method, users can convey helpful,
non-confidential information to visitors without unlocking the
workstation.  The information remains displayed for a configured time
period.  When the display time has elapsed, t...