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Tele-Roster and Distribution List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111601D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In today's business world teleconferencing is becoming an economical and common mode of communication between 2 or more locations. Yet, a common problem with meetings is knowing who the attendees are and information about the attendees for future correspondence. This becomes a more acute problem when there are multiple parties at the end of each communication session. For example, often managers invite additional technical staff, as they see appropriate, for support and comment. This makes it difficult to prepare a roster for the conference call.

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Tele-Roster and Distribution List

      In today's business world teleconferencing is becoming an
economical and common mode of communication between 2 or more
locations.  Yet, a common problem with meetings is knowing who the
attendees are and information about the attendees for future
correspondence.  This becomes a more acute problem when there are
multiple parties at the end of each communication session.  For
example, often managers invite additional technical staff, as they
see appropriate, for support and comment.  This makes it difficult to
prepare a roster for the conference call.

      The method described in this article provides an existential
acknowledgement mechanism to facilitate data collection on attendees
of a teleconference call where conventional means fail to assist.
This mechanism prepares an electronic roster of teleconference
attendees with virtually no effort by attendees.  This method
provides a remotely controlled software program to activate an
infrared detector to acknowledge the presence of the teleconference
attendees and communicate the attendees' information back to a
requester.  Optionally, it prepares an attendees' distribution list
and auto-forwards the teleconference minutes to the distribution
list.

The essential elements for this invention are:

o   Supervisory Controller - This command activated controller
    resides in the user's system and interfaces with the infrared
    remote control encoder/decoder controllers.

o   Infrared Decoder - This infrared recognition circuity can be
    installed throughout an establishment, e.g., an office building
    and conference rooms.

o   Electronic Badge - This is an encoder, i.e., an electronic ID
    badge, that is carried by users.  The encoder Manchester encodes
    the selected address set for a given badge/chip and sends the
    information out.  The frequency of sending the signal can be
    controlled by the encoder oscillator.  The unique signals that
    are transmitted by the electronic ID badge can be used to collect
    information about the badge wearer.  The Supervisory controller

    can use the signals to perform a directory lookup to collec...