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Walk-up-and Personalize Workstation Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111762D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Users of personal workstations typically customize these devices in many ways including keyboard layout, graphical desktop background color, object layout, etc. When using another person's workstation or a common-use workstation (such as in a factory setting or in a multi-shift environment), the user must either adapt to the default settings on that workstation, or tediously change the settings of that device manually. In either case, productivity suffers and the incidence of errors is increased.

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Walk-up-and Personalize Workstation Service

      Users of personal workstations typically customize these
devices in many ways including keyboard layout, graphical desktop
background color, object layout, etc.  When using another person's
workstation or a common-use workstation (such as in a factory setting
or in a multi-shift environment), the user must either adapt to the
default settings on that workstation, or tediously change the
settings of that device manually.  In either case, productivity
suffers and the incidence of errors is increased.

      Described is a generalized service, implemented either locally
or on a network server, which allows users to have personal
preferences applied (for the duration of that use of that
workstation).  The settings for that device revert back to defaults
upon the user's discontinuing use of the workstation.

The means by which a specific user can be identified include the
following:

o   User types in identifying information (serial number, password,
    etc.)

o   User swipes badge through a badge reader

o   Service detects user ID via active badge

o   Service detects user ID via physical characteristics
    (fingerprint, visual appearance, etc.)

The service operates as follows:

1.  Upon detection of the user's identity, the service searches for
    an entry in a profile table which corresponds to that user.

2.  If no entry is found, the service configures the workstation
    according to a set of d...