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Touch-Screen/Graphics Receive Message Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111975D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 165K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dunn, JM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a receiving message application which can utilize satellite communications and automatic vehicle location technologies combined with touch-screen functions of personal computers to provide real-time, intuitive message handling. The application described is an improved reporting device for the transportation industry as an example and involves touch-screen message handling for inbound communications coupled with userinterface mobile terminals

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Touch-Screen/Graphics Receive Message Application

      Described is a receiving message application which can utilize
satellite communications and automatic vehicle location technologies
combined with touch-screen functions of personal computers to provide
real-time, intuitive message handling.  The application described is
an improved reporting device for the transportation industry as an
example and involves touch-screen message handling for inbound
communications coupled with userinterface mobile terminals

      In prior art, the use of pencil and pad notations, keyboard
data entry, or free-form data radio messages were used in the
message-handling activities in the transportation industry.  The
concept described herein provides an automated approach to message
handling through the use of a series of easy-to-use touch screens.
The touch screens eliminate cumbersome handwritten methods by
providing easy interaction to and from a central dispatcher.
Although the concept describes the use of touch-screen message
handling as used by the transportation industry, the concept can be
expanded for use in a variety of industry applications.

      Using the transportation freight industry as a typical
application, the carrying of motor freight is generally divided into
two major classifications: truck load (TL) and less than truck load
(LTL).  The drivers in the truck load segment will typically drive
the large tractor-trailer combination vehicles.  The time away from
the home terminal, whether consisting of one customer load or a
series of customer loads, can be from several days to several weeks
in duration.  During this period, transmission and receipt of
messages from the freight dispatcher, safety department, sales, etc.,
was typically accomplished by phone, paper and pencil.  The queue for
the phone could pose additional delays and wasted time.  The number
of trucks which one dispatcher could handle was limited by the amount
the dispatcher had to keep track of and to successfully dispatch to a
required pickup and delivery location.  The driver and tractor could
not be dispatched or a change made in the in-process route until the
driver had called in.  If an error was made, such as picking up the
wrong trailer, it may be hours and hundreds of miles before the
driver could be informed of a change.  Driver receipt and response to
such messages is therefore considered critical.

      The touch-screen message-handling application utilizes prepared
screens and images to support the various functions.  A user has only
to glance at the screen and touch an area.  A typical main screen
displays to the user a graphic logo and a row of touch zones to
represent applicable areas.  A user touches the area graphics to call
attention to the particular area in question.  This can causes
another display to appear.  The user can then touch another
particular area, and a new screen will appear of that detailed area.
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