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Notification of Availability of Office Equipment through Telephone Call

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114938D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ono, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism that notifies a user of office equipment, with a telephone, that the equipment becomes available.

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Notification of Availability of Office Equipment through Telephone
Call

      This article describes a mechanism that notifies a user of
office equipment, with a telephone, that the equipment becomes
available.

      Office equipment, such as copiers and OHP foil makers, are
usually shared among persons in groups, and located in places which
may be far from desks of some users.  This sharing normally increases
the cost-effectiveness by increasing utilization of the equipment.
However, in terms of the utilization of human resources, this sharing
usually increases time wasted for doing useless activities.  For
instance, if a person brings sheets of paper to a copier and finds it
busy (used by another person), he has to wait for the copier to
become available, or return to his desk and come back again after
some time.  Or, he may have to ask the current user to let him know
when the copier becomes available.  (Here, a copier is used just as
an example of office equipment, and other equipment can be
applicable.)

      With the mechanism in this article, a user need not wait at the
copier until it becomes available, nor ask the current user to let
him know when it becomes available.  Instead, he enters his telephone
number so that the copier informs him of its availability later by a
phone call.

      Fig. 1 shows an overall configuration in which telephones and
copiers are connected through PBX (private branch exchange) network.
Although telephones and c...