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Using a Remote Facsimile Machine As a System Scanner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119821D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Daley, DJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is the connection of facsimile (FAX) devices to a computer so that the FAX device operates like an image scanner. With the functions described in this invention, an application on a computer system can receive input from any FAX device in the same way input is received from other computer system input devices. By FAX device it is meant any device which supports standard FAX communications.

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Using a Remote Facsimile Machine As a System Scanner

      Described is the connection of facsimile (FAX) devices to
a computer so that the FAX device operates like an image scanner.
With the functions described in this invention, an application on a
computer system can receive input from any FAX device in the same way
input is received from other computer system input devices.  By FAX
device it is meant any device which supports standard FAX
communications.

      The figure shows a system comprised of a FAX device 1, a
telephone network 2, and a computer system 4.  A FAX document is
transmitted from FAX device 1 to computer system 4 through telephone
network 2.  The FAX document to be transmitted can be input to FAX
device 1 either in a hard copy format such as paper or in soft copy
electronic data format.  FAX device 1 converts the FAX document to an
electronic image data representation and sends the data to telephone
network 2.  The transmission of the electronic image data
representation of the FAX document through the telephone network 2 is
handled by standard facsimile communications.

      FAX documents are received at FAX subsystem 3 by connecting
computer system 4 to telephone network 2.  The electronic image data
representation of the FAX document is processed by FAX subsystem 3.
This process stores the electronic image data representation of the
FAX document in File 7.  After the FAX document has been stored in
File 7, FAX subsystem 3 places...