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SNA Network Fax Gateway Conversions And Routing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120428D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Stockwell, DA: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for automatic conversion and routing of facsimile transmissions at an SNA network gateway is described. A cover sheet with OCR or OMR options or touch-tone telephone control with voice prompts is utilized to provide simple automatic program control of functions and routing distribution at the gateway.

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SNA Network Fax Gateway Conversions And Routing

      A method for automatic conversion and routing of
facsimile transmissions at an SNA network gateway is described.  A
cover sheet with OCR or OMR options or touch-tone telephone control
with voice prompts is utilized to provide simple automatic program
control of functions and routing distribution at the gateway.

      Automatic function control and distribution at an SNA fax
gateway can be achieved by a number of means including touch-tone
telephone input with voice prompts, Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) or
Optical Character Recognition (OCR). An intermediate solution until
more sophisticated OCR solutions are available is to provide
predefined cover sheets with standard lists of control options which
can have an X placed in front of the selected ones for recognition.
Reliable recognition of a single character is much more achievable
via OCR, even when done by hand rather than typed.

      The types of automatic control and distribution that can be
achieved with any of the alternative cover sheet options above
include conversion of compression algorithms, data type, or format
and network distribution both to sites within the data network and to
sites external to the data network over Public Switched Telephone
Networks.

      An example of compression algorithm conversion would be to
convert from Group 3 facsimile protocols (such as MH or MR) to other
algorithms including Group 4 compression (MMR) or p...