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A Customizable Name Dialer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123248D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 121K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bergl, V: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Brief Summary This invention relates to a name dialer where a population accesses a certain group of people by calling one central number and uttering the person's name to reach that party. Extending the capabilities of such a resource, this invention also includes a user interface that allows people who use the name dialer to make changes to their phone numbers or other personal information easily, or allows users to add their colleagues.

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A Customizable Name Dialer

   Brief Summary

   This invention relates to a name dialer where a population
accesses a certain group of people by calling one central number and
uttering the person's name to reach that party.  Extending the
capabilities of such a resource, this invention also includes a user
interface that allows people who use the name dialer to make changes
to their phone numbers or other personal information easily, or
allows users to add their colleagues.

   Background

   There exist many name dialer products currently on the
market.  However, most of these employ  proprietary databases to
hold the telephony directory information.  Due to security or other
administrative concerns, people are forced to make changes to the
name dialer only through an administrator.  This can create an
administrative bottleneck and discourages frequent updating of often
rapidly changing personal information.  For example, a person may
want to change their phone number from 8 AM - 5 PM on a particular
day.  Requiring this type of change to go through an centralized
administration service can introduce delays.

   Our invention opens up this interface by using a intranet
web based approach to administering the name dialer.  We allow users
to directly make changes to the directory server that is referenced
by the active name dialer.  The security concerns are addressed by
using standard techniques of distributing passwords or personal
identification numbers (PINs) to each user.  People are allowed to
change both their own phone number as well as add colleagues to the
name dialer database.

   Summary of the Invention

   The configurable name dialer extends the functionality of
existing name dialers by providing a user configurable environment
for a networked environment.  Using intranet and world wide web
based forms, users can change record information, most importantly
their current phone number.  Using web based tools, users may also
schedule automatic changes of their phone number according to their
expected work locations.  These changes are reflected immediately,
as the name dialer accesses the intranet based database as a client
when lo...