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Method and System for Managing Network Devices via the WEB

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123353D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 6 page(s) / 158K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Prorock, TJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for managing network devices via the new emerging Internet technologies such as IP telephony gateways coupled with speech recognition technology.

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Method and System for Managing Network Devices via the WEB

   Disclosed is a method and system for managing network
devices via the new emerging Internet technologies such as IP
telephony gateways coupled with speech recognition technology.

   The disclosed solution uses the following technologies to
build a solution for web based management of network devices:
  - Web browser
  - Internet phone software
  - IP Telephony Gateways
  - PBX
  - Speech Recognition technology software integrated into the
    network devices

   These technologies are used together to provide a novel
solution that integrates speech recognition capability into network
devices and provides a system of web based management that is based
on speech and voice recognition.

   As Local Area Networks (LANs) continue to proliferate, and
the number of PC's connected to LAN's continue to grow at a rapid
pace, there has been a significant growth in the number of network
ICD'S (Inter-Connect Devices) required to support these networked
workgroups.

   The growth of IP networks and the explosive growth of the
internet have also driven the rise in the number of installed ICD's.
Examples of these ICD's are Hubs, Switches, routers, remote LAN
access, Servers, etc.  A problem exists in that most of the current
management solutions for the ICD's are centralized at the data
center.  As the number of ICD's grow, there has become a growing need
to manage the increased number and types of ICD's remotely.  In
particular, there is a need to provide a solution to manage these
ICD's remotely from a web browser.

   Current solutions to this problem have been solved in an
evolutionary manner (i.e. port SNMP and/or CMIP from existing C++ to
Java), use the HTML get/post protocol with a new management grammar
or to build HTML support directly into the network ICD, and there
have been some attempts at distributed management via Java and or
HTML-CGI scripts.  Although these solutions solve specific needs
(e.g. centralized management and remote management) they do not
provide a common method of managing network ICD's.

   For those skilled in the art, the immediate solution for
web based management was to re-code everything in Java.  This
disclosure goes beyond the state of the art and uses the new
emerging Internet technologies such as IP telephony gateways coupled
with the latest speech recognition technology to introduce a new,
novel, and common method to managing network ICD's.  This new common
method can be used from a centralized data center or remotely from a
web browser.

   The disclosed solution uses the following existing
technologies to build a solution for web based management:
  - Web browser
  - Internet phone software
  - IP Telephony Gateways
  - PBX
  - Speech Recognition technology software integrated into the
    ICD's

   The disclosed solution works as follows:

   The page on the users web browser contains an icon that
when clicked dials the...