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Personal Workgroup-Shared Calendar for Wireless Handheld Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130462D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

Currently with wireless handheld devices, it is impossible to view, update and share calendar events among a group of users that is not part of a common enterprise workgroup, typically within a medium to large company. This invention proposes a method whereby a group of individuals that do not share a common corporate workgroup can share calendar scheduling information. This invention makes use of peer-to-peer messaging to communicate and synchronize calendar information between handhelds, bypassing the usual. The recommended message 'transport' is unique hardware identifier messaging, although theoretically other transports such as SMS messaging could be used. It proposes a method for tracking calendar data for specific users and for displaying calendar information for multiple users either collectively or individually. It also proposes a method of security and permissions to control what calendar information is shared and what is private. Although calendar scheduling is the intended application, this invention could be generalized to address the sharing of other information such as address book entries (eg. a workgroup 'global address book'). For both web-based and enterprise group calendar scheduling, the solution consists of a centralized data store that the user then has to access. Wireless handheld solutions manage enterprise access elegantly using over-the-air synchronization, but this only works with users that are part of the enterprise community. All web-based calendars of which I am aware require a user to 'log in' using a web browser or similar internet access to view and update the group calendar. One could parallel the enterprise solution by adding a web-based calendar to a web client interface. However, the solution that is proposed here is to have the 'shared' calendar maintained on individual handhelds, with events synchronized between devices and no centralized storage.

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Shared Calendar Personal Workgroup

Shared Calendar for Wireless Handheld Devices

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Currently with wireless handheld devices, it is impossible to view, update and share calendar events among a group of users that is not part of a common enterprise workgroup, typically within a medium to large company. This invention proposes a method whereby a group of individuals that do not share a common corporate workgroup can share calendar scheduling information.

This invention makes use of peer-to-peer messaging to communicate and synchronize calendar information between handhelds, bypassing the usual. The recommended message 'transport' is unique hardware identifier messaging, although theoretically other transports such as SMS messaging could be used. It proposes a method for tracking calendar data for specific users and for displaying calendar information for multiple users either collectively or individually. It also proposes a method of security and permissions to control what calendar information is shared and what is private. Although calendar scheduling is the intended application, this invention could be generalized to address the sharing of other information such as address book entries (eg. a workgroup 'global address book').

For both web-based and enterprise group calendar scheduling, the solution consists of a centralized data store that the user then has to access. Wireless handheld solutions manage enterprise access elegantly using over-the-air synchr...