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System and Method Using SMS for Transporting to and from Mobile Devices Calendar Data to Enable the Accepting and Declining of Meeting Invitations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131821D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

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Abstract

Certain mobile devices utilize powerful calendar application and corresponding transport protocol (CICAL) that enables calendar information exchange. However, not all mobile devices utilize a transport protocl which means that they may not be able to exchange calendar information. The proposed solution is to provide a mechanism whereby mobile device users can exchange calendar information using SMS (Short Message System). SMS is a more popular protocol that is almost ubiqutously supported on all modern mobile devices. Two mobile device users could use SMS as a protocol by which to send meeting invitation and then subsequantly accept or decline them. Accepting Or Declining Meeting Invitations: In order to accept or decline the meeting invitation, there needs to be some link back to the original invitation so that when the user receives the response, where the device is able to match the response with the appointment. Possible solutions to this problem include: • Do nothing. The SMS is used to inform the user of the meeting and accepting or declining the meeting needs to be done through additional, manual communication such as email, SMS, phone, face to face, etc. A similar situation exists today when a user is invited to a meeting and the user is not using Exchange or Notes. That user cannot automatically accept or decline the meeting invitation. • Provide a "protocol" for accepting or declining invitations. For example, the recipient of the SMS calendar invitation could respond with "ACCEPT: " or "DECLINE: " in order to accept or decline the meeting. Alternatively, an ID could be associated with the SMS invitation and the recipient could include that in the response. When the mobile device received an SMS message in this format, it could determine if it matches a meeting invitation and update the meeting accordingly. • If encoding of the appointment is supported, the acceptance or decline could be similarly encoded and processed in much the same way that CICAL attachments to email messages are handled. Additional support may eventually be provided by the various carriers. For example, they may have a calendar gateway whereby calendar data is processed and then sent to the different devices in the appropriate formats (straight text for some, encoded for others, etc.).

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SMS ACCEPT/DECLINE TRANSPORT

System and Method Using SMS for Transporting to and from

Mobile

Devices Calendar Data to Enable the Accepting and Declining of Meeting Invitations

Disclosed Anonymously

Certain mobile devices utilize powerful calendar application and corresponding transport protocol (CICAL) that enables calendar information exchange. However, not all mobile devices utilize a transport protocl which means that they may not be able to exchange calendar information.

The proposed solution is to provide a mechanism whereby mobile device users can exchange calendar information using SMS (Short Message System). SMS is a more popular protocol that is almost ubiqutously supported on all modern mobile devices. Two mobile device users could use SMS as a protocol by which to send meeting invitation and then subsequantly accept or decline them.

Accepting Or Declining Meeting Invitations:

In order to accept or decline the meeting invitation, there needs to be some link back to the original invitation so that when the user receives the response, where the device is able to match the response with the appointment. Possible solutions to this problem include:

 

  • Do nothing. The SMS is used to inform the user of the meeting and accepting or declining the meeting needs to be done through additional, manual communication such as email, SMS, phone, face to face, etc. A similar situation exists today when a user is invited to a meeting and the user is not using Exchange or Notes. That use...