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System and Method for Automating the Setup of Conference Calls from a Handheld Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131912D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 10K

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Abstract

Business-related conference calls are typically facilitated with the use of a "conference bridge," which is a dedicated phone number to be called by all participants in the conference. Each participant, upon calling the conference bridge phone number, is required to enter a passcode on the phone keypad, and possibly state his/her name.

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Auto-Setup Of Conference Calls

System and Method for Automating the Setup of Conference Calls from a Handheld Device

Disclosed Anonymously

Business-related conference calls are typically facilitated with the use of a "conference bridge," which is a dedicated phone number to be called by all participants in the conference.  Each participant, upon calling the conference bridge phone number, is required to enter a passcode on the phone keypad, and possibly state his/her name.

Once the passcode is entered, the participant is joined into the conference call.

The person organizing the conference call is referred to as the host of the call.  In order to set up such a conference call, the host uses a conference bridge service to obtain the bridge phone number and the passcode.  The host then disseminates the phone number and passcode to the rest of the participants.

Problems:

The process for setting up such a conference call with a handheld device such as a voice- and data-enabled PDA is not streamlined.  The host typically goes to a website with a desktop PC or laptop and requests a conference bridge number and passcode.  The website will respond to the request by either displaying the conference bridge information, or alternatively may send an email to the host including the said information.  The host must then manually enter the bridge information into a meeting/appointment request in his desktop calendar such as Microsoft Outlook, add the other participants to the meeting/appointment, then send out the request. 

When the appointed time of the conference call arrives, the participants must call the bridge number and enter the passcode.

The invention under consideration involves streamlining and automating the process of setting up the conference bridge and calling into the conference at the appointed time, and allows the entire process to be performed from a handheld device such as a voice- and data-enabled PDA.  Hereinafter we will assume the handheld device is...