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Appointment Reminder Dispatch Based On Networking Conditions and Availability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000177070D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Dec-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Dec-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Software that delivers reminders of calendar events can choose to use a different delivery mechanism based upon observed networking conditions, the current time and the start of the event.

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Appointment Reminder Dispatch Based On Networking Conditions and Availability

Some calendar software can email reminders to group members or meeting participants prior to the meeting (e.g. Yahoo Groups calendar). This includes the capability of sending multiple reminders at various times prior to the meeting. Typically, the reminders are emailed. However if programmed to send a reminder just before a meeting (e.g., 30 minutes prior), emailed reminders have limited value due to the time that it may take time for the email to be delivered and the likelihood that the recipient will see the email in the brief window between delivery of the reminder and the start of the meeting may be low. This article teaches that software that delivers reminders of calendar events can choose to use a different delivery mechanism based upon observed networking conditions, the current time and the start of the event.

Consider that a user could register several of: an instant messanger account, an email address, an SMS (text) capable cell phone number, a landline phone number. Each of these methods represents a different propagation delay and availability.

In such a scenario, a dyna mic software reminder dispatch module could default to sending a reminder via the slowest (or lowest cost, or least intrusive) available method first. In this example, the system could first send an email reminder two hours in advance with a return receipt requested. If retu...