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Teleconferencing Functionality for Moderator Control of Noisy Lines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000184416D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is a method and apparatus that provides a mute (or disconnect) function to effect the noisiest connection on a conference call.

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Teleconferencing Functionality for Moderator Control of Noisy Lines

Many times in teleconferencing situations that involve a large number of participants problems arise with some participants going on mute. This is solved in several ways in the industry, but these solutions are cumbersome of expensive. First, some large conferences have a human operator that controls who in the conference is on mute or isn't. Other more technical solutions allow a 'solo' button in addition to the 'mute' button that silences all people on the conference call except the person who pressed the solo button. There is a lack of a more elegant solution in the industry.

This invention consists of a call monitoring software component that has access to the different voice streams from all conference participants. Also included is the ability to force a given phone line on mute at a conference level (similar to *6 on the existing IBM conference lines, as opposed to the phone's own mute button). The user should be able to control their own mute status from a conference level as well.

The call monitoring software monitors the amount of sound activity occurring on all lines and keeps an average of the amount of sounds produced by a given line over a defined window (settable by the user, by default 5 seconds). The moderator of the call can enter a key code (i.e., *9) to request the phone system to find the user who's current sounds output average is the...