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Method And System For Performing Tests On Water Samples Using An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Supported Colorimeter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200121D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 49K

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Abstract

A method and system for performing tests on water samples using an interactive voice response (IVR) supported colorimeter is disclosed.

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Method And System For Performing Tests On Water Samples Using An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Supported Colorimeter

Disclosed is a method and system for performing tests on water samples using an interactive voice response (IVR) supported colorimeter.

The core idea is to connect the data collection component of a colorimeter to a mobile phone, using the headset jack to connect to all mobile phones (smart and dumb). The user calls an IVR system to receive instruction, conducts tests, review readings and receive additional instructions. IVR is a mature technology that allows humans to interact with server's though push button responses ("touch tones" which is Dual Tone Multi Frequency, DTMF). The colorimeter converts optical measurements of the water sample.

The system computes and announces the measurements using text-to-speech, along with historic trends, to give the user instant feedback on the significance of their measurement. If the reading is inconsistent with expected values, the system will suggest a re-test. The system may suggest additional tests if readings warrant further inquiry. For example a low dissolved oxygen reading can trigger a request to measure phosphorous and nitrates that can cause excessive algae growth.

Fig. 1 illustrates a system for performing tests using a colorimeter connected to a mobile phone. The colorimeter may be connected to any type of mobile phone through the headset jack of the mobile phone. The mobile phone may then be used to access an IVR server to retrieve instructions to perform various tests and also to report measurements of the tests performed to a server.

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Fig. 2 illustrates a method of performing tests using a colorimeter connected to a mobile phone. To test water samples, a user initially collects the water samples in vials and then calls an IVR system using the mobile phone. The IVR system provides the user an option to select a particular test from a menu. Alternati...