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An energy saving system that allows chairpersons to hibernate individual applications or peripherals

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201870D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

A energy saving system that allows chairpersons to hibernate individual applications or peripherals when users are attending meetings.

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An energy saving system that allows chairpersons to hibernate individual applications or peripherals

In a working environment much of a person's day can be assigned to meeting attendance. When people are in meetings they tend to leave their computers and mobile devices fully running and wasting resources (e.g. power and bandwidth).

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                                                                       dditionally, with these devices running... the participant in the meeting may have their attention divided..... this greatly affects productivity, the
effectiveness of the meeting, and the bottom-line of the business. Likewise, different applications can have differential impact on energy consumption. This disclosure describes a method to overcome this problem by allowing the manager or meeting chairperson (or other involved person such as an administrator) to send a message to the attendees computers and wireless devices in order to hibernate applications or switch devices to silent or hibernation mode in order to prevent this abundance of wasted resources and so improve attention/focus for the speaker. When a meeting invite is being sent - this may be specified in the meeting type.

The chair would thus have the ability to optimize power consumption for participants by specifying the active application and inactive applications.

This invention describes a method that allows a meting chairperson or manager to switch a group of users applications or electrical devices into power saving mode when the users are in a meeting to promote focus from the participants and to conserve energy. To do this the manager can send a message to the network to advise the network that users XYZ are currently in a meeting room and not using there devices and therefore with manager permission they can switch specific applications or devices to hibernation or silent mode. In the case of the meeting chairperson, when a user accepts a meeting invitation they are giving th

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Accepting an invitation should be more involved, i.e the chairperson can dictate the conditions of the meetings, saying that the

computers will be under his control. People can then accept those conditions or negotiate new ones with the chairperson.

Some [high-level-managers] do not want to have their computers controlled by anyone who is below their ranks and thus will

have to provide exclusion for them and maybe others who must have their computers on (but will agree to have them silent ...)

An additional embodiment would take into account an organizational hierarch

seven managers and thee vice-presidents... a vice-president would not want to constrain applications or devices for other peers but may impose it for the other managers.

The disclosure considers cases where people who accepted an invitation do not show up, thus the chairperson should be

able to distinguish between those that attend and those that do not. That can be done (assuming a DHCP server is involved ....) by addressing only the machines which belong to a certain subnet.

The case might...