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System and method for looking at and self booking resources from a 2D-barcode

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000207145D
Publication Date: 2011-May-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 93K

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Abstract

In any environment where we can face a constrained resource (meeting room, restaurant table, cinema place, equipment, car rental... that are associated to a reservation database and process), a user may want to book such resource for any period of time, with neither a computer nor a reservation process knowledge. A 2D-barcode and a smartphone can deliver this self service.

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System and method for looking at and self booking resources from a 2D-barcode

Description:

    A system and method for a user equipped with a smartphone or a similar device to self manage a constrained resource being identified by a barcode linking to the resource agenda of the said resource, assuming the resource owner authorizes such a process and has put in place a 2D-barcode and an agenda linked to the said resource.

Article:

    In our world, most constrained resources (meeting room, restaurant table, cinema place, equipment, car rental...) can be either manually booked or electronically booked with a computer over the internet, which means that the user has to use a computer, to know the address (URL) of the resource agenda (capacity, time, duration, additional information...) and the process to book (un-book or change a previous reservation) the said resource.

    Such an approach does not meet a user expectation when the user is just in front of the resource itself and wants to immediately take a reservation action.

    Disclosed in a system and method where the user who needs a direct access to the resource agenda (agenda being widely defined as the possibility to allocate part - e.g. a seat, a table... - or all of the said resource to one or several persons for one or many periods of time, for free, a price or a fee) can execute the desired action (view, book, un-book, change, edit, forward, print...) without being made aware of any specific process for the said action.

    To do so, a barcode, preferably a 2D-barcode or a similar image that can be flashed or scanned by a camera (mostly a smartphone camera, but it can also be any...