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A Mechanism for Location and Priority Based Call Forwarding

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000210872D
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism to enhance the process involved for establishing an automatic call forwarding route by providing an infrastructure for automatically forwarding calls based on location detection, credential verification and priority access.

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A Mechanism for Location and Priority Based Call Forwarding

Many people own and carry cell phones. However, when working in an office setting or at home, landlines or Voice Over IP (VOIP) are still used as communication bridges for conferences or phone calls. The problem is that there are still preferences to use the land line/VOIP device to accept phone calls that are received from a user's mobile device while the process to establish the automatic (auto) call-forwarding remains quite manual (i.e., manually input phone number, time of day redirection, etc.). This invention seeks to solve or enhance the process involved for establishing an auto call forwarding route by providing an infrastructure for auto forwarding calls based on location detection, credential verification and priority access.

A second problem is that cellular bandwidth is becoming a scarcity with the increasing adoption of advanced mobile devices that receive extremely rich media. This invention introduces an infrastructure to easily auto forward calls to nearby landlines.

Known solutions and their drawbacks include:
• Automatic call forwarding based on simple user direction to redirect to a new number. [1] The approach does not provide a way to incorporate other location detection mechanisms (Global Positioning Systems, Wifi Triangulation by Signal Signatures, Cellular Tower Triangulation, Radio Frequency Identification Proximity, Bluetooth* pairing) to determine a candidate for automatic call forwarding numbers.

• Time-of-day based phone number redirection. [2] This does not provide an environment-aware real-time query infrastructure or a pushing mechanism.
• Automated phone system navigation routing. [3] There is no credential based authentication to determine whether a call forwarding node is allowed (e.g., Identity management, LDAP, BASIC Auth, MAC Verification of Wifi or Bluetooth adapter, Certificate Keystores).

• Proximity detection of Bluetooth device to determine local presence for call forwarding. [4] There is no mechanism to determine who has priority access to auto call forward to a device (i.e., there is a crowd in a conference room); rather it is a first-to-forward, first to be served mechanism.

With technology advancing to provide better ways to detect location, identify users, and secure technology, a novel infrastructure such as that presented here weaves them together, providing a new level of intelligence, collaboration, and automation for mobile users as well as a cellular data bandwidth conserving mechanism for providers.

The core idea of the disclosed invention is to provide a new level of intelligence as an infrastructure that allows users to be automatically environment-aware of nearby candidate phone numbers for routing based on their location, authentication credentials,...