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A system to enforce voting policies in Televoting Services.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223687D
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 46K

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Abstract

The objective of this article is to describe a system to limit the number of remote votes a single entity can cast irrespective of the used divices.

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A system to enforce voting policies in Televoting Services .

A Televoting Service allows subscribers to organize voting and collect information through the phone and to reward some of the callers to encourage people to take part in the voting. The service is intended for interactive television and radio stations.

Interactive SMS-TV bypasses the "set-top" box


Allows interactive communication with all broadcasting technologies


Installation and launch of SMS services requires minimal infrastructure

development


Televoting can take place through either of the 2 mechanisms:

SMS based Voting

IVR based Voting

The following interactive programs can be offered with the Tele-Voting Application in place:

Voting/Polling: While viewing live television broadcasts, viewers are able to vote via SMS to influence the outcome of the show (i.e., voting for music videos, participating in reality shows). Additionally, polling can be created to portray viewer opinions (e.g., polling for the best sport event)


TV Quizzes: Viewers can participate in quizzes using the cellular phones to

answer questions that relate to a specific program. These questions can simulate game shows and can be integrated into any broadcast, such as Shopping and Auctions.

An Interactive Program might want to limit the number of votes a single entity (e.g. person, call center, etc) can cast. For example a TV show that provides a televoting system might want to ensure that a participant does not buy a bulk of votes (from a Call Center) to win the competition.

The objective of this article is to describe a system to limit the number of votes a single entity can cast.

With this solution:

· To each mobile contract, that could be signed either from a company or a person, is associated an alphanumeric Anonymous Unique Code (AUC) that identifies the signer. The AUC could be either fixed or depending on the televoting session that uses the service (seed based).

· When a message is sent to the Special Telephone Service that identifies the televoting system, the AUC of the voting entity is automatically added by the SMS service provider to the message.

· The Televoting System receiving the SMS uses the AUC of the voter to enforce the voting policy. For example, no more than ten v...