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Method and System for enabling user control of access to a shared video screen

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000230868D
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for enabling a user to control access by one or more other users to a video screen shared by a group of users. The video screen may be shared in an environment such as a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) environment. Inadvertent access to sensitive content displayed on the video screen by the one or more other users may be prevented by enabling the user to control access to the video screen displaying the sensitive content.

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Method and System for enabling user control of access to a shared video screen

Disclosed is a method and system for enabling a user to control access by one or more other users to a video screen shared by a group of users wherein the group comprises, the user and the one or more other users. The user may be, but is not limited to, an administrator, a supervisor and a first person to access the video screen. Controlling access may include an action such as, but not limited to, an allowing of access and a denying of access. The video screen may be shared in an environment such as, but not limited to, a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) environment and a video conferencing environment.

In an embodiment the system may comprise of, a storage system, a server, a management module, a remote presence firmware and a message handling tree. The storage system may be, but is not limited to, a non volatile random access memory (NVRAM). The management module may be, but is not limited to, an Advanced Management Module (AMM). The management module may oversee connections to the server by the group of users. Additionally, the remote presence firmware may be used for detecting a remote activity of any user comprised in the group. The remote presence firmware may generate and manage a list of users currently connected to the server. The remote presence firmware may also comprise the message handling tree for enabling transmitting and receiving of a request for access, an acknowledgement of the request and a reject of the request, between users comprised in the group, initiating connections and terminating connections corresponding to the group. A user interface corresponding to the video screen may be enhanced for instance by using pop-up windows for displaying the request, the reject and the acknowledgement.

In one embodiment, the user controlling access may be the first person to access the video screen. In an instance, the video screen may be viewed by only one user at a time. Further, the one or more other users may comprise of another user wishing to access the video screen currently being viewed by the user. A handshaking protocol may be implemented between the user and the other user, for enabling the other user to send the request for access to the user. The request may invite the user to drop access to the video screen and permit the video screen to be accessed by the other user. Further, the request may also comprise of an identification of the other user such as, but not limited to, a name and an IP address. Subsequent to receiving the message the user may control access by the other user to the video screen. For example, the user may allow or deny access to the video screen for the other user. In an instance, the user may agree to terminate the connection, subsequent to receiving the request and may transmit the acknowledgement to the user. In another instance, the user may deny access and transmit the reject to the other user. In anothe...