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Publishing an email address to correspond with audio conference bridge to share data with current attendees

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236013D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system in which a conferencing bridge service publishes a temporary email address, associated with an active conference call and accessible to all participants, as a means of efficiently sharing files or data among participants.

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Publishing an email address to correspond with audio conference bridge to share data with current attendees

During a conference call, one participant often has to share some data with the other participants. Current manual methods of sending the data via email, by either accessing the email address through the calendar entry or entering addresses into a new email message, are time consuming and disturb the flow of the call or conversation. In addition, the existing approach does not solve the problem of late arrivals to the conference call that need to receive a file that has already been shared with the active participants.

The novel contribution is a system in which a conferencing bridge service publishes an email address associated with an active conference call (e.g.,

@bridge.servicer.com). This is a temporary, ad-hoc email distribution list associated with a live conference call. A meeting organizer can

subscribe any conference call attendee to the distribution list (i.e. map the conference call participants to email address) so that the participants can receive the information. The system also provides validation that the sender is an active participant in the conference call.

The bridge service maintains a mapping of active phone numbers dialed into the conference call to email address(es) associated with the phone number. This mapping can be considered a profile record for a given source phone number. In order to construct such a profile, the system can enable multiple methods. For example, consider the following non-comprehensive list of methods to establish a profile:


• Automatic seeding by the contracting company (e.g. company directory data) to simplify process for users


• User-specified preferred email address and list of typically used phone numbers


• Leveraged voice recognition technology to map the voice from a caller on an unrecognized phone number to previous voice samples of the user on a known number

To implement the system in a preferred embodiment:


1. Conference call is activated by a moderator or other means

A. At point of conference call activation, publish a temporary email address

B. Email address to serve as distribution list for conference participants


C. Initial subscriber is only the moderator


D. Additional users subscribed as they join the conference call


2. Users dial into the conference call

A. System determines the preferred email address for each user on given source phone number
i. If suc...