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Improved method for determining a person?s communication-status

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236876D
Publication Date: 2014-May-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

The invention is a method for changing the behaviour of a communication device based on the presence of a third party in the same physical location as the device. This method enables the behaviour of a communication device to be modified not just based on the identity of the other device in the communication, as in current solutions, but also taking into account the physical presence of other communication devices in the same location as the device being modified. The existing methods for diverting, rejecting or setting priority on communications can be modified by this invention as it allows the physical presence of other parties to be taken into account..

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Improved method for determining a person's communication-status

Disclosed is a system for modifying the behaviour of a communication device in respect to the collocation of other communication devices. It may be that it causes the communication device to not respond to the incoming communication, but instead send it to answer phone or it may be the reverse and raise the priority of the communication. The advantage of this method is that it enables the behaviour of the device to be modified, not just based on the identity of the other device as in current solution, but also taking into account the physical presence of others with the device being modified. The behaviour could be modified based on the combination of the identity of those present and the identity of the device at the other end of the communication.

One implementation of this invention, illustrated in Fig. 1, would involve

device B, on receiving a call from device A, sending a query to a coordinating server listing the phone numbers in the contact list of device B. The server returns information on which phones are collocated with the device B, which in this case is

device C. This information is then used by device B when applying rules which modify the behaviour of device B. For example device B could be set to vibrate or ring or forward the call dependent on the combination of the identities of A and C.

    Figure 1 is a block diagram illustrating a possible configuration for one embodiment of the inv...