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SIGNAL STRENGTH PRESENCE STATUS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238147D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-05
Document File: 6 page(s) / 98K

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Alan Gatzke: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Techniques are presented to enable an Instant Messaging (IM) client to display a contact's signal strength as presence information. Knowing a contact's signal strength can help a user decide when and how to communicate with a contact. For example, if a contact has only one bar, the user may want to quickly IM that contact before they completely lose their connection. Or, if the user prefers to have a video call with that contact, the user may want to wait until the signal strength improves for that contact.

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SIGNAL STRENGTH PRESENCE STATUS

AUTHORS:

 Alan Gatzke Paola Bungaro Rich Green Kian Shahla

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    Techniques are presented to enable an Instant Messaging (IM) client to display a contact's signal strength as presence information. Knowing a contact's signal strength can help a user decide when and how to communicate with a contact. For example, if a contact has only one bar, the user may want to quickly IM that contact before they completely lose their connection. Or, if the user prefers to have a video call with that contact, the user may want to wait until the signal strength improves for that contact.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    When speaking to someone in an audio call and the remote party is on a mobile device, it is usually obvious when they have a weak signal because the audio quality begins to deteriorate. When communicating with someone via an Instant Messenger (IM) client (such as the Jabber client by Cisco Systems, Inc.), it is not possible to know if the other person is on a mobile device with a weak signal. In the middle of a chat conversation, the remote party may suddenly go off line. The other person is left wondering if the person is trying to avoid you or if they just lost their connection because they are on a mobile device. If the IM client could display the signal strength of IM contacts, then it would be possible to know if a contact is on a mobile device with a weak signal.

    FIG. 1 below illustrates an example of how a Jabber User Interface (UI) can be modified to display the signal strength for User 1's IM contacts. In this example, User 3's signal strength is very weak. Based on this information, User 1 may make some choices on how and when to communicate with User 3. For example, if User 1 has

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something urgent to discuss with User 3, User 1 may want to send User 3 an IM immediately since User 3 has the potential to lose his connection soon if he is traveling. However, if it is not urgent, User 1 may want to wait until he has a better signal strength for User 3 since, for example, User 1 may have something to show User 3 on video.

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    FIG. 2 below illustrates a high level diagram for a system that can support these features.

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Presence systems are usually built on the following components:

    1. Clients that publish their own presence information. This can include the availability of the person using the client, device capability, personal messages, information from calendar applications, etc.

    2. Clients that subscribe to or directly request presence information for one or more contacts. The presence information obtained is then used to provide indicators in the UI of the contact's presence.

3. Servers that collect, compose and deliver presence information.

    Information about the strength of the signal on the client device can be added to the presence information al...