FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION FOR SELECTION OF ALIAS IDS IN SUBSCRIBER UNITS
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-30
Typically, subscriber units transmit a unique unit ID so that the listening party (another subscriber, console, etc.) can identify the transmitting unit. Because a unit ID is not by itself a good description of who is talking, a pre-programmed name or the like alias may be used and transmitted in lieu of or together with the unique ID. Accordingly, if the alias "Bob" is associated with Bob's particular sub- scriber unit, the listening unit will have the name "Bob" appear on its screen. This information is typ- ically encoded with the voice information and is therefore not seen by the console operator. The con- sole operator is typically not privy to the alias infor- mation, but sees only the unique unit ID at the time of transmission. But even if the console could be modified to see the receive and display the alias information, it is not very useful if the console oper- ator does not know who else is participating in a current call (Detective Killer, Detective Butch, Detective Beat, etc.).