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Intelligent Answering Machine (IAM) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018417D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-23

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Zsolt Bodó [+details]


There are different types of answering machines. Mobile telephone network companies provide a (con- figurable) answering machine. Fixed telephones are equipped with an answering machine or the tele- communication company provides an answering machine service. In all of these cases all callers hear the same message every time they call. This message can be chosen out of some pre-recorded messages by the called person, but it is chosen before the incom- ing call. The suggestion is to include an intelligent answering machine (IAM) in mobile or fixed telephones that makes this decision automatically based on the caller’s identity. The IAM is realised as a process running on the telephone. A table contains the caller IDs (phone number or name from phonebook) asso- ciated with a sorted list of pre-recorded message and operations (“reject” – rejects the call, “inactivate” – disables the IAM and makes the telephone act like without an answering machine and “divert to a num- ber” – diverts the call to another configurable phone number) with at least one entry. If there is more than one entry associated to an ID, this means, that every message or operation corresponds to an incoming call from that caller in chronological order. There are two reserved IDs: “unknown” – a caller that is not registered and “anonymous” – a caller who’s phone number can’t be seen. The IAM can run in three modes: