Audio Response Remote Maintenance Device
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Remote Maintenance can be accomplished without a terminal at the remote location and without a modem at either end. Remote Maintenance is defined as maintenance performed on a customer's machine from a remote location by a Customer Engineer (CE). In this case, the diagnostics and device exercisors are resident in the customer's machine and are probably on disk. The CE at the remote location uses the terminal to communicate with the customer's machine to diagnose the failure. In the technique described here, and using logic shown in the drawing, the terminal is replaced by a telephone. Now the remote location need not be a central office with a terminal and a trained specialist accessible by an 800 number. The procedure for maintenance typically would be local. The customer calls the Branch Office to report a problem.