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Method for Facsimile Distribution in a LAN

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122726D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+1]

Abstract

In a Local Area Network (LAN), specific Servers may be designated to send and receive facsimile documents on behalf of clients. A mechanism is needed which routes facsimile documents upon reception for clients of a LAN. Since current facsimile protocols do not provide a field which identifies the electronic address of the recipient, a method is needed which allows a client to ascertain which, if any, of the facsimile documents have been received by the Server for a given client.

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Method for Facsimile Distribution in a LAN

      In a Local Area Network (LAN), specific Servers may be
designated to send and receive facsimile documents on behalf of
clients. A mechanism is needed which routes facsimile documents upon
reception for clients of a LAN. Since current facsimile protocols do
not provide a field which identifies the electronic address of the
recipient, a method is needed which allows a client to ascertain
which, if any, of the facsimile documents have been received by the
Server for a given client.

      An Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process (in the case of
printed characters) or a Handwriting Recognition (HR) process (in the
case of handwritten print characters or script handwriting) can be
invoked to act upon the cover page of the fax. Upon receipt of the
facsimile, the Server would first invoke the OCR process in order to
translate the fax bit pattern into machine-readable character bytes.
If this process is unsuccessful the Server would invoke the HR
process.

      If one of these processes is successful then control would pass
to another Server process which would resolve the character strings
into an electronic address known to the Server. Once the electronic
address is known, either the fax can be routed to the recipient, or
the recipient can be notified of its receipt via the normal LAN
protocols.

      Disclosed anonymously.