Proactive schedule management
Original Publication Date: 2009-Sep-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Sep-22
Described in this article is a calendar with the knowledge of its owner's whereabouts and its owner's access to various technological means. The calendar would "proactively" consider these factors to remind the user of scheduled appoinments and meetings and to enable the calendar owner to participate from various locations and via various technological means.
User prescribed alerts are common features offered by many electronic calendars. In order to get the alerts at the right time, the user advises the calendar as to when he or she is to be alerted. For instance, a user tells the calendar to "
her up 15
minutes before a meeting, or asks for an alert four hours before the flight take off. Both of these examples suggest that the user knows in advance where his location is in relation to the meeting place and meeting time. In many cases no physical presence of the participants is needed; rather, technological means are required for holding the meeting, such as telephony network, cellular network,
network, video conference and so on. With the present kind of calendars the user must know his or her whereabouts to properly order an alert. But what happens
when the user's
location cannot be predicted, or when it changes unexpectedly? Having a calendar with the knowledge of its owner's whereabout and his surrounding environment technology means and state in real-time will provide the user a better experience, and would allow taking PROACTIVE activity in advance to ensure the meeting takes place.
The proactive schedule management advisor utilizes its sensors to provide a
wider range of solutions to assist its user in fulfilling its calendar scheduling
commitments. It considers the current location of its user, the facilities available in user's current location, and the scheduled meeting's location and facilities.
time it can match the user's available facilities with the scheduled meeting's facilities and determine the optimal or alternative solutions to meeting the scheduling commitment. For instance, the calendar could proactively evaluate a travel's calendar and determine that there is not sufficient time to arrive at a scheduled face to face meeting. Since no cellular signal is available, it would advise the traveller of the of the nearest known place with cellular coverage or internet cafe or video conferencing center so that he or she could attend the meeting remotely.
At the time the user makes a new entry to the calendar,
the following could be presented:
Meeting place(town-name, building-name):
Type of meeting: (face-2-face | wire-phone | cell-phone | chat): Notice the bold questions which are new.
Based on the inputs from the calendar, the cellular sensors, Wifi sensors, the location sensor and the time, the proactive schedule manager,
would match the user's