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Conference call participant priority Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235752D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-25
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A comparison of the conference call participants that are speaking over each other is made. If participant A has a higher score than participant B then participant A will be "passed the mic" and participant B will be silenced. If participant A and participant B both have the same score then the choice would be made based on who started speaking first.

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Conference call participant priority

When on business conference calls it is very often the case the participants will speak over each other and it will be difficult, if not impossible to follow the discussion. This can lead to extended meetings and confusion. Current technologies enable moderators to "pass the mic", allowing only one person to talk at a time - however, current technologies and implementations fall short of dynamically determining to whom the mic should be passed to.

    This disclosure proposes assigning a priority / score to each participant. If the system detects that more than one person is speaking at a time then the participant

with the higher score will take priority and will be the only voice heard in the


There are 3 steps to the model: 1. Determine a score / priority for each participant
Each participant on the conference needs a score / priority by which they can be compared and ranked, this can be implemented in a number of ways, for example:

Assigned ahead of time by the moderator - the moderator would choose which participants are most important for the call and manually assign a score to each. Determined from company profiles / management chain information - if not already present company profiles could be extended with a programming API to enable the system to query the reporting chain of the participants. A rank could be assigned to each participant based on their place in the reporting chain and how closely that reporting chain is associated with the moderator.

Other - implementations may provide scores to participants based on participation in particular meetings - enabling a ranking to evolve over time (the more you participate and are involved in a particular set of meetings the...