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Presence Detection for Conference Call Participant Roll Call Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243610D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 193K

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Disclosed is a system and method to utilize mobile presence data to determine conference call attendance.

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Presence Detection for Conference Call Participant Roll Call

At the beginning of a group conference call with multiple participants, the moderator usually asks who is present, and takes a verbal roll call. Alternatively, an automated system can attempt to match the incoming telephone numbers with participant names (existing art). A more efficient and reliable method is needed to indicate conference call


The novel contribution is a system and method to utilize mobile presence data and proximity technologies to determine conference call attendance.

The components and process for implementing said system and method follow:

1. Per current processes, the moderator establishes/sets up a conference call and electronically invites a number of participants

2. Optionally, each participant is associated with a contact phone number or a configured personal profile with this information

3. When a user dials into the conference number, the existing system registers the user as attending (known art)

4. The system determines that other individuals nearby are also to be marked as attending the call, based on at least one of the following:

A. The user presses a button on the device (e.g., pressing the speaker phone button indicates people around the caller are also attending)

B. The proximity of other devices, such as a laptop or mobile phone (e.g., a first telephone might recognize a second telephone is within five feet based on Bluetooth* identification)

C. Manual indication (e.g., the caller presses a button sequence such as *R to register attendees)

5. The first caller device uses known technologies (e.g., Bluetooth, Radio Frequency Identification, Wi-Fi, etc.) to scan for nearby devices

A. If a second device is NOT found, then the system does not record additional attendance beyond the first caller, and prompts the individual to indicate whether another participant should be manually recorded

    B. If a second device IS found, then go to Step 6 6. The system compares identifying information about the second device to the contact list

A. If a match is found, then the second user is marked as being in attendance

B. If a match is not found, then the system can i. prompt for the identity of the other user ii. anonymously report as much information about the other attendee as possible
a) location the device is at
b) other individuals the device is nearby
c) type of device/identifying device information

7. Optionally, the system can aler...