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"Systems and Methods for Using Caller Data to Electronically Disseminate a Message" in Patent Application Approval Process

June 24, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventor HUNDEMER, Hank J. (Bellevue, KY), filed on November 30, 2012, was made available online on June 12, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Tribune Broadcasting Company, Llc.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A location-based organization (LBO) is an organization that generally operates out of a physical location, and that generally relies on the presence of people at that location to facilitate its operation. At any given time, an LBO has an operational status such as open or closed. When an LBO is open, the LBO generally expects select people to travel to and attend the LBO to facilitate its operation. When an LBO is closed, the LBO generally does not expect, and may even discourage people from traveling to and attending the LBO. Typically, an LBO maintains a schedule indicating when the LBO is expected to be open or closed. However, in some instances the LBO may decide to deviate from this schedule and change its operational status with little or no notice.

"An example of an LBO is a school. Generally, a school relies on the presence of staff and students to facilitate its operation of educating students. Typically, a school maintains a schedule indicating on which days the school is expected to be open (commonly referred to as 'school days'), and on which days the school is expected to be closed. As such, on any given school day, most of its staff and students are likely to travel to and attend the school. However, as discussed above, in some instances, a school may deviate from its schedule. For example, in response to weather conditions (e.g., a severe snowstorm), as a safety precaution the school may close on a day that it was otherwise expected to be open. The school may then cause dissemination of a message, which indicates the school's closed operational-status. The school may cause the message to be disseminated with the intent that targeted recipients (e.g., the staff and students) receive the message and as a result, refrain from traveling to the school. For example, the school may initiate a phone tree to disseminate the message or may provide the closed operational-status to a news organization that may in turn, disseminate such a message, such as via television-broadcast."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In one aspect, a method involves (i) a phone switch receiving a phone call and corresponding caller data, (ii) the phone switch sending to a record manager, the caller data, (iii) the record manager receiving the sent caller data, and (iv) responsive to the record manager receiving the sent caller data, the record manager (a) retrieving from a data storage, a school identifier corresponding to the received caller data, and (b) causing a notification system to electronically disseminate a message, wherein the message indicates that an updated operational-status of a school identified by the retrieved school identifier is expected soon.

"In another aspect, a method involves (i) receiving caller data corresponding to a phone call, and (ii) responsive to receiving the caller data, (a) retrieving from a data storage, a school identifier corresponding to the received caller data, and (b) causing a notification system to electronically disseminate a message, wherein the message indicates that an updated operational-status of a school identified by the retrieved school identifier is expected soon.

"In another aspect, a system includes a phone switch and a record manager. The record manager has a data storage, and is connected to the phone switch and to a notification system. The phone switch is configured for (i) receiving a phone call and corresponding caller data, and (ii) sending the caller data to the record manager. The record manager is configured for (i) receiving the sent caller data, and (ii) responsive to the record manager receiving the sent caller data, (a) retrieving from the data storage, an LBO identifier corresponding to the received caller data, and (b) causing the notification system to electronically disseminate a message.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a simplified block diagram of an example system.

"FIG. 2 is a simplified block diagram of an example phone switch of the system of FIG. 1.

"FIG. 3 is a simplified block diagram of an example record manager of the system of FIG. 1.

"FIG. 4A shows a first part of a flow chart illustrating functions in accordance with an example method.

"FIG. 4B shows a second part of the flow chart of FIG. 4A.

"FIG. 4C shows a third part of the flow chart of FIG. 4A.

"FIG. 4D shows a fourth part of the flow chart of FIG. 4A."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: HUNDEMER, Hank J. Systems and Methods for Using Caller Data to Electronically Disseminate a Message. Filed November 30, 2012 and posted June 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=3768&p=76&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Storage, Tribune Broadcasting Company Llc.

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