EP2481205A1 - Method for configuring the ringtone of a terminal and device suitable for implementing said method - Google Patents

Method for configuring the ringtone of a terminal and device suitable for implementing said method

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EP2481205A1
EP2481205A1 EP10770567A EP10770567A EP2481205A1 EP 2481205 A1 EP2481205 A1 EP 2481205A1 EP 10770567 A EP10770567 A EP 10770567A EP 10770567 A EP10770567 A EP 10770567A EP 2481205 A1 EP2481205 A1 EP 2481205A1
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terminal
ub
message
equipment
step
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French (fr)
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Philippe Besombe
François Toutain
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Orange SA
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France Telecom SA
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M3/00Automatic or semi-automatic exchanges
    • H04M3/02Ringing or otherwise calling substations
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M7/00Interconnection arrangements between switching centres
    • H04M7/006Networks other than PSTN/ISDN providing telephone service, e.g. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), including next generation networks with a packet-switched transport layer
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M2201/00Electronic components, circuits, software, systems or apparatus used in telephone systems
    • H04M2201/14Delay circuits; Timers

Abstract

The invention relates to a method for configuring the ringtone of a terminal (UB), which can be carried out by an application server placed across the flow on a signalling path in an IMS network. The invention comprises: a step (E20, E40) of receiving and sending a first call message intended for the terminal; a step (E80) of detecting a predetermined event; a step (E90) of waiting for a time period (T) counted from said detection; and a step (El00) of sending the terminal (UB), at the end of said time period (T), a second call message comprising information for defining a ringtone for said terminal (UB). The second call message is an INVITE message according to the SIP protocol.

Description

Ringer setting method of a terminal equipment and adapted to implement this method

Background of the invention

The present invention is in the field of setting the ringing of a telecommunication device, eg a mobile phone.

WO 2008/110218 describes a method to set the mobile phone ring tone in an IMS network (Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem) in which an application server (AS, Application Server) inserts in an INVITE message compliant with the SIP protocol (Session Initiation Protocol) for a terminal, information for defining ringtone that terminal. This information can be constituted by the ring itself or a link to the terminal to download the ringtone.

This method has a major drawback because, in many cases, the user accustomed to his ringing, does not react quickly enough when the terminal restores the ring defined by the application server, so that the call is lost.

OBJECT AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention provides a setting method of ringing a terminal. This method can be implemented by equipment placed on an edge flow on a signaling path in a telecommunication network.

This method comprises:

- a step of receiving and transmitting a first paging message for the terminal;

- a step of detecting a specific event;

- waiting step for a period counted from the detection; and

- a step of sending to the terminal, at the expiration of the duration, a second paging message comprising information to define a ring terminal. Correlatively, the invention relates to equipment which can be placed in flow cutoff on a signaling path in a telecommunications network, this device comprising:

- means for receiving and transmitting a first paging message for a terminal;

- means able to detect a specific event and wait for a duration counted from said thereto; and

- means able to send to the terminal, the expiry of this period, a second paging message comprising information to define a ring terminal.

In this document, called "call message", a message capable of triggering an alarm by the called terminal.

According to the invention the called terminal thus receives two successive call messages spaced in time of the above mentioned period, namely the first page message sent by the calling terminal, then the expiry of the said period, a second message comprising information to set the ringing of the called terminal.

The terminal called thus restores its usual ringtone to receiving the first message, then after the abovementioned period, in case of no answer, the alarm defined in the second call message.

Therefore, the user has time to recognize his usual ring before the terminal can reproduce the second ring.

The ring setting method and equipment according to the invention therefore does not have the disadvantages of the prior art.

In a particular embodiment of the invention:

- the telecommunications network is an IMS network;

- the second call message is an INVITE message compliant with the SIP protocol; and

- information is included in an Alert Info header field of this message.

This field is defined in the document RFC3261 of IIETF especially adapted for holding information to define the ringing of a terminal. In a particular embodiment of the invention, information defining the ringing of the called terminal is a link to download this ringtone.

In a particular embodiment of the invention, this information is a file with the ring, such as a .wav file.

In a particular embodiment, the device according to the invention comprises means able to generate this file, e.g., a speech synthesis module.

This embodiment allows to provide service to the caller, the voice message can be an advertising message or a customized message chosen by the caller.

This embodiment also allows to provide service to the called, the voice message can be constituted by a voice message with a caller ID, such as name or phone number.

In other words, the ring defined in the second call message is selected or preconfigured by the caller or the callee.

In one embodiment of the invention, the abovementioned period is fixed.

But preferably, the abovementioned period is variable.

In particular it may be set according to a parameter defined by the user of the called terminal.

In one embodiment of the invention, the event that triggers the counting of the time is the receipt by the equipment according to the invention, a message indicating that the terminal started ringing, as heard after receiving the first call message.

This embodiment allows to properly adjust the duration for which the called terminal restores the usual ringing the called before switching to the second ring.

In a particular embodiment, the steps of the ring setting method are determined by computer program instructions.

Accordingly, the invention also provides a computer program on an information medium, the program is capable of being implemented in a device or more generally in a computer, the program including instructions adapted to the implementation execute the steps of the ringtone setting method as mentioned above.

This program can use any programming language and take the form of source code, object code, or intermediate code between source code and object code, such as a partially compiled form, or in any other desirable form.

The invention also provides a data medium readable by a computer and containing instructions of a computer program as mentioned above.

The medium may be any entity or device capable of storing the program. For example, the medium may comprise a storage medium such as a ROM, for example a CD ROM or a microelectronic circuit ROM, or indeed magnetic recording means, for example a diskette (floppy disk) or a disc hard.

On the other hand, the information carrier may be a transmissible carrier such as an electrical or optical signal which may be conveyed via an electrical or optical cable, by radio or by other means. The program of the invention may be particularly downloaded over an Internet-type network.

Alternatively, the information carrier may be an integrated circuit in which the program is incorporated, the circuit being adapted to execute or to be used in carrying out the process in question.

Brief Description of Drawings

Other features and advantages of the present invention emerge from the description made below, with reference to the accompanying drawings which illustrate an embodiment having no limiting character. In the figures:

- Figure 1 shows, in flowchart form, the main steps of a ringtone setting method according to a particular mode of implementation of the invention; and - Figure 2 shows a compliant device to a particular embodiment of the invention.

Detailed description of an embodiment of the invention In this embodiment of the invention, we place ourselves in the context of an IMS network, the invention is implemented by an application server AS (in English Application Server).

1 shows the main steps of a ringer setting method according to the invention.

During a first step E10, a UA terminal wishes to call a terminal UB and issues for this purpose an invitation INVITE message compliant with the SIP protocol.

This message is intercepted by a C-CSCF equipment and transferred to an application server equipment placed in flow cut-off in the IMS network of the signaling path during a step E20.

According to the SIP protocol, the application server acknowledges the receipt of this message by sending a SIP message "100 TRYING" to the C-CSCF equipment during a step E30.

The application server AS then sends the INVITE message to the device C-CSCF (step E40) which transmits it to the recipient terminal UB (step E50).

On receipt of this message, and in accordance with the SIP protocol, the destination terminal UB triggers its usual ring, and performs (step E60) receiving the INVITE message by sending equipment C-CSCF a SIP message "180 RINGING".

The SIP message "180 RINGING" is transmitted by the equipment C- CSCF to the calling UA terminal via the application server AS, the latter being in accordance with the invention, placed on an edge flow in the signaling path (step E70).

In the embodiment described here, the message is received

"180 RINGING" by the application server AS is an event within the meaning of the invention, this event is detected by the application server in a step (E80).

According to the invention, the application server waits for a time T counted from the detection of the aforesaid event (step E90). In the embodiment described herein, this term is a variable duration defined by a user of the terminal UB and BD obtained in a database in association with an identifier of the called terminal UB.

Then at the end of this period T, the application server sends a second invitation INVITE message to the destination terminal UB (step Ε10Ό) this INVITE message containing information for defining a ringtone UB terminal. This message is intercepted and relayed by the equipment C-CSCF.

In the embodiment described herein, this information is an F .wav file generated by a module MSV voice synthesis application server, from a fixed text "Message incoming" and the identifier "UA" the calling terminal, during a step E95, during the period T.

In the embodiment described here, this file F is in an ALERT INFO header field of the second invitation message INVITE.

Upon receipt of this second invitation message INVITE, and in accordance with the SIP protocol, the destination terminal UB stop the return of the usual ringing current and begins to ring with the ring formed by the file F.

The destination terminal performs UB (step E 10) receiving the second INVITE message by sending to the C-CSCF equipment a SIP message "180 RINGING", this message being transmitted by the equipment C-CSCF to the application server AS .

2 shows an application server AS according to the invention in an IMS network 10, the network comprising as manner known C-CSCF equipment.

In this example, a calling terminal and a called terminal UA UB are connected to the IMS network 10.

In the embodiment described herein, the application server has the hardware architecture of a computer. It comprises a processor 11, random access memory 12 of the RAM type, a ROM of ROM 13 and the communication means 14.

The communication means 14 consist of material resources (network card, ...) and software (drivers, ...) allowing the application server to communicate with other equipment in the IMS network 10, such as SIP , and in particular with equipment C-CSCF.

The application server is placed in cut-stream on a signaling path of the IMS network 10, specifically between the equipment and the CSCF C-terminal UB.

The ROM 13 is a recording medium as defined linvention. In particular, it stores a computer program PG according to the invention, this program comprising instructions for execution by the processor 11, the steps of the ringtone setting method described previously with reference to Figure 1.

In particular, the processor 11 is adapted to receive a control communication means 14 for receiving, via the equipment C-CSCF, an invitation message INVITE sent by the UA terminal and relay this invitation message INVITE via equipment C-CSCF, the terminal UB.

In the embodiment described herein, the processor 11 is adapted to detect the receipt of a SIP message "180 RINGING" by the communication means 14, for example by programming an interrupt associated with this event.

In the embodiment described herein, the processor 11 is adapted to read, in a database BD, a period T associated with an identifier of the terminal UB.

In the embodiment described herein, the server AS TIM includes a clock to count a duration T from receipt of the SIP message "180 RINGING".

In the embodiment described herein, the AS server includes a voice synthesis module MSV capable of generating a voice file F in .wav format, from a fixed text "Message incoming" and the identifier "UA" UA terminal.

In the embodiment described herein, the processor 11 is capable of controlling the communication means 14 so that they send to the UB terminal equipment via the C-CSCF, an invitation message INVITE including the file F in a field Alert Info header. Other Embodiments In the embodiment described above, the Alert Info field contains the ringtone must return the terminal UB.

Alternatively, this field may include a link to the UB terminal to download the ringtone from a ringtone server SS, as shown in Figure 2.

In the embodiment described above, the event that triggers the countdown duration is receiving in step E80, the application server AS, the message 180 RINGING indicating that the terminal UB began to return his ring usual.

Alternatively, the duration may be deducted from another event, such as the receipt (step E20) of the invitation message sent by the calling UA.

Claims

1. Equipment (AS) can be placed in flow cutoff on a signaling path in a telecommunication network and comprising:
- means (11, 14) capable of receiving and transmitting a first paging message for a terminal (UB);
- means (11) capable of detecting a specified event and wait for a duration (T) counted from said detection; and
- means (11, 14) adapted to send to said terminal (UB), the expiry of said duration (T), a second call message comprising information (F) to define a ring of said terminal (UB).
2. Equipment (AS) according to claim 1, characterized in that: - said network (10) is an IMS network;
- said second call message is an INVITE message compliant with the SIP protocol; and
- said information (F) is in an Alert Info header field of this message.
3. Equipment (AS) according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said information is a link to download said ring.
4. Equipment (AS) according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said information is a file (F) comprising said ring.
5. Equipment (AS) according to claim 4, characterized in that it comprises means (MSV) for generating said file.
6. Equipment (AS) according to any one of claims 1 to 5, characterized in that said duration (T) is variable.
7. Equipment (AS) according to claim 6, characterized in that it comprises a database (DB) in which said variable duration is defined as a function of a parameter selected by a user of said terminal (UB).
8. Equipment (AS) according to any one of claims 1 to 7, characterized in that said event is the receipt by said device (SA), a message indicating that said terminal (UB) has started ringing.
9. A method of setting the ringing of a terminal (UB) which can be implemented by a device (AS) placed on an edge flow on a signaling path in a telecommunications network, the method comprising:
- a step (E20, E40) for receiving and transmitting a first paging message intended for said terminal (UB);
- a step (E80) for detecting a specific event;
- a step (E90) of a waiting time (T) counted from said detection; and
- a step (E100) of sending to said terminal (UB), the expiry of said duration (T), a second paging message comprising information to define a ring of said terminal (UB).
10. A computer program comprising instructions for executing the steps of the ringtone setting method according to claim 9 when said program is executed by a computer.
11. A recording medium readable by a computer on which is recorded a computer program comprising instructions for executing the steps of the ringtone setting method according to claim 9.
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