FR2965135A1 - Method for audio notification of incoming telephonic call by e.g. smartphone, involves performing current event notification step in which telecommunications equipments restore sound signals - Google Patents

Method for audio notification of incoming telephonic call by e.g. smartphone, involves performing current event notification step in which telecommunications equipments restore sound signals Download PDF

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FR2965135A1
FR2965135A1 FR1059133A FR1059133A FR2965135A1 FR 2965135 A1 FR2965135 A1 FR 2965135A1 FR 1059133 A FR1059133 A FR 1059133A FR 1059133 A FR1059133 A FR 1059133A FR 2965135 A1 FR2965135 A1 FR 2965135A1
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Pascal Jambie
Pascal Taillard
Frederic Mit
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M3/00Automatic or semi-automatic exchanges
    • H04M3/42Systems providing special services or facilities to subscribers
    • H04M3/42229Personal communication services, i.e. services related to one subscriber independent of his terminal and/or location
    • H04M3/42263Personal communication services, i.e. services related to one subscriber independent of his terminal and/or location where the same subscriber uses different terminals, i.e. nomadism
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M19/00Current supply arrangements for telephone systems
    • H04M19/02Current supply arrangements for telephone systems providing ringing current or supervisory tones, e.g. dialling tone, busy tone
    • H04M19/04Current supply arrangements for telephone systems providing ringing current or supervisory tones, e.g. dialling tone, busy tone ringing-current generated at substation
    • GPHYSICS
    • G10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
    • G10HELECTROPHONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
    • G10H2230/00General physical, ergonomic or hardware implementation of electrophonic musical tools or instruments, e.g. shape or architecture
    • G10H2230/005Device type or category
    • G10H2230/021Mobile ringtone, i.e. generation, transmission, conversion or downloading of ringing tones or other sounds for mobile telephony; Special musical data formats or protocols herefor
    • GPHYSICS
    • G10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
    • G10HELECTROPHONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
    • G10H2240/00Data organisation or data communication aspects, specifically adapted for electrophonic musical tools or instruments
    • G10H2240/171Transmission of musical instrument data, control or status information; Transmission, remote access or control of music data for electrophonic musical instruments
    • G10H2240/201Physical layer or hardware aspects of transmission to or from an electrophonic musical instrument, e.g. voltage levels, bit streams, code words or symbols over a physical link connecting network nodes or instruments
    • G10H2240/241Telephone transmission, i.e. using twisted pair telephone lines or any type of telephone network
    • G10H2240/251Mobile telephone transmission, i.e. transmitting, accessing or controlling music data wirelessly via a wireless or mobile telephone receiver, analog or digital, e.g. DECT GSM, UMTS

Abstract

The present invention relates to the audio notification of an event, for example an incoming call, by a set of telecommunication equipment. Within the meaning of the invention, the equipment is first configured (S 10) to record a predetermined sound signal. Thus, during an event notification (S11), the devices together restore these sound signals (S 12), and in particular all the sound signals thus restored form a predetermined sound environment (S13, S14), for example an orchestral harmony.

Description

The present invention relates to the field of telecommunications. It relates to the processing of an event, including an incoming communication, by a plurality of terminals, for example during an incoming telephone call.

The terminals may be interconnected for example in a local area network comprising in particular a gateway to a wide area network, the gateway then relaying the aforementioned incoming communication.

The invention relates more particularly to the audio notification of an event of the aforementioned type by a set of terminals. In such a context in particular, more and more terminals, or software applications, can receive audio notifications of events at the same time. These audio events can cause a cacophony sound without the user can intervene. These terminals may also have different technical characteristics, and therefore emit sounds of 20 different qualities. In addition, some events may have network latency, that is, these events may in some cases start with a time lag.

The present invention improves the situation.

To this end, it proposes a method of audio notification of an event by a set of telecommunication equipment, comprising: a preliminary step of configuring each of the equipment to record a predetermined sound signal, and a current notification step event in which the equipment together renders said sound signals, the set of sound signals restored forming a predetermined sound environment. This sound environment can be a set of sounds evoking for example a forest (flowing river, chirping birds, cuckoos, etc.) or an ocean (waves, seagulls, etc.). In a still exemplary embodiment, this sound environment may be musical, and all the sound signals played may be an orchestral harmony.5 Thus, each pre-recorded sound signal may form, for example, an audio track and all the audio tracks. played simultaneously by the equipment (eg terminals connected to the same network) then forms an orchestral harmony (as a "multitrack tape recorder" where each track would be played by a terminal). This avoids a sound cacophony during the audio notification of an event by this plurality of equipment. In addition, the event notification that would be performed by a single device is instead enriched acoustically by the notifications of other equipment.

In one embodiment, the equipment set may comprise at least two types of equipment: a first type reproducing a sound signal corresponding to an orchestral base (including, for example, a broad spectral band); and a second type type rendering a simple sound signal that may correspond to 15 harmonic complements (accompaniment for example).

The sound signal corresponding to the orchestral base can then be restored by at least one of the equipment of the assembly, recipient of the event. Such an embodiment advantageously makes it possible, as indicated above, to acoustically enrich the notification of an event intended for the equipment playing the harmonic accompaniment (second type).

For example, if the devices are networked terminals and the event to be notified is an incoming call, a PC-type fixed computer preferentially renders a so-called "lead" melody (orchestral base), while one or more other equipment restores a base 25 of different harmonic accompaniment (sound lines, sound environments such a sound, or others).

In one embodiment, the sound signal recorded by each piece of equipment in the set can be determined as a function of audio properties of the equipment among at least: a quality of means that the equipment for the sound reproduction comprises; type of software application that the equipment performs to read a sound signal, - a type of sound signal format that can be processed by said software application.

For example, the sound signal that a piece of equipment has to return can be chosen according to the quality of the loudspeakers of the equipment, or else its sound reproduction software properties (possible reading in ".wav" format, in the format "Mp3", in the "ogg" format or in the format according to the "G722" standard) .5 In one embodiment, all the equipment can be networked. This network can be a local area network (LAN or WLAN), or an extended network for example GSM. In this second case, a possible application of the invention would be to make a plurality of sound signals together by respective terminals identified in the same geographical area of the GSM network.

In this network, a master device is advantageously provided for controlling a synchronization of all the equipment for the implementation of the current notification step. This synchronization then allows a simultaneous restitution of all sound signals, without echo effect, so not cacophonous and harmonious for the human ear.

In an embodiment where all the equipment is connected to a local area network, the master equipment can advantageously be a gateway from the local network to a wide area network. The gateway can then, following the reception of an event to be notified, send a synchronization signal to all the equipment to initiate the simultaneous reproduction of the sound signals.

As indicated above, the event to be notified may be an incoming call.

The present invention also relates to a system comprising a set of equipment, each equipment comprising means for: storing data of a predetermined sound signal and restoring said sound signal to notify an event, all the predetermined sound signals, simultaneously restored, forming a predetermined sound environment.

The present invention also provides a master equipment of the aforementioned type, a system comprising a set of equipment each comprising means for storing data of a predetermined sound signal and reproducing said sound signal to notify an event. In particular, the master equipment in the sense of the invention comprises means for transmitting a synchronization signal to the equipment of the assembly for simultaneously reproducing all the predetermined sound signals, the set of predetermined sound signals, restored simultaneously, forming a predetermined sound environment.

The present invention also relates to a computer program comprising instructions for implementing the above method, when this program is executed by a processor. It may be for example a program implemented by a master device to control a synchronization of several equipment for a sound reproduction notifying an event, or a program implemented by a device to play a particular track depending on whether this equipment is the recipient of the event or not.

Other features and advantages of the invention will emerge on examining the following detailed description and the accompanying drawings, in which: FIG. 1 illustrates a system comprising a plurality of equipment in the sense of the invention; FIG. 2 illustrates the main steps of the method in the sense of the invention, in an exemplary embodiment, FIG. 3 schematically illustrates the structure of an equipment in an exemplary embodiment, for the implementation of the invention, - Figure 4 schematically illustrates the structure of a master equipment for synchronization of the return of sound signals by the equipment.

Referring first to Figure 1 in which a plurality of equipment is connected to a local area network 60. This equipment can be, in the example shown: - a fixed computer 33, PC type, connected to sound reproduction means comprising loudspeakers 31 and 32 whose quality is suitable for the reproduction of sounds with a broad spectral band (50 Hz - 20 kHz), for example percussion sounds (with low frequency components for a bass drum) and possibly a bass guitar, and high frequency components for cymbals), the computer 33 further comprising software applications ("player") for reading the sound signal data in uncompressed form ("wav" format for example) with therefore good audio quality, - a laptop 10 (or "laptop"), with built-in speakers but of average sound reproduction quality, adapted for a smaller spectral band (20). 0 Hz - 5 kHz) nevertheless suitable for restoring, for example, an orchestral sound event of the lead type, - a telephone 21 connected to the switched network, for example of the DECT type (and therefore capable of wireless communication via a base 22), comprising , with the base 22, speakers also suitable for reproducing a lead type signal; in this case, the base 22 can render a harmonic accompaniment audio track with respect to the lead audio track that returns the phone 21; a telephone 40, for example of "smart-phone" type with integrated mini-speaker and adapted essentially to restore a lead melody in a reduced spectral range; the telephone 40 can operate in two modes: by being connected to a GSM-type wide area network, or by being connected to the local network 60 if it is detected close to this network (a communication can then be initiated in voice over IP via the gateway 50 described below and the Internet network 70); a gateway 50 between the local network 60 and an extended network 70, for example the Internet; in one embodiment, the gateway 50 does not include sound reproduction means but transmits an incoming event that it receives from the wide area network 70 (for example an incoming voice over IP call) to one of the equipment 10, 21, 33 or 40.

With reference to FIG. 2, an exemplary implementation of the invention is described below.

The method comprises a first step S10 of equipment configuration 10; 21; 22; 33; 40. In particular, the audio data of the sound signals to be returned by each of the devices are stored in memory of these devices. For example, for a set of signals for a "ringtones pack" containing a lead melody, accompanied by sound lines of simple harmonies or atmospheres: - the computer PC 33 records a track corresponding to the orchestral base (by example in an uncompressed format), the portable computer 10 records a first simple harmonic sound track (for example a succession of notes on the piano), the base 22 records a second simple harmonic sound track (for example a succession of notes of the guitar), the telephone 21 records a third simple sound track (for example sound effects), the cellular telephone 40 records the fourth simple sound track (for example a succession of keyboard notes).

For this purpose, in an exemplary embodiment, a user of these devices can order on a website (via the PC computer 33 or the laptop 10, or other) the piece of music he wants. A service platform transmits to the gateway 50 (via the WAN 70) the data of the audio tracks forming the selected piece and the gateway distributes to each appropriate equipment the data of the respective audio tracks for their recording as described above.

Thus, at the end of the prior step S10, each equipment stores in memory a track adapted to its reproduction means.

During a current step of notification of an incoming event S11, the gateway 50 transmits a synchronization signal to all the equipment connected to the local network 60 (step S12). It may be a signal transmitted simultaneously to the equipment 10, 21, 22, 33, 40 and triggering an audio notification of the incoming event from each device. Each device then restores the audio track whose data was stored at the previous step 510.

However, in a sophisticated embodiment, an equipment can return a different signal based on information that it is the recipient of the event or not. Hereinafter is described such an embodiment. For example, it may be decided that the processing of an incoming telephone call must be provided in priority by the cellular telephone 40. If the latter is located in the local network 60, the gateway 50 transmits the incoming call. cell phone 40 which then restores the lead melody, while the DECT phone 21 renders the accompanying sound line. On the other hand, if the cellular telephone 40 is not located in the local network 60, the gateway 50 transmits the incoming call to the DECT telephone 21 which then restores the lead melody (and no longer the accompaniment track). Indeed, as indicated above, in step S10, it has been made the prior arrangement to register with the telephone 21, both, the lead melody track and the accompaniment track.

FIG. 3 shows the schematic structure of an equipment for carrying out the invention and comprising in particular a memory MEM for recording the data of an audio signal and means for restitution of this signal. These means may comprise, for example, a processor PROC of the audio signal data, an interface (sound card or other) INT, and one or more speakers HP (integrated or not to the equipment).

FIG. 4 further shows the schematic structure of a master equipment, such as a gateway 50, with in particular: means for receiving REC of telecommunication data originating from the wide area network 70 and requesting the notification of an event, - a MOD module for routing said data to a local network equipment 60 (for example the cellular telephone 40 or the DECT telephone 21 for an incoming call), - a synchronization module SYNC cooperating with the MOD module to provide a synchronization signal to the equipment, via the local network 60, to simultaneously restore the audio tracks, and - a COM communication interface via the local network 60 to communicate the synchronization signal and the aforementioned telecommunications data.

Of course, the present invention is not limited to the embodiment described above by way of example; it extends to other variants.

Thus, it will be understood, for example, that the invention can be applied to any type of terminal that can transmit and / or receive calls, and that can emit a sound. More generally, it can be applied to any type of equipment (not necessarily a terminal) that can emit a sound, such as for example a gateway equipped with sound reproduction means and which is not a terminal in itself.

In addition, an embodiment has been described above in which the event to be notified was an incoming call. Of course, alternatively, it may be another type of event such as an incoming email, or other.

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  1. REVENDICATIONS1. Method for audio notification of an event by a set of telecommunication equipment (10, 33, 21, 22, 40), characterized in that it comprises: - a preliminary step (S10) of configuration of each of the equipment for recording a predetermined sound signal, and - a current event notification step (S11) in which the equipment together renders (S12) said sound signals, and in that all the sound signals reproduced form a predetermined sound environment (S13 , S14).
  2. 2. Method according to claim 1, characterized in that the sound environment is an orchestral harmony, and in that the set of equipment comprises at least two types of equipment: - a first type reproducing a sound signal corresponding to a melodic base (S13) of the orchestral harmony, and - a second type restoring a sound signal corresponding to harmonic complements (S14).
  3. 3. Method according to claim 2, characterized in that the sound signal corresponding to the melodic base (S13) is restored by at least one of the equipment of the assembly, recipient of the event.
  4. 4. Method according to one of claims 2 and 3, characterized in that the sound signal recorded by a set equipment (S10) is determined based on audio properties of the equipment among at least: - a quality of the means included in the equipment for the sound reproduction, - a type of software application that the equipment performs to read a sound signal, - a type of sound signal format that can be processed by said software application.
  5. 5. Method according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that all the equipment is networked (60).
  6. 6. Method according to claim 5, characterized in that the network comprises at least one master equipment (50) for controlling a synchronization of all the equipment for the implementation of the current notification step. 8
  7. 7. Method according to claim 6, characterized in that, all the equipment being connected to a local area network, the master equipment (50) is a gateway from the local area network (60) to a wide area network (70).
  8. 8. System comprising a set of equipment (10, 33, 21, 22, 40), characterized in that each equipment comprises means for: - storing data of a predetermined sound signal and - restoring said sound signal to notify an event, and in that the set of predetermined sound signals, restored simultaneously, forms a predetermined sound environment.
  9. 9. Master equipment (50), of a system comprising a set of equipment each comprising means for storing data of a predetermined sound signal and reproducing said sound signal to notify an event, characterized in that the master equipment comprises means for transmitting a synchronization signal (SYNC) to the equipment of the assembly for simultaneously rendering all the predetermined sound signals, the set of predetermined sound signals, restored simultaneously, forming a predetermined sound environment.
  10. 10. Computer program comprising instructions for implementing the method according to one of claims 1 to 7, when the program is executed by a processor.
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