JP2011109258A - Information communication system, information retrieval server, information retrieval program, communication device, and request source communication device - Google Patents

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JP2011109258A
JP2011109258A JP2009260154A JP2009260154A JP2011109258A JP 2011109258 A JP2011109258 A JP 2011109258A JP 2009260154 A JP2009260154 A JP 2009260154A JP 2009260154 A JP2009260154 A JP 2009260154A JP 2011109258 A JP2011109258 A JP 2011109258A
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Terminal information satisfying desired service requirements is provided to a service user.
An information communication system according to the present invention stores information relating to a first communication device having short-range wireless communication means, one or a plurality of devices, a second communication device, and the first communication device. Communication terminal information storage means, service provision means, device information storage means for storing attribute information related to the provision of communication services of each device for each network address of short-range wireless communication, and a desired first from the second communication device When a request for a communication service including designation of one communication device is received, search request means for requesting a nearby device search for the first communication device, and a network address for short-range wireless communication from the first communication device Attribute search means for searching for device attribute information based on the information, and service information transmission means for transmitting each piece of attribute information as service information to the second communication device. Communicating service of each device based on the service information.
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  The present invention relates to an information communication system, an information search server, an information search program, a communication device, and a request source communication device. For example, when a user using a certain service selects a communication partner terminal, Applicable to information communication systems, information search servers, information search programs, communication devices, and request source communication devices that search for devices suitable for service usage conditions from terminal peripheral devices, present them, and perform information communication To get.

  In recent years, with the development of short-range wireless technology, communication terminals can perform short-range wireless communication with various peripheral devices that exist in the vicinity, and users can use various peripheral devices via a network. Can do. In particular, by collaborating with recent mobile terminals, users can more easily use devices around them.

  For example, Bluetooth (registered trademark) is one of short-range wireless technologies and is a communication standard for wireless communication at a maximum of 24 Mbps with a device having a radius of about 10 to 100 meters using a 2.4 GHz frequency band. Recognizes the convenience of simple digital wireless communication technology, and is spreading in various fields.

  In particular, in a two-way communication service, terminals use Bluetooth to exchange information on terminal capabilities and determine appropriate parameters. Appropriate acquisition of terminal capability information by terminals having different terminal capabilities is extremely important for efficient use of services.

  Patent Document 1 has means for notifying a partner terminal of a change in capability information when a communication terminal that can use the capability of a peripheral device present in the vicinity as its own capability changes the configuration of the peripheral device group, A means for determining a communication service that can be used from the terminal capability information of the own terminal and the terminal capability information of the counterpart terminal, and a means for presenting to the user. Immediately when the communication service is newly available, the counterpart terminal Describes a technique for notifying a change to a user or selecting a service switching.

International Publication No. 2006/082861

  However, in the method described in Patent Document 1 described above, the communication partner terminal does not change, the peripheral device recognized by the terminal changes, and the terminal capability information of the own terminal is updated.

  For example, a person with a mobile terminal may move in a business scene. In this case, the situation of nearby devices such as the type and performance of devices (for example, telephones / faxes, printers, personal computers, etc.) that exist in the vicinity of the person changes due to the movement of the person. There is a demand for a service user to use an appropriate communication service in accordance with changes in the nearby devices.

  For example, during a conference call, the communication partner is switched to a personal computer (PC) with high media processing capability, and the content is displayed on the PC display while checking with the conference member, or the communication partner is switched to the printer. For example, the data can be output directly to the nearest printer.

  In the method described in Patent Document 1, the use of such a service is unexpected, and the partner terminal itself needs media processing capability (minimum transmission capability), or once sends instruction material to the partner terminal. In addition, it was necessary to follow the procedure of printing.

  The present invention has been made in view of the above-described conventional problems. A device assumed to be used remotely is equipped with a network interface (IP) and a Bluetooth interface (short-range wireless), and the service conditions of the device are set. An object of the present invention is to provide terminal information that satisfies service requirements to a communication terminal that wants to use a service after registering it in a search server.

  In order to solve such a problem, an information communication system according to a first aspect of the present invention includes (1) one or a plurality of first communication devices having at least short-range wireless communication means, and (2) each performing a predetermined function. One or a plurality of devices, (3) a second communication device that requests a communication service using the one or more devices, and (4) a communication terminal information storage unit that stores at least information related to each first communication device. And (5) service providing means for providing various communication services using each device, and (6) device information storage for storing attribute information related to the provision of communication services for each device for each network address of short-range wireless communication. And (7) upon receipt of a request for a communication service including designation of a desired first communication device from the second communication device, the communication terminal information storage means is referred to the designated first communication device. Search request means for making a search request for each device existing in the vicinity; (8) a network address for short-range wireless communication is received from the first communication device that has received the search request; And (9) attribute search means for searching the attribute information of one or a plurality of devices that perform the requested communication service from the device information storage means, and (9) each searched attribute information as service information to the second communication device. Service information transmitting means for transmitting, and the second communication device uses each device present in the vicinity of the designated first communication device through the service providing means based on the service information received from the service information transmitting means. It is characterized by receiving the provision of the communication service that has been.

  The information search server of the second aspect of the invention uses one or more first communication devices having at least short-range wireless communication means, one or more devices each performing a predetermined function, and one or more devices. In response to a request for a communication service from the second communication apparatus, the information communication system includes a second communication apparatus that requests the communication service and a service providing unit that provides various communication services using each device. In an information search server for searching for service information related to the communication service, (1) communication terminal information storage means for storing information related to at least each first communication device; and (2) attribute information related to the provision of communication service for each device. Device information storage means for storing each network address for short-range wireless communication; and (3) a communication including designation of a desired first communication device from the second communication device. When receiving the service request, the communication terminal information storage means is referred to, search request means for making a search request for each device existing in the vicinity to the designated first communication device, and (4) the search request. Attribute information of one or a plurality of devices that receive a network address for short-range wireless communication from the received first communication device and perform a requested communication service from the device information storage unit based on the network address for short-range wireless communication And (5) service information transmitting means for transmitting each searched attribute information as service information to the second communication device.

  The information search program of the third aspect of the present invention uses at least one first communication device having at least short-range wireless communication means, one or more devices each performing a predetermined function, and one or more devices. Communication terminal information for storing information on at least each first communication device in an information communication system comprising a second communication device requesting a communication service and service providing means for providing various communication services using each device A storage means, and device information storage means for storing attribute information related to the provision of communication services of each device for each network address of short-range wireless communication, and in response to a communication service request from the second communication device, An information retrieval server that retrieves service information related to the communication service includes (1) a communication service including designation of a desired first communication device from the second communication device. When receiving the request, search request means for referring to the communication terminal information storage means and making a search request for each device existing in the vicinity to the designated first communication device, (2) receiving the search request A network address for short-range wireless communication is received from the first communication device, and attribute information of one or a plurality of devices performing the requested communication service is retrieved from the device information storage unit based on the network address for short-range wireless communication. And (3) functioning as service information transmitting means for transmitting each searched attribute information as service information to the second communication device.

  A communication device according to a fourth aspect of the present invention includes one or more devices that perform predetermined functions, a request source communication device that requests a communication service using the one or more devices, and a communication service from the request source communication device. In a communication apparatus constituting an information communication system comprising an information search server that searches for service information related to the communication service in response to the request, (1) short-range wireless communication means, and (2) a nearby device from the information search server When the search request is received, the nearby device search means for searching for each device having the short-range wireless communication means existing in the vicinity by the short-range wireless communication of the short-range wireless communication means, and (3) the nearby device search means obtains And a notification means for giving the network address of the short-range wireless communication means of each device to the attribute search means.

  The request source communication device of the fifth aspect of the present invention provides at least one communication device having at least short-range wireless communication means, one or more devices each performing a predetermined function, and various communication services using each device. In a request source communication apparatus constituting an information communication system, comprising: a service providing means to provide; and an information search server for searching service information related to the communication service in response to a request for a desired communication service. Service request means for designating a desired communication device and requesting a communication service using one or more devices, and (2) service information retrieved by the information retrieval server and received service information Based on the service provision means, a service that performs communication service processing using each of the devices present in the vicinity of the designated communication device is provided through service providing means. Characterized in that it comprises a scan processing unit.

  According to the present invention, it is possible to present the service information of the device of the optimum communication partner to the service use request source, so that the service user can communicate with the device selected from the service information as the communication partner. Can receive service.

1 is a system configuration diagram illustrating an overall configuration of an information communication system according to a first embodiment. It is an internal block diagram which shows the internal structure of the vicinity search terminal of 1st Embodiment. It is an internal block diagram which shows the internal structure of the service information search server of 1st Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows the structural example of the account information of 1st Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows the structural example of the vicinity apparatus management information of 1st Embodiment. It is an internal block diagram which shows the internal structure of the communication request origin terminal of 1st Embodiment. It is a sequence diagram which shows the registration or update process of the account information of 1st Embodiment. It is a sequence diagram which shows the registration or update process of the vicinity apparatus management information of 1st Embodiment. It is a sequence diagram which shows the service information search process by the vicinity apparatus search of 1st Embodiment (the 1). It is a sequence diagram which shows the service information search process by the vicinity apparatus search of 1st Embodiment (the 2). It is a sequence diagram which shows the confirmation method of the service availability of the vicinity apparatus of 1st Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the service information determination process of 1st Embodiment. It is a sequence diagram which shows the example which starts a VoIP service as a communication service start process of 1st Embodiment. It is a system configuration figure showing the whole information communication system composition of a 2nd embodiment. It is a system block diagram which shows the whole structure of the information communication system of 3rd Embodiment. It is a sequence diagram which shows the service information search process of 3rd Embodiment (the 1). It is a sequence diagram which shows the service information search process of 3rd Embodiment (the 2). It is a system configuration figure showing the whole information communication system composition of a 4th embodiment. It is a sequence diagram which shows the service information search process of 4th Embodiment (the 1). It is a sequence diagram which shows the service information search process of 4th Embodiment (the 2).

(A) First Embodiment Hereinafter, a first embodiment of an information communication system, a service information search server, and a service information search program of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

  The first embodiment exemplifies an embodiment in which a service user uses a VoIP (Voice Over IP) service adopting SIP using a system to which the present invention is applied.

  Of course, services other than the VoIP service can be used, and a plurality of services can also be used.

(A-1) Configuration of the First Embodiment FIG. 1 is a system configuration diagram showing the overall configuration of the information communication system of the first embodiment.

  In FIG. 1, an information communication system 1A according to the first embodiment includes a service information search server 100, a proximity search terminal 200, a management terminal 300, a communication request source terminal 400, a service providing server 500, a device (hereinafter also referred to as a nearby device). ) 600 and the network 700 at least.

  As the network 700, for example, a communication network whose communication protocol is the Internet protocol (IP) can be applied. The network 700 may be either a wired communication network or a wireless communication network, or may be a communication network that combines a wired communication network and a wireless communication network.

  When the neighborhood search terminal 200 receives a collection request for the neighborhood device information of the neighborhood device 600 existing in the neighborhood from the service information retrieval server 100 through the network 700, the neighborhood search terminal 200 searches for the neighborhood device 600 and the neighborhood device obtained by this search. Information is given to the service information search server 100.

  In addition, for example, a mobile terminal can be applied to the neighborhood search terminal 200, and for example, a mobile terminal such as a smartphone, a PDA, a mobile phone, a PHS terminal, or a game terminal can be applied. Further, the neighborhood search terminal 200 may be a dedicated search terminal that searches for the neighborhood device 600.

  The nearby device 600 corresponds to a telephone (for example, an IP telephone) having a short-range wireless communication function, a printer, a television (TV), a personal computer (PC), or the like.

  FIG. 2 is an internal configuration diagram showing an internal configuration of the neighborhood search terminal 200. In FIG. 2, the neighborhood search terminal 200 includes at least a short-range wireless communication unit 210, a network communication unit 220, and a control unit 230.

  The near field communication unit 210 is a processing unit or device that performs near field communication. The short-range wireless communication unit 210 performs short-range wireless communication with a nearby device 600 existing in a predetermined short-range wireless region (hereinafter also referred to as a nearby region) 800, and acquires nearby device information of the nearby device 600. In this case, the neighboring device 600 is searched.

  Here, if the short-range wireless communication unit 210 can perform short-range wireless communication with the nearby device 600, various short-range wireless communication technologies can be widely applied. For example, Bluetooth, ZigBee (registered) (Trademark), UWB (Ultra Wideband), and other short-range wireless communication interfaces can be applied. In the first embodiment, a case where a Bluetooth interface is applied is illustrated.

  The network communication unit 220 is a processing unit or device that performs communication with the network 700. As long as the network communication unit 220 can communicate with the network 700, various communication means can be applied. For example, a wireless interface such as WiFi (registered trademark) or WiMAX (registered trademark) or a wired interface can be used. Can be applied.

  The control unit 230 is a processing unit or device that controls the function of the neighborhood search terminal 200. As shown in FIG. 2, the control unit 230 includes a management information notification unit 231, a nearby device search unit 232, and a nearby device information notification unit 233 as main functions.

  The management information notification unit 231 transmits management information (for example, an ID, a password, a network address, etc.) of the proximity search terminal 200 to the service information search server 100 at the time of activation or when the network address is changed. As a result, the service information search server 100 can register its own management information.

  When the nearby device search unit 232 receives a collection request for nearby device information from the service information retrieval server 100 via the network communication unit 220, the nearby device search unit 232 causes the near field wireless communication unit 210 to perform near field wireless communication to perform the nearby device. 600 searches are performed.

  The nearby device information notification unit 233 searches for the nearby device 600 in the nearby region, and provides the acquired nearby device information to the service information search server 100 via the network communication unit 220.

  The service information search server 100 manages management information of the neighborhood search terminal 200. Further, the service information search server 100 manages the neighboring device information of the neighboring device 600 existing around each neighboring search terminal 200.

  When the service information search server 100 receives the designation of the proximity search terminal 200 desired by the user from the communication request source terminal 400, the service information search server 100 can provide based on the neighborhood device information of the neighborhood device 600 of the designated neighborhood search terminal 200. Service information that can be transmitted is transmitted to the communication request source terminal 400.

  Further, the service information search server 100 confirms whether or not each of the neighboring devices 600 of the designated neighborhood search terminal 200 can use each service, determines the available service information, and requests communication. This is transmitted to the original terminal 400.

  FIG. 3 is an internal configuration diagram showing an internal configuration of the service information search server 100. 3, the service information search server 100 includes a control unit 110, a nearby device information storage unit 120, an account information storage unit 130, a proximity search request processing unit 140, a communication source request processing unit 150, a service server request processing unit 160, a management It has at least a request processing unit 170 and a network communication unit 180.

  The control unit 110 is a processing unit and device that control the functions of the service information search server 100. In FIG. 3, the control unit 110 includes an account processing unit 111, a nearby device information processing unit 112, a service server connection unit 113, and a service information determination unit 114 as main functions.

  The account processing unit 111 stores and manages the account information of the user of the service information search server 100 in the account information storage unit 130 in accordance with a request from the management terminal 300.

  In accordance with a request from the communication request source terminal 400, the nearby device information processing unit 112 acquires nearby device information of the nearby device 600 existing around the nearby search terminal 200 specified by the user, and the nearby device information The information is stored in the device information storage unit 120.

  The service server connection unit 113 confirms whether or not each of the neighboring devices 600 searched by the neighboring device information processing unit 112 is correctly managed by the service providing server 400 in accordance with a request from the communication request source terminal 400. It is.

  The service information determination unit 114 determines the ranking of service information that can be provided according to the service requirements based on the search result of the nearby device 600 of the nearby device information processing unit 112 and the service availability confirmation result of the service server 113. Is.

  The neighborhood search request processing unit 140 searches the neighborhood device 600 for the neighborhood search terminal 200 under the control of the control unit 110. Further, when the proximity search request processing unit 140 acquires the nearby device information from the proximity search terminal 200 via the network communication unit 180, the proximity search request processing unit 140 provides the acquired control unit 110 with it. The neighborhood search request is a request from the control unit 110 and refers to a request to detect the nearby device 600 that exists in the near distance of the neighborhood search terminal 200.

  The communication source request processing unit 150 searches for service information to the proximity search terminal 200 designated from the communication request source terminal 400. The communication source request is a request from the communication request source terminal 400, which is a request for searching service information to the specified proximity search terminal 200.

  The service server request processing unit 160 confirms with the service providing server 500 whether or not each of the nearby devices 600 of the specified proximity search terminal 200 is available under the control of the control unit 110. The service server request is a request from the control unit 110 and refers to a request for confirming whether the service providing server 500 associated with the nearby device 600 is a server that can correctly process the request.

  The management request processing unit 170 manages user account information in accordance with a request from the management terminal 300. The management request is a request from the management terminal 300 on the network 700, and refers to a management request such as reference, registration, or deletion of user account information of the service information search server 100.

  The account information storage unit 130 stores account information of the user's nearby device terminal 200 in advance. The account information is set / changed / added / deleted in the course of account information setting / reference request from the outside of the service information server 100.

  FIG. 4 is a configuration diagram illustrating a configuration example of account information stored in the account information storage unit 130. In FIG. 4, the account information is configured by associating at least “ID”, “password”, “IP address / FQDN”, and “public name”.

  “ID” and “password” indicate identification information for identifying a user.

  “IP address / FQDN” indicates the network address of the near-end search terminal 200 (for example, the IP address, for example) or the server name of the server to which the proximity search terminal 200 is connected.

  The “public name” is a public name when the user of the service information search server 100 publishes the proximity search terminal 200. The public name can be arbitrarily determined by the user, and a plurality of names can be determined for one neighborhood search terminal 200.

  The nearby device information storage unit 120 stores nearby device management information of the nearby device 600 for each nearby search terminal 200 in advance.

  FIG. 5 is a configuration diagram illustrating a configuration example of neighboring device management information stored in the neighboring device information storage unit 120. In FIG. 5, the neighboring device management information includes at least “device address”, “IP address”, “basic information (type, performance)”, and “terminal attributes (1) to (n)”.

  “Device address” indicates a device address of a short-range wireless terminal device included in the nearby device 600. For example, in the first embodiment, a case where Bluetooth is used as a short-range wireless communication device is illustrated, and the Bluetooth device address corresponds to “device address”.

  “IP address” indicates an IP address assigned to the neighboring device 600 when an IP address is assigned to the neighboring device 600.

  “Basic information (type, performance)” is basic information indicating the model of the neighboring device 600, the device performance value, and the like.

  Here, the model of the nearby device indicates the type of the nearby device 600, and stores, for example, the types such as IP Phone, Printer, and air conditioner.

  The device performance value is a value indicating the performance of the nearby device 600. In the first embodiment, “performance priority value” is used as the functional performance value. The “performance priority value” is a numerical value indicating the relative performance of the nearby device 600 within the same service. As the “performance priority value”, for example, a relative numerical value defined in advance within the same model can be used. For example, the performance of each neighboring device is set to a relative numerical value of 10 levels from “1” to “10”. Or a numerical value between “−50” and “+50”.

  In “terminal attributes (1) to (n)”, attribute information related to services performed by the nearby device 600 is stored. In “terminal attributes (1) to (n)”, not only one piece of attribute information but also a plurality of pieces of attribute information can be stored.

  For example, the first data of “terminal attribute (1)” stores “service / protocol” indicating a service type and a protocol used, and the second data includes server name, server address information, and important service information (for example, , SIP URI, printer name, etc.), “attribute values” indicating attached information such as application names used in the terminal are stored.

  The network communication unit 180 is a processing unit or device that performs communication with the network 700. As long as the network communication unit 180 can communicate with the network 700, various communication means can be applied. For example, a wireless interface such as WiFi (registered trademark) or WiMAX (registered trademark) or a wired interface can be used. Can be applied.

  The service providing server 500 is a server that provides various communication services such as IP phone, printer, and video monitoring. For example, as the service providing server 500, an IP telephone server (for example, a SIP server), a printer server, a video monitoring server, or the like can be applied.

  The service providing server 500 is connected to the network 700 and registers information related to the nearby device 600 that provides various communication services. When the service providing server 500 receives an inquiry from the service information search server 100 as to whether or not the neighboring device 600 is registered in the service providing server 500, the service providing server 500 searches for the presence or absence of the registration information of the neighboring device 600. The search result is returned to the service information search server 100.

  The communication request source terminal 400 is a communication terminal operated by a user who uses the service information providing server 100. The communication request source terminal 400 designates a certain neighborhood search terminal 200 and requests the service information search server 100 for service information of the nearby device 600 existing around the neighborhood search terminal 200.

  Further, the communication request source terminal 400 outputs the provided service information presented from the service information search server 100. Thereby, the user can recognize available services. Further, when the communication request source terminal 400 receives provision of a desired service, the communication request source terminal 400 requests the service providing server 500 to communicate with the neighboring device 600 and requests the provision of the desired communication service. To do.

  The communication request source terminal 400 can be connected to the network 700 such as a personal computer (concept including a notebook type, a desktop type, a netbook, etc.) having a communication function in addition to a mobile terminal such as a smartphone or a PDA. Various communication terminals can be widely applied.

  FIG. 6 is an internal configuration diagram showing an internal configuration of the communication request source terminal 400. In FIG. 6, the communication request source terminal 400 is configured to include at least a control unit 410 and a network communication unit 420.

  The network communication unit 420 is a processing unit or device that performs communication with the network 700. As long as the network communication unit 420 can communicate with the network 700, various communication means can be applied. For example, a wireless interface such as WiFi (registered trademark) or WiMAX (registered trademark) or a wired interface can be used. Can be applied.

  The control unit 410 is a processing unit and device that control the functions of the communication request source terminal 400. As shown in FIG. 6, the control unit 410 has at least a service information request unit 411, a maximum selection upper limit number designation unit 412, a selection designation unit 413 based on device performance values, and a voice communication processing unit 414 as main functions. is there.

  The service information requesting unit 411 requests service information from the service information search server 100 in response to the operation of the user A. The service information request unit 411 makes a request with designation of a desired neighborhood search terminal 200 and information such as a desired service type and protocol. As a result, information related to the nearby device 600 that exists in the vicinity of the specified proximity search terminal 200 and can use a desired service type can be acquired as service information.

  The maximum selection upper limit number specifying unit 412 notifies the service information search server 100 whether or not to specify the number of information related to the device 600 as service information.

  The selection specification unit 413 based on the device performance value notifies the service information search server 100 whether or not to specify the order in which information related to the device 600 as service information is specified.

  The voice communication processing unit 414 performs voice communication processing employing, for example, SIP. Here, in order to illustrate the case where voice communication processing is performed as an example of a function unit that performs service processing used by the communication request source terminal 400, a case where the voice communication processing unit 414 is provided is illustrated.

(A-2) Operation of the First Embodiment Next, processing in the information communication system 1A of the first embodiment will be described with reference to the drawings.

  In the following example, the user A operates the communication request source terminal 400 to acquire the service information of the nearby device 600 existing around the proximity search terminal 200 possessed by the user B, and the neighborhood based on the service information The case where communication with the apparatus 600 is performed is illustrated.

(A-2-1) Account Information Registration / Update Processing In order to use the service provided by the service information search server 100 of the first embodiment, user account information is registered in the service information search server 100. It will be necessary.

  Here, it is assumed that the user includes a system administrator, a user A who is a user of the communication request source terminal 400, and a user B who is a user of the proximity search terminal 200.

  FIG. 7 is a sequence diagram showing registration or update processing of user account information. FIG. 7 illustrates a case where the system administrator uses the management terminal 300 to register or update account information.

  In order to register user account information, it is necessary to register identification information such as an ID and a password.

  First, the system administrator inputs management account information (management ID, password) using the management terminal 300, and connects to the service information search server 100 (step S101).

  Next, the system administrator uses the management terminal 300 connected to the network to input account information of a user who wants to register (or updates). Thereby, the inputted account information is given to the service information search server 100 (step S102).

  At this time, for the user B of the proximity search terminal 200, in addition to the ID and password, the public name (eg, nickname) of the proximity search terminal 200 is input as account information. This is because the search source user A specifies the public name of the neighborhood search terminal 200 when specifying the neighborhood search terminal 200.

  When the input account information is given to the service information search server 100, the service information search server 100 checks the validity of the account information. If there is no problem with the validity, the account information is registered in the account information storage unit 130. (Step S103).

  If there is a problem with the validity of the account information, an error return process is performed.

  When the account information is registered (or failed to be registered) in the account information storage unit 130, the result is returned to the management terminal 300 (step S104). If registration fails, information with the reason may be returned.

  Note that the update of account information is different in that it requires a request for existing account information. That is, when updating, the service information search server 100 calls the registered account information and performs update processing by inputting the ID and password of the registered user.

(A-2-2) Neighborhood Device Management Information Registration or Update Processing Next, the neighborhood device management information registration and update processing of the neighborhood device 600 will be described with reference to the drawings.

  In the first embodiment, information related to the service of the nearby device 600 to be searched is registered in advance in the nearby device information storage unit 120 of the service information search server 100.

  FIG. 8 is a sequence diagram showing registration and update processing of neighboring device management information.

  In FIG. 8, the system administrator uses the management account to connect to the service information search server 100 (step S201).

  The system administrator inputs the nearby device management information of the nearby device 600 to be registered (or updated) to the management terminal 300, transmits the nearby device information to the service information search server 100, and stores it in the nearby device information storage unit 120. A registration (or update) request is made (step S202).

  Here, as described above, the neighboring device management information of the neighboring device 600 is, for example, an IP address only for a device having a Bluetooth device address, basic information, a terminal attribute, and an IP address.

  The Bluetooth device address can be acquired in advance using a Bluetooth management utility or the like. For terminal attributes, services / protocols that are defined in advance for each device are used, but these services and protocols can be extended as necessary. The attribute value of the terminal attribute is, for example, a list in the CSV format, and only the first parameter indicates the service providing server.

  The service information search server 100 checks the validity of the input neighboring device management information, and if there is no problem with the validity, the neighboring device management information is registered in the neighboring device information storage unit 120 (step S203). If registration fails, information with the reason may be returned.

  When the neighboring device management information is registered (or updated) in the neighboring device information storage unit 120, the result is returned to the management terminal 300 (step S204).

  Note that in the case of updating neighboring device information, a point that is a request for existing neighboring device information is different.

(A-2-3) Service Information Search Processing by Nearby Device Search Next, service information search processing by the nearby device search in the information communication system 1A of the first embodiment will be described with reference to the drawings.

  FIG. 9 and FIG. 10 are sequence diagrams showing service information search processing by searching for nearby devices.

  It is assumed that the registration of the account information of user A and the registration of the neighboring device management information of the neighboring device 600 have been completed at the start of the sequence in FIGS. 9 and 10.

  First, the proximity search terminal 200 of the user B registers (or updates) the account information of the proximity search terminal 200 in the service information search server 100 at the time of activation or when the network address is changed (step S301).

  Here, the registration or update processing of the account information described in FIG. 7 can be applied to the registration or update of the account information of the proximity search terminal 200. At this time, since authentication is required, the neighborhood search terminal 200 transmits the ID, password, and network address to the service information search server 100. In addition, since the proximity search terminal 200 is likely to move due to its nature, registration by a host name in cooperation with DNS (Domain Name System) is desirable. As a result, the host name and network address corresponding to the current location of the movable proximity search terminal 200 can be registered in the account information storage unit 130.

  Further, although it is assumed that the communication protocol between the proximity search terminal 200 and the service information search server 100 conforms to the management interface of the service information search server 100, for example, TCP / IP-based message communication can be used. .

  Furthermore, the process of step S301 in FIG. 9 can be executed asynchronously between the plurality of neighborhood search terminals 200. Therefore, account information can be registered in the account information storage unit 130 in accordance with each movement of the proximity search terminal 200.

  In such a state, the communication request source terminal 400 of the user A acquires service information of the available nearby devices 600 existing around the proximity search terminal 200 of the user B, and any service (first In the embodiment, for example, a scene of using a VoIP service adopting SIP is illustrated.

  In response to the operation of the user A, the communication request source terminal 400 sends a search request for service information of the nearby device 600 to the service providing search server 100 (step S302).

  At this time, the communication request source terminal 400 transmits information in which the public name (for example, nickname, SIP URI, etc.) of the proximity search terminal 200, a service type to be used, a protocol, and the like are added to the requested information. A plurality of service types may be designated.

  For example, when the VoIP service is requested by specifying the proximity search terminal 200 whose SIP URI is “xxx@yyy.com”, information such as “sip: //xxx@yyy.com, VoIP, SIP” is used. Append to request message.

  Note that the communication protocol requested from the communication request source terminal 400 can use a generally widely used protocol such as TCP / IP-based message communication or HTTP.

  In the service providing search server 100 that has received the service information search request from the communication request source terminal 400, first, the neighboring device information processing unit 112 has the account information based on the public name of the neighboring search terminal 200 added to the request information. The storage unit 130 is searched to check whether or not the public name of the neighborhood search terminal 200 is registered in the account information storage unit 130 (step S303).

  At this time, if the public name of the proximity search terminal 200 is not registered in the account information storage unit 130, an error indicating that the public name of the proximity search terminal 200 is not registered is returned to the communication request source terminal 400.

  On the other hand, if the public name of the nearby search terminal 200 is registered in the account information storage unit 130, the nearby device information processing unit 112 receives the network address of the nearby search terminal 200 from the account information storage unit 130 based on the published name. Or reverse the host name. Then, in response to the instruction from the control unit 110, the neighborhood search request processing unit 140 sends a neighborhood device search request that causes the neighborhood search terminal 200 of the network address to search for nearby neighborhood devices 600 (step S304). ).

  In the nearby search terminal 200 that has received the nearby device search request from the service information search server 100, the nearby device search unit 232 searches for the nearby device 600 existing in the vicinity of itself (step S305).

  Here, as a method for the nearby device search unit 232 to search for a nearby device, for example, a method in which the nearby device search unit 232 issues a Bluetooth inquiry command and sends out this inquiry command is applied. This Inquiry command is a command for acquiring device information. The Inquiry command is intended to search for a Bluetooth device, and does not perform application level communication. Therefore, it is effective in that a procedure such as Pairing is not necessary.

  The nearby device 600 that has received the Bluetooth inquiry command sent from the nearby search terminal 200 sequentially returns an inquiry result event including the Bluetooth device address to the nearby search terminal 200 in accordance with the distance and communication conditions (step S306). ).

  Thereby, the neighborhood search terminal 200 can receive the Bluetooth device address existing in the neighborhood area 800 as the neighborhood device information. Then, the proximity search terminal 200 waits for a certain period of time, waits for a reply from another nearby device (Bluetooth device) 600, and then transmits the received Bluetooth device address to the service information search server 100 (step S307). .

  In the service information search server 100, the neighboring device information processing unit 112 corresponds to the neighboring device from the neighboring device information storage unit 120 based on the received Bluetooth device address and the service type and protocol requested by the communication request source terminal 400. Whether or not management information is registered is confirmed and extracted (step S308).

  When the registration (entry) of the neighboring device management information is confirmed, in the service information search server 100, the service server connection unit 113 connects to the service providing server 500 based on the extracted terminal attribute of the neighboring device management information, and The service availability of the nearby device 600 is confirmed with respect to the service providing server 500 (step S309).

  In the first embodiment, a case where a service user uses a VoIP service adopting SIP is illustrated. In this case, the details of the service availability confirmation method will be described later with reference to FIG. 11. The service information search server 100 uses the SIP to inquire about the availability of the neighboring device 600 to the service providing server 500. I do.

  The service usage is not limited to the VoIP service, but can be applied to, for example, a printer service, a video conference service, a power control service, and the like. For the inquiry at this time, for example, when using a printer service, for example, the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol is used, and in the case of a video conference service, for example, a service availability check is executed using the SIP protocol. Can do.

  The service providing server 500 confirms whether or not the requested nearby device 600 is available, and transmits the confirmation result to the service information server 100 (step S310).

  Various methods can be applied to the method for checking the availability of the nearby device 600. For example, the service providing server 500 has a database that stores identification information of a device that realizes a service, and the determination is made by confirming whether or not the neighboring device 600 that has received the confirmation request is registered in the database. can do.

  In step S310, upon receiving the confirmation result of the availability of the nearby device 600 from the service providing server 500, in the service information search server 100, the service information determination unit 114 can use the service requested by the communication request source terminal 400. Service information indicating whether or not there is present is determined (step S311), and the service information is transmitted and presented to the communication request source terminal 400 (step S312). An example of the service information determination process will be described later with reference to FIG.

(A-2-4) Example of Method for Confirming Service Availability of Nearby Device 600 FIG. 11 is a sequence showing a process in which the service information search server 100 confirms the service availability of the nearby device 600 that performs VoIP communication. FIG. The step numbers shown in FIG. 11 correspond to the step numbers shown in FIGS.

  Here, a case where the service type and protocol conditions from the communication request source terminal 400 are specified as VoIP and SIP, and the presence check of the neighboring device 600 is performed using the SIP protocol.

  In FIG. 11, when the neighboring device information (Bluetooth device address) is received from the neighboring search terminal 200 (step S307), in the service information retrieval server 100, the neighboring device information processing unit 112 includes the neighboring device information (Bluetooth device address). Based on this, the neighboring device management information is searched from the neighboring device information storage unit 120 (step S308).

  Here, the neighboring device information processing unit 112 selects a terminal attribute corresponding to the service type and protocol requested by the communication request source terminal 400 from the terminal attributes of the retrieved neighboring device management information. Since a plurality of terminal attributes may be registered, in that case, a terminal attribute corresponding to the request is selected.

  For example, in this case, since the request for “VoIP / SIP” is received from the communication request source terminal 400, the entry “VoIP / SIP” is selected from the terminal attribute of the neighboring device management information.

  At this time, when a plurality of services are designated from the communication request source terminal 400, entries of a plurality of neighboring devices 600 may be selected corresponding to the plurality of services designated. Also, there may be a plurality of neighboring devices 600 that provide the requested service. In this case, the terminal attribute of the neighboring device management information of all the neighboring devices 600 is selected.

  The neighboring device information processing unit 112 then enters the first entry of the SIP server (including the SIP registrar) <SIP server> from the attribute value of the terminal attribute of the selected neighboring device management information. Take out SIP URI <nickname (URI)>.

  Next, in step S309, the service server connection unit 113 transmits a SUBSCRIBE message including the extracted SIP URI to the service providing server 500 that is a SIP server, and checks the status of the device 600 corresponding to the SIP URI in the presence server. A request is made (step S309).

  In step S310, the presence server, which is the service providing server 500, checks whether or not the SIP URI device 600 is registered, and notifies the service information search server 100 of the current registration status of the device 600 with a NOTIFY message. (Step S310).

  As a result, the service providing search server 100 can recognize the current registration state of the neighboring device 600 based on the NOTIFY message from the service providing server 500, so whether or not the neighboring device 600 can use the service. Can be judged.

  Then, in the service providing search server 100, after the service server connecting unit 113 receives the registration state, a SIP UNSUBSCRIBE message is transmitted to the service providing server 500, which is a SIP server, and the state monitoring is terminated.

  Since the SIP server (service providing server) 500 does not necessarily support the presence message, even if the SUBSCRIBE message returns with an error, it is not determined that the service cannot be used.

  In the service information search server 100, when the neighboring device 600 is registered in the presence server, the service information determining unit 114 determines that the use of VoIP communication employing SIP is possible, and the service information determining unit 114 identifies the neighboring device 600. Service information indicating that the used VoIP / SIP can be used is determined (step S311) and transmitted (step S312).

(A-2-5) Service Information Determination Processing FIG. 12 is a flowchart showing service information determination processing in the service information search server 100. Note that the service information determination method illustrated in FIG. 12 is an example, and is not limited to such a method.

  The service information search server 100 selects neighboring device management information in the process of step S308.

  Here, a determination method for selecting m entries (where m ≦ N) having N pieces of selected neighboring device management information will be described. The selected N neighboring device management information is referred to as “candidate list”, and the m neighboring device management information to be selected is referred to as “final selection list”.

  Here, the communication request source terminal can specify the maximum selection upper limit n (where m ≦ n). Further, the maximum selection upper limit n may be designated on the system. In the following description, it is assumed that the maximum selection upper limit n is designated and not designated.

  Further, it can be assumed that the candidate list at the time of starting the service information determination method is ordered in the order of the distance from the proximity search terminal 200.

  Furthermore, it is assumed that the communication request source terminal 400 can specify a selection method using a performance priority value that determines the priority order in the same service, as will be described later.

  Here, as a selection method using the performance priority value, there are ordering by the performance priority value and equal selection by the performance priority value.

  Ordering by performance priority value refers to a method of ordering in descending order of performance priority value in the service requested by the communication request source terminal 400. Further, the equal selection based on the performance priority value refers to a method in which groups having the same performance priority are formed on the basis of the performance priority value, and candidates are selected equally from each group.

  Note that the communication request source terminal 400 may specify only ordering based on the performance priority value, or specify both ordering based on the performance priority value and equal selection based on the performance priority value.

  First, the service information determination unit 114 determines whether or not selection designation based on a performance priority value is made from the communication request source terminal 400 (step S401).

  When the selection designation by the performance priority value is not performed, the process proceeds to step S403.

  On the other hand, when the selection is made based on the performance priority value, the service information determination unit 114 refers to the performance priority value stored in the basic information of each neighboring device management information, and sets the performance priority value. The current candidate list is sorted in descending order (step S402).

  Next, the service information determination unit 114 determines whether or not a maximum selection upper limit is designated (step S403).

  When the maximum selection upper limit is not designated, the process proceeds to step S407, and the service information determination unit 141 determines a candidate list in the current order as service information (step S407). That is, service information is simply a candidate list in the order of close distance or a candidate list in order of performance priority values.

  On the other hand, when the maximum selection upper limit is specified, the service information determination unit 114 applies the ordering based on the performance priority value based on the specification from the communication request source terminal 400, and the equal selection based on the performance priority value. Is determined whether to apply (step S404).

  When applying equal selection in order of performance priority values in step S404, the service information determination unit 141 equally extracts n candidates from the group having the same performance priority value as follows. Then, the candidate list is rearranged so as to be arranged at the top of the list (step S405).

  (1) When the maximum selection upper limit number n <the number of candidate lists N, the service information determination unit 141 forms N / n (integer rounded up) groups of N candidate lists. Then, candidates with high performance priority values are selected one by one from each group. If the number is less than n, the candidates for each group are selected again, and the process is repeated until the number reaches n, thereby creating a new candidate list.

  (2) In addition, when the maximum selection upper limit n ≧ candidate list N, the service information determination unit 141 keeps the current candidate list.

  If equal selection is not applied in step S404 in order of performance priority value, or if equal selection is performed in step S405, only the top n are left from the candidate list and other candidates are deleted from the list (step S406). ).

  Then, the service information determination unit 114 sets the current candidate list as the final selection list, and determines information including basic information and terminal attributes of the current final selection list as service information (step S407). Also, the service information search server 100 transmits the service information determined in this way to the communication request source terminal 400.

(A-2-6) Communication Service Start Processing The communication request source terminal 400 selects a service connection destination based on the service information received from the service information search server 100, or enters the first (first) service information. The selected device 600 is automatically selected as a connection destination.

  FIG. 13 is a sequence diagram illustrating processing when the communication request source terminal 400 uses the VoIP service.

  Hereinafter, a case where the user A selects the IP telephone B as the call destination as the neighboring device 600 of the neighboring device search terminal 200 will be exemplified.

  The service information search server 100 transmits service information to the communication request source terminal 400 (step S312).

  As described above, this service information is information regarding the neighboring device 600 entered in the final selection list, and includes, for example, a SIP server, a SIP URI, a service available state, a model, an application being used, and the like. Yes.

  The communication request source terminal 400 selects the call destination of the IP telephone set B from the service information from the service information search server 100 (step S313). Thereby, the calling operation to the IP telephone B is started.

  In the case of FIG. 13, the communication request source terminal 400 transmits an INVITE message with the IP telephone B as the call destination to the service providing server (SIP server group) 500, and performs a call establishment sequence (steps S314 and S315). When the call is established, a call is started between the communication request source terminal 400 and the IP telephone B (step S316).

  When ending a call (for example, when ending a call from the communication request source terminal 400), the communication request source terminal 400 transmits a SIP BYE message to the IP telephone B, performs a call disconnection sequence, and ends the call. (Step S317).

(A-3) Effect of the First Embodiment As described above, according to the first embodiment, when it is desired to start a communication service for a moving user / terminal, for example, a short-range wireless communication called Bluetooth is used. By utilizing the mechanism, it is possible to acquire information on the device of the optimum communication partner, and it is possible to start a communication service based on that information.

  Further, when the mechanism described in the first embodiment is used, the following effects are obtained.

  For example, information on nearby devices of a moving communication partner can be searched using a relatively simple short-range wireless communication mechanism called Bluetooth. For the device search, for example, a primitive command of Bluetooth is used, so the hurdle for use is low.

  The search results of communication destination candidates can be ordered from a plurality of viewpoints using the priority value of the device capability. For example, information in order of close distance, information in order of high performance, and information after being screened evenly for each performance level when there are many candidates. This improves convenience for various communication requests.

  Incorporating a service availability confirmation method when searching for service information, it is possible to present information whether the device is actually ready to use the service, and to increase the success probability of a connection / use request to the selected communication destination Can do.

  New communication services can be added dynamically by extending terminal attributes and availability determination methods for services.

(B) Second Embodiment Next, a second embodiment of the information communication system, service information search server, and service information search program of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

(B-1) Configuration of Second Embodiment FIG. 14 is a system configuration diagram showing the overall configuration of the information communication system of the second embodiment.

  14, the information communication system 1B of the second embodiment includes a service information search server 100, a proximity search terminal 200, a management terminal 300, a communication request source terminal 400, a service providing server 500, a device (hereinafter also referred to as a nearby device). ) 600, network 700, and neighboring device proxy terminal 900.

  The second embodiment is different from the first embodiment in that a neighboring device proxy terminal 900 is provided in addition to the configuration of the first embodiment.

  This is because there is a case where the device which is the positioning of the nearby device 600 does not necessarily have a short-range wireless communication device (for example, a Bluetooth interface) even when connected to the network 700. Therefore, in the second embodiment, even if the device 600 does not have such a short-range wireless communication device, it is possible to provide the same service as that of the first embodiment by including the nearby device proxy terminal 900. To.

  The nearby device proxy terminal 900 is a terminal including a short-range wireless communication device (for example, a Bluetooth interface), and performs short-range wireless communication with the nearby search terminal 200 when searching for a nearby device. The nearby device proxy terminal 900 is not involved in the communication service. As a result, various devices (for example, a PC, a printer, a telephone, etc.) can be shown as the neighboring devices 600 of this system as proxy terminals.

  The nearby device proxy terminal 900 has a short-range wireless communication device. For example, a terminal connection device having a Bluetooth communication function (for example, a USB dongle, a Bluetooth card, a Bluetooth adapter, or the like) is connected via an interface. Also good. In addition, the nearby device proxy terminal 900 may be, for example, a dedicated terminal equipped with a short-range wireless communication device inside the nearby device proxy terminal 900.

  The nearby device proxy terminal 900 performs short-range wireless communication instead of a device 600 (for example, a PC, a printer, a telephone, or the like) that does not have a short-range wireless communication device that exists in the vicinity. May exist, it is not necessary to connect with the apparatus 600.

  By providing the nearby device proxy terminal 900 in the second embodiment, the nearby device information storage unit 120 of the service information search server 100 can be an index of a database in which the same Bluetooth device address stores a plurality of data in association with each other. Structure.

(B-2) Operation of Second Embodiment Next, processing in the information communication system 1B of the second embodiment will be described.

  In the second embodiment, the same processing as in the first embodiment can be applied to the account information registration or update processing, the service availability confirmation processing of nearby devices, and the communication service start processing. Detailed description here is omitted.

  In addition, since processing for registering or updating neighboring device management information, service information retrieval processing by neighboring device search, and service information determination processing can be basically performed by the same processing as in the first embodiment, The specific processing of the second embodiment will be described with reference to the drawings used in the first embodiment.

  In the neighboring device management information registration or update process, the neighboring device management information is registered in the neighboring device information storage unit 120 in step S203 of FIG. Here, the neighboring device management information needs to allow the same Bluetooth device address to allow a plurality of data. Therefore, new registration can be performed even when the Bluetooth device address is registered in the nearby device information storage unit 120.

  Further, in the service information search processing by the nearby device search, the nearby device information processing unit 112 in step S308 of FIG. 9 based on the Bluetooth device address, the service type, and the protocol received from the nearby search terminal 200. Neighboring device management information is extracted from the information storage unit 120. At this time, a plurality of data may be associated with the Bluetooth device address. Even in this case, the neighboring device information processing unit 112 extracts all corresponding neighboring device management information, and all the candidate list Put it on.

  Further, in the service information determination process, in step S401 in FIG. 12, the service information determination unit 114 determines whether to apply the order of performance priority. In the first embodiment, the case where the order of performance priority is not applied, and the candidate list in the order of the distance from the proximity search terminal 200 is exemplified. However, in the second embodiment, since the nearby device proxy terminal 900 transmits the Bluetooth device address on behalf of the device 600, the nearby search terminal 200 may not necessarily return information based on the distance to the service information search server 100. .

  In this regard, for example, a distance parameter indicating the distance between the neighboring device proxy terminal 900 and each neighboring device 600 is added to the neighboring device management information, and the service information determination unit 114 uses this distance parameter. A method such as determining the order of the candidate list may be applied.

(B-3) Effect of Second Embodiment As described above, according to the second embodiment, in addition to the effect of the first embodiment, a device that does not have a short-range wireless communication device is added to the system. By introducing the neighboring device proxy terminal 900 for inclusion, it is possible to expand communication services and service target devices.

  Furthermore, when the mechanism described in the second embodiment is used, the following effects are obtained.

  As the Bluetooth interface, for example, many inexpensive USB dongles are sold, so if the nearby device proxy terminal 900 has only a USB interface, it can be tailored to this proxy terminal without requiring a high-performance device. This contributes to further reducing the hurdle for system introduction.

  By using the USB interface of a terminal in an existing conference room, it is only necessary to newly purchase a USB dongle having the Bluetooth function, and the initial introduction cost can be suppressed.

(C) Third Embodiment Next, a third embodiment of the information communication system, service information search server, and service information search program of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

(C-1) Configuration of the Third Embodiment FIG. 15 is a system configuration diagram showing the overall configuration of the information communication system of the third embodiment.

  In FIG. 15, the information communication system 1 </ b> C of the third embodiment includes a service information search server 100, a proximity search terminal 200, a management terminal 300, a communication request source terminal 400, a service providing server 500, a device (hereinafter also referred to as a nearby device). ) 600 and the network 700 at least.

  In the third embodiment, the neighboring device 600 does not have a short-range wireless communication device as in the second embodiment, and the neighboring device proxy terminal 900 does not exist as in the first embodiment. It is.

  As a result, the device 600 itself existing in the vicinity of the proximity search terminal 200 can be represented, so that a device having a short-range wireless communication device can be used as a degenerated model.

  There are two meanings of the model of the third embodiment.

  One is that the proximity search terminal 200 itself has a Bluetooth interface so that the proximity device itself can be virtually detected.

  The other is that it is possible to realize that the neighborhood search terminal 200 itself is also a neighborhood device (distance 0). If the latter can be supported, a communication service to the neighborhood search terminal 200 itself becomes possible.

  The proximity search terminal 200 has at least a short-range wireless communication function and a communication function between the network 700. In addition, when the proximity search terminal 200 receives a proximity device search request from the service information search server 100, it returns its own Bluetooth device address to the service information search server 100.

  For example, the neighborhood search terminal 200 can use the device itself as the neighborhood search terminal 200 in addition to the application example of the neighborhood search terminal of the first and second embodiments.

  Furthermore, by applying the third embodiment in combination with the first and second embodiments, it is possible to expand the selection of communication partner terminals selected by the service user. That is, in the first and second embodiments, only the neighboring device 600 that exists in the vicinity of the movable neighborhood search terminal is selected, but in the case of the third embodiment, the movable neighborhood search terminal is selected. Not only the nearby device 600 but also the nearby search terminal 200 itself corresponding to a fixedly arranged device or the nearby device 600 of the nearby search terminal 200 can be selected. Therefore, the range of selection of a device to be selected as the communication partner terminal of the service user is expanded.

  In the third embodiment, the same purpose can be realized by applying the following extensions to data and procedures as compared to the first embodiment.

  In this regard, similar to the second embodiment, the Bluetooth device address of the neighborhood search terminal 200 is registered as the device address of the neighborhood device 600. There may be a plurality of neighboring devices 600 represented by the neighboring search terminal 200.

For this reason, the neighboring device information storage unit 120 has a database index structure in which the same Bluetooth device address allows a plurality of data, as in the second embodiment. (C-2) Operation of Third Embodiment Next, processing in the information communication system 1C of the third embodiment will be described.

  In the third embodiment, account information registration or update processing, neighborhood device service availability confirmation processing, and communication service start processing can apply the same processing as in the first embodiment. Detailed description here is omitted.

  In addition, since the processing similar to that of the second embodiment can be basically applied to the registration or update processing of neighboring device management information and the service information determination processing, detailed description thereof is omitted here.

  Hereinafter, the service information search process based on the nearby device search will be described with reference to FIGS. 16 and 17.

  16 and 17 are sequence diagrams illustrating service information search processing by searching for nearby devices according to the third embodiment.

  In FIG. 16, the processes in steps S301 to S303 are the same as those in the first embodiment.

  When the proximity search terminal 200 receives a device information collection request from the service information search server 100 (step S304), the proximity search terminal 200 reads its own Bluetooth device address (step S501).

  Then, the proximity search terminal 200 transmits its own Bluetooth device address as device information to the service information search server 100 (step S306).

  In the service information search server 100 that has received the device information, the nearby device information processing unit 112 searches for the terminal attribute entered in the nearby device information storage unit 120 based on the received Bluetooth device address (step S307).

  At this time, the nearby device information processing unit 112 may search for a plurality of entries having the same Bluetooth device address. In this case, all the searched items are candidates.

  In the service information determination process, since the neighborhood search terminal 200 itself acts as the neighborhood device 600, information based on the distance cannot always be returned when the performance priority order is not applied.

  Regarding this point, as in the second embodiment, for example, attention is given to operation, or for example, a distance parameter is added to the nearby device management information of the nearby device 600, and the distance parameter is determined in the service information determination flow Can be used to rearrange the candidate list.

(C-3) Effect of the Third Embodiment As described above, according to the third embodiment, the communication service and the service target device can be obtained by integrating or proxying the neighborhood search terminal itself with the neighborhood device. Can be enlarged.

  When this mechanism is used, the following two effects are obtained.

  When the neighborhood search terminal itself has the ability to provide a communication service, it is possible to register its own Bluetooth device address, notify the address at the time of search, and include it in the search target.

  Since terminal management information can be registered in the service information search server as a proxy terminal of a nearby device, and their addresses can be notified at the time of search, initial system introduction costs can be suppressed.

(D) Fourth Embodiment Next, a fourth embodiment of the information communication system, service information search server, and service information search program of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

(D-1) Configuration of the Fourth Embodiment FIG. 18 is a system configuration diagram showing the overall configuration of the information communication system of the fourth embodiment.

  In FIG. 18, the information communication system 1D of the fourth embodiment includes at least a service information search server 100, a communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950, a management terminal 300, a nearby device 600, and a service providing server 700. The

  The fourth embodiment is different from the first embodiment in that a communication request source terminal and a neighborhood search terminal are used as a model.

  This is not a case where a service user performs a communication service with another user, but searches for a device 600 such as a printer or a home appliance in the vicinity of the communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 to use the service or the device. It can be used when performing control etc.

  The communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 integrally includes the internal configurations of the communication request source terminal 400 and the proximity search terminal 200 described in the first embodiment. That is, the communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 itself has at least a short-range wireless communication unit (for example, a Bluetooth interface).

  In the fourth embodiment, the same purpose can be realized by applying the following extensions to data and procedures as compared to the first embodiment.

  The nearby device information storage unit 120 stores the nearby device management information of the nearby device 600 as in the first embodiment. The neighboring device information storage unit 120 of the fourth embodiment can register a plurality of device addresses as a proxy for neighboring devices because the communication request source / neighboring search terminal 950 itself has a Bluetooth interface.

  Therefore, the neighboring device information storage unit 120 has a database index structure in which the same Bluetooth device address allows a plurality of data, as in the second and third embodiments.

(D-2) Operation of the Fourth Embodiment Next, processing in the information communication system 1D of the fourth embodiment will be described.

  In the fourth embodiment, account information registration or update processing, neighborhood device service availability confirmation processing, and communication service start processing can apply the same processing as in the first embodiment. Detailed description here is omitted.

  In addition, since the processing similar to that of the second embodiment can be basically applied to the registration or update processing of neighboring device management information and the service information determination processing, detailed description thereof is omitted here.

  Hereinafter, the service information search process based on the nearby device search will be described with reference to FIGS. 19 and 20.

  The communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 transmits the ID, password, and network address to the service information search server 100 at startup or when the network address is changed (step S601).

  When using a nearby device 600 that exists in the vicinity of its own communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950, the service user specifies the public name, service type, and protocol of his / her communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 as a communication request. Input to the original / neighbor search terminal 950.

  Then, the communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 transmits the input public name, service type, and protocol of the input communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 to the service information search server 100 to request the neighboring device information. (Step S602).

  The service information search server 100 refers to the account information storage unit 130 and searches for the corresponding account information based on the received public name of the communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 (step S603).

  Then, the service information search server 100 makes a collection request for neighboring device information to the IP address of the communication request source / neighboring search terminal 950 obtained from the account information (step S604).

  When a collection request for neighboring device information is given, the communication request source / neighboring search terminal 950 searches for the neighboring device 600 using the Bluetooth inquiry command and acquires a Bluetooth device address from the neighboring device 600 (step). S605, S606).

  Thereafter, the communication request source / neighboring search terminal 950 reads its own Bluetooth device address (S307).

  The communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950 transmits the acquired Bluetooth device address of the nearby device 600 and its own Bluetooth device address as device information to the service information search server 100 (step S608).

  When the device information is received from the communication request source / neighbor search terminal 950, the service information search server 100 searches for the corresponding terminal attribute from the nearby device information storage unit 120 based on the received device information (step S609). At this time, a plurality of Bluetooth device address entries may be searched. Even in this case, all of them are candidates.

  Thereafter, the service information search server 100 refers to the candidate list, confirms the service availability of each device 600 with the service providing server 500 (steps S610 and S611), and determines, for example, the service information illustrated in FIG. (Step S612), and the determined service information is transmitted to the communication request source / neighborhood search terminal 950 (step S613).

  In addition, in the service information determination method illustrated in FIG. 12, when the performance priority value is not applied, the candidate list cannot always be created in the order based on the distance. The distance parameter can be added to the management information of neighboring devices, and the candidate list can be rearranged using the distance parameter in the service information determination flow.

(D-3) Effects of the Fourth Embodiment As described above, according to the fourth embodiment, by making the communication request source and the neighborhood search terminal the same, Services can be used and control can be executed. In addition, by having a Bluetooth interface, it is possible to support a proxy function of a nearby device.

  If this mechanism is used, the following two effects can be expected.

  A terminal having a Bluetooth interface can search for a nearby device having a desired service function. This can realize a convenient service at a low cost from a simple printer service to a complicated function of selecting an appropriate device while moving.

  Since the user's own communication service function is used, the user's own address can be easily registered and the address at the time of search can be notified, and convenience can be improved by using it in combination with other embodiments.

(E) Other Embodiments (E-1) In the first to fourth embodiments described above, support is provided by extending the terminal attributes in the definition of the neighboring device management information and the service availability confirmation method as a set. It is also possible to increase the number of services.

  In the first to fourth embodiments described above, the service information search server exemplifies a case where the service availability server confirms the service availability of the nearby device, but does not confirm the service availability of the nearby device. You may do it.

(E-2) Although the first to fourth embodiments have been described as individual systems, all or any of the configurations described in the first to fourth embodiments are combined as one system, The first to fourth neighborhood search terminals and the communication request source / neighbor search terminal can be used together. In that case, the control program implemented in each terminal is combined with the flow of each embodiment, and the existence assumption of multiple Bluetooth device addresses is applied in the terminal attribute search, and the introduction of the distance parameter is applied in the provided information service determination. May be.

(E-3) In the first to fourth embodiments, the communication service is specified by specifying the service included in the service management information of each neighboring device. However, the concept of a service group is introduced and individual services belong. By doing so, it is possible to search for a service specifying a service group.

  For example, a voice telephone service, a TV telephone service, and a chat service are defined as a two-way communication service group, and a user can select an appropriate service according to the situation by specifying a two-way communication service group and performing a service search. There are benefits.

  In this case, as an extension to the embodiments described in the first to fourth embodiments, the neighboring device management information can add a service group attribute and specify a service group when requesting neighboring device information. When a service group is specified when searching for a service, it is necessary to determine the service to which the service belongs as a search target.

(E-4) In the first to fourth embodiments, the neighborhood search terminal registers the IP address with the service information providing server at the time of activation / change, but at this time, use a user account and a password. Also good. In this case, in order to securely manage these pieces of information, for example, a tamper-resistant device such as an ID device (for example, mounted on a device with an SD interface) may be used.

(E-5) In the first to fourth embodiments, the function realized by the service information search server may be realized by distributed processing. For example, in the first to fourth embodiments, the case where the service information search servers are physically the same device is illustrated, but each function of the service information search server described in the first to fourth embodiments is performed. The devices may be arranged in a distributed manner on the network, and each device may realize the same function while exchanging necessary data with each other through the network.

(E-6) In the first to fourth embodiments, various functions realized by each server and terminal such as a service information search server, a proximity search terminal, a communication request terminal, and a service providing server are realized by software processing. Can do. For example, the hardware of each server or terminal includes a CPU, ROM, RAM, EEPROM, and the like, and is realized by the CPU reading and executing processing programs for various processes stored in the ROM.

1A, 1B, 1C, 1D ... Information communication system,
100 ... service information search server,
110 ... control unit, 111 ... account processing unit, 112 ... neighboring device information processing unit,
113 ... Service server connection unit, 114 ... Service information determination unit,
120 ... Neighboring device information storage unit, 130 ... Account information storage unit,
140 ... neighborhood search request processing unit, 150 ... communication source request processing unit,
160 ... service server request processing unit, 170 ... management request processing unit,
180 ... network communication part,
200 and 950 ... neighborhood search terminals,
210 ... Near field communication unit, 220 ... Network communication unit, 230 ... Control unit,
231 ... Management information notification unit, 232 ... Neighboring device search unit, 233 ... Neighboring device information notification unit,
300 ... management terminal, 400 ... communication request source terminal,
410 ... control unit, 420 ... network communication unit,
411 ... service information request part, 412 ... maximum selection upper limit number designation part,
423 ... Selection specification unit based on device performance value, 414 ... Voice communication processing unit,
500 ... service providing server,
600: Neighboring equipment, 700: Network, 900 ... Neighboring equipment proxy terminal.

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  1. One or more first communication devices having at least short-range wireless communication means;
    One or more devices each performing a predetermined function;
    A second communication device that requests a communication service using the one or more devices;
    Communication terminal information storage means for storing information on at least each of the first communication devices;
    Service providing means for providing various communication services using each of the above devices;
    Device information storage means for storing attribute information related to the provision of communication services of each device for each network address of short-range wireless communication;
    When a request for a communication service including designation of the desired first communication device is received from the second communication device, the communication terminal information storage unit is referred to the designated first communication device. Search request means for making a search request for each of the devices present in the vicinity;
    The first communication device receives a network address for short-range wireless communication from the first communication device that has received the search request, and performs the requested communication service from the device information storage unit based on the network address for short-range wireless communication. Or attribute search means for searching for attribute information of a plurality of devices;
    Service information transmitting means for transmitting the retrieved attribute information as service information to the second communication device,
    Based on the service information received from the service information transmitting unit by the second communication device, through the service providing unit, a communication service using each of the devices existing in the vicinity of the designated first communication device. An information communication system characterized by receiving provision.
  2.   The apparatus includes: an availability confirmation unit that confirms the availability of the communication service of each device with respect to the service providing unit based on the attribute information of each device retrieved by the attribute retrieval unit. The information communication system according to claim 1.
  3. The device information storage means stores the device performance information of each device in association with the attribute information of each device,
    The information communication system according to claim 1 or 2, further comprising service information determination means for determining service information candidates from the attribute information of each device using the device performance information.
  4. The first communication device that has received the search request
    Nearby device search means for searching for each of the devices having the short-range wireless communication means existing in the vicinity by the short-range wireless communication of the own short-range wireless communication means;
    The notification device that provides the attribute search unit with a network address of the short-range wireless communication unit of each of the devices acquired by the nearby device search unit. Information communication system.
  5. It further comprises a device proxy terminal having a short-range wireless communication means,
    The device information storage means stores the attribute information of each device present in the vicinity of the device proxy terminal in association with the network address of the short-range wireless communication unit of the device proxy terminal,
    The first communication device that has received the search request
    Near-device search means for searching for a device proxy terminal having the short-range wireless communication means existing in the vicinity by the short-range wireless communication of its own short-range wireless communication means;
    5. A notification unit that provides the attribute search unit with a network address of the short-range wireless communication unit of the device proxy terminal acquired by the nearby device search unit. Information communication system.
  6.   The information communication system according to claim 1, wherein any or all of the devices include the first communication device.
  7.   The information communication system according to claim 1, wherein the second communication terminal includes the first communication device.
  8. One or more first communication devices having at least short-range wireless communication means;
    One or more devices each performing a predetermined function;
    A second communication device that requests a communication service using the one or more devices;
    An information communication system comprising service providing means for providing various communication services using each device, and information for retrieving service information related to the communication service in response to the communication service request from the second communication device. In the search server,
    Communication terminal information storage means for storing information on at least each of the first communication devices;
    Device information storage means for storing attribute information related to the provision of communication services of each device for each network address of short-range wireless communication;
    When a request for a communication service including designation of the desired first communication device is received from the second communication device, the communication terminal information storage unit is referred to the designated first communication device. Search request means for making a search request for each of the devices present in the vicinity;
    The first communication device receives a network address for short-range wireless communication from the first communication device that has received the search request, and performs the requested communication service from the device information storage unit based on the network address for short-range wireless communication. Or attribute search means for searching for attribute information of a plurality of devices;
    An information search server, comprising: service information transmitting means for transmitting the retrieved attribute information as service information to the second communication device.
  9. One or more first communication devices having at least short-range wireless communication means;
    One or more devices each performing a predetermined function;
    A second communication device that requests a communication service using the one or more devices;
    An information communication system comprising service providing means for providing various communication services using each of the above devices,
    Communication terminal information storage means for storing information on at least each of the first communication devices;
    Device information storage means for storing attribute information relating to the provision of communication services of each device for each network address of short-range wireless communication,
    In response to a request for the communication service from the second communication device, an information search server that searches for service information related to the communication service,
    When a request for a communication service including designation of the desired first communication device is received from the second communication device, the communication terminal information storage unit is referred to the designated first communication device. Search request means for making a search request for each of the above devices present in the vicinity,
    The first communication device receives a network address for short-range wireless communication from the first communication device that has received the search request, and performs the requested communication service from the device information storage unit based on the network address for short-range wireless communication. Or attribute search means for searching attribute information of a plurality of devices,
    An information retrieval program that functions as a service information transmission unit that transmits the retrieved attribute information as service information to the second communication device.
  10. One or more devices each performing a predetermined function;
    A request source communication device for requesting a communication service using the one or more devices;
    In response to a request for the communication service from the request source communication device, a communication device constituting an information communication system comprising: an information search server that searches for service information related to the communication service;
    Near field communication means;
    When a search request for a nearby device is received from the information search server, a nearby device search means for searching for each device having a short-range wireless communication means existing in the vicinity by the short-range wireless communication of the short-range wireless communication means;
    A communication device comprising: a notification unit that provides the attribute search unit with a network address of the short-range wireless communication unit of each device acquired by the nearby device search unit.
  11. One or more communication devices having at least short-range wireless communication means;
    One or more devices each performing a predetermined function;
    Service providing means for providing various communication services using each of the above devices;
    In response to a request for a desired communication service, in a request source communication apparatus that constitutes an information communication system including an information search server that searches for service information related to the communication service.
    Service request means for designating a desired communication device to the information retrieval server and requesting a communication service using the one or more devices;
    The service information retrieved by the information retrieval server is received, and based on the received service information, a communication service process using each device existing in the vicinity of the designated communication device is performed through the service providing means. And a service processing means for performing the request.
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