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JP3864861B2
JP3864861B2 JP2002190774A JP2002190774A JP3864861B2 JP 3864861 B2 JP3864861 B2 JP 3864861B2 JP 2002190774 A JP2002190774 A JP 2002190774A JP 2002190774 A JP2002190774 A JP 2002190774A JP 3864861 B2 JP3864861 B2 JP 3864861B2
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希美枝 三島
美奈子 小林
開拓 小澤
大輔 崎山
昌也 橋本
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[0001]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a data communication apparatus that performs wireless communication with a mobile terminal, and more particularly to a technique for acquiring address book data of a user who uses the mobile terminal.
[0002]
[Prior art]
In recent years, terminal devices such as PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) and PCs (Personal Computers) having communication functions are usually provided with an address book function for registering and managing destination names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and the like in association with each other. It has been.
On the other hand, an image forming apparatus having a so-called Scan To E-mail function that reads an image of a document, creates an e-mail with the image as an attached file, and transmits the e-mail to a destination designated by the user is also widespread. Many have the same functions as the address book.
[0003]
When a user uses a PDA or an image forming apparatus, it is convenient that data is stored in the address book of each apparatus, but in order to do so, registration work must be performed for each apparatus, This is very troublesome for the user.
Therefore, for example, in Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2002-41250, all PCs connected to the network are displayed in a list on the display screen on the operation panel, and when one PC is selected from among them, the PC is selected. A configuration of an image forming apparatus that acquires address book data from a network via a network and uses the address book for destination selection is disclosed. If this image forming apparatus is used, the user does not need to manually register the contents of the address book in both the PC and the image forming apparatus, and the time and effort is reduced.
[0004]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
However, even if the above-described image forming apparatus is used, the user must perform an input operation for designating the PC in which the address book is stored on the display screen of the operation panel. Also, since all the PCs connected to the network are displayed in a list on the display screen, search and specify the target PC while scrolling the display screen many times, especially in an environment where many PCs are connected. In some cases, a cumbersome operation such as performing is required. Such a trouble always occurs every time the Scan To E-mail function is executed, which is a burden on the user.
[0005]
The present invention has been made in view of the above-described problems, and is a data communication apparatus that is provided in an image forming apparatus or the like and that can acquire address book data without causing the user to perform troublesome operations. The purpose is to provide.
[0006]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
In order to achieve the above object, a data communication apparatus according to the present invention includes a communication unit that performs wireless communication with a mobile terminal, a detection unit that detects whether the mobile terminal has entered a predetermined communication area, A first acquisition means for acquiring, from the mobile terminal, specific information for specifying a storage destination of the address book data of the user who uses the mobile terminal when it is detected that the mobile terminal has entered the predetermined communication area; Second acquisition means for acquiring address book data based on the acquired specific information; data transmission means; At least a scan mode in which an image of an original is read to obtain image data, a copy mode in which an original image is printed based on image data obtained by reading an image of the original, and image data by the data transmission means at an instructed destination Among a plurality of operation modes including a transmission mode for transmitting Transmission mode determination means for determining whether or not a transmission mode has been selected by a user, and the second acquisition means acquires the address book data when it is determined that the transmission mode has been selected. It is characterized by doing.
[0007]
Ma The first acquisition unit acquires the specific information from a mobile terminal closest to the data communication device when there are a plurality of mobile terminals in the predetermined communication area.
[0008]
Furthermore, it is configured to be able to communicate via a server having a function of managing transmission / reception history, and is acquired with third acquisition means for acquiring transmission / reception history data regarding the user who uses the mobile terminal from the server. A selection means for selecting a matching destination included in the transmission / reception history and a destination of communication included in the address book data acquired by the second acquisition means and a communication partner with the user as the recipient or sender And.
[0009]
The address book data includes a destination name and a corresponding destination number, and the second acquisition unit acquires data indicating only the destination name in the address book, and When a user designates a destination name from among the destination names, data of a destination number corresponding to the designated destination name is acquired.
[0010]
In this specification, “destination number” means information for designating a destination according to a data transmission protocol such as an e-mail address, a facsimile number, and an IP address.
[0011]
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
Embodiments of a data communication apparatus according to the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings.
(First embodiment)
(1-1) Overall configuration of the data communication system 1
FIG. 1 is a diagram showing an overall configuration of a data communication system (hereinafter simply referred to as “system”) 1 according to the present embodiment.
[0012]
As shown in the figure, the system 1 includes an image forming apparatus 10, client terminals 20, 30..., A mail server 40, and the like connected via a network, here a LAN (Local Area Network) 5. The device 10 and the portable terminals 50, 60, etc. are connected by wireless communication, here, communication according to the Bluetooth standard, and can exchange data with each other.
[0013]
The image forming apparatus 10 is a multi-function digital copier (Multiple Function Peripheral). The image forming apparatus 10 scans an image of a set original and obtains image data, a copy function that prints an original image based on the image data, and a read function. It has various functions such as a Scan To E-mail function that attaches the image data to an e-mail (hereinafter simply referred to as “mail”) and transmits it to a specified destination via the LAN 5.
[0014]
The client terminal 20 is a PC used by the user A, and has an address book function. The user A can register a mail destination name, its mail address, and the like using this address book function. The client terminal 30 is a PC used by the user B, and has an address book function similar to that of the client terminal 20.
[0015]
The mail server 40 is a server that manages transmission / reception of mails that are the transmission source of the image forming apparatus 10, the client terminal 20, or the like, and also has a function of creating and storing the mail transmission / reception history. ing.
The mobile terminal 50 is a so-called mobile personal digital assistant (PDA) such as a mobile phone or an electronic notebook owned by the user A, and stores personal information of the user A described later. The portable terminal 60 is a user B PDA.
[0016]
In the present embodiment, each user always has his / her portable terminal, and the image forming apparatus 10 receives personal information from the portable terminal 50 when, for example, the portable terminal 50, that is, the user A approaches the user to a predetermined distance. To get. As will be described later, the personal information includes information indicating the storage destination of the user A's address book data. When the user A stands in front of the image forming apparatus 10 and selects Scan To E-mail from the operation panel 15 (FIG. 2), the image forming apparatus 10 refers to the storage destination of the address book data included in the personal information, User A's address book data is acquired from the storage destination. Then, an address selection input acceptance screen in Scan To E-mail is generated using the address book, and an address selection input from user A is accepted on the screen. As a result, the user does not have to perform a troublesome operation such as selecting a PC in which an address book is stored from among a large number of PC groups existing on the network on the operation panel, as in the related art.
[0017]
Hereinafter, the configuration of each device and the processing contents thereof will be described in detail. Since each client terminal has basically the same configuration (only the user is different), the client terminal 20 will be described here, the client terminal 30 and the like. The description of is omitted. Similarly, since each mobile terminal has basically the same configuration, only the mobile terminal 50 will be described, and the description of the mobile terminal 60 and the like will be omitted.
[0018]
(1-2) Configuration of the image forming apparatus 10
FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of the image forming apparatus 10.
As shown in FIG. 1, the image forming apparatus 10 includes a communication unit 11, a control unit 12, and the like.
The communication unit 11 includes a network interface (I / F) 111, a wireless communication unit 112, and a distance detection unit 113.
[0019]
The network I / F 111 is an interface for connecting to the LAN 5 such as a LAN card or a LAN board.
The wireless communication unit 112 performs wireless communication with one or a plurality of mobile terminals based on Bluetooth standard GAP (Generic Access Profile) or the like.
The distance detection unit 113 detects the distance between the image forming apparatus 10 and the portable terminal. Specifically, the user (mobile terminal) detects the electric field strength of the radio wave received by the wireless communication unit 112 at a predetermined interval, for example, about every 1 second, so that the user (mobile terminal) can detect the image forming apparatus 10 (more precisely, the distance detection unit). 113) and how far away it is. When the user enters a predetermined distance from the image forming apparatus 10, for example, a distance of about 1 (m), information indicating that (approach information) is sent to the control unit 12. For example, if the value of the electric field strength when the mobile terminal approaches to about 1 (m) is previously grasped from an experiment or the like as a threshold value, the user is about 1 (m) when the detected value exceeds the threshold value. You can determine that you are within the distance. When communicating with a plurality of portable terminals, the electric field strength is detected for each portable terminal. When it is determined that two or more portable terminals exist within a predetermined distance, the fact is included in the approach information. This distance detection can also be performed using, for example, infrared communication. That is, the image forming apparatus 10 and the portable terminal 50 are configured to be able to communicate with each other by infrared rays and detect the intensity of the received infrared rays. As a distance detection method, for example, GPS (Global Positioning System) can be used.
[0020]
The scanner unit 13 is a known device that reads an image of a set original and obtains image data. The printer unit 14 is a device that prints an image on paper by a known electrophotographic method.
Although not shown here, the operation panel 15 is provided with a liquid crystal display unit having a touch panel laminated on the surface in addition to a start button and a numeric keypad for setting the number of copies. Further, a function selection screen (not shown) for receiving an operation mode selection input from the user, such as copy and Scan To E-mail functions, is displayed according to an instruction from the control unit 12. The user can select and execute the Scan To E-mail function and the like by pressing (touching) a predetermined button on the screen displayed on the liquid crystal display unit. When a key input (touch input) by the user is received, the input information is transmitted to the control unit 12.
[0021]
The control unit 12 is mainly composed of a CPU, reads a necessary program from a built-in ROM (not shown), displays a function selection screen on the liquid crystal display unit of the operation panel 15, and receives the input information. In addition, the operation timing of each part is uniformly controlled to realize smooth copying, Scan To E-mail and other operations. In addition, here, communication such as mail transmission / reception with the client terminal 20 or the like is performed by the TCP / IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) via the network I / F 111, and with the portable terminal 50 or the like via the wireless communication unit 112. Exchange data.
[0022]
Personal information is written in the personal information storage unit 16. The mail transmission / reception history storage unit 17 stores a mail transmission / reception history, the address book storage unit 18 stores an address book, and the address information storage unit 19 stores address information. Each of these storage units is configured by a nonvolatile memory such as a hard disk. The contents of the mail transmission / reception history, address book, and address information will be described later.
[0023]
(1-3) Configuration of the mobile terminal 50
FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of the mobile terminal 50.
As shown in the figure, the portable terminal 50 includes a communication unit 51, an operation panel 52, a control unit 53, and a storage unit 54.
The communication unit 51 performs wireless communication with the image forming apparatus 10 and the like based on the Bluetooth standard.
[0024]
The storage unit 54 is configured by a non-volatile memory such as an EEPROM, for example, and is provided with a personal information table 541 to store personal information.
FIG. 4 is a diagram showing an example of the contents of the personal information table 541. As shown in the figure, the personal information table 541 stores information indicating a name, an address book storage destination, and a server address as personal information. Specifically, the name of the user, in this case, the user A is displayed in the “name” field, and the address book data (address book data) created by the user A is stored in the “address book storage destination” field. As the information (specific information) for specifying the mail address, the mail address of the client terminal 20 and the address file data storage file name are written here, and the host name of the mail server 40 is written in the “server address” column. .
[0025]
Returning to FIG. 3, the operation panel 52 includes a liquid crystal display unit having a touch panel laminated on the surface thereof, and upon receiving an instruction from the control unit 53, a personal information input reception screen (not shown) for receiving input of personal information. ) Is displayed. User A can input an address book storage destination and the like from the screen.
The control unit 53 is mainly composed of a CPU, controls the operation of each unit uniformly, and smoothly executes communication with the image forming apparatus 10. In addition, when the personal information is input from the user A by instructing the operation panel 52 to display the personal information input acceptance screen, it is written in the personal information table 541. Further, when a transmission request for personal information is received from the image forming apparatus 10, the content written in the personal information table 541 is read, and the communication unit 51 is instructed to transmit to the image forming apparatus 10.
[0026]
(1-4) Configuration of the client terminal 20
FIG. 5 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the client terminal 20.
As shown in the figure, the client terminal 20 includes a PC main body 21, a display 22, a keyboard 23 and a mouse 24.
The PC main body 21 includes a network interface (I / F) 211, a control unit 212, and a storage unit 213.
[0027]
The network I / F 211 is an interface for connecting to the LAN 5 such as a LAN card or a LAN board.
The storage unit 213 is a non-volatile memory such as a hard disk, and is provided with an address book table 214 for storing address book data.
FIG. 6 is a diagram showing an example of the contents of the address book table 214. As shown in the figure, in the address book table 214, information indicating a name and a mail address as its destination number is written. Specifically, the user name as the mail destination is written in the “name” column, and the mail address of each user is written in the “mail address” column. This address book table 214 is stored in one file in the storage unit 213, and the name of the one file is registered by the user A in the “file name” column of the personal information table 541 of the portable terminal 50. It has come to be.
[0028]
Returning to FIG. 5, the control unit 212 is mainly composed of a CPU, reads a necessary program from a built-in ROM (not shown), and executes an address book function and the like. In addition, display control of the display 22 and input control for receiving input of signals from the keyboard 23 and the mouse 24 are performed. Here, a button (not shown) for selecting an address book function is displayed on the display 22, and when the button is selected with the mouse 24 or the like, the name, e-mail address of the destination user is input, changed, or deleted. A screen (not shown) for receiving etc. is displayed. The user A can perform operations such as inputting a user name from the screen using the keyboard 23 or the like. When the operation such as the input of the user name by the user A is completed, the control unit 212 writes the contents in the address book table 214.
[0029]
In addition, the control unit 212 performs transmission / reception of mail with other client terminals 30 and the like via the network I / F 211. Further, when an address book data transmission request is received from the image forming apparatus 10, the contents written in the address book table 214 are read and the data are transmitted to the image forming apparatus 10 via the network I / F 211.
[0030]
(1-5) Configuration of the mail server 40
FIG. 7 is a block diagram showing a configuration of the mail server 40.
As shown in the figure, the mail server 40 includes a control unit 41, a network interface (I / F) 42, and a storage unit 43.
The network I / F 42 is an interface for connecting to the LAN 5 such as a LAN card or a LAN board.
[0031]
The control unit 41 is mainly configured by a CPU, and controls mail transmission / reception, creates a history thereof, and writes it in a mail history table 431 provided in the storage unit 43. The e-mail history created here includes the date of sending (receiving), subject, e-mail address of sender, e-mail address of recipient, etc. Each time an e-mail is sent or received, a new record (1 case) Every data) is added.
[0032]
In addition, when a transmission request for a mail transmission / reception history is received from the image forming apparatus 10 to a user designated by the image forming apparatus 10, the records written in the mail history table 431 are sequentially referred to one by one, and “sender” Or, if there is a record in which the recipient's email address matches the email address of the user (ie, the email for which the user is the sender or the email for which the user is the recipient) Data is extracted and transmitted to the image forming apparatus 10 as a mail transmission / reception history for the user.
[0033]
(1-6) Contents of processing executed in image forming apparatus 10
FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing the contents of processing executed in the image forming apparatus 10.
As shown in the figure, the control unit 12 determines whether any one of the mobile terminals has entered a predetermined communication area, here, within a distance of about 1 (m) from itself as described above (steps). S11). This determination is made based on whether the approach information from the distance detection unit 113 is received. If it is determined from the approach information that there is one mobile terminal that has entered the predetermined communication area (“Y” in step S11, “N” in S12), the personal information of the user is acquired from the mobile terminal (step S13). Specifically, based on the Bluetooth standard Generic Object Exchange Profile, etc., a request for transmission of personal information is made to the portable terminal via the wireless communication unit 112, and personal information data is received. Details of processing on the portable terminal side will be described later.
[0034]
On the other hand, when it is determined from the approach information that a plurality of portable terminals have entered the predetermined communication area (“Y” in step S12), the portable terminal closest to the own apparatus, that is, the portable terminal having the highest electric field strength of the received radio wave A request for transmission of personal information is made, and personal information is acquired from the portable terminal (step S14). Then, the acquired personal information is stored in the personal information storage unit 16 (step S15).
[0035]
Hereinafter, for easy understanding, the user who has approached the image forming apparatus 10 is the user A, and the user A uses the Scan To E-mail function in the image forming apparatus 10 to transmit an image by mail. The processing will be described assuming the case. The control unit 12 determines whether or not data transmission by Scan To E-mail is selected as the operation mode on the function selection screen of the operation panel 15 by the user A (step S16).
[0036]
If it is determined that Scan To E-mail has been selected (“Y” in step S16), the address book data of user A is acquired (step S17). Specifically, among the personal information stored in the personal information storage unit 16, information indicating the “address book storage destination” (here, information indicating the location of the client terminal 20 (URL, IP address, etc.) and address) Read the file name of the book data). Then, a request for transferring the file having the same name as the stored file name is made to the device (here, the client terminal 20) storing the address book data of the user A by FTP (File Ttranfer Protocol), for example. A file (address book data) is received from the client terminal 20. Details of processing on the client terminal 20 side at that time will be described later.
[0037]
When the address book data is acquired, it is stored in the address book storage unit 18 (step S18).
Subsequently, a mail transmission / reception history for the user A is acquired from the mail server 40 (step S19). Specifically, the mail server 40 makes a transmission request for the mail transmission / reception history of the user A by FTP, for example, and receives the data. The processing content on the mail server 40 side at that time will be described later.
[0038]
When the mail transmission / reception history is received, it is stored in the mail transmission / reception history storage unit 17 (step S20).
Then, the mail transmission / reception history and the contents of the address book are compared one by one (step S21), and the “sender” or “recipient” described in the mail transmission / reception history is selected from all destinations described in the address book. Are selected (step S22). Here, each mail address is compared. For example, in the example of FIG. 6, when “address B” and “address Y” are described as email addresses in the email transmission / reception history, those “address B” and “address Y” are selected. . Note that the names are not limited to e-mail addresses, and the names may be compared, for example.
[0039]
For the selected destination, information (address information) in which the user name is associated with the mail address is extracted from the address book data and stored in the address information storage unit 19 (step S23). When “address B” and “address Y” in the above example are selected, the data of the records of numbers 1 and 3 in FIG. 6 (data in which the names and mail addresses are associated with each of the users B and Y) Are extracted and stored as address information.
[0040]
Then, the address information stored in the address information storage unit 19 is read, a destination selection input reception screen (hereinafter referred to as “reception screen”) is generated based on the address information, and displayed on the operation panel 15. (Step S24).
FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating a display example of the reception screen 151. In the figure, reference numeral 152 denotes a group of buttons for selecting a destination, and reference numeral 153 denotes a button indicating completion of selection. Each button of the button group 152 corresponds to a “name” included in the address information. For example, when data of “user B” and “user Y” are extracted as address information as described above, buttons indicating “user B” and “user Y” as destinations are displayed as shown in FIG. It will be. For example, when transmitting an image to the user B, the user A may press the “user B” button and then press the completion button 153.
[0041]
Returning to FIG. 8, when the control unit 12 determines the end of the selection input by pressing the button 153 (“Y” in step S <b> 25), the control unit 12 controls the scanner unit 13 to read the image of the set document ( In step S26), an email having the image data as an attached file and having a destination address as an email address corresponding to the selected name is created, and the email is sent to the destination via the network I / F 111. (Step S27).
[0042]
Then, all the information currently stored in the personal information storage unit 16, the mail transmission / reception history storage unit 17, the address book storage unit 18, and the address information storage unit 19 is deleted (step S28), and the process is terminated.
On the other hand, if it is determined in step S16 that Scan To E-mail has not been selected, that is, another function such as copying has been selected (“N” in step S16), the process proceeds to step S29, and personal information is stored in the personal information. Delete from part 16. In step S30, the selected function is executed. For example, in the case of copying, the operations of the scanner unit 13 and the printer unit 14 are controlled to execute the copying operation, and the processing ends.
[0043]
(1-7) Contents of processing (personal information transmission processing) executed when portable terminal 50 receives a personal information transmission request
FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing the contents of the personal information transmission process.
As shown in the figure, the portable terminal 50 determines whether or not the personal information transmission request is received from the image forming apparatus 10 (step S41). If it is determined that a personal information transmission request has been made (“Y” in step S41), the personal information is read from the personal information table 541 and the data is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 10 (step S42), and the process is terminated.
[0044]
(1-8) Contents of processing (history information transmission processing) executed when mail server 40 receives a transmission / reception history transmission request
FIG. 11 is a flowchart showing the contents of the history information transmission process.
As shown in the figure, the control unit 41 of the mail server 40 determines whether or not there is a transmission request for the mail transmission / reception history from the image forming apparatus 10 (step S51). If it is determined that there is a transmission request (“Y” in step S51), a mail transmission / reception history of the target user (user A in the above example) is created (step S52), and the data is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 10. (Step S53), the process ends.
[0045]
(1-9) Contents of processing executed when client terminal 20 receives address book data transmission request (address book data transmission processing)
FIG. 12 is a flowchart showing the contents of the address book data transmission process.
As shown in the figure, the control unit 212 of the client terminal 20 determines whether or not there is a transmission request for a storage file of address book data from the image forming apparatus 10 (step S61). If it is determined that there is a transmission request (“Y” in step S61), the file (that is, the data in the address book table 214) is read and transmitted to the image forming apparatus 10 (step S62), and the process is terminated.
[0046]
As described above, the image forming apparatus 10 according to the present embodiment, when a user having a mobile terminal enters a predetermined communication area, information indicating the storage destination of the address book data of the user from the mobile terminal. Get personal information including. Then, when Scan To E-mail is selected by the user, the address book data of the user is acquired from the save destination, and a destination selection input acceptance screen in Scan To E-mail is created based on the address book. In this screen, a destination selection input from the user is accepted. Therefore, the user only needs to approach the image forming apparatus 10 with his / her mobile terminal and stand in front of it, and it is troublesome to select a PC on which an address book is stored on the operation panel, as in the past. This eliminates the need to perform any operation and makes it convenient. In particular, when a large number of PCs are connected to the network, the effect is increased.
[0047]
Also, the mail transmission / reception history of the user is obtained from the mail server 40, and only the destinations described in the address book that match the destinations described in the mail transmission / reception history, that is, the user Only the destinations that have sent and received e-mails up to this point are displayed on the reception screen 151. The reason for this is as follows. In other words, it is considered that the destination selected as the image transmission destination in Scan To E-mail is likely to be the destination that the user has communicated so far, here the mail has been sent and received. When there are a large number of destinations described in the address book, for example, 100 or more, the user has a higher probability of being a destination than searching for one destination out of a huge number of destinations This is because it is easier and quicker to select only one of them and select from among them.
[0048]
Furthermore, address book data is acquired when Scan To E-mail is selected, that is, it is not acquired unless Scan To E-mail is selected. The network traffic can be reduced and the load caused by the network traffic can be reduced, compared with the configuration in which the above configuration is adopted.
[0049]
In addition, when the transmission of e-mail by Scan To E-mail is completed, the stored address book data is deleted from the storage unit (it is not configured to continue to save). There is no need to provide a storage area for each user, and the memory capacity can be reduced.
(Second Embodiment)
In the first embodiment, the example in which the user's address book data is stored in the client terminal used by the user has been described. However, in the present embodiment, the address book data is stored in the mobile terminal side. There is a big difference in that point. Here, the description of the same parts as those in the first embodiment will be omitted, and different parts (image forming apparatus and portable terminal) will be mainly described. Further, members having the same function are denoted by the same reference numerals.
[0050]
(2-1) Configuration of image forming apparatus
FIG. 13 is a block diagram showing a configuration of the image forming apparatus 71 of the present embodiment. As shown in the figure, the image forming apparatus 71 includes a control unit 72, a user name information storage unit 73, a mail address storage unit 74, and the like.
The control unit 72 has basically the same configuration and function as the control unit 12, but the process when Scan To E-mail is selected is different as described later. User name information is stored in the user name information storage unit 73, and mail address information is stored in the mail address storage unit 74. The contents of each information will be described later.
[0051]
(2-2) Configuration of mobile terminal
FIG. 14 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of the mobile terminal 81 according to the present embodiment.
As shown in the figure, the portable terminal 81 includes a control unit 82, a storage unit 83, and the like.
The storage unit 83 is provided with an address book table 85 in addition to the personal information table 84, which is different from the first embodiment. The personal information table 84 has basically the same configuration as the personal information table 541, but here the address book data is stored on the mobile terminal 81 side. Information for identifying the portable terminal 81 and a storage file name of address book data in the portable terminal 81 are described. The configuration of the address book table 85 is substantially the same as that of the address book table 214.
[0052]
The control unit 82 communicates with the image forming apparatus 71 according to the Bluetooth standard via the communication unit 51, and transmits personal information and the like to the image forming apparatus 71 as described later. The portable terminal 81 is assumed to be owned by the user A.
(2-3) Processing contents executed in image forming apparatus 71
FIG. 15 is a flowchart showing the processing contents executed in the image forming apparatus 71. Note that steps S101 to S106, S116, and S117 shown in the figure are the same as steps S11 to S16, S29, and S30 of FIG. 8, and therefore the description thereof is omitted here.
[0053]
In step S107, the control unit 72 acquires user name information. Here, the user name information is the user name described in the “name” column of the address book, for example, “user B” “user X” “user Y” in the case of the address book table 214 shown in FIG. ". Specifically, information indicating the “address book storage destination” included in the personal information stored in the personal information storage unit 16 is read, and the object exchange profile or the like is read from the storage destination device, that is, the portable terminal 81. Based on the above, the storage file name of the address book data is designated, the transmission request for the user name information in the address book data is requested, and received from the portable terminal 81. Then, the acquired user name information is stored in the user name information storage unit 73 (step S108).
[0054]
The control unit 72 generates a destination selection input reception screen based on the acquired user name information and displays it on the operation panel 15 (step S109). This destination selection input reception screen is the same as the reception screen 151 shown in FIG. 9, and “name” included in the user name information is displayed on each button. For example, when the user name information includes data indicating “user B”, “user X”, and “user Y”, there are three “user B” buttons, “user X” buttons, and “user Y” buttons. A button will be displayed. User A can select a destination to which an image is to be transmitted by pressing any button.
[0055]
When the control unit 72 determines the end of the selection input by pressing the button 153 (“Y” in step S110), the control unit 72 acquires the mail address corresponding to the name selected on the screen from the portable terminal 81 (step S111). Specifically, when the selected name is designated to the portable terminal 81 and the mail address corresponding to the name, for example, “User B” in the address book shown in FIG. A transmission request for information indicating “B” is made, and is received from the portable terminal 81 as mail address information. And the acquired mail address information is preserve | saved in the mail address memory | storage part 74 (step S112).
[0056]
Subsequently, the scanner unit 13 is controlled to read the image of the set document (step S113), and the destination address is stored in the mail address storage unit 74, which is an email having the image data as an attached file. A mail having the current mail address is created, and the mail is transmitted to the destination via the network I / F 111 (step S114).
[0057]
After the mail transmission, all the information stored in the personal information storage unit 16, the user name information storage unit 73, and the mail address storage unit 74 is deleted (step S115), and the process ends.
(2-4) Processing contents executed in portable terminal 81
FIG. 16 is a flowchart showing the processing contents executed in the portable terminal 81.
[0058]
As shown in the figure, it is first determined whether or not there has been a request for transmission of personal information from the image forming apparatus 71 (step S121). If it is determined that there is a request for personal information transmission (“Y” in step S121), the personal information is read from the personal information table 84 and the data is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 71 (step S122). If there is no transmission request (“N” in step S121), the process proceeds to step S123.
[0059]
Subsequently, it is determined whether or not there is a request for transmitting user name information from the image forming apparatus 71. If it is determined that there is a request (“Y” in step S123), it is described in the “Name” column in the address book table 85. Only the information indicating the user name is read out from the address book table 85 as user name information and transmitted to the image forming apparatus 71 (step S124). If there is no transmission request (“N” in step S123), the process proceeds to step S125.
[0060]
Then, it is determined whether or not a mail address transmission request is received from the image forming apparatus 71. If it is determined that there is a request (“Y” in step S125), the mail address corresponding to the designated user name, for example, “user” is determined. When “B” is designated, “address B” is read from the address book table 85 as mail address information, transmitted to the image forming apparatus 71 (step S126), and the process returns to step S121. When there is no transmission request (“N” in step S125), the process returns to step S121.
[0061]
As described above, the image forming apparatus 71 according to the present embodiment first acquires only the user name information indicating the user name from the address book data stored in the portable terminal 81, and uses the Scan To E-mail function. When one of the user names included in the user name information is designated as a destination by the user who is going to send mail, only the mail address corresponding to the designated user name is sent from the portable terminal 81. It is configured to acquire. Therefore, the amount of data to be acquired can be reduced and the network traffic can be reduced correspondingly, compared to the configuration in which all the address book data is acquired all at once as in the first embodiment.
[0062]
(3) Modification
As described above, the present invention has been described based on the embodiment. However, the present invention is not limited to the above-described embodiment, and the following modifications may be considered.
(3-1) In the first embodiment, the address book data is stored on the client PC side, and in the second embodiment, the address book data is stored on the mobile terminal side. However, the configuration is limited to those configurations. There is nothing. For example, another file server connected to the LAN 5 or another client PC may be used. It is only necessary that at least data indicating the storage destination of the address book data of the user who owns the mobile terminal is registered in the mobile terminal.
[0063]
(3-2) In the above-described embodiment, the image forming apparatus acquires the storage file name of the address book data from the portable terminal as information (specific information) for specifying the storage destination of the address book data. However, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, it can be a path (name). Moreover, information (user name, ID number, etc.) for identifying the user may be acquired as the specific information. A table that associates each user with the address book data storage destination of the user is stored in the image forming apparatus in advance, and if the image forming apparatus can identify the user, the address book data storage destination of the user is determined. This can be realized by specifying and acquiring the data from the specified storage destination.
[0064]
(3-3) In the first embodiment, among the destinations described in the user's address book, only the destinations to which the user has sent and received mail so far are displayed on the reception screen 151. However, for example, a configuration in which such a process is not performed, that is, a configuration in which all destinations described in the acquired address book are displayed on the reception screen 151 and a destination selection input is received from them can be adopted. Although a destination that does not appear in the transmission / reception history is unlikely to be designated as a data transmission destination, it is not completely impossible to be designated as long as it is registered in the address book. With this configuration, transmission to a destination that does not appear in the transmission / reception history is also possible. In this case, the above steps S19 to S23 are deleted, and in step S24, a reception screen 151 is created and displayed based on the acquired address book data (all destinations described in the address book are displayed in the button group 152). This can be realized if the configuration is to be displayed.
[0065]
(3-4) Also, when Scan To E-mail is selected, the address book data is acquired. However, such processing is not performed, that is, after acquiring personal information, the address book data is automatically acquired. It can also be set as the structure which acquires. In this case, the process of step S16 may be executed after step S18. In this configuration, for example, after acquiring address book data, if Scan To E-mail is not selected by the user after the elapse of a predetermined time (for example, 30 seconds), it is assumed that there is no intention and is actually stored. The personal information and address book data can be deleted. In this way, it is possible to prevent the address book data from being stored forever.
[0066]
In this way, when the user selects Scan To E-mail from the operation panel 15 of the image forming apparatus, the address book data acquisition process has already been started, or has been completed in some cases. become. In the conventional configuration, the address book data is acquired after the PC is selected by the user, and the user waits during that time. Therefore, in addition to the trouble of selecting and operating the PC, the user may not be able to directly execute Scan To E-mail. In this modification, when the user approaches the image forming apparatus, the acquisition process is performed. Will start, and the waiting time will be reduced accordingly, improving usability.
[0067]
(3-5) In the above embodiment, when the transmission of mail by Scan To E-mail is completed, the address book data and the like that are currently stored are deleted from the storage unit. A configuration may be adopted in which these are temporarily stored, and when another user approaches and acquires new address book data or the like, they are overwritten and stored.
[0068]
(3-6) In the above embodiment, when it is determined in steps S11 to S13 that the mobile terminal has entered the predetermined communication area, personal information is acquired from the mobile terminal. However, the present invention is not limited to this. Absent. For example, it is assumed that the user simply passes immediately in front of the image forming apparatus 10 without using the image forming apparatus 10. In such a case, for example, between steps S15 and S16 in FIG. If it is determined that there has been a key input from the operation panel 15 within a predetermined time, for example, 15 seconds, the process proceeds to step S16, and there is no key input. If it is determined that the process is terminated after executing the process of step S29, there is no need to wastefully wait for a key input from the user who has just passed.
[0069]
In addition, when a user who has approached the image forming apparatus 10 is different from a user who is actually performing a key operation on the operation panel 15 of the image forming apparatus 10 (for example, a certain user immediately A case in which the user passes the side and immediately after that another user stands in front of the image forming apparatus 10 and operates the operation panel 15) is also conceivable. In such a case, for example, between steps S16 and S17, “1. personal information is acquired from the nearest mobile terminal, 2. the content of the acquired personal information and actually stored in the personal information storage unit 16” 3. Determine whether the contents of the personal information match, 3. If they match, consider the same user and go to step S17, 4. If they do not match, acquire the personal information Is stored in place of the personal information that is actually stored in the personal information storage unit 16 (overwrite storage) is provided, the address book data of the user who actually operates the operation panel 15 is provided. The storage location can be acquired, and it can be prevented that another user's information is acquired by mistake.
[0070]
(3-7) In the above embodiment, the address book data is acquired when Scan To E-mail is selected. However, for example, when the image forming apparatus has a facsimile communication function, an operation mode is obtained. The address book data can be obtained when the facsimile transmission mode is selected. In that case, the destination facsimile number is also described in the address book. In such a configuration, when the facsimile transmission mode is selected instead of Scan To E-mail in step S16, the address book data describing the facsimile number of the other party is acquired, and then the facsimile communication is performed. The transmission / reception history is acquired from the device that manages the transmission / reception history. Then, if the transmission / reception history matches the facsimile number (destination number) of the other party described in the address book, only the addresses that have been transmitted / received by facsimile are displayed on the reception screen 151. That's fine. In that case, the name of the other party may be compared. When applied to the second embodiment, the facsimile number (destination number) of the user selected in step S111 may be acquired.
[0071]
(3-8) In the above embodiment, the image forming apparatus and the mobile terminal communicate with each other based on the Bluetooth standard. However, it is only necessary to perform the above-described processing by wireless communication. For example, infrared communication (IrDA (Infrared Data Association) ), Wireless communication methods such as IEEE802.11 can also be used.
Further, the network is not limited to a LAN, but may be a communication network such as the Internet or a WAN (Wide Area Network), and is not limited to wired or wireless.
[0072]
(3-9) In the above embodiment, the predetermined communication area is within a distance of about 1 (m) from the image forming apparatus 10, but it goes without saying that the present invention is not limited to this. The range is preferably determined according to the installation environment of the image forming apparatus. For example, when the image forming apparatus is installed in the vicinity of the user's desk, the range may be narrowed, for example, 50 (cm) because the user may remain in the communication area at all times. Conversely, if the image forming apparatus is installed in a dedicated copy room or the like, the address book data as described in (3-4) above can be expanded by widening the range. The effect that the waiting time for acquisition can be reduced is also obtained. In that case, for example, when the user comes to the front of the image forming apparatus, if the acquisition process is already finished, the usability is improved. This can be realized by setting a value equal to or greater than a value obtained by multiplying the time (seconds) required for the acquisition process by the walking speed (m / second) of the user as the predetermined distance. Further, the distance (the magnitude (threshold value) of the electric field strength of the received radio wave for determining whether or not the distance has been approached) can be configured to be changeable from the operation panel or the like by the administrator of the image forming apparatus. .
[0073]
(3-10) Moreover, it is good also as a structure which combines each said modification 2 or 3 or more.
(3-11) In the above embodiment, an example in which the acquisition of the address book data is executed in the image forming apparatus has been described. However, in the present invention, the processing up to the acquisition of the address book data, that is, the above steps S11 to S11. The present invention can be applied to a data communication device as a device that executes the processing of S23 or S101 to S111. In that case, the data communication apparatus can be included in the image forming apparatus or can be connected separately from the image forming apparatus. Further, the data communication apparatus is not limited to an image forming apparatus such as an MFP or a printer, but communicates with a destination using an address book function such as a scanner, a facsimile apparatus, a telephone set, or a PC (image, voice, moving image, program) It is also possible to adopt a configuration generally provided for a device having a function of transmitting and receiving data such as. In that case, for example, when the transmission mode by the data transmission means for transmitting data such as voice, moving image, and program is selected, processing such as acquisition of the address book data is executed.
[0074]
(3-12) The present invention can also be applied to a data communication system including the data communication apparatus. In this case, for example, a data communication system including a mobile terminal and a data communication device that performs wireless communication with the mobile terminal, the mobile terminal specifying information for specifying a storage destination of the user's address book data Storage means for storing the information, and a transmission means for reading the specific information from the storage means when receiving a transmission request for the specific information from the data communication apparatus, and transmitting the specific information to the data communication apparatus. A detecting means for detecting whether or not the mobile terminal has entered the predetermined communication area, and when it is detected that the mobile terminal has entered the predetermined communication area, the mobile terminal is requested to transmit specific information. It comprises a requesting means, a receiving means for receiving specific information transmitted from a portable terminal, and an acquiring means for acquiring address book data based on the received specific information. It can be a Data Communications System.
[0075]
Furthermore, the present invention can be grasped as a method of acquiring the address book data. The method can also be understood as a program executed by a computer. That is, the processing procedures shown in the flowcharts of FIGS. 8 and 15 are executed by the CPU operating according to a program stored in a ROM (not shown). In this case, for example, a program that operates in the data communication device, a communication step of performing wireless communication with the mobile terminal, a detection step of detecting whether the mobile terminal has entered a predetermined communication area, A first acquisition step of acquiring, from the mobile terminal, specific information for specifying a storage destination of the address book data of the user who uses the mobile terminal when it is detected that the mobile terminal has entered the predetermined communication area; A second acquisition step of acquiring address book data based on the acquired specific information can be a program characterized by causing a data communication device to execute a process including the second acquisition step.
[0076]
In the present invention, the program may be recorded on a computer-readable recording medium such as a flexible disk, a hard disk, a CD-ROM, an MO, a DVD, a DVD-ROM, a DVD-RAM, or a semiconductor memory. Further, the program of the present invention does not need to include all modules for causing the computer to execute the processing described above. For example, a communication program, a program included in an OS (Operating System), and the like are separately provided. You may make it make a computer perform each process of this invention using the various general purpose programs which can be installed.
[0077]
【The invention's effect】
As described above, the data communication device of the present invention is configured to specify a storage destination of user address book data from the mobile terminal when it is detected that the mobile terminal has entered the predetermined communication area. Since the specific information is acquired and the address book data is acquired based on the acquired specific information, the user who owns the portable terminal simply moves closer to the data communication device and acquires his / her address book data. It can be used in communication devices. For this reason, there is no need to perform an input operation such as designating a device in which address book data is stored from a group of devices displayed on an operation panel or the like as in the prior art, and such an effort is eliminated. can get.
[Brief description of the drawings]
FIG. 1 is a diagram showing an overall configuration of a data communication system 1 according to a first embodiment.
2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of the image forming apparatus 10. FIG.
3 is a block diagram showing a configuration of a mobile terminal 50. FIG.
4 is a diagram showing an example of the contents of a personal information table 541. FIG.
FIG. 5 is a block diagram showing a configuration of a client terminal 20;
6 is a diagram showing an example of the contents of an address book table 214. FIG.
7 is a block diagram showing a configuration of the mail server 40. FIG.
FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing the contents of processing executed in the image forming apparatus 10;
9 is a diagram showing a display example of a destination selection input acceptance screen 151. FIG.
10 is a flowchart showing the content of personal information transmission processing executed in the portable terminal 50. FIG.
11 is a flowchart showing the contents of history information transmission processing executed in the mail server 40. FIG.
12 is a flowchart showing the contents of address book data transmission processing executed in the client terminal 20. FIG.
FIG. 13 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an image forming apparatus 71 according to a second embodiment.
FIG. 14 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a mobile terminal 81 according to the second embodiment.
FIG. 15 is a flowchart showing processing contents executed in the image forming apparatus 71;
FIG. 16 is a flowchart showing processing contents executed in the mobile terminal 81;
[Explanation of symbols]
1 Data communication system
5 LAN
10, 71 Image forming apparatus
11, 51 Communication Department
12, 41, 53, 72, 82, 212 Control unit
15, 52 Operation panel
16 Personal information storage
17 Mail transmission / reception history storage
18 Address book storage
19 Address information storage unit
20, 30 Client terminal
40 mail server
42, 111, 211 Network I / F
50, 60, 81 Mobile terminal
73 User name information storage unit
74 Email address storage
84,541 Personal information table
85, 214 Address book table
112 Wireless communication unit
113 Distance detector
151 Destination selection input acceptance screen
431 Mail history table

Claims (4)

  1. A communication means for performing wireless communication with the mobile terminal;
    Detecting means for detecting whether or not the mobile terminal has entered a predetermined communication area;
    When it is detected that the mobile terminal has entered the predetermined communication area, the first acquisition for acquiring, from the mobile terminal, specific information for specifying the storage destination of the address book data of the user who uses the mobile terminal Means,
    Second acquisition means for acquiring address book data based on the acquired specific information;
    Data transmission means;
    At least a scan mode in which an image of an original is read to obtain image data, a copy mode in which an original image is printed based on image data obtained by reading an image of the original, and image data by the data transmission means at an instructed destination Transmission mode determination means for determining whether or not the transmission mode has been selected by a user from among a plurality of operation modes including a transmission mode for transmitting
    The second acquisition means includes
    The data communication device characterized in that the address book data is acquired when it is determined that the transmission mode is selected.
  2. The first acquisition means includes
    The data communication device according to claim 1, wherein when there are a plurality of mobile terminals in the predetermined communication area, the specific information is acquired from a mobile terminal closest to the data communication device.
  3. It is configured to be able to communicate through a server having a function of managing transmission / reception history,
    Third acquisition means for acquiring transmission / reception history data relating to a user using the portable terminal from the server;
    Selects a matching destination included in the acquired transmission / reception history out of the destinations included in the address book data acquired by the second acquisition unit and the communication partner with the user as the recipient or sender. Selection means,
    The data communication apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
  4. The address book data includes a destination name and a corresponding destination number,
    The second acquisition means includes
    In the address book, data indicating only a destination name is obtained, and when a name to be a destination is designated by the user from among the destination names, data of a destination number corresponding to the designated destination name is obtained. The data communication apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the data communication apparatus acquires the data communication apparatus.
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