WO2001095603A1 - Communication system - Google Patents

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WO2001095603A1
WO2001095603A1 PCT/EP2001/006246 EP0106246W WO0195603A1 WO 2001095603 A1 WO2001095603 A1 WO 2001095603A1 EP 0106246 W EP0106246 W EP 0106246W WO 0195603 A1 WO0195603 A1 WO 0195603A1
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Menso Appeldorn
Martin Remco Van Der Werff
Marten De Boer
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Koninklijke Kpn N.V.
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M3/00Automatic or semi-automatic exchanges
    • H04M3/42Systems providing special services or facilities to subscribers
    • H04M3/50Centralised arrangements for answering calls; Centralised arrangements for recording messages for absent or busy subscribers ; Centralised arrangements for recording messages
    • H04M3/53Centralised arrangements for recording incoming messages, i.e. mailbox systems
    • H04M3/537Arrangements for indicating the presence of a recorded message, whereby the presence information might include a preview or summary of the message
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04L51/00Arrangements for user-to-user messaging in packet-switching networks, e.g. e-mail or instant messages
    • H04L61/4547
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04L67/00Network-specific arrangements or communication protocols supporting networked applications
    • H04L67/30Network-specific arrangements or communication protocols supporting networked applications involving profiles
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04L51/00Arrangements for user-to-user messaging in packet-switching networks, e.g. e-mail or instant messages
    • H04L51/06Message adaptation based on network or terminal capabilities
    • H04L51/066Message adaptation based on network or terminal capabilities with adaptation of format
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04L67/00Network-specific arrangements or communication protocols supporting networked applications
    • H04L67/30Network-specific arrangements or communication protocols supporting networked applications involving profiles
    • H04L67/306User profiles
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04L69/00Application independent communication protocol aspects or techniques in packet data networks
    • H04L69/30Definitions, standards or architectural aspects of layered protocol stacks
    • H04L69/32High level architectural aspects of 7-layer open systems interconnection [OSI] type protocol stacks
    • H04L69/322Aspects of intra-layer communication protocols among peer entities or protocol data unit [PDU] definitions
    • H04L69/329Aspects of intra-layer communication protocols among peer entities or protocol data unit [PDU] definitions in the application layer, i.e. layer seven
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04M7/00Arrangements for interconnection between switching centres
    • H04M7/006Networks other than PSTN/ISDN providing telephone service, e.g. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), including next generation networks with a packet-switched transport layer

Abstract

Communication system for sending notification messages from servers (1), connected to a first network (2), to user terminals (3), connected to a second network (4). A notification server (5) is connected to both the first network (2) and the second network (4) and comprises a database with user identifiers and corresponding user attributes. If the notification server (5) receives a first notification message from a server (1), the notification server sends a second notification message to the user on the basis of the user-specific communication-, form- and time-attributes.

Description

Communication system
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The invention relates to a communication system for sending notification messages from servers, connected to a first network, to user terminals, connected to a second network. A system of this type is more or less known from EP-798899-A1. This patent proposes a communication system in which a notification server sends a notification message to the telephone set of a subscriber as soon as an e-mail message for that subscriber has been received in an e-mail server.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The object of the present invention is to provide a broadly applicable service to product and service providers and their customers (users) by means of a notification server that is connected to both the said first network and the said second network and that comprises a database with user identifiers and corresponding user attributes, whereby, if the notification server receives a (first) notification message from the server of such a product or service provider, the notification server determines which user identifier the notification message contains and then sends a second notification message to the user corresponding to the user identifier, with control by the attributes corresponding to that user identifier.
The notification server bundles messages originating from product and service providers via the first network and distributes them to the users for whom the messages are intended, making use of attributes specifying the manner in which the message is to be sent to the user, at what time, in which form, etc.
The first network, i.e. the network by which various servers send notification messages to the notification server, may vary according to the server. For example, while one service/product provider may send messages to the notification server by e-mail, another may do this by fax and a third by X25 or the Internet.
The notification server therefore comprises communication means for receiving notification messages from the various servers via these various first networks.
Similarly, the networks via which users receive notification messages from the notification server may vary according to the user. For example, messages may be sent via a mobile telephone network, for example by means of SMS messages or via the fixed network, for example by means of a synthetic voice message. The notification server accordingly comprises communication means for sending notification messages via these various networks to the various user terminals.
The database of the notification server, which contains the user identifier plus user attributes, may also comprise a server identifier and corresponding server attributes. The notification server will then, moreover, on receipt of a notification message, determine which server identifier the received notification message contains and can then send the notification message to the user, making use of the server attributes. For example, the message to the user can in this way contain form attributes such as logo, accompanying text, etc., thus giving the impression that the message originates directly from the product/service provider. Based on the user attributes, such as name, address, etc., the message can be offered to the user in a personalised form.
In order, in the contact between the product or service provider and the consumer (user) , to input the identification code (identifier) and link it to an event to be reported by the provider - via the notification server - to the user, the server of the provider may comprise a card reader for reading out the user identifier from a user card offered to this card reader. As an alternative, the server of the provider may also comprise a terminal for entering the user identifier and possibly user attributes .
The notification server is preferably accessible by the user terminals, via the second network, for reading out or modifying the user attributes.
EMBODIMENTS Figure 1 shows an embodiment of the communication system according to the invention, suitable for sending notification messages from servers 1 of product or service providers, connected to a first network 2 (two of which have been drawn) , to user terminals 3, connected to a second network 4 (three of which have been drawn) . The drawn networks 2 may be different networks, for example an ISDN and a PSTN, or both the same network. This also applies to the networks 4: the drawn networks 4 can be different networks (ISDN, Internet, GSM, UMTS) or the same. In addition, the first networks 2 can be the same as the networks 4 or different. Accordingly, it is an object of the invention to offer a widely applicable service to product and service providers and their customers by means of a notification server 5 which is connected to both the first network 2 and the second network 4. By drawing the networks 2 and 4 as separate networks, it is emphasised that the notification server 5, via appropriate means (interfaces) , is adapted to receive or send notification messages via all possible communication means (networks) with the product and service providers and with the customers/users.
The notification server 5 comprises a database with user identifiers and corresponding user attributes. These user attributes comprise instructions relating to the conditions, manner, form and time of sending a notification message. The notification server 5 sends such a notification message to a user after the notification server 5 has first received a notification message from a server 1, relating to a relationship between the user and that product or service provider. For example, the user has ordered a product from the provider and the latter sends a message to say that the ordered product has arrived. When placing the order, the customer/user gave his/her user identifier to the provider. As soon as the order arrives, :,he server 1 sends a message to the notification server 5. This message contains the user identifier given by the user to the provider when placing the order. As soon as the notification server 5 receives a notification message from the server 1 of such a product or service provider, the notification server determines which user identifier the notification message contains and then sends a second notification message to the user corresponding to that user identifier, with control by the attributes corresponding to that user identifier, recorded in the database. These attributes, recorded under the user identifier in the notification server 5, specify amongst other things the type of network 4 via which the (second) notification message is to be given to the user terminal 3, at what time and in which form. For example, messages from provider A must be sent as SMS message via the GSM network to the mobile phone of user B, tel. 06 , not before 5 p.m., without displaying any attributes that may originate from the provider (since these are not very suitable for an SMS message) . The user attributes may additionally contain information specifying that the same notification must also be sent via the Internet to the Internet e-mail address, but now complete with the provider attributes and at the earliest possible time.
Thus, the notification server bundles all the messages from product and service providers and distributes them to the users for whom those messages are intended, making use of attributes specifying how the message should be sent to the user, at what time, in which form, etc.
The database of the notification server, which contains the user identifier plus attributes, may also comprise a server identifier and corresponding (fixed) server attributes. On receipt of a notification message, the notification server determines which server identifier the received notification message contains and can then send the notification message to the user with co-control by those server attributes. For example, the message to the user may contain form attributes, such as logo, accompanying text, etc., giving the impression that the message originates directly from the product/service provider. Based on the user attributes, such as name, address, etc., the message can be offered to the user in a personalised form. ("Dear Mr. J., we are pleased to inform you that the garden bench you ordered has arrived. Yours sincerely, The Garden Gnome Ltd."). In order, in the contact between the product or service provider and the consumer (user) , to input the identification code (identifier) and to link it to an event (here the arrival of the ordered product) to be reported by the provider - via the notification server - to the user, the server 1 can comprise a card reader 6 for reading the user identifier from a user card 7 offered to this card reader 6. Alternatively, the user identifier can also be input manually, via a (not drawn) terminal by the provider. The notification server is accessible via the second network 4 by the user terminals 3 for reading out or modifying the user attributes. Preferably, this reading out and modifying takes place via a data terminal (PC) , but can also take place via a (mobile or fixed) voice terminal, provided that the notification server comprises a voice response (VR) interface for this purpose .

Claims

1. Communication system for sending notification messages from servers (1) , connected to a first network (2) , to user terminals (3), connected to a second network (4), CHARACTERIZED BY a notification server (5) that is connected to both the first network (2) and the second network (4) and that comprises a database with user identifiers and corresponding user attributes, whereby, if the notification server (5) receives a first notification message from a server (1) , the notification server determines which user identifier the notification message contains and then sends a second notification message to the user corresponding to the user identifier, with control by the attributes corresponding to that user identifier.
2. Communication system according to claim 1, CHARACTERIZED IN THAT the first network (1) , by which various servers (1) send notification messages to the notification server (5) , varies according to the server, and that the notification server comprises communication means for receiving notification messages from the various servers via these various first networks.
3. Communication system according to claim 1, CHARACTERIZED IN THAT the second network (4) , by which various user terminals (3) receive notification messages from the notification server (5) , varies according to the user terminal, and that the notification server comprises communication means for sending notification messages to the various user terminals via the various second networks .
4. Communication system according to claim 1, CHARACTERIZED IN THAT the database of the notification server also contains a server identifier and corresponding server attributes, and the notification server, on receipt of a notification message, determines which server identifier the received notification message contains and sends the second notification message to the user, with co-control by those server attributes.
5. Communication system according to claim 1, CHARACTERIZED IN THAT a said server (1) comprises a card reader (6) for reading out the user identifier from a user card (7) which is offered to the card reader.
6. Communication system according to claim 1 or 5, CHARACTERIZED IN THAT a said server (1) comprises a terminal (8) for inputting the user identifier or user attributes.
7. Communication system according to claim 1, CHARACTERIZED IN THAT the notification server (5) is accessible by the user terminals
(3) via the second network (4) for reading out or modifying the user attributes.
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