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FAX, PAGER AND E-MAIL
Ted J. Albrecht
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY
7097 Montrose Road
Woodbury, MN 55125
Ph./Fx. (651) 735-4356
December 14, 1999
In the not too distance future, 5-10 years, each person will probably have only one universal contact number, which would replace: home/work telephone numbers; fax numbers; videophone numbers; E-Mail addresses; pager numbers; and cellular phone numbers (see attachment #1). Certainly the sheer complexity that so many numbers creates is a drag on meaningful/intelligent communications. And frustrations caused by changing numbers due to a change in residence or job, is high and getting worse --- now the telephone companies are running out of numbers, so that new area codes are being introduced daily. Some are predicting they will have to go to four digit area codes by 2004.
Is there no end in sight? Hopefully there is, since the telephone, cable,
Internet, satellite and cellular networks are being integrated, the resulting
intelligent network would know the type of transaction (voice/fax/video, E-Mail,
page or cell) that is being initiated. The intelligent network would contact the
receiving personís designated home server or server provider, which would
determine if the contact should be immediately handled or put into one of
various inboxes depending upon contactor or type of contact. If the designated
server determines that the contact should be handled immediately, then it will
determine where the receiver is. This could be home, vehicle, work or Ďaboutí.
The designated server would then engage the right server, which would alert the
receiver of the contact via the appropriate device. The receiver has several
options in handling the contact:
1) Ignore the contact, that would prompt the server to advise
the contactor as follows:
Hello [name of contactor person] or [contactorís id
[receiverís name] is not available, pause,
your [day/date/time] contact has been logged in, pause,
you may leave a message at the tone, pause,
Make It A Great Day....
2) Or, prompt the server to engage the contactor using a special dialogue.
3) Or, engage the contactor.
All contacts in and out, answered or not, would be recorded on receiverís designated server. After x days, contacts would be automatically deleted. Contacts can be moved to a personal file where they can be saved indefinitely.
When a fax or E-Mail is sent, it would go directly to the receiverís designated server respective file and the receiver would be notified, so s/he could decide to view and respond right away or look at latter.
The key to the universal contact number is the intelligent integrated network working in tandem with the designated server. The remaining parts of this paper will expand upon:
1) What exists today and why it is a problem.
2) Developing the hierarchical server infrastructure:
3) What can be done next.
4) New telecom technologies.
5) Putting it all together into the 'Intelligent Network'.
Also, there are additional driving forces that are on the horizon, which will add to the need to have a universal number. That is:
a) The coalescence of all media as explained by attachment 'A' an excerpt from my paper entitled "Transition".
b) Broadcasting is replaced by 'Broadquesting'.
c) Photons replace electrons, outlined in attachment 'B'.
Intelligent Integrated Network
(This scenario is still being researched and written)