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(11)EP 1 377 005 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
08.03.2006 Bulletin 2006/10

(21)Application number: 03013251.8

(22)Date of filing:  12.06.2003
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04M 3/56  (2006.01)

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Collaboration using instant messaging in multimedia telephony-over-LAN conferences

Zusammenarbeit mittels Instant Messaging in multimedialen Telefonie-über-LAN Konferenzen

Collaboration utilisant la messagerie instantanée dans une conférence multimédia sur un réseau local


(84)Designated Contracting States:
DE FR GB IT

(30)Priority: 17.06.2002 US 174031

(43)Date of publication of application:
02.01.2004 Bulletin 2004/01

(73)Proprietor: Siemens Communications, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL 33287 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • Beyda, William J.
    Cupertino, CA 95014 (US)

(74)Representative: Allen, Derek et al
Siemens Shared Services Limited, c/o Siemens AG, P.O. Box 22 16 34
80506 Munich
80506 Munich (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A1- 2002 071 540
  
  • WENYU, LENNOX, NARAYANAN, SCULZRINNE ET AL.: "INTEGRATING INTERNET TELEPHONY SERVICES" IEEE INTERNET COMPUTING, May 2002 (2002-05), pages 64-72, XP002252323 USA
  • HYONG SOP SHIM ET AL.: "An example of using presence and availability in an enterprise for spontaneous, multiparty, multimedia communications" INTERNET TELEPHONY WORKSHOP 2001, [Online] 3 April 2001 (2001-04-03), XP002252324 Columbia University, New York City Retrieved from the Internet: <URL:http://www.iptel.org/2001/pg/final_pr ogram/> [retrieved on 2003-08-25]
  
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


FIELD OF THE INVENTION



[0001] The present invention relates to telecommunications devices and, in particular, to an improved system and method for multimedia telephony-over-LAN conferences.

DESCRIPTION OF THE RELATED ART



[0002] An effective and user-friendly way to conduct multimedia audio and/or video teleconferences has long been sought. The promulgation of the H.323 Recommendation and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), as well as other multimedia packet protocols, have raised hopes that multimedia audio and video conferencing may yet reach their full potentials. Typically, to teleconference using such systems, users must log in to a teleconferencing server, identify themselves as authorized parties, and be scheduled for the conference.

[0003] Instant Messaging (IM) allows users to log in to an Instant Messaging server and conduct a text-based "chat" session with groups associated with a user's "buddy" lists. Typically, a user logs in to the server, identifies themselves as being present, uploads a "buddy" list, and then is invited to chat with those on the buddy list.

[0004] Telephony systems and instant messaging systems both have advantages and circumstances of use in which one or the other might be more desirable. Typically, telephony systems and instant messaging systems are discrete systems requiring users to learn different sets of procedures for effective usage of each. Further, such systems do not typically allow for cross-system interaction. For example, while a user could establish an instant messaging session with a party while in the middle of teleconference with that party, the instant messaging session would be wholly independent of the teleconference. For example, US 2002071540 discloses the use of an instant messaging system to invite users to participate in a teleconference.

[0005] As such, there is a need for a telecommunications system having a greater integration of instant messaging and teleconferencing. There is a still further need for such a system to have relatively high level of ease of use.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION



[0006] These and other problems in the prior art are overcome in large part by a telecommunications method, a telecommunications device and a system according to the independent claims.

[0007] A network system client according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a graphical user interface (GUI) for each of a telephony sub-client and an Instant Messaging sub-client. A user may open a window for telephony applications such as teleconferencing and from that window, one or more subsidiary windows for Instant Messaging sessions with parties to the teleconference.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0008] A better understanding of the invention is obtained when the following detailed description is considered in conjunction with the following drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a telecommunications system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an exemplary telecommunications client according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3A and FIG. 3B are more detailed block diagrams of telecommunications clients according to embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a block diagram of an exemplary telecommunications server according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an exemplary graphical user interface according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a flow diagram illustrating operation of an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a flow diagram illustrating operation of an embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating signaling according to an embodiment of the present invention.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



[0009] Turning now to the drawings and, with particular attention to FIG. 1, a diagram of a telecommunications system 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention is shown. The telecommunications system 100 includes a packet network such as a LAN 102 to which are coupled a plurality of network devices. In particular, shown are a server 104, which includes an Instant Messaging server 106, a calendar server 108, and a telephony server 110. In the embodiment illustrated, the server 104 couples to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) or Internet. The server 104 may also include gateway and gatekeeper, as well as multipoint control unit functionality. It is noted that, while a single server 104 is shown, the server functionality may also be implemented using a plurality of individual servers coupled to the LAN 102. Thus, the figures are exemplary only.

[0010] The telecommunications system also includes a plurality of network clients, which may be implemented in a variety of configurations. For example, shown are a wireless telephone 112, including a cordless base station 116 and a handset 114; a cellular telephone 118, which couples in through a cellular network (not shown) and the PSTN; a LAN telephone 124; a computer 120 implementing a telephony application program; and a network client 122 implementing a CTI (computer-telephony integration) type system, including a computer 121 and a coupled telephone 123.

[0011] The network clients 120, 122, 124, 118, 112 implement telephony sub-clients 126a-126e, respectively, and Instant Messaging sub-clients 128a-128e, respectively, as will be explained in greater detail below. More particularly, as shown in FIG. 2, each illustrated network client includes a telephony sub-client 126, an Instant Messaging sub-client 128, and a calendaring application 130. A client 120 may also implement a graphical user interface 131. In operation, the telephony sub-client or application 126 provides telephone functionality according to the appropriate standard for each device, e.g., an IP telephony standard for transmittal on the LAN 102. For example, in some embodiments, the telephony sub-clients 126 implement the H.323 Recommendation or the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), although other packet multimedia protocols may be employed. The Instant Messaging sub-clients 128 implement an appropriate Instant Messaging standard. As noted above, suitable Instant Messaging standards include the Netscape AOL Instant Messenger, AT&T Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Pager, or Microsoft Instant Messenger. The calendar application 130 functions with the calendaring server 108, such as Microsoft Exchange server, to schedule teleconferences and chat sessions, as will be explained in greater detail below. Suitable calendar software includes Microsoft Outlook.

[0012] Also coupled to the LAN 102 may be a telephony feature access server or device 103 which couples the LAN 102 to a PBX 105, such as a Hicom PBX. A variety of PBX telephony devices 140a, 140b may also couple to the PBX 105. Devices on the network 102 may be configured to obtain their telephony services through the PBX 105 via the TFA 103. An exemplary telephony feature access server is the Hicom Feature Access server, available from Siemens Corp., and employing the Cornet protocol. In certain embodiments, the TFA 103 may be equipped with Instant Messaging, calendaring, and VoIP capabilities in accordance with the present invention, either as a server or a network device. In what follows, for sake of simplicity, the description will focus primarily on the server 104, it being understood that the teachings of the present invention are equally applicable to the TFA 103..

[0013] FIG. 3A and FIG. 3B are block diagrams of exemplary network clients according to embodiments of the present invention. In particular, the client 120 of FIG. 3A is exemplary of a personal computer coupled to the network via a network interface card (or wireless network interface card). As shown, the network client 120 includes a bus 3000, such as a PCI bus. Coupled to the bus 3000 are one or more processors 3002; memory 3004, such as RAM or SRAM; a disk drive 3006; one or more Universal Serial Bus interfaces 3008; a video interface 3012; and a LAN interface 3010.

[0014] The processor 3002 may be implemented as any of a variety of processors or controllers, including one or more x86 or Pentium-type processors and/or one or more digital signal processors. The processor 3002 implements an IM client 3126, a telephony client 3128, and a calendar client 3130, according to the present invention. The software for implementing the clients may be stored on the disk drive 3006 and memory 3004 in a known manner. The video interface 3012 may couple to a monitor 3013 and display a graphical user interface 3014 executable by the processor 3002 for use with the software clients. The USB interface(s) 308 interface to I/O devices, such as microphone 3016, speaker(s) 3018 and a keyboard 3017 and/or cursor input device 3019. The processor may also implement a graphical user interface 3131, as will be described in greater detail below.

[0015] Finally, as noted above, a network interface 3010 interfaces the network client to a network, such as a local area network (LAN). The network interface 3010 may be implemented as a wireless or wired interface. It is noted that the network client 122 (FIG. 1) is generally similar, though the telephone functionality is provided by the coupled telephone 123 rather than the software client.

[0016] FIG. 3B illustrates another embodiment of the network client and, particularly, a wireless client 112. The wireless client 112 may be embodied, for example, as any wireless telephone system, including a DECT system or other system functioning, for example, in the 2.4 GHz range. The network client 112 includes a base station 116 and one or more handsets or portable units 114. For convenience, only one such handset 114 is shown.

[0017] The base station 116 includes a master processor 4000a, a transceiver 4002a, and a network interface 4004a. In certain embodiments, both the base station 116 and the handset 114 may be used to make telephone calls. Thus, the master processor may implement an IM client 4126a, a telephony client 4128a, and a calendar client 4130a according to embodiments of the present invention. Typically, the clients are implemented as programs stored in memory (not shown). In such an embodiment, the base station 116 will also include a display (not shown), such as an LCD display, and a keypad (not shown). In other embodiments, the base station 116 is not used directly for user interaction and thus does not include a display or full IM client, telephony client and calendar client functionality.

[0018] The transceiver 4002a functions to implement coding and decoding and generally to communicate with the handsets 114. The network interface 4004a interfaces the network client 112 to the network. Thus, the network interface may be a local area network interface.

[0019] The handset 114 includes a master processor 4000b, a transceiver 4002b, a keypad 4006, and a display 4008. It is noted that in certain embodiments, the keypad is implemented as a "virtual" touch screen on the display 4008. Thus the figure is exemplary only. The display is used to implement a graphical user interface for IM, telephony and calendar functionality, as will be explained in greater detail below.

[0020] The master processor 4000b includes a IM client 4126b, a telephony client 4128b, and a calendar client 4130b, as will be explained in greater detail below. Typically, the clients are implemented as programs stored in memory (not shown).

[0021] As will be explained in greater detail below, in operation, the user can use the keypad and screen 4006, 4008 to set a date and parties for a conference. The network server 104 then acts to set up and coordinate the conference

[0022] It is noted that a cellular telephone or PDA 118 according to embodiments of the present invention is configured generally similarly. Typical cellular telephone standards include GSM and IS-136 TDMA.

[0023] FIG. 4 is a block diagram of an exemplary network server according to an embodiment of the present invention. As shown, the server includes an IM server 106, a calendar server 108, and a telephony server 110. The server further includes on or more network interfaces 6000 for interfacing the servers to the local area network.

[0024] The calendar server 108 implements a central calendar application 4202 which is used to schedule teleconferences from network clients. The calendar server 108 thus further includes a memory 4203 for storing configuration information, such as lists of clients, and times of conferences, including the appropriate parties. In operation, the calendar application 4202 receives a request for a conference and stores the date and parties in the memory. The conference is then communicated to the IM server 106 and the telephony server 110.

[0025] The IM server 106 likewise includes a memory 4204 for storing configuration information and for receiving "buddy" lists from IM clients. In operation, the IM client activates chat sessions among at least a subset of the parties to the teleconference, in some embodiments, receiving messages and retransmitting them to other chat parties.

[0026] The telephony server 110 also includes a memory 4206 for storing configuration information and calling and called party information. In operation, the telephony server receives the conference appointment time from the calendar server 108 and, at the appointed time, either arranges the system for the conference or transmits a request to the host user to begin the conference.

[0027] In addition, the server may include gateway 4102 and gatekeeper functionality 4104 (in an embodiment employing H.323), as well as multipoint control unit (MCU) 4106 functionality. Finally, while illustrated as a single server, each of the IM server, calendar server, and the telephony server, and the various other components, could be implemented as discrete units. Thus, the figure is exemplary only.

[0028] Operation of an embodiment of the present invention is explained with reference to FIG. 5 and FIG. 6. In the discussion that follows, network client 120 shall be referred to, it being understood that the teachings of the present invention are equally applicable to the other network clients and their functionality generally similar.

[0029] As shown in FIG. 5, the telephony client 126, the instant messaging client 128, and the calendar application 130 may be implemented including a graphical user interface. In operation, the user may activate one or more instant messaging windows 128-1, 128-2 and one or more calendar windows 130. In a typical embodiment, the calendar application 130 and the instant messaging windows 128-1, 128-2 are opened from within the telephony application 126-1. Thus, these applications may form an integrated part of the telephony application, or may be implemented using plug-ins. In other embodiments, these applications may be implemented using separate applications that are nonetheless adapted to communicate with one another. In still other embodiments, the calendar application or the instant messaging applications may be opened first, and the other applications from them. In the embodiment illustrated, the application further includes an address book or buddy list 402.

[0030] FIG. 6 is a flow diagram illustrating operation of an embodiment of the present invention. As shown, in 602, the IM application 128 is used to log on and provide a buddy list to the IM server 106. In 604, the calendar application 130 is used to schedule a teleconference using the calendar server 108. For example, the user may set a date and identify the parties to the teleconference, and the parties may be informed of the time of the conference. At 606, the server determines if the parties to the teleconference have IM capability. It is noted that in certain embodiments, the party information may be handed off to the IM server 106 or the telephony server 110 for them to make this determination. In 608, the calendar server 108 informs the IM server and the telephony server of the conference. This can occur at or before the scheduled time of the conference; and may occur before step 606. At 610, the IM server determines a presence of IM clients, at the time of the conference. At 612, the telephony server 110 begins the conference by calling all parties, i.e., by communicating with the telephone clients. At 614, the chat channels are opened.

[0031] It is noted that, in certain embodiments, at the time of the conference, the party who called the conference may be contacted by the calendar server (e.g., via a pop up message box) and given the option of starting the conference or delaying it (i.e., if not all participants are present.).

[0032] FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating handling when a user or network client receives a conference call in embodiments of the present invention. In a step 702, the called party receives the call, i.e., a call request and call setup signaling. In step 704, the called party's telephony application activates and proceeds with appropriate handshake signaling to establish the call. In step 706, the called party's IM application activates. For example, this may occur automatically, or the called party may manually click on an associated IM icon. In 708, the called party's IM application receives the list of participants to the conference. Finally, in step 710 the called party can select from the list to establish a chat session with various of the participants.

[0033] Turning now to FIG. 8, a diagram illustrating operation of an embodiment of the invention in greater detail is shown. Shown are a plurality of network clients 120-1, 120-2, 120=3, an IM server 106, a calendar server 108, and a telephony server 110. The network client 120-1 includes an IM application IM1, calendar application C1, and telephony application T1; the network client 120-2 includes an IM application IM2, calendar application C2, and telephony application T2; and the network client 120-3 includes an IM application IM3, calendar application C3, and telephony application T3.

[0034] In the example illustrated, it is assumed that the conference is set up at the behest of the user of network client 120-1. Initially, at 501, the user at network client 120-1 activates his calendar application C1 to set a time and date for the teleconference. As noted above, any calendar application may be used. One such application is Microsoft Outlook. At 502, the time and date are then uploaded to the calendar server 108. A suitable calendar server is the Microsoft Exchange server.

[0035] In certain embodiments, the identity of the other parties to the conference is also uploaded to the server. Thus, in 504, the calendar server 108 saves the time, date and the party information. At 506, the IM server 106 and the telephony server 110 may verify the parties identified.

[0036] Next, in 508, the calendar server 108 sends an acknowledgement to the calendar application C1 that set the conference. At 510, the calendar server 108 sends a message to the network client at the conference time, indicating that the conference is to begin. In response, at 512, the telephony client T1 sends a conference request message to the telephony server 110. At 514, the telephony server responds to set up the call to the originator and the other telephony clients T2, T3. The teleconference would typically be implemented in a multicast mode. The instant messaging client IM1 then logs on to the instant messaging server 106, at 514. Then, at 516, the other instant messaging applications of parties to the conference log in. The users are then able to maintain a chat session with other parties while the teleconference is ongoing.

[0037] It is noted that, in certain embodiments, the calendar application C1 informs the other applications IM1 and T1 of the time and scheduling of the conference. The telephony application T1 and the IM client IM1 then begin the conference at the pointed time.

[0038] The invention described in the above detailed description is not intended to be limited to the specific form set forth herein, but is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications and equivalents as can reasonably be included within the scope of the appended claims.


Claims

1. A telecommunications method, comprising:

scheduling a multimedia conference among a plurality of users (112, 118, 120, 122, 124);

determining which of said plurality of users (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) has an Instant Messaging capability; characterized by

determining a presence of said users (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) with Instant Messaging capability at a time of a multimedia conference; and

connecting said multimedia conference using a multimedia packet protocol and an Instant Messaging session in parallel with said multimedia conference among at least a subset of said users (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) determined to have Instant Messaging capabilities and determined to be present.


 
2. A telecommunications method in accordance with claim 1, wherein said scheduling comprises a multimedia conference server (110) communicating with a calendaring server (108) and identifying participants to said multimedia conference.
 
3. A telecommunications method in accordance with claim 2, wherein said determining an Instant Messaging capability comprises an Instant Messaging server (106) communicating an Instant Messaging user identification with said multimedia conference server (110).
 
4. A telecommunications method in accordance with claim 3, wherein said determining an Instant messaging user presence comprises correlating said Instant Messaging user identification with an identification of a multimedia conference participant at a time of said conference.
 
5. A telecommunications method in accordance with claim 4, wherein said multimedia server (110) implements a protocol compliant with at least one of the H.323 Recommendation or the Session Initiation Protocol.
 
6. A telecommunications device, comprising:

a multimedia packet network (102) client (126) configured to provide an interface to a multimedia teleconference;

an Instant Messaging client (128); and characterized by

a graphical user interface (GUI) (131) adapted to implement Instant Messaging from a program implementing said multimedia packet client;


wherein said Instant Messaging client is configured to establish an Instant Messaging session with other parties detected as being participants in the multimedia conference in parallel with the multimedia conference, in response to receipt of an indication of the parties detected as being participants in the multimedia conference that have an Instant Messaging capability.
 
7. A telecommunications device in accordance with claim 6, wherein said graphical user interface (131) comprises a plug-in in said program implementing said multimedia packet client.
 
8. A telecommunications device in accordance with claim 7, wherein said multimedia packet network (102) client implements at least one of H.323 Recommendation protocol or Session Initiation Protocol.
 
9. A telecommunications system, comprising:

a packet network (102);

a plurality of network clients operably coupled to said network, said network clients including a plurality of telephony clients (126) and an associated plurality of Instant Messaging clients (128);

a teleconferencing server (110) operably coupled to said packet network (102); and

an Instant Messaging server (106) operably coupled to said packet network (102);


characterized in that said teleconferencing server (110) and said Instant Messaging server (106) are adapted to interface such that one or more Instant Messaging sessions are implementable among users of said network clients participating in a teleconference being serviced by said teleconferencing server;
wherein said teleconferencing server (110) and said Instant Messaging server (106) are adapted to interface so as to provide an indication to a user of which other users are present and participating in the teleconference and set up one or more corresponding Instant Messaging sessions among the present participants.
 
10. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 10, said network clients comprising a common interface for implementing said telephony clients (126) and said Instant Messaging clients (128).
 
11. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 9, further comprising a calendaring application (130) for initiating an Instant Messaging session while a telephony session is ongoing.
 
12. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 11, wherein said calendaring application comprises a calendar server (108).
 
13. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 9, said network clients comprising a telephone (123) operably coupled to a computer (121), said computer implementing said Instant Messaging client and an interface to said telephone.
 
14. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 9, said network clients comprising a personal computer (120) implementing telephony software and Instant Messaging software.
 
15. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 9, said network clients comprising a wireless device (112) implementing said telephony clients (126) and said Instant Messaging clients (128).
 
16. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 15, wherein said telephony clients (126) implement at least one or Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) or H.323.
 
17. A telecommunications system in accordance with claim 9, further including:

a telephony feature access device (103) coupled to the network; and

a private branch exchange (105) coupled to the telephony feature access device (103).


 


Ansprüche

1. Telekommunikationsverfahren, das Folgendes umfasst:

Planen einer multimedialen Konferenz zwischen einer Mehrzahl von Benutzern (112, 118, 120, 122, 124);

Feststellen, welche von dieser besagten Mehrzahl von Benutzern (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) über Instant Messaging-Fähigkeit verfügen; dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

die Anwesenheit der besagten Benutzer (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) mit Instant Messaging-Fähigkeit zum Zeitpunkt einer multimedialen Konferenz festgestellt wird; und

die besagte multimediale Konferenz unter Verwendung eines paketbasierten Multimedia-Protokolls und parallel zu der besagten multimedialen Konferenz eine Instant Messaging-Sitzung zwischen mindestens einer Teilgruppe der besagten Benutzer (112, 118, 120, 122, 124), deren Instant Messaging-Fähigkeit und Anwesenheit festgestellt wurde, geschaltet wird.


 
2. Telekommunikationsverfahren gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei die besagte Planung beinhaltet, dass ein Multimedia-Konferenz-Server (110) mit einem Kalender-Server (108) kommuniziert und die Teilnehmer an der besagten multimedialen Konferenz identifiziert.
 
3. Telekommunikationsverfahren gemäß Anspruch 2, wobei die besagte Feststellung der Instant Messaging-Fähigkeit beinhaltet, dass ein Instant Messaging-Server (106) mit dem besagten Multimedia-Konferenz-Server (110) eine Kennung eines Instant Messaging-Teilnehmers austauscht.
 
4. Telekommunikationsverfahren gemäß Anspruch 3, wobei die besagte Feststellung der Anwesenheit eines Instant Messaging-Benutzers beinhaltet, dass die besagte Kennung eines Instant Messaging-Benutzers mit einer Kennung eines Teilnehmers an der multimedialen Konferenz zu einem Zeitpunkt der besagten Konferenz in Beziehung gesetzt wird.
 
5. Telekommunikationsverfahren gemäß Anspruch 4, wobei der besagte Multimedia-Konferenz-Server (110) ein Protokoll implementiert, das mindestens mit der H.323-Empfehlung oder dem Session Initiation Protocol konform ist.
 
6. Telekommunikationsvorrichtung, die Folgendes umfasst:

einen Multimedia-Paketvermittlungsnetz (102) -Client (126), der dafür konfiguriert ist, eine Schnittstelle zu einer multimedialen Telekonferenz bereitzustellen;

einen Instant Messaging-Client (128); und gekennzeichnet durch

eine grafische Benutzeroberfläche (BOF) (131), die dafür ausgelegt ist, das Instant Messaging aus einem Programm heraus zu implementieren, das den besagten Multimedia-Paketvermittlungsnetz-Client realisiert;


wobei der besagte Instant Messaging-Client dafür konfiguriert ist, eine Instant Messaging-Sitzung mit anderen Teilnehmern, die als Teilnehmer einer multimedialen Konferenz erkannt werden, parallel zu der multimedialen Konferenz einzurichten, als Reaktion auf den Empfang einer Angabe zu den Teilnehmern, die als Teilnehmer der multimedialen Konferenz erkannt wurden und die über eine Instant Messaging-Fähigkeit verfügen.
 
7. Telekommunikationsvorrichtung gemäß Anspruch 6, wobei die besagte grafische Benutzeroberfläche (131) ein Plug-in zu dem besagten Programm enthält, das den besagten Multimedia-Paketvermittlungsnetz-Client implementiert.
 
8. Telekommunikationsvorrichtung gemäß Anspruch 7, wobei der besagte Multimedia-Paketvermittlungsnetz (102) -Client mindestens ein Protokoll gemäß der H.323-Empfehlung oder das Session Initiation Protocol implementiert.
 
9. Telekommunikationssystem, das Folgendes umfasst:

ein paketvermitteltes Netz (102);

eine Mehrzahl von Netz-Clients, die operativ mit dem besagten Netz verbunden sind, wobei die besagten Netz-Clients eine Mehrzahl von Telefonie-Clients (126) sowie eine zugehörige Mehrzahl von Instant Messaging-Clients (128) umfassen;

einen Telekonferenz-Server (110), der operativ mit dem besagten paketvermittelten Netz (102) verbunden ist; und

einen Instant Messaging-Server (106), der operativ mit dem besagten paketvermittelten Netz (102) verbunden ist;


dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der besagte Telekonferenz-Server (110) und der besagte Instant Messaging-Server (106) für die Herstellung von Verbindungen ausgelegt sind, und zwar derart, dass eine oder mehrere Instant Messaging-Sitzung(en) zwischen Benutzern der besagten Netz-Clients geschaltet werden können, die an einer Telekonferenz teilnehmen, welche von dem besagten Telekonferenz-Server abgewickelt wird;
wobei der besagte Telekonferenz-Server (110) und der besagte Instant Messaging-Server (106) für die Herstellung von Verbindungen ausgelegt sind, um so einem Benutzer Informationen darüber bereitstellen zu können, welche anderen Benutzer anwesend sind und an der Telekonferenz teilnehmen, sowie eine oder mehrere entsprechende Instant Messaging-Sitzung(en) zwischen den anwesenden Teilnehmern einzurichten.
 
10. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 9, wobei die besagten Netz-Clients eine allgemeine Schnittstelle für die Implementierung der besagten Telefonie-Clients (126) und der besagten Instant Messaging-Clients (128) umfassen.
 
11. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 9, das ferner eine Kalenderanwendung (130) umfasst, um eine Instant Messaging-Sitzung zu veranlassen, während eine Telefonie-Sitzung noch andauert.
 
12. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 11, wobei die besagte Kalenderanwendung einen Kalender-Server (108) umfasst.
 
13. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 9, wobei die besagten Netz-Clients ein Telefon (123) umfassen, das operativ mit einem Computer (121) verbunden ist, wobei auf dem besagten Computer der besagte Instant Messaging-Client und eine Schnittstelle zu dem besagten Telefon implementiert ist.
 
14. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 9, wobei die besagten Netz-Clients einen Personal Computer (120) umfassen, auf dem die Telefonie-Software und die Instant Messaging-Software implementiert sind.
 
15. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 9, wobei die besagten Netz-Clients ein drahtloses Gerät (112) umfassen, auf dem die besagten Telefonie-Clients (126) und die besagten Instant Messaging-Clients (128) implementiert sind.
 
16. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 15, wobei die besagten Telefonie-Clients (126) mindestens das Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) oder H.323 implementieren.
 
17. Telekommunikationssystem gemäß Anspruch 9, das ferner Folgendes umfasst:

ein TFA-Gerät (TFA = Telephony Feature Access, Zugriff auf Telefonieleistungsmerkmale) (103), das an das Netz angeschlossen ist; und

eine private Nebenstellenanlage (105), die mit dem TFA-Gerät (103) verbunden ist.


 


Revendications

1. Procédé de télécommunications, consistant à :

programmer une conférence multimédia entre une pluralité d'utilisateurs (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) ;

déterminer qui, parmi ladite pluralité d'utilisateurs (112, 118, 120, 122, 124), a une capacité de messagerie instantanée, caractérisé par :

le fait de déterminer une présence desdits utilisateurs (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) ayant une capacité de messagerie instantanée à un moment d'une conférence multimédia, et

le fait de connecter ladite conférence multimédia en utilisant un protocole multimédia à commutation de paquets et une session de messagerie instantanée en parallèle avec ladite conférence multimédia entre au moins un sous-ensemble desdits utilisateurs (112, 118, 120, 122, 124) dont il a été déterminé qu'ils ont des capacités de messagerie instantanée et dont il a été déterminé qu'ils sont présents.


 
2. Procédé de télécommunications selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite programmation consiste en ce qu'un serveur de conférences multimédias (110) communique avec un serveur de gestion d'agenda (108) et identifie les participants à ladite conférence multimédia.
 
3. Procédé de télécommunications selon la revendication 2, dans lequel ledit fait de déterminer une capacité de messagerie instantanée consiste en ce qu'un serveur de messagerie instantanée (106) communique l'identification d'un utilisateur de messagerie instantanée audit serveur de conférence multimédia (110).
 
4. Procédé de télécommunications selon la revendication 3, dans lequel le fait de déterminer la présence d'un utilisateur de messagerie instantanée consiste en la corrélation de ladite identification d'un utilisateur de messagerie instantanée avec une identification d'un participant à une conférence multimédia à un moment de ladite conférence.
 
5. Procédé de télécommunications selon la revendication 4, dans lequel ledit serveur multimédia (110) met en oeuvre un protocole conforme à au moins soit la Recommandation H.323, soit au Protocole d'ouverture de session.
 
6. Dispositif de télécommunications, comprenant :

un client (126) de réseau multimédia à commutation de paquets (102), configuré pour procurer une interface avec une téléconférence multimédia ;

un client de messagerie instantanée (128), et caractérisé par :

une interface utilisateur graphique (GUI) (131) adaptée pour mettre en oeuvre la messagerie instantanée à partir d'un programme mettant en oeuvre ledit client multimédia à commutation de paquets ;

dans lequel ledit client de messagerie instantanée est configuré pour établir une session de messagerie instantanée avec d'autres correspondants détectés comme étant des participants à la conférence multimédia en parallèle avec la conférence multimédia, en réaction à la réception d'une indication des correspondants détectés comme étant des participants à la conférence multimédia qui ont une capacité de messagerie instantanée.


 
7. Dispositif de télécommunications selon la revendication 6, dans lequel ladite interface utilisateur graphique (131) est constituée d'un module d'extension dans ledit programme mettant en oeuvre ledit client multimédia à commutation de paquets.
 
8. Dispositif de télécommunications selon la revendication 7, dans lequel ledit client de réseau multimédia à commutation de paquets (102) met en oeuvre au moins soit le protocole de la Recommandation H.323, soit le Protocole d'ouverture de session.
 
9. Système de télécommunications, comprenant :

un réseau à commutation de paquets (102) ;

une pluralité de clients réseau fonctionnellement couplés audit réseau, lesdits clients réseau comprenant une pluralité de clients de téléphonie (126) et une pluralité associée de clients de messagerie instantanée (128) ;

un serveur de téléconférence (110) fonctionnellement couplé audit réseau à commutation de paquets (102), et

un serveur de messagerie instantanée (106) fonctionnellement couplé audit réseau à commutation de paquets (102),


caractérisé en ce que ledit serveur de téléconférence (110) et ledit serveur de messagerie instantanée (106) sont adaptés pour s'interfacer de telle sorte qu'une ou plusieurs sessions de messagerie instantanée peuvent être mises en oeuvre entre des utilisateurs desdits clients réseau participant à un téléconférence desservie par ledit serveur de téléconférence ;
dans lequel ledit serveur de téléconférence (110) et ledit serveur de messagerie instantanée (106) sont adaptés pour s'interfacer de sorte à fournir une indication à un utilisateur sur ceux des autres utilisateurs qui sont présents et qui participent à la téléconférence, et à établir une ou plusieurs sessions correspondantes de messagerie instantanée entre les participants présents.
 
10. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 9, lesdits clients réseau comprenant une interface commune pour mettre en oeuvre lesdits clients de téléphonie (126) et lesdits clients de messagerie instantanée (128).
 
11. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 9, comprenant par ailleurs une application de gestion d'agenda (130) pour entamer une session de messagerie instantanée pendant qu'une session de téléphonie est en cours.
 
12. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 11, dans lequel ladite application de gestion d'agenda est constituée par un serveur de gestion d'agenda (108).
 
13. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 9, lesdits clients réseau comprenant un téléphone (123) fonctionnellement couplé à un ordinateur (121), ledit ordinateur mettant en oeuvre ledit client de messagerie instantanée et une interface avec ledit téléphone.
 
14. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 9, lesdits clients réseau comprenant un ordinateur personnel (120) mettant en oeuvre le logiciel de téléphonie et le logiciel de messagerie instantanée.
 
15. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 9, lesdits clients réseau comprenant un dispositif sans fil (112) mettant en oeuvre lesdits clients de téléphonie (126) et lesdits clients de messagerie instantanée (128).
 
16. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 15, dans lequel lesdits clients de téléphonie (126) mettent en oeuvre au moins soit le Protocole d'ouverture de session (SIP), soit H.323.
 
17. Système de télécommunications selon la revendication 9, comprenant par ailleurs :

un dispositif (103) d'accès à une fonction de téléphonie couplé au réseau, et

un autocommutateur privé (105) couplé au dispositif (103) d'accès à une fonction de téléphonie.


 




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