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1. GB2435146 - Group communications

Office United Kingdom
Application Number 0518679
Application Date 13.09.2005
Publication Number 2435146
Publication Date 19.10.2005
Publication Kind B
IPC
H04L 12/18
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
02Details
16Arrangements for providing special services to substations
18for broadcast or conference
G06Q 10/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
10Administration; Management
H04L 12/58
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
54Store-and-forward switching systems
58Message switching systems
H04L 29/08
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
29Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups H04L1/-H04L27/136
02Communication control; Communication processing
06characterised by a protocol
08Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
H04W 4/00
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
4Services specially adapted for wireless communication networks; Facilities therefor
CPC
H04L 12/1822
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
02Details
16Arrangements for providing special services to substations
18for broadcast or conference ; , e.g. multicast
1813for computer conferences, e.g. chat rooms
1822Conducting the conference, e.g. admission, detection, selection or grouping of participants, correlating users to one or more conference sessions, prioritising transmission
G06Q 10/10
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
10Administration; Management
10Office automation, e.g. computer aided management of electronic mail or groupware
H04L 12/189
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
02Details
16Arrangements for providing special services to substations
18for broadcast or conference ; , e.g. multicast
189in combination with wireless systems
H04L 51/32
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
51Arrangements for user-to-user messaging in packet-switching networks, e.g. e-mail or instant messages
32Messaging within social networks
H04L 51/38
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
51Arrangements for user-to-user messaging in packet-switching networks, e.g. e-mail or instant messages
38in combination with wireless systems
H04L 67/02
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
67Network-specific arrangements or communication protocols supporting networked applications
02involving the use of web-based technology, e.g. hyper text transfer protocol [HTTP]
Applicants VODAFONE PLC
Inventors WOLAK STEPHEN JAN
THOMPSON PETER
Priority Data 0518679 13.09.2005 GB
Title
(EN) Group communications
Abstract
(EN)
The communications system is disclosed that includes a plurality of devices associated in a group. A server 50 administers communications between members of the group. Preferably, member devices of the group are provided with a client application 52 for communicating with the server 50. In the embodiment the client application is installed on a mobile or cellular telecommunications device, such as a GPRS or 3G mobile handset. The client facilitates communications of the user of the handset with the server, and provides an interface between the underlying device functionality (such as a built-in camera, the device's file system etc.) to allow content to be easily accessed and shared amongst members of the group. Communications between the client application and the server may be performed by XML over HTTP using a GPRS or 3G bearer.