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1. (WO2013061289) QUEUE REMOTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD
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CLAIMS

1 . A queue remote management system comprising:

• at least one queue management server (100) wherein a plurality of virtual queues are stored and managed, the virtual queues concerning a plurality of counters (102) of one or more entities, each counter (102) being connected to the queue management server (100) to exchange a predetermined information set concerning the call of queue tickets;

• a plurality of ticket machines (101 ) physically associated to said counters(102) and issuing physical queue tickets, each ticket machine(101 ) being connected to the queue management server (100) to exchange a predetermined information set concerning the issue of said physical queue tickets;

• a plurality of client terminals (103), allowing a user to obtain a virtual queue ticket related to one or more of said counters (102), each client terminal (103) comprising an identification code or an identification certificate allowing to establish a connection to the queue management server (100) to exchange a predetermined information set concerning the status of a user's queue based on both the physical and the virtual tickets,

the counters (102), the ticket machines (101 ) and the client terminal (103) being connected to the at least one queue management server (100) through a communication network,

characterized in that said ticket machines (101 ), said counters(102) and the at least one queue management server (100) communicate through a corresponding VPN tunnel (104) or through an encrypted web service established in said communication network, the ticket machines (101 ) and the counters (102) being linked through a dedicated IP address or domain.

2. The queue remote management system according to claim 1 , wherein said communication network is the Internet and wherein said ticket machines (101 ), said counters (102), said client terminals (103) and the at least one queue management server (103) communicate to each other according to an instant messaging protocol in a push mode.

3. The queue remote management system according to claim 2, wherein said ticket machines (101 ), said counters (102), said client terminals (103) and the at least one queue management server (104) communicates through an extensible messaging and presence protocol (XMPP).

4. The queue remote management system according to claim 2, wherein the client terminals (103) comprise Internet-able mobile devices such as mobile phones, smartphones and the like.

5. The queue remote management system according to claim 4, wherein said Internet-able mobile devices comprise a positioning system, said virtual ticket being issued according to the geographical location of the mobile device and of the user's more easily reachable counter.

6. The queue remote managenet system according to claim 5, wherein the instant position of the mobile device is monitored in the queue management server in relationship with a queue status at the virtual ticket counter, to possibly and automatically postpone the participation of the user to the actual queue issuing a new virtual ticket and updating the queue status accordingly.

7. A queue remote management method using at least one queue management server wherein a plurality of virtual queues are stored and managed, the virtual queues concerning a plurality of counters of one or more entities, wherein:

• each counter is connected to the queue management server to exchange a predetermined information set concerning the call of queue tickets;

· a plurality of ticket machines, physically associated to said counters and issuing physical queue tickets, is connected to the queue management server to exchange a predetermined information set concerning the issue of said physical queue tickets;

• a plurality of client terminals, each comprising an identification code or an identification certificate, is connected to the queue management server to obtain virtual queue tickets related to one or more of said counters upon a user's request and to exchange with the queue management server a predetermined information set concerning the status of a user's queue based on both the physical and the virtual tickets,

the counters, the ticket machines and the client terminal being connected to the at least one queue management server through a communication network,

characterized in that the connection between said ticket machines, said counters and the at least one queue management server is established through corresponding VPN tunnels or through an encrypted web service in said

communication network, the ticket machines and the counters being linked through a dedicated IP address or domain.

8. The queue remote management method according to claim 1 , wherein said communication network is the Internet and wherein said connection is established according to an instant messaging protocol in a push mode.

9. The queue remote management method according to claim 8, wherein said connection is established according to an extensible messaging and presence protocol (XMPP).

10. The queue remote management method according to claim 8, wherein the client terminals comprise Internet-able mobile devices such as mobile phones, smartphones and the like.

1 1 . The queue remote management method according to claim 10, wherein said Internet-able mobile devices comprise a positioning system, said virtual ticket being issued according to the geographical location of the mobile device and of the user's more easily reachable counter.

12. The queue remote managenet method according to claim 1 1 , wherein the instant position of the mobile device is monitored in the queue management server in relationship with a queue status at the virtual ticket counter, to possibly and automatically postpone the participation of the user to the actual queue issuing a new virtual ticket and updating the queue status accordingly.