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Method and apparatus for communication network cluster formation and transmission of node link status messages with reduced protocol overhead traffic

The present invention facilitates cluster formation within a communications network by utilizing network topology information to designate network nodes that are crucial for relaying traffic as cluster head nodes, while remaining network nodes are designated as member nodes. A beacon packet transmission rate of a network node or the interval between successive beacon packet transmissions by that node is adjusted by the present invention to facilitate cluster formation independent of network size and varying initial start times of network nodes. In addition, the present invention utilizes the above described cluster formation technique to form a three tier architecture for transmission or flooding of routing information from head node databases throughout the network. The cluster formation technique is applied to cluster head nodes to form an additional network tier of super nodes that distribute routing information, while cluster head nodes route network data traffic. The databases of cluster head nodes are examined subsequent to flooding of head node database information by super nodes, where data missing from a head node database is requested from a corresponding super node, thereby eliminating transmissions of acknowledgment messages.

Method and apparatus for deriving uplink timing from asynchronous traffic across multiple transport streams

A communication apparatus that shares precise return channel uplink timing information includes a common symbol timing reference and one or more control stations that each transmit independent asynchronous DVB data streams which evenly share the common symbol timing. The control stations each include respective delay trackers to determine broadcast transmission delays associated with the particular control station and transmission path. Each broadcast data stream includes the same non real-time frame marker and a transmission delay message particular to the respective control station. A remote receiver receives one of the broadcast streams and timestamps the non real-time frame marker with a local time of receipt. A timing recovery circuit determines an upcoming return channel frame start time by adjusting the local time of receipt by the particular broadcast transmission delay and a unique receiver offset time. A local transmitter subsequently uplinks a TDMA message in a predetermined time-slot after the return channel frame start time. The method for transmitting a frame synchronized message includes receiving a non real-time frame reference marker in a receiver, timestamping the received frame reference marker with a reception time, and subsequently receiving a control node timing differential at the receiver. The local reception time of the non real-time frame marker is corrected to determine the proper return channel frame transmit start time by applying the control node timing differential and the local offset time. Users then uplink a message during an assigned period after the return channel frame transmit start time.

Internet-based matching service for expert consultants and customers with matching of qualifications and times of availability

An Internet server matches experts offering consulting services in the biological sciences or the like with potential customers of such consulting services. The server presents each expert with a Web interface through which the expert inputs his or her qualifications and times of availability. The qualifications are organized in a two-tier hierarchy of broad subject areas and sub-areas within each area. The times of availability are organized in terms of starting time of availability and duration of availability from that starting time. The server also presents each customer with a Web interface through which the customer inputs the qualification and times of availability sought. The qualifications and times are organized in the same fashion as for the expert. The customer can input multiple service requests, each with different qualifications and times of availability. The server uses the input data to match experts with customers. At first, the experts and the customers are anonymous to one another. Once either an expert or a customer chooses to purchase the record concerning a match, the record with contact information is released, and the expert and the customer can contact each other. The server provides other functions, such as allowing a physician to contact a manufacturer or a product, using only the brand name of that product; allowing companies to conduct surveys of physicians; and providing distance learning.

Schedule management system and method for displaying, managing, and changing a schedule and recording medium for storing the same

A schedule management system and method of displaying a schedule of at least a part of a plurality of users on a schedule management apparatus includes a display screen and an input device, and manages personal schedule information registered for each of the plurality of users. The method includes obtaining user identification information which uniquely identifies each of said specified plurality of users, displaying a sum schedule input area on said display screen to input a common schedule to said specified plurality of users in response to said operation, detecting that schedule information including a schedule starting time and a schedule ending time has been inputted in said sum schedule input area, generating a sum schedule number corresponding to the schedule information inputted in said sum schedule input area, registering schedule information inputted in said sum schedule input area as personal schedule information of each of said specified plurality of users and registering said sum schedule number in correlation to said personal schedule information, and displaying a schedule of at least a part of said specified plurality of users based on the personal schedule information of said at least a part of said plurality of users.

Conference system including automated equipment setup

A conference system leveraging radio frequency communication standards for initiating a conference and controlling conference room presets. The system comprises a processor, a memory, a data storage device, a display, and at least one communication interface configured to enable communications with a remote server and one or more RF beacons, wherein the one or more RF beacons are configured for periodically broadcasting a beacon ID. The system further comprises a program of instructions stored in the memory and executable in the processor, the program of instructions being operable to: receive from at least one of the one or more RF beacons the beacon ID, estimate a distance to the at least one of the one or more RF beacons according to a detected signal strength of the RF beacon broadcast, determine a location based on the distance to the at least one of the one or more RF beacons, accept information defining a conference type from a plurality of conference types, each conference type being associated with preset resources, display at least one preset parameter associated with the conference type, receive preset information including a start time, an end time, and one or more settings for a preset resource, automatically associate the preset information with at least one preset resource based on the determined location and the conference type, and send to the associated preset resources at least one control command comprising the one or more settings in response to the start time.
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