04649533 is referenced by 182 patents and cites 6 patents.

The information retrieval method and apparatus includes a group of geographically widely-distributed terminals, which accept a remotely located host computer. Each terminal includes a memory for storing a plurality of items of call origination information. A call original circuit transmits individual ones of the items of call origination information via a communication path to the switching system for causing it to extend the path to the host computer. Logic circuits transfer a first one of the items of call origination information indicative of the geographically shortest communication path, to the call origination circuit in an attempt to extend a communication path, of the geographically shortest length, to the host computer. If the attempt proves unsuccessful, the logic circuit sends automatically a second one of the items of call origination information, indicative of the next shortest communication path length.

Title
Method and apparatus for retrieving remotely located information
Application Number
6/545068
Publication Number
4649533
Application Date
October 25, 1983
Publication Date
March 10, 1987
Inventor
Christopher Fries
Crystal Lake
IL, US
Robert Redding
Chicago
IL, US
William Chorley
Plymouth
MN, US
Agent
Bernard L Kleinke
Assignee
Keycom Electronic Publishing
IL, US
IPC
H04Q 11/04
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