05889845 is referenced by 280 patents and cites 9 patents.

A system and method for enabling a remote user to maintain a virtual presence at a corporate office and behave substantially as if the user were physically present at the corporate office. First the remote user establishes a virtual presence connection at the corporate office, including providing identification and security information. Once the remote user is connected, the virtual presence server instructs the corporate PBX to automatically forward all calls to the remote user. The virtual presence server also routes email, faxes, and LAN data to the remote user. The virtual presence server also extends the corporate PBX and corporate LAN features to the remote user, just as if the remote user were physically located in the corporate office. According to the invention, the remote user makes outgoing telephone calls, sends faxes, transmits data, sends email and performs Internet access as if the remote user were physically present in the corporate office. The virtual presence server and/or the user communication device also performs a call forwarding operation to call forward telephone calls made to the user's home to the virtual presence server at the corporate office. These calls are then routed through the virtual presence server to the user's home. Thus the user can receive home telephone calls while the user is connected to the corporate office, wherein the home telephone calls are received on the same telephone line which is being used for the virtual presence connection.

Title
System and method for providing a remote user with a virtual presence to an office
Application Number
559472
Publication Number
5889845
Application Date
November 1, 1996
Publication Date
March 30, 1999
Inventor
Kenneth L Witt
San Antonio
TX, US
W B Barker
San Antonio
TX, US
Leven E Staples
Granbury
TX, US
Agent
Conley Rose & Tayon
Agent
Jeffrey C Hood
Assignee
Data Race
TX, US
IPC
H04M 5/06
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