US Patent No: 7,209,444

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Methods and devices for balancing communications using match rates

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Incoming communications received by call centers and the like are routed to one or more alternative call centers based on a comparison of Match Rates and Expected Wait Times. Such routing helps improve the overall load balancing of a call center or network of call centers while increasing the effectiveness and controlling the costs of handling incoming communications.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AVAYA INC.BASKING RIDGE, NJ2410

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Foster, Robin Harris Little Silver, NJ 7 762
Hagan, Jeffrey H Phoenix, AZ 2 1

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AVAYA INC. (7)
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6,295,353 Arrangement for efficiently updating status information of a network call-routing system 109 1998
 
ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED (3)
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6,134,530 Rule based routing system and method for a virtual sales and service center 201 1998
 
ASPECT SOFTWARE, INC. (1)
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AT&T CORP. (1)
5,530,744 Method and system for dynamic customized call routing 285 1994
 
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (1)
6,314,465 Method and apparatus for load sharing on a wide area network 132 1999
 
MICROSEMI CORPORATION (1)
6,233,165 Power converter having a low voltage regulator powered from a high voltage source 13 2000
 
SIEMENS ENTERPRISE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (1)
6,058,435 Apparatus and methods for responding to multimedia communications based on content analysis 120 1997

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