Protecting scheduled meeting in physical room

  • US 10,706,391 B2
  • Filed: 07/13/2017
  • Issued: 07/07/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/13/2017
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for securing a videoconference in a physical conference room through a control panel that controls the videoconference, the method comprising:

  • receiving at least one scheduled videoconference meeting for the physical conference room from a videoconference server, the videoconference server configured to host a multi-endpoint videoconference meeting between a local endpoint associated with the physical conference room and a remote endpoint;

    determining that a first videoconference meeting within the at least one scheduled videoconference meeting has been designated as a locked meeting;

    in response to the determining;

    suppressing display on the control panel of meeting information for the first videoconference meeting;

    lock out access to the first videoconference meeting through the control panel, such that the first videoconference meeting cannot be joined from within the physical conference room while the lock out is maintained;

    detecting within the physical conference room a device associated with an entity invited to the first videoconference meeting;

    suspending, in response to the detecting, the suppressing display such that the meeting information for the first videoconference meeting is displayed on the control panel;

    suspending the lock out of the control panel to permit joining of the first videoconference meeting in response to the detecting and subsequent verification of a received meeting identifier;

    joining the first videoconference meeting during the suspending; and

    resuming the lock out after failing to detect the device for a predetermined period of time;

    wherein the suppressing display and the lock out do not apply to a videoconference that is designated as unlocked.

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