Multiple interlinked smart devices belonging to a user can each play an audio alert for the same notification, which is a disturbance for the user. This disclosure describes techniques to arbitrate among multiple devices owned by a user when providing audio alerts. The number of audio alerts played per notification is optimized to reduce interruptions to the user while still keeping the user well informed of notifications and emergencies. Per the techniques, the received signal strength indicator (RSSI) of the BLE (or other wireless personal area network) signal is used to infer the distance between the devices. Distance data is used to select the device(s) that play the audio alert and the device(s) that stay silent.
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Anonymous, "Selective Delivery of Smart Device Audio Alerts to Reduce Interruptions", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 12, 2022)