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METHOD FOR ALERTING PAGERS WHEN A PAGING SYSTEM GOES DOWN

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005843D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Harry G. Dulaney III: AUTHOR

Abstract

In current paging systems, there is no mechanism to inform pager users of times when the paging terminal is out of operation. Although the terminal normally informs those attempting to send pages of the system being down, pager users that might be expecting an important page are usually not aware of the inoperable state of the terminal until the person attempting to send the page is able to contact them by some other means (e.g. by the telephone or by physically locating). Thus, what is needed in a method of informing pager users in a system of times when the system is out of operation.

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Technical Developments Volume 10 March 1990

METHOD FOR ALERTING PAGERS WHEN A PAGING SYSTEM GOES DOWN

by Harry G. Dulaney III

   In current paging systems, there is no mechanism to inform pager users of times when the paging terminal is out of operation. Although the terminal normally informs those attempting to send pages of the system being down, pager users that might be expecting an important page are usually not aware of the inoperable state of the terminal until the person attempting to send the page is able to contact them by some other means (e.g. by the telephone or by physically locating). Thus, what is needed in a method of informing pager users in a system of times when the system is out of operation.

   It is proposed that, upon suspension of paging terminal operation for maintenance or due to an unexpected malfunc- tion, a group page be sent to all pagers on the system to inform them of the system becoming Jnoperable. Current pag- ing terminals already contain the internal diagnostics and alarm signals necessary to control this feature at the transmit- ting end. In the case of an information pager such as numeric or alphanumeric, the group page would include an ap- propriate message informing the customer that the system is down and, in the case of maintenance, the duratron of the downtime would be included in the message (also supported by existing terminals).

   Regarding the pagers in the system, a dedicated address for the group "sy.stemdown" page would be necessary. Since it may not be practical for all pagers in the syst...