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METHOD OF MONITORING AND REPORTING MIRS AND CELLULAR SYSTEM ACTIVITY LEVELS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007349D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Vitely Lenchik: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A problem with communication systems that have telephone interconnect capability, such as a Motorola Integrated Radio System (MIRS) or a Cel- lular system, is that at peak busy times there are not enough resources (i.e., RF channels, telephone lines, etc.) available to support all the users who wish to initiate mobile-to-land telephone calls. As a result, blocking occurs and the subscriber user receives an audible indication that the call cannot be immedi- ately placed. Users have no idea how busy the sys- tem is when they attempt to place a call.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments Volume 24 March 1995

METHOD OF MONITORING AND REPORTING MIRS AND CELLULAR SYSTEM ACTIVITY LEVELS

by Vitely Lenchik, Stephen H. Perich and Steven I? Shipton

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM

BENEFITS TO SUBSCRIBER USERS

  A problem with communication systems that have telephone interconnect capability, such as a Motorola Integrated Radio System (MIRS) or a Cel- lular system, is that at peak busy times there are not enough resources (i.e., RF channels, telephone lines, etc.) available to support all the users who wish to initiate mobile-to-land telephone calls. As a result, blocking occurs and the subscriber user receives an audible indication that the call cannot be immedi- ately placed. Users have no idea how busy the sys- tem is when they attempt to place a call.

  The user can make more informed choices about when to place telephone calls since he/she will now have access to system activity and billing informa- tion. The higher rates may discourage some users l?om immediately making calls, thus postponing their calls until a later time when there are fewer users on the system and the air-time charges are reduced.

BENEFITS TO SYSTEM OPERATORS

DESCRIPTION OF THE SOLUTION

  System operators can charge a premium for air- time usage during these "peak" time periods, since they have provided the user with information con- cerning the current system activity level. System oper- ators have to determine when to set these premium time periods. They must reach a balance between higher profits from more expensive air-time verses fewer calls initiated due to expensive air-time.

  To help solve this problem, the communication system can be equipped with a System Activity Mon- itor (SAM) which displays the current system activ- ity level at each subscriber unit. By supplying this information to the user at the subscriber unit, e...