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NO-PAGE ALERT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007529D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

James Hymel: AUTHOR

Abstract

There exist today, computer based programs that can alert a user when there is a problem detected by a computer. For example, a hospital computer sys- tem may employ a program to run every 15 minutes and check the ICU room's temperatures. If the tem- perature were to reach a certain level, the on-shill technician is alerted to come and investigate for prob- lems. If however, the computer PC that was run- ning this program were to fail, the technician might not ever be informed of any problem until the fol- lowing morning. On the other hand, to have the computer send a page every 15 minutes to remind the technician that the computer 'is alive' would create an environment where the pager wearer would eventually ignore the page. This 'no page alert' con- cept can solve this problem.

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M-ROLA Technical Developments

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NO-PAGE.ALERT

by James Hymel

  There exist today, computer based programs that can alert a user when there is a problem detected by a computer. For example, a hospital computer sys- tem may employ a program to run every 15 minutes and check the ICU room's temperatures. If the tem- perature were to reach a certain level, the on-shill technician is alerted to come and investigate for prob- lems. If however, the computer PC that was run- ning this program were to fail, the technician might not ever be informed of any problem until the fol- lowing morning. On the other hand, to have the computer send a page every 15 minutes to remind the technician that the computer 'is alive' would create an environment where the pager wearer would eventually ignore the page. This 'no page alert' con- cept can solve this problem.

  The pager wearer (user) receives a page. By read- ing that message and then selecting an option screen (with options such as delete, lock. .etc.), the user can select the 'no page alert' option and then choos-

ing the time period that each successive page must be received within (i.e. 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes). Once selected, this pager message is locked and 'armed' and the pager will expect to continuously receive pages which will be duplicates of this selected page. As long as the pager receives this new page within the specified time limit, the pager does noth- ing. The new page is not stored in the pager and the 't...