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ALERT DE-ACTIVATION WITH EXCEPTIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008204D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Thay Choon Teck: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Pager users may find audio alerts irritating at times such as when they are at meetings or asleep at night. For existing pagers, users can either switch off the pagers or set them to a vibrate. mode when audio alerts are not desired. However, a pager that has been turned off will not be able to receive incom- ing pages and, in the vibrate mode, noise from its vibrations can be disturbing at night. Deactivating all alerts will not be practical as the pager may need to receive important or urgent messages.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

ALERT DE-ACTIVATION WITH EXCEPTIONS

by Thay Choon Teck, Quek Swee Hui and Lim Seng Huat

  Pager users may find audio alerts irritating at times such as when they are at meetings or asleep at night. For existing pagers, users can either switch off the pagers or set them to a vibrate. mode when audio alerts are not desired. However, a pager that has been turned off will not be able to receive incom- ing pages and, in the vibrate mode, noise from its vibrations can be disturbing at night. Deactivating all alerts will not be practical as the pager may need to receive important or urgent messages.

  Proposed in this article is an "Alert De-activa- tion" feature that allows a user to selectively deactivate alerts. In an "Alert De-activation" mode, control codes (henceforth referred to as Exception Codes) are stored in a pager's memory and alerts for the pager will only be activated when an incom- ing page has a code that matches the exception codes. Pages received without any codes matching the exception codes will be stored in the memory without activating the alerts. Some examples of exception codes assignment are shown in Table 1 below:

Index 1 Exception Code 1 Assignment

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Table 1 Examples of exception codes assignment

A method for operating the pager with the enabling/disabling the alerts for the pager. "Alert De-activation" mode enabled is illustrated in

Figure 1. Following the steps of the method, the With this feature, the...