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USER SELECTABLE CAP-CODES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008281D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jun-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 101K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Vikas Vats: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Flex and POCSAG pagers currently offer a fixed number of cap codes which are required to be programmed into each pager. POCSAG pagers currently support up to four cap codes which are enabled only by code plug programming. Current FLEX decoders support up to 16 cap codes. A pager needs to go through an initialization cycle after a new set of cap codes are programmed.

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Technical Developments

USER SELECTABLE CAP-CODES

by Vikas Vats and R. Radhakrishna

1. INTRODUCTION

  Flex and POCSAG pagers currently offer a fixed number of cap codes which are required to be programmed into each pager. POCSAG pagers currently support up to four cap codes which are enabled only by code plug programming. Current FLEX decoders support up to 16 cap codes. A pager needs to go through an initialization cycle after a new set of cap codes are programmed.

  Code plug programming is enabled by system providers or pager manufacturers, and cannot, at present, be performed by users. Described herein are cap codes that are selectable by users without needing to program a codeplug.

2. DESCRIPTION

  One application of pagers is to provide informa- tion such as financial or industrial news. For such an application, it is desirable for a user to program or select cap codes. The cap codes programmed or selected by the user can correspond to services the user desires. User selectable or programmable cap codes increases the number of services the user can subscribe to or access and also avoids unnecessary reception and storage of information that is not required. Implementation of such a feature in

pagers should also allow for new cap codes to be programmed or selected without initializing the code plug. For example, a function menu can be provided so that the user can program a new cap code or disable an existing cap code. Cap code changes should take effect from a next FLEX cycle for FLEX Pagers and from a next transmission for POCSAG Pagers.

3. ADVANTAGES

3.1 Access to more information.

  If 'n' number of cap codes can be programmed into a pager, this feature removes the restriction of confining the user to only those 'n' services. The user can, instead, choose 'n' services out of a total of 'm' services.

3.2 Improved battery life.

  Disabling unwanted cap codes avoids reactivat- ing a pager from a battery saving mode and thus reduces battery drain. Hence, by confining the pager to receive only desired services improves battery...