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PAGER WITH SELECTIVE ALERT SIGNALS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008826D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 94K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Chan Wei Khuen: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

On contemporary pagers, a user can manually select audible alerts from a menu of pleasing alerts or a silent alert. However, once an alert is chosen, be it audible or silent, a pager operates with this alert until the user changes or selects another. The lack of flexible alerting with respect to pager messages and preference of a calling party is not desirable to users. A radio pag- ing scheme which allows an alert to be selected and transmitted over the air when a page is sent is a desir- able feature for pagers.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

PAGER WITH SELECTIVE ALERT SIGNALS

by Chan Wei Khuen and Pang Kang Ming

Figure 1 describes the flowchart of the operation of the pager with such an alert scheme.

Pager receives a

BACKGROUND

  On contemporary pagers, a user can manually select audible alerts from a menu of pleasing alerts or a silent alert. However, once an alert is chosen, be it audible or silent, a pager operates with this alert until the user changes or selects another. The lack of flexible alerting with respect to pager messages and preference of a calling party is not desirable to users. A radio pag- ing scheme which allows an alert to be selected and transmitted over the air when a page is sent is a desir- able feature for pagers.

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DESCRIPTION

A pager with selective alert signals is described as follows.

  The firmware of a microprocessor within the pager is designed to recognize a string of special character sets which contains information to activate desired dig- ital alert signal patterns pre-programmed in the pager. For binary data transmitted over the air, an alert select- ed can be digitally encoded and appended to message data. Hence, a calling party can now choose an alert from a set of pre-programmed alerts which he or she wishes to be associated with a particular outgoing

page. Upon receiving such a page, the pager decodes the page to obtain, among other things, a desired alert. Hence, there exists a possibility of having the pager alerting a user depending on the calling party's request or preference.

An operating procedure for the pager can be implemented as follows:

(1) a calling party makes a call to initiate a page and chooses a preferred alert from a menu;

(2) the calling party enters his/her own pager num- ber or an alphanumeric message from an input device;

(3) a select...