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BUSY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IN TWO-WAY PAGING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008953D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Sathish Shanbhag Kota: AUTHOR

Abstract

Currently, there is no effective way to inform a calling party that a pager is busy and is therefore unable to return a call to the calling party. Tbis option provides an additional function to two-way paging. When selected, such an option enables the pager user to convey to calling parties that he/she is busy.

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MO3WROLA Technical Developments

BUSY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

IN TWO-WAY PAGING

by Sathish Shanbhag Kota

INTRODUCTION

  Currently, there is no effective way to inform a calling party that a pager is busy and is therefore unable to return a call to the calling party. Tbis option provides an additional function to two-way paging. When selected, such an option enables the pager user to convey to calling parties that he/she is busy.

DESCRIPTION

  A solution to the above situation is to implement a busy acknowledgement option into a two-way pager. This option works similar to the standard busy tone acknowledgement feature of land line telephones. When a user activates this option, the two-way pager sends a special signal to the infrastructure whenever a page is received. Thereafter, the infrastructure sends a

busy acknowledgement message to the calling party informing the latter that the person he paged is busy. A few busy acknowledgement messages can be made available for the user to select, such as, "I am busy now" or "Sorry, your message was received but I will reply to you later." Based on the message selected, the pager will send the special signal corresponding to that message to the infrastructure. Thereafter, the message is sent by the infrastructure to the calling party and hence there is no ambiguity as to why there was no response to the page.

  Pagers with visual displays can be modified to include a "Busy" icon (see Figure 1) which would be present to remind the use...