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PAGING NAME SERVER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009125D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 89K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Dan McRee: AUTHOR

Abstract

Ever try to page someone from your new two- way pager who is not on the same service provider as yourself7 It's quite diflicult and almost impossi- ble unless you happen to know the person's email address for his pager if that exists at all. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to send anyone a page from your two-way pager or for that matter any device that interfaces with a paging switch with only the per- son's pager number. The Paging Name Server (PNS) system provides the way to do it.

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MO7WROLA Technical Developments

PAGING NAME SERVER

by Dan McRee

  Ever try to page someone from your new two- way pager who is not on the same service provider as yourself7 It's quite diflicult and almost impossi- ble unless you happen to know the person's email address for his pager if that exists at all. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to send anyone a page from your two-way pager or for that matter any device that interfaces with a paging switch with only the per- son's pager number. The Paging Name Server (PNS) system provides the way to do it.

  The Paging Name Server uses the SS7 network to communicate with other paging switches, send paging messages, and build a database of "foreign subscribers" and their paging providers. Spec- ifically it uses the TCAP (Transaction Capabilities Application Part) layer of SS7 for its communica- tions to other paging switches. Here is how it works.

  A local subscriber is a customer of the originat- ing paging provider's switch. A foreign subscriber is a customer of a different paging provider's switch.

  The Paging Name Server process begins when the local subscriber sends a message to the local paging switch for a foreign subscriber. The local switch checks its PNS database for the foreign sub-

scriber. If the foreign subscriber exists in the PNS database, his address is retrieved and the local pag- ing switch sends a TCAP message with the page data to the foreign subscribers paging switch. The foreign paging switch then sends an acceptance TCAP message back to the local switch. Message transfer complete.

  If the foreign subscriber is not in the PNS data- base, the local switch sends an...