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MULTI-DUTY CYCLE PAGER PROVIDING ADVERTISING COMPLIANCE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009551D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Sep-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 118K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

James Hymel: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Pager users traditionally have been allowed to turn their pagers off at night or on weekends, when they do not expect to receive messages. This may also be done to allow some sort of privacy or to sim- ply save battery life. However, as more pagers become advertising compliant, and as more adver- tisements are sent at night and on weekends to take advantage of less congested channels, there becomes a conflict. The user wants extended bat- tery life and personal privacy, but the Service Provider is obligated to update all advertising com- pliant pagers with new ads. In addition, a feature permits pagers that are turned "OF to still be alert- ed with personal, high priority messages.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

MULTI-DUTY CYCLE PAGER PROVIDING ADVERTISING COMPLIANCE

by James Hymel and Gary Lobe1

  Pager users traditionally have been allowed to turn their pagers off at night or on weekends, when they do not expect to receive messages. This may also be done to allow some sort of privacy or to sim- ply save battery life. However, as more pagers become advertising compliant, and as more adver- tisements are sent at night and on weekends to take advantage of less congested channels, there becomes a conflict. The user wants extended bat- tery life and personal privacy, but the Service Provider is obligated to update all advertising com- pliant pagers with new ads. In addition, a feature permits pagers that are turned "OF to still be alert- ed with personal, high priority messages.

  To overcome the problems noted above, adver- tising-compliance is provided using an 'exception frame' feature. In a FLEX system, the exception frame is one of the 128 frames reserved by the infra- structure during which advertising preview mes- sages may be sent, or during which exception mes- sages may be sent. Note that the infrastructure may reserve one or more 'exception frames' for grouping subscriber with similar attributes.

  The subscriber unit code plug is programmed with the exception frame information which includes an assigned exception frame number. The infrastructure subscriber record is also updated to reflect the assigned exception frame number. When the channel being monitored while the pager is off is a roaming channel, the exception frame information includes a channel ID (SSID/NID). When the advertising preview or exception messages are to be embedded within FLEX Suite topics, a FLEX Suite Topic ID is also provided. An exception override code is provided to a caller to enable the caller to send priority messages to subscriber units via this exception frame.

  Pagers which support the exception frame moni- tor this frame in addition to their normal collapse

frame(s) when they are 'ON', and monitor only the exception frame when they are 'OFF'. Pagers may be programmed to respond to their normally pro- grammed address/topics or, only to this special exception frame address/topics, or both.

  The exception frame is used to transmit adver- tising preview messages, Ads themselves, exception messages, and even normal paging messages (although the infrastructure can help with battery life by only issuing critical messages during the exception frame. The advertising preview mes- sages also contain future broadcast scheduling infor- mation for advertisements. The pager receives the advertising preview message and creates a schedule for future times to receive v...