Publication Date: 2015-Mar-05
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed is a description of a smart pager that utilizes current technology trends to provide updated pager functionality.
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A pager is a wireless device that receives and displays numeric or text messages or
announces voice messages. Most pagers can only receive messages (one-way), while
others (two-way) can also acknowledge, reply to, and originate messages. Pagers are still used in places where mobile phones cannot reach users, such as hospitals where cellular coverage is often weak and nonexistent. Unlike Internet transmissions, pagers do not need to transmit an acknowledgement before showing a message and can operate with a relatively low signal. This is useful when there is a need for an emergency response. Pagers also have a privacy advantage over cell phones, because the one-way receiver does not send information back to the base station and
its location cannot be tracked. Thus, pagers are not an obsolete technology.
A few problems exist with the current technology of pagers. The basic design of a digital pager has remained consistent over the years. Pagers are typically cumbersome compared to smart phones, and use buttons that can be difficult to press. In addition, pagers use batteries, although the batteries have a longer life compared to cell phones. If the pager is off and out of range, it never receives the message. Pagers cannot access the cloud or synchronize with other devices.
Pagers need to be updated to reflect the current technology trends.
The novel contribution is a smart pager. The smart pager is connected to a paging system, cellular telephone system, and the Internet and is used to both send and receive messages. The smart pager is touch-sensitive with a multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen instead of buttons. The touchscreen may have a liquid crystal diode (LCD) display. The smart pager can be charged, and does not need to use batteries. It can access the Cloud and synchronize with other devices. It can have a case and/or a clip to attach the pager to the hip or pocket.
The smart pager has a hands-free function to answer pages. It is lightweight and smaller than both a standard pager and a smart phone.
Figure 1: Smart pager
The smart pager has the same functionality as a standard pager, with a processor, memory, and radio frequency (RF) receiver and/or transmitter embedded into the device. The smart pager can access both paging and cellular RF bands. Additionally, the smart pager can access data communications bands such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth*, and the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) RF bands. Through a Bluetooth connection, a smartphone app which communicates with the smart pager can
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be customized for the user to determine how smart pager alerts (audible, vibrate, camera flash) and messages (display, voice, autodial call, etc.) are processed. Through Bluetooth, the smartphone can also monitor the smart pager's status an...