If you are involved or getting involved in mobile paging technologies, systems, or messaging services, this book is for you. This book explains the different types of paging systems, how they operate, and the changes that are occurring in the paging industry. Traditional paging services have seen a world decline of over 65% in the number of traditional paging services between 1988 to 2003. During this decline, some paging systems have experienced high-growth. These systems offered new services including two-way short messaging, data gathering, (telemetry), and remote control.
You will discover that the lifecycle of paging systems is likely to continue because paging systems generally have much better and more reliable in building radio coverage, have smaller low cost devices (pagers), and the service cost can be substantially less than other systems such as cellular radio.
The basic types of paging services include, tone, numeric text (alpha) and voice. Two types of paging systems, one-way, or two-way paging systems can deliver these messages. One-way paging systems only permit the sending of messages from the paging system to the pager. Two-way paging systems allow the confirmation and response of a message from the pager to the system as well.
Paging systems use different types of radio protocols to provide paging and messages services. The early paging systems simply turned on or off a signal on a given frequency to alert the user of a specific page. Commercial paging systems often conform to industry standards. Covered are they key paging industry standards including POCSAG, ERMES, FLEX, and REFLEX to standardize equipment and services. This has resulted in a dramatic reduction in equipment and usage costs for the customer and the availability of amazing new devices.
The paging industry continues to evolve with innovate technologies and services that provide for new communication applications. This book covers some of the near-term changes that will affect the paging industry.
About the Author
Lawrence Harte is the president of Althos, an expert information provider covering the communications industry. He has over 29 years of technology analysis, development, implementation, and business management experience. Mr. Harte has worked for leading companies including Ericcson/General Electric, Audiovox/Toshiba and Westinghouse and consulted for hundreds of other companies. Mr. Harte continually researches, analyzes, and tests new communication technologies, applications, and services. He has authored over 50 books on telecommunications technologies on topics including Wireless Mobile, Data Communications, VoIP, Broadband, Prepaid Services, and Communications Billing. Mr. Harte holds many degrees and certificates including an Executive MBA from Wake Forest University (1995) and a BSET from the University of the State of New York, (1990).