e*Message Deutschland GmbH recently commissioned a comparative study of paging, mobile phone communication and digital radio services. Professor Bernhard Walke has now published the results and concludes: “Paging has indisputable assets compared with all other forms of wireless communication, including mobile phones, satellite radio and wireless connections to terrestrial networks.”
Professor Walke told a meeting of experts in Munich that paging guarantees a nearly absolute accessibility of the receiving devices. A professor at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen), Walke also said in his conclusion that pagers are distinctly superior to other means of wireless communication for sending a message rapidly and reliably to a single addressee or to a group of persons.
Technical Specifications Guarantee Specific Advantages
Pagers offer specific advantages including better coverage of the
population, low latency, longer autonomy, and the ability to send
messages to a group of addressees with near-absolute reliability.
Moreover, pagers enable the user to send the same message to an
unlimited number of addressees, which mobile phones cannot do.
Point-to-multipoint applications for sending messages to hundreds or
even thousands of addressees can only be implemented economically using
The RWTH study determined that paging has a “huge development potential”. New applications are possible, especially with the integration of pagers in hybrid systems.
New Applications Thanks to Hybrid Systems
Dr Dietmar Gollnick, President of e*Message Deutschland and CEO of e*Message Europe, said he was particularly impressed by this part of the study. “The integration of paging networks in the mobile phone networks (GSM, GPRS and UMTS) opens extremely interesting new prospects. For example: ten million people using UMTS mobile phones equipped with a paging function can be informed simultaneously when a goal is scored in a football match. Users could even watch the action in slow motion on the displays of their UMTS mobiles.
Pager functions could also complement personal digital assistants, such as Palm, since the small receiver device can be easily integrated in a PDA. Such a solution would allow users to receive information without an Internet connection, and much more cheaply than over a mobile phone network. Urgent information would be transmitted upon automatic selection of the most appropriate system.
A noted international research and development specialist in the field of mobile communication, Professor Bernhard Walke proposed the development of complete, user-oriented solutions that incorporate the specific assets of paging. “Analyzing the potential of this classic technology in an extensive study was a challenge for us,” Walke said.