The American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC) and the European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA) co-hosted the first ever Global Paging Convention in Montreal, Canada. Carriers, manufacturers, suppliers, and resellers from fifteen countries and five continents joined together for two days in June to showcase their emerging technologies and applications, and to learn innovative applications for wireless messaging in numerous educational sessions.
The convention contributes to the success of the global paging industry by providing a forum for paging companies to meet the challenges of the new global environment with enhanced services and equipment.
Dr. Ralf Ackermann, Vice President of the German Fire Service Association, President of the Hesse State Fire Service Association, and Vice-President of the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services, known internationally as CTIF (Comité technique international de prévention et d’extinction du feu) reinforced the benefits of paging technology in mission-critical communications based on its proven reliability, efficient one-to-many broadcast capability, extensive deployment, low cost and sheer simplicity. In addition, other sessions focused on how to capitalize on the strengths of paging technologies in other wireless communication markets. Manufacturers from several countries displayed their current and planned products and shared ideas for inventive and creative enhancements in the future.
The American Association of Paging Carriers is the trade association in the United States dedicated to representing and advancing the paging industry. Members of the association are primarily paging carriers and vendors; these range from small businesses that are owner/operator service providers to large, nationwide carriers. The European Mobile Messaging Association has similar goals and membership to the AAPC, but also provides an international forum for companies involved in wireless messaging.
New Focus on the Basics
Several speakers pointed out that the strong core of customers for pagers today are the same health care providers that have utilized paging technology for wireless emergency notification for decades. Paging continues to work for them at the right price and reliability, and no other technology can provide similar facilities.
Since the unfortunate events of 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina in the USA and 7-7 in London, radio pagers and paging technology are being enthusiastically promoted for their unique ability to notify small or large groups of people with critically urgent messages when other communication media are either congested or disabled. With its Group Call facility, paging technology has the ability to broadcast a single message to everyone in a very large city, or an entire country, in just one call.
American Association of Paging Carriers
European Mobile Messaging Association