At the IFA, the international consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin, a new generation of wireless weather stations with an integrated paging module is making its debut. In addition to weather forecasts for several days in advance, the devices now also display the German Weather Service's official severe storm warning — received over e*Message's nationwide paging network. Telecommunications expert Prof. Torsten Gerpott attests to the enormous potential of paging for innovative applications in private households.
A new generation of satellite-based wireless weather stations introduce e*Message's manufacturing partners at IFA 2012 in Berlin. At the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics, “Twister 300” and “WD 4920” weather stations by the TFA Dostmann and Technotrade companies are making their debut. The household devices not only provide weather forecasts for several days in advance, but also visual and acoustic signals of the German Weather Service's official storm warnings.
The weather forecasts and weather service warning messages are dynamically updated for each of Germany's 300-odd districts individually, and transmitted over the Berlin-based e*Message Group's paging network, with nationwide coverage, several times a day. The service made its successful debut five years ago, and over two million households now receive current weather information on radio weather stations with an integrated paging module.
Telecommunications expert Prof. Torsten Gerpott sees a number of reasons
for the high demand: “The WIS solution is different from smartphones or
tablets that poll weather forecasts over a GSM or UMTS network, and
from computers connected to the Internet by landline, in that the
automatic data updates are 'pushed' to the receiver: the user doesn't
have to do anything to get weather forecasts that have just become
available.” Furthermore, customers don't have to sign a contract or take
a subscription to get the weather information: that makes the devices
According to Dr. Gerpott, Professor of Enterprise and Technology Planning and Telecommunications Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen, there are more major potential applications of paging modules for communicating information of public interest. Such information includes not only weather forecasts, but also variable electric power rates, for example.
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Prof. Torsten J. Gerpott, born in 1958, has headed the Department of Enterprise and Technology Management, with emphasis on telecommunications management, at the University of Duisburg-Essen's Mercator School of Management since April 1994. He has been a member of the German Federal Network Agency's academic working group on utilities regulation since 1998. He is also executive chairman of the Centre for Telecommunications and Media Management Sponsors' Association (ZfTM), and serves on supervisory boards and advisory committees of companies in the telecommunications industry. He has published more than 360 articles and books in German and English.
e*Message is the leader in the paging market and operates its own
independent networks in continental Europe, with subsidiaries in Germany
and France. The e*Message group provides the services e*BOS, e*Cityruf,
Alphapage*, e*Warn and more over its own networks. These services are
used by hundreds of thousands of individuals, government agencies,
institutions and renowned companies. e*Message constantly transfers
innovative ideas to existing and new services.
e*Message was founded and acquired the paging operations of Deutsche Telekom AG and France Télécom in 2000, and has been developing them ever since. The group's head offices are in Berlin and Paris.
Since 2005 e*Message has also been the operator of e*Dispatch, a powerful trunked radio network for voice and data in the Berlin–Brandenburg region.