White Paper: Narrow-band Information Distribution over Paging

Potential Fields for Innovation in an Often Overlooked Mobile Wireless NetworkProf. Dr. Torsten J. Gerpott
Duisburg/Berlin, November 2012

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In a white paper titled “Narrow-band Information Distribution over Paging”, the telecommunications expert Prof. Torsten J. Gerpott examines fields for potential innovation using “an often overlooked mobile wireless network”. Because of the huge increases in the sales and numbers of users of digital cellular wireless services, Prof. Gerpott finds, people tend to think mobile wireless means just GSM or UMTS, and ignore paging. This is a mistake. According to Prof. Gerpott, paging is special among mobile wireless technologies, and “clearly superior in certain fields of application to the quantitatively dominant GSM, UMTS and LTE networks”. Paging is not a replacement for those systems, but a useful complement. Paging has particular advantages in applications that depend on rapid, reliable message delivery, and in cases where great numbers of specific people need to be informed, alerted or warned simultaneously.

“In disasters and emergencies in particular, GSM, UMTS and LTE networks have grave drawbacks,” Prof. Gerpott finds, and points to the “attractive potential uses of paging applications for population alerting in emergency situations”.  To increase the effect and range of warnings – and not merely for reasons of cost or power efficiency – Prof. Gerpott advocates integrating paging modules in technical consumer products, such as smoke alarms, vehicles, smart phones, tablets and the like.

The author sees other potential applications of paging modules in transmitting information of general interest, such as weather forecasts or time-variable electricity prices, and sending control signals to home appliances that consume or produce power. In such applications, paging services have the potential to “accelerate the introduction of active load and demand management for electric power utilities in Germany, thanks to low communication costs and fewer data privacy problems.”

Prof. Gerpott analyses numerous areas for innovative applications “which will still further increase the appeal of paging from the user’s point of view”. This analysis leads Prof. Gerpott to the following conclusion: whether for population alerting in case of hazards, for smart energy use, or for dual-purpose devices, paging offers pioneering solutions beyond the scope of broadband trends.

The author

Prof. Dr. Torsten J. Gerpott

Prof. Dr. Torsten J. Gerpott 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.

Before his appointment as a professor, he worked for six years in a US top management consulting firm. In all he has gathered nearly 25 years’ experience as a consultant in the telecommunications industry, and nearly 20 years’ academic expertise in the field. Since 1998 Prof. Gerpott has been a member of the Academic Working Group on Regulation in the German Federal Network Agency. He is also Executive Chairman of the Center for Telecommunications and Media Management Sponsors’ Association (ZfTM), and serves on supervisory boards and advisory committees of several companies in the telecommunications industry.

He has published more than 320 articles and books in German and English, and contributed to national and international conferences with over 360 lectures on telecommunications-related topics.

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