The following documents explore the strengths, limitations and potential of communication technologies for professional applications. They give special attention to rescue team alerting and civil defence warning.
Narrow-band Information Distribution over Paging Potential Fields for Innovation in an Often Overlooked Mobile Wireless Network.
Prof. Dr. Torsten J. Gerpott
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
“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
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.
White Paper: Fire and Rescue Alerting. Facts and background information on alerting in the age of digital trunked radio. Issued by an expert advisory committee, Albrecht Broemme, chair.
The Role of Mobiles in Disasters and Emergencies. This report by the world-leading GSM Association demonstrates why mobile phones are not a suitable medium for communication in emergency situations.
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