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Do you think Paging is obsolete? It is a common misconception that paging technology has been superseded by newer and better means of wireless communication. This is far from the truth. Jim Nelson, President & CEO of Prism-IPX Systems, has written an excellent paper explaining why paging continues to be the right choice for critical messaging.



“Is Paging Going Away?”
by Jim Nelson

  • Click here for English.
  • Click here for German.
    (Berlin Revision: November 8, 2016)
  • Click here for French.
Here is an English PDF edit of this paper formatted with page breaks and suitable for printing.

With the help of Angelo Saccoccia and his team at Swissphone we now have this great report on the health and wellbeing of Paging available in French and German. Let's work together to get this important message circulated to a wider audience. Dr. Dietmar Gollnick and his staff at e*Message in Berlin have contributed some minor but valuable revisions to the German translation.

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.

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Suppose someone in Venice wants to send a message from the lower left of the imaginary map to someone on the upper right. He could write the message on a piece of paper, put it into a wine bottle, write “to” and “from” addresses on the bottle, cork it, and throw it into a canal. So . . . then bottle floats down a canal. At each canal intersection there is a man in a gondola who is called a “router.” He sees the bottle and reads the destination (“to”) address and looks to see which canals are open. There may be some canals that are blocked due to a gondola traffic jam or other problem. The router then throws the bottle into an open canal . . . and so on . . . as it gets handled by each router at each intersection, until the bottle with the message inside gets to its destination. The bottle may not travel by the most direct route but it always gets to its destination due to the multiple possibilities — and, of course, the error checking that is built into the protocol.

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These are acoustic amplifiers for smartphones. They don't need electric power to operate and there are no moving parts. They work like a megaphone (speaking-trumpet, bullhorn, or loudhailer). Everyone that I have shown one to has said something like “Wow, I want one of those!” So I have built a few of them.

Of course there are more “Hi-Fi” ways to listen to audio on your smartphone but who would want to plug an elegant smartphone into some cheap, plastic gadget? Or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which are a pain in the neck to set up, even on a smartphone.

These have been made with hardwood bases and some of them are exotic hardwoods with interesting grain patterns. The horns are polished brass — made from mostly old horns that had rubber bulbs on the ends and were used in “times gone by” by taxis and even clowns in circuses. These horns have been re-purposed, reshaped, soldered, and polished.

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The two large horns — the trombone and the gramophone — are difficult to pack and ship to they are for local pickup only. The remainder can be sent to you. I have the cowboy horn and the rest are in stock at the Colorado coffee shop.

Please call for pricing and availability or stop in for a demo and a great cup of espresso.



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Prism IPX Products
PriMega Message Gateway
The PriMega manages a paging network from the message input using telephone and data lines to the data output to one or more paging transmitters, e-mail or text messaging destinations.
IPT Systems
The IPT is a versatile small footprint Linux based product used for small paging systems and for converting data protocols for messaging systems. Popular for converting text messaging transport protocols for linking message systems.
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Paging Message Logging software collects data decoded off-the-air and sends the data to the logging server. Logs can be used to prove messages were actual transmitted and were capable of being received without error.

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