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Paging

Paging is a convenient, easy, and discreet way to contact someone via an electronic paging device, or pager.

Uses for Pagers

Pagers and paging systems are an efficient way to communicate with individuals like doctors, executives, and family members. Pagers are also used in many types of businesses to contact employees and customers.

Hospitality and Food Service - Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs use paging systems to summon servers for order pickup and to contact guests waiting for tables.

Entertainment Venues - Large entertainment centers like theme parks, cinemas, and bowling alleys use pagers to stay in touch with their employees.

Day Care - Pagers provide a reliable way for childcare centers in churches, shopping malls, and health clubs to contact children's parents.

Industrial - Paging systems are used to contact employees in large facilities, and can be tied into building security systems to automatically page personnel if an alarm is tripped.

Retail - Large businesses use pagers to contact employees without annoying public address announcements. Pagers can also be provided to customers who are free to continue shopping while they wait for assistance.

Personal - Pagers are an easy way to contact someone. Satellite pagers and global paging services make it possible to contact an individual anywhere on the planet.

Types of Pagers

There are many kinds of pagers suitable for different uses. Various types may beep, vibrate, emit a tone or flashing light, or play a pre-recorded voice alert.

Coaster - The coaster style pager is intended for retail businesses to provide to their customers. The coaster can be customized with the business name and logo.

Paddle - The paddle pager is also designed for retail use and is customizable.

Numeric - The numeric style pager is designed for individuals. This type generally has a single line readout that displays the caller's number.

Alphanumeric - This type is similar to the numeric, but has a multi-line readout than can display a brief message.

Advanced - More advanced pagers may include keypads, joystick navigation, large LCD display screens, and the ability to send as well as receive messages.

Paging Services

The pager itself may be purchased or leased, but requires a subscription to a paging service. Rates vary with the type of services provided, but typically range between $10 and $40 per month. Some pager services provide additional features like voice mail, news, sports scores, stock prices, and weather and traffic updates.

Paging services have a specific coverage area within which the pager will function. Coverage can be local, regional, national, or global.

How Does a Pager Work?

When someone calls your pager, the call is received by a paging terminal. The caller inputs their message, and the paging terminal encodes it and sends it to a transmitter network. The transmitter sends the signal out over its entire coverage area. Each transmission consists of two parts, the address and the message. The address specifies the exact pager for which the message is intended.

Pagers are like radio receivers with only one channel. Each paging service broadcasts over its own separate frequency. The transmitter's signal is picked up by all the pagers on that frequency. Each pager looks at the address data. If the address is for that particular pager, then the message is decoded and displayed. If the address is not for that pager, the message is ignored.

Since pagers operate by receiving radio signals, they may not function in places like elevators, basements, or areas shielded by mountains.

By Carla Wakeman

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