“Did you know that 90 percent of hospitals in the USA use pagers?”
A pager which is also called a “beeper” is an electronic communication device designed to receive messages wirelessly. Paging systems are classified based on the type of messages that they send to the user. The classes are:
Alert Only: The pager user simply gets a beep which alerts the user that there is a situation that needs attention. An example of its usage is to alert a doctor about an emergency that requires immediate attention.
Numerical: With this system, the user simply sees a number. This number can represent the number of the caller or an internal code describing an emergency.
Alpha numerical: This paging system can include both numbers and letters in the messaging system. This is exceptionally useful because it can receive detailed messages. There are two kinds of alphanumeric pagers, the one-way pager and the two-way pager.
While the one-way pagers can only receive messages, the two-way pagers can receive messages and reply to the message as well. Depending on the internal operations of your organization, either of the two may be preferable. For instance, in the scenario of an emergency call alert, there may be no need for a response.
Pages are usually customized right from the factory for the use of a particular industry or specific requirements. Pagers have been adapted for diverse use such as waiter call buttons and other internal signal systems. Although some of the functions have been replaced by mobile technology, beepers are still in high demand in some industries. The pager manufacturing and service provider industry is still thriving.
“Did you know that Motorola Pageboy had no display, only an alarm tone?”
The advent of broadcasting led to a revolution in the communication industry. It suddenly became apparent that it is quite possible to send and receive messages wirelessly. Inventors swung into action and started researching the possibility of creating a device that could send and receive wireless messages.
It was in the year 1949 that Al Gross who is an inventor from Canada invented the first telephone pager. However, the first corporate entity to manage and commercialize the device was Motorola. Motorola created what was then known as the “Handy-Talkie radio pager” in 1959. The popularity of the paging system increased rapidly with the healthcare industry at the forefront of the industries that appreciate its usage and deployed it on a large scale.
However, the commercial success was achieved in 1974 when Motorola introduced the Motorola Pageboy into the market. Today, the Motorola brand of pagers are still considered to be the de-facto industry standard.
Beepers became extremely popular in the 90s when their popularity reached its climax. Pagers have been greatly improved since they were first launched and mobile phones were in their infancy and of little competition. Available data showed that there are an estimated 61M pager users as at 1994. However, as the mobile phone industry began to grow, pagers lost most of their market share.
In recent times, there has been a resurgence in the use of pagers. Many corporate organizations have recognized their efficacy and have started to implement it as an internal communication system instead of cell phones.