Multi-mode paging system

  • US 6,542,751 B1
  • Filed: 11/27/1999
  • Issued: 04/01/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/27/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An on-premises multi-mode paging system that selectively pages an individual on a premises either through an on-premises pager assigned by the system, or through a wide area pager assigned to a separate wide area paging network, said system comprising:

  • an input mechanism for inputting a preferred paging mode for the individual, said input mechanism including;

    means for inputting an identification number of the on-premises pager when the individual is assigned an on-premises pager; and

    means for inputting a telephone number for paging the wide area pager through the separate wide area paging network when the individual is not assigned an on-premises pager;

    an on-premises radio frequency (RF) transmitter for directly paging the on-premises pager using the input identification number;

    means for dialing out a telephone call to the input telephone number to page the wide area pager through the separate wide area paging network; and

    a control processor that receives the preferred paging mode from the input mechanism and directs the RF transmitter to page the individual on the on-premises pager when the individual is assigned an on-premises pager, or directs the telephone dialing means to page the individual on the wide area pager when the individual is not assigned an on-premises pager.

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