12 April 2021 3 minute read

Paging- Direct and Unambiguous Information

A paging system operates with such high reliability that receipt of the message is guaranteed. Paging is based on sending a message manually or fully automatically via one-way radio communication. It’s widely used in hospitals and security and is an easy way to send a short 60-character message.

What is paging? Direct Information

The concept of a paging system is simple; information from various sources (PC application, ESPA 444 signal from the fire alarm control unit, email message, alarm button, external contact, etc.) is directly translated by the system (POCSAG transmitter) into a text message and sent to a pager (POCSAG receiver).


In contrast to all kinds of individual protocols from various manufacturers, POCSAG is a global standard in the area of paging. This enables the equipment from various suppliers to be combined to produce a customised solution for every user. Pagers inform employees immediately.

Pager Benefits:
• Efficient business processes thanks to unambiguous and direct information;
• Always in reach thanks to one-way radio communication.

How does paging work?

Paging (or paging) is a service that makes it possible to call people. A call via paging is basically one-way traffic. The pager owner, when receiving a call, will have to take action himself based on the call, for example by calling back the caller. To communicate via this route, the recipient needs a pager. A device on which the message can be received. The call is sent to the pager via a base station (terminal or transmitter), after which the pager emits a light, sound and/or vibration signal. Some pagers also have a display on which a text can be shown.

The advantages of paging:

  • Direct communication with (CER) staff
  • Efficient business processes thanks to unambiguous and direct information.
  • Always accessible thanks to one-way radio communication.
  • Using paging for company emergency respons

Paging is also used in emergency respons situations. In case of an emergency, the right people can be alerted immediately. From a central control room/terminal all CER staff can easily be alerted. It is also possible to make groups and approach them separately.

However, there are also some disadvantages to the current form of paging. You cannot see whether your messages have arrived, who has read them and whether people respond to your FAFS notification. It is also not clear which CER officers carry pagers, they have to be recharged regularly and it can happen that people take the pagers home.

As an alternative to Emergency Responce via paging, we have a Smart solution for emergency calls and monitors: Flash Smart Alert

Benefits of Flash Smart Alert over paging

  • Clear overview of the presence status of CER personnel and how to change it
  • Access to alarms and the status of calls from systems and colleagues from any location
  • Send emergency calls with location indication (lone worker, man down function)
  • Suitable for smartphone and tablet (including Android, iOS and Windows Phone)
  • No huge investments: use the application for a low monthly fee


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