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9/7/12: New Generation of Weather Stations with Paging Module

Prof. Gerpott: Paging belongs to extend millions of devices used at home, as primary or secondary function.

At the IFA, the international consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin, a new generation of wireless weather stations with an integrated paging module is making its debut. In addition to weather forecasts for several days in advance, the devices now also display the German Weather Service's official severe storm warning — received over e*Message's nationwide paging network. Telecommunications expert Prof. Torsten Gerpott attests to the enormous potential of paging for innovative applications in private households.

A new generation of satellite-based wireless weather stations introduce e*Message's manufacturing partners at IFA 2012 in Berlin. At the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics, “Twister 300” and “WD 4920” weather stations by the TFA Dostmann and Technotrade companies are making their debut. The household devices not only provide weather forecasts for several days in advance, but also visual and acoustic signals of the German Weather Service's official storm warnings. The weather forecasts and weather service warning messages are dynamically updated for each of Germany's 300-odd districts individually, and transmitted over the Berlin-based e*Message Group's paging network, with nationwide coverage, several times a day. The service made its successful debut five years ago, and over two million households now receive current weather information on radio weather stations with an integrated paging module.

Wireless Weather Stations' Advantage: "Push", Not "Pull"

Telecommunications expert Prof. Torsten Gerpott sees a number of reasons for the high demand: "The WIS solution is different from smartphones or tablets that poll weather forecasts over a GSM or UMTS network, and from computers connected to the Internet by landline, in that the automatic data updates are 'pushed' to the receiver: the user doesn't have to do anything to get weather forecasts that have just become available." Furthermore, customers don't have to sign a contract or take a subscription to get the weather information: that makes the devices more desirable.
According to Dr. Gerpott, Professor of Enterprise and Technology Planning and Telecommunications Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen, there are more major potential applications of paging modules for communicating information of public interest. Such information includes not only weather forecasts, but also variable electric power rates, for example.

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