RES.Q LTE pager
With the RES.Q terminal, alerts are sent using proven and reliable POCSAG paging technology. The integrated cellular module enables hybrid alerting, using cellular networks as a separate alerting channel for enhanced resilience. It also supports different forms of feedback before and after an alert, increasing the efficiency and speed of alerting and mobilization.
In developing the next generation RES.Q, Swissphone has comprehensively reviewed and benchmarked all the latest IoT wireless technologies available (LoRa, Sigfox, LTE Cat M1, LTE Cat NB1 ...).
During these investigations, two mobile technologies consistently offered the best performance. As Product Manager Simon Ulrich reports:
"Only LTE Cat M1 and LTE Cat NB1 offer the high level of transmission security which is absolutely essential for an alerting network. Compared to LoRa and Sigfox, more participants can be reached, more reliably and in less time – both important hybrid alerting requirements. Energy consumption is significantly lower for all IoT applications than is possible with conventional GSM solutions, resulting in longer battery life. LTE Cat NB1 also offers a much better network coverage than GSM."
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In view of these advantages, Swissphone reached the logical conclusion that future RES.Q terminals would be equipped with a cellular module which, depending on availability, will use LTE Cat NB1 or LTE Cat M1 technologies for the feedback channel and for hybrid alerting. Should these networks not be available, the existing GSM/ GPRS network would be automatically used as a backup facility.
The RES.Q LTE is a tried-and-tested, future-proof alerting terminal allowing for rapid and reliable hybrid alerting. And the disadvantage of relatively high running costs, which some rescue services see as the downside of such mobile-communication-based solutions, should no longer apply in future.
Simon Ulrich comments: "Every now and then, some reservations are expressed about the running costs of SIM cards. Meanwhile, however, there are cards available with a ten-year contract at a moderate price, and the benefits far outweigh this small outlay. "