RES.Q LTE Alerting Terminal
Designed for hybrid alerting solutions via LTE IoT mobile technology
The RES.Q pager comprises of four different models as show below comprising of the RES.Q XS, the RES.Q S, the RES.Q M and the top model RES.Q L. and now the RES.Q LTE. All models remain a hybrid design. POCSAG paging is a long standing communication method used on the RES.Q pager but ehen this is integrated with a separate cellular alert channel then the resilience benefit is dramatically increased.
The newest of the series the RES.Q LTE
Since its market launch in 2009, many emergency
services have opted for the RES.Q terminal. It
employs POCSAG for the primary alert channel and
uses a cellular module for hybrid alerting – i.e.
for forward alert-ing and feedback.
In developing this third-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 partici-pants 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. "
In view of these advantages, we reached the logical conclusion that future RES.Q terminals would be equip-ped 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.
As a result, the blue-light services now have a tried-and-tested, future-proof alerting system whose signalling devices allow 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