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11/27/2017 Tyler Technologies CAD with PageGate

Tyler Technologies CAD uses PageGate's GetAscii module to pass messages to PageGate for delivery.

Follow these steps for the Tyler Tech CAD Integration


11/24/2017 Direct Database Integration with PageGate

Follow these steps for direct database integration with PageGate

Direct Database Integration with PageGate


11/22/2017 Basin Harbor Case Study

Basin Harbor uses PageGate to Interface between their CRM software Amadeus Hospitality HotSos and the Basin Harbor on-site paging system (Motorola People Finder).

Basin Harbor utilizes the the GetMail module, and are able to use email address triggers from their CRM and work order management software, and have PageGate translate those emails into alpha-numeric pages connected to a Motorola People Finder.

Basin Harbor Case Study


11/20/2017 ICE Agents Are Starting to Text Immigrant Targets

The Portland residents cell phone buzzed at 9:07 on a Wednesday morning last month. A text message.

The incoming number was not saved in the mans contacts, but it was local and the sender definitely knew who he was.

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11/17/2017 How Greenville Utilities is Using SMS and Text Messaging

Greenville Utiliites is a local government owner utility that provides electric, water, sewer, and natural gas services for the citizen of Greenville, NC and the surrounding area.

How is PageGate Used By Greenville Utilities?
PageGate is is used for sending ad-hoc text notifications to individuals or groups of employees, especially field personnel. The Greenville Utilities 24 hour control center uses PageGate on a daily basis for these type of tasks:

(1) text an address to a field worker for where he needs to report, and then they use a Map App to get directions to the address.
(2) Emergency Utility Location requests are sent in mass to all locators.
(3) Safety alerts (road closures, weather alerts, etc.) are sent to all employees. (4) Send texts to standby personnel who do not have a company issued smart phone.

How Greenville Utilities is Using SMS and Text Messaging


11/15/2017 Honolulu now fines people up to $99 for texting while crossing road

Our smartphone obsession has reached a new low. The Hawaiian city of Honolulu has resorted to fining people up to $99 for staring at the devices, to try and force people to look up from their phones while crossing the road.

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11/13/2017 Integrating Lawsoft CAD with PageGate

PageGate can be easily integrated with Lawsoft CAD by using PageGate's GetASCII API to monitor for text file output from the CAD system when a dispatch needs to be sent.

Integrating Lawsoft CAD with PageGate


11/10/2017 Using Cellular Modems, Routers & Gateways

Cellular hardware is the single most reliable and efficient method of delivering SMS with PageGate. By using cellular hardware, you're removing PageGate's reliance on your internet connection to deliver your messages which means that your internet connection could go down and your messages would still be delivered.

Using Cellular Modems, Routers & Gateways


11/08/2017 Building Alarm Automation System with PageGate

Follow these steps to use Schneider Electric I/NET: Building Alarm Automation System with PageGate
I/NET sends alerting information by serial line and PageGate can be easily integrated with I/NET by using the GetSerial module. The GetSerial module allows PageGate to monitor a serial port for incoming alerts from the I/NET system.

Building Alarm Automation System with PageGate


11/06/2017 Physical vs Virtual Cellular Infrastructure: The Pros and Cons

Cellular modems are physical devices that typically connect to a system through USB or RS-232. These devices aren't virtualized by default but can be virtualized with the aid of a COM port virtualizer. Cellular routers and gateways can natively be accessed by IP.

Physical vs Virtual Cellular Infrastructure


11/03/2017 Tips to Using PageGate with Splunk

Steps to use PageGate in conjunction with Splunk to send notifications.

PageGate with Splunk


11/01/2017 Cellular Hardware and Infrastructure

Tips and tricks about cellular hardware including cellular modems, cellular gateways, and routers.

Cellular Hardware


10/30/2017 How to Utilize Text Messaging at your Events

Find out how to turn text messages from meeting distractions into meeting opportunities.

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10/27/2017 The Financial Firms Guide to Compliant Text Messaging

The popularity of text messaging is growing every year, and many firms and their clients now expect to use it as a tool to conduct business. Prohibiting the use of text messages is not only unsustainable for an increasingly mobile workplace, it limits how and where advisors communicate with clients.

Prohibition also does not protect your firm from risk—it simply pushes conversations where you can’t see and manage them.

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10/25/2017 Text Messaging Initiative Will Nudge STEM Students Toward Success

A new project is tapping into mobile technology to increase community college completion for students in STEM fields. Nudging to STEM Success — a joint initiative from Persistence Plus, maker of a mobile app for student success, and nonprofit Jobs for the Future — will use text messages to help students navigate the complexities of college, succeed in STEM studies and move toward college graduation, according to a news announcement. The project is funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

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10/23/2017 Is Predictive Text Hurting Our Kids?

We seem to have a love-hate relationship with predictive text. When it works, the convenience of cell phone software that types most of our words for us is a blessing. When it fails, predictive text flubs are at best comical and at worst frustrating and time-consuming. However, it is possible that predictive text software might have more serious consequences, especially for our youth.

Is Predictive Text Hurting Our Kids?


10/20/2017 Text Messaging Software for HVAC Companies

Text messaging is used a variety of ways in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry. Some of the industry specific uses for PageGate include:

Dispatch notifications and alerts
Notifications of material deliveries to sites
Confirm appointment times for estimates and quotes
Communicate with & coordinate contractors and sub-contractors
Reminders of payment due dates
Notification of received payments
Notification of discounts, deals and promotions
Routine employee communications

Text Messaging Software for HVAC Companies


10/18/2017 Is Texting Keeping Teens Up at Night?

It is hardly news that teenagers aren't getting enough sleep--90% of teens get fewer than the eight to ten hours of sleep per night recommended for healthy development and function. A growing public health concern, sleep deprivation is particularly dangerous for youths, who rely on sleep for healthy mental and physical development. With teen sleep loss growing in public attention, and technology in a sense dominating the lives of young people, we must wonder if and how our devices play into this phenomenon.

Is Texting Keeping Teens Up at Night?


10/16/2017 Steps to Integrate with Tyler Technologies

Tyler Technologies CAD uses PageGates GetAscii module to pass messages to PageGate for delivery.

Steps to Integrate with Tyler Technologies


10/13/2017 Test Messaging Software or Security Companies

Text messaging is used a variety of ways in the security industry. Some of the industry specific uses for PageGate include:

Security Alerts
Emergency Notifications
Alarm Notification Automation
Dispatch Notifications
Communicate Critical Information Related to a Scene
On-call and Re-call Notifications
Allows for Better Decision Making
Reminders of Payment Due Date
Notification of Received Payments
Notification of Discounts, Deals and Promotions
Routine Employee Communications

Test Messaging Software or Security Companies


10/11/2017 Many Options to Add Text Messaging

PageGate has been designed to integrate as easily as possible with existing software and hardware. Rarely are any coding changes required or necessary. The most common integration involves a Command Line / ASCII interface.

PageGate allows for the scanning of a predetermined file for text messages or for command line messaging from existing software applications. Here are some ways to use PageGate's modules to integrate with other applications:

Add Text or SMS Messaging


10/09/2017 Steps to Integrate RescueNet CommCad

PageGate can be easily tied to Zolls RescueNet CommCAD in a variety of ways. As both programs can handle SNPP, SMTP and TAP, you can use any of these three methods to have RescueNet notify PageGate when an alert needs to be delivered to a cell phone, pager or other device/method of delivery.

Steps to Integrate RescueNet CommCAD


10/06/2017 Text Messaging Software for Municipalities and Government Agencies

Text messaging is used a variety of ways in the municipalities and government agencies. Some of the industry specific uses for PageGate include:

Security Notifications and Emergency Alerts
Notification of Elections/ Town Meetings
Notifications of Shelter or Refuge Locations
Voting Record Notifications
Breaking News Alerts
Property Tax Bill Reminders
Notification of Town Events
Severe Weather Alerts

Text Messaging Software for Municipalities and Government Agencies


10/04/2017 How to Integrate....

Learn step by step how to integrate these specific applications with PageGate.

How to Integrate...


10/02/2017 Have You Upgraded

Have you upgraded to PageGate Version 8 yet? Check it out

PageGate Version 8 What is New


09/29/2017 Texting Your Way To Literacy

Texting as a tool to teach literacy. Such is the idea behind startup Cell-Ed. It is tapping the vast number of people who have access to basic cell phones and, therefore, can  send text messages, using that ability to teach adults how to read.

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09/27/2017 10 ways to make your phone's battery last longer

Fear not. This handy phone survival guide will help you make the most out of your battery. If a power outage hits your area, you'll know exactly what to do to ensure you remain connected.

Turn off the extra wireless connections

Your phone has a myriad of different connections, few of which are really that integral during a blackout. Wireless connections such as Bluetooth and WiFi are great during a regular day, but they can quickly drain a battery. In power-saving situations, GPS is also a no no, and disabling location services is another smart move.

10 Ways to Make Your Phones Battery Last Longer


09/25/2017 Amazon Gift Cards via SMS

Amazon today announced that customers can now send electronic Amazon gift cards to recipients via text message or messaging apps. On the gift card purchase page, there is now text message and messaging app for delivery options. The text message option will send the recipient a link to their gift card; the messaging app option, which works for any messaging app users have on their device, lets you customize the card with video or photo.

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09/22/2017 College Counseling Text Messaging Cartoon


College Counseling Text Messaging Humor and Cartoon


09/20/2017 Dentists Adopting Text Messaging

With more than 240 million smartphone users in North America in 2017, consumers have grown to depend on, and demand, text messaging services that allow them to interact with the businesses and brands they use and trust.

Dental Experience One Text at a Time


09/18/2017 PageGate Filter Pack

The PageGate Filter Pack is an add-on that allows for message processing, substitution and filtering.


09/15/2017 How San Franciscos Museum of Modern Art Used Text Messages to Make Art Go Viral

The museums  new Send Me SFMOMA project—which sends works from its 34,678-piece collection to anyone in the world via text message—is a decidedly modern method of sharing its art with the public. In recent weeks, it has also become a viral success.

Anyone can take part, by texting 572-51 with the message send me followed by a short description of what you’re in the mood to see.

How San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art Used Text Messages to Make Art Go Viral


09/13/2017 Steps to Use HAVbED Tracking with PageGate

PageGate can be integrated with GERs HAVbED Tracking system by using PageGate's GetAscii module.

Steps to Use HAVbED Tracking with PageGate


09/11/2017 Never Forget - September 11th


09/10/2017 Text Messaging Interventions To Help with SIDS

Text messaging interventions may improve mothersȗ adherence to proper infant sleeping practice

The sleeping environment of young infants less than 6 months old is very important as an improper sleeping practice can lead to suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Despite efforts to improve public awareness on safe practices, such as the Back to Sleep campaign, there are still a significant number of infant deaths attributed to SIDS in the US.

Text Messaging Interventions


09/08/2017 Integrating with Schneider Electric I/NET: Building Alarm Automation System with PageGate

Follow these steps to use Schneider Electric I/NET: Building Alarm Automation System with PageGate

I/NET sends alerting information by serial line and PageGate can be easily integrated with I/NET by using the GetSerial module. The GetSerial module allows PageGate to monitor a serial port for incoming alerts from the I/NET system.

Integrating with Schneider Electric I/NET: Building Alarm Automation System with PageGate


09/06/2017 Getting The Most From Text Messaging As A Recruiter

When you want to find ways to improve your recruitment process, it’s time to look at how you communicate with potential job recruits. When you use text messaging to reach out to potential candidates, you are going to reach a wider audience. While most text messages are going to be read within minutes, this can work against you if your messages are boring or irrelevant. To make the most out of your text messages when you implement this into your recruitment strategy, it’s time to learn how to craft your messages effectively.

Getting The Most From Text Messaging As A Recruiter


09/04/2017 Hawaiian Airlines Is Handling Customer Service Inquiries Via Text Message

As some of its competitors use bots programmed with artificial intelligence to answer travel questions, Hawaiian Airlines is going slightly retro with its customer service strategy — at least for the short term.

No, it is not enlarging its call center, or hiring more phone agents. But airline employees have begun answering questions via text messages, allowing agents to be twice as productive as on the phone, according to an executive with LivePerson Inc., the company that provides the technology.

Hawaiian Airlines Is Handling Customer Service Inquiries Via Text Message


09/02/2017 7 Cell Phone Safety Tips Your Kids Need to Know

It seems that everyone owns a cell phone today, and kids are far from an exception; the average age at which an adolescent receives their first cell phone is about 11 years. It can't be denied that there is value in kids' having cell phones; cell phones can be an effective means of keeping in touch with your kids and keeping them safe; can benefit older kids socially; and can be a good way to give your kids some responsibility and accountability. However, owning a cell phone carries a number of risks. For parents whose kids have cell phones or who are considering giving their child a phone, we have compiled a list of essential safety tips to help your child avoid these risks.

7 Cell Phone Safety Tips for Kids


08/31/2017 Tracking Animals with SMS

Oftentimes, we think of the conservation of the old as incongruous with the use of newer technology like mobile devices. This is far from the case; in fact, GPS technology is being combined with text messaging to track both wildlife and livestock, a useful tool to keep an eye on both the farm animals we depend on and the increasing number of endangered or threatened species.

Tracking Animals with SMS


08/29/2017 SNPP Server Module

The SNPP Server Interface allows PageGate to function as an SNPP server to receive messages sent using the SNPP protocol from a variety of sources.

SNPP Server Module


08/27/2017 How Can Text Messaging Change the Hospitality Industry?

While waiting at the airport for your rental car, you get a notification on your cell phone. It's a text from your hotel, asking if you would like a drink or food from room service upon your arrival. It may sound like a futuristic luxury, but the fact of the matter is that scenarios like this are not that far off. Text messaging offers a myriad of ways to boost the hospitality industry, and hotels are bound to take note sooner rather than later.

How Text Messaging Can Change the Hospitality Industry


08/25/2017 PageGate Serial2ASCII Interface

The PageGate Serial2ASCII Interface is a companion module for the Serial Port Interface. The Serial2ASCII Interface unlocks the ability to monitor additional physical or virtual serial (RS232) ports.

PageGate Serial2ASCII Interface


08/23/2017 Text and Art

The idea that new technology is incongruous with the earnest, historic pursuit of art is a common one. Many artists and advocates of technology alike, however, disagree. One such person is Paul Notzold, who in 2006 began a project called TXTual healing that explores the union of text messaging and art and its implications.

Texting Art: How Technology and Tradition Might Be Reconciled


08/21/2017 Text messaging is used a variety of ways in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Some of the industry specific uses for PageGate include:

Medication Reminders
Vaccination Reminders
Clinicial Trial Recruitment
Medication Refill Reminders
Prescription is Ready for Pickup
Notification for Prescription Refills
Clinical Trial Engagement
Delivery Notification Updates

Text Messaging in the Pharmaceutical Industry


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