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03/19/2018 Using Cellular Modems, Routers and Gateways

Cellular hardware is the single most reliable and efficient method of delivering SMS with PageGate. By using cellular hardware, you are removing PageGates 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. It is also important to note that using cellular hardware also allows you to receive replies to your messages, which means you can configure a two-way messaging system with SMS.

SMS capable cellular hardware comes in three varieties: cellular modem, router and gateway.

Using Cellular Modems and Routers


03/16/2018 Integration with GroundProbe

The GroundProbe system generates .csv format files that PageGate then finds and processes into a SMS this is then sent out to the client via a fitted USB dial up modem fitted with a local SIM card.

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

GroundProbe Integration


03/14/2018 Integrating Tyler Technologies CAD with PageGate

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

Integrating Tyler Technologies CAD with PageGate


03/12/2018 How Message Volume Impacts Cellular Hardware

Cellular hardware is, by far, the fastest and most reliable method of sending SMS with PageGate. However, the hardware itself has its own limitations on how fast it can push the traffic to the outside world.

Typically speaking, cellular hardware will be able to accept one message for delivery every 2 or 3 seconds, which means that the upper delivery rate on most cellular hardware is between 20 and 30 messages per minute. If you try to push more traffic than the device is capable of handling, you'll receive a CMS Error 500 indicating that the device has been overloaded and that can cause message delivery headaches like missed messages.

How Message Volume Impacts Cellular Hardware


03/09/2018 Direct Database Integration with PageGate

Follow these steps for direct database integration with PageGate

Direct Database Integration with PageGate


02/07/2018 Can Texting Boost College Preparedness?

Many worry that the popularity of text messaging among young people is a nuisance and a distraction, keeping adolescents and young adults from succeeding in school and at work. However, when applied right, texting might have a positive impact on young peoples performance in higher education. A text messaging initiative launched by West Virginias Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) might be keeping college-bound students on track and promoting better performance at the college level.

Can Texting Boost College Preparedness


02/05/2018 How to Integrate SolarWinds Orion with PageGate

Alerts are generated for user-definable events, and may be triggered by the simple occurrence of an event or by the crossing of a threshold value for a monitored Interface, Volume or Node. Alerts may be set to notify different people on different days, different times of the day, different people for different events, or any combination of times, events, and people. Alerts can be configured to notify people who need to know about the emergent event.

How to Integrate SolarWinds Orion with PageGate


02/02/2018 How to Use Andover Controls with PageGate

Follow these steps to use Andover Controls with PageGate.

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

How to Use Andover Controls with PageGate


02/28/2018 NotePager Pro Video Tutorials

Step by step video tutorials on how to effectively use NotePager Pro software.

NotePager Pro Video Tutorials


02/26/2018 Can You Send iMessages On An Android Device? If You Have A Mac, There’s Now A WayX

If you are an Android user who's always wished you could experience what it is like to text someone with iMessage instead of regular SMS text, well, you are probably going to be pretty psyched about this new development. You can now send iMessages on Android devices, thanks to an app called weMessage — if you have a Mac computer, that is.

That is right: you should know that you will need a Mac computer at home in order for this app to work. No, you cannot escape Apple entirely — iMessage is their program, after all.

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02/23/2018 5 privacy tips for iPhone texting

I will assume that if you are reading a blog post about texting privacy tips, then you already have a passcode or Touch ID or Face ID enabled to keep your iPhone protected when it is locked. The next step is to keep text alerts from appearing on the lock screen, where anyone can see them. To turn off lock screen notifications, go to Settings > Notifications > Messages and toggle off Show on Lock Screen in the Alerts section.

Alternatively, you can still get lock screen alerts but without the preview of the text message.

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02/21/2018 What is Text Neck?

You have probably been told once or twice (likely by your mom at the dinner table) to stop constantly looking at your phone. Using your phone is almost unavoidable, though, since smartphones are such multifunctional devices. Unfortunately, it turns out that the convenience of being able to reply to emails, send text messages, and take calls all right there on your smartphone might be taking a toll on your body. So, what is text neck? This latest news has a slightly silly name, but its effects can be all too serious if you are often looking down at your phone.

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02/19/2018 You Can Now Send Bitcoin Via Text Message

Samourai, a privacy focused crypto wallet, have recently introduced a new feature which allows you to send Bitcoin payments using standard SMS messages. It opens up a whole host of possibilities, and really moves the Bitcoin network along.

Because it uses SMS messages, the app, called PonyDirect allows you to send Bitcoin without an internet connection. This also makes it a viable option in countries where there are restrictions.

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02/16/2018 HIPAA-compliant text messaging helps doctors, patients with care and recovery

Mel Viney, MD, is a hospitalist with emergency room responsibilities at Artesian Valley Health System and is on the front lines of the opioid crisis. He treats patients addicted to opioids every day.

One such treatment includes the prescription of Suboxone, a narcotic medication used to aid recovering addicts with the symptoms of withdrawal from opiates. The medication is used as a form of detox, where patients ultimately are weaned from the Suboxone so they are drug-free.

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02/14/2018 10 Texts To Send Your Crush On Valentine's Day To Finally Tell Them How You Feel

OK, first, take a deep breath. It appears you have made the decision to finally tell your crush how you feel about them. Major props to you. Getting past that mental hurdle is the hardest part, I promise. And in todays technologically-driven society, you will not even have to do it in person. Even better, there are a bunch of options for texts to send your crush on Valentines Day that will make coming forward with your confession way less intimidating.

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02/13/2018 18 Texts To Send Your Single Best Friend On Valentines Day

But what makes a good V-Day text to your BFF? It should be something that puts a smile on their face and lets them know that you are the person who really just gets them. Something that says, We are in this together, boo! Still need some inspiration? No worries, I have got you covered with plenty of ideas to get your Valentines Day texting fingers typing.

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02/12/2018 How Text Messaging is Helping Victims of Violence

One of the first things many of us do in an emergency situation is text our loved ones, but what if we can't? Often, in instances of attacks, abduction, and other violent acts, the impulse to reach for our phones subsides to the impulse to defend ourselves, and scarcely in such situations are victims even able to access their phones. Thankfully, numerous developers and organizations have found ways to put texting to use to help victims of violence, whether or not they are able to reach for their phones.

How Text Messaging is Helping Victims of Violence


02/09/2018 How to Integrate OneSolutionCAD with PageGate

With OneSolution CAD ability to execute an external program, you can send a message to a pager or cell phone using PageGate.

How to Integrate OneSolutionCAD with PageGate


02/07/2018 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. It's also important to note that using cellular hardware also allows you to receive replies to your messages, which means you can configure a two-way messaging system with SMS.

SMS capable cellular hardware comes in three varieties: cellular modem, router and gateway.

Using Cellular Modems, Routers & Gateways


02/05/2018 Integrating Spok with PageGate

Follow these steps to use Spok with PageGate.

PageGate has multiple methods of being integrated with Spok's on-site paging solutions as it can output to a Spok paging transmitter by using the TAP protocol and it can also receive input from a Spok paging transmitter by using the GetTAP receiver module.

Integrating Spok with PageGate


12/29/2017 Steps to Use HAVbED Tracking with PageGate

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

GERs HAVbED can be configured to output XML formatted files when alerts need to be sent.

Steps to Use HAVbED Tracking


12/27/2017 Physical vs Virtual Cellular Infrastructure: The Pros and Cons

Cellular hardware comes in three varieties: cellular modem, router and gateway.

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: The Pros and Cons


12/25/2017 The Command Line ASCII Interface

Use the Command Line / ASCII Interface to Pass Text and SMS Messages from Within Applications

Command Line / ASCII Interface


12/22/2017 How to Install PageGate Version 8

Follow these steps to install PageGate version 8.

How to Install PageGate Version 8


12/20/2017 How Message Volume Impacts Cellular Hardware

Cellular hardware is, by far, the fastest and most reliable method of sending SMS with PageGate. However, the hardware itself has its own limitations on how fast it can push the traffic to the outside world.

Typically speaking, cellular hardware will be able to accept one message for delivery every 2 or 3 seconds, which means that the upper delivery rate on most cellular hardware is between 20 and 30 messages per minute. If you try to push more traffic than the device is capable of handling, you'll receive a CMS Error 500 indicating that the device has been overloaded and that can cause message delivery headaches like missed messages.

How Message Volume Impacts Cellular Hardware


12/18/2017 Checkout the Latest Videos for PageGate version 8

Need Help with PageGate version 8? Checkout the new series of video tutorials that explain different features and functions

PageGate Version 8 Video Tutorials


12/15/2017 PageGate Filter Pack

The PageGate Filter Pack gives PageGate the power to completely reformat the contents of, or extract data from the original message text.


12/13/2017 GroundProbe Integration

Follow these steps to use GroundProbe SSR Viewer Alarms with PageGate.

The GroundProbe system generates .csv format files that PageGate then finds and processes into a SMS this is then sent out to the client via a fitted USB dial up modem fitted with a local SIM card.

GroundProbe CAD uses PageGate's GetAscii module to pass messages to PageGate for delivery. To configure PageGate to accept the messages from the CAD:

GroundProbe Integration


12/11/2017 Steps to Use Alston Tascom with PageGate

PageGate can easily be integrated with Alstons Tascom systems with the GetTAP module. Alstons Tascom systems can output the TAP protocol which GetTAP can accept.

Steps to Use Alston Tascom with PageGate


12/08/2017 SMS tool brings sexual, reproductive health information to Rwanda youth

Rwandas health system has seen great improvements in recent years, yet one area of health care remains underserved, particularly for young people: sexual and reproductive health.

Stigma and embarrassment keep young people from learning about their bodies, health and rights.

To address this need, UNFPA, the Ministry of Health, Imbuto Foundation and other partners recently released Mobile for Reproductive Health – or M4RH – an interactive messaging system that reaches mobile phone users with information about puberty, preventing sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy, and where to find health services.

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12/06/2017 Seven Ways to Use Transactional Messaging

Research shows that it takes the average person 90 minutes to respond to an email message, but only 90 seconds to respond to a text message. Knowing that, retailers, brands and marketers need to develop mobile strategies that enhance existing efforts with SMS messages and reach consumers in the most direct way – on their personal devices. Surprisingly, 75% of consumers actually want companies to text them for anything ranging from appointment or payment reminders to special offers, yet only around 30% are doing so. Needless to say: this is a massive, untapped opportunity.

While traditional promotional SMS messages focus on marketing (one-day sales, product launches, weekly informative broadcast campaigns), transactional SMS messages based on triggered events add value for consumers because they’re personalized, relevant and timely. They are designed to increase loyalty, prevent lapsed buying behavior, and re-engage valuable consumers. So what are the benefits?

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12/04/2017 Cell Phone Usage is the New Smoking

Cellphone usage is the new smoking.

Smartphone devices are a scourge. Everyone is abused regularly by having to listen to one-sided conversations in public spaces or by colleagues and friends who don’t pay attention to conversations but focus instead on their screens.

A recent British survey found that the average person looks at their mobile phone 27 times a day, and that does not include the restaurant patrons, train passengers, and classroom students whose gaze never leave their screens for long periods of time.

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12/01/2017 Similar texting habits leads to relationship satisfaction

Texting is ubiquitous in modern day dating culture.

While relationships were once born out of thoughtful love letters and red, red roses, today romance blossoms via witty observations and phallic emojis.

However, the art of written communication is not to be dismissed, as a new study suggests that couples with similar texting habits might be more satisfied in their relationship as a result.

Psychologists at Pace University, New York, surveyed 205 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29, all of whom were in relationships.

Each participant was asked about different aspects of their texting behaviour, from frequency of initiation to the nature of their conversations i.e. whether they text just to say hello, to show affection or to raise an issue.

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11/29/2017 A Crisis Line That Calms With Texting and Data

But can algorithms be used to address more urgent social and individual problems, like how to build trust or provide effective care? Can algorithms be used to increase the love and kindness in the world?

These are the sort of questions that the people at the Crisis Text Line — a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention 24 hours a day via text messaging to the number 741741 — have been focusing on for four years. Their goal is to improve their own crisis counseling, shed light on the pain and suffering that Americans are experiencing every day and show how we can all find ways to respond better. Given the alarming rates of anxiety, loneliness, suicidal ideation, depression and substance abuse nationwide, this work warrants major attention.  

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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


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