By David Pescovitz at 3:41 pm Thu, Jun 27, 2013
Apple's new wearable device is called a "Beeper" and the hospital where my niece works is beta testing them! She just started her medical residency and they issued her one.
You’d be surprized that ‘beepers’ are still used in many hospitals; especially University type hospital complexes. . Why? A lot of architecture from the 50’s-80’s..and earlier were ‘battle hardened’ either by design or accident. We’re talking over engineered concrete and reinforcing rods that could take a nuke blast or plaster with ‘nets’ of chicken wire. Resulting in many “Dead Zones” for cell phone service.
The pager network at those places have repeaters for their pagers in those areas; using a cell phone as a pager just won’t work.
Repurposed Krogan hospital. Sturdy. Built to withstand punishment.
If you’re ever so curious as to hook a scanner up to a POCSAG or FLEX decoder, and dial-in the frequency of a paging service, you’ll notice that the majority of pages are a split between medical uses, and automated status messages computers send to their IT admins.
Modern reflective foil-bubble-foil insulation, while generally great (made of industrial waste, natch), is *excellent* at screening out radio waves. We’ve discovered that while trying to set up a local wireless network in a newly extended building.
I always wondered why doctors still used pagers. This explanation was helpful.
It wasn’t just that, volunteer ambulance crews still use them because you can page the entire crew by pressing a button from a control centre, no dialing and the entire crew knows they have to get to the station and get in the ambulance, also the batteries last for months, they are still useful.
Here’s a great example. I do love the Yaacov Agam “kenetic” sculpture on the facade. (It really needs restoring tho)—It’s looking dusty and dull.
But the triangual aluminimun panles on the scupture…along with the 70’s aluminimun energy shades. Turn the place into a anechoic chamber for radio waves..and cell phones. Beepers work only because they wired repeaters inside the building.
As an IT guy at a major university hospital I have two of these on my hip right now. One for me and one for our team. They are pretty standard for all hospitals that I know of.
Have we just been transferred into the Twilight Zone ????
I was looking for something in my box of bike parts yesterday and found my old alphanumeric pager from when I was a messenger. looking at addresses on their wide screens was actually better than a text on the phone screens available back then. moreover, the small size coupled with the design of the little holster thing worked really well–it stayed put under the extreme duress of the profession yet afforded fantastic ease of access. that reliability was invaluable in a job where gear failure could ruin your whole darn day.
fuck yeah high school drug dealer! i miss our simpler times!
and our acid that was definitely not some weird research chemical.
looks like it’s designed to read off small, twitter-like messages.
This will be the next big thing.
And I believe this is the last ever disqus post.
Farewell to a way of life, eh?
When I worked in a hospital nobody was allowed to walk around with a cell phone because it was believed that they interfered with the telemetry devices that monitored patients’ vital signs.
In fact, that was debunked 20 years ago. In ancient times, some devices caused some problems if you were really close to the telemetry machine.
I supervised installation of telemetry units at a Kaiser facility in 1999, and the tech people for the system were quite clear that the problem had been solved in the distant past. Kaiser still forbade cell phone use. BECAUSE REASONS!!!
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