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s.QUAD Voice pager is half the size but twice the quality

Alerting firefighters quickly and effectively is a crucial element in successfully dealing with any emergency situation. However, alerting volunteer firefighters can be a challenge on its own.

First, the recent switch from wideband to narrowband radio technology has led to a loss of paging coverage. Therefore, some dispatch calls are simply not received anymore. Furthermore, incumbent pagers often don't live up to today's expectations in terms of efficiency, quality and cost efficiency — a bar raised by cellular applications.

The s.QUAD Voice pager by Swissphone is an extremely rugged analog pager with radio sensitivity that allows fire services to extend the coverage of their existing paging networks significantly. The quality of the pager also helps reduce replacement and repair costs dramatically.

“With the s.QUAD Voice pager, my replacement costs and repair costs have dropped 97 per cent, compared to the old Minitors," said Fire Chief John Kramer of Monitor Township Fire Department in Bay City, Mich.

At the same time, the s.QUAD's Bluetooth interface allows it to be connected to your smartphone. With the smartphone serving as a gateway, this innovation allows you to receive alphanumeric messages on your pager long before the crystal-clear voice dispatch comes through.

A multi-colored flashing LED visually supports the alarm, further indicating the urgency of the alert.

In spite of its compact size, the s.QUAD Voice pager is water- and dust-proof and is one of the most rugged pagers in the world (6.5 feet drop test).

The pager is comfortable to wear and the screen is always protected. The s.QUAD Voice, with its alert volume of >95 dB(A) @ one ft, can be a rather boisterous companion.

If the pager needs to be used for a longer period of time and there is no power source available the s.QUAD Voice can also run on a single AA battery.

The s.QUAD achieves a sensitivity of < 2.0 µV/m. This high sensitivity means your pager will alert when others don’t have enough signal. No other pager on the market has been able to duplicate this result.

With a simple firmware update the s.QUAD Voice pager can be upgraded into a digital POCSAG pager. At the same time, the s.QUAD app also runs on a FirstNet ready Smartphone, allowing you to extend your alerting network coverage through FirstNet hybrid paging. s.QUAD Voice, therefore, provides great investment protection for many years.

Swissphone has been developing and producing high-quality alerting devices for more than 45 years. The family-owned business has more than 250 employees in the U.S. and Europe.

Click here for more information about the s.QUAD Voice pager and Swissphone.

January 12, 2019 
By Grant Cameron

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