Waiter Paging, Simple but Effective

One of the most popular products utilised by restaurant operators in the UK are waiter pagers, here is an overview of why.

In the dynamic and fast-paced environment of restaurants, efficiency is a key factor that contributes to customer satisfaction and operational success. One simple innovative tool that has significantly improved staff efficiency in the restaurant industry is the waiter pager system. Waiter pagers are wireless communication devices that enable seamless communication between the kitchen and serving staff, enhancing coordination and overall restaurant performance.

1. Streamlining Communication:
Waiter pagers serve as an effective means of streamlining communication between the kitchen and waitstaff. Traditionally, restaurant staff relied on verbal communication, bells, or even shouting to relay information from the kitchen area to the front of house. This manual process often led to misunderstandings, delays, and errors. Waiter pagers eliminate these challenges by providing a direct and instantaneous communication channel, ensuring that orders are promptly served and wait staff can remain front of house attending to customer orders.

2. Faster Turnaround Time:
One of the primary advantages of using waiter pagers is the significant reduction in turnaround time for customer orders. Chefs can call wait staff to the kitchen the moment a customers order is ready eliminating the need for wait staff to be waiting in the kitchen for orders to be completed. This results in quicker service, which is crucial in a competitive industry where customers increasingly value both speed and quality.

3. Increased Table Turnover:
Improved communication and faster service facilitated by waiter pagers contribute to increased table turnover. As tables are cleared and prepared for the next set of diners more efficiently, restaurants can accommodate more guests throughout busy peak times. This not only enhances revenue but also creates a positive impression of the restaurant as a place that values customers’ time.

4. Enhanced Customer Experience:
Efficient service made possible by waiter pagers directly contributes to an enhanced customer experience. When diners receive their orders promptly and accurately, they are more likely to have a positive perception of the restaurant. Waiter pagers also enable staff to provide better customer service by addressing special requests or dietary restrictions without delay, leading to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.

5. Improved Staff Productivity:
With waiter pagers handling the communication between the front and back of the house, restaurant staff can focus more on customer interactions and other essential tasks. This leads to improved staff productivity, as waiters can spend more time attending to customer needs, upselling, and ensuring a positive dining experience. The reduction in manual communication also minimises the risk of errors, allowing staff to perform their duties with greater confidence.

6. Cost-Efficiency:
Implementing waiter pager systems can be a cost-effective solution for restaurants in the long run. The initial investment in a waiter paging system is often outweighed by the increased efficiency and productivity they bring to the establishment. The positive impact on customer satisfaction and revenue will more than be cover the initial costs of implementing such systems.

Waiter pagers have emerged as a game-changer in the restaurant industry, providing a reliable and efficient solution to communication challenges between the front and back of the house. By streamlining communication, reducing turnaround time, and enhancing overall staff productivity, waiter pagers contribute significantly to improved restaurant efficiency. As the industry continues to evolve & embrace more technological solutions waiter pagers will likely continue to be an essential solution for establishments seeking to provide exceptional service and stay competitive in a demanding market.

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Caterpillar UK – Streamlining Logistics Operations: Using Pagers to Call Drivers to Loading Bays


In the fast-paced world of logistics, every second counts. Efficient coordination of drivers and resources can make the difference between meeting delivery deadlines and incurring costly delays. For many companies, the technology of pagers interfaced with queuing software has emerged as a surprisingly effective solution to streamline operations and enhance productivity. In this case study article, we will explore how Caterpillar UK successfully implemented pager systems to call drivers to loading bays, resulting in significant improvements in efficiency, communication, and overall operational excellence.

The Challenge

Caterpillar UK’s Leicester production site, faced several challenges in their daily operations. One of the most pressing issues was the inefficient communication process used to call drivers to loading bays. The existing system relied heavily on an outdated message board system, which often led to communication breakdowns and wasted time. Drivers struggled to see the message board system, and valuable minutes were lost trying to reach them. The company realised the need for a more reliable and instant communication method to address these issues.

As can be the case with many companies network & data security is a major consideration when evaluating systems and if possible the company wanted to utilise a system that would not need to connect to the company computer network.

The Solution

After extensive research and evaluation of various communication solutions, Caterpillar UK contacted Pager Call Systems.

Pager Call Systems recommended the Driver Page system with screen based queuing software for operators. The decision was based on several key advantages that Driver Page offered over other methods:

  1. Network & Data Security: Pager Call Systems provided an isolated network for connectivity between the Touch Screens, Paging Transmitters & Pagers. This was a customised solution built by the technical team at Pager Call Systems for the Caterpillar project.
  2. Reliability: Pagers are known for their reliability, even in areas with weak mobile network coverage. This ensured that drivers could be reached consistently, reducing the risk of communication breakdowns.
  3. Instantaneous Communication: Pagers provide an immediate alert to the recipient, allowing drivers to respond promptly to loading bay requests.
  4. Clarity in Noisy Environments: Unlike mobile phones or walkie-talkies, pagers provided clear and audible messages even in noisy loading bay & yard environments.
  5. Speed of Deployment: Driver Page could be implemented at site in days rather than months. Utilising an isolated network system designed by Pager Call Systems would eliminate the need to use the company’s network.
  6. Cost-Effective: Driver Page was a cost-effective solution compared to investing in more complex communication systems.


Caterpillar UK introduced Pager Call Systems Driver Page for drivers and loading bay personnel in two separate loading bay areas at the Leicester site. The process involved the following steps:

  1. Procurement: After extensive research Caterpillar arranged a demonstration of the Driver Page System at their site and Pager Call Systems conducted range testing on site to ensure full site coverage would be achieved by the specified equipment.
  2. System implementation: Pager Call Systems worked closely with the technical team at Caterpillar UK to ensure trouble free installation and implementation of the system.
  3. Training: Drivers and loading bay personnel were trained on how to use the Driver Page system effectively. This included receiving and acknowledging messages, understanding different codes for various instructions, operating the touch screen queuing system and producing wait time reports.
  4. Integration: The pager system was seamlessly integrated into the company’s existing communication & vehicle flow processes. Staff were given access to dedicated devices, and transport office personnel were equipped with devices to send messages.
  5. Testing: The pager system underwent rigorous testing to ensure it could effectively replace the existing communication methods without disruption.


The implementation of a Driver Page system yielded impressive results for the Caterpillar UK:

  1. Improved Efficiency: Drivers could be called to loading bays instantly, reducing the waiting time and increasing overall productivity.
  2. Enhanced Communication: Pager messages were clear and easily understood, even in noisy environments, resulting in fewer errors and misunderstandings.
  3. Visibility: With the Driver Page System staff can see at a glance the number of vehicles waiting for loading bays, time waiting along with vehicles on bays.
  4. Reduced Delays: The new system significantly reduced the likelihood of delays caused by communication breakdowns.
  5. Cost Savings: The company experienced cost savings as Driver Page was more affordable than alternative communication solutions.


In an industry where efficient communication is paramount, the adoption of the Driver Page system to call drivers to loading bays has proven to be a game-changer for this Caterpillar UK. By embracing this reliable and cost-effective technology, they were able to streamline operations, reduce delays, and improve overall efficiency. This case study highlights the potential of simple technology to address modern logistical challenges, underscoring the importance of innovation in improving business processes.

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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Introduces Quiet Call

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital is now using Quiet Call Patient Pagers.

Quiet Call Patient Paging frees patients from the confines of the waiting room allowing patients to relax in The Pod with a coffee from Costa. The innovative patient pagers help to reduce congested waiting areas and free up staff time locating patients.

Pager Call Systems is the largest provider of patient paging systems in the UK with thousands of pagers deployed in NHS Trusts throughout the country with fully networked systems with site wide coverage with many providing coverage of car parks and external areas.

For more information on the Quiet Call Patient Paging range contact us on 0845 6444109.