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FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 14, 2003 - ISSUE NO. 84

Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

In a transition to more of a magazine-like format from a newsletter format, this week's issue has a slightly modified layout. I think you will find it more balanced now, since the news, opinion articles, and comments are blended in with the product information all the way to the end.

Speaking of articles, two of our guest contributors are back this week with interesting and timely reports. Brian Gilmore, on behalf of the Association for TeleServices International (ATSI), continues his series about vital issues concerning both the Telephone Answering Services (TAS) and the Paging industry. Vic Jackson, president of Interconnection Services, comments about the FCC's rulings on Wireless Local Number Portability (LNP). I am sure both of these gentlemen would appreciate your comments. You can send them to me or directly to the authors.

TGA Technologies is offering a 20% discount on their PRISM one-way paging terminal for all orders placed by the close of business on December first. For more details please see their product promotion section below and then call my friend Jim Nelson at 800-998-8421, ext. 112 (or 770-441-2100 same ext.). Jim is a good guy from "God's Country" —Illinois. If you have a paging terminal that is no longer supported, this is a good chance to get a replacement at a discount.

Cook Paging in San Rafael, California has been running an advertisement here for a Paging System Technician for several weeks. Unfortunately they just noticed that someone at Cook sent in an invalid e-mail address for applicants to use. Please, if you are interested in this job, send your resumé to one of the new e-mail addresses in this issue. If anyone knows a good paging technician, please pass along this opportunity. Let's help them find a technician. (Advertisement follows below.)

There were a lot of important announcements at the FCC yesterday. Clips from several of them appear near the end of this issue.

This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Data and Radio Paging. You are receiving this message because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on “send” and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list with my apologies.

A new issue of the Paging and Wireless Data Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon Eastern US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major paging and wireless data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers, so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get reader's comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the paging, and wireless data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my website.

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Next week the PTC's 1-Way Paging Subcommittee will report in more detail on the current activities of the group. In the mean time, here is a short synopsis of what the group is up to:
  • FCC Refarming of 25 KHz bandwidth frequencies: waiting on the FCC to respond;
  • HIPAA: monitoring & waiting on Health and Human Services and various security measure decisions to be made, staying in touch with ATSI;
  • 1-Way Paging Devices: A questionnaire has been designed that we hope will reflect 1-Way Carrier requirements in a pager;
  • National Paging Carrier Directory: It's been a long time since the industry has had an up-to-date listing of paging carriers. Notice: volunteers to help are currently being solicited! Can you help us?

Anyone having questions or comments should write to Alan Carle at acarle@ucom.com

NEWS AND COMMENTS FROM READERS

Telephone Answering Services and Paging (3)

In the last two weeks (article 1) and (article 2) we've examined the common heritage of the paging and Telephone Answering Service (TAS) industries, how the TAS industry has adapted to tremendous changes, and the new challenges associated with serving one of the largest market segments for both industries — our mutual customers providing medical services.

These new challenges are presented by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) which was finally implemented for many medical service providers in early 2003. Not all medical services customers are bound by HIPAA, and the extent to which each clinic, hospital, home health provider, hospice, insurer, etc. is affected varies tremendously. Each medical services entity required to safeguard protected health information (PHI) must make their own decisions about how and under what circumstance they will protect PHI from disclosure in order to comply with HIPAA's strict rules.

Although the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers some guidance on their websites, there is little definitive information published by the government beyond the text of the law itself, several guidance documents, and online FAQs. Many consultants and law firms specializing in offering compliance advice have sprung up in recent years and their advice is often conflicting, with many suggesting draconian measures to ensure absolute compliance and avoid civil and criminal penalties for non-compliant Covered Entities (CE).

As we mentioned last time, many paging carriers are keeping close and regular contact with medical services customers to determine if they transmit PHI and if those customers believe they need wireless data security. Carriers who do not keep an open dialogue with medical customers are leaving those customers open to sales pitches from a wide range of wireless competitors hawking "secure" solutions.

The TAS industry is concerned with these issues because many TAS/call centers handle PHI for HIPAA Covered Entities. ATSI has taken the position that TAS/call centers handling PHI (called Business Associates or BAs under HIPAA) must in fact enter into a HIPAA mandated Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to ensure the compliance of the CE client. However the extent to which a TAS handles PHI for any given client varies widely by client and call center. In some cases no PHI is handled, in other cases significant amounts of PHI are required to perform the contracted call center services.

ATSI believes in many cases the amount and substance of PHI actually transmitted via paging networks is insignificant. To that end, ATSI is actively seeking the cooperation of the paging industry to work directly with HHS to educate the agency on this particular issue and solicit specific published guidance from HHS clarifying the matter. We believe that HHS should exempt from HIPAA security requirements those paging transmissions by CEs and their BAs that contain no substantial PHI. ATSI has sought the advice and assistance of the Paging Technical Committee (PTC) and the board of directors of the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC) on this issue and invites the close cooperation of all interested parties. Please contact this writer for details.

In other cases where substantial PHI must be transmitted wirelessly, there is little doubt expressed by HIPAA experts that PHI should be transmitted securely. To whatever extent the paging industry finds that its medical services clients demand secure transmission, ATSI also respectfully offers the following preliminary input and advice for your consideration.

First, we have no input at this time on the topic of encryption standards for the wireless stage of transmission from the paging terminal out to the belt-worn subscriber device. We understand that several different air interfaces and paging protocols remain in productive use in the paging industry, as well as a variety of pager types. We believe these issues are probably best sorted out within the paging industry, and while we will follow these developments with interest we are unable to offer useful commentary today.

It is the connection between the party sending the page and the gateway to the paging network on which we will focus through the balance of this article.

While the newest telephony switching and IT infrastructure deployed in the modern TAS industry is very sophisticated, most TAS/call centers still transmit wireless text messages via two very familiar modes - TAP dialup modems and SMTP e-mail.

We believe that TAP dialup modem transmissions through the public switched telephone network are suitably secure for the delivery of text messages to the gateway of a wireless text messaging provider. In the case of e-mail, we are concerned about the apparent lack of security of clear text SMTP messages sent to the gateway of a wireless text messaging provider over the Internet. Each mode raises particular technical issues.

As for TAP dialup modem transmissions, we are convinced the best solution is achieved by making no changes in the delivery of the text message until it is received by the text messaging provider. We are impressed by reports of gateway encryption servers that receive standard TAP modem message deliveries and encrypt them at the entry point to the text messaging network. We are further encouraged by reports of belt-worn paging subscriber devices capable of decrypting the same messages as they are displayed by the wearer, apparently some available now and others in development. For many reasons, including issues of encryption key management, user simplicity, and the lowest possible cost associated with helping medical services customers meet their obligation under HIPAA, we believe these types of solutions best serve all parties when text messages are delivered via TAP dialup modems.

We have not received reports of practical methods of encrypting SMTP e-mail transmissions at the source and maintaining encryption through the paging network, over the air and out to the belt-worn subscriber device where the message would be decrypted as they are displayed. We are concerned, along with other problems, that encryption key management from multiple sources cannot be handled practically in such a scenario.

As a secure alternative to TAP dialup modem transmission, we have been encouraged by our understanding that existing wireless industry protocols such as WCTP can permit secure transmission of message text over the Internet via HTTPS to a wireless text messaging provider. We believe the message text can then be encrypted by a gateway encryption server of the type described above for TAP dialup transmissions at the entry point to the text messaging network.

Based on our research to date, we believe the concept of performing encryption and all encryption key management within the perimeter of the wireless text messaging provider's network, and utilizing the same gateway encryption server for all text messages, regardless of their arrival via TAP, WCTP, a secure web session, or even a direct serial connection, is very sound and practical. In this manner, secure wireless text messages including PHI can be transmitted by multiple sites, including a health practitioner's clinic, multiple nurses stations within their hospital, multiple TAS/call centers and others to each paging subscriber at the lowest possible cost and with no need to manage separate encryption keys for multiple parties.

While TAS/call centers would still be able to use TAP dialup modems to deliver wireless text messages in the scenario described above, SMTP e-mail transmissions of clear text would be inappropriate for PHI. As all major legacy and modern TAS systems support TAP via direct connection to a serial (RS-232) port, we are encouraging TAS system vendors and the software development community at large to investigate development of simple Windows based applications that can be used at a TAS site to capture incoming TAP messages on a PC serial port from a TAS system. We believe the best solution would probably translate the captured TAP messages for secure transmission over the Internet via WCTP to the wireless text messaging provider's network gateway encryption server. This type of simple adjunct PC at the TAS location would equip legacy TAS systems for secure transmission at a low cost and preserve the integrity of the highly specialized internal message handling processes used in these TAS systems.

We are proposing an approach of multiple tiers. In cases where medical service clients have concluded they do not need to transmit PHI wirelessly, no further action may be necessary. When the medical service provider transmits some telephone message data that does not constitute substantial PHI, we believe HHS should clarify that encryption is not required. And to the extent that some medical service providers will need to exchange PHI via wireless text messaging, we encourage a simple and low cost solution for PHI security.

Each of the secure solutions explored above permit our mutual medical service clients to securely receive wireless text messages containing PHI with maximum utility and simplicity at the lowest possible cost. The fundamental value of receiving a telephone message via wireless text is preserved for the HIPAA Covered Entity with minimal investment by all parties. We believe those Covered Entities who conclude they must secure wireless transmission of PHI will expect to bear some reasonable added costs to comply with this aspect of HIPAA.

Obviously, even assuming an elegant and simple solution as that described above, there will be significant work involved to deliver a coordinated and uniform industry-wide solution. Paging carriers, infrastructure vendors, software developers, subscriber device manufacturers, TAS/call centers, and TAS/call center system vendors must work closely to deliver an effective low cost solution.

ATSI is developing and will very shortly open a special online forum to facilitate discussion of these issues and coordination on these topics. We'll talk more about this online forum next week. In the meantime, the writer and the editor welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

This is the third in a short series of articles in this newsletter about the TAS industry and its relationship to the paging industry prepared by Brian Gilmore of Fallon Communications on behalf of the Association for TeleServices International (ATSI) — the international trade association for telephone answering services. These articles are part of an initiative by the TAS industry to work more closely with the paging industry to improve service to our mutual clients, especially those in the medical services community. You can read more about ATSI at www.atsi.org. Contact Brian Gilmore via atsibdn@falloncommunications.net.

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Advanced RF Communications offers a complete line of products and services to support your new or existing paging system. Our technical services utilize the latest technologies and techniques to implement in high-speed digital data messaging or tone/voice paging for local or wide area simulcast paging systems.

Products

  • TGA Prism & SparkGap paging terminals
  • Zetron products
  • Hunetec ReFLEX 2.7.1.1 pagers
  • Vytek transmitters
  • Reconditioned Glenayre & Motorola products

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  • RF simulcast coverage studies
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  • System upgrades to FLEX/ReFLEX
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Our integration and installation services take all the "boxes" and deliver fully operational one or two-way paging system. We can also "tune-up" that existing paging system with our diagnostic and troubleshooting services to restore System performance that has deteriorated over time.

CONTACT
Advanced RF Communications, Inc.
301 Oak Street—Suite 2-46A
Quincy, IL 62301 USA
For further information please contact:
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Telephone/Fax: 217-221-9500
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DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures high quality, high specification type communications products. The following is a list of products that DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures or supplies as a single supplied product and can be included as part of a turnkey system:

  • Repeaters
  • Repeater Systems
  • Paging Transmitters
  • Paging Systems
  • LTR & MPT1327 Trunking Systems
  • MPT1327 Trunking Repeaters
  • SmarTrunk II Trunking Repeaters
  • Complete Trunking Systems
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  • Airport Ground to Air Systems
  • Rural Radiotelephone Link Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Combining Systems
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CONTACT
DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
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AAPC’s Mission Statement Defines Purpose

  • Identifying issues of common concern to its members
  • Providing an effective forum for the discussion and progression of issues relating to the industry
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory and legal matters as a unified organization
  • Providing research into and development of our industry and its current and prospective markets
  • Providing education and resources to address the challenges and trends affecting our operating environments
  • Encouraging and maintaining high standards of ethics and services
  • Championing the industry and representing paging carriers with a positive voice

Our industry must move forward together or perish individually. If you want to get involved, please click here. Come and join us!

Their "newsroom" is a great source of information.

They also host the Paging Technical Committee site. There is a lot of good paging-industry information here.

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The Zetron 2000 Series Paging Terminals are designed for the paging operator needing a flexible, modular approach to system operation, with the capacity to expand to a region-wide or national network. The terminals are incrementally expandable in both capacity and options.

The 2000 Series can act as the hub of an integrated communications system and are suitable for the larger private paging system. The terminals are incrementally expandable in both capacity and options, so a system can start small and grow as required.

The terminals are available with advanced features such as PageSaver voice messaging. They connect with a wide range of PBX or PSTN equipment and can be integrated with security systems, monitoring and control systems, nurse call, product control, building management systems etc.

CONTACT
Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
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ISC Technologies is the industry leader in the pre-owned Paging equipment marketplace. We specialize in purchasing, reconditioning, reconfiguring and sales of quality paging infrastructure. We can customize and configure equipment at a fraction of the cost of new. All equipment carries a standard warranty to insure your trouble free operation.

At ISC Technologies we service what we sell and more. Our factory-trained technicians repair most Quintron, Glenayre, Motorola, and Skydata equipment. All of our repairs are done on a Time and Material basis, saving you money over flat rate repair. From vacuum tubes to surface mount equipment, we are ready to handle your repair needs quickly and cost effectively.

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888-645-7545
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Wireless Communication Solutions

The Hark ISI-400LX is a hardware device that encapsulates serial data into TCP/IP for transmission over the Internet. It can also be configured to convert incoming TAP messages from the serial port and send them over the Internet to paging providers in email (SMTP) or Simple Network Paging Protocol (SNPP) format. The ISI-400LX with the optional external modem can connect to a secondary dial-up ISP when a failure on the ethernet port is detected.

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This device is the perfect companion for the Hark Gateway products. An ISI can be located at a remote location for receiving TAP, TNPP, or Billing traffic using a local ISP eliminating long distance phone charges.

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CONTACT
Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275 or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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NEWS AND COMMENTS FROM READERS

Is Local Telephone Competition Finally Here?

November 14, 2003

By Vic Jackson, Interconnection Services, Inc.

On November 10, 2003 the FCC released a 23 page, long awaited Order (FCC 03-284) clarifying its rules for porting telephone numbers from landline to wireless carriers. In essence, as of November 24, 2003, in the largest 100 markets, you will be able to "port" your current landline number and make it your cell phone number. The process may take up to 4 days to complete and does not require an interconnection agreement between the carriers involved. The wireless carrier must provide nationwide roaming to the cell phone using the ported number. This Order follows earlier FCC Orders that will require wireless-to-wireless number porting as of November 24. Landline to landline number portability has been in effect for several years and the new rules involving wireless carriers will compliment the telephone number portability requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The November 10 Order also allows wireless-to-landline porting, but only where the landline company has a rate center in the same rate center as the wireless number.

One of the more controversial aspects of the new landline-to-wireless number portability is that the originating carrier must transport a "ported" call to the new carrier's point of interconnection, which may be outside the current local calling area of the ported number. Landline-to-landline ports are only required within the same "rate center" which is the state approved landline local calling area. However, the new FCC rules to begin November 24, require landline local exchange carriers to port numbers to wireless carriers ". . . where the requesting wireless carrier's 'coverage area' overlaps the geographic location of the rate center in which the customer's wireline number is provisioned, provided that the porting-in carrier maintains the number's original rate center designation following the port" (quoted from paragraph 22, FCC 03-284). In other words, LEC's must port landline numbers to wireless carriers even if the wireless carrier does not have an interconnection point within the ported numbers current rate center. The wireless carrier must maintain the original rate center of the ported number.

What the FCC did not decide, and specifically left up to a future Order, was ultimate financial responsibility for the transport of ported number calls in those instances where the wireless carrier does not have an interconnection point within the ported number's rate center and the ported call has to be transported outside the original rate center or local exchange area of the ported number. This issue of rating versus routing for calls was raised by Sprint with respect to an interconnection dispute with BellSouth on July 18, 2002 in CC Docket 01-92 and is still under consideration by the FCC.

If all of this techno-legal blather makes you dizzy, just remember that the very idea of your home phone number becoming your cell phone number is a quantum leap toward some real competition in the local exchange. Which brings up an interesting question; does going wireless with your home phone make your number "unlisted" by default or is there a new twist in the old phone book?

Vic Jackson's e-mail address: vic e-mail address


CTIA Launches www.EasyPorting.com Web site for Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) today announced a new Web site – www.EasyPorting.com – dedicated to helping consumers plan ahead and arrive prepared if they choose to transfer their phone numbers to a new provider.

www.EasyPorting.com is an invaluable resource for anyone considering a wireless switch. The site offers. . .

  • Consumer Tips – Being prepared and planning ahead are the keys to making your phone number transfer as pleasant and speedy as possible.
  • Maps and Lists of the Top 100 Cities – See where number portability will be available starting November 24, 2003.
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Answers to keep consumers up-to-date on the latest in number portability.
  • A Peak Behind the Scenes – Get a sneak peak into the technical process behind number portability.
  • Donate Your Used Phone – Information on how to put your used phone to good use for charity.
  • Recycle Your Used Phone – Information on how to recycle your used phone if you buy a new wireless phone this season.
  • How Wireless Works – The nuts and bolts of wireless communications.

On November 24th, 2003, wireless number portability will be available in the 100 largest metropolitan areas nationwide. Wireless carriers have been working overtime for months to make wireless number portability as pleasant and swift as possible for consumers. Part of the wireless industry's commitment to its customers is helping them understand and prepare for the number porting process. Check out www.EasyPorting.com for more.

Source: CTIA

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Radio Paging
Control Terminal

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Supports both current and future radio paging network needs. Offers both analog (2-tone, 5/6-tone, Quick-Call I and II) formats with voice and digital (Golay, POCSAG and FLEX™) paging formats. Can be tailored to meet special operating requirements of your organization.

Features redundant AC and DC power supplies, plug-in hard disk drives, standard MS Windows 2000 operating system, voice prompts, caller password screening, direct connection to your dispatch console and more. You can use common time source for logging. Supports PURC transmitter control or can be connected to existing transmitter control system.

Redundancy option with geographic separation is available to provide additional protection for critical message control points. Let us discuss your specific needs.

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We would like to make a special offer to purchasers of PRISM one-way paging terminals for the balance of November:

TGA is offering a twenty percent (20%) discount on all processable orders received by the close of business on 12/1/2003. The order must be shippable by 12/31/2003. This means that paging system operators who need to commit capital expenditure funds before the end of the year can make their capital budget go 20% further. If you are thinking about replacing your unsupported paging terminal, now is a great time to do it.

Contact Jim Nelson at 800-998-8421, ext 112, or sales@tga.com for a quotation tailored for your needs.

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CONTACT
TGA Technologies, Inc
100 Pinnacle Way
Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
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Developers and Manufacturers of Paging and Mobile Data Equipment

Selective is a developer and manufacturer of intelligent paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment. The PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and it, along with our range of other Paging Data Receivers provide a significant message processing capability. The PDT and PDR range have multiple uses and capabilities including:

  • FLEX or POCSAG decoding
  • TNPP input & output
  • TAP input & output
  • POCSAG output (encoder)
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs (up to 2)
  • Relay outputs (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing
  • Interception
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating
  • Paging infill
  • LED Sign Control
  • Remote Printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including trunked and conventional radio, paging, GPRS & CDMA cellular, Mobitex etc. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software. Local area paging systems, paging interception and message reprocessing software, field force automation and mobile dispatch solutions. We export worldwide.

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TRANSMITTERS AND RECEIVERS
SALCOM designs and manufactures a range of VHF and UHF FM radio transmitters and receivers to integrate with systems data equipment as well as for voice operation. The design philosophy has always been to be low cost and yet meet the most demanding compliance requirements. Salcom's synthesized UHF and VHF transmitters, receivers and transceivers are utilized in many areas of the telecommunications industry, often in conjunction with Salcom signalling products. To realize additional market segments for the RF products, specialized OEM products have been developed utilizing the standard core technology. Most of these products are utilized in third party telecommunications and telemetry systems.

PAGING EQUIPMENT
Salcom manufactures an extensive range of POCSAG paging products suited to a wide range of system applications such as remote switching, automatic machine monitoring, security and fire alarm systems and nurse calling systems.

EMERGENCY TRANSCEIVER
A transceiver has been developed to meet the demand for a low cost, simple to use, fully immersible, floatable emergency radio. It provides a means of communication from aircraft to personnel in distress where they can not be reached and no alternative communication method exists.

SEA AIR AND LAND COMMUNICATIONS LTD
120 St Asaph Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 3792298 • Fax: +64 3 3651580

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PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS CLIPS FROM THE WEB

Motorola CEO Exits With Multi-Million Dollar Package

November 7, 2003

Christopher Galvin and the Motorola Inc. board may not see eye-to-eye any more, but the company has agreed to take care of the retiring executive in the form of a generous exit package.

Galvin announced his retirement on Sept. 19, citing differences with the board. "While I have achieved substantial results, the board and I do not share the same view of the company's pace, strategy and progress at this stage of the turnaround. Accordingly, it is time for me to pass the baton to new leadership," he said at the time of the announcement.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Motorola said it will continue to pay his annual salary of $1.4 million as long as he continues as CEO and chairman - Galvin has agreed to retain his post until a successor is named - and be able to participate in the company's annual and long-term cash bonus and incentive plans at his current levels.

When his retirement goes into effect, Galvin will stick around for two more years as a consultant, receiving his base salary of $1.4 million, plus an average of his bonuses for the past three years. He also will be eligible for company health benefits and paid financial planning and tax preparation services. The nature of Galvin's consulting work has yet to be defined.

Motorola also has agreed to kick in roughly $13.8 million toward a supplementary retirement plan that Galvin will be eligible to collect when he turns 55 (Galvin is 53).

Source: Wireless Week

OTHER PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Two-way Radio Products relm wireless logo For over 55 years, RELM has manufactured and marketed two-way FM business-band radios as well as high-specification public safety mobile and portable radios, repeaters and accessories, base station components and subsystems. Products are manufactured and distributed worldwide under RELM Communications, Uniden PRC and BK Radio brand names.

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Distribution agreements for Dealers and Stocking Distributors are available in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. uniden logo If you have the ability to sell and service two-way radio equipment and would like to represent Uniden PRC, BK Radio, and RELM Wireless, please let me know as soon as possible. This is a unique opportunity. Requests for other countries will also be considered. Please call me today.

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Radio Paging Transmitters

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VHF PAGING TRANSMITTER

Specifications & Features User's Manual

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I am an authorized Manufacturer Representative for Vytek. To request pricing and delivery information for the PTX-150, please click here. left arrow UHF and 900 MHz models now available as well.

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Wireless Automation & Telemetry

Check out the following four categories of two-way wireless data communications. We have the ability to customize solutions to meet your (or your customer's) needs.

Data Communications Level 1 A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry (Alarm and Control) Level 2 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet Tracking Level 3 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force Automation Level 4 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module and a handheld computer terminal for full automation of field service activities all the way from the customer's location back to the service company's back office.
AMTEL Wireless can generally turn a specification into a prototype in two to four weeks. If you have an interesting application in mind, please give me a call so we can talk.

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CUSTOM APPLICATIONS

outrnet custom apps If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days. Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at: http://www.outr.net/overnight_pw.htm left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Crossing the Chasm" with Mobile Data http://www.outr.net/newsletter_chasm.htm left arrow Please call me so we can discuss your need or your idea.

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PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS CLIPS FROM THE WEB

McDonald's Serves Up Enterprise-Ready Wi-Fi

November 10, 2003

With the help of iPass Inc., McDonald's is extending its Wi-Fi reach to enterprise mobile professionals. The move will enable the restaurant chain to target iPass' customer base of more than 400,000 monthly users.

To make its spots enterprise-ready, McDonald's networks must be certified Enterprise Ready by iPass, which enables the networks to be integrated into the iPass Global Broadband Roaming footprint. The certification, iPass says, assures enterprise IT departments that their business travelers can connect with confidence to their corporate networks from McDonald's hot spot locations.

iPass has been busy integrating McDonald's restaurants. Certification and integration has been completed in restaurants running on the Wayport network in the San Francisco Bay Area; Boise, Idaho; and Portland, Ore., and on the SurfHere by Toshiba network in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee markets. Cometa Networks, which operates hot spots for McDonald's in the Seattle and the New York City tri-state area, has a roaming agreement with iPass and is currently undergoing the Enterprise Ready testing and integration process.

Source: Wireless Week


FCC TASK FORCE REPORTS ON SPECTRUM POLICY REFORM PROGRESS AND INITIATIVES

November 13, 2003

Washington, D.C. — Today, the FCC’s Spectrum Policy Task Force reported on steps the Commission has taken during the past year to implement spectrum policy reform and initiatives planned for the next 12 to 18 months. The Task Force noted the Commission has already made significant progress in modernizing the policies guiding how the spectrum resources under the FCC’s jurisdiction are allocated and utilized. The FCC continues to move toward innovative approaches to spectrum policy that are designed to maximize the public benefits derived from the use of the radio spectrum.

The Task Force also announced that it will soon launch a new research tool on its Internet site (www.fcc.gov/sptf) that will allow the public to track the progress of all Commission spectrum-related rulemaking proceedings and initiatives in one place.

Source: FCC


FCC COMPLETES FIRST PHASE OF IMPLEMENTATION FOR 2003 WORLD RADIOCOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE (WRC-03) FINAL ACTS

November 13, 2003

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced that they had completed the first phase of the implementation plan for the Final Acts of the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03). As specified in the WRC-03 Implementation Plan issued on August 7, 2003, all of the Commission actions targeted for completion by year end 2003 have been implemented. These actions will ensure that federal government, state and local governments, and private sector spectrum users promptly derive maximum benefits from the WRC-03 results.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), under the auspices of the United Nations, convened WRC-03 from June 9 to July 4, 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland with over 140 countries participating. The U.S. delegation was led by Ambassador Janice Obuchowski. WRC2003 considered 48 conference agenda items concerning the deployment, growth and evolving use of a broad range of spectrum-based services. The changes adopted by the WRC 2003 directly impact global spectrum use for government and commercial use of the spectrum. The U.S. achieved its goals at WRC-03 and the FCC, in concert with NTIA, developed a plan to implement the results of the Conference.

Source: FCC


FCC MAKES ADDITIONAL SPECTRUM AVAILABLE FOR UNLICENSED USE

November 13, 2003

Washington, DC — As part of its ongoing effort to promote more flexible, innovative, and market driven uses of the radio spectrum, the FCC today made available an additional 255 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.470-5.725 GHz band for unlicensed devices.

In the Report and Order approved yesterday, the Commission made the spectrum available for use by unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices, including Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs), operating under Part 15 of the FCC’s rules. This increases the spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices in the 5 GHz region of the spectrum by nearly 80% -- and is a significant increase in the spectrum available for unlicensed devices across the overall radio spectrum. This action will also harmonize the spectrum available for these U-NII devices throughout the world, enabling manufacturers to reduce product development costs by allowing the same products to be used in many parts of the world.

The additional available spectrum for U-NII devices will enable continued growth and innovation in wireless broadband services, including services offered by wireless internet service providers (WISPs). WISPs use unlicensed devices to provide a broadband alternative for rural and underserved areas. Although they are a relatively nascent industry, their deployment rates have been increasing rapidly.

In addition to making additional spectrum available for U-NII devices, the Commission also adopted several allocation changes consistent with the results of the 2003 World Radio Conference and an agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). These changes will ensure that critical Federal Government operations are protected from harmful interference. In addition to the allocation changes, to provide federal users with additional protection from harmful interference, the Order requires that U-NII devices operating in the 5.250-5.350 GHz and the 5.470-5.725 GHz bands employ dynamic frequency selection (DFS) – a listen-before-talk mechanism -- and transmit power control (TPC).

Source: FCC


FCC BEGINS INQUIRY AND PROPOSED RULEMAKING REGARDING "INTERFERENCE TEMPERATURE" APPROACH FOR INTERFERENCE MANAGEMENT

November 13, 2003

Washington, D.C. – In light of the ever increasing demand for radio spectrum, and recognizing the additional challenges this presents for effectively managing interference, the FCC today adopted a Notice of Inquiry and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sets forth and seeks comment on a possible new way to quantify and manage interference among different services.

Termed "interference temperature," this model for addressing interference takes into account the actual cumulative radio frequency (RF) energy from transmissions of spectrum-based devices, and would set a maximum cap on the aggregate of these transmissions. In contrast, the current approach for managing interference focuses on specifying and limiting the transmit powers of individual spectrum-based devices as the chief way to prevent interference.

The "interference temperature" approach may facilitate more intensive use of the radio spectrum, creating the opportunities for new services and improving the predictability of any interference to existing services.

The Notice of Inquiry seeks comment on a number of issues related to the need for, development, and implementation of an interference temperature model for managing interference.

Source: FCC

Unication Co., Ltd.

AP-90 Alpha Pager

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Chinese/English
Alphanumeric
VHF
UHF
900 MHz
POCSAG
FLEX

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I am an authorized Manufacturer Representative for Unication. These are wholesale, direct-from-the-factory products. To send me an e-mail for pricing information please click here. left arrow CLICK

Unication also has an excellent OEM FLEX™ receiver that can be used in telemetry products.

Sea Air & Land Communications Ltd.

Designers and Manufacturers of Communications Systems

salcom logo Following below is a comprehensive list of SALCOM product brochures. You can click on a product description and download a "pdf" brochure. Give it a try and then send me an e-mail or call me for additional information or pricing.

SALCOM Product Brochures
TR160 FM Transceiver 160 MHz Band
Synthesized VHF FM Transmitter and Receiver
Synthesized UHF FM Transmitter and Receiver
Search and Rescue Communicator
Universal Paging Telephone Interface
Synthesized UHF FM Transceiver
Personal POCSAG Paging Transmitter
POCSAG Paging Repeater
Multicall Paging Transmitter ("NurseCall")
25 Watt VHF Power Amplifier
Paging Message Receiver
1200/2400 Baud Radio Data Modem
VHF-UHF 4 Watt POCSAG Paging Transmitters
Personal or Wall Mounting POCSAG Transmitters
Salcom CTCSS Products
Eight Relay Output POCSAG Receiver
VHF-UHF 4 Watt NRZ Data Transmitters
Marine Band FM Search and Rescue Communicator
Relay Output POCSAG Receiver
Personal or Wall Mount POCSAG Transmitters
1200 Baud Full Duplex Radio Data Modem
25 Watt UHF Power Amplifier
Eight Relay Output UHF POCSAG Receiver
1 or 2 Relay Output UHF POCSAG Receiver
Serial Cable POCSAG Encoder
Synthesized Numeric Pocket Pager
VHF & UHF Synthesized Alphanumeric Pager

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Business Development Manager Seeks Position

Jay S. Westfall
6217 Spoon Bill
Katy, TX 77493
281-391-6804
jaywestfall@att.net

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Numeric Display Pagers

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Brand NEW Numeric Display Pagers. "Primo Plus" is the model. The color is black (not the color in picture). Pagers are VHF and are programmable.
65 pagers at $20.00 each (or best offer).

Kevin Moss
Contact Communications
2026 Williston Road
So. Burlington, VT 05403
phone: 802-860-0000
fax: 802-860-5037
kjm@contactbeep.com
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Wireless Messaging Software

InfoRad® Wireless Office (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP) is designed for the professional who needs full-featured wireless messaging capabilities. Features include enhanced user interface, message log with search function, scheduled paging, group and individual message addresses, TAPI Smart™, multiple protocol SMS communication compatibility. AlphaCare™ support services available. With a 32-bit architecture, InfoRad Wireless Office is designed for compatibility with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. For more information on InfoRad Wireless Messaging software, and a free demo, please click on the logo.

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Used Pagers For Sale

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Motorola Bravo Plus (numeric) units:

  • 900 MHz or VHF POCSAG
  • Shelf-ready: $5.90 not on frequency
  • Mixed units (untested): $4.00
  • Units Needing LCDs: $3.00
CONTACT

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E-mail: Darren Hensley
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Telephone: 915-580-3303

Legacy Technology Solutions LLC

Telephone:  972-436-8044
Fax:  972-436-8944
Toll free telephone:  877-436-8044

Paging infrastructure repair with warranty. Please ask for Virgil Jarrard, President, and tell him Brad Dye sent you. They are located in the Dallas suburbs, and they occasionally have some good deals on reconditioned paging equipment as well. Check with them for current product availability. You can send Virgil an e-mail by clicking here. left arrow CLICK

Regional Paging Company Is Still Available

A US paging company is being offered for sale. Their main coverage areas include San Antonio and Houston. They hold exclusive frequencies in Texas, Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Southern Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida up to and including Jacksonville. They also hold licenses in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. I have prepared a page with more information about the company and their assets. Please note that this information is not completely up to date and that it is being presented as "typical" and "planned" only. Please get in touch with me if you are interested. None of this information is warranted as being totally correct and current. Part of a potential buyers "due diligence" would be to inspect and verify the company and its assets before purchase. This is a unique opportunity for someone. Please click here for more information and then call me.

Paging Professional seeks position

I have a friend from Venezuela named Elio Soto. He now lives in Florida and is looking for a job. Elio received his engineering degree at the prestigious engineering school of the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. He has had extensive experience in paging and I hope someone reading this will offer him a job. You can download his resumé here. left arrow CLICK

It is best to contact him by e-mail.

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Many thanks to everyone who recommended the newsletter to a friend or coworker. Have a good weekend. Please let me know if you hear or read some wireless news.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

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With best regards,

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Brad Dye
WIRELESS DATA CONSULTANT



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