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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 5, 2003 - ISSUE NO. 87

Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

What is the purpose of this newsletter? First, it is a community forum for the discussion and promotion of the Paging and Wireless Data industries. Second and third would be to keep readers informed with news about business trends and available technology. We use technology to create revenue—that's why reading all the product information from companies that support this newsletter is important. And last, but not least, is to continue shouting from the rooftops: "PAGING IS NOT DEAD OR EVEN DYING!"

There are a lot of indications that the current business recession has hit bottom and has started to recover. Paging has gone through a dramatic readjustment after pursuit of the fickle consumer paging market that Brian Gilmore calls "an aberration from the norm." He has pointed out that in spite of the great reduction in paging subscribers that we have seen in the last three years, there are still more remaining than there were before we took the "consumer detour." The solid core of paging has always been business customers, and many of us think it will continue to be so for as long as paging lasts. That should be for a long time.

I used the word recession. An often-repeated joke is: "a recession is when your neighbor loses his or her job. A depression is when you lose your job." So maybe I should have said depression since I haven't had a regular job in two years. Let's hope that this recovery continues and gains momentum.

For some time I have been advertising the Unication AP-90 Alpha Pager (Alphanumeric, VHF, UHF, 900 MHz, POCSAG, FLEX) in my newsletter and on my web page. I have received several inquires and requests for price quotations. I was just informed by Unication's US manager (on Wednesday of this week), that the future of this product is uncertain since one of its main components has been discontinued. I have now removed it from my newsletter and from the recommended products page on my web site. I suspect that Unication will be announcing replacement products sometime early next year. So please continue to watch my newsletter for new developments. Thanks to everyone who inquired about this pager. Please let me know anytime you are looking for paging equipment.

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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PAGING CARRIERS:

Our industry must move forward together or perish individually.

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NEWS AND COMMENTS FROM READERS

Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Motorola Inc.
Advanced RF CommunicationsOutr.net
AMTEL Wireless Preferred Wireless
Cassel & AssociatesProfitPlu$
Cook Paging SALCOM Technologies (company introduction)
DX Radio Systems SALCOM Technologies (product brochures)
Enrique Llaca—Authentium rep. in Mexico Selective Communications
Hark Systems Swissphone Wireless
InfoRadTGA Technologies
ISC Technologies Vytek Wireless
Legacy Technology Zetron Inc.

For Immediate Release
December 02, 2003

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ZigBee™ Alliance Members Demonstrate
Standards-Based Wireless Products

Foundation Is Set for ZigBee-Enabled Applications

San Ramon, Calif. — Over 350 attendees — including manufacturers, integrators, analysts, and media — witnessed live demonstrations of IEEE 802.15.4 hardware and software at the sold-out ZigBee Alliance Open House, November 19, in San Jose, California. The successful demonstrations by multiple vendors showed products visibly exceeding the minimum performance requirements defined in IEEE 802.15.4, surpassing estimates and firmly laying the foundation for ZigBee-enabled applications. The vendors included ZigBee members Ardesta, Chipcon, CompXs, Ember, Figure 8 Wireless, Helicomm, Motorola, and ZMD.

"We have proven that ZigBee technology is built on a very strong foundation and will not require years of semiconductor process improvements before it is available," said Bob Heile, ZigBee Alliance Chairman.

Further illustrating ZigBee momentum, ZigBee member companies announced compliance-tested IEEE 802.15.4 development platforms as well as 802.15.4-compliant and ZigBee-ready single-chip RF transceivers. The ZigBee Alliance Network Group presented simulation software that demonstrated the robust operation of ZigBee's proposed network layer in networks of all sizes.

The product demonstrations capped the day's events, which also included favorable market-forecast presentations from Focal Point Group; Harbor Research; In-Stat/MDR; West Technology Research Solutions, LLC; and Wireless Data Research Group.

In response to the standing-room—only turnout, Alliance Chairman, Bob Heile added, "The attendance numbers far exceeded our expectations and demonstrate the rapidly growing interest in ZigBee technology worldwide. Likewise, the analyst panel was extremely well received and further underscores the broad array of potential ZigBee applications."

All Open House presentations are now available on the ZigBee Alliance website at www.zigbee.org. Details for the next Open House and Member Meeting will be posted soon. For information on joining the ZigBee Alliance, visit http://www.zigbee.org/join/.

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About the ZigBee Alliance
ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works

The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at www.zigbee.org.

All company, brand, and product names may be trademarks that are the sole property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

For further information contact:

Bill Chase
Senior Account Manager, ZigBee Alliance
Tel: 1-925-275-6655
bchase@inventures.com


FCC Suspends New 12.5 kHz Channel Spacing Rules

December 4, 2003

The FCC yesterday stayed its new rules issued last summer requiring Part 90 licensees — including paging carriers operating on CMRS frequencies — to migrate to 12.5 kHz operation beginning in mid-January 2004. The FCC suspended the new rules until it acts on petitions for reconsideration that were filed to modify various parts of its 12.5 kHz migration plan.

The new rules would apply to Part 90 paging frequencies licensed to paging carriers. AAPC spearheaded an industry-wide effort to exempt these frequencies from the FCC's migration plan, which included the filing of a petition with the FCC seeking such an exemption. The FCC's stay allows paging carriers to continue their 25 kHz operations indefinitely, until the FCC decides whether to grant the industry's exemption request.

Follow-up note:

Remember, this is a temporary stay until the FCC acts on the petitions for reconsideration, at which time it might make the exemption permanent or it might not. We believe it will, but there is no assurance that will be the case.

However, the stay does apply to ALL Part 90 frequencies that are subject to the 12.5 kHz migration plan, so private hospitals or other Part 90 licensees will be able to continue 25 kHz operation for as long as the stay remains in effect.

Government hospitals are different, and are not regulated by the FCC. Therefore, this stay has no direct impact on them.

Source: Courtesy of the AAPC

FEATURED ADVERTISERS SUPPORTING THE NEWSLETTER

Motorola Introduces Two New Pagers Ideal for Health Care, Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Utilities Markets

Motorola's newest one-way pagers—the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager—are ideal for users in demanding business environments who need a convenient and cost effective way to stay in touch.

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager were developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, manufacturing environments, utilities, hospitality applications, campus settings, and for businesses that own and operate their own paging systems.

advisor 2 pager

The Advisor II pager's alphanumeric four-line display and expanded functionality incorporate many of the most advanced paging features available. A major advantage of the Advisor II pager is that it is synthesized which enables the user to program the pager to a specific frequency in the field. Other features of the Advisor II pager include:

  • Displays up to four lines of text and 80 characters per line
  • Zooms in on two lines for larger view
  • Optimax® EL Electra Light for optimum readability
  • 52 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Two notebook areas, including a personal notebook and a mail drop notebook
ls355 pager

The LS355 numeric pager enables users to receive a "call-back" number that can be returned at the user's convenience. This pager has a one-button design for ease of use. Features of the new LS355 pager include:

  • 16 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Six individual addresses to allow the user to receive individual or group pages
  • 4 icons including Message Preview, Unread Message Indication, Alert Mode, and Out of Range Indication
  • Saves messages when off or when the battery is being changed and offers the time and date when on standby
  • RS232 programmable to allow for programming changes in the field

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager are available in POCSAG, UHF or VHF models and ship with a one-year standard warranty. As part of the continued support of these pagers, Motorola offers a two-year Express Service Plus program. This feature provides hardware repair coverage for two years beyond the standard one-year warranty for a total of three years of pager repair coverage. Both pagers are available through Motorola Authorized Resellers.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Motorola, Inc. 2003.

Paging System Technician

Immediate opening for technician responsible for maintenance and expansion of paging systems throughout Northern California. Applicant should have experience with Glenayre and Motorola Paging Transmitters. Experience with related equipment including paging switching terminals and telephone interconnection, Excel and light Word processing is a plus. Position is based in San Rafael, California and Cook Paging offers a competitive salary and a full benefits package.

Please send your resume to: cookinc@sbcglobal.net or pcook@cookmail.com left arrow

Or fax it to: Cook Paging, Engineering Dept. at: 415-456-5566. If you tried to submit an application previously by e-mail, the address was incorrect. Please try again. The addresses above are now correct.

swissphone excellence

quattrino pager

two tone pager
QUATTRINO RE529

  • Reliable operation
  • Flexible programming
  • Weather resistant

A fast and reliable alarming system is an indisputable prerequisite for emergency fire and rescue services to respond successfully and efficiently. State-of-the-art paging enables groups as well as individuals to be alerted.

The Quattrino Voice and Memo two tone pagers are suitable for everyone, even for those working in an emergency during severe weather conditions. Continual further development of previous popular models has resulted in a practical, reliable and user-friendly device, innovatively housed with ergonomic operating controls. Design elements include a very long standby function and weather proofing to the European IP54 specifications.

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advanced rf logo

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

Technical Services

  • RF simulcast coverage studies
  • Coverage verification & optimization
  • Product integration & system installation
  • System upgrades to FLEX/ReFLEX
  • System maintenance & operation

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:
Fred Pakosta or Jim Neves
Telephone/Fax: 217-221-9500
E-mail: sales@advancedrf.biz
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Web: www.advancedrf.biz
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Please mention that you saw them in Brad's Newsletter.

authentium

Authentium's COMMAND Antivirus™

COMMAND Antivirus™ is used by leading education institutions, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies for one simple reason - it works. Based on the proven F-Prot engine and developed continuously over a period of more than ten years, COMMAND Antivirus™ deploys more easily, detects more viruses (and potential viruses), handles more file extensions, and returns fewer false positives than competing antivirus products.

Authentium's new representative for Mexico:

Enrique Llaca
Llacom, SA de CV
Mexico City
Telephone: 011 52 55 53734241

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dx radio systems

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
  • Airport Ground to Air Base Radios
  • Airport Ground to Air Systems
  • Rural Radiotelephone Link Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Combining Systems
  • Complete Turnkey Systems
  • Engineering & Installation of All Systems

Performance that is tough to find anywhere at a price you can afford.

CONTACT
DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
E-mail: Info@DXRadioSystems.com
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Web: www.dxradiosystems.com
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GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Motorola Nucleus II Paging Transmitters with SkyData Satellite Receivers

I have 80 of these used paging stations for sale. The have "matched pair" exciter/station control modules which means they can do 4-level FLEX and ReFLEX (a call to Motorola's support line confirmed this). They operate on 900 MHz with 300 watts RF output. I have photos and more details here.

Please contact me by e-mail for any additional information. left arrow CLICK HERE

Or better yet, call me on the telephone at: . The seller is motivated and willing to negotiate. This is a great opportunity for someone to obtain this equipment.

aapc logo

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.

join aapc

Click on the logo above to find out about joining.

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Sophisticated And Affordable
Paging Terminals

zetron 2000 terminal

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
Email: zetron@zetron.com
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isc logo

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.

Glenayre’s only licensed repair facility!

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CONTACTS
Chris Kephart
888-645-7545
972-221-4528
ckephart@mckcom.com
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Ken Knapp
888-223-4028
217-221-0985
kknapp@4isctech.com
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Wireless Communication Solutions

Hark Systems has provided the wireless industry with innovative products for over 20 years. The Omega family of products continues that tradition.

The Omega Gateway performs the function of a TAP Concentrator, a TNPP Router, and an Internet Paging Gateway. This allows the paging operator with TAP and TNPP connections to their paging network to offer email and Internet based paging services. Any message coming in via any supported protocol (SMTP, SNPP, TAP, TNPP, HTTP) can be converted to another protocol and sent. Pages can also be sent to email boxes for safe keeping. Subscribers can log on with a web browser and view stored alpha messages. The TNPP router function has the most extensive routing and filtering capabilities in the market today. The Internet Gateway also has extensive anti-SPAM and other selective filtering options to protect your system. The Gateway is available as a turnkey system or software only.

The Omega Unified Messaging Platform gives you the competitive edge by offering the ability to bundle a variety of services that can include Voicemail, FAXmail and email as part of customized subscriber packages. Subscribers can view faxes, listen to voicemails, and modify features using a common browser. System administration can also be performed remotely as well as locally. This robust set of features allows the system operator to build a profit center with low initial expense and expand as needed

hark messaging

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
Email: leanne@harksystems.com
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Web: http://www.harksystems.com
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Glenayre Paging Equipment For Sale
Any Reasonable Offer Accepted

Hello Mr. Dye,

Please find attached pictures of the equipment I'm selling. The system consists of 3 units and some spare parts.

One GL3900TAS with 4 quad DOD cards. (fully operational when taken out of service). 3 monitors & Keyboards.

Two GL3000ES with 1 DID card each and dual hard drives and the additional cards that can be seen in the pictures.

The system came with spare parts, documentation, software (and updates). Voice mail is turned on, and the system has both TNPP and Agency software.

The equipment is currently located in Lima, Ohio and can be inspected at any time. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Mohamed Dahi left arrow CLICK HERE TO E-MAIL
Telephone: 567-204-1800

NEWS AND COMMENTS FROM READERS

In-Stat/MDR 2003 Research Report

Two-Way Messaging Devices: Cellular Carriers Help Propel The Market Forward

Summary
The two-way paging device market was in a holding pattern, if not a decline state, until a company called Research in Motion (RIM) came along. RIM made two-way paging (re-named "messaging") devices much more interesting, because it delivered and sent real e-mail messages, instead of pages. While RIM might be said to be the mother of the wireless e-mail market, other companies have also stepped in. Now, Good Technology and Danger also provide two-way messaging devices, software and services, in addition to traditional pager providers such as Glenayre and Motorola. The market for these devices was further expanded when RIM began to establish reseller agreements with carrier partners such as AT&T Wireless. Other suppliers are now doing the same — for example, Danger is working with T-Mobile and Good Technologies is working with Cingular Wireless. To make the market somewhat blurry, wireless e-mail services such as those provided by RIM, Good and Danger, also work on other platforms, such as the Palm platform. Based on interviews with more than 1,000 respondents on In-Stat/MDR's Wireless Panel, this study reviews current and planned usage of these devices, the services used to support them, satisfaction with the devices and the service, functions and applications used and planned, distribution channels used to acquire these products, prices paid and willing to be paid, and much more.

Source: In-Stat/MDR Report (The complete report is available for purchase.)


FEATURED ADVERTISERS SUPPORTING THE NEWSLETTER
profit plus logo

ProfitPlus by Netflow—the software that streamlines pager billing and system maintenance. ProfitPlus interfaces to your Zetron terminals allowing easy changes to pager settings and billable services.

Zetron Interface: Multiple Zetron Series 2000 terminals supported. Default pager settings. Terminal/phone number association. Future activation/deactivation dates. Easy group maintenance.

Automatic Billing Records: Point of Sale transaction automatically enters pager airtime into monthly billing cycle. Contract pricing. Recurring and one-time billing capabilities.

Tracking: Agent commissions. Phone number inventory/analysis. Product inventory transfer from stockroom to sales locations to customer. Capcode usage reports. Duplicate capcode detection.

  • Automatic Past Due
  • Prompts and Disconnects!
  • Customer Alerts!
  • Over 70 reports!

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Contact Netflow, Inc at: 800-236-5861
or e-mail: sales@netflow-usa.com
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 Transmitters
(8)Motorola PURC 5000, VHF, 350 & 125W, ACB & Tone
(18) Motorola Nucleus, 350W, VHF, Advanced Control
(2)Glenayre QT5994, 45W, 900 Mhz Link TX, Hot Standby
(3)Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX.
(15)Glenayre RL70XC, Midband Link RX.
(14)Glenayre GLT5340, 125W UHF TX.
 (NEW LOWER PRICE)
(45)Motorola PURC 5000, UHF, 110W, ACB
(10)Glenayre GLT85/8600, 250/500W, 900 MHz w/C2000
(5) Micor PURC UHF, 250W Complete – (Make Offer)
  • GL3000 Cards - LCC, UOE, Memory, CPU’s, QVSB’s, T1’s, DID’s, SIO, Drives, Many more.
  • TOWERS (NEW) Self supporting, Guyed, Monopoles, with all the hardware.
  • Antenna Line Hanging kits, and misc. hardware.
TOO MUCH TO LIST • CALL OR E-MAIL

Rick McMichael
888-429-4171

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Mark Dawson
972-467-8188

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TGA Technologies, Inc.

tga logoPRISM PMG 4500e

Radio Paging
Control Terminal

pmg 4500e image

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.

Other PMG models are available with more features and capacities. Also inquire about TGA’s Special Network Application Platform (SNAP)* featuring e-mail messaging inbound and outbound with Web Site Hosting, and don't forget:

sparkgap logoTWO-WAY PAGING

CONTACT
TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way
Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
Tel: +1 770-441-2100
Fax: +1 770-449-7740
Email: sales@tga.com
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Web: www.tga.com
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* TGA SNAP is a trademark of TGA Technologies, Inc.

selective logo

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.

selective products

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.

CONTACT
Postal
Address:
Selective Communications Group Ltd.
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
Street
Address:
3/2 Haultain St.
Eden Tce
Auckland, New Zealand
Web site:
E-mail:
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info@selective.co.nz
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Phone:
Fax:
+64-9-3021142
+64-9-3021148

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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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A Call For Help With Paging History

A late comer claims to have invented Wireless E-mail in 1991. We all know that the paging community was doing this in the mid to late 80s and I need your help to prove this.

I am looking for the following:

  • Early Motorola NewsStream pager—any band
  • HP NewsStream software card for the HP95—with 1st edition manual
  • Any copies of articles on the announcement of the HP95 and the NewsStream or any printed articles describing reception of e-mail on the NewsStream/HP95
  • NewsStream RSS software and cradle for same—unless Motorola still sells same?
  • Copies of Motorola Paging Price pages from 1989-91
  • NEC Printer/RS-232 interface for the NEC D4 Alpha
  • HP95 LX with 1st edition manuals
  • ZETRON DAPT 1000 encoder with TAP dial-up port capable of Golay and POCSAG Alpha—must have been manufactured before 1991
  • Operational Motorola Moden Plus encoder with dual-port interface option and documentation
  • Old Motorola bag phone (pre 1991) with Telular, CellJack or equiv RJ-11 Interface

Please look in your storeroom or your basement and see if you have any of these items. It would be very helpful if you could assist me in showing that wireless e-mail was being used before 1991.

Best regards,

Paul Cassel VE3SY
Cassel & Associates
1083 Notre Dame Drive
Petersburg, ON
N0B 2H0

Telephone: 519-634-5139
paul@ve3sy.com

paul ve3sy

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PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS CLIPS FROM THE WEB

FCC to form working group on VoIP regulation

December 1, 2003, 4:30 PM PT

The Federal Communications Commission on Monday took the first step toward deciding whether to regulate Internet telephony, a move that could increase the amount of money customers pay each month for such services and radically transform the fast-growing industry.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell said he would create a working group to investigate what, if any, regulations on VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) technology would be necessary. Powell and other commissioners said they had reached no final conclusions yet and intended a public briefing on Monday with speakers from companies including Cisco Systems, Time Warner Cable and Level3 to educate them about VoIP technology and business models.

"Moving more communications to IP networks is in the public interest," Powell said. "Internet-based services create more choices for consumers, more competitors, lower prices and lots more flexibility to personalize your service." Federal regulators should borrow the credo of the medical profession, Powell suggested, and "first, do no harm."

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BIA reports double-digit revenue growth in wireless over two years

Dec. 02, 2003 1:13 PM EST

CHANTILLY, Va.—Strategic advisory and research firm BIA Financial Network Inc. reported that wireless service revenue growth has increased 19.2 percent over the last two years, with some company's reporting triple-digit increases.

"Revenue growth in the wireless industry is showing a surprising strength, with some companies posting triple digit growth," said Camilla Jensen, director of communications for BIA. "Leading all others, Nextel Partners grew by 122 percent, with Verizon Communications [Inc.] bringing up the rear with only 2.2 percent."

BIA added that mergers and acquisitions have also increased from 25 deals last year to 43 so far this year, though private equity transactions have dropped from $6.2 billion last year to $3.3 billion this year.

Source: RCR Wireless News


Rogers Wireless Sheds AT&T Brand

December 2, 2003

Looking to solidify its brand presence in Canada, Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. plans to drop the "AT&T" in its corporate branding. Beginning in early 2004, the company will brand itself as Rogers Wireless instead of Rogers AT&T Wireless.

AT&T was added to the name in 1996 when Rogers Wireless and AT&T Canada Inc. struck a co-branding agreement. Since the agreement was forged, however, AT&T Canada has changed its name to Allstream. Rogers Wireless feels the rebranding effort will bring "greater clarity" to its brand in Canada. "Our research shows that the Rogers brand stands solidly in Canada as a symbol of innovation, choice and value in communications, entertainment and information," Rogers Wireless President and CEO Nadir Mohamed says.

The transition, which was approved by Rogers Wireless Communications' board of directors, will result in a one-time, non-cash charge of $15.4 million ($20 million Canadian dollars) in the fourth quarter 2003. The rebranding is expected to be completed during the second quarter 2004.

Although the co-branding will be dropped, AT&T Wireless will retain its 34 percent equity stake in the wireless entity.

In mid-November, AT&T Wireless and Rogers Wireless unveiled their North American Corporate Digital Advantage program, designed to provide businesses that are customers of both AT&T Wireless and Rogers AT&T Wireless with seamless access to ordering wireless services for offices located in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico by dialing 1-800-388-3235. The goal of the program is to provide enterprises that have operations in both Canada and the United States with the ability to centralize customer care and ordering functions to improve a company's efficiencies, the companies said at the time of the announcement.

Rogers Wireless gave investors something to smile about in October, posting a third-quarter profit fueled in part by wireless data revenue gains. Revenue from wireless data services grew 127 percent year-over-year from $6.4 million to $14.5 million, which represented 3.5 percent of the network revenue for the quarter. A year ago, the same services represented only 1.8 percent of the network revenue.

Overall, the company recorded operating revenue of $456 million, up 15 percent from the $396 million posted in the same quarter a year ago. Net income was $32 million, or 29 cents a share, compared with a loss of $10.6 million in the third quarter 2002.

Source: Wireless Week

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LocatePLUS Wins Contract with State of Massachusetts to Deploy AnyWhere Wireless Product

Thursday December 4, 7:02 am ET

BEVERLY, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dec. 4, 2003—LocatePLUS Holdings Corp. (OTC BB: LPLHA, LPLHB), one of the fastest growing business-to-business and business-to-government providers of public information, announced today that the Company has received a contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to deploy its wireless product AnyWhere™ Version 2.0. AnyWhere Version 2.0 allows law enforcement and security professionals to access LocatePLUS' proprietary identity validation database in real-time from a wireless device, while on location or in the field.

LocatePLUS CEO Jon Latorella stated, "Our contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts comes on the heels of successfully completing extensive field trials with government and national associations over the past several months. This deployment validates our belief that AnyWhere has tremendous market potential to serve the law enforcement community and provides a model for similar deployments across the United States. We expect wireless services to contribute to substantial revenue increases moving forward as we make inroads into the $6 billion wireless content market."

About AnyWhere™
Developed and deployed by LocatePLUS, AnyWhere™ offers a fully-integrated wireless data query and messaging system to meet the needs of law enforcement, private investigators, legal and insurance professionals, collections bureaus and corporate security - all in the palm of your hand. LocatePLUS has teamed with EarthLink® to market and deliver the AnyWhere™ product. EarthLink will offer the LocatePLUS AnyWhere™ wireless database product in conjunction with its wireless services that include mail, content, and airtime. LocatePLUS will also utilize EarthLink as a complete all-inclusive service provider, to manage fulfillment of hardware, software, airtime billing and support. In June 2003, the Company rolled out AnyWhere™ Version 2.0, which includes the Company's recent data acquisitions.

About LocatePLUS
LocatePLUS is an industry-leading provider of public information and investigative solutions that are currently being used in homeland security, anti-terrorism and crime fighting initiatives. The Company's proprietary, Internet-accessible database is marketed to business-to-business and business-to-government sectors worldwide. LocatePLUS' customer base exceeds 13,500 members, including over 2,000 law enforcement agencies, as well as many major police departments across the country. Clients include many of the nation's leading agencies, such as the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Channel partners include Loislaw, Earthlink and Imaging Automation.

Based on the 2000 United States Census figures and Company estimates, LocatePLUS has information on nearly 98% of the adult population and data entries relating to approximately 205 million individuals in the United States - maintained in one of the largest and most comprehensive XML data sources of its kind, capable of national delivery. For more information, visit the Company's Website at http://www.locateplus.com. For investor information, visit http://www.otcfn.com/lplha.

Source: Locate PLUS Press Release

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New call center could create 40 jobs

Published: December 3, 2003

A Pakistani technology company, The Resource Group (TRG) of Lahore, Pakistan, bought 40 percent of Centratel, a call center in Bend, in a move that could create 40 new jobs in Bend in the next two years, according to Centratel president Sam Carpenter.

The deal is expected to more than double the company's revenue to $3.5 million in 2004, Carpenter said. The company is expected to bring in $1.5 million in revenue this year, he said.

Centratel offers telephone answering services to businesses such as doctors' offices, air conditioning and heating services and funeral homes. As part of the deal, Centratel will send some of its calls to the Lahore call center, where workers will handle calls for a fraction of what it costs in Bend.

Carpenter said his ability to offer live telephone answering services at a lower price is expected to increase his business here too.

The rationale is that the more the company can compete on price because of cheaper labor in Pakistan, the more accounts the business will win. The more accounts the company wins, the more that will be serviced out of Bend, in accordance with the structure of the deal.

The company must keep 33 to 40 percent of its calls in Bend in case any technical difficulties affect the connection with the Lahore center, Carpenter said.

He declined to reveal how much TRG paid for its share of the business in the transaction which closed in early November. He added that more than 80 percent of the money would go back into the company.

"The vast amount of it will stay in Bend," he said. The company now has 20 employees but he will be hiring more administrators and telephone service representatives.

Centratel's Central Oregon clients represent 20 percent of the customer base. These clients can choose whether they would prefer to keep their calls answered in Central Oregon or be handled by the Lahore center. He said he expected most of the clients for the Lahore service will come from outside of Central Oregon.

Carpenter is also in the process of buying two more call centers, one in Oregon this month and another, larger acquisition of a center in Los Angeles in January.

Between the two new acquisitions, he expects revenue to increase to $6.5 million in 2005.

Half of the increased revenue will come from the acquisitions and the other half will be come from the company's increased sales including the newer, lower cost service in Lahore.

Carpenter said he pays his answering service representatives $11 to $14 an hour with medical insurance and individual retirement accounts, well above the industry average.

In Lahore, the average Pakistani supports a family on the equivalent of $50 per month, he said. He will be paying them $300 per month, or about $1.88 per hour, but that will allow them to live in the upper middle class level, he added.

He expects to employ about 140 people at the Lahore call center by January 2005.

"I'm very pleased to provide jobs there," he said. "Lahore is one of three major cities other than Islamabad and Karachi. When you put an ad in the paper there you get 3,000 applicants. They are all college graduates, 30 percent with advanced degrees including doctorates. They interview 80 and hire one."

Source: The Bulletin

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25 Watt UHF Power Amplifier
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Paging Professional seeks position

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Business Development in Mobile Data: Which Customers Are Ready?
If you're in the mobile data business in any kind of business development or sales position, you know that you need to set priorities to be successful. There are plenty of potential customers that have lots of questions about these technologies, and they all want you to educate them.

Talking to people like this is one of the most enjoyable parts of our work. After all, geeks love to explore ways to solve problems with cool technologies. But like everyone in the mobile data business, we have a business to run, and only so many hours in a day. With the right questions, you can usually get a good idea within the first few minutes if a business prospect is ready for a mobile data solution.

Mobile Data Doesn't Sell Itself.
The fact is, mobile data solutions don't sell themselves — it takes work, and it takes time. Sometimes a lot of both. Why? There are at least three good reasons: click here to read the rest of the story.

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