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FRIDAY - AUGUST 8, 2003 - ISSUE NO. 70

Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

The response to last Friday's newsletter was overwhelming. Thanks very much to the many people who called and sent messages.

Welcome to the all of the new advertisers. Several others are getting their copy ready. I have dropped the rate to where anyone should be able to afford to advertise here. It's only $15.38 per issue for the basic advertising package. ($400 for 6 months or 26 issues.) More details below.

Interesting news this week—a big shake-up at Glenayre Electronics. Be sure to check out the product sections at the end of the newsletter. This comes to you because of the support of the various paging and wireless data manufacturers.

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.

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I am planning to attend the big APCO Conference and Expo in Indianapolis next week. There are three or four companies that advertise in this newsletter that will be exhibiting, and I want to see all the new products and talk to several of the people who will be there. This is a big radio communications show for the Public Safety market. If you are there, give me a call on my cellphone: 972-523-8258 so we can meet.

Reader Comments:

"Glad to see that you are back !! I agree that the only way paging will die is due to the lack of creativity. Paging died at least three times in the past, but is was finding new markets, developing new products, and creative ideas that gave it new life. We can do it again."

"This is good news. I am happy that the newsletter is back, as I enjoy reading it and finding out about the business."

"Here are the email addresses for our . . . Paging engineering team. I think they will appreciate your newsletter and the timely information." [12 addresses - thanks!]

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"Muchas felicidades por tu boletín semanal. Estoy seguro de que me será de enorme utilidad. Y, además, me da la oportunidad de decirte que, cuando necesites algó en México, ya tienes a quién acudir."

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"Great News Brad!!"

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"Hey Brad - welcome back!"

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PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS

Doggett to Leave Glenayre in Late 2003
Bailey to Return as Interim CEO

Atlanta, GA—August 4, 2003—Glenayre Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEMS) announced today that Eric L. Doggett, president and chief executive officer for Glenayre, will be leaving the company within six months. The company’s chairman, Clarke H. Bailey, will assume the responsibilities of CEO at that time on an interim basis. Mr. Bailey previously served as chief executive officer of the company.

Doggett, who has been with the company since mid-1999, led Glenayre through dramatic changes as the company transitioned out of the rapidly declining paging infrastructure market and refocused the business on the Enhanced Services Platforms (ESP) market. The company overcame significant challenges as the telecom equipment market contracted and believes it is well positioned to continue growing market share.

“In 1999, Glenayre derived over two-thirds of its revenue from paging equipment, a market which was rapidly declining. With only $12 million in cash, a shrinking revenue base, and over 2,200 employees, we had to move quickly to improve liquidity and right-size the cost structure, and do this while repositioning the company to focus on the ESP market,” explained Doggett. “Through divestiture, discontinuing operations and restructuring we reduced our headcount to under 400 employees. We increased our total cash and short-term investments to over $97 million. We are debt-free, have two quarters of double-digit sequential revenue growth under our belts, and expect our continuing operations to reach breakeven in the fourth quarter of this year.”

“I am proud to have taken part in building one of the best teams in our industry,” Doggett commented. “With this team in place, our product strategy validated and delivering, and revenue growing again, the timing is right for me to look for my next challenge. I am a significant stockholder in the company, and I strongly believe in the opportunities for Glenayre and the ability of the company to realize them. I want to thank my fellow stockholders, our customers and, most importantly, Glenayre employees for their support over the past four years and for their continued commitment to Glenayre.”

Bailey praised Doggett for his efforts during this turbulent time, “Under Eric’s leadership, Glenayre became the third largest provider of enhanced services for carrier grade networks. We are pleased with the strategy that Eric put in place and remain very excited about the future of our messaging business, particularly with the introduction of our Versera next generation messaging platform elements during this year.”

Source: Glenayre Electronics


SBC to integrate Wi-Fi with Cingular network

Aug. 06, 2003 12:37 PM EST

SBC Communications Inc. said it plans to deploy more than 20,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in 6,000 venues during the next three years and create an integrated Wi-Fi and next-generation wireless service with Cingular Wireless L.L.C. that will allow customers to move between the Wi-Fi network and Cingular’s wide area network.

The regional telecommunications provider said the FreedomLink service would be available by the end of 2006 in more than 6,000 hotels, airports, convention centers and other venues throughout SBC’s 13-state territory, and it plans to deploy more than 1,000 hot spots in several hundred venues by the end of this year.

SBC added that it plans to leverage its existing network infrastructure when possible to deploy the Wi-Fi hot spots, including public telephone infrastructure to establish access points and both DSL and faster T1 connections to transport data from the access point to the network. Verizon Wireless announced a similar deployment initiative earlier this year leveraging 1,000 public telephone terminals in New York City to house free Wi-Fi access points for its current DSL customers.

Source: RCR Wireless News


RIM Gets Another Chance To Defend BlackBerry

BlackBerry provider Research In Motion Ltd. suffered a blow in court yesterday, but got a stay of execution. A U.S. court ruled that RIM must prove on appeal that its handhelds do not infringe on NTP Inc.'s patents or quit selling them altogether.

RIM and NTP have been entrenched in a battle over patents since before November 2001, when NTP filed an infringement lawsuit claiming eight of its patents for radio-wave technology had been violated.

Source: Wireless Week


CPA allows 10% government ownership for Iraq license bidders

Aug. 05, 2003 12:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON—As suspected due to last week’s Pentagon press conference, the Coalition Provisional Authority has changed the rules regarding government ownership of telecommunications companies wanting to offer mobile-phone service in Iraq from 5 percent to 10 percent.

No government shall directly or indirectly own more than 10 percent of any single bidding company or single company in a consortia,” reads a section titled “Company Requirements” available on the Internet at http://cpa-Iraq.org.

The change in percentage may allow more participation but may not qualm the criticism the CPA received at the bidders conference in Amman, Jordan, July 31 because the 10-percent amount would still eliminate some prominent players. For example, the Bahrain Telecommunications Co. is 80-percent controlled by the government of Bahrain. Batelco has established an Iraqi subsidiary, which has a 30-percent Iraqi investment, set up a network and briefly last month offered GSM service. Batelco was ordered by the CPA to shut down its network because it was operating without a license.

The CPA also extended by one week the deadline for mobile-phone license bids. Bids are now due by 10 a.m. Aug. 21.

Source: RCR Wireless News


ZigBee™ Alliance Announces Ratification of IEEE 802.15.4

IEEE and ZigBee standards to enable reliable, cost -effective, low-power, wireless monitoring and control products worldwide

San Ramon, Calif.—The ZigBee Alliance announces its endorsement of 802.15.4, recently ratified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), as the first global wireless standard for reliable, secure, low power remote monitoring and control applications. The IEEE is an international standards organization that defines technical specifications for various wireline and wireless technologies.

IEEE 802.15.4 is a simple but powerful packet data protocol providing high reliability through message acknowledgement, error checking, prioritized communications, direct sequence spread spectrum, the ability to change frequencies to avoid interference and user-selectable security levels. IEEE 802.15.4 specifies the physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layers, and defines three license-free frequency bands, including 2.4GHz, 915MHz and 868Mhz, making it a truly global standard.

The ZigBee Alliance, in collaboration with the IEEE, is defining the network, security, and application layers above the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and MAC layers. This cooperation will result in an easy-to-use, standards-based wireless network platform optimized for wireless monitoring and control applications.

Network layer architectures include star, mesh, and cluster-tree (a hybrid star/mesh) topologies. Key management for AES encryption will enable highly secure networks, and application profiles will provide interoperable products and systems. This standardization of the radio and network layers will enable companies to focus their development and marketing resources on higher value added activities instead of having to invest in proprietary systems development.

Members of the ZigBee Alliance will be meeting in Austin August 18-22 to further discussion of the establishment of the ZigBee standard.

Source: The Zigbee Alliance

FEATURED ADVERTISERS SUPPORTING THE NEWSLETTER

 

 

illinois signal logo

Coming soon.


zetron logo

High-speed simulcast paging with protocols such as POCSAG and FLEX™ requires microsecond accuracy to synchronize the transmission of digital paging signals.

Zetron's Simulcast System uses GPS timing information to ensure that the broadcasted transmissions between the nodes of the Simulcast System and associated transmitters are synchronized to very tight tolerances.

This system is ideal for public or private paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions.

For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to:

www.zetron.com/paging. left arrow CLICK

 


dx radio systems logo

Coming soon.


tga logo snap logo

Product Description: TGA's SNAP System is designed to accept and deliver messages using network-based interconnect and certain message handling protocols. Control and configuration capabilities are included to format messages and associated content or routing information into acceptable parameters for delivery to a wide variety of devices and services.

TGA SNAP consists of several TGA software modules installed on a commercial quality computer running Microsoft's Windows 2000 Operating System. The version of Windows 2000 can be either Professional or Server with certain operational and functional differences defined elsewhere.

TGA also offers an option for customer-supplied commercial quality computers where TGA installs and configures the software. TGA may require the proposed computer in advance to determine its compatibility, performance and configuration. Check with TGA Sales to obtain the detailed specifications of a customer-supplied computer.

MESSAGE HANDLING FUNCTIONS

INBOUND:
Accepts messages from client systems using the following protocols and forwards them to the TGA PRISM Message Gateway. Up to 20 simultaneous SMTP inbound connections and 1 outbound connection are in the standard configuration.

  • SNPP
  • SMTP (email)
  • HTTP (web)

OUTBOUND:
Sends outgoing messages from the TGA PRISM Message Gateway using the following protocols:

  • SNPP
  • SMTP (email)

SUBSCRIBER ADDRESS ALIAS:
An alias is an alternate name that can be used for addressing instead of the subscriber number.

  • Subscribers may have a different alias address for each of the three software modules.
  • Subscribers may have a multiple alias addresses for each software module.

MESSAGE HANDLING CONFIGURATION:
The following is a brief outline of the inbound and outbound filtering currently defined for the TGA SNAP system.

INBOUND:

  • Inbound messages are originated from Email clients, SNPP clients, and Web clients. They are processed by the TGA SNAP and forwarded to the TGA PRISM Message Gateway for transmission based on the Class of Service(s)* selected in the Subscriber’s database record.

OUTBOUND:

  • Outbound messages are created from TGA PRISM Message Gateway input sources (such as trunks, TAP, TNPP and Email) and are forwarded to the TGA SNAP for delivery via Email or SNPP based on the Class of Service(s) selected in the TGA PRISM Message Gateway’s Subscriber’s database record.

* Class of Service (COS) in the TGA PRISM Message Gateway is a service provider created table containing its message handling parameters. Multiple COS tables may be used for different input handling parameters of the same service provider.

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
Web: www.tga.com

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.

Web site: www.selective.co.nz

E-mail: info@selective.co.nz


preferred logo

  • GL3000 Cards - LCC, UOE, Memory, CPU’s, QVSB’s, T1’s, DID’s, SIO, Drives
  • TOWERS (NEW) Self supporting, Guyed, Monopoles, with all the hardware
  • Transmitters:
    • (12) Motorola PURC 5000, VHF, 350 & 125W, ACB & Tone
    • (18) Motorola Nucleus, 350W, VHF, Advanced Control
    • (3) Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband TX
    • (20) Glenayre RL70XC, Midband Link RX
    • (14) Glenayre GLT5340, 125W UHF TX
    • (45) Motorola PURC 5000, UHF, 225 & 110W, Advanced Control
    • (10) Glenayre GLT85/8600, 250/500W, 900 MHz w/C2000
    • (20) Motorola PURC 5000, 300/150W, 900 MHz,

Too much to list! Call or e-mail:

Rick McMichael 888-429-4171

rmcm@preferredwireless.com left arrow  CLICK E-MAIL RICK

Mark Dawson 972-467-8188

markd@preferredwireless.com left arrow  CLICK E-MAIL MARK


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

salcom logo NEW

TRANSMITTER 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

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.

bk logo 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.


Radio Paging Transmitters

vytel logo

VHF PAGING TRANSMITTER

Specifications & Features User's Manual

ptx-150

To request pricing and delivery information for the PTX-150, please click here. left arrow UHF and 900 MHz models now available as well.

You can check out their paging products here.


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.

To visit their web site for more information, click here.


outr net logo

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

Their latest newsletter is: "Crossing the Chasm" with Mobile Data

http://www.outr.net/newsletter_chasm.htm

Please call me so we can discuss your need or your idea.


Would You Like To Advertise Here?

If you have any wireless equipment that you would like to buy or sell, please let me know. I don't charge individuals for listing something for sale. If a sale is made through this newsletter, I ask the seller to send me a 10% commission, much the same as the voluntary payments that are requested on the Internet for shareware. It's on the honor system. There is no cost to the buyer.

There is a small charge for companies wanting to put their products in the newsletter and on my web site. There is no obligation for payment of a commission for this kind of basic advertising. I would be very pleased, however, to get involved in the sales process as a manufacturer representative—for quality wireless products and reputable companies.

It's only $15.38 per issue for the basic advertising package. ($400 for 6 months or 26 issues.)

Details about the advertising plans can be read here. left arrow  CLICK FOR MORE INFO


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.

InfoRad logo  left arrow CLICK HERE


Unication Co., Ltd.

Introducing the new line of 802.11b products

Quantity—1,000 minimum each item—per order

unication 802.11b base

Wireless LAN

Access Point

More details here.

unication 802.11b gateway

Wireless LAN

HOME Gateway

More details here.

unication 802.11b dongle

Wireless LAN

USB Dongle

More details here.

unication 802.11b pc card

Wireless LAN

PCMCIA Card

More details here.

And Pagers too. . .

unication alpha pager

AP-90 Alpha Pager

Chinese/English
Alphanumeric
VHF
UHF
900 MHz
POCSAG
FLEX

More details here left arrow

 

These are wholesale, direct-from-the-factory products. To send me an e-mail for pricing information please click here. left arrow


Sea Air & Land Communications Ltd.

Designers and Manufacturers of Communications Systems

salcom technologies 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

You can check out their web site here.


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.


 

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Comments and contributions to this newsletter are always welcome. Some of the best news tips come from readers. Have a great week!

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With best regards,

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Brad Dye
WIRELESS DATA CONSULTANT



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