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FRIDAY - MARCH 12, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 102

Dear wireless colleagues and friends of paging,

Excitement continues to build about the IWCE show in Las Vegas, now just about one week away. I just got off the phone with a nice lady in Zimbabwe who is planning to attend. Several of my friends and I are staying at the Sahara Hotel. You still have time to join us.

I have a couple of news clips about Microsoft this week. Anything that this company does merits our attention, so I try to follow their continued efforts to reinvent paging with their SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology) project. Just about every technically-literate person in the world today uses some form of Microsoft technology daily—even a dyed-in-the-wool Macintosh user like yours truly.

Down south of the border, Telefónica—Spain's telephone company—bought BellSouth's assets, making them the largest wireless carrier in Latin America. I helped them set-up their first POCSAG paging system in Spain about twenty years ago. For several years they have been investing heavily in companies in Latin America.

Don't miss the interesting news clips in the Wi-Fi section near the end of the newsletter. This is a relatively new technology, and it is changing every day. Now if someone can just figure out how to make money with Wi-Fi "hotspots" it will be a good thing. Everyone likes it as long as it is free.

I have received several calls recently about remote monitoring and control using ReFLEX technology. I still represent Amtel Wireless. Following are some of the things we can do for you with telemetry over ReFLEX:

Data CommunicationsLevel 1A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry Remote Monitoring and ControlLevel 2An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet TrackingLevel 3An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force AutomationLevel 4An 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 about it. ()

Now on to this week's news and views.

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Keeping Paging Alive

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 apology.

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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American Association of Paging Carriers

A reminder to the paging industry: the Paging Zone will once again be a feature of the IWCE show in Las Vegas next month; it is sponsored by the AAPC. You should plan to come to the Paging Zone at the show, and if you haven't already done so, join the AAPC. It is the only organization that is fighting for the issues affecting our industry.

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WATCHING THE SPOT WATCH—MICROSOFT TRYING TO REINVENT PAGING

WATCHMAKERS ARM PRODUCTS

March 4, 2004

I frown on people who steer with one hand while yakking away and holding a cell phone in the other. I preach two hands on the wheel.

But I have to confess that while trying out a new SPOT — Smart Personal Objects Technology — watch, I couldn't stop glancing at my wrist at traffic stops. I checked the Chicago weather forecast, temperatures in warmer climes, news headlines and stock prices.

The watch even can deliver short text messages from MSN Messenger — though the watch is not equipped to respond. It also receives appointments synced in from the Outlook calendar — an invaluable service for me because I often leave my personal digital assistant in the charger cradle when I rush for that 7:33 a.m. train.

Microsoft already rules the computer operating system market. Now, with PC sales flat, the giant from Redmond, Wash., has a vision with SPOT to rule our wrists and who knows what else.

Last month, Microsoft and its partners, Fossil Inc., the nation's No. 1 watch seller, and Suunto Inc., the Finnish sports watch company, launched the new SPOT watches.

The n3 from Suunto, with a longer warranty and extended charge time and a scratch-resistant face, costs $299. Fossil's Wrist Net models range in price from $129 for the Abacus to $199 for its Dick Tracy-branded Wrist Net. (Though the latter is modeled after the cartoon detective's watch and offers Dick Tracy-themed watch faces, technology has yet to quite catch up with cartoonist Chester Gould's vision of the two-way video wristwatch.)

"The goal (behind SPOT) was that we thought we could make everyday life better and more purposeful through the power of software," said Chris Schneider, senior program manager with Microsoft's SPOT group.

SPOT is a big deal for the Microsofties. When the company introduces any new product, a top-level exec sponsors its development; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was SPOT's godfather.

Three years ago, a research team began researching and building a new software platform and hardware to "deliver information to everyday objects," Schneider said. Microsoft is interested in deploying SPOT everywhere — microwave ovens, alarm clocks, key chains, clothing — but research indicated consumers wanted the information first on their wrists, she said.

Microsoft then went to the two watchmakers.

Dan Colliander, president of Suunto, the world's leading dive computer maker, said he initially rejected the SPOT concept when Microsoft approached him 1-1/2 years ago.

"We thought that having information on your wrist that is not sports-specific can be done with a PDA or a cell phone," he said. "But when we thought about it a bit, we realized that the extra data is a natural extension of what we did. The PDA and the cell phone had one big negative — you have to push a lot of buttons to get information. With the wristwatch, we can make customized information available at a glance."

Microsoft developed a wireless network to send out the data in the top 100 markets in the United States and Canada. SPOT watches have built-in antennas to download data. Suunto's timepiece has an antenna around its face. The Fossil watches have antennas built into the wrist band.

SPOT watches have other features that take a little getting used to.

You may be accustomed to regularly charging your cell phones and PDAs, and perhaps changing watch batteries every couple years. But hooking up your watch to the wall socket for juice is a new twist.

Fossil's watch needs to be recharged every two days through a system similar to that used on electric toothbrushes. The Suunto, which needs a boost every five or six days, is connected with a device that looks like a jumper cable. With the addition of software, it also can be recharged through a computer's USB port. The heavy lifting of receiving data is a battery drain.

And these watches have a subscription fee. The wireless service to run the watches costs $59 a year or $9.95 a month through MSN Direct at direct.msn.com. You can register two watches for this price.

For basic information, the SPOT watches seem to hit the spot. But some watch mavens have not been impressed.

Steve Lundin, technology editor of International Wristwatch magazine and chief executive of Chicago-based BIGfrontier Communications Group, said, "Microsoft will have a tough time competing with the ubiquitous PDA for portable real-time data turf. There's a big difference between squinting at a 3-by-4-inch screen and a 1-by-1-inch screen, and user experience is a critical factor for success in this space.

"This product gets a big thumbs-up for its gee-whiz factor, but may turn out to be the new millennium's Pet Rock for the wrist. You won't see any company taking a majority stake on the public's wrists until someone invents the two-way watch/camera/phone, and, to the best of my knowledge, only Dick Tracy has one of those."

Jonathan Spira, chief executive officer and chief analyst at Basex, a tech research and consulting firm, said SPOT is still in the "novelty phase. It has a few bits of useful information, but it won't be enough for information junkies. It's a gimmick right now and it has to do a lot more to catch on, such as becoming a mobile phone. I'd have difficulty taking off my elegant timepiece and putting on an inelegant SPOT watch."

Still, several of the more style-conscious people I know really liked the nerdy-looking Fossil. I liked the Suunto, though I had a hard time fitting it under my shirt cuff; one of the fashionistas said the kewl thing now is to wear the watches on the outside of the cuff. I guess.

Suunto's pricier watch, which is waterproof to 330 feet and has a scratch-resistant dial, has a two-year guarantee. Fossil has a 90-day guarantee. But a consumer who is unhappy for any reason has 30 days to return the SPOT watch. No questions asked.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times


Microsoft shows off tomorrow's tech

Friday, March 05, 2004

COMMENTARY: Since 2001, Microsoft has held an annual internal event called Microsoft Research TechFest, at which the company's researchers give employees a glimpse into upcoming technology, hoping to excite and inspire them about the future.

At this year's TechFest event, Microsoft Research demonstrated technologies ranging from consumer- and programmer-oriented computer tools to an HIV tracking system that might eventually lead to a cure for AIDS. Like earlier TechFest events, the company held this year's gathering at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington, US.

This year's TechFest participants included more than 400 researchers from Microsoft Research labs in Beijing; Cambridge, England; Mountain View, California; Redmond; and San Francisco. Also on hand were Mike Rowe, the Canadian teenager who became involved in a legal spat with Microsoft when he registered the domain name MikeRoweSoft, and Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates, who wandered from booth to booth, looking for cool technologies.

Some of the highlights from this year's show include a photo-stitching application that creates seamless panoramic images from several photos, a microphone that can pick out a single voice in a loud crowd of people, a web navigation system that uses a numeric keypad that's similar to a mobile phone's keypad, new programming tools called KISS and Zing that can help developers find coding errors, a project called Swarm that lets people more easily send text messages to preset groups of contacts, and an application called Shield that protects Windows systems from known vulnerabilities even when those vulnerabilities haven't yet been patched.

Although TechFest is largely an internal event, Microsoft publicly demonstrated a few of the research products this week. One application lets TV viewers edit recorded sporting events so that they see only the portions they want to see.

For example, you might edit a baseball game so that you see only the hits. Microsoft Research said the software works with baseball, basketball, and soccer. The company will likely include a future version of the software in Windows XP Media Center Edition (XP MCE).

Other demonstrated technologies included photo-editing software that can automatically pick out the best shots in a sequence of similar pictures and a tiny camera called SenseCam that's worn like a pendant and automatically captures events throughout the day, then stores those images in a digital diary. Microsoft said SenseCam stores 2,000 images in a 12-hour day.

Microsoft will incorporate each of these technologies, in some way, in Windows Longhorn or other future Microsoft products. Past products that came out of Microsoft Research included the Tablet PC and the Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) Smart Watches, which Microsoft launched earlier this year at the 2004 International Computer Electronics Show (CES).

Source: iTnews Australia

PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS CLIPS FROM THE WEB

Paging Technical Committee Meeting

WHAT: THE NEXT PTC MEETING and any papers of interest to the radio paging industry.

WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 2004, starting with sub-committees at 8:00AM - 10:00 AM.
General meeting starting at about 10:00AM and ending by 2:00 PM.
Luncheon and refreshments to be provided by Unication Group.

WHERE: Las Vegas Convention Center (next to the Las Vegas Hilton) in room N249.

WHY: Scheduled meeting of the PTC.

WHO: Engineering personnel from various paging carriers, vendors and others interested in the technology of radio paging.

RSVP: PLEASE RSVP to Stephen Oshinsky at the following e-mail address: oshinsky e-mail so we can have a count of those planning to attend for meal count purposes.

Thanks,
Stephen Oshinsky
Chairman, Paging Technical Committee
Phone: (601) 460-3449

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Source: Courtesy of the AAPC


Telefónica Snaps Up BellSouth Assets

March 8, 2004

It's a done deal. Telefónica will plunk down $5.85 billion for BellSouth's Latin American mobile assets. The move will make its wireless unit Telefónica Moviles the largest wireless carrier in Latin America.

Under the terms of the deal, BellSouth will get $4.2 billion in cash after taxes and reduce its consolidated debt by $1.5 billion. The deal covers 10 Latin American operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay will be new market entries for Telefónica Moviles. The company will gain 10.5 million new customers from the assets, which will bring its total Latin American customer base to 41 million and its worldwide base to 62.5 million.

BellSouth said it decided to shed the assets to focus its efforts in the U.S. market. "The sale of our Latin American operations enables us to continue to strengthen our domestic business. This transaction improves our flexibility as we focus on growth opportunities," BellSouth Chairman and CEO Duane Ackerman said in a statement.

BellSouth's Cingular Wireless, a joint venture with SBC Communications, has agreed to purchase AT&T Wireless for $41 billion. Once the transaction is complete, Cingular will become the No. 1 wireless carrier in the United States, passing Verizon Wireless.

Source: Wireless Week

Telefónica nota de prensa en español. (pdf)


Consumers call for service improvements in letter campaign

March 10, 2004 1:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON—Consumer Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine, said nearly 8,000 letters from wireless consumers were delivered this week to wireless companies by the organization's EscapeCellHell.org campaign calling for better contract terms, improved coverage information and the ability to move handsets between carriers.

The organization noted the most letters sent through the Web site were from Verizon Wireless customers, which it acknowledged has the highest market share of customers, with letters from AT&T Wireless Services Inc. and Sprint PCS customers garnering a slightly greater number than each carrier's respective market shares.

"Now that the companies have these customer letters, we will see if the cell phone companies 'can hear us now,' and respond to concerns about poor service, draconian contract terms and artificial locks that keep customers' cell phones from working when they switch carriers," said Janee Briesemeister, director of EscapeCellHell.org, which organized the letter writing campaign.

Briesemeister added that company responses to customer concerns will be posted on the Web site and e-mailed to each consumer who sent a letter.

"We are hopeful the companies will take these very valid customer concerns to heart and do the right thing by putting an end to the consumers' cell hell of poor service, hefty charges and wasteful practices," Briesemeister said.

Source: RCR Wireless News

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Enrique Llaca—Authentium rep. in Mexico Selective Communications
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ISC Technologies Zetron Inc.
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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 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 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.

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Why upgrade your outdated paging terminal hardware when you can replace with PRISM Systems International products that feature non-proprietary COTS components?

Advanced RF Communications will be in the Prism Systems International booth #9077 at the International Wireless Communications Expo.

Stop by and meet us to learn more about the superior features included in the PRISM line of:

  • One-way paging terminals, encoders & voicemail systems.
  • T1/E1 switches, TNPP routers & TAP concentrators.
  • SNAP Server email message switch.

Advanced RF Communications will also demonstrate a live ReFLEX™ two-way data messaging system powered by the TGA SparkGap two-way messaging terminal. Subscriber equipment from several manufacturers will be available for live two-way messaging demos.

Advanced RF Communications offers a complete line of products and services for one and two-way paging/data messaging systems. Services include:

  • Simulcast RF coverage design, verification and optimization services for one and two-way paging systems.
  • Design of GPS-synchronized simulcast tone & voice and digital one-way paging systems and two-way digital paging/messaging systems.
  • System integration of dispatch, email, mobile data, status/messaging, SCADA, meter reading, load management and telemetry services.
  • System design, installation and maintenance by experienced paging engineers and technicians.
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Advanced RF Communications, Inc.
301 Oak Street—Suite 2-46A
Quincy, IL 62301 USA
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Telephone/Fax: 217-221-9500
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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 we will perish individually. If you want to get involved, please click here. Come and join us! The AAPC "newsroom" is a great source of information. The AAPC also hosts the Paging Technical Committee site. There is a lot of good paging industry information here.

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Zetron Simulcast System

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

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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:

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CONTACT
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P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
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Your Choice of Options

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  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
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Commtech Wireless introduces MAXPage, a desktop paging terminal packed with features.

Alpha, Numeric, Tone, & Voice
MAXPage, from Commtech Wireless, is the ideal replacement for the Motorola PeopleFinder™. With its advanced features, it can be used with Alphanumeric, Numeric, Tone only, Coaster pagers as well as 2-tone voice pagers in countless applications.

Serial Interface
With the inclusion of a serial interface, MAXPage can interface with Comp, TAP, Scope™, Waveware & Tekk systems as well as Commtech's Wireless Callpoints.

Telephone Interface
Anyone can be given easy access to the MAXPage system through its telephone interface. Once the system is connected to a telephone port, anyone can pick up a telephone, dial the MAXPage unit and use the keypad on their phone to send messages to pagers. The telephone can also be used to transmit voice messages to 2-tone voice pagers.

Alarm Inputs
A powerful feature of MAXPage is its onboard alarms. The four, dry contact closure, onboard alarm inputs will automatically dispatch messages to pagers or groups when activated. Alarms not cleared within a configured time frame can activate a repeat message (escalation) to either the same pager/group or to an alternative pager/group.

Features*

  • 1000 Pager capacity
  • Selectable 2 or 4 watt transmitter
  • Reminder messages
  • Dual mode function keys - one touch messaging
  • 2-tone voice paging - from on-board mic or telephone
  • 4 alarm inputs
  • Voice prompted telephone paging
  • QWERTY keyboard interface (PS2)
  • Windows® interface for advanced features
  • Serial interface for Comp/TAP/Scope™/Waveware/Tekk
  • Coaster paging management system

*Some of the features listed are optional and are not supplied as standard

For more information, simply fill out the feedback form or contact us on the details below.

Contact

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6900 Philips Highway, Suite #26-27
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Phone: 904-281-0073
Fax: 904-281-0074

Email: sales@commtechwireless.com
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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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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 e-mail 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 e-mail 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 e-mail 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

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CONTACT
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2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275 or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
E-mail: leanne@harksystems.com
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Telephone: 757-588-0537

Paging Field Engineer/Electronic technician in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.
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  • ISO 9001 - 2000 certified manufacturing facility.
  • THE High-Quality RF design and Contract Manufacturer of choice.
  • Do you have a product or product component that you would like to have manufactured?
  • Would you like to have us design and manufacture a product just for you?
  • Would you like to know firsthand that your contract manufacturer is one of the leading providers of service with the highest degree of quality in mind?

Daviscomms USA Inc. is your direct connection to Daviscomms (S) Pte Ltd., the leading pager manufacturer in the world with many years experience in Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing of highly-reliable, premium-quality FLEX and POCSAG Alphanumeric and Numeric pagers. Daviscomms offers unparalleled quality, features and functions. We perform our own stringent quality testing as well as certification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to meet all of their standards. All of our paging products meet FCC and IC Standards for use in the USA and Canada.

Our manufacturing facility, located in Malaysia, is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. Customers, globally, choose Daviscomms for our QUALITY, RELIABILITY, ON-TIME DELIVERY, COMPETITIVE PRICING and our TOTAL COMMITMENT to providing the best value for their needs.

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We offer full product support (ODM/OEM) for our worldwide customers, including a complete design center, research facilities, proto-typing, field services, contract manufacturing, commodity sourcing, and distribution.
In addition to both Numeric and Alphanumeric pagers, we have designed, engineered and manufactured 1-way Telemetry devices, paging receivers, 2-way paging (ReFLEX) telemetry devices, DECT phones/devices and PDA accessories.bravo 800 pager
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At Daviscomms, we are proud to provide our customers with end-to-end manufacturing solutions while delivering superior quality and support. Daviscomms is at the forefront of the industry with its commitment to leading-edge technology, cost-effective manufacturing and the highest degree of customer service.

Daviscomms delivers low cost, high volume manufacturing solutions to our customers. We help maximize time-to-market objectives while minimizing procurement, materials management, and manufacturing costs.

For information about our contract manufacturing services or our Bravo-branded line of numeric and alphanumeric pagers, please call Bob Popow, our Director of Operations for the Americas, 480-515-2344. (Scottsdale, Arizona) or visit our website www.daviscommsusa.com.

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Programming
Concepts, Inc.

Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
Support and Enhancements

Programming Concepts, Inc. provides authorized RTS ADVX Wireless Gateway Support & Enhancements. Our RTS lab includes source code control, development tools, and test beds for all deployed RTS systems. Call now to sign-up for our first class support of your aging RTS system. More info ...

PCI (www.programmingconcepts.com) has been in business for 24 years providing custom application programming for medium to large businesses. PCI's primary business segments include web enabled application development, financial industry systems, telephony (IVR, CTI, and Wireless), Secure Enterprise Instant Messaging System, Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (MS-CRM) Applications, and a wide variety of commercial applications.

Contact Sales sales@programmingconcepts.com
or 631-563-3800 x220.

DX Radio Systems

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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
  • 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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Wireless Sensor Networking: $7 Billion Market by 2010

San Diego, CA, March 9 /PRNewswire/ - More than half a billion nodes will ship for wireless sensor applications in 2010 for an end user market worth at least $7 billion, according to a recently released report by emerging wireless research firm, ON World.

Although wireless sensors have been around for decades, the technology has stayed in an infancy stage until recently due to expensive, primitive radios and bulky, complicated sensors. Today, the wireless sensor market is poised to take off now that advanced radio frequency integrated circuits are available for less than $3 in high volumes and smart sensor integrated circuits are becoming widespread.

Standards to unleash innovation
"Today, the lack of standards is the biggest limitation," says Mareca Hatler, ON World's Research Director. There are over one hundred proprietary sensor protocols today and manufacturers have created their own expensive products that will not work with products from other manufacturers.

Many killer apps
Wireless sensors are especially beneficial in industrial and commercial building settings where they can reduce the cost of wiring by up to 80 percent. In addition to reducing energy consumption by as much as 50 percent, wireless sensors can reach places where wires will not go including areas that are filled with toxins or high temperatures. Another killer app is monitoring industrial process equipment which can save millions of dollars in potential lost productivity.

Nearly unlimited future potential
By 2010, ON World projects that wireless sensors will also be widespread for consumer markets such as monitoring and controlling heating, lighting, venting and appliances. In the future, consumers will also likely use wireless sensors to track their belongings, pets and children, monitor their cars and even their own vital signals. Within the next ten years, wireless sensors will be used in a range of applications that are only limited by the imagination.

ON World's report, "Wireless Sensor Networks: Mass Market Opportunities," may be purchased from ON World's website at: http://www.onworld.com/html/wirelesssensorsrprts.htm Cost is $399 (single user) or $996 (corporate/multi-user license).

About ON World Inc.:
ON World Inc., founded in 1996, provides world class business intelligence on emerging wireless technology markets. Customers include Fortune 1000 companies, venture capitalists, startups and consultants. More information about ON World's research services and products may be found from http://www.onworld.com.

Media Contact: Mareca Hatler
Phone: 858.259.2397

Source: ON World Press Release

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GL3000 Cards

  • RAM Cards, CPU’s, LCC, UOE, QVSB’s, T1s, DIDs, SIO, Drives, Almost any card you need—priced right.
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  • Antenna Line Hanging kits, and misc hardware.

Transmitters

  • (12) Motorola Nucleus, 350W, VHF, Advanced Control
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Motorola PURC UHF RF Trays & UHF 110W PAs, tested and ready to ship. Motorola PURC Advanced Control Units, tested and ready to ship.

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Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
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870 Mountclaire Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Tel: 678-947-5649
Cel: 770-598-4442
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Your Professional Services Partner


GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider to the paging industry.

The GTES team consists of highly qualified and seasoned associates who were formerly a part of Glenayre's paging infrastructure support and engineering operations. We are poised and ready to "Partner" with you to ensure the viability of your network, reduce your long-term cost of ownership, and to provide future solutions for profitability. GTES will offer product sales, maintenance services, software development and product development to the wireless industry.


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Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Hardware & Software

{See us at IWCE 2004}

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative 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 is widely used by emergency services and in onsite paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. Our range of Paging Data devices and software products have multiple uses and capabilities including:

  • FLEX and POCSAG decoding
  • POCSAG encoding and transmitter control
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs
  • Relay control (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Message interception & logging
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating & paging coverage 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, GPRS & CDMA cellular, Mobitex etc. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software.   We offer mobile communications dealers and systems integrators a "fast to market" job dispatch and job management capability.

Specialised 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
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Paging Training Course

Specially designed course for sales, marketing, and administration personnel. Engineers will only be admitted with a note signed by their mothers, promising that they will just listen and not disrupt the class. (This is supposed to be funny.)

This is a one-day training course on paging that can be conducted at your place of business. Please take a look at the course outline to see if you think this might be beneficial in your employees: Paging training course outline.

Although it touches on several "technical" topics, it is definitely not a technical course. I used to teach the sales and marketing people at Motorola Paging and they appreciated an atmosphere where they could ask technical questions without being made to feel like a "dummy" and without getting a long convoluted overly-technical answer that left them more confused than before. A good learning environment is one that is "non-threatening."

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  • Own and operate our own satellite uplink
  • Provide the same reliable services to several other paging carriers with room for more
  • Lower than average industry costs
  • Completely redundant hardware
  • Access to knowledgeable technical staff 24/7

Glenayre Technical Support
Paging Terminals & Transmitters

  • Paging terminal upgrades, relocations, troubleshooting, emergency repair & training
  • Transmitter installation & maintenance
  • Experienced industry technicians and engineers
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Call or write today to learn more Alan Carle, Dir of Engineering 888 854 2697 x272 or

acarle@ucom.com

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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: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

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WI-FI NEWS

Calypso Warns It Will Enforce Roaming Patent

March 03, 2004

Calypso Wireless said Wednesday it is contacting mobile device vendors to warn them that it will enforce a patent that covers roaming between cellular data systems and shorter-range networks such as wireless LANs.

A number of vendors have said they will release mobile devices that work both with wide area wireless data networks such as those based on EDGE and CDMA technology shorter-range networks such as wireless LANs. The patent, which was granted last week, covers a method of seamlessly roaming between the two types of networks, Calypso said.

The Florida-based company said in a statement that the patent "could have a significant and immediate impact on the development of the industry, as well as major implications on the way that OEMs such as Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola do business."

The company said that it already is negotiating with one major manufacturer to license its roaming technology. It claimed, however, that the patent was a win-win proposition because it adds significant capabilities to wireless devices.

"Our technology could dramatically boost overall wireless handset sales, and change the industry's growth projections globally," David Davila, Calypso's president and CEO said in a statement. "By teaming up with us, OEMs will now be able to manufacture and market such devices and dramatically boost their sales."

Source: MobilePipeline.com


ACJ Technology Solutions to Create a Network of Free Hot Spots for Local Businesses and Consumers

March 03, 2004 06:27 PM US Eastern Time zone

BELLEVUE, Wash. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 3, 2004 — ACJ Technology Solutions, a Bellevue based provider of Wireless Networking solutions, announced today that it is creating a network of free Hot Spots for local businesses like restaurants, coffee shops, oil change shops, and other locations with frequent patrons. ACJ will install, manage, and maintain the wireless equipment at no cost to the business. In return, the business must offer wireless Internet access for free.

"Initially people thought it was a really bad idea, with so many places offering fee-based access," says Greg Skinner, President of ACJ. "The problem with fee-based access is that you are limited to a specific number of locations depending on the service provider. A coffee shop may be associated with one service and a restaurant may be associated with another, each charging a different fee for access. A value-added service should add value instead of additional cost to the customer."

Free Hot Spot service at retail locations is an idea that's beginning to spread. For example, Atlanta based 3rd Wave (www.3rdwavehotspot.com) recently launched a similar program. In New York, NYCWireless (www.nycwireless.net) has placed free access in various locations. Locally, Crossroads Mall in Bellevue recently added free Internet access.

"It's really good for everyone involved, because we can provide the same level of service to a business that fee-based providers offer," says Skinner. "In addition, people tend to stay longer at locations that offer wireless connectivity, spending more on products, services, and promotions offered by the business. By offering the service and equipment free to businesses, it also helps promote other services that we offer."

When users access the free service, they are redirected to an initial web page that provides information about products and services offered by ACJ.

Skinner wants to initially develop a network with 20 locations. "It's important for us to stay close to our clients for the initial rollout so we're going to start with a small number of local businesses and expand from there." Skinner adds, "It's estimated that by 2008, 90 percent of all laptops will be enabled with wireless. We think most of those users will want to use their laptops at locations that offer connectivity for free."

Businesses interested in participating in the program should register at http://www.acjts.com/hotspot.htm or contact ACJ Technology Solutions, Inc directly at 425-644-6842.

Greg Skinner has worked in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years at both Compaq (HP) and 3Com. In 2003, he opened ACJ Technology Solutions Inc. at 13400 Northup Way, Suite 25 in Bellevue.

With a professional staff of Certified Wireless Network Engineers, ACJ Technology Solutions Inc., provides reliable wireless networking solutions to homes and businesses in the Seattle area. For more information, visit www.acjts.com

Source: BusinessWire.com


B&N Taps Cometa For Wi-Fi

March 10, 2004

Cometa Networks has been looking for the right deal to launch its national Wi-Fi network initiative, and it looks like it has found it through a new pact with Barnes & Noble. The world's largest bookseller has named Cometa its exclusive Wi-Fi wholesale network provider.

The Cometa Hotspot network appealed to Barnes & Noble because the network supports multiple Wi-Fi vendors and will give customers the most service and pricing options. "With access to Cometa's convenient broadband wireless technology, Barnes & Noble customers will enjoy not only the benefits of the highest quality of service, but a choice of leading Wi-Fi service providers with a variety of pricing plans to fit their needs," Barnes & Noble CEO Steve Riggio said in a statement. Since its inception in December 2002, Cometa has been signing wholesale agreements with AT&T Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and iPass.

Cometa, an AT&T, Intel and IBM venture, was founded to set up hot spot Wi-Fi networks throughout the United States. Thus far, the company has worked out deals to deploy its Cometa Hotspots in coffee shops, bookstores, office buildings and McDonald's restaurants.

Source: Wireless Week

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

I am going to run the reminder about IWCE the (International Wireless Communications Expo) one more time, just in case someone has missed it.

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http://www.iwceexpo.com

IWCE 2004
Technology Workshops:
March 22-23, 2004
Conference & Exhibits:
March 24-26, 2004

I will be there in the Prism Systems International booth #9077 along with my friends and colleagues Jim Nelson and Ron Mercer. I want to extend a cordial invitation to all of my readers, to stop by to meet us and get acquainted. I expect to see many old friends there and to make many new ones.


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With best regards,

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Brad Dye
WIRELESS DATA CONSULTANT


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