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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 13, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 98

Dear wireless colleagues and friends of paging,

As I read the news releases coming out, I wonder, "where have these people been?" The communications industry has recently "discovered" push-to-talk and now they are all excited about getting the news in text on their cell phones. Maybe they will invent the light bulb one of these days. Instant Messaging is a little like passing notes in class. The ideas are not new, the human need to communicate is not new—what is new is how we do it. So, my editorial this week is on "Wireless Instant Messaging" (IM). After reading the press release that America Online and AT&T Wireless are launching simplified wireless IM, I thought it was time to get on the soapbox again, about two-way paging. Here is our chance. . . maybe, if it's not too late. More on this follows below.

In my New Wheel of Fortune presentation (which is not so new anymore), I quoted Life Magazine as saying that the Gutenberg Printing Press was the "most far-reaching" of all the technological achievements of the past millennium. According to Life, it was that achievement, during a time when books were extremely expensive and in short supply, which "unleashed an information epidemic that rages to this day. In 1455, there were fewer than 30,000 books in the world. By 1500, there were over 9 million."

I maintain that the Internet now far exceeds the printing press in importance. Of course one had to happen before the other one could. It has become the great social leveler. Now a poor kid in a remote village, can have the same access to this giant library of up-to-date information that we call the Internet, as can a rich kid in a private school somewhere. Education is all about getting access to information.

This newsletter will probably be read by over 1,000 people in close to 50 countries. I could never—in a million years—get my ideas, opinions, and the news out to that many people every week—before the wide-spread use of the Internet. The Internet is alive with vital information that is fresh, and up-to-the-minute, not old academic tripe out of dusty books in a school library. It's fast, there is no concept of "long distance," and it's cheap too.

So what's the point? Well, it's all over the news, on TV, and on the Internet, that there is another political fight going on in Washington DC about taxing the Internet. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., expressed his concern about what might happen if "the more than 7,000 taxing jurisdictions in this country are allowed to take a bite out of the Internet." It looks to me like they are going to kill-it-off (tax it to death) if we let them.

We are all entitled to our own opinions and these are some of mine. Yours are welcome here too. Write to me.

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PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS CLIPS FROM THE WEB

Editorial: So close, and yet so far. . .

About three or four years ago, I became totally convinced that when the millions of Instant Message (IM) users on the Internet discovered two-way paging, this would be the "killer app" that the paging industry was looking for—and needing to survive. There are three main competing companies offering wired "IM" services, AIM and ICQ from America Online, Yahoo! Messenger from Yahoo, and MSN Messenger from Microsoft. The following is the most up to date share of market information that I could find:

"Although AOL's AIM and ICQ together make up the largest IM network, MSN and Yahoo are making strides. In March 2003, AIM had 31.9 million unique users while ICQ had 28.3 million, according to ComScore Media Metrix. MSN Messenger reached 23.1 million unique users while Yahoo Messenger reached 19 million. Both Microsoft and Yahoo launched IM clients with virtually zero market share."

Source: CNET News.Com

AT&T and AOL just announced (press release follows) that they are getting together to simplify mobile Instant Messaging, then there was a similar announcement from Sprint about an enhanced offering using Yahoo! Messenger. To start with, a couple of new mobile phones will have IM built in so that "wireless customers can now use their phones to easily stay in touch with their online AIM and/or AOL buddies, see which buddies are logged in when sending instant messages, and conduct real-time IM chats." Following is some of the "buzz" picked up on the Internet this week (mostly about IM):

  • Instant Messaging (IM), the world's fastest growing communications medium!
  • Real-time IP collaboration tools [near real time] are hot!
  • Radio Audience Interaction is growing like crazy!
  • Reality Television (voting) generates very high volumes of traffic!
  • Mobile Couponing—The idea works like this: Marketers use SMS to distribute alphanumeric coupon codes to consumers who have "opted-on" to receive them. The recipients can then redeem those at a normal register, where a salesperson keys in the code. The consumer can then be sent a "thank you" message, as well as be asked if they wish to opt-in to receive future coupons.

"Instant Messaging is one of the most popular means of communication today with hundreds of millions of desktop IM users worldwide and billions of IM messages sent each day. Despite its popularity, PC based Instant Messaging has generated little or no revenues so far. Mobile operators are now in a key position to capitalize on the Instant Messaging craze by giving subscribers access to existing IM services on IM capable phones, thereby increasing mobile data traffic."

Source: TMC.net

So if two-way paging fails, it will be just like a person, lost in the desert, who dies of thirst just one sand dune away from an oasis with a deep well of fresh water. I remember, one of the Harvard-MBA weenies saying that wireless e-mail and and wireless IM had no place on his two-way paging system. Well, that's just what happened. By the time he realized that he was wrong —it was almost too late— and there weren't very many subscribers of any kind on his system. The two-way pager, with its qwerty keyboard, low monthly cost, and great coverage, should be a huge success as "THE Wireless IM Device." By the way, it's not just teenagers using IM anymore; the latest growth area is among enterprise users. This is the "gold ring" — don't miss it.

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I guess we already missed the opportunity to be the commonly recognized leader in everyone's mind when it comes to supplying the link between the Internet and wireless devices. We did it first, in paging, but it was never very well known. I was out there peddling the first solution to carriers when I worked for RTS Wireless. I remember walking my dog early one morning in New York before going to work. My pager started beeping and when I read the message it was an e-mail from someone in New Zealand. Although I was already selling the equipment to facilitate this, it wasn't until that moment that the little light bulb went off in my head saying, "this is really cool!" Well, it still is cool even with one-way paging, but even better with two-way. It's up to us to get the word out to the public. Enthusiasm has to start at the top and then flow down to the troops. Sometimes it doesn't happen because the boss is surrounded by "yes people" who say only what he or she wants to hear and don't pass on ideas—either up or down.

Read on. . .


America Online and AT&T Wireless Launch Simplified Mobile Instant Messaging Services

Dulles, VA and Redmond, WA - February 10, 2003 - America Online Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, and AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) today announced the availability of new mobile instant messaging services that streamline the wireless instant messaging (IM) experience. An embedded version of the AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®) service is now prominently featured on the main menu screen of select AT&T Wireless phones, bringing the power of instant messaging to the foreground of wireless.

AT&T Wireless customers can already access AOL® services via SMS text messaging or the company's mMode™ service. This will be the first time that AIM will be embedded on select AT&T Wireless phones, just as the phonebook and text messaging features are today. Wireless customers can now use their phones to easily stay in touch with their online AIM and/or AOL buddies, see which buddies are logged in when sending instant messages, and conduct real-time IM chats.

"Given the huge success of AOL Mail and AIM on mMode, we are excited to expand our relationship with AT&T Wireless and offer subscribers new and exciting mobile instant messaging services from AOL," said Bill Schwebel, Vice President and General Manager, AOL Mobile, America Online Inc. "These new mobile instant messaging services provide added convenience to AT&T Wireless subscribers, allowing them the ability to stay in close touch with friends, family and co-workers while on-the-go."

"With this feature, instant messaging on wireless phones will finally be as simple as sending a text message," said Glenice Maclellan, vice president of messaging services at AT&T Wireless. "Together, America Online and AT&T Wireless are making it faster and easier for users to stay connected to their IM communities, which we expect will drive further adoption of wireless IM services. We believe that customers will choose to use some combination of text messaging, instant messaging, picture messaging, and wireless email based on individual needs and preferences," said Maclellan.

In addition to the built-in versions of the AIM and ICQ® services, the IM-To-Text feature available on AT&T Wireless phones lets AOL members and registered users of the AIM service send instant messages directly from their desktop computers to AT&T Wireless customers simply by addressing the IM to the phone number of the person they want to reach. In turn, AT&T Wireless subscribers can respond to incoming messages from their phones - even if they don't have an AIM or AOL screen name. With AOL's IM Forwarding feature, subscribers also can forward incoming instant messages to their mobile phones through the desktop settings of their AIM and ICQ service, ensuring that their IMs follow them wherever they go.

At launch, the embedded instant messaging feature is available on Nokia 3100 and 3200 handsets. IM-To-Text and IM Forwarding are available on all AT&T Wireless two-way text messaging capable phones. Additional instant messaging-enabled wireless phones will be rolled out throughout the year. Instant messages cost $.10 each to send; all instant messages received are free of charge. Only AT&T Wireless offers unlimited incoming messages free of charge.

The new instant messaging software clients are based on the Wireless Village open standard for mobile instant messaging and presence services, which are used to exchange messages and presence information between mobile devices and Internet-based instant messaging services. The Wireless Village initiative lets device manufacturers such as Nokia develop wireless applications based upon a single standard, allowing wireless providers such as AT&T Wireless tools needed to deploy messaging and other applications in a quick and cost-effective manner.

About America Online, Inc.
America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.

About AT&T Wireless
AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) is the second-largest wireless carrier, based on revenues, in the United States. With 21.980 million subscribers as of December 31, 2003, and revenues of more than $16.6 billion over the past four quarters, AT&T Wireless delivers advanced high-quality mobile wireless communications services, voice and data, to businesses and consumers, in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit us at www.attwireless.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" which are based on management's beliefs as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events made by management with information that is currently available to management. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, management's expectations regarding: our future financial and operating performance and financial condition, including the company's outlook for the fiscal year 2004 and subsequent periods; our plans to evaluate strategic alternatives and the outcome of that evaluation; subscriber growth; industry conditions; the strength of our balance sheet; our liquidity and needs for additional financing; and our ability to increase revenue, margins and operating free cash flow. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside AT&T Wireless' control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Without limitation these factors include: the risks associated with the implementation of our technology migration strategy, our plans to evaluate strategic alternatives, our ability to continue to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of our distribution channels, the potential competitive impacts of industry consolidation or alternative technologies, potential impacts on revenue and ARPU from competitive pricing and slowing penetration in the wireless industry, the effects of vigorous competition in the markets in which we operate, the risk of decreased consumer spending due to softening economic conditions, acts of terrorism, and consumer response to new service offerings. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see AT&T Wireless' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the information under the heading "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business, Future Operating Results and Financial Condition" and "Forward Looking Statements" in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on November 14, 2003.

Contact Info:
Derick Mains, America Online, Inc.
703-265-1746

Danielle Perry, AT&T Wireless
201-576-7707

Source: AOL Press Release


Sprint enhances Yahoo! IM service

Feb. 11, 2004 1:08 PM EST

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Sprint PCS launched an enhanced version of the currently available Yahoo! Inc. Messenger service that allows users to view who is online, send messages and conduct multiple conversations from their wireless handset.

Sprint PCS said the Java-based downloadable application, which will cost $3 per month, is built specifically for the mobile environment and builds upon the previously announced Yahoo! Mobile Photos client application.

"With the introduction of Yahoo! Messenger for Mobile, Sprint is taking wireless [instant messaging] to a new level with an application that is truly optimized for the mobile environment," said Jeff Hallock, vice president of consumer product marketing at Sprint PCS.

Source: RCR Wireless News


IP Market Expected to Reach $15.2 Billion in 2005, Growing 17.2 Percent from 2003, According to TIA Study

ARLINGTON, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 10, 2004—

Migration to IP Technologies, Such as VoIP, Driving Growth of Enterprise Applications

Total Internet protocol (IP) revenues are expected to grow in 2004 by 7.8 percent, achieving a total of $13.9 billion, according to the newly released TIA's 2004 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast, an annual publication of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Although IP revenues declined over the past two years due to decreased prices, IP backbone or core traffic has grown and the market is beginning to take off. In fact, in 2003, IP accounted for the majority (58 percent) of network traffic for the first time. The study predicts that the U.S. IP traffic will rise by a factor of more than six, increasing to 1,633 petabytes per month in 2007, a 58.3 percent compound annual increase (2004-2007).

"The rapid growth of IP traffic on the network -- 75 percent in 2003 -- clearly indicates that the migration to IP is in full swing. We are therefore pleased that the FCC is addressing the issue as a national priority and acting this week to begin to clarify the regulatory issues surrounding IP applications such as VoIP," said Matthew J. Flanigan, TIA president.

"In order for the IP market to grow and for service providers as well as enterprises to take advantage of the flexibility, cost-efficiencies and convergence capabilities of IP networks, we believe regulation should be very minimal, as we noted in TIA's Principles for VoIP and the Public Interest (http://www.tiaonline.org/media/press_releases/uploads/voippolicy.pdf) statement released last week," Flanigan said.

The report also predicts the IP market will reach $18.7 billion in 2007, with a 9.7 percent compound annual growth rate from 2004 to 2007. This projected growth reflects that companies are beginning to migrate to convergence technologies to enhance productivity, reduce costs and upgrade the enterprise network to accommodate new applications and technologies. Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), for example, is both a driver and beneficiary of broadband connectivity and may provide cost savings to both carriers and enterprises. Carriers are now building IP overlay networks with gateways for transport to and from legacy voice and data networks.

IP applications revenues are expected to grow even faster. IP revenues for audioconferencing, videoconferencing, Web conferencing, follow-me services, unified messaging and instant messaging totaled $1.5 billion in 2003, more than twice the $696 million of 2002. Revenues will increase to a projected $11.4 billion by 2007, a 66.5 percent compound annual growth rate.

TIA's 2004 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast provides an overview of telecom's interrelated market segments including network services, enterprise and consumer, mobile and wireless communications, and international markets. It's available in hard copy or on CD-ROM. To order, please visit http://www.tiaonline.org/media/mrf.cfm or call (703) 907-7074. To obtain a press copy of the report, please contact Jennifer Mead at (703) 907-7723 or email jmead@tiaonline.org.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is the leading trade organization serving the communications and IT industry, with proven strengths in standards development, domestic and international public policy, and trade shows. Through its worldwide activities, TIA facilitates business development opportunities and a competitive market environment. The association provides a forum for its member companies, the manufacturers and suppliers of products and services used in global communications. TIA represents the communications sector of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA). Visit us at http://www.tiaonline.org.

Source: Business Wire


Paging Carriers Fight Preemption of Reverse Toll Billing

AAPC, jointly with Arch, Metrocall and Allied, has opposed the petition filed by the Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC) seeking an FCC order preempting "reverse toll billing" or "wide area calling" arrangements for wireless carriers in Puerto Rico. PRTC argued in its petition that such offerings are inconsistent with, and thus preempted by, number porting and pooling requirements imposed by the FCC.

Without conceding that PRTC is correct insofar as other wireless carriers are concerned, the paging carriers pointed out that they are not subject to Local Number Portability and Thousand Number Pooling obligations. The paging carriers further pointed out that since they do not port numbers or receive numbers ported from other carriers, provision of "reverse toll billing" or "wide area calling" arrangements to paging carriers remain as feasible now as before wireline-to-wireless LNP became effective. They concluded there is accordingly no basis for preempting PRTC's provision of WAC arrangements to paging carriers.

AAPC, jointly with Arch, Metrocall and Allied, has opposed the petition filed by the Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC) seeking an FCC order preempting "reverse toll billing" or "wide area calling" arrangements for wireless carriers in Puerto Rico. PRTC argued in its petition that such offerings are inconsistent with, and thus preempted by, number porting and pooling requirements imposed by the FCC.

Without conceding that PRTC is correct insofar as other wireless carriers are concerned, the paging carriers pointed out that they are not subject to Local Number Portability and Thousand Number Pooling obligations. The paging carriers further pointed out that since they do not port numbers or receive numbers ported from other carriers, provision of "reverse toll billing" or "wide area calling" arrangements to paging carriers remain as feasible now as before wireline-to-wireless LNP became effective. They concluded there is accordingly no basis for preempting PRTC's provision of WAC arrangements to paging carriers.

Source: courtesy of the AAPC


Wow, Now this is Wireless Data!

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO LEAD NATION IN PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS
Installing First of Its Kind Wireless Broadband Data Network for Police, Fire Services

February 12, 2004

WASHINGTON—The District of Columbia Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) today announced the selection of Motorola and Flarion Technologies to build a first in the nation Public Safety high-speed wireless broadband data network.

"Our first responders give their all everyday; we owe them the best available tools available to do the difficult job of keeping us all safe," said District Chief Technology Officer Suzanne Peck. "This is a major step towards delivering critical information to police, fire, and emergency medical services workers wherever they need it to safeguard our lives."

The program includes installation, testing, and operations of the network for a year. The network will use 10 transmission sites that provide citywide coverage for first responders to access this new wireless public safety data network in the field.

"This network will enable significant new capabilities—link hospitals and ambulances with realtime video, download mug shots to officers in the field or even convey the detection of a chemical weapons attack via wireless devices," said Peck. She added "I'm pleased that we can now deliver broadband to our first responders where it never before seemed possible. The applications our first responders have asked to support wirelessly are only the tip of the iceberg. Just as the Internet has matured into a powerful communications tool, this network will serve as a catalyst for innovation."

"Flarion is pleased to be working with OCTO and Motorola in this very important technology initiative," said Ray Dolan, chairman and CEO of Flarion Technologies. "Together, we will deliver a broadband solution that is secure, spectrally-efficient and affordable, providing our nation’s first responders the tools they deserve." The schedule is to have the initial installation completed by summer, and to test the network for a period of one year following installation.

"Motorola is proud to be a part of this innovative broadband data network that builds upon the success of the District's recent major upgrade to its public safety wireless radio communications system," said Rich Baids, Motorola vice president and general manager, Radio Systems Division. "Motorola is pleased to work together with OCTO and Flarion to deliver this cutting-edge highspeed data solution that once again showcases the District's position as a national leader in public safety communications. This data network will serve as a model for other public safety agencies."

Unfortunately, not all jurisdictions have the ability to install a broadband network such as this due to the limited radio spectrum allocated to public safety. The District Government is a founding member of the Spectrum Coalition for Public Safety, a national coalition of state and local governments formed to secure nationwide spectrum in the 700 MHz band. Peck added, "Our needs are not unique. Every first responder across the country requires access to bandwidth-intensive applications anywhere. Only Congress can allocate this spectrum to our first responders. If we miss this opportunity, public safety communications will be hampered for decades to come."

For more information, visit www.octo.dc.gov and www.spectrumcoalition.org.

Source: Flarion (pdf)

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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 2The 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

ls355The 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.

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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

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The AAPC "newsroom" is a great source of information.

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IMPORTANT NEWS

Prism Systems International, Inc. has recently purchased the Prism One-Way Paging product line from TGA Technologies, Inc. These products include the Prism Message Gateway Paging / Voicemail / Email Systems, PFE Encoders and SNAP E-mail Systems.

Prism Systems International continues to offer the same excellent products and service from the same people that supported you in the past.

WHAT WE DO. . .

Prism Systems International designs and manufactures the Prism Message Gateway™ Series of products—modern communication systems for radio paging, voice messaging and e-mail messaging.

With several models of PMG's available you can choose a conventional radio paging terminal, or add voice mail and email to provide all of your messaging requirements in a single integrated system.

Some of our products include:

  • Prism Message Gateway Paging Terminals
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  • Prism TAP Concentrators
  • Custom software and special application designs
  • More products to be introduced soon

Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
Internet: www.prismpaging.com
E-mail: info@prismpaging.com

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MAXPage
It's like a Motorola PeopleFinder™ on Steroids!

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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

Mr. Zane Lewis
Commtech Wireless USA
6900 Philips Highway, Suite #26-27
Jacksonville, FL, 32216
Phone: 904-281-0073
Fax: 904-281-0074

Email: sales@commtechwireless.com
Web: www.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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888-645-7545
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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 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
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
E-mail: leanne@harksystems.com
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Paging Technician

Mark Hood mehood@cox.net
Telephone: 757-588-0537

Paging Field Engineer/Electronic technician in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.
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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 600
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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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Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
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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.

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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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TECHNICAL TOPICS

POCSAG
Last week's tips about the POCSAG code brought in some more interesting questions, so I expect to have a follow-up article on more of the fine points of the POCSAG specification in a future issue. One reader asked about the "warm-up" bits (frequency and duration) and how they should be used in a multi-speed POCSAG system, while another commented on the ambiguity about the last bit of the preamble—should it be a one or a zero? So I am asking for more comments and suggestions from readers. There must still be some POCSAG coding experts out there who were involved in the development of the encoder sections of paging terminals. How about a little help on this please?


Paging Technical Committee
The next meeting of the PTC is scheduled for Thursday, March 25 in Las Vegas. This meeting will coincide with the IWCE show March 24-26 (www.iwceexpo.com).

Details are still being worked out, but the tentative agenda begins at 8:00 AM and includes PTC Subcommittee Meetings, special presentations on security and encryption by Allan Angus and Gagan Puranik, PTC Reports, and papers on other topics (Gagan will announce a Call for Papers soon). The meeting should wrap up by 2:00 PM.

All meetings are open, but please let Stephen Oshinsky (stephen oshinski e-mail) know if you plan to attend so he can plan appropriately for the conference room, lunch, snacks, etc.

Conference room location, lodging, and other details will be announced as available.

Hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

Kim Spitznagel
Moderator


RFSSI
By the way, I am looking for an inexpensive and portable signal strength meter that can be used for measuring UHF paging signals. Used is OK. Please send price and description. I think those cheap hand-held scanners are just not selective enough to be sure you are measuring the right signal.

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TGA Technologies

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Radio Paging
Control Terminal

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

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

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

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:

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

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Developers and Manufacturers of Paging and Mobile Data Equipment

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

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

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

CONTACT
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PO Box 8798
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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.

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120 St Asaph Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 3792298 • Fax: +64 3 3651580

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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 mother, promising that they will just listen and not disrupt the class.

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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This equipment is used for monitoring, optimizing, and capturing paging data which includes full messages, capcodes, times, frame information, and other technical data.

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WI-FI NEWS

Amtrak to offer Wi-Fi in six Northeast stations

February 09, 2004 4:05 pm ET

Amtrak and AT&T Wireless Services Inc. have inked a deal to put wireless Internet access in six of the railroad's stations along the Northeast Corridor.

"Amtrak is excited to be able to offer our customers another way to meld their busy schedules and the work they need to get done," Sally Bellet, Amtrak vice president of real estate development, said in a statement. "Our arrangement with a proven wireless carrier such as AT&T Wireless is just the thing to help keep Amtrak travelers and station visitors connected to their e-mail and the Internet."

Anyone with a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or PDA will be able to access the system, according to Amtrak. Customers of AT&T Wireless will just have to enter their user credentials to go online. Other users can connect to the Wi-Fi service with an online credit card payment of US$9.99. They will then get unlimited access from a single location for 24 hours.

Amtrak is set to launch the new service early this summer. The railroad said AT&T Wireless will be responsible for the design, installation, management, operation and maintenance for the Wi-Fi systems in each of the six stations.

The stations are Boston's Route 128 station; Providence; New York's Penn Station; Philadelphia's 30th Street Station; Wilmington, Del.; and Baltimore's Penn Station.

Source: MacWorld


Checking In On Wi-Fi

Worldwide, Pyramid Research expects to see a doubling of hot spot locations in 2004. Numerically, Asia leads in total deployments, but Europe and North America are gaining ground. China is a wild card due to the government's restrictions on external equipment vendors, but it still has potential.

Estimated Number Of Hot Spot Locations 2002-2004
(U.S. only)

United StatesHot Spots
2002
Hot Spots
2003
Hot Spots
2004
Cometa Networks20250750
Toshiba SurfHereN/A250800
Wayport5378251,300
STSN3008001,500
StayOnline100205325
ArescomN/A300450
Deep Blue WirelessN/A3550
RoomLinx4060100
Airpath300500900
Verizon0500900
SBC FreedomLink03001,900
AT&T01050
Verizon Wireless0550
T-Mobile HotSpot2,3004,0005,600
AT&T Wireless GoPort2550
Sprint PCS 0751,500
Cox Cable 115150
Concourse Communications1310
Surf and Sip20450650
Intera0100200
Canova WirelessN/A50150
Inter-TouchN/A25100
Micro WISPs3008002,300
TOTAL3,9219,56319,785

Note: A hot spot equals one location, regardless of how many access points it may include. "N/A" indicates a provider may have had hot spots in 2002, but Pyramid was unable to confirm the number.

Source: Wireless Week (Original source: Pyramid Research)


Proxim Extends Wi-Fi Leadership with New Generation of ORiNOCO Wi-Fi Access Points

New AP-4000 Access Point Raises the Bar with Industry-Leading Performance, Advanced Security and Increased Manageability

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2004 – Proxim Corporation (Nasdaq: PROX), a global leader in wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless, today introduced a new generation of Wi-Fi access points for enterprise customers. The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is an enterprise-class, tri-mode access point that delivers unprecedented capacity, rigorous security and scalability, and increased reliability and manageability – all features that have become increasingly important to enterprises and their users.

With standard, built-in 802.11b/g and 802.11a radios, the AP-4000 is the first enterprise-class access point to offer automatic support for all Wi-Fi client types. Proactive security measures including rogue access point detection, coupled with secure management interfaces such as SNMPv3 and HTTPS and industry standard Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) make the AP-4000 Access Point an ideal solution for Fortune 1000 organizations as well as small to medium enterprises, that wish to add mobility to their existing Ethernet networks, set up guest and employee networks, or simplify moves, adds and changes.

With the launch of this new Access Point, combined with the announcement (also issued today) of Proxim's ORiNOCO Switching System, Proxim can offer customers the most appropriate Wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture for their deployment size and applications. Proxim's new ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is designed primarily for data-oriented networks and vertical voice deployments, such as healthcare, education and retail.

"Proxim is unique in its ability to deliver a full set of solutions for wireless convergence – from indoor/outdoor products that extend service reach for service providers, to data, voice and cellular over Wi-Fi, to give enterprise users the integrated, mobile connectivity they require," said Kevin Duffy, vice president of product management and R&D. "Our new generation ORiNOCO AP-4000 represents an unprecedented level of performance and functionality for access points and will give our customers the ability to quickly and cost-effectively deploy Wi-Fi for mobile enterprise and hot spot applications. The combination of this new access point with Proxim's ORiNOCO Switching System and our complete set of point-to-point and multipoint wireless broadband solutions, clearly sets Proxim apart from other wireless vendors in the market."

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville currently uses over 1,250 Proxim ORiNOCO AP-2000s to give Wi-Fi access to students, faculty and staff across campus. The University is now evaluating the wireless capabilities of the new ORiNOCO AP-4000. Philippe Hanset, senior network engineer, at University of Tennessee, commented, "Proxim's new AP-4000 family delivers the added scalability we need to expand the reach of our wireless network as we add buildings, departments and new users. We look forward to seeing how the added features of this new generation of APs can take our network even further."

Advanced Capabilities to Simplify Installation, Increase WLAN Reliability The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point greatly reduces deployment costs through features such as automatic channel selection, cell-sizing control for different user densities and support for standard Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af). To further increase WLAN reliability, the AP-4000 uniquely offers assured software upgrade, ensuring a valid firmware image is in use at all times, which is especially important for updates of large networks. Support for up to sixteen separate VLANs per radio with different security settings, maximizes flexibility by allowing multiple networks on the same access point for different user communities, such as employees, contractors and guests.

In addition, the AP-4000 is completely software upgradeable to address users' current applications and enable easy, low-cost migration to new applications in the future.

Industry-Leading Performance
The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point offers a new, industry-leading level of performance with effective throughput of 40Mbps and the highest standard capacity available with support for up to 15 independent channels.

Proactive Security
The AP-4000 offers the highest levels of security available, including WPA and is software-upgradeable to Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and IEEE 802.11i. Proactive rogue AP detection in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands coupled with Wavelink Mobile Manager delivers location identification and shut-down of potential security vulnerabilities.

Integrated Management
Since integrating wired and wireless LAN network management is key to keeping enterprise costs down, the AP-4000 includes a full set of secure management interfaces including SNMPv3 for integration with HP OpenView and other SNMP managers, RADIUS authentication, and HTTP via SSL.

Part of Proxim's Complete Wireless Networking Portfolio
The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is part of Proxim's full range of wireless networking solutions for enterprises and carriers and one of two, next-generation product families that the company announced this week. Also announced today was Proxim's ORiNOCO Switching System, the first in the industry to effectively address convergence of voice, cellular and data traffic and seamless handoff of voice services between Wi-Fi and cellular voice networks.

Pricing and Availability
The new ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is available now with an MSRP of $899.00.

About Proxim
Proxim Corporation is a global leader in wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless networks. The company is providing its enterprise and service provider customers with wireless solutions for the mobile enterprise, security and surveillance, last mile access, voice and data backhaul, public hot spots, and metropolitan area networks. This press release and more information about Proxim can be found on the Web at www.proxim.com.

Safe Harbor
This press release may contain forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from Proxim's expectations in these statements. For additional information regarding risks relating to Proxim's business, see Proxim Corporation's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 27, 2003, and March 28, 2003, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other relevant materials filed by Proxim with the SEC. Proxim assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

Source: Proxim Press Release


PMA: 19-inch wireless digital picture frame debuts

February 12, 2004 10:45 am ET

PhotoVu LLC on Thursday introduced the PhotoVu PV1900, a custom-made 19-inch wireless digital picture frame. The device is used to display digital photography in homes or businesses, mounted on a wall like a regular picture frame and capable of retrieving imagery over a wireless network.

The PV1900 incorporates a 19-inch LCD display and support for either wireless or wired (Ethernet) connectivity. The display can also pull images from a USB-based drive. The PV1900 is essentially a self-contained Linux server with a display, according to technical information posted on PhotoVu's Web site. It communicates using the IEEE 802.11b ("AirPort") protocol.

Users can customize the wood frame and matting to suit the decor in their environments. PhotoVu says that the PV1900 is suitable for displaying up to 8-megapixel images—sometimes more, depending on the compression used.

The PV1900 is capable of displaying digital photos on any Mac, Linux, Unix and Windows computers within range of the wireless network. The device sports its own built-in Web server—users configure the device to display images using a Web browser.

The PV1900 carries a price tag of US $1,549 and can be ordered through the PhotoVu Web site.

Source: MacCentral

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