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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 15, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 134

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Sometimes I get nostalgic, thinking about "the good old days." The topic of the Carterfone came up this week. I remembered the first time I heard the story—it was from Ted Faust—over 20 years ago. Many of you reading this will remember Ted from his frequent appearances in the trade magazines. More on the Carterfone legacy follows, but the short form of the story goes something like this:

Tom Carter operated a Motorola MSS (service shop) and was probably a ham radio operator too, since they are the ones who know how to do these things. He made a "phone patch"—a fairly simple device to connect a two-way radio to a telephone line. He did it so the workers on offshore oil wells could talk to their families at home. Back in those days there was one big (and arrogant) telephone company—AT&T. Well, they stopped Tom Carter from selling his phone patch because the rules at that time said that nobody could connect any equipment to a telephone line that wasn't supplied by, and approved by, Ma Bell (AT&T). Of course any special equipment like this—if it was available at all—was very expensive. Being a proper Texan (with that frontier-independent-cowboy spirit) he took the matter to the courts, then to the FCC, and got the rule thrown out. It wasn't easy, but he stuck with it until he won his case! So what's the big deal? The historic "Carterfone decision" made many interconnect devices that we take for granted today possible. Like answering machines, fax machines, cell phones, pagers, the PABX, modems, and the Internet just to name a few. I think the only bad result was those $9.95 telephones that you can buy in a drugstore.

I have found a couple of articles that follow, which tell more about the Carterfone. There is a nice lady in Florida who has put one up for sale. It is mounted on a wood plaque and was meant to be given away as a VIP gift. At the place where she used to work, they were getting ready to throw it in the trash, but gave it to her when she asked for it. We are going to try an informal bid for the first time in this newsletter. You can contact the seller directly, by e-mail, with your offer if you are interested. The minimum bid is $500, and the highest bidder by the end of the day on Wednesday (10/20/04) will be the proud owner of a piece of telecommunications history. I wouldn't be surprised if a private collector or a museum would make a very large bid for this, but then I get emotional about these things. There is a photo of this "Presentation Carterfone" following below.

CUPERTINO, California—October 13, 2004—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2004 fourth quarter ended September 25, 2004. For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $106 million, or $.26 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $44 million, or $.12 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $2.35 billion, up 37 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 27.0 percent, up from 26.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 37 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 836,000 Macintosh® units and 2,016,000 iPods during the quarter, representing a 6 percent increase in CPU units and a 500 percent increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter. [source]

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WIRELESS NEWS

BearCom and TransTel Provide A Series of “Firsts” for Regional VA Hospital Communication System

October 13, 2004—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tom Renick (214) 765-7544 BearCom and TransTel Provide A Series of “Firsts” for Regional VA Hospital Communication System

October 13, 2004—Dallas, TX–BearCom Wireless Worldwide has been selected as the installation and integration subcontractor for the South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16)—a part of the Veterans Health Administration. The BearCom-provided equipment will become an integral part of this new communication system. This system is the first Project 25 digital simulcast system built and commissioned by an independent two-way radio distributor instead of a major radio manufacturer. Additionally, this two-part radio system is the first Project 25 digital multicast system to use Ethernet to transport audio, and is one of the first cases of true RF to IP analog to digital and back again.

VA Communications Project Manager, Dave Chagnon, was tasked with upgrading all two-way and one-way radio communication systems to narrow band operation by January 1, 2005. This is largely due to a federal mandate stating all government operations must use VHF narrowband frequencies by the year 2005 and UHF narrowband frequencies by 2007. Mr. Chagnon chose TransTel Central of Norman, OK as the primary vendor. After completion of system design and site preparation construction, TransTel awarded BearCom with the bid to provide equipment and install the system.

Phase I of the project is staging. The BearCom headquarters in Dallas, Texas has served as the staging and simulation area for the individual sites. Infrastructure components are rack mounted so that the majority of finished equipment can be shipped all at once to reduce installation time at the sites. Phase II consists of the actual installation of equipment at each site location, while Phase III is equipment optimization. After both of these phases are complete, the customer will inspect the system for acceptance, a 30-day test period will ensue, and removal of the old equipment will mark each site’s completion. Phase III is scheduled for completion by January 1, 2005.

The system consists of 39 Motorola Analog Quantar repeaters, which supply campus radio coverage for all non-public safety departments at each of the VISN’s 10 Medical Centers. The VA Police departments at each facility will be supplied with Motorola Project 25 Quantar repeaters with Digital Interface Units. Project 25 repeaters were chosen because of their maximum effectiveness at transmitting clear audio. All digital repeaters and associated equipment will be supplied with AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption, the highest form of encryption available. The hospitals will also receive a new paging system designed with redundant paging transmitters and an automatic cutover panel. This will insure that if one transmitter fails, radio transmissions will immediately switch over to the second transmitter via the cutover panel—a piece of equipment that sits between the two racks of transmitters. This was essential, since the hospitals and E.R. personnel at each location rely on paging communications to treat their patients.

BearCom and TransTel have already successfully designed, staged, optimized and commissioned a new radio system at six of the sites. One of these sites (Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System located in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a two-site system which consists of three simulcast analog VHF channels, one simulcast VHF digital Project 25 channel with AES encryption, and one simulcast VHF paging channel. Because it is a simulcast system, every radio transmission consists of two signals instead of one. Each analog Quantar repeater in the system is interfaced through a Harris channel bank to a Motorola DigiTac comparator. The Harris channel bank moves audio signals between locations, while the comparator chooses which of the two signals has better clarity. The comparator then feeds the selected audio back to the Quantar repeaters via the Harris channel bank.

System timing is controlled by both the Harris channel bank and Convex equalization / delay devices, which synchronize the two transmitted audio signals. Without this, the two separate transmissions would arrive at different times and sound garbled. Finally, the Project 25 digital Quantars feed V.24 (digitized audio) synchronous signals back to a Motorola AstroTac comparator for relay. The paging system consists of a terminal sending pages to a controller. The Zetron model 600 controller was chosen because it uses a GPS time stamp, which controls the timing of the pages when they are sent to controllers at each site. The GPS timing ensures two signals will be synchronized within a millisecond of each other.

At each site, Vytek transmitters are used to send the pages simultaneously. Vytek also supplied an automatic cutover panel in the event there are problems with the main paging transmitter. If this happens the panel will cause a cutover to the backup-paging transmitter automatically. In another example, BearCom and TransTel have also successfully designed, staged, optimized and commissioned a new radio system at a second site which is comprised of two locations, the VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma and the VA outpatient clinic in Tulsa. The two-site system consists of two single-site analog VHF channels serving the support needs of the Muskogee Medical Center and one VHF digital Project 25 channel with AES encryption supporting the VA police at both locations.

The system consists of one single site redundant VHF paging channel, Quantar transmitters for the voice channels and Vytek transmitters for paging. The system provides connectivity to the VA personnel with multiple Zetron model 4010 consoles and Zetron model 284 remotes, just like the system installed at the Little Rock location. What is different, however is the link between the two Quantar repeaters utilizes the VA Ethernet network, while maintaining the Project 25 signal in its native V.24 synchronous format. The benefit to this is being able to connect two repeaters through an existing network instead of paying monthly lease fees for an additional line. And, by preserving the native digital signal between the two repeaters, recovered audio quality remains the same regardless of which site the transmitting unit is located.

This two-part radio system is the first Project 25 digital multicast system using Ethernet to transport audio that has been built. It is also one of the first cases of true RF to IP convergence in the history of the industry. Now, instead of converting signals from analog to digital and back again (which can cause decreased clarity of the signal), it is possible to keep the signal digital the entire time of transmission, thus providing the maximum clarity. BearCom Wireless Worldwide was founded in 1981 and today is a global provider of wireless communications equipment and tailored solutions. BearCom sells, rents and services a broad line of two-way radios, cellular telephones and wireless networking solutions. BearCom is the nation’s largest distributor of Motorola. For more information, contact your local BearCom branch today or visit www.bearcom.com.

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Source: BearCom Wireless Press Release


Selectmen Delay Decision

Buffalo Mountain Proposed As Alternate Cell Tower Site

Monday September 27, 2004

HARDWICK VERMONT
Buffalo Mountain is an appealing site for placing a telecommunications tower but there would be "tremendous expense" added to the basic $75,000 cost of erecting it, Karl Rinker, owner of Rinker Communications of Barre, said Thursday night.

Rinker explained the additional costs would include the price of bringing electrical power to the remote location and going up rough terrain with all the materials for construction of the tower: two 12- by 24-foot air-conditioned buildings to be placed on each side of the tower, and a chain link fence. In addition, a propane generator would also have to be brought up.

"Right now, I don't know just how somebody would bring all that up the mountain. I know it would cost a lot of money to do it," he said. Buffalo Mountain trail follows along one boundary of the town property and is connected to another trail, Wright Farm Road, which runs in a perpendicular line up through a 74-acre piece of property owned by the town. Rinker does not feel these trails would be of much use in transporting tower and building materials.

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CSI Wireless lands $8.3M order from Motorola licensee Brightstar

Canadian Press

Thursday, October 14, 2004

CALGARY (CP)—CSI Wireless Inc. has received an $8.3-million order from Motorola licensee Brightstar Corp. to make a "fixed wireless" phone. CSI will make Motorola's FX800t, a phone that connects to an electrical outlet and relies on a cellular network, as opposed to a land line. The FX800t operates on the Time Division Multiple Access standard, which is popular in Latin America. The order will be filled in the end of 2004 and early 2005, CSI said.

According to CSI, the Motorola FX800t is reliable in urban and rural areas, including remote communities where land lines are not available. The TDMA standard for wireless phones is used by about 10 per cent of the world's wireless subscribers. CSI also makes phones that operate on the GSM standard, used by 70 per cent of global wireless phone users.

Calgary-based CSI also has offices in Silicon Valley and Phoenix. The company designs and makes wireless and GPS equipment, which is used with global-positioning satellites to track the location of things like cars, trucks and farm equipment. Shares in CSI (TSX:CSY) traded up nine cents at $2.94 Thursday morning on the Toronto stock market.

Source: Canada.com Business Centre


Broadband over power line approved despite interference concerns

Oct 14, 2004

WASHINGTON-Despite the interference concerns of government-spectrum users, public-safety entities and amateur-radio operators, the Federal Communications Commission Thursday adopted rules to allow broadband over power lines. "The potential for the U.S. economy is too great, too enormous, too ground-breaking to sit idly by," said FCC Chairman Michael Powell. Rather than simply requiring BPL operators to live under the existing unlicensed rules, BPL has additional obligations, such as notching and remote shutoff, that will require some adjustments to existing commercial BPL operations, said Bruce Franca, deputy chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering & Technology.

Additionally there will be specific frequencies where BPL operations will not be allowed. These bands are for "life and safety," said OET Chief Edmond Thomas. The rules set out specific procedures for interference complaints, but the only time limits are for interference complaints from public-safety entities, said Thomas. BPL equipment will be subject to FCC certification rather than verification procedures used by other unlicensed devices. FCC certification requires equipment manufacturers to submit testing results to the FCC while verification does not require any prior manufacturer contact with the FCC before deploying an item.

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said he was disappointed that the FCC did not set out rules for disabilities access, universal service and enhanced 911. "Just because these regulations are long standing does not mean they are out of date," said Copps. Copps also said he was concerned that power customers may be forced to pay higher rates to subsidize an electric company's "foray into BPL."

FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin told Copps he had nothing to fear because he believed Pat Wood III, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, would protect consumers. "I am confident FERC Chairman Wood will do everything to protect consumers," said Martin.

Source: RCR Wireless News


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October 14, 2004
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FCC ADOPTS RULES FOR BROADBAND OVER POWER LINES TO INCREASE COMPETITION AND PROMOTE BROADBAND SERVICE TO ALL AMERICANS

     Washington, DC—As part of its goal to promote access to broadband services for all Americans and to encourage new facilities-based broadband platforms, the Federal Communications Commission today adopted changes to Part 15 of its rules to encourage the development of Access Broadband over Power Line (Access BPL) systems while safeguarding existing licensed services against harmful interference. Access BPL is a new technology that provides access to high speed broadband services using the largely untapped communications capabilities of the nation’s power grid. By facilitating access to BPL, the Commission takes an important step toward increasing the availability of broadband to wider areas of the country because power lines reach virtually every home and community. In areas where consumers already have broadband access, BPL can enhance competition by providing another broadband alternative. Access BPL will also facilitate the ability of electric utilities to dynamically manage the power grid itself, increasing network reliability by remote diagnosis of electrical system failures.

     In the Report and Order (Order) adopting these changes, the Commission recognized the significant concerns of some licensed radio service users regarding the potential of Access BPL systems to cause interference to their operations. The Commission stated that its intention in adopting the Part 15 rule changes was to ensure that Access BPL operations do not become a source of harmful interference to licensed radio services. Based on extensive research and analyses, as well as experience, it concluded that the interference concerns of licensed radio users can be adequately addressed and that Access BPL systems will be able to operate successfully on an unlicensed, non-interference basis under the Part 15 model. The rule changes in the Order establish specific technical and administrative requirements for Access BPL equipment and operators to ensure that interference does not occur and, should it occur, to provide for a timely resolution of that harmful interference without disruption of service to Access BPL subscribers. The Order also sets forth procedures to measure the radio frequency (RF) energy emitted by Access BPL equipment.

     Specifically, the Order by the Commission:

  • Sets forth rules imposing new technical requirements on BPL devices, such as the capability to avoid using any specific frequency and to remotely adjust or shut down any unit;
  • Establishes “excluded frequency bands” within which BPL must avoid operating entirely to protect aeronautical and aircraft receivers communications; and establishes “exclusion zones” in locations close to sensitive operations, such as coast guard or radio astronomy stations, within which BPL must avoid operating on certain frequencies;
  • Establishes consultation requirements with public safety agencies, federal government sensitive stations, and aeronautical stations.
  • Establishes a publicly available Access BPL notification database to facilitate an organized approach to identification and resolution of harmful interference.
  • Changes the equipment authorization for Access BPL systems from verification to certification; and
  • Improves measurement procedures for all equipment that use RF energy to communicate over power lines.

     Action by the Commission, October 14, 2004 by Report and Order (FCC 04-245). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Martin, and Adelstein with Commissioner Copps dissenting in part and approving in part. Joint statement issued by Chairman Powell and Commissioner Abernathy, separate statements issued by Commissioners Copps, Martin, and Adelstein.

ET Docket No. 04-37

Office of Engineering Technology Contact: Anh T. Wride, 202-418-0577.

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READER'S COMMENTS

From: Michael Mann
Subject: Encryption for one way pagers. . .
Date: October 13, 2004 8:46:40 AM EDT
To: Brad Dye

I have a question for the discussion group focusing on encryption: Has anyone done a formal survey of the customer base to see who is actually determined to use an encrypted solution? I work for a regional one way paging carrier, we have a couple of dozen hospital accounts. On my travels I have done an informal survey regarding encryption. Without exception, every single one of them has said they absolutely need encryption. The disturbing part of the equation is that every one of them has also said they are not willing to pay more for their pagers or monthly service to get encryption. The bankruptcy graveyard is littered with the carcasses of companies with truly brilliant ideas but flawed business plans, who drastically overestimated the prices they could charge for their services. I'd hate to see us get into the "Field of Dreams" mentality (if you build it they will come. . .) without a complete understanding of the potential financial implications.

Respectfully,
Mike Mann

NOSTALGIA—THE CARTERFONE

Importance of CPE Deregulation (Carterfone Decision)

From Jason Oxman, FCC Working Paper 31:
The FCC and the Unregulation of the Internet Text | Word97 | Adobe | Press Release | July 1999

At about the same time the Commission launched its first Computer Inquiry, it released a short order addressing the complaint of Thomas F. Carter and his company, the Carter Electronics Corporation, against AT&T. In 1959, Carter invented a device, which he named for himself, that permitted users of mobile radio systems to interconnect their landline telephone with the radio system to permit mobile and fixed users to communicate with each other.  AT&T advised its customers that the Carterfone, if used in conjunction with an AT&T telephone, would subject the end user to penalties pursuant to AT&T’s FCC tariff number 132, which provided that:

No equipment, apparatus, circuit or device not furnished by the telephone company shall be attached to or connected with the facilities furnished by the telephone company, whether physically, by induction or otherwise.

Carter filed a private antitrust suit against AT&T, and the District Court referred the matter to the FCC.

The Commission concluded that AT&T’s tariff was unreasonable and discriminatory and ordered the restrictive tariff provisions stricken. The Commission was troubled by the tariff provision that would have permitted end users to install AT&T-manufactured equipment with exactly the same functionality offered by the Carterfone, but not the Carterfone itself. The Commission determined that a customer desiring to improve the functionality of the telephone network by interconnecting a piece of equipment not manufactured by the phone company should be permitted to do so, so long as that equipment does not harm the network.

The principle of consumer usage of non-telephone company manufactured equipment with the public switched telephone network, outlined by the Commission in Carterfone, would later be codified as Part 68 of the FCC’s rules. Part 68 was first adopted in 1975 as part of the Commission’s WATS rulemaking, in response to telephone company slowness in modifying tariffs to permit consumers to attach their own equipment to the public network. Part 68, which addresses connection of terminal equipment to the public telephone network, permits consumers to connect equipment from any source to the public network if such equipment fits within the technical parameters outlined in Part 68. Competitive manufacturers of equipment were able, by means of the Commission’s equipment registration and certification procedures, to build and deploy an incredible variety of voice and data equipment for use with the public network, without seeking prior permission from either the Commission, or more importantly, the monopoly telephone companies.

Through Carterfone and Part 68, the Commission opened the door to manufacturers of devices that interconnected with the telephone network and offered value-added services and capabilities. Most important for the growth and development of the Internet, the Commission’s deregulation of customer premises equipment, or CPE, cleared the way for the rapid deployment of the modem. The modem allows any consumer with a computer and a telephone line to access data services, requiring no network alterations by the telephone company. Residential modem use, in turn, has driven the growth of Internet applications as consumer use of the Internet has increased. In fact, without Part 68, users of the public switched network would not have been able to connect their computers and modems to the network, and it is likely that the Internet would have been unable to develop.

As the application of Moore’s law to computer processing speeds witnessed an exponential growth in computing capabilities, the modem followed suit. Analog modem speeds rose from 300 baud to 28.8 kilobits/second, and then to today’s nearly standard 56 kilobits/second. Digital modems and codecs, using such technologies as digital subscriber line (DSL), promise multiple increases in speed that will create demand for even more innovative Internet-based resources and tools. As a result, consumers will continue to be exposed to an endless variety of Internet-based applications that meet their increased bandwidth capabilities.

The Carterfone decision enabled consumers to purchase modems from countless sources, to install and use the modem without permission from the telephone company, and to use these modems to take advantage of an array of data services offered by a diverse assortment of service providers over their home telephone service. Without easy and inexpensive consumer access to modems, the Internet would not have become the global medium that it is today.

Source: Cybertelcom


Arguably the legislation that has had the greatest impact on the call center industry is the 1968 Carterfone decision by the FCC. The ruling allowed equipment made by businesses other than the Bell System to be connected to the public telephone system and it enforced the right of companies to hook up their own gear to the public telephone network (so long as this equipment did no harm to the network). The decision derived its name from a device called the Carterfone, invented by Thomas Carter. The device consisted of a transceiver equipped with an acoustic coupler into which a regular phone handset was placed. By eliminating the Bell System's monopoly over the manufacturing of phone switches, the decision spawned the interconnect industry, leading to developments such as the modern PBX, IVR system and ACD.

Source: Call Center Magazine [Item 7 of "100 Cool Call Center Things."]


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OWN A PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY HISTORY

The plaque in the photo at the left contains one of the original Carterfone phone patches. The inscription on the metal plate has been transcribed directly below the photo.

This plaque is being offered for sale here via an informal bid. The minimum bid is $500.00. The best offer received by the end of the day Wednesday, October 20, 2004 gets it! The buyer pays shipping and insurance. Please contact the seller directly by e-mail.

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THE ORIGINAL "CARTERFONE"

This Original Carterfone, manufactured by Carter Electronics in 1959, served a need for mobile radio users to interconnect with the public telephone network. Use of the Carterfone was challenged by the telephone companies in 1966, and a lengthy struggle began that ultimately led to the Federal Communications Commission.

On June 26, 1968, the FCC handed down the landmark Carterfone decision. The resolution of Tom Carter’s struggle for acceptance of the concept of interconnection permitted the creation of a multi-billion dollar industry that today serves all areas of communications needs . . . data, voice, message. The historic Carterfone decision allowed an open, competitive market to exist for communications equipment and facilities to the benefit of the communications user.

This original Carterfone is one of the few remaining devices in existence and has been preserved to commemorate the historic legal milestone it represents.

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Multitone Announces Launch of US Reseller Program

October 11, 2004. Basingstoke, UK and Atlanta, GA. Multitone Electronics plc, the Basingstoke, UK based manufacturer of on-site wireless messaging systems and applications, today announced the first phase of their BEST (Business Enterprise Solution Team) US reseller network.

Following a nation-wide assessment of potential resellers, Multitone has concluded negotiations and signed reseller agreements with the following wireless organizations:

Chicago Communication Services, Inc—Chicago, IL
Solid Communications, Inc—New Orleans, LA
Central Communications & Electronics, Inc—Knoxville, TN
Teltronic, Inc—Baltimore, MD
Commsource Wireless—Las Vegas, NV
Commserco, Inc—Riverside, CA

These organizations join Sayerville, NJ–based Turn-Key Technologies, Inc, and Dallas based Metrocall Inc. to form a highly experienced and talented team of resellers, covering major business markets in the US.

Commenting on the new reseller channel, Multitone’s Head of International Sales, Graeme Hull, noted, “We have taken considerable time and care in selecting the right resellers for our expansion in the USA. At Multitone, we put great faith in our ability to forge long-lasting relationships with our resellers. This, along with experience in wireless technologies and a dynamic attitude to winning business were the determining factors in choosing this exciting group of forward-looking organizations.”

“We are convinced that Multitone has an excellent portfolio of on-site mobility solutions and can now proudly say that we have a developing coast-to-coast reseller network to match.” He added. Reflecting on Multitone’s commitment to providing assistance to their resellers, Mr Hull went on, “While we may look to expand the reseller network at some point in the future, the immediate priority is to provide first class support to this group of partners and their growing list of end-users.”

Multitone is a world-renowned manufacturer of on-site wireless messaging solutions, including their PowerPage™ private paging systems and the FuturePhone™ Wireless telephone and Messaging Systems.

For more information, please contact Steve Beeferman (steve.beeferman@multitone.com) or Mark Oviatt (mark.oviatt@multitone.com) in Atlanta, (1-404-255-8399) or Graeme Hull (graeme.hull@multitone.com) in Basingstoke. (+44-1256-845-111)

 
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Building on its long success story in 1-way paging, Advantra International has become the expert in designing and manufacturing the most advanced and lowest cost ReFLEX™ radio modems for 2-way data-communication. The company also focuses on offering total telemetry solutions.

Advantra thanks its solid reputation to its world-renowned development team, state-of-the-art manufacturing, excellent customer service and its proven track-record.

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Bootweg 4
8940 Wervik, Belgium
Tel: +32 56 239411
Fax: +32 56 239400
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Management Assistant Marketing & Sales
E-mail: eline.terryn@advantra.com
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102A West Main Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Tel: +1 717 591 2630
Fax: +1 717 591 1838
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President & CEO
E-mail: tammy.decker@w-innovations.com
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Executive Vice President
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300 Bloor Street E. Suite 1701
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3Y2
Tel: +1 416 207 4316
Fax: +1 416 920 8682
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E-mail: ian@dacostapage.com
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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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A fast and reliable alarming system is an indisputable prerequisite for emergency fire and rescue services to respond successfully and efficiently. State-of-the-art paging enables groups as well as individuals to be alerted.

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

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USED-FUNCTIONAL MOTORLA AND GLENAYRE RADIO PAGING EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR SALE
     
  MOTOROLA  
 1125 Nucleus Paging Transmitter$2,500.00 
 2Advanced Simulcast Controller (ASC)$4,000.00 
 3Data Splitter$200.00 
 4Monitor Receiver$600.00 
 5UHF Link Transmitter$1,500.00 
 6Unipage Paging Control Terminal (Model 15) configured for Multiframe with 68040 CPU and following cards/Modules:
  • Memory Card
  • Channel Processor Card
  • Alarm control Module
  • Fast load card
  • Group processor card
  • Extra card for repeat paging
  • Voice Prompt Card
  • Tandem Link Card
  • Group Modem card
  • Channels interface card
  • TNPP card
$15,000.00 
 7Trunk Frame with Z280 CPU and Message Manager Complete$ 11,000.00 
 8Spare Cards e.g. Memory Card, TNPP Card, 68040 CPU, Z280 ATC Card, TK2 Card with R2MFC daughter board, OTK, TLUNI etc.$1,200.00
(each)
 
 9Link Receiver$500.00 
     
  GLENAYRE  
 1GL 3000 ES COMPLETE$6,500.00 
 2Network Management System (Hardware & Software)$2,600.00 
 3UHF Link Transmitter Model GL 5351 (40W) with Hot Standby$8,500.00 
 4Paging Transmitter Model GLT8411$3,000.00 
 5C2000 Transmitter controller$1,400.00 
 6GPS KIT$320.00 
 7Combiner Unit 350W (Two Port)$2,450.00 
 8Link controller complete set$1,500.00 
 9Link Receiver$500.00 

To inquire about this equipment, please send me (Brad Dye) an e-mail and I will put you in touch with the seller.

Update: The Glenayre is a FLEX System with 12 Transmitters in the Frequency Band 150-174 Mhz (166.2375 MHz). There are 4 Motorola Systems, all POCSAG, in the Frequency Band 150-174 Mhz, with about 25 Transmitters (166.3625 MHz).

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The EE Group is actively seeking Dealers with sales/ service/installation capabilities to promote the latest wireless AVL, SCADA and data products from Telegauge Systems, Inc. This innovative program requires NO inventory and NO billing by your facility; you just sell it and sign up the end user to collect the commissions.

Now the real reason to choose the EE Group and Telegauge over the host of others; we pay you permanent residual income every month on your airtime sales forever.

Airtime commissions range up to 12% per month based on prior sales and you buy all equipment direct from the factory at 2-tiered wholesale prices as well for great margins. 

Telegauge builds fully 2-way overt and covert (hidden) GPS based Automatic Vehicle Location, SCADA, remote management, telemetry and data systems routed via cellular and satellite that are delivered to the end user via the Internet or direct to the desktop. Applications are both ‘canned’ and custom depending upon the customers needs. We even have full dispatch systems including credit card swipe and billing if needed.

Finally, the prices on the product are guaranteed to be the LOWEST in the industry at under $600 retail for the equipment and from $6 to $30 on the monthly airtime with most customers in the $15 range. Note too that the price is the same for cellular OR satellite world wide coverage and no one else has this exclusive capability.

Telegauge provides the product, software, airtime, billing and final information from a single source and you can be a BIG part of it. You stock NOTHING, just collect the checks.

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Contact us for a no-obligation CD of all the presentation and training material, price spreadsheets and information at: EEGroup@EEonTheWeb.com or for fast action call for a link to the Dealers Only page: 310-534-4456 and mention that you found out about it via Brad Dye’s Newsletter. You have nothing to lose and some great residual income to gain. Call or e-mail NOW.

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Data Communications Level 1 A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry Remote Monitoring and Control Level 2 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet Tracking Level 3 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force Automation Level 4 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module and a handheld computer terminal for full automation of field service activities all the way from the customer's location back to the service company's back office.
We 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. ()

 

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Mark Hood mehood@cox.net

Telephone: 757-588-0537

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

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AAPC Mission Statement

To represent paging carriers throughout the United States to ensure the success of our industry by:

  • 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.

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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
Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
E-mail: zetron@zetron.com
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Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

  • Radio Paging Terminals
  • Voicemail Systems
  • Email and Network Text Messaging Systems
  • Digital Trunk Switching Systems
  • Digital Trunk and Voicemail Concentrators
  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

Logical Choice

  • Replace Outdated, UNLICENSED Paging Terminals
  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
  • Add New Paging System with ALL THE FEATURES
  • Provide Your Customers With Features They Want
  • Designed and Supported by Industry Experts

Go ahead… be choosy… choose Prism Systems International

CONTACT
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
E-mail: sales@commtechwireless.com
Web: www.commtechwireless.com

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888-645-7545
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Wireless Communication Solutions

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

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

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System Features & Benefits:

  • Hardware Based
  • Uses Embedded Linux as the Multitasking OS
  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
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Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275
or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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  • 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. 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, 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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Serial Rapist Apprehended: The Reporter™ Wireless Alert, Made by International Electronics Inc., Helps Prevent Rape of Another Child

VANCOUVER, Wash., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/—A customer testimonial recently submitted to International Electronics Inc., a U.S.-based developer of home and business electronic products, revealed how an innovative home security system protected a child's life. The company's Reporter™ Wireless Alert System played a critical role in apprehending a man before he broke into a child's room through a window. The Reporter™'s special tonal alert function signaled to the child's father the whereabouts of the man, and the father was able to stop the intruder immediately.

The Reporter™ Wireless Alert System consists of a base station and sensor unit, which detects people and vehicles within 25 feet and reports back to the base station, sounding an alert. The base station can support four sensor units, each of which can report back to the base station from 1200 feet away and each with a different tone. This is where the Reporter™ was crucial to intercepting the intruder. The child's father had placed sensors around the property where both his business and home were located to determine why his dogs were barking regularly. Because the system reported back to the base station with a distinct tone corresponding to a specific sensor, the father was able to pinpoint the intruder's exact location. He hurried immediately to the site while his wife telephoned police.

The intruder was arrested and later also found guilty of a series of rapes in the same neighborhood where he was apprehended. He is now serving life in prison. "We take pride in identifying consumer needs and offering quality products that make a difference in people's lives," commented Sharon Brommer, National Sales Manager of International Electronics. "Naturally, we were ecstatic to learn that our Reporter™ played such a significant role in protecting a child's life." The Reporter™ Wireless Alert System represents the first generation of Reporter™ products developed by International Electronics. Recently, the company introduced the Reporter™ with Voice - the only product of its kind to offer a wireless alert system with wire-free, two-way digital voice communication.

Next month, International Electronics will release a third Reporter™ product to the market, the Reporter(TM) WireFree Intercom. For the first time, a home intercom system not requiring a wall power outlet will be available. This system features a 1000-ft. range and runs off the same batteries continuously for up to two years. Members of the media interested in testing a Reporter(TM) product for an article can contact International Electronics to request a sample.

About International Electronics Inc.
International Electronics is a privately owned company founded in 1985 and based in Vancouver, Washington. Its mission is to develop innovative, affordable home electronic products, all of which are manufactured in the USA.

These include: "Catch-A-Call™" Internet products; "Reporter™" Wireless Alert/Alarm products; car alarms; remote starters; and keyless entry systems.

Contact:

Sharon Brommer
National Sales Manager
International Electronics Inc.
888-679-7994, Ext. 101
360-254-1564, Ext. 101
sharonb@nwlink.com
http://www.internationalelect.com

This release was issued through eReleases™. For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.

Source: PR Newswire

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Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
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GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
brooks.marsden@gtesinc.com

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Your Professional Services Partner


GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the paging industry. With over 200 years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering development staff available.


New Product Development

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Please call GTES Sales at 770-754-1666 for more information on the above.

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Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Hardware & Software

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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 THE MOST INTELLIGENT PAGING RECEIVER IN THE MARKET. The PDT2000 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. All of the following capabilities are standard features of the PDT2000 and of our other paging data receivers:

  • 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.

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WiMAX will bridge digital divide: Intel

Bangalore October 13, 2004

WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access), a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access over long distances, will be the best solution for bridging the digital divide in India, said Patrick P Gelsinger, senior VP and chief technology officer, Intel, in Bangalore on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote address at the sixth Intel Developer Forum in India, Gelsinger said: “The appeal to emerging markets is striking to say the least. Imagine being able to put up an antenna and provide high-speed Internet to thousands of customers who have little access to the Internet or even wired phones today. That has great promise in countries like India where the cost of wiring the countries would make broadband Internet access far too expensive.”

Today, last mile connections are made through cable, DSL (digital subscriber line), fibre optic connections and even standard phone lines. The ability to provide these connections wirelessly, without laying wire or cable in the ground, greatly lowers the cost of these services and WiMAX offers this specific solution. Intel is working with the wireless industry to drive the deployment of WiMAX networks and has also announced the first integrated system-on-a-chip optimized for cost-effective customer premise equipment design. Said Gelsinger: “We had a series of meetings with government officials in India for allocation of bandwidth for these services and the response has been encouraging.”

Intel sees WiMAX deploying in three phases: the first phase will provide fixed wireless connections via outdoor antennas in the first half of 2005. Outdoor fixed wireless can be used for high-throughput enterprise connections, hotspot cellular network backhaul, and premium residential services. In the second half of 2005, WiMAX will be available for indoor installation, with smaller antennas similar to a Wi-Fi access point today. In this model, WiMAX will be available in consumer residential broadband deployments, as these devices become “user installable.” By 2006, the technology will be integrated into mobile computers to support roaming between WiMAX service area.

Source: Business Standard


Nortel: Another Fine Mesh

After months of experimenting with the technology, today Nortel Networks (Quote, Chart) made available its Wireless Mesh Network solution.

The line of equipment is comprised of an access point (model 7220) and gateway (model 7250). The 7220 uses 2.4GHz 802.11b to provide what Nortel calls the access link—the signal for client systems—and an encrypted 5GHz 802.11a signal for the backhaul they call the transit link.

"It has a couple of advantages in that it is fully unlicensed, so you don't need any licenses to deploy, and with two different frequency ranges, there's no interference between the two [the transit link and access link]," says Todd Etchieson, director of Business Management for Nortel's Wireless Mesh.

While the 7220 handles all the mesh and clients, the smarts are in the gateway. Etchieson says it's the gatekeeper to the wired network or Internet plus it has the smarts to manage mobility of users roaming between APs.

The 7220's limitation to the slower 11b for the access link may be short lived. The units are supposedly 802.11g ready and will need only a software upgrade. However, Etchieson says there hasn't been a great demand for 11g for clients by its current customers.

Nortel had setup networks to create hotzones at universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and the National Taiwan University (NTU), and Etchieson says that there are other unannounced deployments in existence. The products will be available both direct and through channels, with partners like integrator Data Ventures planning to provide mesh networks in various U.S. municipalities—a market where mesh networks are particularly strong.

The company also has a more standard WLAN series of access points it introduced last year. Those won't go away and Etchieson says they should live in harmony, as he sees them targeting "different applications—but not necessarily different markets. If you have Ethernet cabling running in your office, it makes sense to have traditional WLAN devices with power over Ethernet—they're less expensive. But in a large area, a public environment that needs some type of backhaul to each access point, then it makes sense to use the mesh product. They've very complimentary."

He would not comment on pricing for the products, only to say they're in line with the competition, nor would he say what company Nortel sees as the primary competition.

"Our big advantage is, we're the only major vendor with this type of product," says Etchieson.

Source: WiFi Planet


October 14, 2004

The Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, carrying two cosmonauts and an American astronaut to the international space station.

(AP Photo)

Source: Newsday.com

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