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FRIDAY - APRIL 16, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 108

Dear friends of wireless messaging and paging,

In the NOSTALGIA section there are a couple of news articles and a photo of the demolition of the old Motorola Paging headquarters building in Boynton Beach, Florida, where I used to work. One reader said: "I went by the building last week and was surprised at the demolition.  Sad to see it go, lots of great memories. At its peak we ran 3 shifts and we had over 3,000 associates.  I remember having problems finding a parking spot if you got in after 9." This truly represents "the end of an era."

In last week's newsletter, I asked if anyone would like to offer an opinion piece on why RIM is succeeding in markets where the ReFLEX devices are not. I got a very interesting response from Jay Moskowitz which follows. I have known Jay for a long time. I think if I had to count the people on one hand, that know the most about paging and wireless messaging, Jay would be one of the fingers.

Speaking of the most knowledgeable people in the world of wireless messaging and paging, I would like to solicit comments on making our own: "Wireless Messaging and Paging Hall of Fame." Please submit the name of someone who you believe has made a major contribution to our industry—with a brief explanation of why you think this person should be included. In a future issue, I will publish the list and we can then vote on the first 5 or 10 people from those nominated. I just searched "hall of fame" on the Internet and found that there are many different ones. So why don't we have our own? Now we can. To start things off, a reader recently submitted Ron Mercer as one deserving recognition and I whole-heartedly agree. There are many others worthy of our consideration: Bill Bang, Jay Moskowitz, Bob Webb, Homer Huddleson, Jai Bhagat, Vic Jensen, Jim Black, Helmut Köchler, Robert Edwards, George Perrin, Dr. Richard Freyer, Frank Lloyd, Ron Tridgell, Jerry Leonard, Jim Page, John Palmer, and on and on. . . Please let me hear from you on this. There are no restrictions, living or dead, man or woman—from any country, etc. Please note, if there is sufficient interest to do this, nominations will have to come 100% from readers. I will not be nominating anyone myself.

Check out this week's Paging Family Tree. Let's see if our collective memories can reconstruct the correct order of events as paging companies merged and were acquired.

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READER'S COMMENTS

Why is RIM succeeding in markets where the ReFLEX devices are not?

I would like to offer my opinion with regard to why the RIM devices have been more successful over ReFLEX devices. As many of your readers know, I was a founder and CTO of RTS Wireless and in the paging industry for more than 20 years. Yet, for the last few years I have been using a RIM pager which, although it felt sacrilegious to be utilizing, suited my purposes well. I must admit that during meetings where I would be discussing licensing Instant Messaging software for use in a T900 or speaking with a customer about putting special software into a Pagewriter, I would keep my RIM 950 hidden out of respect to the technologies in discussion and to avoid the question of why I am using that device. I should point out though, that during all of the time I have had the RIM pager in my pocket, I have never given up on my Pagenet/Arch/Metrocall one-way Advisor pager, not only because it was tied to my voice mail number that everyone knew, but because its nationwide coverage area was much larger.

There were two MAJOR reasons for my continued use of the RIM device. The #1 was service price. I have always received at least 200 Emails a day. Most of the time I am not at my desk to reply to people and this afforded me the luxury of responding from anywhere and receiving a nominal bill at the end of each month. The first time I forwarded my daily Email to my SkyTel Pagewriter for 2-1/2 weeks out of a month, I received a bill for $8,757. Somewhat higher than I wished to pay monthly. I never attempted to forward my mail to my T900, even though the bill may have been a more reasonable $2750 a month.

The second reason for my continued use of the RIM pager is that the combination of in-device software and the network software was done in an excellent manner. The network and device worked well in making it easy to view a message and to get the next segment or the rest of the message to appear. The user interface of the RIM showed a lot of thought in its design. Ergonomically the keyboard and display are laid out well. Thumb typing using their patented keyboard design is easy and fast (as many people who received my multi-page Emails could attest to). The ability to have a library of abbreviations that automatically are exchanged for the full word made message composition go a lot faster. Scrolling through a message directory and selecting one to read further was quick using a single thumbwheel which could immediately be pressed to select and display the message. One could scroll, locate a message and read it from a single button, click that same button 2 more times to enter "compose a reply", type a quick reply like Yes or No, and click that same wheel two more times to send the message and be back at the directory. Let's do a side by side comparison of the same process on a T900 compared to a RIM. I could probably send 10 replies in the time I would send 1 on a T900.

As far as the device itself, the bottom line was that although Motorola made very reliable and sensitive radios when it came to user interfaces and device/network interaction, they fell short considerably compared to RIM. Rather than trying to build everything themselves and have terminal manufacturers interact with the device by reading Protocol manuals, they should have been taking a look at some higher level application functions to carry on top of that protocol to provide the best interaction of the device and network for the smoothest operation together. That was done by Motorola in the Pagewriter Email application but with a proprietary set of software that only worked with a Motorola server. The Pagewriter had no special Email applications software in it and only used basic ReFLEX message transceiving capabilities. As an industry we would all have done better if the terminal manufacturers worked closer with Motorola to design an Email device not a messaging device that happens to receive Email.

New devices are being developed today that have the potential to have special applications software embedded in them. Maybe it is time to revisit the interaction of the terminal and the device to create something far easier to use than Email on a T900.

The Mobitex network was getting nowhere at all until the RIM device came along. It was going declining in popularity. Now it is a wildly popular network. It just shows you that the right device and ease of use, combined with the right price can make the network. Not ReFLEX versus Mobitex. And that is a key thing for the carriers and manufacturers to understand. It is not ReFLEX versus XYZ at all. We could build the RIM Email application software over ReFLEX with no problem.

Jay Moskowitz
Wireless Marvels Inc.
Chief Wizard
310 Carnation Drive
Farmingdale, NY 11735-7014
(516) 249-6900 (office)
(516) 249-6001 (fax)
(516) 445-8724 (cell)
(888) 619-5275 (Voice Mail with Pager Alert)
Web Site: www.wirelessmarvels.com
Email Address: jay@wirelessmarvels.com
Alternate Email: jay@skymsg.com
Instant Messenger Username: jayatrts
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WIRELESS NEWS

California Amplifier Receives Stockholder Approval for Acquisition of Vytek Corporation

OXNARD, Calif., April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—California Amplifier, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAMP) today announced that the acquisition of Vytek Corporation has been approved by the stockholders of both companies. The merger is expected to be completed early next week.

At a special meeting of stockholders held today, California Amplifier's stockholders voted to approve the merger with Vytek. California Amplifier expects to issue approximately 8.2 million shares of common stock in connection with the merger, with the former Vytek stockholders owning approximately 35% of California Amplifier on a post-merger basis.

The boards of directors of both companies unanimously approved the acquisition, which was valued at approximately $92 million based on California Amplifier's stock trading at $11.26 per share around the time the merger terms were agreed to and announced on December 23, 2003.

About California Amplifier, Inc.
California Amplifier designs, manufactures and markets a broad line of integrated microwave equipment used primarily in conjunction with satellite television and terrestrial broadband wireless and video applications. The Company's Satellite business unit designs and markets outdoor reception equipment for the U.S. Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television market as well as a full line of consumer and commercial products for video and data reception. The Wireless Access business unit designs and markets integrated reception and two-way transmission fixed wireless equipment for broadband data and video applications. For additional information, visit California Amplifier's web site at www.calamp.com.

About Vytek Corporation
VYTEK is a provider of technology integration solutions and wireless access hardware and software. Vytek has expertise in wireless technologies from 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth and GPRS to RFID for next generation devices and products. Vytek provides engineering expertise in developing both software and hardware solutions that includes: Business & Technology Assessment; Prototype, Architect & Design Solutions; Services/Product Development; Integration & Implementation; and Support. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Vytek serves both large and small clients in a variety of industries. More information can be found at www.vytek.com.

For more information, please contact Crocker Coulson, Partner of CCG Investor Relations, +1-818-789-0100, crocker.coulson@ccgir.com, for California Amplifier, Inc.; or Rick Vitelle, Chief Financial Officer of California Amplifier, Inc., +1-805-987-9000, ext. 8344.

Source: California Amplifier News Release


John D. Beletic Elected to STSN Board of Directors; Continued Record Growth Spurs Expertise Expansion

April 12, 2004 08:01 AM US Eastern Time zone

SALT LAKE CITY—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 12, 2004—STSN Inc., the world's leading provider of secure, managed broadband services to-go for business travelers to hotels and conference centers, today announced that telecommunications industry veteran John D. Beletic has been elected to the company's board of directors.

Beletic has 25 years of leadership experience in providing critical services to business travelers through his work at telecommunications, communications and security companies. Specifically, his extensive experience in fast-growing companies that service the communications needs of business travelers will be an advantage to STSN in this high-growth period. Beletic is the second independent director elected to the board, after Larry Dustin of Mobil Travel Guide.

Beletic said of his appointment: "STSN has the leading position in a burgeoning market and current market indicators show that growth rate will continue. I look forward to working with the board to guide STSN to its next level of success."

"As we continue to focus on growth, profitability and delivering secure broadband to the business traveler, John's vast expertise and knowledge, especially in the area of security, will aid in the evolution and long-term success of STSN," said David Garrison, president and chief executive officer, STSN.

Beletic is currently executive chairman of Oculan Corp., a privately held provider of network monitoring and security software, and a venture partner of Oak Investment Partners. Beletic also actively serves on several other boards of directors.

Beletic's executive tenure includes 10 years at PageMart Inc. and WebLink Wireless, a nationwide narrowband PCS and paging carrier, where he joined as president and later served as chairman and chief executive officer.

Beletic earned a master's degree in business administration with high distinction from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in business administration, with a major in finance, summa cum laude, from Xavier University.

About STSN
Founded in 1998, STSN is the leading global provider of secure broadband-to-go for business at premium locations such as hotels and conference centers. STSN's premium iBAHN™ wired and wireless solutions provide increased productivity and connectivity options to business travelers and meeting planners worldwide with secure, reliable, easy-to-use, broadband connections in more than 1,900 hotels in North America, Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific region including more than 266,000 guestrooms and hotel meeting rooms. STSN's patented, end-to-end IP architecture uniquely delivers network monitoring, management and support capabilities that allow our venue partners to focus on hospitality not technology. STSN is headquartered in Salt Lake City, with additional offices in London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. For more information, or to access a list of STSN-enabled hotels, visit www.stsn.com.

Source: BusinessWire

HOMELAND SECURITY — PRATICAL SUGGESTIONS

Electronic Sign Paging

Here is a response from one company that can supply a working solution consisting of a pager-type receiver properly interfaced to an electronic sign. Just the thing for displaying alerts in public places. Remember, thousands of these could be set up on a common, nationwide capcode for various types of security alerts—supported by advertising. Please contact WaveWare Technologies directly.

Brad,

I have attached list pricing for the Adaptive LED indoor sign models, for your reference. Also, I have attached an Alpha 220C sheet. The 200 series signs are the most cost effective for communications up to 100 ft. viewing distance.

We have software solutions that control the Adaptive displays. Our product is called Alert Pro. Emergin also has Adaptive protocol interface in their Wireless Office product offering.

Regards,

Curtis Rock
VP Engineering
WaveWare Technologies, Inc.
http://www.wirelessmessaging.com


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The Emergency Email & Wireless Network


Entergy joins the fight against child abductions in Mississippi

Talk to any law enforcement agent, and almost every one will tell you that crimes involving children are the worst crimes that they deal with. The abduction of a child can bring the attention of the national news media in to any city or town to ask for the public's help.

Since 1997, many states, including Mississippi, have established a program called the AMBER Alert system or AMBER plan in order to establish partnerships between law enforcement and media to activate an urgent bulletin to the public in the most serious child-abduction cases.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott Swanson, left, and Entergy Lineman Andy Brown discuss Entergy's Partnership with state law enforcement in the Amber Alert program.

Entergy on the ready

These days, Mississippi law enforcement has an extra set of eyes and ears to help when an AMBER Alert is issued. Entergy has forged a partnership with law enforcement officials to aid in AMBER Alert cases. Entergy personnel went through extensive training in December and were activated in February. Local lineman Andy Brown said, "We're glad to help. We are out in the community on a daily basis. Hopefully, we'll never be called, but if we are, we'll be ready."

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When an AMBER Alert is issued, the Department of Public Safety will contact Entergy's Distribution in Jackson via fax or E-mail. Officials will then issue the alert to field employees as well as office personnel through the the company's paging system and by E-mail. According to George Cossar, III, Entergy customer service manager, employees are being asked to be on the lookout for suspect individuals and vehicles based on descriptions given to law enforcement. He also stated that employees are instructed not to confront or approach anyone. Instead they are asked to radio the operations center as soon as a sighting is made or call one of several numbers, including a special toll-free AMBER Alert line, 911, or *HP, from cell phones, which will reach the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

"We've been working toward being part of the AMBER Alert program for some time now,"Cossar said, adding, "We have the facilities to get the word out, especially since we serve 45 counties in Mississippi. It's one of those steps we hope we never have to use, but it makes sense for us to work with law enforcement agencies in distributing time-sensitive information that can help a child who is in danger."

The AMBER plan was created in 1996 as a legacy to nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. Hagerman's case shocked the entire community. Residents contacted local radio stations in the Dallas area and suggested that they broadcast special alerts over the airwaves, so that they could hopefully prevent another incident in the future. The Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Radio Managers partnered with local law enforcement agencies to develop this early warning system to help find children who have been abducted.

In the spring of 2002, Mississippi law enforcement recognized a need to implement the plan in Mississippi. It was decided that the best approach would be to have a statewide law enforcement agency as the clearinghouse for authentification and issuance of all Amber Alerts. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation(MBI) were given the task of overseeing the state's AMBER Alert system.

According to the MDPS Web site, the system, which utilizes the statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS) to get information out quickly is free; encourages participation between law enforcement and media; promotes accountability by creating a comprehensive missing child protocol, is an effective time critical response to kidnappers who can disappear with children at the rate of a mile per minute, and sends a powerful message the Mississippi cares about and protects its children to anyone who may think of abducting a child.

According to MSgt. Jim Gaines of the MBI, an AMBER Alert board member, the basic criteria is abduction of a child under the age of 18, or a vulnerable adult. Gaines stated that the key to using Amber Alert is having something for the public to look for. "Once we establish that the abduction has taken place, we need a description of the suspect, or suspect vehicle. That is the whole point of Amber Alert," Gaines said. "We need to use it when it can be effective, or we run the risk of over using it or using it inappropriately." He cited the example of the Hargon family who went missing recently in Yazoo County, and were later found dead.

"We did not activate Amber Alert in that case even though there was a small child involved, because we had no suspect or suspect vehicle description to give out." In Mississippi, AMBER Alert has not had to activated as of now.

Source: Team Amber Alert News

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Daviscomms USA Ron Mercer
DX Radio Systems Selective Communications
Enrique Llaca—Authentium rep. in Mexico Swissphone Wireless
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GTES Inc.The Wireless Watchman
Hark Systems UBICAR Argentina
ISC Technologies UCOM Paging
Motorola Inc.Zetron Inc.

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With 70 years of experience delivering tailored paging solutions, globally Multitone has scored a number of firsts in its innovative approach to paging: inventors of the world's first wireless paging system, produced the world's first digital paging solution, and developed one of the world's first voice and encrypted pagers.

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Multitone Electronics develops, suppliers, and supports high performance wireless networks that lives depend on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Featuring PowerPage™ the world's most advanced private paging system, and FuturePhone™ a new wireless telephone system.

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

Advantra has acquired a solid reputation thanks to its renowned development team, state-of-the-art manufacturing, an exact understanding of the market and its proven technology.

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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
Web: www.w-innovations.com
Contacts
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E-mail: lance.decker@w-innovations.com
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300 Bloor Street E. Suite 1701
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Tel: +1 416 207 4316
Fax: +1 416 920 8682
Web: www.dacostapage.com
Contact
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E-mail: ian@dacostapage.com
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Graphics Display

Looking for information on paging receivers that can display medical information graphically. There used to be a service that did this with a paging receiver connected to a palm-top computer or PDA. If you know of anything, please drop me a note.

Thanks, Brad Dye

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Nucleus - Unipage - ASC Controllers - Antennas - Filters - Power Supplies - Connectors - Pagers - etc.

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

  • Simulcast RF coverage design, verification and optimization services for one and two-way paging systems.
  • Design of GPS-synchronized simulcast tone & voice and digital one-way paging systems and two-way digital paging/messaging systems.
  • System integration of dispatch, email, mobile data, status/messaging, SCADA, meter reading, load management and telemetry services.
  • System design, installation and maintenance by experienced paging engineers and technicians.

Advanced RF Communications is a proud sponsor of the:

American Association of Paging Carriers

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Our System design and installation services integrate all the "boxes" and deliver fully operational one or two-way paging "system". We can also "tune-up" that existing paging system with our diagnostic and troubleshooting services to restore System performance that has deteriorated over time.

CONTACT
Advanced RF Communications, Inc.
301 Oak Street—Suite 2-46A
Quincy, IL 62301 USA
For further information please contact:
Fred Pakosta or Jim Neves
Telephone/Fax: 217-221-9500
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COMMAND Antivirus™ is used by leading education institutions, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies for one simple reason—it works. Based on the proven F-Prot engine and developed continuously over a period of more than ten years, COMMAND Antivirus™ deploys more easily, detects more viruses (and potential viruses), handles more file extensions, and returns fewer false positives than competing antivirus products.

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Wireless Telemetry

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Data CommunicationsLevel 1A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry Remote Monitoring and ControlLevel 2An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet TrackingLevel 3An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force AutomationLevel 4An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module and a handheld computer terminal for full automation of field service activities all the way from the customer's location back to the service company's back office.
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Thank you to all of Brad's readers who provided equipment and leads for my last want list.  I continue to search out and recreate early wireless e-mail systems from the 80s and 90s and am looking to acquire the following:

  • CE Software's QuickMail Server from, or prior to 1995 on any OS c/w documentation.
  • MobileVision server plug-in for QuickMail server  c/w documentation.
  • Working MOTOROLA MARCO with MobileVision client c/w user guide documentation.
  • Motorola AirMobile software.  Both client and server apps.
  • Working NEC D4 or D7 alphas on any band.   RS232/Printer interface.  Any user manuals or brochures.
  • Early Motorola ADVISOR PrintPals c/w Version 1.0 PC software and documentation for reading the  Advisor.
  • Complete IBM KDT based DCS terminals, documentation, user manuals, anything associated with the IBM KDT based DCS system.
  • MOTOROLA PAGER CARD the PCMCIA pager card from Motorola on any frequency.  Also looking for any documentation and software for the pager card.

If you have any of the above or a lead on same please contact us.

Cassel & Associates
E-mail:  paul@ve3sy.com
Phone: 519-634-5139

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AAPC’s Mission Statement Defines Purpose

  • Identifying issues of common concern to its members
  • Providing an effective forum for the discussion and progression of issues relating to the industry
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory and legal matters as a unified organization
  • Providing research into and development of our industry and its current and prospective markets
  • Providing education and resources to address the challenges and trends affecting our operating environments
  • Encouraging and maintaining high standards of ethics and services
  • Championing the industry and representing paging carriers with a positive voice

Our industry must move forward together or we will perish individually. If you want to get involved, please click here. Come and join us! The AAPC "newsroom" is a great source of information. The AAPC also hosts the Paging Technical Committee site. There is a lot of good paging industry information here.

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Zetron Simulcast System

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

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

This system is ideal for public or private paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions. For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to:

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CONTACT
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

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

Logical Choice

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  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
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  • 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.

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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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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:

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  • 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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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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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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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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PAGING FAMILY TREE

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This is a rough draft of much needed information. I propose that we all collaborate on finishing the "Paging Family Tree" so that young people coming into the business can appreciate the our rich heritage. Thanks to Alan Carle for the "tree" idea. I have discussed the need for compiling paging history with several friends over the last two or three years. If you have any information to contribute, please send it to me. I need some help connecting the lines to the right boxes.

WIRELESS NEWS

Pager Helps Boy Battle Cancer

April 4, 2004

Tifton- Nine year old Joe William Sheffield seldom misses a shot when he plays basketball. He literally jumps at the chance to shoot around with his father since being diagnosed with lymphoma. "He had a swollen lymph node under his arm back in August, and that was removed and turned out negative, and it came back. They did another operation and looked at it again, and this time it did show that it was cancer," recalls his father Joe Sheffield.

But the Sheffields say they're blessed to have a church family that stepped right in to help just as soon as they heard the news. "They have a program called the prayer payer which is a little beeper that he's wearing right now that vibrates every time somebody calls this 800 number to let him know that someone is praying for him," Mr. Sheffield explains.

"It makes me feel good when they're thinking of me," adds Joe William. And that's proven to be quite often. During our interview with the Sheffields, his prayer pager was constantly buzzing in background. "16," the nine year old reads as he checks the number of pages he's received. "It had twenty earlier and it's always saying overflow," admits his mother Susan Sheffield. Most of the time the numeric message was 733, the code for "praying for you."

"I think I cleaned it out about an hour ago. It's constantly going off," his father says. "We've gotten calls from all over the world and all over the United States." The family has to replace the battery at least once a week, but they don't mind. They say it's given their son the encouragement to fight his illness and the willpower to reclaim his childhood.

Though he loves sports, Joe William isn't an aspiring athlete. He wants to be a pharmacist. "Since I've been through everything and had a bunch of medications I could tell everybody how it works." Topping his list of favorite prescriptions, a prayer pager for other children battling cancer just like him.

Source: WALB News
NOSTALGIA—THE END OF AN ERA

Ex-Motorola building being razed

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

BOYNTON BEACH—The wrecking ball has come for the former Motorola building.

Construction crews began chipping away at the expansive, light gray complex at Gateway Boulevard and Congress Avenue, once the home of the city's largest employer and highest taxpayer. Demolition was expected to take 75 days.

Once the building is gone and the land is cleared, work will begin almost immediately on Renaissance Commons, a mix of condos, shops, restaurants and offices, Boca Raton developer Jim Comparato said Monday. Comparato's company, Compson Associates, also plans to build on the Winchester property to the south.

Together, the projects will dwarf CityPlace in West Palm Beach to become the largest mixed-use development in the county—a sprawling 164-acre enterprise worth more than $1 billion. Construction of Renaissance Commons is expected to begin June 1, Comparato said. His company already has submitted plans for the 106-acre Winchester property.

Source: PalmBeachPost.com


Crews demolish Motorola building in Boynton Beach

Monday, April 5

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Workers sort through the mess that once was the Boynton Beach Motorola facility during demolition Monday. Some detritus like aluminum and steel is salvageable. The rest will go to a landfill.

Source: PalmBeachPost.com

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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 a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and is widely used by emergency services and in onsite paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. Our range of Paging Data devices and software products have multiple uses and capabilities including:

  • FLEX and POCSAG decoding
  • POCSAG encoding and transmitter control
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs
  • Relay control (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Message interception & logging
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating & paging coverage infill
  • LED sign control
  • Remote printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including trunked and conventional radio, GPRS & CDMA cellular, Mobitex etc. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software.   We offer mobile communications dealers and systems integrators a "fast to market" job dispatch and job management capability.

Specialised local area paging systems, paging interception and message reprocessing software, field force automation and mobile dispatch solutions. We export worldwide.

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Paging Training Course

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

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

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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WIRELESS DATA AND WI-FI NEWS

The following article is not technically about Wi-Fi but it is about one of the many new types of public-access, wireless data services that are coming out almost daily. There is another excellent article in the April 15, 2004 issue of Wireless Week. It talks about "flawed business plans" and should be required reading for anyone thinking about getting into this business. Its title is: "Early Data Models Drain Finances" by Brad Smith. The subtitles are "Innovators proved that wireless data isn't for the feint of heart or shallow of pocket" and "So many wireless data companies have failed; what went wrong?" It was in their printed copy but not yet on the web site at the time of this writing.

Verizon Is Crossing The U.S. With Speedy, True Wireless Access

April 8, 2004

True wireless broadband is coming to the U.S. this year and next. By the end of 2005, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, you should be able to wirelessly connect a laptop, PDA or cellphone to the Internet at real broadband speeds from almost any location in every major U.S. metropolitan area. I'm not talking about the spread of more Wi-Fi "hot spots" in airports, coffee shops and similar places. I'm talking about wireless high-speed Internet service that you can use just about anywhere—even on the street or in a car.

This isn't a pipe dream. I've been testing Verizon's new service, called BroadBand Access, on a laptop around Washington, D.C., one of the first two cities where the company has rolled it out. I am very impressed. It is simple to set up and works just like any other broadband connection, with your normal Web browser and e-mail program. Based on a new cellphone technology called EV-DO (short for Evolution-Data Optimized), the new Verizon service is as fast as most wired DSL lines, and it worked effortlessly almost everywhere I tried it in a wide swath of Washington and its suburbs.

Verizon claims the new service will deliver average downstream speeds of between 300 and 500 kilobits per second. That is three to five times as fast as the typical speeds available over older cellphone networks, and about what many people get from wired DSL lines.

In my tests, the service did even better. Over several days, I averaged 585 kilobits per second. In fact, much of the time I was connected at over 700 kbps. The service can achieve peak speeds of more than two megabits a second, but I never saw that. Setting up and using the service on my test laptop was a breeze. I just installed a software program Verizon supplied, popped a special Verizon modem into the laptop's PC card slot, unfolded the modem's small built-in antenna and clicked Connect.

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EV-DO laptop card from Verizon

I was able to download large files rapidly, to play streaming video and audio smoothly, and to receive easily hundreds of e-mails, some with very large attachments, at a speed that felt like I was in the office. I did all this in a variety of businesses, homes, cars, restaurants and shops all over the D.C. area.

And Verizon achieves these speeds without compressing, and therefore degrading, graphics on the Web—a trick wireless carriers use. Verizon's new service is much faster than the heavily touted 3G wireless networks being rolled out in Europe this year. Those networks peak at 384 kilobits per second and have typical speeds of around 200 kbps.

If you're using Verizon's EV-DO system and you go out of coverage range, the modem gracefully switches you to a slower Internet service that, in my tests, registered speeds of between 60 and 100 kbps. I only dropped out of high-speed coverage once I got about 25 miles from downtown.

Right now, you can only use Verizon's BroadBand Access service on a laptop, not a cellphone or PDA. And it's only available in D.C. and San Diego. But Verizon plans to roll out the service in all major markets by the end of 2005. Additional cities will come online starting this summer, and by the end of 2004, the service will be available on about a third of Verizon's network, covering 80 million people. New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are likely to be among the metro areas added this year.

It is likely Verizon will go beyond laptop access by the end of the year as well, offering one or two phones and a souped-up PDA that can use the EV-DO network. The only big downside to this new service is price. Verizon charges $149, after rebate, for the modem. That's not bad, but the monthly fee for unlimited Internet connectivity is $80, which is high.

For the service to become truly popular, the price should be more like $50 a month, around what wired broadband often costs. In fact, at that price, it's possible some consumers who travel a lot might choose to use EV-DO instead of wired broadband in their homes and offices. Verizon warns that as more people use the network, maximum speeds could drop, but the company believes it can maintain the promised average speeds of 300-500 kbps, even with many more users onboard.

For comparison, I looked at a competing high-speed internet service offered by AT&T Wireless called EDGE, which is available nationally today. AT&T claims EDGE speeds averaging 100 to 150 kilobits per second, and bursts of up to 200 kbps. But in my tests in Washington, using the same laptop, AT&T speeds averaged a paltry 82 Kbps, without compression. And AT&T charges the same $80 monthly fee Verizon does for unlimited access.

I only ran into one problem with the Verizon service. On one occasion, when I lost the connection, the software wouldn't let me reconnect until I rebooted the computer. But this didn't occur on the two other times I lost the connection, and Verizon says there's a workaround for the problem. One other small downside to the new offering: upload speeds are still slow, just 40-60 kbps.All in all, though, Verizon's new wireless Internet service is terrific. I highly recommend it for mobile Internet users.

Source: Personal Technology, Wall Street Journal


FCC Moves To Open More Spectrum For WISPs

April 15, 2004

WASHINGTON—The FCC today moved closer to opening up new spectrum for wireless broadband services aimed at rural areas.

In its monthly meeting, the commission voted to begin making rules for wireless broadband operation between 3650 MHz and 3700 MHz. The proposed rules are aimed at wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) looking to broaden their backhaul and access in "sparsely populated areas," according to the FCC.

The new rules would use unlicensed spectrum that's currently licensed for fixed satellite services, but any interference would be minimal. Any unlicensed users also would be required to use cognitive or "smart" radio technology that further prevents interference.

Ed Thomas, chief of the FCC's office of engineering and technology, said the additional unlicensed spectrum also was chosen to complement unlicensed spectrum in 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. "Some radio manufacturers are making devices that could operate in all three bands," he said, broadening WISP capabilities even further in the future.

Source: Wireless Week

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

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