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FRIDAY - APRIL 23, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 109

Dear friends of wireless messaging and paging,

La raison d’Être of this newsletter is to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions that affect the Wireless Messaging and Paging industries. This week, I am pleased to include a whitepaper, written by Ron Mercer, about the very important topic of maintaining the confidentiality of information transmitted to pagers. Of concern to both Paging Companies and Telephone Answering Service (TAS) bureaus, are the relatively new federal regulations that govern how the privacy of a person's health information must be protected. Ron offers suggestions on this pressing topic and shows how simple steps can be taken to scramble alphanumeric information sent over a paging channel. We all know that today's technology allows for sophisticated encryption and decryption of messages, but we also should know that the economic realities of today's market would preclude anything but the most simple and least-costly approach. Ron also presents a well-thought-out analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of various equipment location possibilities.

Some nominations for the Paging Hall of Fame have come in. I have received a few very interesting comments, like:

  • The Hall of Fame is a great idea and the list should include many of the mom and pops that took the risks, worked for next to nothing and made paging grow. A long list of entrepreneurs and not the empty suits that thought they knew everything.
  • The Hall of Fame should include those who made positive contributions, not people like ______ who contributed to Paging's demise.
  • _____ should also be in the Nice Guy hall of fame!

So please send me your nominations. There has not been enough response yet to justify going ahead with this. Hopefully, more people will be nominated.

There are several more photos in the NOSTALGIA section, of the demolition of the Motorola Paging headquarters building in Boynton Beach, Florida.

WorldCom finally emerged from bankruptcy this week. They are now officially known as MCI— the name of one of the companies that they had acquired. Last month they started cutting an additional 4,000 jobs. The company is now effectively owned by a handful of bondholders who acquired the company's debt during the bankruptcy process. This is the parent company of SkyTel, and the only remaining nationwide FLEX and ReFLEX paging carrier that is not a part of the giant Arch/Metrocall merger.

(Metrocall had previously acquired WebLink (PageMart) and many other companies and Arch had previously acquired PageNet and many other companies as well—our regular readers already know this.)

I have received many helpful messages with more details for the Paging Family Tree. So many in fact, that I am running out of room to put more companies on the tree. I am sure there must be 100 other companies that are not yet shown. One reader has suggested doing it in PowerPoint. This is a good idea and may work. We could include many more details, like people's names, and dates companies were founded and then merged or were acquired, and then offer the file for downloading to all interested parties. The latest revision of the tree follows.

Check out Hark's new "SAFe" product designed to protect paging systems from e-mail SPAM and viruses.

I have been asked to be the moderator of a discussion about the consolidation taking place in the paging industry at the Southeastern Communications Association's Wireless Forum 2004—which will take place in June. Details about the conference follow. I hope to see you there. It should be both fun and informative.

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CHRONOLOGY-MCI events from 1983 to present

Tue Apr 20, 2004 04:14 PM ET

NEW YORK, April 20 (Reuters) - The following is a chronology of key events in the history of MCI (WCOEQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research) , whose legal name was WorldCom Inc.

1983 - Businessmen Murray Waldron and William Rector plan to create a discount long-distance provider called LDDS (Long Distance Discount Service).

1985 - Early investor Bernard Ebbers becomes chief executive officer of LDDS.

1995 - LDDS acquires voice and data transmission company Williams Telecommunications Group Inc. (WilTel) for $2.5 billion cash and changes its name to WorldCom Inc.

1998 - WorldCom completes three mergers: MCI Communications Corp. ($40 billion)—the largest in corporate history at the time—Brooks Fiber Properties Inc. ($1.2 billion) and CompuServe Corp. ($1.3 billion).

1999 - WorldCom and Sprint Corp. (FON.N: Quote, Profile, Research) agree to merge. WorldCom shares peak at more than $64.

2000 - U.S. and European regulators block the proposed merger with Sprint; WorldCom and Sprint terminate their merger agreement.


March 11 - WorldCom receives a request for information from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to accounting procedures and loans to officers.

April 30 - WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers resigns amid SEC probe of the company's support of more than $400 million in personal loans. Vice Chairman John Sidgmore takes reins.

June 25 - WorldCom fires Chief Financial Officer Scott Sullivan.

June 26 - SEC files fraud charges against the company.

July 8 - Former WorldCom CEO Ebbers tells the U.S. Congress he did nothing wrong and refuses to answer questions. Ex-CFO Sullivan also refuses to testify. Former Salomon Smith Barney analyst Jack Grubman says he attended WorldCom board meetings, but denied having inside information about the company's woes.

July 21 - WorldCom files for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy in corporate history.

Aug. 1 - Ex-CFO Sullivan and former Controller David Myers are arrested and charged in a seven-count complaint accusing them of securities fraud and filing false statements with the SEC.

Aug. 28 - A New York grand jury indicts former CFO Sullivan and former director of general accounting, Buford Yates. Prosecutors file notices that they plan to file information against WorldCom's former controller, David Myers and two other WorldCom directors.

Nov. 15 - WorldCom names former Compaq Computer chief Michael Capellas chairman and CEO.

Dec. 17 - WorldCom announces resignation of six of its board members who oversaw the company when it racked up the accounting problems.


March 13 - WorldCom says it would record almost $80 billion in charges to write off the value of goodwill, property, equipment and other intangible assets.

April 14 - WorldCom plans to change its name to MCI upon emerging from bankruptcy and it also appoints Robert Blakely as chief financial officer.

May 19 - WorldCom settles SEC charges stemming from its accounting irregularities.

June 11 - WorldCom's treasurer Susan Mayer and general counsel Michael Salsbury resign.

Aug. 13 - MCI names Rick Roscitt, a former long-term executive of AT&T Corp., as its president and chief operating officer to oversee day-to-day operations.

Aug. 27 - Oklahoma Attorney General files charges against MCI, its former CEO Ebbers and others for violating state securities laws by giving false information to investors. The charges mark the first criminal charges against Ebbers.

Aug. 29 - MCI names five new board members, including distressed debt investor David Matlin, of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC, who has acquired a large amount of MCI bonds.

Sept. 9 - MCI offers a sweetened deal to trade creditors and subordinated creditors to win their backing for a reorganization plan.

Oct. 14 - MCI names Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) executive Nancy Higgins as its chief ethics officer.

Oct. 31 - Bankruptcy court judge approves MCI's reorganization plan, clearing the way for the company to emerge from bankruptcy.


Jan. 26 - Richard Thornburgh, a former U.S. attorney general appointed by the bankruptcy court as an independent examiner, issues report that says MCI is entitled to sue Ebbers, Citigroup and Andersen for their roles in the scandal. KPMG also faces potential claims, it says.

Feb. 25 - MCI gets a two-month extension to file audited financial statements and emerge from bankruptcy protection.

March 2 - Sullivan pleads guilty to criminal charges of conspiracy, fraud and making false statements about WorldCom's financial health to regulators.

Sullivan also resolved charges filed against him by the SEC and agreed to a lifetime ban of being an officer of a publicly traded company.

Sullivan agrees to cooperate in the government's probe against former Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers.

March 3 - Ebbers pleaded innocent to criminal charges related to MCI's $11 billion fraud. Charges against him included fraud, conspiracy and making false statements in connection with the accounting scandal.

March 12 - MCI settles state charges of securities fraud with Oklahoma attorney general in return for a promise to create new jobs in the state and help with the prosecution of former executives including Ebbers.

March 26 -MCI reveals plans to cut 4,000 jobs or 7 percent of its workforce to reduce costs amid increased competition.

March 30 - European Commission faces questions over its banning of WorldCom's efforts to buy Sprint in 2000. MCI argued against the decision on the long-defunct proposal to get rid of a precedent that could prevent future mergers.

April 2 - The company agrees to pay $27 million to settle charges that it overbilled the U.S. government for telephone services.

April 20 - MCI exits bankruptcy, minus the infamous WorldCom name, and with about $5.7 billion in debt and $6 billion in cash. Chief Executive Michael Capellas says MCI will target wireless and data services for business and develop an Internet phone service for consumers.


Investor Slim owns large stake in MCI

The Associated Press
4/21/2004, 6:34 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim owns more than 10 percent of MCI Inc.'s post-bankruptcy stock, he revealed in a regulatory filing Wednesday. Slim, known as Latin America's richest man, owns 42.6 million shares of MCI, the former WorldCom, according to the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MCI left bankruptcy on Tuesday, and the telecommunications company began distributing about 320 million shares to creditors, which would give Slim a stake of about 13 percent. Shares of MCI were at $17.35 in late trading Wednesday, down 15 cents, or 0.9 percent, on the over-the-counter market, where they trade on a "when-issued" basis.

Slim has other big telecommunications investments, including Telefonos de Mexico SA and Global Crossing Ltd. He also controls CompUSA and presides over banking, real estate and tobacco and railroad companies with annual revenues exceeding $20 billion. MCI, which is based in Ashburn, Va., said last year that MatlinPatterson Asset Management would have the largest post-bankruptcy stake, at 17 percent.




Project: #04-04-01
Issue: 1.0
Date: April 19, 2004
By: Ron Mercer

1 General:
Considerable work is currently underway to develop high security encryption techniques for use in the radio paging industry. To date, most of this work has concentrated on developing very sophisticated techniques which could withstand serious attempts at surreptitious deciphering. Maximum message security is clearly required by specific user groups wherein clandestine organizations or individuals could be motivated to spend considerable time, effort and money in order to decipher messages and thus intercept vital information. Law enforcement, major financial institutions, national security officials are examples of user communities which both need and can afford these more sophisticated techniques.

In certain other applications, however, the encryption need is less stringent. For example, the responsibility for encryption placed on organizations providing paging service to the hospital/medical services communities that are governed by the recently introduced Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which contains rules to protect patient privacy.

In addition to hospitals and health care organizations, which are directly involved in HIPAA issues, the patient privacy requirement is of concern to the TAS industry for which the relaying of messages on behalf of the medical community is an important business activity.

A preliminary reading of the HIPAA requirements leaves a clear impression that encryption is not mandated by HIPAA in the health care environment. To comply with the letter of the law, only “reasonable” safeguards, policies, measures and procedures need be in place to protect patient privacy from “incidental” or “casual” disclosures.

The health care community, as well as the TAS organizations which serve them, however, have expressed a desire to be proactive with regard to HIPAA patient privacy requirements rather than assuming a “best case” interpretation. This proactive position suggests the provision of some form of encryption, but the costs and complexities of the sophisticated techniques being developed and deemed appropriate for law enforcement and national security organizations go beyond the TAS and hospital community’s ability to support.

In an era when the general populace has abandoned paging in favor of cellular telephony, the hospital community continues to be a very important user of radio paging and it is certainly in the best interests of the paging industry to accommodate the needs of this community.

Accordingly, a less stringent encryption technique appears to be required.

2 Considerations for Encrypted Paging in Hospitals:
In light of currently recognized needs, the following encryption criterion is believed to be important within the health care community. Ideally, the encryption technique employed should:

  1. Be possible to implement in a wide variety of pagers (ideally all pagers);
  2. Be low cost to include in one-way pagers;
  3. Provide “reasonable” protection against “incidental” message disclosure;
  4. Allow encryption keys to be installed reliably on one-way pagers during the Cap Code/RF channel pager programming action, (OTA techniques are undesirable);
  5. Require minimal administrative support;
  6. Not impose heavy computing requirements within compliant pagers;
  7. Not reduce pager battery life;
  8. Not reduce message reception reliability;
  9. Not increase message delivery latency;
  10. Be independent of, and usable with, any digital paging protocol in current use;
  11. Be an “open” protocol not subject to licensing fees.

3 A Suggested Encryption Technique:
Based on the foregoing criterion, a technique has been hypothesized and is submitted here for consideration.
The suggested encryption technique would use adaptations of the conventional ASCII Code Tables. Appendix A details a standard ASCII Table. Appendix B details a typical suggested ASCII Table reorganized such that message text would be undecipherable by any receiving device that included a standard rather than the appropriate modified ASCII Table. More than 100,000 code reorganizations are possible within the conventional ASCII structure with approximately 9,000 reorganizations making messages very difficult to decipher. This would provide a set of encryption “keys” sufficiently rich for purposes intended here.

Also, because several “non–printable” characters within the ASCII character set are never transmitted to pagers, these elements of the standard ASCII Table have been reassigned to provide multiple choices for frequently used letters and functions (e.g. “space” the vowels A, E, I, O & U). So as to increase the difficulty of deciphering encrypted transmissions based on frequent reappearances of often used characters, the encryption code generating algorithm would be designed to randomly select from these multiple choices.

Appendix C-1 details a typical message and Appendix C-2 details the message encrypted as it would be appear if received by other than the appropriately reorganized ASCII Table.

4 Summary & Preliminary Conclusions:
Although the encryption technique suggested here would not produce an “uncrackable” code, it would protect against “incidental” or “casual” deciphering of private messages which is the level of protection required in many applications. Moreover, the suggested technique offers a number of distinct benefits. The technique is believed to:

  • Be independent of, and usable with, any digital paging protocol in current use;
  • Be easily implement in a wide variety of pagers;
  • Be possible to be included in most (if not all) one-way pagers at low cost;
  • Provide “reasonable” protection against “incidental” message disclosure;
  • Allow encryption keys to be installed reliably on one-way pagers (OTA techniques are not required);
  • Require minimal administrative support;
  • Not impose heavy computing requirements within compliant pagers;
  • Not reduce pager battery life;
  • Not reduce message reception reliability;
  • Not increase message delivery latency;
  • Be an “open” protocol not subject to licensing fees;
  • Be fully transparent to paging system elements including: terminals, controllers, networks and transmitters.

Accordingly, it is recommended that the suggested technique be more fully evaluated as a possible solution to the encryption needs of a sizeable class of paging services, particularly those serving the health care community.

Appendix A

Standard ASCII Code Table

STANDARDNon-Printable Characters  Printable Characters
Decimal:016 3248648096112
Hex:0010 203040506070
Character:NULDLE SP0@P\p
Decimal:117 3349658197113
Hex:0111 213141516171
Character:SOHDC1 !1AQaq
Decimal:218 3450668298114
Hex:0212 223242526272
Character:STXDC2 "2BRbr
Decimal:319 3551678399115
Hex:0313 233343536373
Character:ETXDC3 #3CScs
Decimal:420 36526884100116
Hex:0414 243444546474
Character:EOTDC4 $4DTdt
Decimal:521 37536985101117
Hex:0515 253545556575
Character:ENQNAK %5EUeu
Decimal:622 38547086102118
Hex:0616 263646566676
Character:ACKSYN &6FVfv
Decimal:723 39557187103119
Hex:0717 273747576777
Character:BELETB '7GWgw
Decimal:824 40567288104120
Hex:0818 283848586878
Character:BSCAN (8HXhx
Decimal:925 41577389105121
Hex:0919 293949596979
Character:HTEM )9IYiy
Decimal:1026 42587490106122
Hex:0A1A 2A3A4A5A6A7A
Character:LFSUB *:JZjz
Decimal:1127 43597591107123
Hex:0B1B 2B3B4B5B6B7B
Character:VTESC +;K[k{
Decimal:1228 44607692108124
Hex:0C1C 2C3C4C5C6C7C
Character:FFFS ,<L\l|
Decimal:1329 45617793109125
Hex:0D1D 2D3D4D5D6D7D
Character:CRGS -=M]m}
Decimal:1430 46627894110126
Hex:0E1E 2E3E4E5E6E7E
Character:SORS .>N^n~
Decimal:1531 47637995111127
Hex:0F1F 2F3F4F5F6F7F
Character:SIUS /?O_oDEL

Appendix B

ASCII Table Modified to Support Encryption

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MODIFIEDNon-Printable Characters  Printable Characters
Decimal:016 3248648096112
Hex:0010 203040506070
Character:1B p0uSPqp
Decimal:117 3349658197113
Hex:0111 213141516171
Character:@P aOE!Aq
Decimal:218 3450668298114
Hex:0212 223242526272
Character:AQ o #"Er
Decimal:319 3551678399115
Hex:0313 233343536373
Character:2  NE$1 s
Decimal:420 36526884100116
Hex:0414 243444546474
Character:AE   %4At
Decimal:521 37536985101117
Hex:0515 253545556575
Character:r5 dO&3ul
Decimal:622 38547086102118
Hex:0616 263646566676
Character:wv e 'l A
Decimal:723 39557187103119
Hex:0717 273747576777
Character:ID f1(EUO
Decimal:824 40567288104120
Hex:0818 283848586878
Character:<6 g_)R  
Decimal:925 41577389105121
Hex:0919 293949596979
Character:-SP k9*SUU
Decimal:1026 42587490106122
Hex:0A1A 2A3A4A5A6A7A
Character:zl L:+iOSP
Decimal:1127 43597591107123
Hex:0B1B 2B3B4B5B6B7B
Character:xM js,[?T
Decimal:1228 44607692108124
Hex:0C1C 2C3C4C5C6C7C
Character:CY hSPVy7U
Decimal:1329 45617793109125
Hex:0D1D 2D3D4D5D6D7D
Character:zO \=SPB]i
Decimal:1430 46627894110126
Hex:0E1E 2E3E4E5E6E7E
Character:WF m>/c^H
Decimal:1531 47637995111127
Hex:0F1F 2F3F4F5F6F7F
Character:EK ntX8JG

Appendix C

Example of Typical Paging Message Encrypted with Reorganized ASCII Technique

1. Typical message as received by pager equipped with appropriate Reorganized ASCII Encryption Table:

“Patient in Room 275A has tested positive for HIV”

2. Message as received by receiving device not equipped with appropriate Reorganized ASCII Encryption Table:

“__!?}&/?P}/>_””.P I ,!{?&;?&%z “;} &P’” ~ L”


Implementation Options for TAS/Paging Encryption

1 General:
Based on the patient privacy requirements contained in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA) statutes recently introduced by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the encryption of paging messages is currently a subject of considerable interest within the TAS industry.

The Paging Technical Committee (PTC) within the American Association of Paging Carriers is presently investigating a number of specific encryption techniques but no firm decisions have yet been made regarding specific recommended encryption techniques. Independent of the specific technique ultimately recommended, however, implementation will be required and four implementation options, each with specific advantages and disadvantages are described here:

  • Block Diagram A which details an Encryption Server installed within the TAS facility;
  • Block Diagram B which details an Encryption server installed within the paging service provider facility;
  • Block Diagram C which details an Encryption Server installed at a third party facility;
  • Block Diagram D which details integration of an Encryption Subsystem to the paging control terminal at the paging service provider facility.

Block Diagram A
Encryption at TAS Service Provider Location

diagram a

1. No database required at TAS or Paging Terminal 1. No encryption on calls entering paging terminal via other inputs
2. No CALEA impact on Paging Carrier   
3. Accommodates paging service via multiple paging carriers   
4. Encryption facility combined with TAP/WCTP conversion   
5. Simple use of TAP dial-out number for routing control   

Block Diagram B
Encryption at Paging Service Provider Location

diagram b

1. Single encryption server supports multiple TAS operations  1. CALEA issue for paging carrier
2. Minimal special equipment at TAS  2. No encryption on messages entering paging terminal via other inputs
4. Encryption facility combined with TAP/WCTP conversion   

Block Diagram C
Encryption at Third Party Location


diagram c

1. Single encryption server supports multiple TAS and multiple paging carriers  1. No encryption on calls entering paging terminal via other inputs
2. No CALEA impact on paging carrier   

Block Diagram D
Encryption Internal to Paging Control Terminal

diagram d

1. Encryption on all calls entering paging terminal via ANY input  1. Heavy cost to modify paging terminals
2. Each modified paging terminal supports encryption for multiple TAS operations  2. CALEA impact on paging carrier
4. Minimal modification to TAS operations  3. Mods required to all paging terminals supporting TAS services
  4. Different mod required to paging terminals of different manufacturers
  5. Database maintenance required at paging terminals

Advertiser Index
AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Multitone Electronics
Advanced RF
Advantra International Infostream Pty. Ltd.
Amtel Wireless Preferred Wireless
Cassel & Associates Prism Systems International
Commtech Wireless USA Programming Concepts
CONTEL Costa Rica Ron Mercer
Daviscomms USA Selective Communications
DX Radio Systems Southeastern Communications Association
Enrique Llaca—Authentium rep. in Mexico Swissphone Wireless
Global Fax Network Services TGA Technologies
GTES Inc.The Wireless Watchman
Hark Systems UBICAR Argentina
ISC Technologies UCOM Paging
Motorola Inc.Zetron Inc.

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Multitone Electronics plc, a subsidiary of the Champion Technology Group, is one of the world's leading designers, developers, and manufacturers of wireless communications solutions. Founded in 1931 Multitone is headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire in the United Kingdom and has sales and service facilities throughout the world, including North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and the Far East.

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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6135 Barfield Road
Suite 119
Atlanta, GA 30328 USA
Tel: 404-255-8399
Fax: 770-234-5790

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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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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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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  • Reliable operation
  • Flexible programming
  • Weather resistant

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.

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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Authentium's COMMAND Antivirus™
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.

Authentium's representative in Mexico:

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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.
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. ()

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
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: left arrow CLICK HERE

Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
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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

Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
commtech wireless

It's like a Motorola PeopleFinder™ on Steroids!

More information

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.


  • 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.

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


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Protect your Internet-enabled paging system!

The Hark SAFe is a hardware firewall with SPAM and virus blocking designed to protect email servers, corporate intranets, and unified messaging systems like the Hark Omega Messaging and IPT products. System includes a Linux based operating system with Web-based configuration (no keyboard and monitor needed!). Price is $995.00 including hardware!

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Firewall protects your Internet enabled paging system:

  • Provides a firewall to protect your paging system and internal network.
  • Protect company workstations by giving them internal IP addresses.
  • Can redirect external IP addresses and ports to specific internal computers.

SPAM blocker eliminates un-wanted email:

  • Uses the latest techniques to identify and block SPAM
  • Supports new techniques as they become available

Virus blocker:

  • Prevents emails with viruses from being accepted.
  • Automatically downloads virus signature updates each night.

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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.

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

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Concepts, Inc.

Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
Support and Enhancements

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

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

Contact Sales
or 631-563-3800 x220.

DX Radio Systems

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DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures high quality, high specification type communications products. The following is a list of products that DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures or supplies as a single supplied product and can be included as part of a turnkey system:

  • Repeaters
  • Repeater Systems
  • Paging Transmitters
  • Paging Systems
  • LTR & MPT1327 Trunking Systems
  • MPT1327 Trunking Repeaters
  • SmarTrunk II Trunking Repeaters
  • Complete Trunking Systems
  • Airport Ground to Air Base Radios
  • Airport Ground to Air Systems
  • Rural Radiotelephone Link Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Combining Systems
  • Complete Turnkey Systems
  • Engineering & Installation of All Systems

Performance that is tough to find anywhere at a price you can afford.

DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
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The Paging Family Tree continues to grow, thanks to many helpful messages from readers. If you would like to print a full-page copy of the tree, please click here to download it in a "pdf" file that is better for printing.


Nextel posts 31% annual revenue increase

April 22, 2004 12:23 PM EST

Continuing its string of solid quarterly results, Nextel Communications Inc. posted a 31-percent year-over-year increase in total revenues from $2.4 billion during the first quarter of 2003 to $3.1 billion this year and an 184-percent increase in net income from $208 million last year, a return of 20 cents per share, to $591 million this year, a return of 51 cents per share.

Nextel’s robust financial results were supported by 474,000 net customer additions during the first quarter, which were in line with analysts estimates and just below the 480,000 subscribers the carrier added during the first quarter of 2003. In addition, Nextel posted a year-over-year reduction in customer churn from 1.9 percent in 2003 to 1.7 percent this year and an increase in average revenue per user from $67 during the first quarter of 2003 to $69 this year.

Nextel also reported that it added 132,000 subscribers, which were not included in its customer growth results, through its Boost Mobile L.L.C. subsidiary, and it counted 537,000 total Boost customers at the end of the first quarter.

Following its strong quarterly showing, Nextel revised its full-year guidance from 1.8 million net customer additions to 1.9 million additions for the year and from $1.6 billion to $1.7 billion in free cash flow for the year.

Source: RCR Wireless News


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TGA Technologies

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TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way, Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
Tel: +1 770-441-2100
Fax: +1 770-449-7740
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GL3000 Cards

  • RAM Cards, CPU’s, LCC, UOE, QVSB’s, T1s, DIDs, SIO, Drives, Almost any card you need—priced right.
  • TOWERS (NEW) Self supporting, Guyed, Monopoles, with all the hardware
  • Antenna Line Hanging kits, and misc hardware.


  • (12) Motorola Nucleus, 350W, VHF, Advanced Control
  • (2) Glenayre QT5994, 45W, 900 MHz Link TX, w/ Hot Standby
  • (1) Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX.
  • (3) Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX.
  • (15) Glenayre RL70XC, Midband Link RX.
  • (10) Glenayre GLT5340, 125W UHF TX.
  • (75) Motorola PURC 5000, UHF, 110W, ACB
  • (12) Glenayre GLT85/8600, 250/500W, 900 MHz w/C2000
  • (5) Micor PURC UHF, 250W Complete – (Make Offer)

Motorola PURC UHF RF Trays & UHF 110W PAs, tested and ready to ship. Motorola PURC Advanced Control Units, tested and ready to ship.

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GTES Corporate
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
GTES Sales
870 Mountclaire Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Tel: 678-947-5649
Cel: 770-598-4442
Your Professional Services Partner

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

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


GTES Partner Program
Software and/or Hardware Support Programs

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Upgrades, Relocations, Repairs, Consolidations

Software Development
New features, application development

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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.

Selective Communications Group
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
3/2 Haultain St.
Eden Tce
Auckland, New Zealand
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Paging Training Course

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

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

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

Glenayre Technical Support
Paging Terminals & Transmitters

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

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

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outrnet custom apps If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days.Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at: left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

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RBC: Nextel’s broadband network is faster than other wireless technologies

April 16, 2004 1:13 PM EST

Nextel Communications Inc.’s decision earlier this week to expand its wireless broadband network trial in the Raleigh, N.C., market may have proven well founded as network testing conducted by RBC Capital Markets indicated Flarion Technologies’ Flash-OFDM based technology is providing data speeds nearly three times faster than CDMA2000 1x EV-DO networks and equal to wireline-based broadband offerings.

RBC noted its testing produced average network speeds of around 950 kilobits per second and speeds in excess of 1 megabit per second 40 percent of the time at five locations in the network’s trial markets. The speeds were triple the 329 kbps average throughput similar testing produced using Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network, approximately nine times faster than the 111 kbps produced using AT&T Wireless Services Inc.’s EDGE network and the 101 kbps using Sprint PCS’ 1x-based network.

RBC’s testing also produced average network latency of 45 milliseconds, which it said was comparable to the 10 to 30 milliseconds produced by digital subscriber line or cable modem broadband connections and superior to the 300- to 600-millisecond latency produced by EV-DO, EDGE and 1x networks.

“While many questions remain as to the commercial viability of wireless broadband service and the cost, scope and timeline of a potential buildout, we view our tests as tentative confirmation of [Nextel’s] potential to offer vastly superior bandwidth/latency performance vs. other wireless technologies and on par with cable-modem and Wi-Fi performance,” RBC noted in its report.

Nextel noted last week that it has no plans to expand the Flarion trial beyond its recently expanded footprint.

Source: RCR Wireless News


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