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FRIDAY - JANUARY 23, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 95

Dear Wireless Colleagues and other Friends,

Rumors that Cingular would eventually sell or shut down its Mobitex network have been going around for quite a while. This week there is a news clip saying they are cutting jobs in their Mobitex business unit. No specifics were given.

More news this week on the possibility of an AT&T Wireless merger or acquisition.

There are two important legal issues that affect paging this week. The first is that the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is forcing the FCC to reconsider their ruling making our friends at Mountain Communications pay Qwest Communications a bunch of money for trumped-up telephone interconnect charges. The court called the FCC's action "arbitrary and capricious." Vic Jackson wrote an exclusive guest-editorial opinion for us and he calls it a "Big Win for wireless at the DC Court of Appeals." His article follows.

The other issue is a "pleading" to the FCC, by our friends at ASAP Paging in Texas, to rule on a similar issue where a local telephone company is trying to price them right out of business. A Public Order from the FCC is reprinted below and it contains instructions about how we can all file comments on this issue. I urge you to read it carefully, and if you want to help out ASAP Paging and our paging industry in general, go ahead and file your comments. I know ASAP Paging—these are good people and they need our help. The nice thing about being an American is that we are all entitled to express our opinions to our government, and if they don't do what we want them to, we elect a different political party and then try again. It may not be a perfect system, but is sure beats the ones where you can't even express your ideas and opinions without going to jail—or worse.

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This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Data and Radio Paging. You are receiving this message because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list with my apologies.

A new issue of the Paging and Wireless Data Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon Eastern US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major paging and wireless data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers, so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get reader's comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the paging, and wireless data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my website.

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The Paging and Telephone Answering industries would never have amounted to much in this country had it not been for some high-principled individuals who said "we are not going to stand for this" and fought for their rights (and ours) to connect private equipment to the public telephone network.

Some may remember a time when the American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) Company had a monopoly on the manufacture of all telephone equipment installed on a customer's premises. Many in the industry know full well that they would not be in business right now had the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not handed down the Carterfone decision of 1968, allowing non-telephone company devices that are "privately beneficial" and not "publicly harmful" to be connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), commencing the deregulation of the telecom equipment market. Tom Carter, a determined Texas businessman, is the reason for that decision. He fought for and won the rights for end users to choose and install privately owned telephone equipment.

Source: TIA PulseOnline

Here is your chance to do something to help save paging—what's left of it. Remind the FCC that the paging industry supplies an important service to millions of people and tell them that continued overcharging by the telephone companies will put us all out of business. What am I saying, "will?" I haven't had a regular job in over two years. It has already happened to me.


I have come across an outstanding article on one of my favorite topics, Remote Monitoring and Control via wireless. The author is Marv Serhan, the Vice President of Business Development for Satellite Security Systems, Inc, a San Diego company involved in monitoring, tracking, and control of fixed and mobile assets. I am very pleased to reprint this article in its entirety, with the permission of both its author and its publisher. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Here is a news clip that I missed when it came out last October:

SAN DIEGO – October 31, 2003 — Satellite Security Systems (S3), a global provider of asset security and logistics control, in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and InterState Oil Company, dramatically demonstrated the first wireless remote shutdown of a fully loaded moving petrochemical tanker truck.

From S3's headquarters in San Diego – 530 miles from the demonstration site – satellite communications were used to disable the truck in seconds, proving S3's GlobalGuard™ and FleetGuard™ a viable solution to the challenge of controlling rogue hazardous waste vehicles that could pose a threat to homeland security.

The event, conducted on CHP Academy grounds in Sacramento and administered by the CHP, addresses ongoing concerns about the affordability of effective security technology, stealthiness of such a security device, and how GPS monitoring can be incorporated safely into law enforcement protocol.  

The need to secure trucks carrying hazardous-waste or petrochemical products is of paramount concern. . .

Source: S3 Press Release

PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS CLIPS FROM THE WEB

Cingular cuts jobs in Mobitex division

Jan. 16, 2004 1:13 PM EST

Cingular Wireless is cutting jobs in its Mobitex business, although the carrier declined to provide specifics.

Cingular said it is cutting a "minimal" number of jobs in its Cingular Interactive division, which runs its slower-speed Mobitex data-only network. Cingular said the job cuts will be achieved through attrition or placing employees in other roles within the company. Cingular declined to provide a current headcount for its Cingular Interactive business or a percentage of jobs cut.

"Like any major company, Cingular often reviews its regional operations and business units performance to make adjustments as necessary," said Jennifer Bowcock, director of Cingular's media relations. "These adjustments can include a variety of actions, including reducing the number of jobs."

Bowcock said Cingular has no plans for companywide layoffs.

In other Mobitex news, the board of the Mobitex Operators Association decided that the organization would revert back to a volunteer staffing structure. Jack Barse, formerly the group's paid executive director, was replaced by Kevin Swann, sales and marketing director for CML Microcircuits in the United Kingdom, who will serve as the MOA's chairman of the board. Charles Nelson, president of Cingular Interactive, is an MOA board member.

Barse said the MOA will continue its work to promote Mobitex networks worldwide. The group was previously a volunteer organization.

Mobitex is a data-only network supporting speeds of around 20 kilobits per second. Cingular said its Mobitex network covers 93 percent of the urban business population in the United States and provides good in-building coverage and device battery life. Although Cingular Interactive does not provide subscriber numbers, those in the industry estimate the carrier’s Mobitex subscriber base to be around 800,000, about 400,000 of which are BlackBerry wireless e-mail users from Research In Motion Ltd.

Rumors that Cingular will eventually sell or shut down its Mobitex network have long circulated in the industry, especially due to the carrier's GPRS and EDGE network buildouts. Further, other wireless carriers have withdrawn from a similar data-only network technology, CDPD. AT&T Wireless Services Inc. plans to shut down its CDPD network this year, while Verizon Wireless plans to shut down its CDPD network by the end of next year. Both AT&T Wireless and Verizon are working to move their CDPD customers to newer, faster network technologies.

Source: RCR Wireless News


Cingular Steps Up AT&T Wireless Courting

Tue January 20, 2004 07:22 PM

PHILADELPHIA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular Wireless has made an overture to buy smaller rival AT&T Wireless Services Inc., but the No. 3 U.S. wireless telephone company is likely to set up a formal process to collect bids from several suitors, sources close to the situation said on Tuesday.

Cingular outlined its all-cash proposal to AT&T Wireless officials before a scheduled two-day meeting of that company's board that began on Monday but thus far has yet to put an offer in writing, one source said.

The proposal, which was likely to be slightly richer than AT&T Wireless's current market capitalization of about $27 billion, was more of an enticement to step up talks and to edge out rivals who have shown preliminary interest, the source said.

"There's a preliminary valuation floating around. But that's more of a lure to get serious on talks rather than a hard and fast offer," said the source, who declined to disclose that valuation.

Shares of AT&T Wireless closed up 4 percent, hitting a level not seen since early 2002.

Sources were divided on the firmness of a Cingular offer. A person familiar with the situation told Reuters earlier in the day that Cingular had made a formal offer, but that source could not be immediately reached later in the day to clarify those comments.

Enough carriers have expressed interest in the company — including Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Nextel Communications Inc. — that AT&T Wireless' board is likely to set a deadline when formal bids could be submitted for consideration, several sources said.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that NTT Docomo, which already owns 16 percent of AT&T Wireless, also outlined a bid for the company. The Japanese company sketched out other scenarios, as well, such as what role it would play if another company bought AT&T Wireless, the newspaper reported.

NTT Docomo must grant its blessing for any other carrier to acquire more than 15 percent of AT&T Wireless, according to regulatory filings.

An acquisition of AT&T Wireless would set in motion long-awaited consolidation in the crowded U.S. wireless industry, which has seen slowing subscriber growth and cutthroat competition among the six national companies.

Source: Reuters


Court orders FCC to fix paging interconnection rules

January 21, 2004

By Vic Jackson, Interconnection Services, Inc.

Big Win For Wireless at the DC Court of Appeals

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On Friday, January 16, 2004, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Mountain Communications, Inc. versus the Federal Communications Commission (No. 02-1255) in which the Court declared that a major portion of the FCC’s July 25, 2002 Order in Mountain Communications, Inc. versus Qwest Communications International, Inc. (FCC 02-220) was "arbitrary and capricious." In their 2002 decision the FCC ordered Mountain to pay Qwest for what Qwest described as "dedicated toll facilities" that delivered calls from Walsenburg and Colorado Springs, Colorado to Mountain's point of interconnection with Qwest in Pueblo, Colorado. In June 2000, the FCC had ruled in a similar situation involving TSR Wireless and Qwest that TSR did not have to pay for similar trunk facilities. The DC Court decision means that the FCC must re-consider their Mountain vs Qwest Order and conform it to the Court's decision.

Mountain Communications is a small paging and telecommunications carrier located in Pueblo, Colorado, but this dispute involved all paging and cellular carriers in the USA. If the FCC's decision in the Mountain case had not been reversed, the landline local telephone companies would have collectively been able to bill millions of dollars per month in facility charges for the, so called, "dedicated toll facilities" that in reality are simply part of the landline telephone local networks.

Vic Jackson's e-mail address: vic jackson's e-mail address

Another report : RCR Wireless News


FCC PUBLIC NOTICE [reprint]

DA 04-92
Released: January 20, 2004

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED FOR PETITION OF ASAP PAGING, INC. FOR PREEMPTION OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS CONCERNING RETAIL RATING OF LOCAL CALLS TO CMRS CARRIERS

WC Docket No. 04-6

COMMENTS DUE: March 23, 2004
REPLY COMMENTS DUE: April 23, 2004

On December 22, 3003, ASAP Paging, Inc. (ASAP) filed a petition requesting that the Commission preempt an order of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (Texas Commission), certain provisions of the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA), and certain Texas Commission substantive rules. ASAP states that, on April 1, 2002, CenturyTel of San Marcos, Inc. (CenturyTel), an incumbent LEC, changed its switch translations so that end-users attempting to dial ASAP customers were required to dial 1+ and assessed intraLATA toll charges by CenturyTel. ASAP filed a complaint with the Texas Commission asking it to order CenturyTel to stop requiring its users to dial 1+ and pay toll charges in order to reach ASAP NXXs in rate centers that are "local" to the San Marcos rate center.

The Texas Commission issued an order dated October 9, 2003, denying the relief requested by ASAP Paging. According to the petition, the Texas Commission ruled that CenturyTel can require its end-users to dial 1+ and pay retail rated toll charges when they call a number that ASAP obtained from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator and associated with rate centers that are "local" to the San Marcos rate center. The Texas Commission found that the physical location of the CMRS customer at the time of the call is determinative for retail rating purposes. Because CMRS customers are mobile and their physical location cannot be readily determined for retail rating purposes, the Texas Commission decided to use ASAP's switch site as a proxy for the customer's physical location. Given that ASAP's switch was located, outside the local calling area that includes San Marcos, the Texas Commission found that CenturyTel could require 1+ dialing and impose toll charges for calls to ASAP's customers.

ASAP requests that this Commission preempt the Texas Commission order dated October 9, 3003 in PUC Docket No. 25673 because the order: (1) deprives ASAP and consumers of several rights related to CMRS that are guaranteed by federal law; (2) confuses the essential distinctions between retail rating and wholesale carrier compensation; (3) misconstrues the character of expanded local calling service (ELCS) and the duties of incumbent LECs servicing an ELCS area; and (4) errs in its conclusions concerning state regulatory authority over the service that ASAP provides to its Internet service provider customers.

ASAP also seeks preemption of certain provisions of the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act and Texas Commission substantive rules that address the creation of ELCS because their application in the order cannot be reconciled with prevailing federal law. ASAP requests that the Commission require the Texas Commission and CenturyTel to "honor federal law as it pertains to retail rated local calling to CMRS users with numbers that are 'local' to the landline user." ASAP also seeks an order preempting the Texas Commission’s attempt to require ASAP to submit to state regulation for an interstate service.

Interested parties may file comments on or before March 23, 2004, and reply comments on or before April 23, 2004. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies.

Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must be filed. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters should send an e-mail to ecfs@fcc.gov, and should include the following words in the body of the message, "get form." A sample form and directions will be sent in reply. Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing.

Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail).

The Commission's contractor, Natek, Inc., will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Suite 110, Washington, D.C. 20002. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554.

All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

Parties are strongly encouraged to file comments electronically using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Parties are also requested to send a courtesy copy of their comments via e-mail to victoria.schlesinger@fcc.gov.

Two (2) copies of the comments and reply comments should also be sent to Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Room 5-A221, Washington, D.C. 20554. Parties shall also serve one copy with Qualex International, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 863-2893, or via e-mail to <qualexint@aol.com>.

Documents in WC Docket No. 04-6, including the ASAP Paging Petition, are available for public inspection and copying during business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th St. SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. The documents may also be purchased from Qualex International, telephone (202) 863-2893, facsimile (202) 863-2898.

This matter shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with the Commission's ex parte rules. Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentations must contain summaries of the substance of the presentations and not merely a listing of the subjects discussed. More than a one or two sentence description of the views and arguments presented generally is required. Other rules pertaining to oral and written ex parte presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings are set forth in section 1.1206(b) of the Commission's rules.

For further information, contact Victoria Schlesinger of the Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7353.

- FCC -
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You can download the original notice from the FCC to get all the fine print and footnotes.
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DX Radio Systems

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  • LTR & MPT1327 Trunking Systems
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  • Complete Trunking Systems
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REMOTE MONITORING & CONTROL SERVICE BUREAU; AN END-TO-END SOLUTION

Marvin T. Serhan, CEM

ABSTRACT
Utilities as well as Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customers today have an enormous challenge to remain aware of various energy, natural gas, water, wastewater or environmental details for their many geographically dispersed locations. With large numbers of locations under the supervision of one organization, the costs to obtain readings at each location can be quite high. In addition, benefit is gained by reducing the time required to gather data readings from all locations and assemble them into information that can be used by utilities and C&I customers to make decisions that improve operational efficiency and business results. One solution to this challenge is through the use of a Service Bureau that provides an end-to-end solution for monitoring and control.

INTRODUCTION
In today’s environment, many Utilities and their customers are faced with hundreds (sometimes thousands) of locations that require some level of monitoring. This information, once collected, is used for generating reports to help reduce operating costs. Examples of how this data is used include graphing the profile of energy consumption over time, monitoring the performance of remote energy distribution system hardware/circuitry, developing energy load curtailment/demand response programs, or logging and reporting environmental data from remote water reservoirs and dams. Any anomalies that may develop in these widely dispersed and/or distant regions could impact the efficiency and reliability of a corporate-wide monitoring and oversight program.

WHAT IS A SERVICE BUREAU MONITORING & CONTROL SOLUTION?
A Service Bureau Monitoring & Control Solution (M&CS) is an end-to-end management system that collects, transmits, and processes data as well as controls equipment at multiple locations in near real-time. For utilities and commercial/industrial customers requiring insight about their energy, gas, water or wastewater operations, and critical equipment status, the M&CS provides near real-time access to information via the Internet. An effective M&CS Service Bureau solution will include a variety of hardware and communications options to meet dynamic and unique operational business requirements some of which are listed in Table 1.

Table 1: Monitoring & Control Applications

ApplicationsElectricityGasWaterWastewater
Interval data profiling (HHF/MDEF & MV90)XXXX
Automatic meter reading (compatible with MV90)XXX 
Distribution system monitoring & controlXXXX
 • Capacitor bankX   
 • Cathodic protection XXX
 • Irrigation  X 
Environmental data monitoring (temperature, pressure, flow rates, wind, rain, snow, etc.)XXXX
Storage tank/reservoir/well monitoring & control XX 

HOW IS DATA COLLECTED AND FORWARDED TO THE DATA CENTER?
Data collection is provided through three forms of public communications providers (paging, satellite, or dial-up telephone), each with an appropriate communications fee for gathering the information over these networks. The same procedures can be followed using private radio platforms, allowing customers to instrument points and gather data over their existing private radio networks. Please see Figure 1 for a graphical representation of the communications architecture focused on a Motorola ReFLEX™ communications protocol that can accommodate both mobile and/or fixed point monitoring and control operations.

Figure 1: Monitoring & Control System Architecture (Source S3)

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Wireless communication technology has expanded the reach of the M&CS Service Bureau approach. Data collection and remote monitoring of customer meters is possible through use of a family of Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) that interface with low earth orbit satellites, terrestrial 2-way paging systems or private RF networks. Please see Figure 2, which illustrates examples of 2-way paging RTUs. Once collected, information from an RTU is sent over one of several data communications networks (satellite or terrestrial) and then via the Internet to the Service Bureau Data Center, where it is unbundled and formatted for compliance with a customer's database. The information can be displayed in a variety of client-defined formats that include graphs, tables, raw data, FTP, E-mail, or text pager services. If applicable, the information from the database can also be formatted for input into a Utility's existing MV-90 system through FTP transfers in the appropriate file format. If customers own their data collection hardware or MV-90 systems, they can FTP data to the Service Bureau and have information immediately accessed and replayed to their customers anywhere in the world. The Internet has no geographic boundaries. Essentially, Customer flexibility in communications options (wireless or wireline) when combined with the Internet have changed the rules for accessing and distributing data, and the Service Bureau M&CS serves as the vehicle to facilitate that process. For control applications, the information flow begins with the customer via the Internet and continues to the Data Center, then via the communication network, to the RTU, which sends a control message to the site.

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Figure 2:
Remote Terminal Unit (2-Way Pager Devices)

Source: S3 & Motorola

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A SERVICE BUREAU APPROACH?
By allowing both utilities and their customers to access and use the M&CS in near real-time, the M&CS provides specific value to both parties. For utilities and their customers, the M&CS is a remote monitoring and load-profiling solution that can help reduce electricity demand, and enable customers to effectively take control of their operational costs. As such, many commercial customers are reviewing their usage information to determine where they can take steps to improve facility energy efficiency or increase the energy conservation awareness of their workforce. Some of the areas where commercial account energy managers can use a Service Bureau M&CS to focus attention include:

  • Energy benchmarking determination
  • Billing verification
  • Energy profile monitoring and control with alarms and exception reporting
  • Reduction of demand charges
  • Near real-time aggregation of load data in support of Utility Demand Response programs
  • Measurement and Verification (M&V) procedures in support of Demand Side Management (DSM) projects
  • Regional aggregation of facility data and comparison of energy use or demand parameters

Table 2 below helps to illustrate various other value propositions as related to energy use. These same value statements can apply to any utility or environmental application particularly those covering a wide geographic region.

Table 2: Challenges, Solutions, and Value

ChallengeSolution NeedService Bureau M&CS
Features/Functionality and Value
Fielding a solution quicklyRapid deployment
  • Hosted solution is operational immediately after installation of RTU
Hard to read metersAutomatic meter reading for specific areas of service territories
  • Capability to use M&CS for one to many customers, with RTUs that are easy to rapidly deploy and install
Risking substantial expenditures on unproven systemPhased program with smaller initial deployment
  • Ability to deploy 50 to 100 units quickly, then expand to full operation
Establishing accurate baseline usage for all customersInterval data for all customers or utility distribution infrastructure
  • Load profiling available in near real-time over M&CS website showing interval data readings
Lack of information and insight regarding electricity usage (e.g., interval data)Load profiling features including benchmarking, exception reporting, threshold alarming, aggregation
  • M&CS load profiling, benchmarking, threshold alarms
  • Exception reporting, aggregation
  • Partner application interfaces where necessary
Incompatible legacy systems create unwanted complexity for utilitiesInterface with existing systems and applications (e.g., MV90, private RF networks)
  • Able to interface with MV90 or other legacy systems if required
  • Ability to add private communications option
  • Flexible interfaces to legacy systems
Controlling distribution equipment or privately owned energy hardware in hard-to reach locations Monitoring and/or controlling, in near real-time, with reporting capabilities. Notification when equipment thresholds are crossed, verification of on/off status in remote areas
  • Access to remote equipment via the Internet
  • Alarms when thresholds are crossed
  • Feedback when equipment is turned on or off

A Service Bureau M&CS can be implemented and brought on line quickly primarily because it is a hosted system maintained and upgraded by the vendor, with no special customer software required. Information can be accessible quickly wherever Internet access is available, across county, state or national boundaries. The Service Bureau M&CS offers many significant advantages particularly in a global economy, where customers are constantly seeking a competitive advantage. Table 3 provides an overview of some of the key attributes of a well-designed and fully functional Service Bureau M&CS.

Table 3: Service Bureau and Remote Terminal Unit Features, Functions & Benefits

Data Communication OptionsMultiple communication options available via private networks, public switched telephone lines, 2-way paging, or orbital satellites. No FCC licensing required.
Centralized DataCollection Data collection, storage, analysis, and network management using a single data center.
Hosted Data BaseNo software to purchase. No licensing fees. Vendor hosts and updates the database and web presentation formats.
Data logging & reporting flexibilityLogging intervals as frequent as once per minute. Reporting intervals as frequent as every five minutes.
Critical Function MonitoringMonitoring of customer-defined thresholds. When thresholds are crossed, alarm messages are sent to E-mail addresses including E-mail-enabled devices (pagers, PDAs, cell phones).
Over-the-Air-Programming (OTHP)—Remote & Local ConfigurationConfigure event counters and timers, alarm set points, and logging/reporting intervals either in the field or via the web interface.
On-Demand Read CapabilityPerform an "on-demand" read of the PRTU data logger. Customers with the appropriate security authorization can send a command to the RTU to retrieve data from its data logger.
Multi-channel Data Gathering & ReportingMonitor an entire site and/or end-use loads through a single device.
Near real-timeDelivers messages as fast as within 30 seconds.
Customer-defined Reporting IntervalsReporting frequency is scheduled or "on request."
Customer Reporting FormatsCustomer-defined content for tables or graphs. Unique customer reporting formats can be accommodated.
Data Transfer DiversityTransmits user data to customers via E-mail, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Frame Relay, or secure Internet access.
User Definable SecurityPassword protected for system and data security. Multiple levels of security authorization for customer host and designated sub-account users.
Field CapabilityCompact, weatherproof, and secure enclosure (NEMA 4X).
ReliabilityUses proven data communications services for 2-way message transfer between the remote location and data center.
2-Way Pager RTUMultiple input terminals (analog [10-bit A/D] and digital). Multiple switched relay outputs. Digital input event counters & timers.
Power Source FlexibilityEither solar or AC power options with battery backup.
Alarm & Exception ReportingAlarms and exception reporting based upon customer-designated threshold monitoring set points.
ScalabilityExpandable solution can be used for larger numbers of monitoring sites or to solve other monitoring & control challenges.
Simple Turnkey System DesignInitial planning, program management and operational services provided by vendor.
Customer ServiceService representatives and technical support available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Available Support ServicesResources available to assist with program planning, implementation and management.

WHAT VISUAL TOOLS CAN THE SERVICE BUREAU M&CS PROVIDE TO THE CUSTOMER?
The data collected by the data center can be formatted for output to support various customer systems. Customer data outputs include near real-time alarm messages and periodic data reports with all data archived for a designated period (usually 24 months). In addition to alarm messages through E-mail enabled pagers, messages can be sent to any device that accepts incoming E-mail messages. Typical chart and graphical outputs, accessible through the Internet, are displayed in Figure 3, 4 and 5. A typical alarm historical display is portrayed in Figure 6.

figures 3 to 6

In addition to the graphical, tabular and alarm reports noted above, the Service Bureau's data center offers a powerful data analysis system that is flexible and can produce reports and information tailored to a specific customer's operational needs. Couple the near M&CS real-time information delivery system with threshold alarming and equipment control functionality and a customer now has the means to oversee and manage a corporate-wide monitoring and control system that affords a unique advantage in a highly competitive global economy.

In addition to tabular and graphical representations of data, a 2-D or 3-D representation of the geographic region in which the data is being recorded often adds meaning and an element of situational awareness that often is missed in merely reviewing other graphical representations of the data. As an example, Figure 7 offers a 2-D visual of an Arizona school system instrumented to record not only energy interval data, but also power outage notification. The RTU hardware is tied to the US government's Global Positioning System (GPS). As such, when an outage occurs or an out-of tolerance condition develops, the threshold alarm can be quantified and visualized based upon a geospatial display. From a command and control perspective, this feature provides a rapid means of directing field-service personnel to proceed to a precise location (latitude/longitude with street address) and to correct the problem in a timely manner. Customers are pleased and rapid correction of the problem re-starts meters and revenue for utilities.

Figure 7: 2-Dimentional Representation Enhances Enterprise-wide Visualization (Source S3)

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Table 4 offers a snapshot of the Units of Measure available through the processing power of a Service Bureau, which collects energy, gas, water, wastewater, or environmental data and presents that information to customers in formats that meet their operational and administrative requirements.

Table 4: Service Bureau Presentation Units of Measurement

Available Units of Measure
Pulse CountMegawatt
AmpereWatt
British Thermal UnitPower Factor
British Thermal Units per Square FootKilowatts per Square Foot
Kilowatt-HourMegawatts per Square Foot
Megawatt-HourWatts per Square Foot
Watt HourPounds per Square Foot
kWh per Square FootThousand Volt-Ampere Reactive Hour
MWH per Square Foot0/1 Equipment State
Watt-Hour per Square FootDegrees Centigrade
Cubic Feet Per SecondDegrees Fahrenheit
Gallons Per MinuteDay
Thousands of gallons per HourHour
Miner's Inch – BCMinute
Miner's Inch – Co Millisecond
Miner's Inch – MWSecond
Miner's Inch – WAcre Feet
VoltageHundreds of Cubic Feet
FootCubic Feet
InchGallon
PercentThousands of Cubic Feet
KilowattThousands of Gallons

CONCLUSION
Information is critical to sound decision making and long-range forecasting of system demand and production requirements. The Service Bureau M&CS solution has significant value particularly in support of large commercial, industrial or retail account operations where users must monitor hundreds and/or thousands of sites spread across regional, state, national or even international boundaries.

The Service Bureau M&CS approach provides the technology that can collect, aggregate and report utility performance data on any number of locations and allow utility specialists or corporate operations managers to make business decisions quickly when considerable cost savings or operational improvements are feasible. This approach to operational oversight and management enables corporations to function more efficiently and enhances their bottom line. The Service Bureau Monitoring and Control Solution provides a cost-effective and rapidly deployable option to establish a corporate-wide operational oversight program.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Formerly with Motorola, Inc., Marv Serhan is now the Vice President of Business Development for Satellite Security Systems, Inc, a San Diego company involved in enterprise-wide monitoring, tracking and control of fixed and mobile assets with coverage throughout North America, (US, Canada, Mexico) and select off-short locations. He is a former Naval Aviator and retired Navy Captain who holds three Graduate Degrees in disciplines associated with National Security & Strategic Studies, General Management, and Global Leadership. He has worked in the Utility industry for seven years and is a Certified Energy Manager with expertise in the design, implementation, and management of the Service Bureau Concept to support Utility or Corporate-wide energy monitoring programs.

Satellite Security Systems. Inc.
939 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Office: 619-574-1452
Fax: 619-574-6521
E-mail: mserhan@satsecurity.com

REFERENCE:

  • Satellite Security Systems of North America, LLC, Collateral Materials
  • Motorola Energy Monitoring & Control Solution for Utilities and Business, RC-30-2004

Reproduced from: "Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment," Vol. 22, No. 4. 2003, page 51-63, with the publisher's permission.

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  • NewsStream RSS software and cradle for same—unless Motorola still sells same?
  • Copies of Motorola Paging Price pages from 1989-91
  • NEC Printer/RS-232 interface for the NEC D4 Alpha
  • ZETRON DAPT 1000 encoder with TAP dial-up port capable of Golay and POCSAG Alpha—must have been manufactured before 1991
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Please look in your storeroom or your basement and see if you have any of these items. It would be very helpful if you could assist me in showing that wireless e-mail was being used before 1991.

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Discovered on: January 18, 2004
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W32.Beagle.A@mm is a mass-mailing worm that accesses remote Web sites and sends e-mail to any addresses it finds using its own SMTP engine. The e-mail has the following characteristics:

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