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FRIDAY - JULY 23, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 122

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Things have been a little show this week in the world of Paging and Wireless Messaging. I guess it is because many people are on vacation. So . . . I will make up for quantity with quality.

One of my jobs at Motorola was international market development manager. Frequently I would take VIP visitors to the paging headquarters/factory by to meet my friend and colleague Jim Page. I would introduce him as "the second smartest guy in Paging"—which was a big joke because everyone knows that Jim is much smarter than I am. When Jim spoke about paging we all used to listen. We still do. He is recognized as one of the world's experts on paging and is well known for his many forward-looking ideas. I am pleased to report that Jim has spoken again—this time from his retirement—and we are fortunate to have his comments in this issue. He takes up the recurring thread of discussion about why RIM has been successful in certain market areas where ReFLEX has not. We have had several other leading industry experts give their opinions on this topic, and now we can read Jim's evaluation of what happened in this week's READER'S COMMENTS section.

There is a Press Release following, from LocatePLUS, who is enjoying great success in supplying their public information services for crime fighting and anti-terrorism over the RIM Blackberry devices.

I have a quantity of UHF Motorola PURC transmitters (450-470 MHz, ASC, 200 W.) coming up for sale in South America. They are currently in service and can be shipped anywhere. Please let me know if you are interested. There are 11 transmitters and two more for spare parts.

bucky fuller stampR. Buckminster Fuller was a professor at one of the schools that I attended. I remember going to hear one of his lectures. The US Post Office issued a stamp this month marking the 50th anniversary of his patent for the Geodesic Dome. I put together a short tribute to "Bucky" Fuller here.

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Where's Fido? Check the cellphone and find out

Anne Eisenberg NYT
Saturday, July 17, 2004

In the Walt Disney film "The Incredible Journey," two dogs and a cat are reunited with their owners after a long and dangerous trip. For many pets, there is no such happy Hollywood ending. Few animals separated from their owners are reunited, according to the American Humane Association. But wireless technology may one day provide some help both for animals and the humans who cherish them, whether the pets have strayed across town or across the border. In one emerging technology, owners can keep track of their dogs by way of miniaturized Global Positioning System receivers and mobile modems attached to the dogs' collars.

"If the pet leaves the yard, you'll get a call on your cellphone, PDA or any other two-way wireless device," said Jennifer Durst, chief executive of GPS Tracks, a company in Oyster Bay, New York, that has devised a GPS-based system called the Global Pet Finder. Durst said the system would be on the market by the end of the year and would fit dogs of all sizes except toy breeds. The receiver will cost about $300, and there will be a monthly "monitoring fee" of about $13, she said. "Cats will be next year," she said, "in Version 2." People who use the new system can set the boundaries for their dogs at a Web site or on the miniaturized device itself, specifying how far their pets can roam. It might be a backyard, Durst said, or, if both owner and pet are on vacation, a section of a beach, perhaps, or the area around a motel.

Software checks the pet's position constantly, she said. When it passes the default boundaries, an alert is triggered, and owners receive a text message. "It will say, 'Your pet has left' and send the exact location," Durst said. Locations will be identified by street name and number or, for certain cellphones, by maps. "In rural areas with no street signs, you will be given directions from where you are," Durst said. The GPS receiver calculates the position, and the coordinates are translated into a readable position. The system is designed for any area covered by a GSM cellphone network.

Another application of wireless technology may help reunite pets with their owners even when the animals are in another country. Implanted microchip transponders have been used for years in the United States and elsewhere to identify dogs, cats and other pets. The tags include a glass-encased microchip with a unique identification number that cannot be altered but can be read by a low-frequency radio scanner. The number is then matched to a database to find the pet's owner. The problem has been that the American and overseas systems are incompatible. So some organizations in the United States that maintain identification databases are switching to the international system in the hope of one day linking American pets and owners to a global database.

The use of microchips has increased steadily, said Sue Richey, who directs the American Kennel Club's Companion Animal Recovery program. It keeps a national database in Raleigh, North Carolina, in which people can enroll their microchipped or tattooed pets. "We're getting 55,000 to 70,000 animals a month," she said, "with a live recovery every eight minutes, 24/7." Most pet microchips and scanners used in the United States now operate on a radio frequency of 125 kilohertz. But the chips used in much of the rest of the world operate at an international standard of 134.2 kilohertz, Richey said. That disparity can lead to problems when, for example, an American loses a pet while traveling in another country.

Scanners that can read both kinds of chips will be needed, said Jodi Buckman, director of animal programs for the American Humane Association in Denver. "One worldwide standard will provide the ultimate protection for pets," she said. Pet chips of the future may be different in other ways, too. For one thing, they may be updatable. Information on the current microchips cannot be changed, meaning that new developments in a medical history, for example, cannot be added. But Walt Ingwersen, a veterinarian in Whitby, Ontario, who has served as chairman of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association's microchip committee, said "smarter" so-called read-write chips were on the way. Ingwersen is a member of a technical committee that is developing international standards for the advanced transponders.

Source: The New York Times via the INTERNATIONAL Herald Tribune


Press ReleaseSource: LocatePLUS Holdings Corp.

LocatePLUS Worldwide Information Subsidiary Enters into Marketing Alliance with Grow With Me ID

Thursday July 15, 7:08 am ET

BEVERLY, Mass., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—LocatePLUS Holdings Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: LPLHA - News, LPLHB - News, LPLHW - News), an industry-leading provider of business-to-business and business-to-government investigative solutions, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Worldwide Information, Inc., has entered into a marketing alliance with Grow With Me ID, a New Hampshire- based provider of child safety identification cards. According to the alliance, Worldwide Information will advertise the services of Grow With Me ID on its corporate website http://www.worldwideinformation.com.

The FBI estimates that 85 to 90% of missing persons are juveniles. A survey released in May of 2002 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and ADVO, Inc. found that 34% of parents did not know the height, weight and eye color of all their children; these are three key pieces of information needed by investigators to help solve missing children cases. Carrie Alex, founder and president of Grow With Me ID, stated, "Grow With Me ID's goal is to equip parents with child identification cards, a simple, yet inexpensive tool that can make a significant difference towards finding a lost child within the first, critical 24 to 48 hours following a disappearance. With deep roots in serving police departments throughout the New England region with identity solutions, Worldwide represents the ideal partner to help us extend our market reach."

Sonia Bejjani, president of Worldwide Information, Inc., stated, "Worldwide Information and our parent company, LocatePLUS, are committed to delivering real-time investigative solutions that can help identify perpetrators of crimes against children. Through networking and establishing strategic alliances with companies such as Grow With Me ID, Worldwide Information supports programs and services that advocate the safety of children through technology. We encourage parents to maintain up-to-date records on children, which can help to safely locate missing or exploited children."

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Grow With Me Child ID Cards contain vital information as a digitally produced photograph, a right thumbprint, which is FBI forensic qualified, height, weight, and date of birth. The card also includes medical and allergy data along with an Emergency Medical Treatment Authorization Statement, which parents can sign and give to caregivers or family members. For more information on the Company and its ID cards, visit: http://www.growwithmeid.com.

About Worldwide Information, Inc.
Worldwide Information, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of LocatePLUS Holdings Corp., is a leader in providing advanced searching technology. In business for more than a decade, Worldwide Information offers a full line of CD-ROM products using statewide motor vehicle records to provide identity validation services to law enforcement. Founded in 1989, the company has expanded from private investigation and customized search services to providing specialized software and packaged databases that deliver complete investigative solutions to its customers. For more information, visit: http://www.worldwideinformation.com.

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LocatePLUS is an industry-leading provider of public information and investigative solutions that are currently being used in homeland security, anti-terrorism and crime fighting initiatives. The Company's proprietary, Internet-accessible database is marketed to business-to-business and business- to-government sectors worldwide. LocatePLUS' customer base exceeds 15,000 members, including over 2,000 law enforcement agencies, as well as many major police departments across the country. Clients include many of the nation's leading agencies, such as the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Channel partners include Loislaw, Earthlink, Imaging Automation, AssureTec and the nation's leading recruitment site.

Based on the 2000 United States Census figures and Company estimates, LocatePLUS has information on nearly 98% of the adult population and data entries relating to approximately 205 million individuals in the United States. LocatePLUS' records are maintained in one of the largest and most comprehensive XML data sources of its kind, capable of national delivery. For more information, visit the Company's Website at http://www.locateplus.com. For investor information, visit http://www.otcfn.com/lplha.

Safe Harbor Statement from LocatePLUS: Statements in this press release concerning the Company's business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses or other financial items, and network or service offering growth, together with other statements that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Any forward-looking statements are estimates, reflecting the best judgment of the party making such statements based upon currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the timing of any expansion of the Company's database, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements. Risks, uncertainties and factors which could affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements are identified in the public filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and forward-looking statements contained in this press release or in other public statements of the Company should be considered in light of those factors.

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Amber Alerts branch out to e-mail, cellphones

Texas not yet using high-tech notifications about child abductions

09:40 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 20, 2004

By SILLA BRUSH / The Dallas Morning News

Add your cellphone, pager or Blackberry to a growing high-tech arsenal that police can use to find missing children. On Monday, the nation's Amber Alert system went high-tech with a new Web-based program that speeds up the process of alerting the public about abducted children. Residents can choose to receive information about a missing child on their personal wireless devices and e-mail. The system also will improve how authorities issue alerts on the television and radio.

Speed is essential in child abductions because three out of four missing children are killed within the first three hours of abduction, according to the Justice Department. "We'll all be looking for you," is the tag line of the new campaign, said Chris Warner, head of E2C, the Scottsdale, Ariz., company that designed the new technology.

The system took 18 months to build and was introduced at the National Governors Association meeting in Seattle. Arizona and Washington went live Monday, and 11 states have signed up. Alerts are not yet available for Texas, but users can choose to be notified about alerts in other states. Mr. Warner expects the system to eventually link 49 states. Hawaii doesn't have a statewide system. Mr. Warner said the new program replaces a 30-year-old system based on radio technology and the Emergency Alert System. Sometimes it could take up to two hours to send out the alert. "When you're going through all those things to put it out and then to update, it's really difficult to get the word out," said Washington State Patrol Capt. Fred Fakkema, Washington's Amber Alert coordinator. "This way, everyone gets it at the same time."

Now when an alert goes out, first responders will enter information about the missing child and any description about the abductor in real time and immediately send the data to all emergency personnel and residents who choose to receive an alert. It will still go to radio, television and highway signs. Residents can register to receive the alerts at www.amberalert911.com. "What is particularly important about this is in the most serious cases, time is the enemy," said Ernie Allen, who leads the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which announced with Nextel Communications Inc. a similar program using cellphone alerts in Pennsylvania on July 12. "What is so powerful about cellphones is there are 160-plus million of them, and people with cellphones are out and about."

The Amber Alert system is named for Amber Hagerman, the 9-year-old Arlington girl who was abducted and killed in 1996.

Source: The Dallas Morning News

READER'S COMMENTS

From: Jim Page
Subject: RIM vs ReFLEX
Date: July 19, 2004 11:38:34 AM EDT
To: brad@braddye.com

Hi Brad,

I've thought a fair amount about why RIM succeeded over ReFLEX.  I think there are several strategic reasons in addition to those already mentioned and a host of tactical problems on both sides of the fence which I don't discuss here.  I hope you'll print this in your newsletter for comment. 

First, the "financial world" decided they disliked the paging business, and ReFLEX was considered paging.  RIM was smart to never position itself as paging.  As you know, the transition to 2-way paging was/is capital intensive.  Following the Mobilcomm collapse, Wall Street turned on the Paging business once and for all.  It became harder and harder for conventional paging companies to raise large amounts of capital to build networks and buy subscriber devices.  This was reinforced by a collapse in the European Paging market.  The world in general and Wall Street in particular never did put this European collapse in proper perspective.  The Europeans were never very high on paging to begin with (they were the creators of GSM cellular which was a huge success and they preferred paging to just go away) but the Europeans DID HAVE tremendous short term success in putting pagers on the street under "calling party pays" for the first time.  Depending on your point of view, this approach was either incorrectly priced, or the industry didn't do enough to stimulate usage (and thus cash flow) and soon the paging providers of Europe were awash in red ink.  Many bailed.  This was seen as "evidence" by Wall Street of the coming collapse of paging in America (rather than a flawed business model in Europe) which, combined with the woes of Mobilcomm, became a self-fulfilling prophecy.  It is also very possible that Mobilcomm could have been saved from bankruptcy which is a whole other story that others will have to tell should they choose.  Had the European collapse been understood and/or the Mobilcomm collapse been averted, the capital environment for ReFLEX would have been far stronger.  Next, the Mobitex environment was already perhaps 10 years old, had their sticks in the ground, had raised and spent much of their required capital in a more beneficial financial climate, and had depreciated some or much of it. Finally, I felt then, as I still feel today, that Wall Street "experts" evaluating wireless, were/are a collection of very smart "second wave" industrial theorists, trying (and failing) to evaluate "third wave" information technologies (this extends to Washington FCC regulators).  This continues until today and will lead to America frittering away yet another technology advantage on the world stage.  Using Wall Street's expertise in wireless is like sending Navy battleship experts to evaluate American naval investments in Aircraft Carriers just prior to World War II.

Another important consideration still overlooked is the regulatory environment.  Mobitex technology was 10-year old technology that had fundamentally failed in the marketplace to cellular in the US.  One of Reagan/Bush's changes as president was a wave of deregulation.  Surprisingly, this continued under Clinton's FCC (who only cared about raising money to fix the budget deficit using auctions).  In the early days of wireless regulation, spectrum was licensed for specific applications.  In the newly deregulated environment, spectrum was auctioned and use was determined by the marketplace.  While this is attractive to political ideologues, it is NOT the most efficient use of spectrum.  And it IS a killer to narrowband innovation and investment (Mobitex OR ReFLEX).  ReFLEX Paging was licensed in an environment of 5, 25, or 50 kHz channel spacings and was now theoretically supposed to compete with folks who might own massive blocks of spectrum (cellular providers may have 20+ MHz channel allocations for example).  Competing with 25 kHz against someone who has 25 MHz is, of course, a joke; rock on scissors.   And now you see Motorola has exited its narrowband business altogether and RIM is morphing its offering as fast as it can onto the NEXTEL and cellular formats where it will be able to compete in the future.  The FCC took the money in auctions, did not regulate fair competition, and sent the narrowband folks to slaughter; ReFLEX and ultimately Mobitex as well.

Next, RIM (Mobitex) had a significant sales advantage over ReFLEX and capitalized on it while ReFLEX had a significant sales advantage over RIM (Mobitex) and did not capitalize.  The RIM advantage was of course speed thru the network which resonated as millions of us were getting acquainted with the "World Wide Wait" in our computing experience.  This network advantage degenerates, of course, as the Mobitex network fills.  RIM used speed in their marketing to great advantage.  The ReFLEX advantage, I believe, was coverage.  I think each of the ReFLEX networks had superior coverage to RIM and, were we ever able to integrate the ReFLEX networks together, that coverage advantage would have been substantial.  When you look at the total number of installed base/receiver sites for RIM vs ReFLEX you will see what I mean.  I've been away from it for awhile so I don't recall the numbers, but it was a multiple and it was significant.

Another problem for ReFLEX vs RIM was ReFLEX had divided focus whereas RIM sank or swam on one product, one network, one architecture, one solution.  At Motorola, the primary business was cellular so we were dealing with multiple products, multiple networks, multiple architectures, and multiple solutions.  Our major competitors were the European and Japanese cellular manufacturers.  I don't wish to demean RIM's success in any way, they did a remarkable entrepreneurial job.  But divided focus was, in fact, a reality. This became particularly apparent in later days when the Paging organization was subsumed within the cellular organization at Motorola.

In conclusion, I feel RIM did a remarkable entrepreneurial job in using dated technology in new ways to defeat ReFLEX in a climate that was capital constrained and newly deregulated.  They used their advantage of speed (network architecture) better than we used our advantage of coverage.  And I believe their viability in the future is functionally dependent on their ability to morph their offering onto the higher bandwidth network transports in a way that is transparent to the end user and doesn't result in them becoming colonized or architected by the owners of that high bandwidth transport offering.

I look forward to your comments. [Readers are encouraged to comment on this topic.]

Regards,

Jim Page

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I’m continuing the topic of marketing suggestions to increase your sales of pagers (and more important, the monthly service income!)

My work schedule prevented me from writing a column for last week’s newsletter- has this ever happened to you? Anyway, here we go now!

This week’s topic is accommodating the hearing impaired. I’m hard of hearing, but not to the extent of many. My own father is profoundly deaf, but hearing aids make it possible for him to function in conversation. People speaking to him must enunciate and face him directly for he reads lips to fill in the missing words.

We have hearing impaired customers pager customers, too. For them, the vibrate alert required for they cannot hear the alert tones from the pager. However, some of these folks are on-call when they are sleeping. Many have asked, “How can you amplify the alert sound from the pager so that it will alert me?”

Low-tech is good here! Obtain an empty coffee can, put the pager inside the can and place the can near your bedside. With the pager on vibrate it will ‘drum’ inside the can and create quite a racket when it alerts. Experiment with different sized cans to obtain the best effect.

Do you have any tips to share? Please send them along to me at jsimmons@rogerstwoway.com. Even if you don’t have any tips I’d like to hear your comments—good or bad.

John Simmons

The Electronic Entities Group

www.EEonTheWeb.com

Remember that old word “Residuals”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are paid by the manufacturer to support YOU and unlike other factories; we never bid against you, restrict you or take your deal. We help you with demo equipment, brochures, information, sales assistance, web advertising and user name/passwords for the website so that you don’t even need to buy anything to start up fast.

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

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Data Communications Level 1 A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry Remote Monitoring and Control Level 2 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet Tracking Level 3 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force Automation Level 4 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module and a handheld computer terminal for full automation of field service activities all the way from the customer's location back to the service company's back office.
We can generally turn a specification into a prototype in two to four weeks. If you have an interesting application in mind, please give me a call so we can talk about it. ()
WANTED WANTED

Thank you to all of Brad's readers who provided equipment and leads for my last want list. I continue to search out and recreate early wireless e-mail systems from the 80s and 90s and am looking to acquire the following:

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

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

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

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AAPC Mission Statement

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

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

Our industry must move forward together or we will perish individually.

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Zetron Simulcast System

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

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

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

www.zetron.com/paging. left arrow CLICK HERE

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

Your Choice of Options

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

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

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

Logical Choice

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

Go ahead… be choosy… choose Prism Systems International

CONTACT
Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
Internet: www.prismpaging.com
E-mail: info@prismpaging.com
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MAXPage
It's like a Motorola PeopleFinder™ on Steroids!

MAXPage
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Commtech Wireless introduces MAXPage, a desktop paging terminal packed with features.

Alpha, Numeric, Tone, & Voice
MAXPage, from Commtech Wireless, is the ideal replacement for the Motorola PeopleFinder™. With its advanced features, it can be used with Alphanumeric, Numeric, Tone only, Coaster pagers as well as 2-tone voice pagers in countless applications.

Serial Interface
With the inclusion of a serial interface, MAXPage can interface with Comp, TAP, Scope™, Waveware & Tekk systems as well as Commtech's Wireless Callpoints.

Telephone Interface
Anyone can be given easy access to the MAXPage system through its telephone interface. Once the system is connected to a telephone port, anyone can pick up a telephone, dial the MAXPage unit and use the keypad on their phone to send messages to pagers. The telephone can also be used to transmit voice messages to 2-tone voice pagers.

Alarm Inputs
A powerful feature of MAXPage is its onboard alarms. The four, dry contact closure, onboard alarm inputs will automatically dispatch messages to pagers or groups when activated. Alarms not cleared within a configured time frame can activate a repeat message (escalation) to either the same pager/group or to an alternative pager/group.

Features*

  • 1000 Pager capacity
  • Selectable 2 or 4 watt transmitter
  • Reminder messages
  • Dual mode function keys - one touch messaging
  • 2-tone voice paging - from on-board mic or telephone
  • 4 alarm inputs
  • Voice prompted telephone paging
  • QWERTY keyboard interface (PS2)
  • Windows® interface for advanced features
  • Serial interface for Comp/TAP/Scope™/Waveware/Tekk
  • Coaster paging management system

*Some of the features listed are optional and are not supplied as standard

For more information, simply fill out the feedback form or contact us on the details below.

CONTACT
Mr. Zane Lewis
Commtech Wireless USA
6900 Philips Highway, Suite #26-27
Jacksonville, FL, 32216
Phone: 904-281-0073
Fax: 904-281-0074
E-mail: sales@commtechwireless.com
Web: www.commtechwireless.com

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Chris Kephart
888-645-7545
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Wireless Communication Solutions

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

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

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System Features & Benefits:

  • Hardware Based
  • Uses Embedded Linux as the Multitasking OS
  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
CONTACT
Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275
or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
E-mail: leanne@harksystems.com
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  • ISO 9001 - 2000 certified manufacturing facility.
  • THE High-Quality RF design and Contract Manufacturer of choice.
  • Do you have a product or product component that you would like to have manufactured?
  • Would you like to have us design and manufacture a product just for you?
  • Would you like to know firsthand that your contract manufacturer is one of the leading providers of service with the highest degree of quality in mind?

Daviscomms USA Inc. is your direct connection to Daviscomms (S) Pte Ltd., the leading pager manufacturer in the world with many years experience in Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing of highly-reliable, premium-quality FLEX and POCSAG Alphanumeric and Numeric pagers. Daviscomms offers unparalleled quality, features and functions. We perform our own stringent quality testing as well as certification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to meet all of their standards. All of our paging products meet FCC and IC Standards for use in the USA and Canada.

Our manufacturing facility, located in Malaysia, is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. Customers, globally, choose Daviscomms for our QUALITY, RELIABILITY, ON-TIME DELIVERY, COMPETITIVE PRICING and our TOTAL COMMITMENT to providing the best value for their needs.

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We offer full product support (ODM/OEM) for our worldwide customers, including a complete design center, research facilities, proto-typing, field services, contract manufacturing, commodity sourcing, and distribution.
In addition to both Numeric and Alphanumeric pagers, we have designed, engineered and manufactured 1-way Telemetry devices, paging receivers, 2-way paging (ReFLEX) telemetry devices, DECT phones/devices and PDA accessories. bravo 800 pager
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At Daviscomms, we are proud to provide our customers with end-to-end manufacturing solutions while delivering superior quality and support. Daviscomms is at the forefront of the industry with its commitment to leading-edge technology, cost-effective manufacturing and the highest degree of customer service.

Daviscomms delivers low cost, high volume manufacturing solutions to our customers. We help maximize time-to-market objectives while minimizing procurement, materials management, and manufacturing costs.

For information about our contract manufacturing services or our Bravo-branded line of numeric and alphanumeric pagers, please call Bob Popow, our Director of Operations for the Americas, 480-515-2344. (Scottsdale, Arizona) or visit our website www.daviscommsusa.com.

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

Contact Sales sales@programmingconcepts.com
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.

CONTACT
DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
E-mail: Info@DXRadioSystems.com
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AT&T Wireless Takes iPAQ Pocket PC to the EDGE

Company offers bundled solution for high-speed wireless data services

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 28, 2004

REDMOND, Wash.—Starting today, AT&T Wireless will begin offering a bundled device and service package that allows business customers to use their HP iPAQ Pocket PCs to access the fastest, nationwide wireless data network in North America. Using a Bluetooth-enabled iPAQ, business customers can access AT&T Wireless EDGE service by using a Bluetooth-enabled Nokia 6820 phone as a portable, high-speed modem.

The company stated that while many business customers want integrated voice and data-capable PDAs, others want the flexibility of carrying separate wireless phones and PDAs without sacrificing functionality. This new package provides a cost-effective solution for business customers looking for this kind of capability and provides a simple way for current iPAQ users to upgrade the capabilities of their existing devices.

"This new bundle allows iPAQ users to access high-speed wireless data services in ways never before possible," said Abhi Ingle, vice president of business data solutions at AT&T Wireless. "Together, HP and AT&T Wireless have created a simple solution that provides customers with the ability to carry separate devices while still being able to fully leverage the capabilities of each."

"HP delivers solutions that enable our customers to stay connected and enjoy rich content in multiple environments," said John Dayan, senior director of HP Handheld and Wireless Business Unit, Americas. "By working with AT&T Wireless on this unique bundle, we are able to offer our customers another way to be productive while mobile."

Enterprise customers who already own a Bluetooth-enabled iPAQ can receive the Nokia 6820 and HP Bluetooth connectivity software for as little as $74.99 when they sign-up for a monthly wireless data plan at $49.99 and any voice calling plan of $39.99 or above. Business customers can also selected a bundled solution includes a Nokia 6820 handset, a choice from among three iPAQ models—the h2210, h4150 and h4350—and HP Bluetooth connectivity software all for a discounted rate when coupled with voice and data service from AT&T Wireless. Enterprise customers who select the iPAQ h4350can receive the bundle for as little $423.99 when they sign-up for a monthly wireless data plan at $49.99 and any voice calling plan of $39.99 or above. Those selecting an iPAQ h4150 can receive the same bundle for as little as $374.98, and those choosing an iPAQ h2210 can receive it for as little as $404.98.

"Considering that the list price of a new iPAQ can be $400 or more, our enterprise customers can actually receive this entire bundled solution for less than the cost of an iPAQ itself in some cases," said Ingle. "In addition, business customers who already own iPAQ's can take advantage of other special discounts on the Nokia 6820 that enable them to fully leverage their investment."

AT&T Wireless EDGE service is the fastest, nationwide wireless data network. EDGE service is now available nationally to customers located in areas served by AT&T Wireless covering approximately 220 million people, some 7,500 cities and towns and areas along more than 30,000 miles of major highways.

For specific details about this bundled solution, enterprise customers are encouraged to contact their AT&T Wireless or HP business account representative for details.

For further information, please contact:

Name: Jeremy Pemble
Company: AT&T Wireless
Office: 425-580-5997
Wireless: 425-894-5012
E-mail: jeremy.pemble@attws.com
Name: John Kampfe
Company: AT&T Wireless
Office: 908-696-4536
Wireless: 908-432-3473
E-mail: john.kampfe@attws.com

Source: AT&T News Release

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TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way, Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
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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: http://www.outr.net/overnight_pw.htm left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

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GTES Corporate
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
russ.allen@gtesinc.com
GTES Sales
870 Mountclaire Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Tel: 678-947-5649
Cel: 770-598-4442
tim.hall@gtesinc.com

www.gtesinc.com
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 SUITE OF PRODUCTS

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Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Hardware & Software

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment. The PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal is THE MOST INTELLIGENT PAGING RECEIVER IN THE MARKET. The PDT2000 is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and is widely used by emergency services and in onsite paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. All of the following capabilities are standard features of the PDT2000 and of our other paging data receivers:

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

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

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

CONTACT
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Address:
Selective Communications Group
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
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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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Telephone: 757-588-0537

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

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WI-FI NEWS

SBC Expands Wi-Fi Access with Sprint, Telmex

Tue July 20, 2004 04:49 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—SBC Communications Inc. (SBC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) signed deals with four companies, including Sprint Corp. (FON.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Mexican phone giant Telmex (TELMEX.MX: Quote, Profile, Research) (TMX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , to expand high-speed wireless access to the Internet by allowing its subscribers to roam on other companies' networks.

SBC said on Tuesday it had also signed Wi-Fi roaming agreements with Concourse Communications and Wise Technologies, two smaller Wi-Fi companies, and would run Wi-Fi access points in about 300 Caribou Coffee shops.

SBC, the second-largest U.S. telephone company, has about 5,000 Wi-Fi locations, and has announced plans to have 20,000 by the end of 2006. Subscribers of the four companies would be granted access to SBC's Wi-Fi network.

SBC said the agreements would be in place by the end of the year. Sprint declined to comment, saying it was in talks with a number of service providers.

Wi-Fi, also known as wireless fidelity, allows high-speed wireless Internet connections within a few hundred feet of a transmitter. Thanks to backing by Intel Corp. (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) , Wi-Fi technology has become a standard feature of many new laptop computers.

The number of public Wi-Fi hot spots is expected to double this year to more than 130,000 in the United States, according to research firm Gartner Inc. Yet many analysts remain skeptical that firms can profitably sell Wi-Fi access, due to competition from free Wi-Fi spots and other data services.

Many companies offer Wi-Fi services targeted to business travelers, with access points in airports, hotels and convention centers. SBC, which has been among the more aggressive builders of Wi-Fi access points among telecommunications companies, has tried to draw a wider swatch of users by putting Wi-Fi sites in McDonald's restaurants and UPS stores.

SBC sells daily and monthly access to its Wi-Fi hot spots, and will offer discounted service as part of a bundle with its digital subscriber line (DSL) high-speed Internet access later this year.

Source: REUTERS

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

I attended the funeral of a close friend yesterday. The minister told a great joke at the graveside. It was about two floral deliveries that got mixed up. One was to be sent to a cemetery and the other was for a business that had moved to a new location. The flowers that went to the business had a card which said "deepest sympathy" and the ones that went to the cemetery had a card that said, "congratulations on your new location." I think my friend probably liked that.

Please accept my best wishes for a good weekend.


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—Dr. Temple Grandin

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