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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 31, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 146

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Please consider writing something for the newsletter during the coming year. Anything of interest to our wireless messaging community would be appreciated. Following are some suggested topics:

  • How wireless messaging has helped someone
  • New messaging products
  • New messaging services
  • New telemetry products/applications
  • Innovative marketing ideas
  • Recollections on the early days of paging
  • Biographical information on industry pioneers
  • Technical whitepapers
  • Industry meetings and conventions
  • Industry statistics

There are two main topics in this week's newsletter. One is the FCC's recent order to promote migration to narrowband (12.5 kHz) technology in the private land mobile radio (PLMR) services (called Refarming) and their decision to exempt Part 90 paging-only frequencies from the narrowbanding requirements (part 22 paging was already exempt). The other one is an index of topics that have been covered in all the 2004 newsletters—2004 IN REVIEW.

FCC Order
In an order released 12/23/04 and styled as a "Third Memorandum Opinion and Order, Third Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order" the FCC accepted the petition of AAPC and other paging industry representatives and declared that Part 90 paging frequencies should be exempt from mandatory migration to 12.5 kHz.  This decision is contained in a 71-page order.The order is good news indeed for the paging industry and culminates a successful campaign by AAPC and other paging industry representatives to retain current bandwidth authorizations for Part 90 paging frequencies.  More information will be circulated about the order after the first of the year.
Source: AAPC

A clip of the part of the order dealing with Paging and a link to the complete order appear below, about half-way through the newsletter.

And now on to this year's last wireless newsletter.

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Cell phones increasingly attractive to hackers

cell phone w/virusThe attack known as "Skulls" affected text messages and contact lists. It is one of five malicious software programs attacking cell phones this year.

Early this month, several Web sites began offering software promising ring tones and screen savers for certain cell phones. But those who downloaded the software found that it turned every icon on their cell phones' screens into a skull-and-crossbones and disabled their phones, so they could no longer send or receive text messages or access contact lists or calendars.

Security experts named the malicious software "Skulls" and consider it an early warning of the damage hackers could do as they turn their malevolent talents to cell phones from computers.

"Hackers are simply trying to put it out there that it can be done," said Vincent Weafer, senior director of security response for Symantec Corp., a security software firm. "The motivation is to say (cell phones) aren't as secure as you think."

Mobile phones are a tempting target because they've become a part of everyday life. In addition, consumers are buying more sophisticated "smart phones" with Internet connections that provide an easier pathway for cell phone infections. Few phones come equipped with protection against malicious software, though some companies are starting to install it. Most cell phone users aren't on guard for attacks like those that periodically bring down computers worldwide, and at this point there is little they can do to protect themselves.

"The impact is potentially larger on the phone because we're not savvy about that," said Victor Kouznetsov, senior vice president of mobile solutions at McAfee Inc., a security software firm. "Also, the profile of a mobile society is a cross-section of society who are potentially less (technically) savvy than computer users."

Skulls is one of five malicious software programs attacking cell phones this year, security experts and analysts said. The scale of such attacks is hard to quantify because the federally funded CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, which monitors viruses and other malicious software on the Internet, doesn't separately tally reports of such problems with cell phones.

But there are anecdotal reports. For instance, in Japan, cell phones have frequently been "spammed" with junk messages, some of which redirect phones to Web sites that cause the phones to crash.

Most basic phones can send and receive text messages, which makes them vulnerable to some attacks. And new ways of using cell phones encourage the spread of viruses. For instance, cell phones can transfer infections when users participate in a dating service that allows them to contact strangers in the same room via text messages or play online games.

The potential for trouble increases with smart phones. Like a computer, the newer phones can run e-mail programs and download PowerPoint slides, games and other applications that can come with malicious software attached. Such advanced phones make up 2 percent of cell phones domestically, according to the Yankee Group research firm, which predicts that share will increase to 17 percent by 2008.

Software that protects computers from viruses and other bad software has not been programmed for cell phones.

John Pescatore, an analyst with technology research firm Gartner, said malicious programs will be as much a problem for cell phones in 2006 as they are for computers today. "First it will be a nuisance," he said. "The next phase will be crime, like theft or theft of service, and then after that we'll start seeing different types of attacks" that bring down networks.

Now, computers are a bigger target. Cell phones use a number of operating systems, meaning that separate programs must be designed to disable each one. That makes it harder to design a mass attack. "It's never going to be as uniform a landscape for hackers," so it's unclear how broad an attack might be, Yankee Group analyst John Jackson said.

Still, concerns are growing with cell phone use. There are 170 million cell phones in use, compared with less than 116 million personal computers, according to the trade group CTIA-The Wireless Association and research firm IDC.

Experts have tried to anticipate how big a problem malicious software might be by simulating attacks on cell phones in software labs. They found that e-mail viruses can multiply by sending messages through a cell phone's address book. Viruses can allow unauthorized users into a phone to access passwords or corporate data stored on the device. And they can be used to manipulate the phone to make calls or send messages at the phone owner's expense.

"The nightmare scenario with cell phones is a virus that would delete the contents of your phone, or start calling (a toll number) on its own from the phone or recording every single one of your conversations and sending the recorded conversation somewhere," said Mikko Hypponen, director of anti-virus research at F-Secure Corp., a Finnish security firm.

In June, a gang in Europe that calls itself "29A" released a virus called Cabir. It spread through Bluetooth, a feature on some phones normally used to synchronize phones and computers. It sends wireless signals up to 30 feet, so calendar and contact information can be updated without hooking devices together with a wire. But Cabir hijacked that function, sending Bluetooth phones on a search-and-destroy mission to infect other Bluetooth phones, spreading the virus.

The resulting virus called attention to itself through a text message that said "Caribe—VZ/29a." It also drained cell batteries and killed the phone's Bluetooth feature. Members of 29A did not respond when contacted through e-mail addresses posted on their Web site.

Once a virus gets out, it's hard to contain. Cabir was sent to the labs of anti-virus companies but continued to spread. F-Secure said Cabir last month spread mysteriously from those companies' labs to phones in Singapore. Cases have since been reported in the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, and last week in Beijing. There are no known cases in the United States, according to security experts.

Companies are beginning to respond. Nokia Oyj plans to introduce two phones in coming months with built-in anti-virus software. "As an industry, it's our responsibility to react very quickly," said Laurie Armstrong, a spokeswoman for the Finnish cell phone maker.

DoCoMo, Japan's main cell phone carrier, launched a McAfee program that can send software over the cell phone network to combat problems with malicious software on its phones.

Dozens of smaller companies are also jumping into the mix. Companies such as Trust Digital of suburban Washington and Baltimore-based Bluefire Security Technologies Inc., which is backed by Motorola Inc., are designing software to help companies protect their wireless phones from hackers. Last year, Texas Instruments Inc. started using security technology made by Belcamp, Md.-based SafeNet Inc. in the chips implanted in Nokia cell phones.

"The industry recognizes that today we're in a sheltered environment," said Mark Desautels, vice president for wireless Internet development at CTIA, "but that's not where we're going to stay."

Source: The Washington Post via The Detroit News




92January 2, 2004Setting goals for the new year, New Year's eve in NYC, WorldCom applies to FCC for permission to transfer licenses to MCI. Steve Jobs—CEO of the year.
93January 9, 2004Microsoft SPOT wristwatches (FM sub-carrier) announced, Prism Systems International, run by Jim Nelson, announced it acquisition of Prism one-way paging terminal products from TGA Technologies.
94January 16, 2004 TCS completes acquisition of Aether, rumors of a merger or acquisition involving AT&T Wireless and several different suitors, and Wherify unveils new GPS location devices.
95January 23, 2004Important report, Big Win for wireless at the DC Court of Appeals, ASAP Paging fights the local Telco. A very interesting article: Remote Monitoring & Control Service Bureau; An End-To-End Solution by Marvin T. Serhan.
96January 30, 2004Motorola announced plans to close the Boynton Beach pager plant by the end of the year. Samsung and RIM announced plans to offer Blackberry®. FCC forces telemarketers to transmit caller ID.
97February 6, 2004Space Data Corporation received patent for Airborne Constellation, ReFLEX 2.7.3 was released, C-Net controller problem solved, POCSAG implementation problem solved, and BlackBerry® surpassed one-millionth-subscriber milestone.
98February 13, 2004The wireless industry "discovers" push-to-talk and text messaging. Editorial on "Wireless Instant Messaging" that ruffled a few feathers and provoked considerable reader response. Another diatribe on the Harvard-MBA weenies managing who manage some paging companies.
99February 20, 2004Follow-up editorial on "Wireless Instant Messaging." Lots of reader responses, pro and con. Cingular signed an agreement to acquire AT&T Wireless. Multitone article: "Private Paging Lives on."
100February 27, 2004A new company, GTES (Global Technical Engineering Solutions) led by Russ Allen with other former Glenayre paging experts will support GL products. More Wireless IM reader comments. New Motorola CEO apparently shocked at their lack of Wireless E-mail.
101March 5, 2004How to build a New ReFLEX system today with equipment from TGA Technologies, Arch 03Q4 Operating Results, Metrocall Declares Dividend on Preferred Stock, AMD promoted Iain Morris.
102March 12, 2004Down south of the border, Telefónica—Spain's telephone company—bought BellSouth's assets, making them the largest wireless carrier in Latin America. News about Microsoft's attempt to reinvent paging with their SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology) project. News about Wi-Fi "hot spots."
103March 19, 2004European Professional Alerting of Population (PAP) Launched by Mobile Messaging Operators. More On Metrocall's 4Q Financial Report. A report on the Vocera "Trekkie" Communicator using Wi-Fi.
104March 26, 2004Special report on the IWCE trade show and conference in Las Vegas (with lots of photos). RXP 2.0 is released (a non-proprietary, inter-system linking protocol for ReFLEX messaging systems). RIM announced a color Blackberry®.
105March 29, 2004Special report on the Arch/Metrocall merger.
106April 2, 2004Special report on Homeland Security by Dr. Peter Kapsales (this is a "must read" article). SBC Communications to offer Wi-Fi service in thousands of the UPS store locations nationwide.
107April 9, 2004Spotlight on Hark Systems ISI-LX device that can connect two serial ports together over the Internet. Arch Wireless honored with Best Performance in Public Markets Award. RIM Q4 report. "NOSTALGIA" section about the "good old days" of radio.
108April 16, 2004Discussion started on "Why is RIM succeeding in markets where the ReFLEX devices are not?" Report: "Homeland Security—Practical Suggestions." First in a series on the: "Paging Family Tree." Photos of the demolition of the former Motorola pager factory and Paging headquarters in Boynton Beach, Florida.
109April 23, 2004WorldCom emerged from bankruptcy as MCI. Chronology—MCI events from 1983 to present. More on the Paging Family Tree. Special report from Ron Mercer with suggestions for a simplified pager encryption technique. More photos of the demolition of the former Motorola pager factory.
110April 30, 2004Nortel board fired their CEO, CFO, and Controller. Editorial comments on business ethics. Special report from Vic Jackson: "Paging: Not Dead Yet!" More on Paging Family Tree. Aerial photo of the site of the former Motorola pager factory.
111May 7, 2004More on the Paging Family Tree. Minilec signs expanded North American service agreement with Motorola. Reader comment and editorial on business ethics and executive compensation. Report: Expect 50 Million Dual-Mode Wi-Fi Handsets by 2009.
112May 14, 2004Metrocall Q1 financial report. Arch Q1 operating results. More on the Paging Family Tree. ITA, AMTA to coordinate paging, special-emergency frequencies.
113May 21, 2004First quarter 2004 loss in US public paging subscribers Arch and Metrocall. Doug Ayerst leaves Paging at Motorola. More on the Paging Family Tree. Deep Six for Six Sigma? Wi-Fi' access provider Cometa shutting down. Cautions on possible interference in hospital Wi-Fi, cell phone, and telemetry systems.
114May 21, 2004Correction to First quarter 2004 loss in US public paging subscribers Arch and Metrocall. Some numbers were transposed.
115May 28, 2004Introducing SkyTel FleetHawksm fleet location, tracking, and management system from SkyTel. AT&T Wireless, Fox's 'American Idol’ set world records in text messaging. Monroe County [Ohio] board OKs new paging system. U.K. group buys Ericsson's Mobitex division.
116June 11 , 2004Bruce Deer promoted to be President of SkyTel Paging. Report on SCA Paging Conference held in Myrtle Beach, SC. Contest Over BlackBerry® patent. Hyatt Hotels to offer T-Mobile Wi-Fi access.
117June 18, 2004Brian Gilmore receives president’s award. Exclusive article: "Wireless Directory Assistance" by Vic Jackson. Feature article by David Balsick, Mountain Communications: "The Quest To Tame Quest." Intel, Proxim Team For WiMAX.
118June 25, 2004 Comdex trade show gets cancelled for 2004. New objections to F.C.C. deal with Nextel over spectrum. Cell phone text message could be anti-crime tool. State of Arizona expands Amber Alert distribution to public. Guest editorial from Ron Mercer on inevitable change. Nextel extends international walkie-talkie service into Mexico.
119July 2, 2004Brian Gilmore receives ATSI President's award. RIM shares gain 14%. Motorola premieres camera phone at New York event. Physician/reader comments on poor Paging-customer service. AAPC membership list.
120July 9, 2004PerComm Technologies (ReFLEX device manufacturer) disappears. US Congress runs into VoIP divide. 800 MHz decision goes Nextel's way. Vic Jackson comments on the new "all or nothing" rule: the wireless/CLEC carrier can only choose to adopt a whole agreement (all of the provisions as a package) that the LEC made with another carrier.
121July 16, 2004Multitone/Zetron press release. MCI awarded $125 million contract with HP. New Love for an Old Gadget (pagers). More about PerComm's demise. Attorney comments about FCC's new interconnect ruling. CoolSentry™ is Comverge's brand for its residential and small commercial load control [electrical load shedding] programs [using Paging technology].
122July 23, 2004Jim Page takes up the recurring thread of discussion about why RIM has been successful in certain market areas where ReFLEX has not. A tribute to R. Buckminster Fuller. A GPS tracking device for dogs. Amber Alerts branch out to e-mail, cellphones in Texas. SBC expands Wi-Fi access with Sprint, Telmex.
123July 30, 2004Brooks Marsden joined GTES. Satellite Security Systems (S3) technology protects thousands of school children. Verizon Communications reports: "Wireless data is now a billion-dollar industry." Several reader comments on Jim Page's letter. Vaughan Bowden explains his company: "Easy Solutions." Aether sells transportation division. New Wi-Fi cell phone unveiled by Motorola.
124August 6, 2004Bob Spargo passed away. Mobile phone restrictions in hospitals were outdated and unnecessary, new research claims. Mobile Phone Use In Hospitals: Balance, Not Bans. Kim Spitznagel comments on Jim Page's letter. Jay Moskowitz adds some valuable insight on wireless messaging. FCC takes action to protect wireless subscribers from spam. Cellphone antennas now on light poles and signs.
125August 13, 2004Doug Richardson, respected Canadian Paging pioneer passed away at age 83. More thoughts on the RIM/ReFLEX comparison. Valuable comments from Curtis Rock on the status of the Paging Industry. 128/256-bit AES encrypted pager described— may become available in the future. SBC Foundation gives $1 million grant to Amber Alert Network to improve technology to find missing children.
126August 20, 2004AT&T Wireless gets into "Paging." Bill Clody passed away. Brian Gilmore comments on AT&T Wireless service offerings. John Muleta, Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, has announced that Scott D. Delacourt will become a Deputy Bureau Chief. Intel group pitches broadband WLAN, opposes WWise.
127August 27, 2004Joke: "Paging Lucille." News: Wherify A-GPS Locator Phone. FCC holds some satellite operators outage-accountable. AT&T, AT&T Wireless end dispute, change brand pact. Exclusive report from Vic Jackson: "Intercarrier Compensation Forum." FCC is auditing all paging licenses. Intel's Centrino connects with all Wi-Fi standards.
128September 3, 2004Nortel grants interop. approval to Glenayre’s messaging product. Mobile phone sales soar to record levels. Ericsson Pulls Bluetooth. New Optical Clock Promises More Accuracy than Cesium. Cingular Wireless is Prepared for Hurricane Frances. Apple unveils 'skinny' iMac G5. Philadelphia is at forefront of wireless for all.
129September 10, 2004ITU Report Foresees Wire-free Future. Powell: Congress should make 800 MHz plan law. For BlackBerry Users, a New Way to Write. PCIA's Kitchen Announces Retirement. Asia leading way in global telecom development. FCC reports to US Congress: "Sate of Competition in the Wireless Industry." Intel's Rosedale chip brings WiMax closer. Cellular-to-WLAN Roaming Specification Published.
130September 17, 2004AT&T Wireless preps new IM device, service [looks like a 2-way pager]. Music Phones—Nokia & Motorola stake early lead in reach beyond imaging. FCC blasted for alleged secret Nextel negotiations. Certicom launches comprehensive security platform for mobile handset development. Report on the status of Paging in India. FCC Report to Congress on broadband deployment. Emerging Broadband Networks: The Case for WiMAX. UT Dallas' controversial move raises WiFi regulatory issues.
131September 24, 2004Whitepaper from Ron Mercer on encrypting one-way paging messages: "Caution Dangerous Curve Ahead!" Special report on Claude Shannon, Bell Labs scientist and pioneer of digital theory. Wherify Wireless closes $3 million round of series C funding. Trouble in the GSM network [coverage]. Wireless carriers leave many callers in dead zone.
132October 1, 2004"Fully Interoperable First Responder Alerting System Based on ReFLEX Two-Way Messaging Technology" by Barry Kanne Founder and President TGA Technologies. Ron Mercer responds to comments about his whitepaper. More lively discussion on the pros and cons of one-way pager encryption. Reprint of newspaper report on SkyTel Paging. AT&T releases the Ogo, a dedicated messaging device. America Online launches Mobile Developer program. Smart Dust: tiny sensors that can track anything.
133October 8, 2004More on AT&T Wireless' "Ogo" two-way text messaging device. Google launches mobile messaging service. Metrocall & Arch schedule special meetings of stockholders to vote on proposed merger. Nighthawk Systems ships units to Alabama power supplier. Searching on the Run with wireless PDAs & Blackberry®. Patent landrush threatens Wi-Fi standards.
134October 15, 2004Report: the historic "Carterfone decision" made many interconnect devices that we take for granted today possible. Broadband over power line approved despite interference concerns. Multitone announces launch of US reseller program. WiMAX will bridge digital divide: Intel.
135October 22, 2004Churches installing cell phone jammers. RIM intros souped-Up BlackBerry® for mobile enterprise. AFA [flight attendants] supports recommendations for portable electronic devices. US Public Subscriber Paging Market Report. When Wi-Fi Will Drive. NETGEAR, Flarion team on wireless data nets.
136October 29, 2004FCC and the DOJ conditionally approve the Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless merger. Microsoft SPOT wristwatches finally hit the shelves. Motorola wins long-standing suit against the Uzan family of Turkey. SkyTel and Velocita (formerly Cingular Interactive) both announce encrypted text messaging devices. "Certified" Wi-Fi Capable PDA/Cell Phones (and other products) announced. Big Shake Up in Store for WiMax in 2005. San Francisco aims for free citywide Wi-Fi. Clearwire (Craig McCaw) partners with Intel on WiMAX networks. Background report on the Arch/Metrocall merger. Space Data launches data services across south-central U.S. MCI [SkyTel] messaging solution meets classified security requirements.
137November 1, 2004Several updates on pending Arch/Metrocall merger. A politically incorrect cartoon about paging network rationalization: "The Fable of the Farmer's Son with an MBA." Lots of reader comments on the pending merger. Space Data Corporation invites the AAPC to an open house and cocktail reception. Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless merge. Intel, Clearwire pair for WiMAX.
138November 12, 2004Special reports on the AAPC conference and a visit to Space Data Corp in Phoenix, Arizona (with lots of photos). Unication acquired the rights to the PerComm e80 two-way pager and the OMNIDATA™ OEM ReFLEX telemetry module. More reports on the pending Arch/Metrocall merger. FCC VoIP Ruling Foreshadows Changes. Leap boosts content with IM, Spanish services. Novel approach to tracking shows its accuracy. Rogers Wireless details executive shuffle following Microcell buy.
139November 19, 2004Arch/Metrocall merger completed. New name: USA Mobility, Inc. New summary of their UIS (units in service) this year. BlackBerry® subscribers pass two million mark. Bluetooth to triple in speed by next year. Nextel eyes $1B network saving.
140November 26, 2004Mobile e-mail still untapped, Yankee says. Motorola A630 on T-Mobile USA. After AT&T merger, Cingular Wireless expects to cut 6,800 jobs. Survey: Some iPod fans dump PCs for Macs. SBC puts wireless spots in Barnes & Noble. Broadcom chipsets expand Wi-Fi coverage areas. WiMax hype, 802.11 reality.
141December 3, 2004Special report on the use of pagers in hazardous atmospheres, and the meaning of "intrinsically safe." Singapore Airlines and Connexion by Boeing finalize plans for high-speed, in-flight connectivity. Cell phone towers in camouflage. Canadians are finally getting a taste of Apple's iTunes. Philly & Verizon strike agreement on city's wireless plans.
142December 10, 2004Introduction of Payment Guardian, a wireless starter-interrupt system for the "buy here, pay here" car/truck market. Mobile phone users double since 2000. Nokia: 2 billion cell phone users by 2006. New high-resolution camera. Congress passes E911 bill. Real Telecom hopes to thrive by renovating pager services, shifting focus. Nextel-Sprint would top business market in wireless. Wireless network (Siemens) smashes world speed record. Hackers target wireless systems. Wi-Fi for everyone? Not so fast.
143December 17, 2004More on Payment Guardian. USA Mobility Names Thomas L. Schilling Chief Financial Officer. Sprint to buy Nextel in $36 billion deal. Appeals court: RIM violated patents. FCC OK's wireless Net access on flights. Clarification/correction on pager intrinsically safe approvals. Semiconductor Breakthrough: Processor 24 times faster. Toshiba claims hard drive storage record. Wi-Fi network could become nation's largest.
144December 24, 2004 RIM revenues rise. Space Data Applauds FCC Decision To Bring Competitive Wireless Services To Airline Passengers. Phones in flight: The story is data, not chatter. Rumor Mill: Will T-Mobile bid for Nextel? Survey from Boone Cellular Companions (BCC). TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services looking for network partners. VoIP: A New Day Is Dawning. Too Soon For WiMAX, IDC Says. Support for WiMax spec heating up.
145December 25, 2004Christmas Card.
146December 31, 2004This issue.
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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers  NotePage Inc.
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DX Radio Systems  Payment Guardian
Electronic Entities Group   Preferred Wireless
Global Fax Network Services   Prism Systems International
GTES LLC   Ron Mercer
HMCE, Inc.  Selective Communications
Hark Systems   TGA Technologies
Minilec Service, Inc.   UCOM Paging
Northeast Paging   Zetron Inc.

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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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This equipment is used for monitoring, optimizing, and capturing paging data which includes full messages, capcodes, times, frame information, and other technical data.

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment including the PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal, 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 or 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
  • Message printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of intelligent Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including GPRS & CDMA cellular. 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 with the inbuilt job processing system which may be interfaced to a variety of CAD & JMS platforms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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: left arrow CLICK HERE

Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
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GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the paging industry. With over 200 years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering development staff available.

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


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
Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
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 Federal Communications Commission FCC 04-292


Adopted: December 20, 2004Released: December 23, 2004

D. Paging

31. Background. The text of the Second Report and Order did not address whether the Commission should exempt paging-only frequencies from the narrowbanding requirements. In the final rules, however, the Commission deleted the first sentence of Section 90.35(c)(29) of the Commission’s Rules, but, inconsistently, left Sections 90.203(j)(7) and 90.20(d)(30) intact. In contrast, the Refarming Report and Order expressly exempted Part 90 paging-only frequencies from the narrowbanding requirements.

32. Several petitioners maintain that not exempting Part 90 paging frequencies from narrowbanding requirements appears to be an oversight and procedural error of the Second Report and Order. They point out that the Second Report and Order deleted the first sentence of Section 90.35(c)(29) without comment or discussion. They state that deleting the first sentence of Section 90.35(c)(29) imposes narrowband requirements on Industrial/Business Radio Pool, paging-only channels contrary to established Commission policy.

33. Discussion. We conclude that we should not depart from the precedent set in the Refarming proceeding to exempt paging-only frequencies from the narrowband requirements. We believe that whatever benefits might have been initially perceived by applying our narrowband requirements to paging carriers are outweighed by the economic burdens the current rule imposes on paging carriers. We note that, because most paging systems in place today are not single-site systems, a narrowband requirement on paging systems would require total system replacement. We are therefore concerned that the costs associated with a systemic overhaul of paging transmitters would have a deleterious effect on the paging industry’s ability to provide service. We further note that paging channels are neither congested nor do they typically create interference problems. The fact that paging operations use a relatively short duty cycle also supports an exemption of paging-only frequencies from the Commission’s narrowbanding requirements. In arriving at our decision to exempt paging on paging channels only from the narrowbanding requirements of this proceeding, we recognize the valuable services paging carriers provide to public safety entities and general users at an affordable cost. Lastly, we believe that our decision here will remove the uncertainty created as a result of the rule changes we formerly adopted in the Second Report and Order, and restate our policy to exempt paging from the narrowbanding requirements consistent with the actions established in the Refarming proceeding.

34. Finally, we note that the paging channel at 163.250 MHz operates on Federal Government-use spectrum. Accordingly, it is subject to the pending rulemaking proceeding in ET Docket 04-243.


This is a clip from a very important recent FCC ruling. It is only one section of a 71-page document and does not include several important footnotes. This is the section on Paging. This and other sections in the order deal with changing the bandwidth limitations in certain types of radio communications from 25 kHz channel spacing to 12.5 kHz spacing. I strongly recommend that you read the whole document if it affects you or your business in any way. You can download the "pdf" file directly from the FCC web site by clicking here. left arrow

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The Sunday Times Business Person of 2004

Steve Jobs swoops in as Mr iNcredible

His success with the Apple iPod and Pixar films has transformed two industries. Paul Durman reports.

IT is not often that a company boss gets to bathe in the success of a product that is a smash hit with consumers. It is rarer still for that product to be genuinely important, transforming not just the company that designed it but the face of an industry.

It is even more remarkable for one chief executive to enjoy this level of success, not at one company, but at two quite different businesses in the same year. And to accomplish all this while undergoing treatment for cancer—well, that’s just incredible.

Yet this is the story of 2004 for Mr Incredible himself—Steve Jobs, 49, chief executive of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs is the man behind Apple’s iPod music player and The Incredibles, Pixar’s latest computer-animated blockbuster. The iPod and The Incredibles have both done terrific business this Christmas, providing a barn-storming end to a phenomenal year.

Jobs’s power in the entertainment industry made him a key player in another of the biggest business stories of the year—the attempt to unseat Michael Eisner as chief executive of Walt Disney. Jobs’s decision last January to terminate discussions to renew Pixar’s distribution deal with Disney was the catalyst for Eisner’s bruising battle with his shareholders.

There were other strong contenders to be Sunday Times Business Person of the Year. Sergey Brin and Larry Page added a few zeros to their fortunes by floating Google. Roger de Haan made more than £1billion from the sale of Saga, the travel and insurance group. And Lakshmi Mittal created the world’s largest steelmaker with a three-way merger that formed Mittal Steel. And there is always Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of the all-conquering Tesco.

But none of their achievements had the consumer and cultural appeal of the iPod. In the end, there could be only one winner, and it had to be Jobs.

Despite his trademark jeans and black polo-neck top, Jobs remains an aloof figure, obsessively controlling his company’s interaction with the outside world. Jobs and his executives are reluctant to be drawn on any subject much beyond the wonderfulness of Apple’s products. Even in the e-mail that in August announced he had undergone surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, Jobs took the opportunity to point out he was writing on an Apple Powerbook computer.

With The Incredibles, Pixar has extended the unbroken run of success that stretches back over six movies, 16 Academy Awards and $2.5 billion to the original Toy Story. Pixar has shown Hollywood how to make great animated movies with wit and intelligent story lines. The Incredibles, the story of a family of retired superheroes, is forecast to take $600m in box office receipts, and many millions more in merchandising.

The Incredibles is an enormous hit. But it is dwarfed by the success of the iPod.

This was the year the iPod finally took off. The original version of the digital music player had been around since October 2001, and it had repeatedly won applause for its stylish design and ease of use. But until this year, the media acclaim had run far ahead of sales.

With the iPod’s status as a fashion icon assured, Jobs and Apple have continued to drive sales with constant promotion and fresh innovation. This has led to the 1,000-song mini iPod—even sleeker and more fashionable than its grown-up sibling, and just the right size for a girl’s handbag. More recently there has been the iPod photo, which besides music can store and display 25,000 pictures.

Sales have accelerated through the year, reaching 2m units and $537m in the third quarter. With many American and British teenagers putting an iPod at the top of their Christmas wish-lists, analysts are forecasting that sales in the Christmas quarter could double again to 4m units.

This growth is supported by, and is encouraging, a revolution in the music industry. Jobs was in London in June for the European launch of Apple’s iTunes online store, which has almost single-handedly created a market for the legal downloading of music over the internet.

Despite numerous attempts to replicate iTunes’ simple pricing, Apple claims it retains a 70% share of the market in legal downloads. Ten days ago the company announced that more than 200m songs had now been bought and downloaded from iTunes.

Combined, iPod and iTunes have transformed the profile of Apple’s business. After several years of flat sales, Apple’s turnover has doubled in 18 months—from about $6 billion to about $12 billion.



3G wireless licenses likely in 2006

Published: December 30, 2004, 2:17 PM PST
By Reuters

New U.S. wireless airwaves for advanced, or "third-generation", services like high-speed Internet will be auctioned off as early as June 2006, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.

Some of the airwaves are used by federal government agencies but a new law signed by President George W. Bush last week would reimburse them for a move to other spectrum using the proceeds from the sale of the wireless licenses.

"The spectrum relocation fund mechanism that Congress has established will result in successful auctions, smooth relocation of important government operations and, most important, competitive high quality communications services being provided to American consumers," said FCC Chairman Michael Powell.

The bands to be auctioned include 1710-1755 Megahertz and 2110-2155 MHz. The agency said it would try to sell licenses for airwaves in the 1432-1435 MHz band in July or August 2006.

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration will be required to advise the FCC of estimated costs and timelines for relocation of the government operations at least six months before the auction.

Auction of those airwaves previously used by the government can only be completed if the proceeds equal 110 percent of the estimated relocation costs, according to the new law.

U.S. wireless companies, like Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, are typically hungry for additional airwaves to serve additional customers as well as offer new advanced services, which could one day include video on mobile phones.

The FCC plans to auction 242 wireless licenses starting Jan. 26, airwaves that cover cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Orlando as well as smaller areas including Albany, New York, and Columbia, Missouri.

Source: Reuters via c|net News.Com


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