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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 3, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 141

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

This week there is quite a mixed collection of news about several different topics. The main feature of this week's newsletter is a special report on the use of pagers in hazardous atmospheres, the meaning of "intrinsically safe," the various approval agencies, and their classifications of areas where an approved device may be safely used. This was a topic being discussed via e-mail this week. It is an important safety issue, and may affect the cost of insurance. After being asked about it, I decided to do a little more research into the details. My report follows below.

Welcome to CPR Technology a new advertiser. Several other companies are close to making the decision to use the newsletter to get the word out about their products and services. A number of our advertisers have renewed two and three times (six months each time) so that shows that they are getting a good response. Anyone thinking about an ad is welcome to call me and I will be happy to help them develop a layout that will fit in the newsletter.

And now on to this week's Wireless Messaging news and views.

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

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

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WIRELESS NEWS

Bell Canada Announces Trial of Integrated Fixed-Mobile Service; BridgePort Networks to collaborate with Bell on first North American trial merging voice services

December 01, 2004

TORONTO—(Business Wire)—Dec. 1, 2004—Bell Canada today announced it has entered into an agreement with BridgePort Networks to develop and trial Internet Protocol (IP) technology that integrates fixed and mobile voice services. This trial affirms Bell's commitment to delivering its services over one powerful, IP-based network.

The solution will allow Bell customers to use a single phone service, no matter where they are. The technology will provide seamless connectivity through one handset, one number and one mailbox, whether at home, in the office, or on the road. The technical trial will begin in the first half of 2005.

"This initiative brings us one step closer to our vision of the Bell broadband home, where all communications services are integrated and we simplify how consumers stay connected," said Charlotte Burke, Senior Vice President of Consumer Internet Services, Bell Canada. "This announcement follows trials already underway to bring video and wireline voice to the Internet, and demonstrates Bell's commitment to fully migrating to an IP platform."

The solution provided by BridgePort Networks seamlessly integrates Bell Mobility's CDMA 1x network with Bell Sympatico's DSL wireless home network. Services will be delivered using fixed IP enabled terminals in the home and dual mode wireless devices that combine CDMA and Wi-Fi capability.

"Next generation network convergence requires the application of next generation IP based technology to the mobile network," said Mike Mulica, President and CEO, BridgePort Networks, headquartered in Chicago. "We are delighted that Bell has chosen BridgePort Networks as a strategic partner for this industry-leading trial."

BridgePort Networks is pioneering the convergence of mobile and Voice over IP services. The company's roaming technology extends single identity mobile phone number services over IP access networks, including DSL and Wi-Fi.

Source: TMC Net.Com


Singapore Airlines and Connexion by Boeing Finalize Plans for High-Speed, In-Flight Connectivity

Thursday December 2, 9:03 am ET

Singapore Airlines First in the World to Bring Live International TV to the Skies

SINGAPORE, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/—Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, today announced the signing of a definitive service agreement for the installation of high-speed, in-flight Internet service on the carrier's long-haul fleet.

This agreement positions SIA, the world's leading commercial airline, as one of the first carriers to offer real-time broadband service for its passengers. SIA will achieve another world's first in 2005 when it brings live international TV on board, beamed through Connexion by Boeing(SM) to the passengers' laptops.

Passengers using the Connexion by Boeing service aboard equipped SIA aircraft will be able to connect real-time to their corporate virtual private networks, send and receive emails and surf the Internet while in the air. Passengers will also be introduced to a whole new era of in-flight entertainment when live international TV is made available in mid-2005. The exciting channel lineup will initially include four international news channels, with sports content to be added at a later date.

SIA plans to initially offer the Connexion by Boeing service on its Singapore-London route in the first quarter of next year and eventually expand the capability to selected flights worldwide.

"This strategic move by Singapore Airlines helps ensure that its passengers will be at the forefront of the in-flight connectivity revolution," said Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson. "We commend Singapore Airlines for its leadership in the development of its CyberCabin™ concept and providing passengers with additional choices for how to spend their time in flight. We look forward to working together with them to add an exciting new element to their in-cabin passenger services."

"The possibilities for our customers are truly endless. Passengers can choose to work, play or surf the Internet on-board and watch live TV from the comfort of their seats. And this is over and above the over 400 entertainment options that we already feature on our flights," said Singapore Airlines' Senior Vice-President, Product and Services, Yap Kim Wah, "Our partnership with Connexion by Boeing is an excellent example of how we embrace technology to bring more lifestyle choices to our valued customers."

Connexion by Boeing, which sets service pricing, has established a competitive set of options that provide value and choice for SIA passengers and others who wish to stay in touch with people and things important to them. The two initial pricing plans(1), which will vary depending on flight length, are as follows:

  • Flat-Rate Pricing Option: (Unlimited access to the Internet) US$29.95 for long-haul flights (more than six hours); US$19.95 for medium-haul flights (between three and six hours); and US$14.95 for flights less than three hours.
  • Metered Pricing Option: For flights less than 3 hours: 30-minutes starter package for US$7.95 with rates of US$0.25 per minute thereafter. For flights more than 3 hours: 30-minutes starter package for US$9.95 with rates of US$0.25 per minute thereafter.

In addition, Connexion by Boeing is establishing associate service provider agreements with leading mobile service providers worldwide, including SingTel and StarHub in Singapore.

Mr. Yap added, "We are delighted to have the endorsement of Singtel and Starhub, which will make wireless surfing as convenient in the air as it is on the ground."

The partnership with the telecoms will enable airline passengers to use their existing wireless services user identifications and passwords to access the mobile Internet service in-flight. Passengers choosing to do so will receive their in-flight Internet access billing as an add-on to their existing wireless bill.

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Cell phone towers in camouflage

Published: December 2, 2004, 5:27 PM PST

Hiding the blights of human civilization is a long-established practice.

Off the shores of Southern California, for example, oil rigs are masked by colorful facades that resemble small amusement parks. So it is no surprise that unsightly landmarks of high technology are similarly disguised--in this case, cellular phone towers are made to look like trees, buildings or even works of art.

Source: c|net News.Com


Netscape prototype

December 03, 2004

An early version of Netscape's much-anticipated browser kills two birds with one stone: it runs the recent and wildly successful Mozilla Firefox engine, but renders pages in Internet Explorer, too.

Netscape has released to beta testers an early version of a much-anticipated browser that takes advantage of the recent and wildly successful Mozilla Firefox 1.0 release. It's no surprise that the so-called Netscape prototype runs the Gecko engine that also powers the Firefox browser (Netscape owner AOL Time Warner spun off the Mozilla team as a non-profit last year). But there's a surprise in this early version: the future Netscape also renders pages in Internet Explorer. This early version doesn't install IE; instead, it relies on the version already installed on your PC.

Although Mozilla has done stunningly well—some attribute IE's recent popularity decline to Firefox—it can't do everything. Anyone using Firefox every day will notice that certain Web sites don't render quite right in it, and some secure sites, such as banks, still require IE for login. The Netscape prototype allows you to browse most of the time with Gecko, which is arguably more secure software, and then switch to IE rendering if you need it. The switch is easy in the nascent Netscape interface, which offers Firefox-style tabbed browsing. You just type in a URL, and click an icon on the tab that reloads the page in IE. You won't see any change in the browser shell or interface—just the Web site re-rendered on the same tab.

The early Netscape version also packs in many more bells and whistles than spartan Firefox. Beyond your basics, such as an address bar and navigation buttons, Netscape throws in two newsfeed tickers as well as prominent icons for a pop-up blocker and an automated form-filler. In our very informal use of this prototype, pages load refreshingly quickly.

AOL/Netscape's motivation for releasing a Mozilla-style browser is clear: recapture lost surfers and send them back to the Netscape portal over and over and over again. Hence, the Netscape browser has a whole lot of Netscape marketing going on. The aforementioned news tickers so far provide only Netscape-branded CNN stories—no RSS feed reader available yet—and the search bar runs queries only through Netscape's own search. From the looks of it, Netscape may add the ability to custom-pick search engines later, however (there's a drop-down menu there, but it's empty so far). An otherwise nifty temperature window on the browser takes you only to Netscape's weather centre, and the entire browser is coloured a very Netscape-style green.

Given this browser's unique talent—rendering in two different engines—a future public release will make life easier for millions of surfers. Besides, the more IE competition in the world, the more likely we'll get better browsers with better security, updated regularly. That said, most of us already have IE installed, and the ability to use both engines within the same interface may not be enough to justify bothering with yet another browser install, especially one so self-referential. Check back for a full review when the final version comes out.

Source: ZD Net UK

READER'S COMMENTS

Hi Brad,

Hope all is well. I am writing for a curious cause. I have been reading your newsletter since it came out in early 2002 and still read it, though I have made the jump to the PCS/Cellular realm. Before that, as you know, I worked for a small one way paging company for two and half years up until seven months ago. I consider myself a person who will always love the physics of electronics and the means by which it provides the tools to allow us to communicate in this modern age. I will say there are a lot of exciting things going on in the cellular arena and feel with your background, you would probably appreciate them.

I noticed in last week’s newsletter you published the third quarter results of the “new” USA Mobility paging company. With the million or so pagers lost in the better part of the year, it seems like this company will be short lived with customers moving on to newer technologies. The term attrition was a perfect and a relatively honest term to describe the paging industry as a whole. In the paging company where I was previously employed, they used the term “churn” which to me was an optimistic, or worst, a dishonest term since the customers I talked to were throwing away their pager and putting their money to more up-to-date technologies.

On that note, with all the bright minds (including your own) that helped build and maintain the paging industry for twenty years or so, where will you all go? I read your news letter and it mostly contains the newest Wi-Fi, wireless PDA, and cellular/pcs news and products. Is this the direction you feel all the engineers and managers will tend to migrate? Or will they just bow out gracefully and call it a good career. You provide a great newsletter for the people that read it. It has a small company, family type flavor where someone like me can write to you and you will probably read and comment about it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for providing a great source of mainstream wireless news.

[anonymous]


Brad,

I truly appreciate the effort you put into the news letter. It is great. I also enjoyed your comment about the large bonuses given to the management of the large paging companies (shouldn't that be singular).

Now the comment about healthcare—with the creation of USA Mobility, my monthly COBRA payment is going from $560 a month to $860 a month, and it has a larger co-pay.  I have no idea how I am going to pay the new rate. My wife has pre-existing conditions, so finding a cheap replacement is out. And so it goes.

[anonymous]


From: Brian Gilmore
Subject: Intrinsically Safe rating for Pager use in Hazardous Areas
Date: December 2, 2004 10:54:26 AM EST
To: ATSI Membership

Aaron Osgood of Appletree had the same thought as me: we both shot notes off to paging industry guru Brad Dye. Brad's reply to Aaron's inquiry follows, and it will be of interest to many professionals on this list. I certainly learned something new!

I can't say enough good things about Mr. Dye's work on behalf of his industry, and in the last year he has been a good friend to ATSI as well. I heartily recommend a free subscription to his Internet newsletter to keep tabs on the wireless text messaging industry. He mentioned last week the subscribership has increased by more than 50% within the last year. www.braddye.com

Brad's comments appear below:

-----Original Message-----
From: Brad Dye
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 9:28 AM
To: Alan Hamer; Aaron Osgood
Cc: Brian Gilmore
Subject: Intrinsically Safe rating for Pager use in Hazardous Areas

Gentlemen,

The rules have changed within the last year for UL approval of devices for use in hazardous atmospheres. Basically — approval, where it has been granted, for pagers now covers Class I, Division II, A, B, C, & D which is for use in hazardous DUST areas. I don't believe anyone is getting approved for GAS areas now (with the new rules). For more information, I recommend that you call Tom Keys at VCP in Dallas. His telephone is: 1-800-442-7001. Some of his Daviscomms pagers are UL approved.

Best regards,

Brad Dye

SPECIAL REPORT—APPROVALS

According to "Ask Jeeves" a Guru is: ". . . an enlightened being empowered to convey awakening or higher consciousness to others who are worthy . . ." Since I don't fit that description of a Guru (although I am sure you are worthy), let me go with a more traditional "commonly understood" definition: "A Guru is an old man who sits around and waits for people to come and ask him questions." So, how is that? I think it fits better. Anyway, I think a review of the meaning of "intrinsically safe," the various approval agencies, and their classifications of areas of intended use of pagers is in order.

As you may know, there are many hazardous places where it would be very dangerous to use almost any electrical device. The most dangerous of these are probably explosive gases like gasoline and other petroleum derivatives, but even many kinds of dust are also dangerously explosive—even flour. Factories where explosives are manufactured would also be a concern. So approval of an electrical device for operation in a dangerous area is not just an example of "red tape" it is an important issue that could cause the loss of human life or property.

There are many different approvals and several different organizations that test products and grant approvals. Following is a quick review of some of the better known ones. I am sure there are many others that I have not included—like the Bureau of Mines approval for the use of pagers in mines. Of course, each country has its own requirements and standards.


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Generally speaking, all OSHA accredited laboratories conduct their tests against the same sets of U.S. standards and codes, regardless of who authors or publishes them. CSA International tests to applicable U.S. standards, including ANSI, UL, CSA, NSF, and many others.

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Compliance with the ATEX Directive is a legal requirement in all European Union Member States on 1 July 2003. If you design, manufacture or sell any equipment or protective system intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres you will need to comply with the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC and the CE Marking Directive.

Equipment Categories Associated with the ATEX Directive

The ATEX Directive identifies two groups of equipment.

Group 1 equipment is intended for use in mining applications. Divided into categories M1 and M2. M1 identifies equipment that must continue to operate when a potentially explosive atmosphere is present. M2 identifies equipment that does not operate when a potentially explosive atmosphere is present.

Group 2 is intended for all other situations. Divided into categories 1,2 and 3. Category 1 equipment is intended for use in Zone O situations. Category 2 equipment is intended for use in Zone 1 situations. Category 3 equipment is intended for use in Zone 2 situations.

Source: Hazardous Area Direct


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Intrinsic Safety (IS)

Intrinsic Safety (IS) is one of several techniques for preventing explosions in hazardous areas and is the most effective. Intrinsic safety operates by limiting the electrical energy in circuits and equipment to levels that are too low to ignite the most easily ignitable mixture of gas or dust that is ever likely to be present. 

By contrast IS gives inherent protection by restricting the energy at its source and therefore has both commercial and technical advantages.

Circuits and equipment are designed so that safety is maintained both in normal use and under all possible fault conditions. Approvals can be given for individual components (entity approval) and complete systems. 

Intrinsically safe equipment is defined as "equipment and wiring which is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy under normal or abnormal conditions to cause ignition of a specific hazardous atmospheric mixture in its most easily ignited concentration." (ISA-RP12.6) This is achieved by limiting the amount of power available to the electrical equipment in the hazardous area—to a level below that which will ignite the gases.

Three elements are needed for a fire/explosion: fuel, oxygen and a source of ignition. An I.S. system assumes the fuel and oxygen is present in the atmosphere. Because of this assumption, which may or may not be true, the system is designed so the electrical energy or thermal energy of a particular instrument loop can never become high enough to cause ignition.

A hazardous area may contain flammable gasses or vapors, combustible dusts, or ignitable fibers. There are different systems used in Europe or the United States to classify the type of hazard and whether the hazard is always present or only present in an emergency condition such as a spill or failure of venting equipment. In most cases the equipment is designed for the worst case, which would be to assume the explosive atmosphere is always present and the electrical or thermal energy is the lowest required to cause a fire or explosion.

Source: Hazardous Area Direct


The following is a typical report from the Underwriters Laboratories web site for approvals they have granted to Daviscomms in Singapore who manufactures many of the former Motorola pagers. Several of these are distributed by VCP Technologies under the able management of my friend Tom Keys. You can perform searches on the UL web site, using the word pager and find several other manufacturers.


Radio Devices for Use in Hazardous Locations

DAVISCOMMS (S) PTE LTD
#04-06
ARMORCOAT INTERNATIONAL BLDG
361 UBI RD
SINGAPORE 408664, SINGAPORE

E217474

Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D; Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G.

Bravo 500, 501 paging receiver, Model PG followed by F or P, followed by 802, 806, 807 or 808, followed by N, may be followed by Y or V, may be followed by NN, for use in Hazardous Locations, when used with self-contained 1.5 V, "AAA" alkaline battery.

Class I, Division 1, Groups C and D; Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D.

Model Bravo 800 and BR802 paging receivers, intrinsically safe when used with self-contained 1.5V, "AA", Energizer E91 or Duracell MN1500 alkaline battery.

Bravo Models BR501 Plus and BR502 paging receivers, intrinsically safe when used with self-contained 1.5V, "AAA" Energizer E92 or Duracell MN2400 alkaline battery.

Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C and D, Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G.

Bravo 600 paging receiver, Model PG followed by F, followed by 801, followed by A, followed by V or W, followed by NN. For use in Hazardous Locations, when used with self-contained 1.5V, "AAA" alkaline battery.

Bravo 700 paging receiver, Model PG followed by P, followed by 803, followed by A, followed by U, V or W, followed by NN. For use in Hazardous Locations, when used with self-contained 1.5V, "AAA" alkaline battery.

Source: Underwriters Laboratories


So if you want to understand what all these Class, Division, and Group categories are all about, the Underwriters Laboratories has a web page that explains everything:

Source: UL Classifications Guide

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

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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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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:

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CONTACT
Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031 
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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
russ.allen@gtesinc.com
GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
brooks.marsden@gtesinc.com

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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.


New Product Development

New Hardware Platform
New Data Protocol Support
Small Campus Two-Way Systems
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Please call GTES Sales at 770-754-1666 for more information on the above.

Continued Support Programs

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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
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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 500
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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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Wireless Telemetry

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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. ()
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
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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov
TTY: 1-888-835-5322
 
 
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2004
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Barry Ohlson at (202) 418-2300
 

STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER JONATHAN S. ADELSTEIN
ON RECONFIRMATION BY THE U.S. SENATE

     As a lifelong public servant, it is especially gratifying to be given such a rare opportunity to continue to work on behalf of this great country. The issues before us are critical to our economy and touch people in deeply personal ways. I will continue to promote the interests of the American public in having access to the best possible communications opportunities in the world.

— FCC —

News about the Federal Communications Commission can also be found on the Commission’s web site www.fcc.gov.


Canuck iTunes music to a fan's ears

Fri, December 3, 2004

Canadians are finally getting a taste of Apple's iTunes. The legal music download service finally launched in Canada yesterday, bringing with it over 700,000 songs, exclusive tracks, celebrity playlists and multiple CD burning rights.

The service is already getting a thumbsup from local music lovers.

"One of the things I'm really impressed with is the amount of tunes on there. I'm going to look for rare stuff you can't find in stores," said Winnipeg music enthusiast Karoly Neczpal, who bought an IPod four months ago.

Apple's service, which offers songs for 99 cents each or albums starting at $9.99, started accepting Canadian orders close to midnight on Wednesday at www.apple.com/ca.

Like many music fans, Neczpal has tried using some of the free file-sharing services but was unimpressed with the song quality and the mislabeling of tracks. Hopefully, iTunes should be more dependable.

"I can see myself once or twice a month treating myself to an album," he said.

The demand across Canada for the service has been "overwhelming," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice-president of applications.

"We've had a lot of e-mail requests and calls looking for the iTunes store."

The launch was well received by music rights holders, who say iTunes' popularity has encouraged people to turn away from illegal downloading sites like Kazaa.

"Anything that expands the number of legitimate legal licensed options for people to get music online, help the fight against piracy and give Canadians far more choice ... is great," said David Basskin of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, the organization which licenses the reproduction rights of copyrighted music.

The iTunes service launched in April 2003 in the U.S., servicing only Mac computers. It expanded to Windows a few months later. Since then, the company says more than one hundred million songs have been purchased.

Once purchased, users can play songs on up to five personal computers, burn a song on to CDs an unlimited number of times, burn the same playlist up to seven times and listen to the music on an unlimited number of iPods. The bilingual site, which will only accept orders from those with a valid credit card with a billing address in Canada, also offers more than 9,000 audio books.

Retail sales probably won't take much of a hit from the service since downloading music has been common for a long time, says Blair Short, manager of Music Trader in Osborne Village, who likened iTunes to a record club.

"The real connoisseur of music still likes the touch of CDs and records. As great as the digital domain is you're not getting the package and liner notes," he says. "iTunes is no better than a K-Tel record with 20 smash hits and no information."

Toronto-based Puretracks, which boasts a 700,000-song catalogue, responded with an announcement that it has partnered with SaskTel and Aliant to open new online stores. Puretracks prices start at 79 cents a song.

Source: The Winnipeg Sun

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WI-FI / WIMAX / WIRELESS BROADBAND NEWS

Philly, Verizon strike agreement on city's wireless plans

December 01, 2004

The city of Philadelphia and Verizon Communications Inc. struck an agreement Tuesday that would allow the city to provide wireless Internet access as a municipal service, even though Gov. Ed Rendell signed legislation giving Verizon the power to scuttle the project.

Lawyers for the city and Verizon, the city's local telephone company, found common ground Tuesday in discussions with the governor's office, said spokeswomen for Verizon and Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street.

The parties "reached an understanding that protects our interests and allows us to move forward with the Wireless Philadelphia initiative," Street's spokeswoman Luz Cardenas said.

The agreement relieved pressure on Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor whose political base is in the city, to veto the bill. Tuesday was the last day he had to veto the bill, or it would have become law without his signature.

Even with a deal between Philadelphia and Verizon, the legislation will leave every other city and town subject to the provision, a prospect a Verizon spokeswoman said would be handled "on an individual basis."

Details weren't immediately available, but an agreement would guarantee that Verizon waives its right under the legislation to bar Philadelphia from providing the service for a fee, both sides said.

"We would waive our right of first refusal," Verizon spokeswoman Sharon Shaffer said.

The provision was tucked into a larger, 30-page bill to give telephone companies financial incentives to quicken the rollout of broadband networks—a carrot worth as much as $3 billion to Verizon.

Verizon's concession to Philadelphia was motivated by the company's desire to see the legislation signed, Shaffer said.

"It's a good bill for not only for the telecommunications industry and Verizon, but for the commonwealth in general," Shaffer said, noting that the bill includes provisions to spur business growth and broadband connections to schools.

Dianah Neff, the city's chief information officer who is overseeing the wireless project, said the governor's office had asked last week that Verizon and the city settle its differences over the bill.

Philadelphia's plans are the most ambitious of any major U.S. city to provide the high-speed wireless service.

Dozens of cities and towns have either begun or announced such plans, from San Francisco to St. Cloud, Fla., as regional and long-distance phone companies, who sell broadband Internet to consumers and businesses, have increasingly lobbied for laws to regulate or bar such municipal competition.

Under the Pennsylvania legislation, any "political subdivision," such as a city, after Jan. 1, 2006 would have to get the permission of the local telephone company to provide a telecommunications service for a fee, including broadband. If the company rejects the plan, it would have to offer a similar service within 14 months.

In the days before the Legislature approved the bill Nov. 19, Philadelphia's wireless advocates discovered the provision and cried foul. In response, senators changed it to allow services operating before Jan. 1, 2006, to continue, giving Philadelphia some time to get going.

Still, the city was not comforted by the concession, and put pressure on Rendell to veto the bill.

Despite the victory for Philadelphia, a wireless equipment provider said the legislation is an ominous sign since the rest of the state is subject to the right of first refusal.

"This technology works today and this is going to slow its deployment and that's unfortunate," said Ron Sege, the president and CEO of Tropos Networks Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.

Source: NEPA NEWS (Northeastern Pennsylvania News)

UNTIL NEXT WEEK
Well, that's all for this week folks. Please remember to recommend this newsletter to a friend or coworker. If you hear of any news during the coming week, please let me know.

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Brad Dye
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