newsletter logo

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Well, I know this isn't a newsletter about computers, but the new Apple iMac is so cool, I couldn't resist. It looks like a flat-screen monitor—it's only two inches thick. With a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, and a wireless Internet connection, the only wire needed is the power cord. See it at the end of this page. I hope you "Windoze" users don't feel too bad—but then if you do—you can always buy one. It's better to switch than to fight.

I got a telephone call yesterday from an old friend and colleague in Mexico. A coworker had sent him a copy of the newsletter. I was embarrassed at the oversight of not having his e-mail address in my database. That has since been corrected. If you would be so kind as to take a couple of minutes and let some of your friends and coworkers know about the newsletter, I would sure appreciate the favor. I think there are a lot more people out there who would like to receive this newsletter, if they only knew about it.

An announcement from the FCC follows about several personnel changes on their staff.

I hope that everyone, in Florida, in the path of Hurricane Frances will take extreme caution and follow the recommendations for evacuation and/or shelter.

A market forecast follows that the world-wide sales of cellular handsets will reach 650 million units this year. Wow!

Now, concerning the AAPC 2004 Fall Conference, "Answering the Challenges of Today & Tomorrow" to be held November 3-5 at the beautiful Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. I have two new items just received:

  1. AAPC Conference Brochure left arrow CLICK for pdf file
  2. AAPC Vendor Prospectus left arrow CLICK for pdf file

Anyone thinking about going to this conference should download and read the new brochure. Vendors, we can sure use your support, so please download the Vendor Prospectus. There is a lot of effort being put forth to make this a great conference.

Now on to the Wireless Messaging news and views.

large newsletter logo

Promoting Wireless Messaging, Telemetry, and Paging.

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

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

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

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

NOTE: This newsletter is best viewed at screen resolutions of 800x600 (good) or 1024x768 (better). Any current revision of web browser should work fine. Please notify me of any problems with viewing. This site is compliant with XHTML 1.0 transitional coding for easy access from wireless devices. (XML 1.0/ISO 8859-1.)

Your help is needed.

Help keep the newsletter going. Click on the PayPal button.


Nortel grants interop. approval to Glenayre’s messaging product

Aug. 31, 2004 12:38 PM EST

ATLANTA—Nortel Networks Ltd. has granted interoperability approval to a new mobile messaging product from Glenayre Technologies Inc.

Glenayre’s Versera Intelligent Communications Environment (ICE), which was designed to cost-effectively deploy and operate multiple applications on one platform, was approved for interoperability with Nortel’s GSM/GPRS wireless infrastructure. Approval was achieved using GSM 17 and MTX 12 CDMA infrastructure equipment.

A former paging infrastructure company, Glenayre provides messaging solutions for wireless and wireline carriers, including Nextel Communications Inc., T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular Corp. and Alltel Corp.

“Glenayre is excited to bring to market a flexible, scalable communications solution that delivers expanded messaging capabilities and allows carriers to remain competitive,” said Bruce Bales, president of Glenayre’s messaging business. “Versera ICE is a true next-generation system that allows service providers to retain subscribers, minimize total cost of ownership and increase revenues.”

Source: RCR Wireless News

Mobile phone sales soar to record levels

Thursday, September 2, 2004

PARIS Global handset sales rose to record levels in the second quarter as Nokia clawed back some of its lost market share, according to private-sector figures released on Thursday. Gartner, a technology research firm, said 156 million new cellphones were sold worldwide in the second quarter, up from 153 million in the first quarter. The figure indicates that the industry could ship 10 percent more cellphones than projected at the start of 2004. The new data also show that Nokia, the world's largest maker of cellphones, halted a decline in its market position. The Finnish company posted a small gain in its global market share, to 29.7 percent from 28.9 percent in the first quarter, Gartner said.

Worldwide sales in the second quarter were up 35 percent over the same period last year, making the April-to-June period the best second quarter on record, said Ben Wood, a Gartner analyst in London. "The surprise was that the market grew quarter on quarter," he said. "We were predicting that it would be flat or even lower." The growth was fueled by a "sensational performance" in Latin America and sales to U.S. and European consumers replacing older handsets with models with color displays and built-in cameras. For the year, 620 million to 650 million cellphones are likely to be sold globally, which is at least 10 percent more than Gartner had originally projected, Wood said. But Richard Windsor, an analyst at Nomura in London, said he was sticking with a forecast of 602 million units. "There are some worrying signs," Windsor said. "There are some rumblings from Asia that things are slowing down a bit, so I am not in the 'all excited' camp."

In its report, Gartner said sales in the Asia-Pacific region showed a slight decrease over the first quarter of 2004. In China, the biggest mobile market, the government's efforts to control the economy weakened demand for electronics goods, according Gartner. In mature markets like Taiwan, Singapore and Australia, buyers delayed purchases in anticipation of further price reductions or increases in subsidies. Nonetheless, the Asian market, China in particular, represents a big growth opportunity for Western handset makers, Gartner and other analysts said. The market share of Chinese handset vendors has fallen from about 50 percent to 38 percent because they have not been able to make phones with built-in cameras with color displays and cannot compete with Western manufacturers in quality or on price, analysts said. "China is still the most important market on a global basis and remains critical for the top six handset manufacturers," Wood said.

While Motorola's market share in China slipped in the second quarter, Nokia, which changed its distribution methods to include small distributors and retailers in rural areas, "is doing very well there," Wood said. India, he added, remains a huge potential market for Western suppliers. In Japan, NEC, Sharp and Panasonic remain the top vendors, but Motorola is breaking into the market and Nokia is expected to try and do so, Wood said. A sales increase of 20 percent in Latin America during the second quarter helped Nokia and Motorola, Wood said.

Source: International Herald Tribune

Ericsson Pulls Bluetooth

2 September 2004

Ericsson was the company that first invented Bluetooth, now it's the first company to cease developing and manufacturing Bluetooth chips.

Ericsson is not cutting Bluetooth support and development altogether, however it will not create any new hardware, or even new intellectual property, based on the Bluetooth protocol. Ericsson will move its existing development and support staff into the Mobile Platforms unit, which designs and manufactures chipsets and reference platforms for handsets.

This move shows that Ericsson still believes there is a place in the mobile phone for Bluetooth, however it feels that maintaining a separate design and semiconductor unit is not a profitable long-term business decision. This does not mean Ericsson thinks that Bluetooth is dead, simply that it is mature enough that it has become mainstream. Once a product reaches mainstream adoption, production typically shifts to high volume, low margin manufacturers. Now that the Bluetooth spec is stable and fast, development will be incremental at best. Since that was Ericsson's strength, it is ceding the market to players who are stronger at volume rather than innovation.

Analysts and reporters have spent the last three years predicting Bluetooth's demise, no matter how many chipsets were shipped or devices were sold. It's no surprise then that some are declaring Ericsson's withdrawal as the beginning of the end for Bluetooth. But now that Bluetooth is genuinely popular, there is too large an installed base of users for Bluetooth to just disappear from the wireless scene. it's installed base is high enough that it's not going away anytime soon, Over time some or all of Bluetooth's functions may be taken over by newer protocols—ZigBee, UWB, NFC, and other acronyms we haven't even heard of yet—but Bluetooth still has quite a few years of life left in it.


New Optical Clock Promises More Accuracy than Cesium.

NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] researchers have demonstrated a new kind of atomic clock that has the potential to be up to 1,000 times more accurate than today's best clock. The new clock is based on an energy transition in a single trapped mercury ion (a mercury atom that is missing one electron). Building a clock based on such a high-frequency transition was previously impractical because it requires both "capturing" the ion and holding it very still to get accurate readings, and having a mechanism that can "count" the ticks accurately at such a high frequency.

The quality of a clock depends on its stability and accuracy—whether the clock provides a constant, unchanging output frequency, and how close the measured frequency is to the fundamental atomic resonance that provides the clock's "tick." One advantage of the new clock is that it ticks much faster. Today’s international time and frequency standards, such as NIST-F1, measure an atomic resonance of about 9 billion cycles per second. By contrast, the new NIST device monitors an optical frequency more than 100,000 times higher or about 1 quadrillion (US) cycles per second.

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Cingular Wireless is Prepared for Hurricane Frances

Carrier Executing Emergency Preparedness Plans as Hurricane Frances Approaches Florida Coast

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/—Hurricane Frances is fast approaching the Florida Coast and Cingular Wireless wants its customers to know it is prepared and ready to respond as needed to keep them in contact with those important to them.

"Wireless devices have become a critical communications tool for staying in touch with colleagues and loved ones, especially during emergency situations," Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, Cingular Wireless-South Florida. "Cingular has over 20 years of experience in providing wireless communications during severe weather and we are committed to providing our customers with the wireless service they need, when they need it."

Cingular's Hurricane Frances Preparations

  • Refueling back up generators and testing all fixed and portable generators to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • Deploying teams of engineers and technicians to targeted areas of the state to monitor back up power at cell sites.
  • Executing network staging areas in Lakeland, Lake Mary, Jacksonville and Margate where additional emergency equipment and personnel can be quickly deployed to the impacted areas of the state.
  • Transporting over 550 additional generators from Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to be deployed from Florida staging areas as needed.
  • Bringing in additional network technicians from other states to assist as needed and crews of electricians and other specialized personnel on stand by.
  • Deploying COLTS (self-contained/portable cell sites) and generators at cell sites near state emergency operations centers. Others are on stand-by at staging areas throughout the state.
  • Florida call centers are automatically linked with centers in other states and calls can be re-routed so customers can contact us when they need to.
  • Retail locations will be open as long as possible to provide assistance to customers while considering mandatory evacuation orders and employee's personnel safety.
  • Cingular retail locations throughout the state continue to accept donations for the American Red Cross through the month of September to support hurricane relief.
  • To ensure that emergency responders have access to wireless communications, Cingular has provided hundreds of phones to emergency agencies throughout the state.

Cingular's Network is Prepared

  • Cingular's Regional Network Operations Center (RNOC) monitors and maintains its wireless network 24 hours a day, seven days a week so they can assess and respond to emergency situation within minutes.
  • Towers and switching centers are designed and built to withstand hurricane-force winds.
  • As electrical outages are common during storms, Cingular's switching centers have back-up emergency generators. Cell sites have high-capacity battery back-up and some have emergency generators, ensuring a secure source for power, if needed.
  • Cingular has Cellular on Wheels or Cellular on Light Trucks (known as "COWs" and "COLTS"), which are self-contained mobile cell sites that can be towed or driven into an area to provide extra call capacity or to restore communications following a disaster.

About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE: SBC ) and BellSouth (NYSE: BLS ), serves more than 25 million voice and data customers across the United States. A leader in mobile voice and data communications, Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer RolloverSM, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Cingular is the largest provider of GSM services in the United States, and has a 100 percent digital GSM/GPRS footprint across its service area. It also launched the world's first commercial deployment of wireless services using Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) technology. Cingular also provides corporate e-mail and other advanced data services through its GPRS, EDGE and Mobitex packet data networks. Details of the company are available at

Source: Cingular Wireless



FYI—Looking for news?

Don't know if you have seen this yet from the Yahoo! Private Wireless forum—This will affect our ability use of 900 SMR channels for ReFLEX—Time to lite 'em up at the FCC as the lawyer says!

Fred Pakosta
Advanced RF Communications, Inc.
301 Oak Street, Suite 2-46A
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 221-9500 office
(217) 653-8200 mobile

From the UTC . . .

To all UTC members with 900 MHz PLMR systems:

It has come to UTC's attention that, during the past few weeks, Nextel Communications under the name of ACI900, Inc. has been applying for virtually every available Business pool frequency, everywhere in the country, in the 896-901/935-940 MHz band. ACI 900 states in these hundreds of applications that the frequencies are needed for private, internal use, although this appears questionable. Commercial operators are not eligible for these frequencies. PCIA coordinated nearly all of the applications. UTC members using 900 MHz frequencies are encouraged to examine the applications filed to determine whether your systems may be impacted, in which case you may wish to file a Petition to Dismiss or Deny. Such petitions must be filed within 30 days of notice that the application has been filed with the FCC. UTC has compiled a spreadsheet of applications listed thus far on ULS, and will send you the file upon request (we do not include it here due to size; it may be blocked by some of your email systems). Attached to this message is a map generated by UTC Spectrum Services, showing the locations of the proposed base stations. We also have a larger file listing all requested frequencies on ULS, at this point totaling nearly 61,000. UTC will be following up with other coordinators and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau concerning this issue based on eligibility, need and other issues; however, action by multiple affected licensees is the most effective means of gaining the FCC's attention. We urge you to determine whether your system may be impacted by Nextel's actions and to take appropriate action quickly. We will provide additional information as it becomes available; in the meantime, please request the spreadsheet by contacting Legal/Regulatory Coordinator Caroline Bruenderman

Jill M. Lyon
Vice President & General Counsel
United Telecom Council

Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 14:25:46 EDT
Subject: Re: Nextel 900 MHZ Alert From UTC

The applications haven't been granted yet, so now (not after the grant) is your opportunity to "light 'em up!" by filing Petitions to Deny at the FCC.


In a message dated 9/2/2004 1:18:43 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Wow, they're at it again, huh?

I went into ULS and looked at a couple of the applications in question. And if you didn't know that ACI 900 is owned by Nextel, looking at the address on the applications and looking up a few SEC documents would quickly confirm it. I wonder why they don't enter "Nextel Communications, Inc." as the Real Party of Interest (line #14)? Of course, I don't know what rules kick in to compel someone to fill that information in. I suspect there's little to force Nextel to disclose that information. It's interesting that these channels are not only for private, internal use, but also they are not being licensed for Interconnect use. Not to say that the licenses couldn't be modified later. . . Nextel usually works these deals in a multi-step manner. I'm no attorney, but I don't see how the FCC can stop Nextel from doing this. Can they prove that Nextel, um I mean ACI 900, doesn't have a need for these channels for private internal use? They don't enforce loading anymore, do they? What rules would stand in the way to keep Nextel from doing this? I'm afraid that the FCC threw industrial/business wireless under the bus a long time ago and this round of Nextel applications are pretty much a done deal. This will be viewed as just another step in moving spectrum out of the hands of those inefficient industrial users to get it into the hands of the commercial operators who will actually do something (they feel) is useful with the spectrum. *sigh*


Friday, September 3, 2004; Page E05

Nextel Communications, the smallest of six nationwide U.S. wireless carriers, outspent bigger competitors on government lobbying in the first half of this year, when it was working to win access to airwaves valued at $4.86 billion. The Reston company spent $1.92 million, compared with $240,000 during the same period a year earlier, according to a report filed with Congress. Verizon Wireless, the biggest carrier, spent $1.3 million, partly in an attempt to derail Nextel's plan, which won approval from the Federal Communications Commission. The filings were provided to Bloomberg News by the companies.

Source: (free registration required)

Advertiser Index
AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Minilec Service, Inc.
Advanced RF Communications Motorola Inc.
Advantra International Multitone Electronics
Amtel Wireless Northeast Paging
Commtech Wireless USA Ira Wiesenfeld
CONTEL Costa Rica Preferred Wireless
Daviscomms USA Prism Systems International
DX Radio Systems Programming Concepts
Electronic Entities Group Ron Mercer
Global Fax Network Services Selective Communications
GTES LLC Swissphone Wireless
HMCE, Inc. TGA Technologies
Hark Systems The Wireless Watchman
ISC Technologies UCOM Paging
Infostream Zetron Inc.

Save $$$$$$$

Satellite Uplinking Service

  • Reduce your monthly Satellite expense!
  • Lower than average industry costs
  • Increase your system reliability
  • Completely redundant hardware
  • Access to knowledgeable technical staff 24/7

Technical Support
Glenayre Transmitters & Terminals

  • Paging terminal upgrades, relocations, troubleshooting, emergency repair & training
  • Transmitter installation & maintenance
  • Experienced former Glenayre Technicians and Engineers
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Call or write today to learn more
Alan Carle
Director of Engineering
888-854-2697 x272

northeast pagingucom paging

minilec service logo

Newsletter repair prices—starting at:

  • $4.50 labor for numeric or alphanumeric pagers
  • $6.50 labor for 2-way pagers
  • $9.50 labor for cellular phones

**Special pricing on cellular and pager refurbishment**

motorola logoMotorola Authorized Service Center for Paging and Cellular.

Ask for Special Newsletter Pricing.

Please call: (800) 222-6075 ext. 306 for pricing. left arrow CLICK HERE
 Minilec Service, Inc.
9207 Deering Ave., Suite A
Chatsworth, CA 91311

multitone logo

multitone graphic 1

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

With 70 years of experience delivering tailored paging solutions, globally Multitone has scored a number of firsts in its innovative approach to paging: inventors of the world's first wireless paging system, produced the world's first digital paging solution, and developed one of the world's first voice and encrypted pagers.

multitone graphic 2 Multitone Electronics plc
6135 Barfield Road
Suite 119
Atlanta, GA 30328 USA
Tel: 404-255-8399
Fax: 770-234-5790

Multitone Electronics develops, suppliers, and supports high performance wireless networks that lives depend on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Featuring PowerPage™ the world's most advanced private paging system, and FuturePhone™ a new wireless telephone system.

advantra logo

Building on its long success story in 1-way paging, Advantra International has become the expert in designing and manufacturing the most advanced and lowest cost ReFLEX™ radio modems for 2-way data-communication. The company also focuses on offering total telemetry solutions.

Advantra thanks its solid reputation to its world-renowned development team, state-of-the-art manufacturing, excellent customer service and its proven track-record.

Sales and Marketing Contacts
Advantra International
Bootweg 4
8940 Wervik, Belgium
Tel: +32 56 239411
Fax: +32 56 239400
Eline Terryn
Management Assistant Marketing & Sales
Sales Representative USA
Wireless Innovations, Inc.
102A West Main Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Tel: +1 717 591 2630
Fax: +1 717 591 1838
Tammy Decker
President & CEO
Lance Decker
Executive Vice President
Sales Representative Canada
Dacosta Page
300 Bloor Street E. Suite 1701
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3Y2
Tel: +1 416 207 4316
Fax: +1 416 920 8682
Ian Page


join aapc

AAPC represents our interests in this fast changing industry:

  • Narrowbanding—AAPC first flagged for the paging industry the FCC’s order for shared channels to go to 12.5 KHz. This would be disastrous for carriers in 150 and 400 MHz.
  • Reverse Billing Numbers —AAPC initiated negotiations with the companies to reinstate LATA-wide numbers.
  • FCC Fees—AAPC and others fought against increased fees and was successful in keeping them at the 2002 level.


Click on the logo for a membership application.

Motorola Introduces Two New Pagers Ideal for Health Care, Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Utilities Markets

Motorola's newest one-way pagers—the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager—are ideal for users in demanding business environments who need a convenient and cost effective way to stay in touch.

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager were developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, manufacturing environments, utilities, hospitality applications, campus settings, and for businesses that own and operate their own paging systems.

advisor 2 The Advisor II pager's alphanumeric four-line display and expanded functionality incorporate many of the most advanced paging features available. A major advantage of the Advisor II pager is that it is synthesized which enables the user to program the pager to a specific frequency in the field. Other features of the Advisor II pager include:

  • Displays up to four lines of text and 80 characters per line
  • Zooms in on two lines for larger view
  • Optimax® EL Electra Light for optimum readability
  • 52 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Two notebook areas, including a personal notebook and a mail drop notebook

ls355 The LS355 numeric pager enables users to receive a "call-back" number that can be returned at the user's convenience. This pager has a one-button design for ease of use. Features of the new LS355 pager include:

  • 16 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Six individual addresses to allow the user to receive individual or group pages
  • 4 icons including Message Preview, Unread Message Indication, Alert Mode, and Out of Range Indication
  • Saves messages when off or when the battery is being changed and offers the time and date when on standby
  • RS232 programmable to allow for programming changes in the field

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager are available in POCSAG, UHF or VHF models and ship with a one-year standard warranty. As part of the continued support of these pagers, Motorola offers a two-year Express Service Plus program. This feature provides hardware repair coverage for two years beyond the standard one-year warranty for a total of three years of pager repair coverage. Both pagers are available through Motorola Authorized Resellers.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Motorola, Inc. 2003.

Complete Technical Services For The
Communications and Electronics Industries
Design • Installation • Maintenance • Training

Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Registered Professional Engineer

Tel/Fax: 972-960-9336
Cell: 214-707-7711
7711 Scotia Dr.
Dallas, TX 75248-3112


Advertise Here price reduced graphic

Your company's logo and product promotion can appear right here for 6 months. It only costs $500 for a full-size ad in 26 issues—that's $19.23 an issue. (6 month minimum run.)

Details about the various advertising plans can be read here. left arrow  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

I have a Zetron 2100 paging terminal complete. The original price was 25,000.00 it is for sale for 9,500.00 with full warranty. It is less than 5 years old. This package includes the following:

2000 subscriber with a 1000 subscriber expansion. Additional options that shipped with this terminal:

  • Standard CPU/RAM
  • System Hard Disk Card
  • 3 Dual Telco Card
  • 3 Dual Alpha Messaging Input Modem
  • Radio Station Card PURC Control (non addressing)
  • Voice Controller (4 channels)
  • Extra (4) Voice Channels
  • 6 Hour Pager Saver
  • Memory Expansion Card

Jim Forsman left arrow CLICK HERE-DEAL DIRECT

two tone pager

  • Reliable operation
  • Flexible programming
  • Weather resistant
quattrino pager

A fast and reliable alarming system is an indisputable prerequisite for emergency fire and rescue services to respond successfully and efficiently. State-of-the-art paging enables groups as well as individuals to be alerted.

The Quattrino Voice and Memo two-tone pagers are suitable for everyone, even for those working in an emergency during severe weather conditions. Continual further development of previous popular models has resulted in a practical, reliable and user-friendly device, innovatively housed with ergonomic operating controls. Design elements include a very long standby function, and weather proofing to the European IP54 specifications.

I am an authorized Manufacturer Representative for Swissphone. Please contact me directly for any additional information. left arrow CLICK swissphone logo
advanced rf logo
Analog & Digital One-Way Paging Systems
ReFLEX Two-Way Paging/Data Messaging Systems
Technical Services support for existing paging systems
call (217) 221-9500 or e-mail
301 Oak St., Suite 2-46A, Quincy, IL 62301


contel poster

Please click on the image above for more information.

pat merkel ad left arrow CLICK HERE

The Electronic Entities Group

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: 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.

Wireless Telemetry

wireless watchman logo
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. ()

aapc logo

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.

AAPC links:

join aapc

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.

zetron simulcast

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

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

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

prism logo

Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

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

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

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

Logical Choice

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

Go ahead… be choosy… choose Prism Systems International

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

It's like a Motorola PeopleFinder™ on Steroids!

More information

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

ron mercer global

Download Mr. Mercer's resumé. left arrow CLICK HERE

isc ad 3-29-04

Chris Kephart
left arrow CLICK
Ken Knapp
left arrow CLICK
Web: left arrow CLICK

Protect your Internet-enabled Paging System!

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

hark safe system

Firewall protects your Internet enabled paging system:

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

SPAM blocker eliminates un-wanted email:

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

Virus blocker:

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

hark logo


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
left arrow CLICK
left arrow CLICK

daviscomms usa

  • 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.

daviscomms tmr
OEM Telemetry
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
Bravo 800

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

pci logo

Concepts, Inc.

Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
Support and Enhancements

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

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

Contact Sales
or 631-563-3800 x220.

DX Radio Systems

dx radio systems

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

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

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

DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
left arrow CLICK
left arrow CLICK
fcc logoNEWS 
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
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).

August 30, 2004
Lauren Patrich at (202) 418-7944


WASHINGTON, D.C.—John Muleta, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, today announced the following appointments made to the management team of the Spectrum & Competition Policy Division since the reorganization of the Bureau in December 2003:

  • Neşe Guendelsberger, Deputy Division Chief;
  • Rachel Kazan, Associate Division Chief and Chief of Staff;
  • Ziad Sleem, Associate Division Chief;
  • Aaron Goldschmidt, Assistant Division Chief; and
  • Susan Singer, Assistant Division Chief.

As a result of these changes, the Division’s management team is now as follows:

  • Division Chief William Kunze was previously Chief of WTB’s former Commercial Wireless Division. Prior to joining the FCC and the Bureau in 1999, Mr. Kunze was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson, and a manager at the University of Chicago Press.
  • Deputy Chief Paul D’Ari focuses on spectrum policy issues, including Secondary Markets and implementation of the Spectrum Policy Task Force Report. Mr. D’Ari previously served as Chief of the Policy & Rules Branch in WTB’s former Commercial Wireless Division and as an attorney in the former Common Carrier and Cable Services Bureaus. Prior to joining the FCC in 1993, he was an attorney with the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and the law firm of Piper & Marbury.
  • Deputy Chief Neşe Guendelsberger is responsible for many aspects of intermodal competition policy (such as IP-enabled services and intercarrier compensation), consumer policy (including wireless “spam” and privacy matters), and spectrum policy. She also oversees international issues for the Division. Before the Bureau’s reorganization, Ms. Guendelsberger was Acting Deputy Chief in WTB’s former Policy Division and also served as an attorney in the Wireline Competition Bureau, in WTB’s former Auctions and Industry Analysis Division, and in the International Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC in 2000, Ms. Guendelsberger taught law at the University of Baltimore and the University of Ankara and was a consultant on international law matters.
  • Deputy Chief Jeffrey Steinberg oversees infrastructure development policy, including environmental, historic preservation, and aircraft safety concerns as well as intermodal competition policy issues including Universal Service Fund, network access, and local number portability. He previously served as Deputy Chief in WTB’s former Commercial Wireless Division and as an attorney in both WTB’s former Policy Division and the former Cable Services Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC in 1994, Mr. Steinberg was an attorney at Sidley & Austin.
  • Associate Chief Rachel Kazan oversees the Bureau’s industry analysis efforts, including the tracking and analysis of developments in the wireless telecommunications industry and the preparation of the annual CMRS Competition Report. She also serves as the Division’s Chief of Staff. Before the Bureau’s reorganization, Ms. Kazan was Chief of the Auctions Finance and Market Analysis Branch in WTB’s former Auctions and Industry Analysis Division and also served as project manager for the Commission’s Indian Telecommunications Training Initiative. Prior to joining the FCC in 1997, she had fourteen years of experience in commercial real estate, including three years at the Resolution Trust Corporation.
  • Associate Chief Ziad Sleem is responsible for developing the Division’s technical policy agenda and overseeing the technical aspects of the Division’s rulemaking and other major policy efforts. Mr. Sleem was previously a senior engineer in the Division and in WTB’s former Commercial Wireless Division. Prior to joining the FCC in 2002, he was Vice President for Network Engineering at Wireless Facilities, Inc., a consulting firm. Mr. Sleem was also a manager at Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications and at the consulting firm Comsearch and a senior engineer at LCC, Inc.
  • Assistant Chief Dan Abeyta oversees the Division’s adjudication of environmental and historic preservation issues raised in connection with the construction of wireless infrastructure. Mr. Abeyta previously served as an attorney in WTB’s former Commercial Wireless Division and in the former Common Carrier and Mass Media Bureaus. He joined the FCC in 1983.
  • Assistant Chief John Borkowski advises on spectrum policy issues and is also responsible for antenna structure registration policy. Mr. Borkowski was previously Assistant Chief in WTB’s former Public Safety & Private Wireless Division (PSPWD), and before that was Chief of PSPWD’s Policy & Rules Branch. He also served as an attorney in the former Private Radio, Broadcast, and Safety & Special Radio Services Bureaus. He joined the FCC in 1978.
  • Assistant Chief Aaron Goldschmidt focuses on infrastructure development policy, with particular emphasis on issues relating to environmental protection and historic preservation, as well as state and local regulation of infrastructure. Mr. Goldschmidt was previously Assistant Chief in the Pricing Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and prior to that was an attorney in WTB’s former Auctions and Industry Analysis Division and in the former Common Carrier and Cable Services Bureaus. He joined the FCC in 1993.
  • Assistant Chief Susan Singer manages the Division’s review of secondary market transactions, focusing on competitive issues raised in applications to assign, transfer control of, and lease spectrum under wireless licenses. Ms. Singer was previously an industry economist in the Division and in WTB’s former Commercial Wireless Division. She joined the FCC in 2000.

- FCC -

Source: FCC News Release (pdf)

preferred logo

New, never installed, complete with hardware.
Please call or e-mail with questions.

Central TowerGT-942Newburgh, ING350703$17,500 
Central TowerGT-952Newburgh, ING380704$25,800 
Commstructures20155Pensacola, FLM65/100703$6,800Platform at 65'
Commstructures20156Pensacola, FLM80/100703$7,900Platform at 80'
Commstructures99054Pensacola, FLM100702$6,600Direct Imbed. Found.
EEI7675Belle Chase, LAM-tree1601104$160,000 
EEI10560Belle Chase, LAM-tree140/160755$97,500 
FibrebondCRC0942Minden, LAG375704$24,0001 Set of Sector mnts.
FWT21136000El Paso, TXM65/80754$3,8001 Top Platform
Summit11858Mercer, PAM100853$11,8001 Top Platform
Summit 14263Mercer, PAM75/95905$9,0002 platforms, brown paint finish
Telestructures Pensacola, FLM-flag160704$35,900 
Valmont 14185-01El Paso, TXM-flag65/75802$5,500Antenna Canisters
Rick McMichael
888-429-4171 left arrow
TGA Technologies

tga ad

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

outr net logo


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

Please call me so we can discuss your need or your idea. Or contact me by e-mail for additional information. left arrow CLICK


CTI SF65's, up to 10 of them, $400.00
each range, set up for POCSAG 512.

SF65's were store and forward units.

gtes logo
GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
Your Professional Services Partner

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

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


GTES Partner Program
Software and/or Hardware Support Programs

Product Sales
Software and Hardware Sales

On-Site Services
Upgrades, Relocations, Repairs, Consolidations

Software Development
New features, application development

Product Training
GL3000, GL3100, GL3200, GL3300, N2000, C2000


selective logo

Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Hardware & Software

pdt 2000 image

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.

selective products

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

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

Selective Communications Group
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
3/2 Haultain St.
Eden Tce
Auckland, New Zealand
Web site:
E-mail: left arrow CLICK
left arrow CLICK

I am an authorized Manufacturer Representative for Selective Communications. Please contact me directly for any additional information. left arrow CLICK HERE


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.

Let me know if you would like to receive a quotation, or if you would like to have any additional information. left arrow


Mark Hood

Telephone: 757-588-0537

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

Download resumé here. left arrow CLICK

join aapc

new iMac photonew iMac photonew iMac photo

Apple unveils 'skinny' iMac G5

September 02 2004 at 07:26AM

Paris—Apple Computer's marketing chief Phil Schiller unveiled the newest version of the popular iMac at the Apple Expo in Paris on Tuesday.

A G5 processor fitted behind a flat screen provides the new iMac with speeds of 1.6 to 1.8 gigahertz. And, at five centimetres [2 inches], it's the world's thinnest desktop computer.

Much of the iMac's appeal lies in Apple's choice of a pared-down look, which can be simplified to just one wire: the power cord.

Buyers opting for a wireless keyboard, mouse and Wi-Fi connection will end up with a minimalist combination—a far cry indeed from the tangled mess of wires PC users have to put up with.



PROXIM White Paper

The Broadband Wireless Access Market: Evolution of the WiMAX standard. The hottest new white paper, a top download on the Proxim website, educates readers on broadband wireless access, the WiMAX standard, and how it impacts the marketplace.

Source: Proxim (pdf)

Madison, Wis., may provide wireless Internet for all

September 2, 2004

MADISON, Wis.—City officials are looking into the possibility of bringing wireless Internet to Madison on a widespread basis, a spokeswoman for the mayor says. "We'd like to be out there with Philadelphia as being one of the first to do it," said Melanie Conklin of Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's office. "What the mayor is envisioning, (is) something that is an amenity to the public."

Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street appointed a committee last week to work out specifics of his city's plan. Wireless access is already is available in a few Madison locations, such as the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus.

About a dozen Madison city staff members, including police and fire department officials, met last week to talk about the idea of citywide wireless access, known as a mesh network. Conklin said such a network could cost "many millions'' of dollars." " That would be an immense project," she said. "But it could also address some vital communications needs that city government itself has, such as police and fire, and communication among our streets division. There's some real potential there."

Madison could pursue wireless access for the entire city or just for some areas, such as Downtown, the Dane County Regional Airport, and possibly, Madison Metro transfer points, Conklin said. " More than a dozen companies have come to us,'' she said. "A couple of them have actually put together proposals."

But Conklin said there are still a lot of questions to answer. They include whether the city should bear the cost of installing the technology and offer the service at little or no cost to residents or whether it should contract with a company to shoulder most equipment expenses and charge people who want to log on, she said. " We've asked the city attorney's office to analyze the legal issues, and we're leaning towards heading forward with a request for information," Conklin said.

The request would "lay out the goals the city wants to address and have people come to us with their creative ideas," she said. "It's certainly something we're going to approach with some caution because we don't want to invest in something that's going to become obsolete overnight," she said.


Philadelphia is at forefront of wireless for all

Sept. 2, 2004, 12:10AM

PHILADELPHIA—For about $10 million, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot. The ambitious plan, now in the works, would involve placing hundreds or maybe thousands of small transmitters around the city, probably atop lampposts.

Each would be capable of communicating with the wireless networking cards that now come standard with many computers. Once complete, the network would deliver broadband Internet almost anywhere radio waves can go, including poor neighborhoods where high-speed Internet access is rare.

And the city would likely offer the service either for free or at costs far lower than the $35 to $60 a month charged by commercial providers, said the city's chief information officer, Dianah Neff. "If you're out on your front porch with a laptop, you could dial in, register at no charge and be able to access a high-speed connection," Neff said. "It's a technology whose time is here."

The city of Houston has begun to look at the feasibility of working with wireless Internet providers to create a ubiquitous WiFi network. Corpus Christi has been experimenting with a system covering 20 square miles that would be used (for now) only by government employees.

Source: The Houston Chronicle


Please accept my best wishes for a great weekend. If you have time, please let a friend or coworker know about the newsletter. It's free and without membership obligations.


With best regards,

brad's signature

Brad Dye

wireless logo medium
Web: Consulting and Job search page left arrow MAY I HELP YOU?

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
—Proverbs 1:7 (AV)

Anyone wanting to help support The Wireless Messaging Newsletter can do so by clicking on the PayPal DONATE button to the left. Help promote Wireless Messaging, Wireless Data, and Telemetry Over Paging.

FLEX, ReFLEX, FLEXsuite, and InFLEXion, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc.
Si desea escribirme en español, puede hacerlo con toda confianza.

Home Page | Directory | Consulting | Newsletters
Products | Reference | Glossary | Send e-mail