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FRIDAY - JANUARY 9, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 93

 

Dear Wireless Colleagues and Other Friends,

Now that everyone is back from their holiday vacations, the quantity and quality of news related to paging and wireless data has improved. There are several items of interest this week: Press Releases and product information from:

  • SPOT (finally for sale with a new name)
  • Prism Systems International (ex TGA)
  • PalmSource (more on OS 6 shipping)
  • RIM/Nextel - BlackBerry (all-in-one device)
  • PCIA (offers FCC advice on RF)
  • SkyTel Argentina (new telemetry device)
  • Macromedia Mobile (new president from MS)
  • Intel (consumer big-screen TVs coming)
  • Intel (fund to invest in digital home)
  • Telular Corp. (big sales in Latin America)
  • GSA (reinstates MCI [SkyTel] as a supplier)
  • Motorola & Wozniak (to do wireless location)
  • Consumer Electronics Show (Las Vegas)

I think we can expect much more news of this type over the next few weeks. I would once again like to encourage readers to send in comments or articles about the issues affecting paging and wireless data. There were some excellent ones last year.

As usual, your assistance in getting more readers would really be appreciated. Remember that there is no charge or membership restrictions. This newsletter is able to continue because of the generous support of the advertisers. Please talk to them and mention that you saw their ad in the newsletter.

So here we go with this week's news.

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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.

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PAGING AND WIRELESS DATA NEWS CLIPS FROM THE WEB

Here Comes SPOT

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Wed Jan 7,10:07 PM ET

LAS VEGAS - Microsoft wants to do more than make sure there are Windows-powered devices in every office, home, cell phone, and car. The software giant also wants to make sure they are networked seamlessly. . .

Gates. . . used his keynote to announce availability of the company's new Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) watches (now officially renamed "Smart Watches with MSN Direct"). The new watches went on sale in Fossil stores in Las Vegas today and will be available via additional retailers, including Macy's, Circuit City, Fry's Electronics, and Amazon.com, starting this month. The Smart Watches allow users to obtain up-to-date sports scores, stock prices, weather reports, and other information.

Source: YAHOO! News

More about SPOT:

SPOT's new home (the doghouse?)

Why Microsoft's SPOT is such a dog

Bill Gates and the SPOT Watch


Press Release from Prism Systems International, Inc.

Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076
Tel: 678 353 3366
Web: www.prismpaging.com

Atlanta, Georgia, January 6, 2003

On December 31, 2003 Prism Systems International, Inc. announced it has purchased the Prism One-Way Paging products business from TGA Technologies, Inc. These products include the popular Prism Message Gateway Paging / Voicemail / Email Systems, PFE Encoders and SNAP Email Systems.

Prism Systems International is lead by Jim Nelson, President, who states "the new company will continue to offer the same excellent products and service provided by many of the same people that supported you in the past."

Nelson further added "the company intends to focus its resources on the paging market to introduce new technology to support features and products required for the renewed demand for one-way paging systems."

Jim Nelson was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TGA’s paging products for the last 10 years. TGA recently announced it was restructuring the company to better focus resources on the different products it sells.

Warranty support on products sold by TGA prior to this change in ownership will be assumed by Prism Systems International.

For more information contact Jim Nelson (jim.nelson@prismpaging.com) or call the company's new office at 678-353-3366.

Source: Prism Press Release

Also reported in: RCR Wireless News


PalmSource Ships Palm OS 6 to Its Licensees

SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 6, 2004 - PalmSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSRC) the provider of Palm OS®, a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and smartphones, has shipped Palm OS 6, the next major release of its operating system, to its licensees.

PalmSource has fulfilled its commitment to deliver the next major release of the Palm OS before the end of 2003. Palm OS 6, shipped December 29, 2003, combines the flexibility, simplicity and ease of use that we believe are the hallmark of today's versions of Palm OS with the emergent operating system requirements that meet the demands anticipated for tomorrow's smart mobile devices. These requirements include modularity, multi-tasking, memory protection, robust security and state-of-the-art multimedia capabilities. Palm OS 6 enables the development of a new class of Palm Powered mobile products and strengthens PalmSource's position in the wireless and telephony markets. Palm OS 6 now joins PalmSource's growing family of product offerings.

"Palm OS 6 is a major milestone for PalmSource, and we are happy to deliver the final version on schedule," said Larry Slotnick, chief products officer at PalmSource. "We believe that our team has developed a tremendous product for our licensees to bring innovative Palm Powered mobile products into new markets."

Source: PalmSource Press Release


Can this be true?

Here is a new wireless product that has just about everything. I was tempted to say that it sounds like an April Fool's joke, that no product could possibly do all of these things. I wonder if it makes hot coffee and plays rock & roll music too?

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BlackBerry 7510™
Nextel® Network
BlackBerry 7510 Wireless Handheld
With the BlackBerry 7510, you can stay in touch with all your communications and information wirelessly—manage phone calls, send and receive email and reach your contacts quickly and easily with the long-range digital walkie-talkie feature. The BlackBerry 7510 also includes a built-in speakerphone.

The data and voice-enabled BlackBerry 7510™ features:

  • Phone, email, browser and organizer applications in a single wireless handheld
  • Long-range digital walkie-talkie feature
  • Speakerphone
  • High Resolution 240x160 display supporting over 65,000 colors
  • Ample memory for application and data storage
  • Java™ development platform based on open standards
  • Full-featured connected organizer with PC synchronization
  • Integrated attachment viewing
  • Powerful, compact form factor
Source: RIM web site

PCIA Offers FCC Advice In RF Exposure Probe

January 7, 2004

Human RF exposure has been a point of heated debate for the wireless sector for some time. In May, the FCC made a decision to re-examine rules surrounding human exposure to electromagnetic fields. PCIA has come out publicly to commend federal regulators for undertaking this mission, but it is also offering up some suggestions to help speed infrastructure development.

In comments presented to the commission, PCIA says relieving industry from any unnecessary burden in complying with the commission's RF exposure rules is a key factor in the success of wireless infrastructure deployment. When the FCC announced its plans to possibly clarify rules surrounding human exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields, the main goal of the investigation centered on exposure as it relates to base station and broadcast transmitters at tower facilities—not RF exposure from phones.

PCIA contends that concerns surrounding RF issues are being used to "thwart infrastructure deployment." The association is encouraging the commission to "undertake extensive educational efforts to explain to the public and to policy makers across the nation that wireless transmitters, particularly transmitters deployed in compliance with FCC rules ... pose no real threat to public safety."

Source: Wireless Week


SkyTel Argentina Develops Telemetry Device For Vehicle Alarm and Detention

Following are product descriptions in English and Spanish. This one-way telemetry device has one plug-in, 24-amp. relay included, in a standard automotive socket. The relay can be accessed without opening the device's cover, for easy replacement. The siren output is an open collector type, and can handle 800 mA. This unit operates using the POCSAG protocol at 512 to 2400 bps, on 900 MHz.


VMS 300 TELEMETRY DEVICE

Description:
The VMS 300 is a wireless remote control device. It provides for remote control, of equipment connected to its outputs, over a paging network. It has been specifically developed for use in the detention of vehicles and so can be operated in hostile environments with vibration, high electrical noise, etc. It has an input that can be used with a local vandalism alarm and two outputs that are normally used to control an automotive-type plug-in relay, and an external siren. An outstanding feature is, operation with a password, which prevents accidental operation of the device from unauthorized sources. Non-volatile memory, which saves the last state of the outputs even though power to the device should be interrupted, and a timer for changing the state of the outputs in cases where the user requires it, are also included.

Operation:
Operation of the device is as follows, a message is sent with the format [password] [command], according to the following table:

CommandAction
00Reset all outputs.
(Normal state: relay activated—siren output deactivated.)
01Deactivate the relay.
11 Deactivate the relay—activate siren output.
(Can be programmed for automatic reset after 30 minutes, if the user requires it.)
Vandalism alarm set—local.
(If the device gets disconnected from the ground for more than 5 seconds.)
Activate relay—activate siren output.
(Can be programmed for automatic reset after 30 minutes, if the user requires it. Useful if panic alarm is set while outside of the covered paging region.*)
* An over-the-air command has priority over the local vandalism alarm. In other words the reset command (00) deactivates the panic [vandalism] alarm, and that alarm remains inactive until the ground has been reconnected.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Power Supply required:7 to 30 VDC
Current consumption:30 mA @ 12 VDC
Memory:1,000,000 writing cycles, expected life of memory: 100 years.
Vandalism alarm input:Protected with optical-isolator component.
Coverage area:System coverage is the same as one-way paging data.
Dimensions:112 X 65 X 34 mm (without case or mounting tabs).

 

Dimensions in millimeters:

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DISPOSITIVO DE TELECOMANDO VMS 300

Descripción:
El VMS 300 es un dispositivo inalámbrico de comando a distancia. Permite controlar a través de la red Skytel los aparatos conectados a sus salidas. Ha sido desarrollado especialmente para su uso en detención vehicular, por lo que es adecuado para operar en ambientes hostiles, con vibraciones, alto ruido eléctrico, etc. Posee una entrada adecuada para uso como alarma antivandalismo, y 2 salidas, normalmente utilizadas para comandar un rele automotor, a través del zócalo incluido en el dispositivo, y una sirena. Su característica saliente es la operación con password, que impide el accionamiento accidental o no autorizado del mismo. Incluye además una memoria no volátil, que conserva el último estado de las salidas aunque se corte la alimentación del dispositivo, y un timer que modifica el estado de las salidas en caso de requerirlo el usuario.

Operación:
El modo de operación es el siguiente, se envía un mensaje con el formato [password] [comando], de acuerdo con la siguiente tabla:

ComandoAcción
00Resetea todas las salidas.
(Estado normal, relé activado, salida sirena desactivada)
01Rele desactivado.
11 Relé desactivado, salida sirena activada.
A la _ hora se desactiva la sirena
Antivandálico activado
(desconectado de masa más de 5 segundos)
Relé activado, salida sirena activada.
A la _ hora se resetean todas las salidas. *
* El comando por aire tiene prioridad sobre la alarma antivandalismo. O sea que un comando de reset (00) desactiva la alarma antipánico, que queda anulada hasta que se la conecte a masa nuevamente.

CARACTERISTICAS TECNICAS

Alimentación:7 a 30 v.
Consumo:30 mA @ 12 V
Memoria:1000000 de ciclos de escritura , conservación de los datos, 100 años
Entrada antivandalismo:Protegida por optoacoplador.
Area de cobertura:Cobertura Skytel.
Dimensiones:112x65x34mm, sin zócalo ni aletas de montaje.

 

Dimensiones en milímetros:

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MCI Reinstated as Federal Government Contractor

ASHBURN, Va., January 7, 2004 - BACKGROUND: Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced it has lifted the proposed debarment of MCI and the company is again eligible to receive new government business and contract extensions.

The following statement should be attributed to Michael Capellas, MCI chairman and CEO:

"Over the past months, MCI and its employees have taken extensive steps to ensure the company operates with the utmost integrity. We have worked diligently to fulfill all of the ethics and internal controls criteria necessary to being a good federal government contractor.

We enhanced our corporate ethics program and accounting controls, hired a new Chief Ethics Officer and completed company-wide ethics training. Today's GSA decision is a sign of confidence in the new MCI. Our employees are grateful to be eligible for new government business and contract extensions again.

We will continue to provide our federal and state government customers with best-in-class service and support that they have come to expect from MCI."

About WorldCom, Inc.
WorldCom, Inc. (WCOEQ, MCWEQ), which, together with its subsidiaries, currently conducts business under the MCI brand name, is a leading global communications provider, delivering innovative, cost-effective, advanced communications connectivity to businesses, governments and consumers. With the industry's most expansive global IP backbone, based on the number of company-owned POPs, and wholly-owned data networks, WorldCom develops the converged communications products and services that are the foundation for commerce and communications in today's market. For more information, go to http://www.mci.com.

Source: MCI News Release

[MCI/WorldCom owns SkyTel Paging, a provider of one-way and two-way paging services.]

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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 2The 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

ls355The 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.

Paging System Technician

Immediate opening for technician responsible for maintenance and expansion of paging systems throughout Northern California. Applicant should have experience with Glenayre and Motorola Paging Transmitters. Experience with related equipment including paging switching terminals and telephone interconnection, Excel and light Word processing is a plus. Position is based in San Rafael, California and Cook Paging offers a competitive salary and a full benefits package.

Please send your resume to:

cookinc@sbcglobal.net or pcook@cookmail.com

Or fax it to: Cook Paging, Engineering Dept. at: 415-456-5566.

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Paging Training Course

Specially Designed for Sales, Marketing, and Administration employees.

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.

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.

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QUATTRINO RE529

  • Reliable operation
  • Flexible programming
  • Weather resistant

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.

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Advanced RF Communications offers a complete line of products and services to support your new or existing paging system. Our RF and System engineering team utilizes the latest technologies and techniques to deliver reliable high-speed digital data messaging or tone/voice paging for local or wide area simulcast one-way or two-way paging systems.

Advanced RF Communications is a proud sponsor of the:

American Association of Paging Carriers

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Our System design and installation services integrate all the "boxes" and deliver fully operational one or two-way paging "system". We can also "tune-up" that existing paging system with our diagnostic and troubleshooting services to restore System performance that has deteriorated over time.

CONTACT
Advanced RF Communications, Inc.
301 Oak Street—Suite 2-46A
Quincy, IL 62301 USA
For further information please contact:
Fred Pakosta or Jim Neves
Telephone/Fax: 217-221-9500
E-mail: sales@advancedrf.biz
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Authentium's COMMAND Antivirus™

COMMAND Antivirus™ is used by leading education institutions, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies for one simple reason - it works. Based on the proven F-Prot engine and developed continuously over a period of more than ten years, COMMAND Antivirus™ deploys more easily, detects more viruses (and potential viruses), handles more file extensions, and returns fewer false positives than competing antivirus products.

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AAPC’s Mission Statement Defines Purpose

  • 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. If you want to get involved, please click here. Come and join us!

The AAPC "newsroom" is a great source of information.

The AAPC also hosts the Paging Technical Committee site. There is a lot of good paging industry information here.

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Click on the logo above to get a membership application.

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:

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CONTACT
Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
Email: zetron@zetron.com
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Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076
Tel: 678-353-3366

 

 

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Wireless Communication Solutions

Hark Systems has provided the wireless industry with innovative products for over 20 years. The Omega family of products continues that tradition.

The Omega Gateway performs the function of a TAP Concentrator, a TNPP Router, and an Internet Paging Gateway. This allows the paging operator with TAP and TNPP connections to their paging network to offer email and Internet based paging services. Any message coming in via any supported protocol (SMTP, SNPP, TAP, TNPP, HTTP) can be converted to another protocol and sent. Pages can also be sent to email boxes for safe keeping. Subscribers can log on with a web browser and view stored alpha messages. The TNPP router function has the most extensive routing and filtering capabilities in the market today. The Internet Gateway also has extensive anti-SPAM and other selective filtering options to protect your system. The Gateway is available as a turnkey system or software only.

The Omega Unified Messaging Platform gives you the competitive edge by offering the ability to bundle a variety of services that can include Voicemail, FAXmail and email as part of customized subscriber packages. Subscribers can view faxes, listen to voicemails, and modify features using a common browser. System administration can also be performed remotely as well as locally. This robust set of features allows the system operator to build a profit center with low initial expense and expand as needed

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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
Email: leanne@harksystems.com
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ISC Technologies is the industry leader in the pre-owned Paging equipment marketplace. We specialize in purchasing, reconditioning, reconfiguring and sales of quality paging infrastructure. We can customize and configure equipment at a fraction of the cost of new. All equipment carries a standard warranty to insure your trouble free operation.

At ISC Technologies we service what we sell and more. Our factory-trained technicians repair most Quintron, Glenayre, Motorola, and Skydata equipment. All of our repairs are done on a Time and Material basis, saving you money over flat rate repair. From vacuum tubes to surface mount equipment, we are ready to handle your repair needs quickly and cost effectively.

Glenayre’s only licensed repair facility!

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CONTACTS
Chris Kephart
888-645-7545
972-221-4528
ckephart@mckcom.com
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888-223-4028
217-221-0985
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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 600
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Side Mount Numeric

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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Programming
Concepts, Inc.

Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
Support and Enhancements

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

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

Contact Sales sales@programmingconcepts.com
or 631-563-3800 x220.

DX Radio Systems

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

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

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

CONTACT
DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
E-mail: Info@DXRadioSystems.com
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FORMER MICROSOFT EXECUTIVE AND SYMBIAN CO-FOUNDER JUHA CHRISTENSEN TO LEAD MACROMEDIA MOBILE AND DEVICES DIVISION

Brings key leadership to deliver Macromedia Flash solutions to fast-growing mobile market

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San Francisco, CA—January 6, 2004—Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced the appointment of Juha Christensen as president of its mobile and devices business unit. Christensen recently served as corporate vice president of the mobile devices division at Microsoft Corporation, building Microsoft's franchise in the mobile industry. Before joining Microsoft, Christensen co-founded Symbian Ltd., a joint venture between Nokia, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, Matsushita, Samsung, Siemens, and Psion, whose cross-vendor operating system is emerging as an industry standard. Previously Juha worked at Psion Plc., bringing out some of the first PDAs in the industry.

"Juha Christensen brings entrepreneurial leadership, an amazing track record with mobility, and clear vision to our growing mobile and devices business," said Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO, Macromedia. "As president of this important division, Juha will help Macromedia lead the field in delivering innovative and practical solutions for this fast-growing industry."

"While researching for a start-up this fall, I came across Macromedia and was incredibly impressed with the people, the technologies, and the strength of the authoring community. I joined the company because Macromedia is uniquely positioned to deliver the experience layer that will 'light up' next generation mobile devices with exciting consumer services, applications, and content," said Juha Christensen, president of mobile and devices, Macromedia. "I'm excited about leading the development of a rich set of solutions that enable mobile services to be created by a wide range of individuals and companies. Our solutions will be aimed at anyone from the professional content developer to the individual who, without programming skills, wants to reach out and connect with people within their wireless communities."

Source: Macromedia Press Release


Intel fund to invest in digital home

CHIP GIANT PURSUES ADVANCES IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Posted on Wed, Jan. 07, 2004

Intel will announce today the creation of a $200 million venture fund to invest in companies developing technologies for the digital home.

The Santa Clara chip behemoth is launching the fund on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Thursday in Las Vegas. The move is part of Intel's strategy to turn the personal computer into a media center for digital content, making the PC an entertainment hub to coordinate televisions, music players, DVD players, gaming consoles and other devices.

The new fund, which will be managed by Intel Capital, will invest in companies developing hardware, software and supporting technologies to connect the PC to consumer electronics devices on wireless home networks. Many PC makers, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Gateway, also are pursuing this market.

Intel said it already has invested in a few companies that share its digital home vision. Those firms include BridgeCo, a designer of low-cost chips for digital media adapters that link home devices; Entropic, a designer of chips for home networking over coaxial cables; and Musicmatch, which sells software for recording, organizing and playing digital music.

Executives at Intel said they hope to accelerate the development of technologies that will be compatible with the company's own products.

Intel has attempted to get into the consumer electronics business before. In October 2001, it ended a four-year foray into the market, where it was selling digital cameras, audio players and electronic toys.

But analysts said this new effort on the digital home is more focused.

"They have been talking about this for years, but this is putting their money where their mouth is,'' said Bob O'Donnell, director of personal technology at market research firm IDC. "They realize they can't do it all.''

O'Donnell said Intel's investments also will be key for setting standards, which are fragmented in consumer electronics.

PC-based digital home entertainment centers are "very cumbersome, confusing to set up,'' said Van Baker, a vice president at market research firm Gartner/G2. "There is a lot of work to be done. The fact that Intel is putting up this kind of money will help it get off the ground faster.''

As part of the company's new push in consumer electronics, Intel President Paul Otellini is expected to disclose details Thursday about Intel's first chip for large-screen digital TVs.

Source: MercuryNews.com


Intel Moves Into Consumer Electronics

LAS VEGAS/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC -news), the world's largest microchip maker, on Thursday said it plans an aggressive push beyond the PC into consumer electronics with new chips for big-screen high-definition televisions and an all-in-one home entertainment PC.

The new vision was unveiled in a speech by Intel President Paul Otellini at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a forum being used by the computer industry this year to showcase bold moves into consumer devices like TVs and media centers.

"The lines between these two industries are blurring, but they are blurring at an increasing rate," Otellini said.

The world's largest microchip maker said it intends to give consumer electronics the same level of attention it gave last year to wireless technology, which was highlighted in a $300 million marketing campaign for its laptop computer chips.

Earlier this week, Intel said it would invest $200 million in companies that are building "digital home" technologies intended to allow media to freely flow between devices around the home.

While Intel dominates the market for PC microprocessors, its latest initiatives target a new set of competitors: consumer electronics leaders such as the Netherlands' Philips Electronics (PHG.AS), which are unlikely to accept the chip giant's entry without a fight.

Some details of the speech had leaked out beforehand, and anticipation was so high that some CES attendees skipped a keynote by the president of Panasonic to line up an hour ahead of time for the presentation.

Otellini's new era is one the company envisions being powered by its chips. Liquid Crystal on Silicon, or LCoS, chips promise to make 50-inch high-definition TVs cost less than $1,800 by next year, he said, while powerful 3 gigahertz processors will run the PC centers.

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK

So-called Entertainment PCs, Otellini said, will come on the market later this year, priced around $799 or less. They are intended as a complete replacement for home entertainment centers, offering live TV tuning, video recording, DVD and music playback, photo display and even video gaming.

"It's not created for the creation of content, it's created for the consumption of content," he said.

The PCs, which also offer surround sound and built-in wireless access points, will use what the executive called "10-foot interfaces" that let consumers sit back when watching PC media as opposed to leaning in close.

Otellini told reporters after his speech that the company has been able to win over skittish Hollywood partners to the idea of networked digital home media.

"We showed them that we're not out to drive rampant piracy and that we can develop a standard that will allow consumers the flexibility they expect and allow them the protection they require," he said.

TVs LATER THIS YEAR

Intel's television chips use a novel technology that combines liquid crystals, a mirror-like surface and a silicon chip. Display manufacturers in China, Taiwan and the United States are now working with Intel prototypes, the company said.

The advantage of LCoS, Otellini said, is high resolution from small spaces between the pixels that compose a picture, as well as the lack of "burn-in" problems that face some plasma televisions.

Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN - news) already supplies a chip using a rival technology, called digital light processing, which uses more than a million microscopic mirrors to reflect a high-definition image onto a big-screen television. Big-screen sets based on DLP are produced by Korea's Samsung Electronics (005930.K), France's Thomson (TMS.PA), and others.

Source: YAHOO! News


wOz™ and Motorola Broadband Plan to Develop Wireless Personal Location-based Products

Motorola Intends to Incorporate the wOz Product Reference Design and Online Service Into Future Broadband-Enabled Consumer Electronics Devices

LAS VEGAS – 8 Jan. 2004 – Wheels of Zeus™, Inc. (wOz™), a start-up focused on developing an innovative wireless platform focused on location-based services, today announced that Motorola, Inc., (NYSE: MOT) Broadband Communications Sector plans to develop personal wireless solutions that leverage the wOz Platform™.

Founded by technology innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, wOz has developed a wireless platform that can serve as the foundation for a range of location, status, control, and communications solutions for consumers and businesses. The company's wOz Platform includes a reference design, wireless network, and online service that enable people to locate and take better care of what's important to them. The unique, local wireless network technology of wOz can provide long-range performance in harsh environments, and long battery life at a low cost.

Motorola Broadband intends to license wOz technology as part of its strategy to deliver next-generation home electronics products that provide high value to consumers and offer compelling business models for service providers. Motorola plans to offer wOz-based products through direct channels and through relationships with leading service providers.

Motorola Broadband develops products and solutions that promote connectivity in and around the home. Leveraging Motorola's retail brand presence and global leadership in digital set-tops and cable modems, Motorola Broadband's consumer solutions business offers a portfolio of digital entertainment, telephony and wireless home networking solutions targeted directly to consumers. These products are available in over 7,000 retail locations in the United States, including Circuit City, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Office Depot and Wal*Mart.

"Motorola is committed to making smart, simple and fun broadband products that support our vision of the 'connected home,'" said John Burke, Motorola corporate vice president and general manager, consumer solutions business. "The wOz platform directly supports this vision by offering consumers highly specialized capabilities that will help people stay connected to what is important to them. We are excited about Steve Wozniak's new venture and look forward to the prospect of delivering products to the market based on wOz technology."

With this announcement, wOz marks an achievement in executing its strategy of licensing technology to recognized consumer and business market leaders.

"Our strategy is to work with select market leaders that will uphold and support our philosophy of developing useful and easy-to-use products," said Steve Wozniak, founder, president, and chief technology officer of Wheels of Zeus. "Motorola not only supports this philosophy but also provides a strong brand and distribution channel necessary to deliver wOz-based solutions to consumers on a massive scale."

Source: Motorola Press Release

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A late comer claims to have invented Wireless E-mail in 1991. We all know that the paging community was doing this in the mid to late 80s and I need your help to prove this.

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Please look in your storeroom or your basement and see if you have any of these items. It would be very helpful if you could assist me in showing that wireless e-mail was being used before 1991.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Telular Corporation Reports a $25.3 Million Surge in New Orders from Latin American Customers

VERNON HILLS, IL USA—Telular Corporation (Nasdaq: WRLS) reported today that since September 1, 2003 it has received purchase orders totaling $25.3 million for business with Latin American wireless network operators in Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The orders include the Phonecell® SX4 CDMA2000® 1X, Phonecell® SX4 TDMA and Phonecell® SX5 GSM/GPRS fixed cellular products. The Company reported that it shipped $9.5 million of the orders in the fourth calendar quarter of 2003. The balance is expected to ship in the first calendar quarter of 2004, which is the Company's second quarter of its fiscal year 2004.

Telular's fixed cellular products are used in Latin America primarily for basic wireless communications services, often referred to as Wireless Local Loop (WLL), as well as enterprise applications and public telephony. Landline systems in this region are often deficient, unavailable, or simply too costly to deploy. Based on Telular's patented RJ-11-to-cellular interface technology, Telular's products offer reliable, cost-effective, and immediate telephone access via existing cellular networks using familiar telephone equipment.

"We continue to see growing momentum for Wireless Local Loop programs and new applications in Latin America," said Mr. Ken Millard, chairman and chief executive officer of Telular Corporation. "After experiencing a slowdown due to economic and political situations in some key countries, we have begun to see a rebound throughout the Latin American market."

"The consumer demand for basic telephone service has been constant in these countries," added Mr. Millard. "We have engineered new products to meet the challenging price points needed to allow these carriers to accelerate their programs and satisfy this demand. Fixed wireless is now the primary means of new fixed telephone services in many markets in Latin America."

Latin American cellular networks cover all of the major worldwide standards including CDMA, GSM, TDMA and AMPS. Telular products include both fixed wireless terminals for easy connection to standard phones, fax machines and PCs and fixed wireless phones for fixed desktop applications in the home or office.

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Telular Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacturing of cellular fixed wireless handsets and terminals. Telular's proprietary telecommunications interface technology enables standard phones, fax machines, computer modems or monitored alarm systems to utilize available cellular wireless service for either primary or back-up telecommunications. Telular's product lines incorporate the world's leading cellular standards (GSM, TDMA, CDMA, AMPS) and are marketed worldwide. Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Telular has regional sales offices in Atlanta, Miami, London, Singapore, Mexico City, Beijing and Johannesburg. For further company information, visit Telular at http://www.telular.com.

Source: Telular Corporation


Getting Mobile In Vegas

By Brad Smith
January 8, 2004

LAS VEGAS — Mobility is one of the buzzwords at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, which opened today and is expected to be the largest in the show's short history, with 2,300 exhibitors and 120,000-plus attendees.

Wireless communications will permeate many levels of the show, from new handsets and services to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ultrawideband. As always, CES will be dominated by entertainment products such as new plasma TVs, DVD players and games, but even many of those will use wireless communications to link with PCs and home theater systems.

Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Audiovox, Motorola and Samsung are showing off new handsets or services at CES. Verizon is detailing plans for a $1 billion nationwide expansion of its CDMA2000 1X EV-DO network, while Audiovox unveiled a new Microsoft Pocket PC phone, and Motorola said its V600 Bluetooth phone will launch with AT&T Wireless next month.

A number of Wi-Fi product manufacturers also are lined up with announcements. There will be a continuing convergence of wireless in the home with PCs and entertainment. Intel is a good example of the convergence and mobility theme. Brian Fravel, director of desktop marketing for the computer chip company, says Intel wants to show a broader portfolio than ever before. He says Intel will be showing off not only product technologies but also new standards and partnerships that span and converge PCs and consumer electronics.

"Uni-fi" is one of Intel's popular phrases at CES, he says, a takeoff using Wi-Fi as a theme for convergence.

Intel will show a number of wireless digital media adaptors, portable media players and a new chipset code-named Grantsdale that will enable PC manufacturers with the addition of an 802.11 radio to turn their desktops into integrated Wi-Fi access points and routers. PCs using the integrated AP technology are expected in the second half of the year for 802.11b/g and will make it much easier to set up a home or small office wireless network, Fravel says.

Also, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates unveiled a number of coming products using wireless to link PCs and TV sets to display video, photos and music. Gates announced at his Wednesday night keynote that there will be a Windows Media Center Extender that will wirelessly connect a TV with a Windows Media Center PC to play multimedia. Another product he discussed is the Portable Media Center, which can store and display music, video and photos. The former is expected by the end of the year, while the Portable Media Center is being manufactured by Samsung and Sanyo and will be available in the second half of the year.

Gates also said watches using Microsoft's SPOT technology, announced at last year's CES, are now available from Fossil and Suunto. The watches receive data over FM spectrum.

Sony also held a press conference to show off a concept portable device that can be used to display TV shows and videos, and even browse the Internet, without using a PC. The portable TV uses wireless communications and is expected to appear as a retail product sometime this year.

CES almost always raises expectations in the retail industry for what products retail stores will sell to end users. This year is no different, as the Consumer Electronics Association is forecasting a record $101 billion in consumer electronics product sales in 2004, a 5 percent increase. The CEA also estimates that wireless phone sales in the United States increased 20 percent in 2003 to 70.5 million units and sales of $9.2 billion.

This year also brings the largest contingent of auto industry exhibitors ever to CES, many of them showing off satellite radio, GPS and location services and Bluetooth connectivity.

Source: Wireless Week

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

This issue got to be a little long, but there was a lot of important news this week, partly because of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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