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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 16, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 180

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

I believe the next few paragraphs will be the most important words that I have ever written in my nearly fifty years' work in radio communications. I hope that doesn't sound too grandiose or overly dramatic, but I really think that we—that is you and I—have a unique opportunity to draw public attention to the fact that Paging can immediately solve two of the big problems facing the United States (and other countries as well). They are:

  • How to warn the general public about hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and terrorism. (Keeping them informed after the event, about rescue efforts is also very important.)
  • How emergency communications can be conducted among the many different local, state, and federal agencies that use incompatible radios.

The short answers are:

  • One-way Paging to warn the general public.
  • Two-way Paging for early responders.

I hope that our government has learned a painful but important lesson from Hurricane Katrina—that we MUST do more to protect the lives and property of our citizens!

Interoperability has been a big joke. Some government bureaucrats want to design a wonderful new nationwide communications system that will do everything you can think of—full duplex data, streaming video, voice, text, GPS-tracking—you name it. Just think, they could design such a system to government specifications, have a big public bid, award the contract, and then the bid winners could manufacture and build-out a new nationwide radio communications system. If they really hurry, they could probably have it finished in five or six years and it would only cost ten or twenty billion dollars. (Probably more, remembering those $600 hammers and $1200 toilet seats.)

Or . . . we could use a proven technology that is already deployed coast-to-coast. One-way Paging is by far the fastest, least costly, and most reliable way that we have to warn millions of people about danger. We know that no telephone—neither cellular nor wireline—will work when everyone tries to use them at the same time. We also know that One-way Paging systems work just fine when you want to send a message to everyone on the system at the same time. Technically, we call it "group call to a common capcode." It's easy for One-way Paging. No other technology can do that. Traditional broadcast radio and television come the closest but their ability to network and cover the whole country is limited, complex, and costly. Even "reverse-911" systems, that claim to be able to call out from a 911 call center to alert everyone in a given area using regular telephones, make no sense when you need to notify over a million people in one minute. We can do it while they are still thinking about it.

And what about the heroic efforts of all those people who are willing to go in and help? It was reported yesterday that there are so many armed law enforcement officers in New Orleans that there is great concern that they might start shooting each other. They can't tell the good guys from the bad guys and many of their radios are on different frequencies so they can't talk to each other. What about whole rescue teams that were not allowed to enter the disaster area and had to wait for two or three days to get "permission" to enter—while more people died? Is it too much to ask that all of these efforts be coordinated?

My friend Barry Kanne wrote an article last year: Fully Interoperable First Responder Alerting System Based on ReFLEX Two-Way Messaging Technology that tells how to solve this problem. In my opinion, it is still the best paper on the subject.

I am going to repeat the graphic, immediately following this section, that I ran last week of the InfoLink receiver that is being used in Israel as a warning device. I recommend that it be mounted on the wall of every home, school, and business like a smoke detector. We could call it a "threat detector."

Please read the statement from FCC Chairman Kevin Martin that follows below. He is " . . . establishing an independent expert panel composed of public safety and communications industry representatives that will be charged with reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the communications infrastructure in the affected area. The panel will make recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communication among first responders such as police, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel."

I wholeheartedly support the FCC Chairman in this effort, and hope that this panel's recommendations will not be just another report that gets read and then put away without much action being taken like The 9/11 Commission Report.

So why then are these words so important? Because if we can get representatives from the Wireless Messaging Industry on that panel, we might be able to convince the Commission that we can solve these problems "faster-better-cheaper" than anyone else. I think they are ready to listen. I am trying. Can you help me? We need a voice on that panel.

Now on to the rest of the news and views.

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Why Paging? — A Review

Why is One-way Paging is the BEST technology to use when it is necessary to alert many people in a short time?

  • Because of "group call" — a feature of Paging that allows us to alert almost an unlimited number of people with one-single-radio transmission (to a common capcode). For example, with Paging a message can be sent to a million people in the time it takes to make two or three telephone calls.
  • Because of "simulcasting" a feature of Paging that allows the same radio message to be broadcast over multiple transmitters simultaneously — (simultaneous + broadcast = simulcast) meaning that a radio Paging signal generally has much better penetration into, under, and around buildings and is less likely to be blocked by obstructions since it will be coming to the Pager from several different directions.
  • Because of the fact that Paging systems cost a fraction of other technologies like cell phones.
  • Because Paging transmitters can be individually controlled over satellite links and they do not need a physical land line running back to the control point (like the fiber-optic networks used in cellular telephone systems).
  • Because Paging is a mature technology. It has been refined and perfected over many years and it works very well. It is here today and available to be used RIGHT NOW.

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The Voice of US Paging Carriers

ISSUE NO. 25— FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 16, 2005

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOK AND CONTENT OF THE AAPC WEB SITE
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AAPC Emerging Technologies Symposium
November 3–4, 2005
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
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Looking for a new way to market your products or technologies without spending a fortune?

You should present at the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC) Emerging Technologies Symposium, November 3–4, at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center.

Vendor presentations will provide you with access to all the attendees without the burden of a shipping and staffing a trade show booth.

As the premier association advocating for the paging industry, AAPC is hoping you will consider this as an innovative way to market your company. Sponsorship of an item or event provides even more exposure. Click here for a complete list of vendor opportunities and here for the contract to secure your participation. Vendor presentation slots are limited and priority scheduling is based upon receipt of the vendor contract.

REGISTER TODAY at www.pagingcarriers.org!

With first-class accommodations, networking with colleagues, learning about new successful revenue streams—this is a must attend event.

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Ayrewave Corporation  NotePage Inc.
Bay Star Communications   Outr.net
CONTEL Costa Rica  Heartland Communications
CPR Technology  Ira Wiesenfeld
Daniels Electronics  Payment Guardian
Daviscomms USA   Preferred Wireless
ERF Wireless   Prism Systems International
Global Fax Network Services   Ron Mercer
GTES LLC   Selective Communications
HMCE, Inc. Sun Telecom International
Hark Systems  Texas Association of Paging Services
InfoRad, Inc.   UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc.   Zetron Inc.

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WIRELESS NEWS

STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN KEVIN J. MARTIN
September 15, 2005 Open Meeting
Effects of Hurricane Katrina
Atlanta, Georgia

Thank you all for your excellent presentations. We appreciate all the efforts that you have taken, under extremely trying circumstances, to deal with this unprecedented disaster. The hurricane that struck the Gulf Coast states on August 29th devastated the region. People lost their homes, their businesses, and even their lives. Our hearts go out to all of the survivors who are now struggling with putting their lives back together.

Today we focus on one part of the damage and rebuilding effort: the communications systems. The destruction to the facilities of the communications companies in the region was extraordinary. More than three million people lost their phone service, more than a thousand wireless towers were knocked down, and over 100 broadcast stations were knocked off the air. As a result, it was extremely difficult for hundreds of thousands of people to receive news and emergency information and to communicate with their loved ones. Emergency workers and public safety officials had difficulty coordinating. It is at times like these that we are reminded of the importance of being able to communicate. While no communications network could be expected to remain fully operational in the face of a direct hit from a category four or five hurricane, that fact was little consolation to the people on the ground.

Fortunately, the work to restore communications began immediately. The communications companies in the region undertook, and continue to undertake, Herculean efforts in formidable circumstances to rebuild, reconnect, and broadcast. Service providers had to deal with extreme flooding, lack of power, dwindling fuel resources for generators, and security. Despite these obstacles, three radio stations in New Orleans continued to operate throughout the storm, and a fourth resumed operations within several hours of losing power. Wireline carriers were able to begin restoring service within five days, with significant improvement accomplished within a week. Wireless carriers began to restore service within two days and achieved substantial improvement by the weekend.

As our witnesses described today, companies are going beyond restoring their own facilities. Broadcasters are sharing facilities and precious gasoline with their competitors. BellSouth has helped competitive wireline service providers and wireless companies resume service by making its emergency operations center available to them, as we will see on our tour. BellSouth also has committed its facilities in New Orleans to wireless providers to make restoration of wireless service a priority. Satellite providers are wiring over 100 shelters so that evacuees can receive critical information – as well as entertainment – from television.

We at the Commission have devoted significant time and resources to cut bureaucratic “red tape,” enable disaster relief officials to communicate, and facilitate companies’ ability to quickly restore services in the region. We have waived numerous rules to enable telephone companies to re-route traffic, disconnect and reconnect lines, and switch long distance providers so that consumers’ phone calls could get through. We waived rules to enable non-commercial broadcast stations to air fundraisers for disaster relief efforts and to transmit local commercial programming to get critical emergency information to the public. We took action to ensure wireless carriers continue to maintain service to consumers who have been dislocated due to the hurricane and evacuation. We have granted more than 100 temporary frequency authorizations for emergency workers, organizations and companies to provide wireless and broadcast services in the affected areas as well as in shelters around the country.

Since the day after the hurricane struck, we have reached out to affected companies – often numerous times a day – to identify their greatest needs so that we could communicate those needs to other federal officials who have the ability to help companies on the ground. We have been open all day, seven days a week, since the day of the hurricane, which has enabled us to respond to most requests for special authority or waivers within four hours, and all requests within 24 hours. I am extremely proud of the efforts and dedication of the over 200 FCC employees that have helped us in this endeavor. They embody what it means to be a public servant, and I am grateful to all of them.

The witnesses here today represent the many workers and companies who rose to the challenge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While the task of restoring all services remains significant, you have made great progress. From this process, we need to learn what worked, what did not, and what the Commission should do now to make our communications networks more robust in the future. We need to improve our ability to serve the public in the event of another disaster, and we need to provide leadership to the industry to focus attention on what could be improved.

Today – to provide support to those in need and to improve the ability of the public and emergency responders to communicate during a crisis – I am pleased to announce my intention for the Commission to take three actions.

(1) Provide over $200 million of immediate relief to the affected areas;

First, I propose to provide $211 million in universal service funding to the disaster area. We will work through four existing programs to provide this support. We will use the Low Income Program to help those who have been cut off to reestablish their lines of communication. For all people eligible for FEMA disaster assistance, we will provide support for wireless handsets and a package of 300 free minutes for evacuees and people still in the affected area without telephone service. For all people eligible for FEMA disaster assistance, we also will provide support to pay the costs of reconnecting consumers to the network as the disaster-struck area is rebuilt.

Through the Rural Health Care Program, we will support those individuals providing emergency health care services in the region. We will allow public and non-profit health care providers, including American Red Cross shelters, to apply for support of their telecommunications needs. We will increase discounts from 25% to 50% for qualified providers in the area. To speed the delivery of support, we will modify the filing window for this Funding Year to allow health care providers to submit new or revised applications.

We will use the E-rate Program to help reconnect schools and libraries throughout the region. We will open a new Funding Year 2005 filing window for schools and libraries affected by the hurricane. We will treat schools and libraries struck by the hurricane at the highest level of priority (90%) for Funding Years 2005 and 2006. The Commission can authorize $96 million in E-rate funds for the approximately 600 schools and libraries in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama hit by the hurricane. We will also allow schools and libraries serving evacuees to amend their Funding Year 2005 applications to account for the unexpected increase in population.

Finally, we will allow carriers to use the High Cost Program to prioritize rebuilding facilities damaged by the hurricane. We will allow telephone companies greater flexibility to use USF support to prioritizing rebuilding wire centers affected by the hurricane.

(2) Examine ways to improve network reliability and public safety communications in times of crisis; and

Second, I am establishing an independent expert panel composed of public safety and communications industry representatives that will be charged with reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the communications infrastructure in the affected area. The panel will make recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communication among first responders such as police, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel.

(3) Create a new FCC bureau to better coordinate our planning and response efforts when disaster strikes.

Third, I intend to propose the creation of a new Public Safety/Homeland Security Bureau. The Bureau will coordinate public safety, national security, and disaster management activities within the FCC. The Bureau will develop policies and rules to promote effective and reliable communications for public safety, national security, and disaster management. It will have responsibility for issues including:

I look forward to working cooperatively with my colleagues at the Commission to achieve these goals. They have been extremely supportive in all of the Commission’s efforts to address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina thus far, and I thank them for their hard work. We also will work with Members of Congress and will look to them for guidance on these issues.

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We have heard today in detail the catastrophic nature of the damage that Hurricane Katrina inflicted on the Gulf Coast region. We also have heard how hard people worked to restore communications services – services that are critical to coordinating lifesaving rescue efforts and to contacting loved ones during an emergency. We have heard what worked well, but also what needs improvement in order to ensure basic communications services function in the immediate aftermath of disaster. Such communication is particularly important for public safety officials and emergency relief workers.

It is our goal that the Federal Communications Commission learn from this disaster. We need to determine how we can help companies strengthen our communications infrastructure; create more robust and reliable networks; and improve the ability to quickly restore service when disaster does strike. We also need to improve our own ability to respond in times of crises.

I believe the efforts I have outlined today are a good first step. Again, I thank the witnesses for their participation today, and I look forward to continuing to work together to improve our Nation’s communications infrastructure.

Source: FCC Web Site


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donny jacksonUpcoming xG trial worth watching
Donny Jackson
September 9, 2005

Our print edition this month focuses on xG Technology, which is scheduled to trial its xMAX fixed-wireless system later this month. It's not our typical profile subject, as xG is a very small company (less than 15 employees), has no customers and no available product.

So, why do a cover story on this company? Quite simple: xG's technology could change the way the communications game is played in all sectors of the industry—if it works, of course.

What xMAX inventor Joe Bobier (a man with roots in the LMR world) and his lab team have developed is a signaling scheme that delivers a packet of information on a single waveform, instead of the thousands or millions of waveforms required by traditional forms of communications. In addition, xG engineered a receiver that ignores all waveforms other than those using this single-cycle technology, meaning it can operate remarkably close to the thermal noise floor. (Read "Breaking free of the past" on our Web site for a more technical explanation from Bobier.)

As a result, even very weak signals can deliver information effectively, so only a nominal amount of power is needed—a thousand times less power than ultrawideband, according to Bobier. Operators need little or no dedicated spectrum (a 6 kHz sub-gigahertz voice channel for the carrier to direct the efficient spread spectrum information-bearing channels) to deliver broadband signals with greater range than WiMAX while using a fraction of the power.

Short range, xG's technology can outperform ultrawideband using just a few nanowatts of power. Long range, it can outperform WiMAX at much greater distances. In fact, operators owning their own spectrum could crank up the power to normal wireless levels, and only the circumference of the earth would limit the effective range of the signal, according to xG's lab guys.

The implications are huge. If xG's technology works, the much-discussed spectrum shortage in the U.S. might not be a big deal. Existing spectrum holders would be able to re-use their assets to deliver greater services to customers. And, when the xG scheme is applied to mobile applications, the low-power characteristic would mean that talk times on cell phones would be the same as standby times.

And xG's potential impact is not limited to the wireless world, Bobier says. Using xG's signaling technology, DSL ranges could quadruple, and cable-network capacities could double. Perhaps most important, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) could see increased performance without causing interference.

But all of this can only happen if xG's technology works.

And that's the rub. Is this company just making a bunch of promises it can't possibly keep to attract investors—remember "vaporware," a tactic used repeatedly during the high-tech boom of the late 1990s? Not according to xG Chairman and CEO Rick Mooers, who says he has no interest in his company being swallowed by venture capitalists.

Still, every industry person I've interviewed who hasn't been to xG's labs has told me it can't be done, noting that technological advances tend to be much more incremental than xG is promising with its signaling breakthrough. However, almost everyone who has been to xG's facility and spoken with company officials seems to believe that xG is on to something really big.

Princeton professor Stuart Schwartz, one of the few people in the world to have seen xG's patent-pending receiver technology in detail, says he's confident it will work. Mooers says MCI's SkyTel division thought enough of the technology to sign a letter of intent and scrap plans to sell its 900 MHz paging spectrum, which would be much more valuable in an xG world.

Even as the technology was in its infancy four years ago, a former investor who saw the single-cycle scheme thought enough of it to resort to extreme legal maneuverings in an attempt to wrest it away from the xG group, Mooers said.

Of course, this is still all talk. Seeing is believing. Thankfully, we won't have to wait long for an answer whether xG's stuff really works. At the end of the month, xG will begin a trial in which it will transmit wireless broadband signals for an area covering the cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale from an antenna located on a TV tower.

As one analyst noted, it's not often that "vaporware" companies are willing to subject themselves to the scrutiny of such a trial. Nor do they typically wait five years to go public with their discoveries.

We'll see if it works. If it does, it could change everything in communications. The notion of affordable, ubiquitous broadband would be a realistic goal, not just a political statement.

Assuming it works, I just wish xMAX was ready for prime time a little earlier. An easily deployable, long-range, broadband communications system that doesn't use a lot of power would have been a lifesaver—literally and figuratively—in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Source: MRT Bulletin


Nokia takes on enterprise market with wireless e-mail product

By Mike Dano
Sep 13, 2005

Nokia Corp. released a new, low-priced wireless e-mail product that will work with almost any new mobile phone. The offering sets Nokia squarely in the wireless enterprise marketplace and pits the company directly against players like Research In Motion Ltd., Good Technology Inc., Visto Corp., Seven, Intellisync Corp. and others. "This brings mobile e-mail to the corporate masses," explained Dave Grannen, general manager of Nokia's e-mail group. "We really want all of the workforce mobilized."

The Nokia Business Center includes a Java client for phones and a server that can be installed behind a company's firewall. Nokia said it also will offer a hosted version of the offering.

The Java software comes in two versions-a free rendition that supports e-mail sending and receiving and a "professional" version that offers access to e-mail, calendar and contacts. Nokia's Grannen said the company's Business Center initially will support Java phones made by Nokia, but also would be able to support phones from rival suppliers like Motorola Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

The server costs about $2,200 for 400 users, and the professional version of the Java software costs around $67 per phone.

When it is released later this year, the Business Center will support Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange program. Nokia will add support for IBM Corp.'s Domino program in the first quarter of next year and later will add support for other e-mail programs.

Interestingly, Nokia plans to sell its new wireless e-mail offering on a white-label basis, primarily through wireless carriers and information-technology vendors. Good recently engaged in a similar sales strategy, pulling back from its direct sales efforts. Grannen said the Nokia Business Center will be available to resellers at about 40 percent off its street price of $2,200.

Grannen said there are 650 million corporate e-mail inboxes, but only around 10 million that include wireless components. He said the company's new offering is an attempt to break open the rest of the wireless e-mail market. Grannen predicted that Nokia will score between 20 percent and 30 percent of the wireless e-mail market during the next three years.

Nokia's strategy puts it squarely in the middle of the wireless e-mail market. RIM with its BlackBerry offering is the current market leader with more than 3 million subscribers. Both RIM and Good have positioned their offerings as platforms that can support e-mail, as well as other wireless enterprise applications. Other market players, like Seven and Visto, sell their wares on a hosted basis through wireless carriers and other vendors.

Source: RCR Wireless News


Aquis Communications Acquires Highland Paging, Inc.

Thursday September 15, 11:33 am ET

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Aquis Communications Group, Inc. ("Aquis" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: AQIS - News), a full service telecommunications company, today announced they have acquired the assets of Highland Paging, Inc. Highland provides wireless messaging and data services to approximately 12,500 subscribers in the West Virginia, Tennessee and Southern Virginia markets.

"We are pleased to add the Highland customers, employees and markets to our existing business," said Brian Bobeck, President & CEO of Aquis. "This acquisition is consistent with our goals of enhancing profitability, sustaining growth objectives and diversifying our product offerings. The integration of Highland will be mutually beneficial to both Aquis and the subscribers. Our management expertise in streamlining and integrating operations is unparalleled."

Mr. Bobeck also added that the integration of the Highland assets was substantially complete at the time of this release. Frequency license transfers have been approved by the FCC.

About Aquis Communications
Aquis Communications, Inc., headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, is a leading full-service telecommunications company that provides affordable business and critical communication solutions and wireless product integration. Services and products include voice and data services, wireless messaging, cellular/PCS, telemetry, mobile radios, telecom consulting services and a wide array of customized solutions. Aquis' client list consists of Fortune 500 companies, small to mid-sized companies and organizations, and government agencies, all representing the manufacturing, healthcare, government, public safety, emergency and educational industries based throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Additional Aquis Communications offices are located in Freehold, NJ and Tyson's Corner, VA.

For more information on Aquis Communications visit http://www.aquiscommunications.com.

Certain statements made in the press release may constitute forward- looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which the Company is unable to predict or control. That may cause the Company's actual results or performance to materially differ from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward- looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, risks and uncertainties regarding the Company's substantial leverage, capital constraints, significant shareholder, liquidity and competition. These risks and uncertainties are in addition to other factors detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: Yahoo! Finance


Hark Tower Systems to Become Agent for Motient Communications

September 13, 2005

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.—(Business Wire)—Sept. 13, 2005—Motient Communications Inc. (Pink Sheets:MNCP) announced today that Hark Tower Systems has signed an Agent agreement for iMotient Solutions offering both GPRS and 1xRTT technologies. Hark Tower Systems has equipment in use by several of the top ten communication site owner/manager companies. The privately held company based in Charleston, SC was formed to provide equipment for the tower site management segment of the wireless communication industry.

Hark Tower Systems has always been known for providing economical solutions to enhance existing technologies. Hark Tower's equipment can monitor existing light control systems, control the lights if needed, as well as monitor other equipment alarms at the site. Additional features such as Card Access can be added as the need arises. Network Operations Center software to manage the information and the alarm delivery is also available to complete the management and monitoring picture.

"Hark Tower Systems, with over 25 years of Tower Management experience, is a proven choice for Tower Monitoring. Combined with Motient's 15 years of Wireless Data experience, the breadth of coverage provided by the Sprint and Cingular networks and the reliability, services and support of iMotient Solutions, we deliver a robust solution to the customer. We are excited to have Hark as an iMotient Solutions Agent," said Deb Peterson, SVP Systems and Business Development at Motient.

"Motient has demonstrated a high level of customer service, an important attribute in any affiliations we form in this industry. We are very pleased to be associated with Motient and to be able to add their wireless data experience to our back-haul options. We look forward to offering this exceptional wireless value along with our Site Management solutions," said Randy Hargenrader, President of Hark Tower.

About Hark Systems:
Hark Tower Systems, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is a privately held corporation. Hark Systems was formed to provide equipment for segments of the wireless communication industry which include paging, specialized mobile radio (SMR), conventional mobile phone, cellular, and PCS industries. Hark is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of wireless tower site management products for lighting, access control and monitoring. Hark product are in use throughout the US and in over two dozen countries around the world.

About Motient Communications:
Motient Communications Inc. is a Data MVNO providing nationwide wireless data solutions for Fortune 500 companies and the small to medium size enterprise business market. Motient's 15 years of experience as a network operator simplifies the wireless process for application providers, hardware vendors, value added resellers and customers by offering proprietary applications, one source support and wireless consulting services that enhance the performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of enterprise wireless data networks; including Sprint's 1xRTT network and Cingular's GPRS network. Motient's iMotient Solutions Platform makes it the ideal choice for M2M and telemetry applications across numerous industries. For more information please visit www.motient.com.

Source: TMC.net


"Always on" wireless: Like flicking a switch

Published: September 9, 2005, 1:17 PM PDT
By Stacey Higginbotham

An in-building wireless system recently installed in University of Chicago's state-of-the-art Comer Children's Hospital has spawned at least one nagging problem for Eric Yablonka, the facility's chief information officer.

Enamored with how the technology makes their jobs easier, hospital staffers keep bugging the vice president for information technology at the University of Chicago Health System to retrofit the other 70 buildings in the system similarly. "Our nurses love it," Yablonka says. "This makes their lives easier and patient floors quieter. It was the absolute right thing for us to do."

The pediatric hospital's new wireless infrastructure aggregates two-way radio, public-safety radio, paging, Wi-Fi and cellular networks into one system that runs throughout the building, augmenting signals with antennas spread around each of its six floors.

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In-building wireless utilities—so named because, like electricity and water, they are an "always on," integral part of a structure—are drawing growing interest from businesses that want a unified and flexible wireless system. The technology also creates a foundation for users to easily implement new applications, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, that may be needed later and can be installed without further retrofitting.

A host of companies, mostly start-ups, have emerged to feed the burgeoning demand for in-building wireless systems, including the likes of InnerWireless, LGC Wireless, Spotwave Wireless, Powerwave Technologies and MobileAccess.

The systems that InnerWireless and its competitors are installing enable users to wander through a building and still maintain a strong cell phone signal—increasingly important for 3G services, whose data rates depend largely upon signal strength—on the Wi-Fi network. The system would even help public-safety workers communicate inside stairwells in an emergency. Instead of using a mishmash of devices and networks, a building is designed for wireless from the beginning, or retrofitted so that all of these capabilities can be supported on one system.

"Wireless . . . is just like heating and cooling, lights, plumbing and electricity."  
—Ed Cantwell, CEO, InnerWireless
 

Today, roughly 15 percent of commercial buildings have some form of wireless utility, says Lance Wilson, director of wireless research at technology research firm ABI Research.

But Ed Cantwell, president and CEO of InnerWireless, which installed Comer Children's Hospital's in-building wireless utility, argues that wireless systems will soon become as critical to the workplace as running water. "If you ask someone what the (return on investment) on plumbing is, they couldn't tell you, because it's just part of what the building needs to survive," Cantwell says. "Wireless is like that. People can debate if wireless is a utility, but I contend that it already is just like heating and cooling, lights, plumbing and electricity."

Some might view Cantwell's characterization as overly optimistic. Jeff Hipschman, a senior vice president at commercial real-estate broker CB Richard Ellis, says most of his clients do not expect a building to provide wireless access, though many smaller tenants would probably be interested. As for the larger tenants, they typically want to tailor their own wireless systems, he says.

Yet there are several examples of recent construction projects that include in-building wireless. New York's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, part of the newly built Time Warner Center, and the new Bobcat Arena in Charlotte, N.C., each have a wireless utility, designed primarily to help transmit public-safety signals and boost cell phone signals.

David Heckaman, who designed the wireless systems for both projects, says the challenge in getting this type of infrastructure in place is making builders aware of its advantages, such as cost savings that result from installing unified systems in large buildings and business opportunities that it can open up. Heckaman, who owns Heckaman Group, says builders typically bid out each communication system to individual players such as cable, telephone and data firms, which then install their own technologies.

"This will change our world like the Internet did 10 years ago."  
—Eric Yablonka, CIO, Comer Children's Hospital
 

While each of those firms will handle some aspect of the wireless infrastructure, they rarely work together to create a unified utility. That's where Heckaman comes in. He works with existing wireless utility providers and attempts to show builders and executives the benefits of putting all of their wireless systems into one pipe—a form of systems integration.

The ability to adapt to future needs is a key selling point: "All the benefits are not tangible today," Heckaman says. "Because things happen so quickly in technology, this can allow you to offer RFID tracking, cellular tracking, and other technologies that may not even exist yet through the pipe."

The ability to offer new services is one reason Yablonka chose to install a wireless utility. He envisions being able to use cellular technology to track patients in the hospital as well as send them reminders, once they're home, about medication and appointments.

There's also the security issue. Yablonka says Wi-Fi, which is the common wireless broadband technology found in homes and offices, simply isn't secure enough for transmitting medical data. Using a more dependable and more secure cellular system would be a way to address that issue, he argues. As for other options, Yablonka expects to see uses for in-building wireless that he can't even imagine yet.

"Wireless is getting faster and faster, and its utility is increasing all the time," he says. "This will change our world like the Internet did 10 years ago. When I think about the next few years, I can see managing 2,000 to 3,000 cell phones and RFID tags, and I need a way to manage that ecosystem of devices that is secure and cost-effective."

A key benefit of installing an in-building system is increased employee productivity. That's what drove Applied Materials, the world's largest semiconductor equipment maker, to install them in more than 100 of its buildings in 13 countries.

John Hoffman, general manager of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip equipment maker's Etch group, says the move enables employees to use laptops or corporate cell phones in any Applied building around the globe. Workers also can rely on the push-to-talk function on cell phones to communicate, a particularly valuable function in industrial buildings. "It's very simple to move people and assets around when they are not hard-wired," Hoffman says, "And the walkie-talkie functions are good for work groups on our manufacturing floors."

While he acknowledged that a return on investment on in-building wireless systems might be tough to calculate, Hoffman says the results have benefited Applied. "In this case, individual productivity is difficult to measure, so we have anecdotal evidence, but not quantitative evidence, that this is good for us," he says.

But broad-based in-building systems aren't for everyone. In general, they make sense for buildings with 300,000 square feet or more, Heckaman says. For companies with smaller operations, however, installing secured wireless routers for Wi-Fi connectivity might be more cost-effective.

Hoffman also says companies must consider how always-on connectivity might affect corporate culture. At Applied, one unintended consequence was an increase in distractions during meetings, he says.

"Now we start off meetings with, 'Screens down, Blackberrys off and cell phones on vibrate,'" Hoffman says.

Source: c|net News.Com


EUROPEAN MESSAGING CONFERENCE

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Have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the Industry’s

2nd Annual Conference and Round Table Meeting 2005

October 19-20, 2005

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PROGRAM SUMMARY

DAY 1   Wednesday, October 19 
12:00 Welcome Buffet and Registration of the Delegates
13:00 Opening Address
13:15 First Session: Population Alert and Disaster Prevention Made Simple
15:15 Coffee Break
15:30 Constitutional General Assembly of the EMMA-WMA Merger
17:30 End of Working Sessions, Day 1
18:30 Evening Social Activities: Cocktail Party, Group Dinner
   
DAY 2 Thursday, October 20
09:00 Second Session: Wireless Messaging in Eastern Europe
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Third Session: New Applications and Revenue Opportunities
12:30 Lunch
14:00  Fourth Session: Industry Round Table
15:45 Closing remarks
16:00 End of Conference

REGISTRATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Registration Fee:
The attendance fee is Euro 99 per delegate. The fee includes access to the sessions, soft drinks during the sessions, coffee breaks, buffet welcome lunch, cocktail party and group dinner on Day 1, lunch on Day 2 and copies of the presentations in electronic format distributed after the conference.

Registration Form:
Please fill the attached registration form and e-mail it to admin@emma-info.com as soon as possible to enable the Secretariat run logistics smoothly.

Hotel Reservations:
You will receive information about hotel accommodation together with the confirmation of your registration to the conference. Hotel reservations must be made by the delegates directly with the hotel.

Cancellation Policy:
In case of impediment to attend after registration, you may be replaced by another member of your company without penalty.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat up to October 9 will result in a charge of Euro 25 per person.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat ten days or less before the conference, and noshow, will give no right to refund, as EMMA is liable to the hotel for the number of delegates confirmed one week before the event.

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READER'S COMMENTS

Ron Mercer Writes

Hi again Brad,

Several of your readers have recently commented on how well paging worked after the most recent Katrina disaster as well as following the 3 hurricanes that hit central Florida last year. In that regard, I personally remember being stuck in San Diego immediately following 9/11 when the only means I had to communicate with my very distraught wife back in New York was via e-mail to and from my two-way pager. It did work well when nothing else did!

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have recently been working on several “first responder” systems for the Homeland Security community; some less and some more sophisticated (e.g. POCSAG 1-Way, Broadband Networks, MESH Networks etc. as well as ReFLEX systems). Through this experience, I have become convinced that ReFLEX offers not only the best balance between functionality and cost, but also greater freedom from service interruption than virtually any other technology. And, more importantly, I believe that this advantage is neither an accident nor a coincidence, but rather the direct result of a number of paging and ReFLEX rudiments:

1) Backhaul Reliability. Narrowband technologies, such as ReFLEX and other paging protocols, require only narrowband backhaul support between base stations and the central (Network Operating Centers (NOCs ). Thus, base stations can be, and most often are, supported by narrowband satellite backhaul facilities which are relatively resistant to interruption in the event of severe natural or manmade conditions (such as hurricanes or 9/11 events).

By way of contrast, wideband technologies, such as cellular, typically require wideband backhaul facilities between cell sites and the serving switching center (Cellular Central Office) and these are typically terrestrial (T1 lines, Fiber Optic lines etc.) that are inherently more vulnerable. As recently pointed out in a New York Times article:

What millions of Americans do not realize is that cellphone service relies on land-based fiber optic networks to route calls. When customers place cellphone calls, their calls are sent to nearby antennas, which are connected to base stations operated by each mobile phone company. Those base stations pass on the calls using fiber optic lines to switching stations operated by BellSouth and other landline providers. BellSouth then sends the calls on to their destinations. If any of this equipment is out of service, whether because of fallen trees, cut cables or flooding, calls typically cannot be placed. "If we don't have landline connectivity to our equipment at the towers, it doesn't matter if it's running," said James J. Gerace, a vice president at Verizon Wireless. "Customers could be getting five bars on their phone and they can't get through." [New York Times 9/1/05]

2) The Store & Forward operating mode intrinsic to ReFLEX assures that multiple attempts will be made to deliver both outbound and inbound messages. These multiple delivery attempts are essentially invisible to users and their ability to overcome failure of an initial delivery attempt cannot be matched by real-time systems such as cellular.

3) The Store & Forward ReFLEX operating mode also tends to smooth the service demand peaks that are common during emergencies. While ReFLEX message delivery latency will be increased during emergencies, the traffic overload which often leaves cellular and other real-time systems totally “gridlocked” and useless, is largely eliminated in ReFLEX and other paging systems.

I look forward to receiving comments and suggestions regarding the above and to helping to emphasize the Paging/ReFLEX advantage to the homeland security community.

Best regards as always and keep up the good work,

Ron Mercer
Global Fax Network Services, Inc.
217 South First Street
East Northport, NY 11731
631-266-2604
www.braddye.com/mercer.html
ronofglobal@yahoo.com


From: rwbellin@worldnet.att.net
Subject: Alert Systems Press Release
Date: September 9, 2005 1:50:38 PM CDT
To: brad@braddye.com

Brad...Thought you might be interested in this news release on Alert Systems.

Bob


Today Alert Systems Inc. released the following information article to the press that we thought you would find of interest. If you have any questions please feel to contact us directly.

Washington: 202-558-2442
Madison: 608-441-1509
Ottawa: 613-482-1195

Communications Failure Could Have Been Averted

"There was a 3-4 hour delay after the levees were breached, where people could have been alerted to the coming danger and resources mobilized simultaneously," said Kendall Post, an expert in disaster communications. "It's nearly impossible to evacuate people and mobilize resources when you cannot reach people reliably. With a modern system and a National Master Plan we could have significantly reduced the consequences."

For over 8 years, Alert Systems Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin has undertaken a comprehensive grass-roots emergency communications study to address the weaknesses in the existing systems. Emergency management (EM) experts were interviewed from across the country, as well as over 150 Emergency Managers attending FEMA training sessions. Mr. Post reviewed Emergency Operations Centers in five states, undertook working group sessions involving other experts and participated with focus groups involving the deaf, the blind and other groups associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"We just weren't aware of exactly what the situation was." We have heard these words often since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. It's axiomatic that access to relevant & useful information is at the core of crisis management. "In fact", Post says, "effective public warning is the linchpin of an effective emergency management system".

Others involved in communications agree. Dr. Alan Pearce, a former Chief Economist of the FCC recently stated that, "With an infrastructure capable of delivering Public Warning without prejudice, the findings of Mr. Post should be acted on immediately. We must be able to set performance goals and act on them."

For the past two years Mr. Post has been working with advocacy and working groups to educate the public about the barriers that prevent a resolution of the public warning problem. His views have gained acceptance in government agencies in the US and Canada. "We understand the problems and we have developed a comprehensive roadmap to success, said Post. What we need now is a willingness to implement that architecture."

What happened in New Orleans? Using every notification means available, it took three to four hours to notify a reduced and sensitized population of the levee breach. But by then, the rising waters had made evacuation impossible for many, especially the most economically and physically disadvantaged. What could have helped is an effective public warning system capable of delivering critical information within seconds simultaneously, in real time, throughout the affected areas of the city.

Post's studies and those of others demonstrate that over the past fifty years little has changed in Emergency Management. In many parts of the US and Canada, emergency management services are delivered by professionals who rely upon "Cold War" technology to deliver messages within their communities. Even at this level, community systems are not integrated and mutual aid efforts are slowed because of technology failures. Public Alerting is left to sirens, local radio and television and auto-dial telephone systems. A fundamental new and innovative approach is demanded.

"The technology exists to warn 85% of an affected population in 90 seconds. We could have simultaneously warned people in the middle of the night throughout the affected areas of New Orleans," said Post. This approach would have warned about the dike failures and the resulting flooding and provided alternative emergency evacuation routing. We could have created an informational thread that warned people of developments after television, radio, telephone, and electricity went out. Responder mobilization would have been immediate and good intelligence would have been available to all levels of government. Those in Washington and throughout the affected states would have the same information at the same time. Effective communications may have alleviated substantial amounts of the misery we are now seeing and will continue to see throughout the Gulf Coast region. Post cautions, " We must establish the performance goals and lay the foundation for effective public warning immediately."

http:www.emalert.com


Needs Help With CreataLink (1) Programming

From: gcallaway@inwireless.com
Subject: Creatalink
Date: September 14, 2005 8:58:01 AM CDT
To: brad@braddye.com

Brad:

I was given your name by an associate to see if you might know someone that I could contact for some help the the Motorola [CreataLink 1] paging receiver.

Specifically I am looking for someone knowledgeable in programming the outputs using the Creatalink software.

Thanks for any help that you can provide.

Regards,
Greg Callaway
(832) 541-7879
gcallaway@inwireless.com


ATSI: Relief Fund Update

From: atsi-owner@atsi.org On Behalf Of John Ratliff Listserve Box
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 13:27
To: atsi@atsi.org
Subject: ATSI: Relief Fund Update - $82,000 and counting!

I wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on the relief fund efforts. When we first created the fund we had an optimistic goal of collecting $20,000 to aid front line staff in the gulf coast areas affected by Katrina. Through the tremendous generosity of our industry, coupled with generous donations from many of the trade associations and user's groups we have quadrupled our original goal and raised over $82,000. Our new goal is $100,000!

The requests for aid have been pouring in as well. Some companies have dozens of employees that have lost everything. One story that captured our hearts bears repeating. There was a mother of two young children, aged 2 and 7, that evacuated to a shelter about a hundred miles from her home. Her home was completely destroyed and she made the tough decision to relocate in the new town. She found an apartment for her and her children, but the manager would only hold the apartment for one day. She did not have enough for the security deposit and first months rent. The complex would not budge, and they were ready to release the apartment which would have forced her to continue to stay at the shelter and delay enrolling her oldest child in school. We were able to get on the phone with the property manager and arrange a Western Union of the necessary funds to secure the apartment.

That mother and her children are now out of a shelter and have a place to call home because of your donations. She was able to enroll her oldest child in school and with some of the funds provided to her she bought the basics to start over. Simple things like pots and pans, towels and sheets and basic toiletries. Things that we all take for granted, but imagine if everything you owned was a total loss—devastating.

The entire committee thanks each and every one of you again for your tremendous generosity. Let's see if we can top $100,000. [click here to donate] left arrow

Thanks,
John Ratliff
Appletree


From: atsi-owner@atsi.org On Behalf Of Renee
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 18:22
To: atsi@atsi.org
Subject: ATSI: Updated Unable To Reach List

Hello All!

Attached is a list of possible victims in our industry we have not yet been able to reach for various reasons i.e. #'s disconnected, fast busy, all circuits busy or recordings stating unavailable. It would mean a lot if any of you out there would please take the time to review the list and e-mail me directly with any additional information at all you might have regarding these companies we can try.

In the mean time we (NAEO committee) will continue to try to contact these companies using all outside resources available so we can offer them assistance as well as the others we are in touch with.

Thank you for your time. Feel free to pass this on to anyone outside of this Listserve that might have additional information.

Looking forward to hearing from you guys! For those of you that have already had the chance to take a look thanks! Thought I would give it another shot incase anyone missed this previous message.

My e-mail address is:
renee@callexperts.com

Sincerely,

Sunny
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These are new closeout surplus and still in original Motorola packaging with very favorable below cost pricing. Several hundred are available. They have RS232 serial outputs in addition to the trigger points and the optional external antenna connectors. Please let me know if there is any interest in this opportunity.

Estos son módulos de sobra, nuevos en su embalaje original de Motorola. Los precios son muy favorables, menos del costo original. Hay centenares de ellos disponibles. Incluyen salidas seriales RS232 en adición a los puntos de abre y cierra. También tienen conectores opcionales para antenas externos. Avísame por favor si hay alguna interés en esta oportunidad.

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

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

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NOTHING TO DO WITH WIRLESS MESSAGING — BUT TOO COOL TO MISS

Stevie's Little Wonder

Honey, he shrunk the iPod. How Jobs and his team of Apple innovators created this season's must-have gadget

By LEV GROSSMAN/SAN FRANCISCO
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SMALL PACKAGES: To give it a profile that's skinnier than a pencil's, Apple's engineers reconceived the iPod virtually from scratch
 

Kanye West is doing his level best to rock the house, but it's not an easy house to rock. He's onstage at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, it's 11 in the morning, and his audience is largely white and overwhelmingly nerdy. West rips through All Falls Down and Gold Digger, but he barely gets a head bob out of those people. When he raps, "If you aint no punk, holla 'We want prenup!,'" not a single, solitary soul hollas back.

West is there to add some razzle to a press event held by Apple Computer. Minutes earlier, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod Nano, the absurdly tiny, unbearably sexy successor to the iPod Mini. To be fair to West, it's a tough act to follow.

It's amazing that the Nano even made it to the stage. The story of the Nano started nine months ago, when Jobs and his team took a look at the iPod Mini and decided they could make it better. On the face of it, that wouldn't appear to be a fantastically smart decision. The iPod Mini was and still is the best-selling MP3 player in the world, and Apple had introduced it only 11 months earlier. Jobs was proposing to fix something that decidedly was not broken. "Not very many companies are bold enough to shoot their best-selling product at the peak of its popularity," Gartner analyst Van Baker says. "That's what Apple just did." And it did that while staring right down the barrels of the holiday retail season.

It was a gutsy play, and it came from the gut: unlike almost any other high-tech company, Apple refuses to run its decisions by focus groups. But Jobs is a hardened gambler, and he doesn't scare easily. This is the guy who coolly poured millions of his own dollars into an unknown and direly unprofitable company called Pixar before anybody had even made a full-length computer-animated movie. "The more we started to talk about what this could be," Jobs says, "it wasn't long before I said, 'You know, what if we just bet our future on this? Is that possible?' And everybody immediately looked pretty scared. Including me."

People expect consumer electronics to keep getting smaller, as though it were a natural process like grass growing, but it doesn't happen by itself. The Nano may seem superficially iPod-esque on the outside, but on the inside it has been completely, painstakingly, exhaustively re-engineered. Older iPods (except for the low-capacity iPod Shuffle) have miniature hard drives in them, but the Nano is built around a chunk of solid-state Flash memory. The screen is all new too. Because it's smaller, the Nano's screen has to be sharper to be readable. (It ended up being so sharp, it shows one line of text more than the Mini's screen does. In color too.)

And that's just the obvious stuff. The click wheel on the front had to be reinvented to fit the Nano's ridiculously slim 6.9-mm profile. Ditto the battery and chips. "We use every fraction of a millimeter of space to get things in there," says Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller. "It's like a puzzle to fit all that stuff together. It has the tightest tolerances of anything we've ever made in the history of this company."

Add to that the nightmare of manufacturing a delicate little Fabergé egg like the Nano in the quantities that rapacious appetites will demand this fall, and you get a sense of the degree of difficulty. "It's been an enormous bet," says Jobs, never one to minimize the grandeur of his accomplishments. "This is probably one of the most aggressive volume ramps in the history of consumer electronics."

The result is something that looks less like a music player than like the remote control for a music player. The Nano is thinner than a pencil and lighter than two bucks in quarters. It's one-fifth the size of the original iPod that Apple introduced four years ago. It has 4 GB of memory, enough to hold 1,000 songs, and it displays album art and photographs. And as small as it is, the Nano's got some audio oomph: this mouse can roar.

For a device ostensibly created to be listened to, it is suspiciously good-looking. It's so teensy and glossy and perfect, you want to put it in your mouth like a hard candy. For that, blame Jonathan Ive, 38, the affable Brit who heads Apple's industrial-design department. Ive is about as obsessive-compulsive as you can be without being hospitalized, and his wild enthusiasm for detail is what gives iPods the aura of sleek, otherworldly perfection that has helped make them the quintessential 21st century accessory.

Ive fondles a tiny Nano affectionately, pointing out all the things that nobody will ever notice but that he sacrificed months of his life for—things like the laser etching of the logo on the back or the surface's being slightly rougher on the click wheel than on the rest of the front. "I know you're not going to consciously find these details particularly appealing," he concedes, "but I think it's the fact that we've worried about all of them that makes the product so precious." He begs me to admire the tightness of the reveals—that's industrial-design-speak for the gap where two parts meet—and the finish on the tiny aluminum bottom plate where you plug in the headphones. When I ask him what the finish is—hey, just being polite—he politely declines to tell me. If there's one thing Apple is even more obsessive about than design, it's trade secrets.

"There used to be a saying about Apple," Jobs says, relaxing after the show. "A ship that leaks from the top." That's no longer the case--only a small group at Apple even knew about the Nano before it launched—but if it were, Jobs would surely have some interesting trade secrets to be leaked. The iPod has returned Apple to a role it hasn't played in at least 20 years: the favorite. Only 4.5% of U.S. computer users work on PCs running Apple's operating system software, and the number is even lower worldwide, but Apple has a commanding 74% of the U.S. digital-music-player market—and that's a market likely to grow. A new survey of junior high, high school and college students rates the iPod No. 1 among back-to-school gadgets.

Apple's stock price has almost quintupled over the past two years, revenues have doubled during that time, and Jobs is sitting on a war chest of $8 billion. He has a company with an almost freakishly diverse skill set—computer hardware, operating systems, applications, consumer electronics, Internet services. Will Jobs try to leverage Apple's dominance in the digital-music space to get its PC line back in the running? Or is the iPod the first in a full suite of Apple-flavored, network-enabled media appliances—TV, digital camera, camcorder, digital video recorder, video-game player?

After all, when Jobs unveiled the Nano in San Francisco, it shared the stage with the ROKR, a phone that runs Apple's iTunes software and can hold around 100 songs. "We're working on some stuff," Jobs says, with his best, most irritating Cheshire-cat smile. "We're working on some stuff. We'll see." He looks at his watch—his lunch date, cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma, is waiting outside.

For the moment, it's clear Jobs is just happy to be here. To paraphrase Lou Reed, his company was saved by rock 'n' roll. "What's really been great for us is the iPod has been a chance to apply Apple's incredibly innovative engineering in an area where we don't have a 5%-operating-system-market-share glass ceiling," Jobs says. "And look at what's happened. That same innovation, that same engineering, that same talent applied where we don't run up against the fact that Microsoft got this monopoly, and boom! We have 75% market share." That music you hear? Redemption song. —With reporting by Sora Song

Source: Time Magazine


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Messaging gets easier for deaf

Service permits placing of text-to-speech calls
By Dave Anderton
Deseret Morning News

SOUTH JORDAN — A free messaging service for the deaf promises to create 750 new Utah jobs and take handheld mobile devices to a whole new level.

Called IP Relay, the technology by Salt Lake-based Sorenson Communications allows deaf and hard-of-hearing people to place text calls through a mobile device like a BlackBerry, and then have those messages read aloud by a communications assistant to a hearing person.

James Lee Sorenson, chief executive officer of Sorenson Communications, said the service will create 250 new Utah jobs in the next year and 750 jobs by the end of 2007.

"We are hiring at a fast pace right now," Sorenson said at a Tuesday news conference. "Ultimately, you can look to us to have a campus in the future to be able to accommodate the growth."

Nearly 200 people have already been hired by Sorenson at a call center at 10975 Sterling View Drive, Suite 150. The jobs include entry-level and managerial positions, Sorenson said, with part-time and full-time work available. Starting pay is more than $10 an hour.

ip relay graphicJeff Pollock, a deaf instructor at the University of Utah, said Sorenson's IP Relay allows him to contact anyone anywhere.

"I often contact my family and other departments," Pollock said through an American Sign Language interpreter. "If you can imagine the access before, we really didn't have that. To contact other professors, I would have to always contact them in person and get an interpreter."

There are an estimated 100,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing people living in Utah, and 28 million nationwide.

Sorenson's IP Relay center already is receiving 1,200 to 1,400 calls per day, according to Michael Jordan, a communication assistant manager for Sorenson Communications. The service is available from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week but is expected to expand into a 24-hour operation.

"If my car broke down on the middle of the freeway, I would just pick up my cell phone and place a phone call and take care of it," Jordan said. "The deaf, before IP Relay came in, they were stuck."

Jennifer Caldwell, a Salt Lake City resident who is deaf, said Sorenson's IP Relay is more comfortable to use and faster than the traditional "TTY" service, which requires a text typewriter to be connected to a phone line and calls for cumbersome key-stroke commands to complete sentences.

"With the other services, my family didn't have any patience," Caldwell said. "Now that I use Sorenson IP Relay, they have said how much they like it. It makes that relationship and communication much better. I usually use Sorenson IP Relay every day."

While calls placed by the deaf are free, Sorenson Communications recoups its costs and profits off a federal fee on land line users' telephone bill. The reimbursement rate runs at $1.28 per minute for each call handled. And since calls are placed through the Internet, no long-distance charges apply.

Sorenson Communications also provides a video-relay service for the deaf, which allows the deaf to communicate through a video phone with a sign-language interpreter. The sign language is translated in real time, allowing the deaf person and receiver to carry on a conversation. Reimbursement for video relay calls is $6.44 per minute.

Chris Roybal, senior economic adviser to Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., called the relay service a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Sorenson's team.

"This technology is some 10 years in the making in terms of bringing that technology to market," Roybal said. "It requires patience. It requires capital. It requires an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that we all know the Sorenson family of companies have had here in the state of Utah."

Source: Deseret News.com


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Wi-Fi, WiMax, and VoIP News

EBay to Acquire Internet Phone Leader

Auction Giant Sees Potential for Growth in Skype, Which Has 54 Million Customers

By Jonathan Krim
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Online auction giant eBay Inc. announced a deal yesterday to become one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, buying Internet phone-service leader Skype Technologies SA.

Although Luxembourg-based Skype is relatively unknown in the United States, it has amassed 54 million global customers in less than three years by offering free calls between those who use its software.

EBay became a commerce powerhouse by hosting everything from auctions of grandma's collectibles to retail sales of new furniture and electronics, but its growth has stagnated, and analysts said the Skype deal is an effort to inject new life. The company said it sees Skype's technology as a vital tool for letting buyers and sellers talk to each other, exchange information and close sales more rapidly.

The deal would vault eBay ahead of other technology titans such as Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. in developing services to make voice calling an additional feature of using personal computers, akin to e-mail or instant messaging. EBay said it would pay $2.6 billion in cash and stock for Skype, along with future payments that could total an additional $1.5 billion.

Founded by business partners who developed the Kazaa file-sharing service for online music and videos, Skype quickly dwarfed other Internet-based phone companies such as Vonage Holdings Corp., which recently celebrated its 1 millionth customer.

Large cable and telephone firms, such as AT&T Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., also are starting to offer online phone service. They typically charge $20 to $35 per month for unlimited calling in the United States, including free add-ons such as voice mail and call forwarding, and consumers use regular telephone handsets attached to special computer modems that handle the voice calls.

Skype's service and technology differ dramatically from those offerings. Making a Skype call is more like sending an instant message from a personal computer; all that is required is an Internet connection, a microphone for talking, and speakers or a headset for listening.

Skype charges nothing for its software but makes money by charging small fees for making calls to non-Skype users and for talking to people on regular phone networks. Voice mail also is extra.

"By combining the two leading e-commerce franchises, eBay and [online payment service] PayPal, with the leader in Internet voice communications, we will create an extraordinarily powerful environment for business on the Net," eBay chief executive Margaret C. Whitman said in a statement.

In addition to boosting sales, which would earn eBay more commissions, company officials envision Skype accelerating types of electronic commerce that depend heavily on voice conversation, such as personal services, real estate and new cars.

Skype would continue to operate as a separate business, with founders Niklas Zennstrom of Sweden and Janus Friis of Denmark remaining at the helm. The deal would make rich men of the pair, who had been considered outlaws by the U.S. entertainment industry for developing Kazaa, which they sold in 2002.

Zennstrom remains a target of some U.S. litigation accusing Kazaa of facilitating piracy of copyrighted music, videos and software. Skype makes use of the same, underlying "peer-to-peer" technology as Kazaa but carries none of the legal issues.

In an interview, Whitman said Internet telephone service using downloadable software is the future. She cited statistics indicating that by 2009, an estimated 1.5 trillion minutes of voice calls will be Internet-based.

She added that Skype is well ahead of its competition for such systems and already is partnering with such companies as Motorola Inc. for handsets that will work with Skype.

"But we would not have done this if that is all we could see," she said, insisting that integrating Skype, eBay auctions and PayPal would yield significant new revenue for eBay's current businesses.

Closely held Skype had sales of about $7 million last year and is projected to bring in $200 million next year, according to the companies, causing some analysts to question the price eBay paid.

"It's a pretty big number and a pretty big gamble," said Carmi Levy, senior research analyst with Info-Tech Research Group of London, Ontario.

But Levy said that eBay's growth had become stagnant and that it needed to find a way to make its auctions more dynamic.

Zennstrom said in a statement that his vision was always "to build the world's largest communications business and revolutionize the ease with which people can communicate through the Internet. We can't think of a better platform . . . than with eBay and PayPal."

Analysts said the deal would accelerate the evolution of two new classes of voice communication providers.

Led by Skype, one group makes voice a part of the suite of applications on the computer "desktop." These include Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

The other is made up of telephone and cable companies that seek to make voice calling part of the suite of offerings that comes with high-speed Internet access and television services.

Left out in the cold, said Kate Griffin, consumer technologies analyst for the Yankee Group, could be unaffiliated Internet-phone providers such as Vonage or 8x8 Inc.

Whitman said she does not expect Skype to be a substitute for basic telephone service for a long time, in the same way that eBay auctions have not replaced retail stores.

EBay's new competitors reacted cautiously.

A BellSouth Corp. spokesman said that his company takes Skype seriously and that it should be expected to fulfill the same obligations as other carriers, such as providing 911 services.

Whitman acknowledged that joining the ranks of communications companies would require eBay to "get to know a whole new set of players" in Washington and elsewhere.

Staff writer Arshad Mohammed contributed to this report.

Source: The Washington Post


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