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FRIDAY - APRIL 22, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 160

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

We are hoping you are planning to attend the premier Paging event, the AAPC Wireless Forum, June 1-3, at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you are, now is the time to reserve your hotel rooms! You can do so by calling 843-449-8880, and making reference to AAPC or Paging Carriers to receive the reduced rate of $129 per night. Please note that after May 3, this rate will increase by at least $100 per night.

The first function is a reception on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 PM so I plan to arrive sometime that afternoon. The other sessions continue all day Thursday and end around noon on Friday with optional golfing after that. I expect to leave sometime on Friday, in the afternoon or early evening. A tentative agenda follows in the AAPC Bulletin. I just made my hotel reservation for Wednesday and Thursday nights. Hope to see you there.


I used to wonder why so many of us who were convinced that Wireless Instant Messaging would be the "killer app" were so wrong. Now, it is starting to look like we were right, but maybe we just didn't offer our services in ways that really met customers' needs. Or maybe the timing just wasn't right. One thing for sure is that RIM continues to forge ahead with innovations and successes, in spite of tremendous opposition. Good for them! Call it what you will, Wireless Instant Messaging, Texting, Two-way Paging, Wireless Chat, or SMS, it is catching on all around the world. It has many advantages over voice communications and we have known this from our experience with Alphanumeric Paging. First and most important of all is that it is "non-intrusive." It doesn't interrupt you. It is more polite. There is less chance for error because your message is essentially "written down." It gives you all the facts that you need and lets you respond at your convenience.

RIM inks deals for enterprise IM

Apr 19 2005—12:32 AM ET
Research In Motion announced three agreements concerning enterprise IM. Differing from consumer IM (such as MSN Messenger and AIM) by offering security and server software to run the IM server, enterprise IM is a fast growing market.

The deals were with:

  • Microsoft—Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005. RIM expects trials to start in September.
  • Novell—GroupWise Messenger. No time frame was given.
  • IBM—Lotus Instant Messaging. Trials have already started and the software is expected to debut later this year.

Source: MobileTracker

More news follows.


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www.pagingcarriers.org • 866-301-2272
The Voice of US Paging Carriers

ISSUE NO. 5 — FRIDAY — APRIL 22, 2005

join aapcAAPC / PTC:
US Paging Carrier Directory Project Lives On!

Several months ago we announced that this project was underway. Well, due to some difficulties along the way, we've been delayed.

But now the project is back on track! We've stripped down the questionnaire so it contains only basic information and, thanks to the FCC Paging Frequency audit conducted last year, we have a good base of information from which to start.

If you have already completed a Carrier Directory Questionnaire, thank you very much! You do NOT need to do another one. If you have not done so yet, PLEASE consider filling out the document found at this link.

Our goal is to have a version ready for publication at the AAPC Wireless Forum at Myrtle Beach in early June.

To encourage participation in this project, AAPC has agreed to enter your name into a raffle, at the show, if you complete and send in this questionnaire by May 20th. The awarded prizes will be:

  • Free AAPC Show Registration
  • One Free night at the hotel
  • Free round of golf (18 holes)

Please consider helping out the industry by doing your part—fill out and return this questionnaire today!

Contact: Alan Carle acarle@ucom.com or Linda Hoover info@pagingcarriers.org with questions.

AAPC Wireless Forum

June 1–3, 2005
Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

www.pagingcarriers.org

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Tentative Conference Agenda:

Wednesday, June 1
5:00 - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Thursday, June 2
8:15 – 8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30 – 9:15 Informational Session – FCC Update
9:15 – 10:00 Association of TeleServices International (ATSI)
10:00 – 11:30 Emerging Technologies – Showcasing the latest products in the paging industry
11:30 – 12:00 AAPC General Meeting
12:00 Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:00 - 4:30 Exhibit Hall Open
5:00 – 6:30 Cocktail Reception

Friday, June 3
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00 – 12:00 Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 –9:30 Regulatory Affairs Update
9:30 – 10:30 VoIP
10:30 – 11:30 Paging Technical Committee Session – Looking towards the Future of the Industry


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Make your hotel reservations by MAY 3 to save over $100/night. Do not miss out on the discounted room rate of $129. Reserve your hotel room before MAY 3, calling 843-449-8880 and making reference to AAPC.

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New this year—register to go on the Dolphin Adventure Cruise.


Thanks to the Gold Vendors!
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PRISM Systems International, Inc.
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Recurrent Software Solutions, Inc.

Thanks to the Silver Vendors!
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ISC Technologies, Inc.
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Product Support Services, Inc.

Thanks to the Bronze Vendors!
  • BLP Components, Ltd.
  • Canyon Ridge Communications, Inc.
  • Commtech Wireless
  • DX Radio Systems, Inc.
  • Global Technical Engineering Solutions (GTES)
  • Hark Systems, Inc.
  • Minilec Service, Inc.
  • RMS Communications
  • TGA Technologies
  • Trace Technologies LLC
  • Unication USA
  • United Communications Corporation
  • VCP International
  • Zetron, Inc.

AAPC
441 N. Crestwood Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Tel: 866-301-2272
E-mail: info@pagingcarriers.org
Web: www.pagingcarriers.org

AAPC Regulatory Affairs Office
Suite 800
1015 - 18th Street N.W.
Washington DC 20036-5204

AAPC BULLETIN

FEATURED ADVERTISERS

Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers    Multitone Electronics
Advantra International Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation NotePage Inc.
CONTEL Costa Rica Outr.net
CPR Technology Ira Wiesenfeld
Daniels Electronics Payment Guardian
Daviscomms USA Preferred Wireless
Electronic Entities Group Prism Systems International
ERF Wireless Ron Mercer
Global Fax Network Services Selective Communications
GTES LLC Sun Telecom International
HMCE, Inc.Texas Association of Paging Services
Hark Systems TGA Technologies
InfoRad, Inc. UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc. Zetron Inc.

GTES LLC

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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
russ.allen@gtesinc.com
GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
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Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
brooks.marsden@gtesinc.com

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GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the Paging industry. With over 200 years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering development staff available.


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

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This device is the perfect companion for the Hark Gateway products. An ISI can be located at a remote location for receiving TAP, TNPP, or Billing traffic using a local ISP eliminating long distance phone charges.

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System Features & Benefits:

  • Hardware Based
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  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
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Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275
or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
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For information about our Contract Manufacturing services or our Pager or Telemetry line, please call Bob Popow at 480-515-2344, bob@daviscommsusa.com or visit our website www.daviscommsusa.com

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Your Choice of Options

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Popular Choice for Domestic and International

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Go ahead . . . be choosy . . . choose Prism Systems International

CONTACT
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300 Colonial Center Parkway,
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If you'd like a single-source provider that's committed to competitive prices and fast delivery, call us today at 1-800-538-9050 or visit our website at:
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2300 M Street NW
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Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 973-2827
Fax: (202) 293-3083

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NEW state-of-the-art PowerPage 750 with Advanced Reliability offering Digital Voice Storage Technology and a range of other exciting new features and benefits...

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Multitone also has a range of PowerPage & FuturePhone Wireless Communication Solutions to suit your individual communication needs.

For information on our product range and how Multitone can help enhance your communications, please email info@multitone.com or telephone (202) 973-2827.

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WIRELESS NEWS

DOJ Requests More on Verizon-MCI Union

By Susan Rush
April 20, 2005 

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking additional information from Verizon Communications regarding its planned acquisition of MCI.

In a regulatory filing with the SEC, the communications company said the request represents the second one it has received from DOJ on the merger. The company said it is in the process of gathering information for the department.

MCI accepted Verizon's revised bid of $7.6 billion. Although Qwest Communications International may still be formulating a plan to be the deal's spoiler, Verizon is moving full-speed ahead with the approval process.

The company also has filed the required documents with the FCC and said it is waiting on approval from 19 individual states. The company expects the state approval process to be concluded by year's end.

"So we would anticipate that the approval process for MCI can be completed at both the federal and state levels in 2005 as we had indicated was our objective at the time that we first announced this transaction," the company said in the filing.

Source; Wireless Week


AXCESS' RFID Vehicle Access Control System Installed at JFK International Airport

Active RFID Used by Food Service Companies to Improve Security, Safety and Efficiency

DALLAS April 20, 2005—AXCESS International Inc. (OTCBB: AXSI .OB), a leading provider of Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems today announced its wireless tagging system, ActiveTag™, is being used at JFK International Airport by food service companies to automatically control vehicle access, increase efficiency and improve the safety of the drivers. The system, installed by Digital Watchguard, provides automatic identification and validation of authorized trucks, thereby improving security and safety, while reducing the time it takes to enter the facility.

 “We were approached by a food service company at JFK to help alleviate congestion caused by trucks waiting to enter the facility,” commented Peter Macholz, President of Digital Watchguard. “Each driver had to exit the truck, manually enter a key code and then drive the truck through the gate as it opened; causing trucks to back up onto the runway during peak working hours. AXCESS provided a more efficient solution while actually increasing security. After successfully implementing the first system at JFK, we were able to easily replicate it for another food service company at the same airport.”

 An underground road loop antenna activates a metal mount tag located under the hood as the truck approaches the gate. The tag transmits the identification to a palm-sized receiver tied to the gate controller for “rolling vehicle access”. Access is now provided immediately for authorized vehicles at the gates where previously a keypad entry system was used. Now, with automatic identification and access, there are no key codes to remember that can compromise security and the driver never leaves the vehicle to enter a code, thus increasing security, efficiency and safety.

“The JFK Airport installations are another example of how our vehicle access control system can be so easily replicated for each project and across multiple industries,” commented Ben Donohue, VP of Business Development for AXCESS. “These installations were designed similar to our previous vehicle access control system installed at JFK Airport for fuel trucks, where both efficiency and security need to work hand in hand. Our airport security success also includes the tagging and tracking of personnel through virtual control zones within warehouses. We see many benefits of using active RFID for airport security and efficiency.”

About AXCESS International Inc. AXCESS’ patented ActiveTag RFID product uses small, battery powered tags (generically called “active” tags) that when automatically activated, transmit a wireless message typically 30 to 100 feet to hidden palm size receivers. The receivers are connected via an industry standard interface to existing security alarm equipment or networked on the existing corporate network. Optionally, the tag system can also be used to trigger security video recording and live remote video transmission. The tags are used for a variety of security applications including automatic personnel access to facilities, automatic vehicle access to parking areas and yards, corporate asset tracking and protection, as well as special purpose sensing. Automatic email alerting and paging is offered for rapid response to security incidents.

AXCESS International Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AXSI.OB), headquartered in greater Dallas, TX, provides patented Active RFID (radio frequency identification) for physical security and supply chain efficiencies. The battery-powered (active) RFID tags locate, identify, track, monitor, count, and protect people, assets, inventory, and vehicles. AXCESS' Active RFID solutions are supported by its integrated network-based, streaming digital video (or IPTV) technology. Both patented technologies enable applications including: automatic "hands-free" personnel access control, automatic vehicle access control, automatic electronic asset management, sensor management, and network-based security surveillance. AXCESS is a partner company of Amphion Capital Partners LLC.

This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions.  Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts.

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Contact:
Stephanie Collins
AXCESS Inc.—Marketing Manager
972-407-6080
scollins@axcessinc.com

Source: AXCESS Inc. Press Release


Stratellite Strategy Replaces Cell Towers With Airship

April 13, 2005

A new idea has emerged to transmit cell phone signals and circumvent the once exclusive domain of cell towers and satellites. Called a stratellite. the thing is a high-altitude airship, not to be confused with a balloon or a blimp, that hangs in the stratosphere to provide a stationary platform for transmitting various types of wireless communications services currently transmitted from cell towers and satellites.

The Stratellite is similar to a satellite in concept, but is stationed in the stratosphere rather than in orbit. Existing satellites provide easy "download" capabilities, but because of their high altitude are not practical for commercially viable "two-way" high-speed data communication. The Stratellite, Sanswire officials claim, will allow subscribers to easily communicate in "both directions" using readily available wireless devices.

Once the National Wireless Broadband Network is completed, Sanswire will be able to provide voice, video, and broadband Internet access to all parts of the country.

Made of Spectra and powered by solar powered electrical engines, each Stratellite will reach its final altitude via proprietary lifting gas technology. Once in place at 65,000 feet (approx. 13 miles) and safely above the jet stream, each Stratellite will remain in one GPS coordinate, providing the ideal wireless transmission platform. The Stratellites are unmanned airships and will be monitored from Sanswire's Operation Centers on the ground.

The contraption will have a payload capacity of several thousand pounds and clear line-of-sight to approximately 300,000 square miles, an area roughly the size of Texas. Sanswire’s initial plan is to use one Stratellite for each major metropolitan area.

Company officials say that subscribers will always be on the internet no matter where they may travel. No more finding local access numbers. No more tying up phone lines. No more modem hassles. And more importantly, no more slow speeds.

Once this platform is completed, content providers interested in reaching Sanswire subscribers may do so without the existing concerns of the last mile void, according to the company’s literature.

In addition to Sanswire's National Wireless Broadband Network, proposed telecommunications uses include cellular, 3G/4G mobile, MMDS, paging, fixed wireless telephony, HDTV and others.

Source: WirelessIQ info


Microsoft reaches deal to work with BlackBerry

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

By Todd Bishop, Seattle Post

Microsoft Corp.'s corporate messaging and communication technologies are expanding from the personal computer to hand-held devices—and not just those using the company's own underlying software.

The company has reached an agreement with rival Research in Motion Inc. to let its popular BlackBerry device work in conjunction with Microsoft's Live Communications Server. Under the arrangement, RIM will offer a BlackBerry program to let corporate users send instant messages and check on the availability of others through Microsoft's server software.

Separately, Microsoft said it plans to develop its own corporate instant-messaging and communications program for hand-held devices that use the Redmond company's underlying Windows Mobile software, including Pocket PCs and smart phones.

The moves are part of an effort by Microsoft to capture a larger share of the business communications and collaboration market, competing with rivals including IBM's Lotus Notes. In March, Microsoft unveiled a PC-based program called the Microsoft Office Communicator, which creates a central place for routing calls, sending messages and checking the availability and status of others.

Expanding that capability to Windows Mobile devices broadens the options available to users. Microsoft said independent software developers also will be able to create their own specialized programs to let Windows Mobile devices tap into the Live Communications Server program in different ways.

At the same time, by making the agreement with BlackBerry maker RIM, Microsoft is conceding that some people will want to use non-Windows Mobile devices instead.

"We believe that the Windows Mobile client will be the best overall experience, with a common look and feel and the tightest level of integration" with the Microsoft server, said David Sokolic, a group program manager in Microsoft's Real-Time Collaboration Business Unit. "But we also recognize that there are people out there who have other types of devices, and we want them to be able to use some of the capabilities."

In other situations, Microsoft has displayed a willingness to make agreements with competitors when it makes business sense.

The company, for example, last month announced a licensing deal with rival Symbian Ltd., the top maker of software for mobile phones, to let its users get e-mail and other data from Microsoft Exchange servers.

Even so, Microsoft's agreement with RIM "will surprise a lot of people," said Peter O'Kelly, a senior analyst at the Burton Group research firm.

"There are a lot of people who similarly would probably look at RIM and say, 'Well, the last thing RIM's going to do is make it easier for people to do business with Microsoft on the server side,' " O'Kelly said.

He called that an "outdated view of the market," explaining that it is becoming more common for companies to make sure that elements of their systems work in conjunction with other technologies, even those from competitors.

Microsoft and RIM didn't disclose any terms of the deal, which they described as a "product collaboration and joint marketing agreement." RIM said it expects to have the special program for BlackBerry devices ready for trial in September and available in final form by end of year.

Microsoft said it plans to release a preliminary version of its new instant-messaging and communication program for Windows Mobile devices in the second half of this year.

The program will work with both the current Windows Mobile 2003 and the future version now under development, Windows Mobile 5.0.

Source: SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER


AOL Launches Federated Enterprise IM

4/20/2005

By John K. Waters

Instant messaging, the sometime consumer-driven technology for sending and receiving text messages in real time, now rivals e-mail in its rate of adoption among business users. For some organizations, IM has become a cornerstone communications technology. Companies that once complained about the IM assault on the corporate networks now encourage their employees to use it to interact with customers, partners and suppliers. “I could give up my phone before my Blackberry,” a San Francisco exec told AppTrends.

The latest trend in this space, federated IM, pulls several services together to work as one. That model got a big boost last week with the launch of America Online’s Federation Gateway, a new interface designed to handle the routing and translation of traffic between enterprise systems using the SIP/SIMPLE or XMPP protocols and AOL’s proprietary messaging system.

SIP is the industry standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Products written using SIP allow end users to speak with one another across different platforms. SIMPLE, which stands for SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions, is a protocol that describes how to pass messages between communications networks. The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is the base XML streaming protocols for instant messaging and presence developed within the Jabber community.

At the same time, AOL launched its Enterprise Federation Partner program, through which participating companies will be able to provide their enterprise customers with certificate-based and encrypted access to the AOL Messaging Network, including the AIM and ICQ services, as well as Netscape and Apple iChat users, worldwide. Enterprise users will be able communicate with users outside their organizations on AOL without having to use an AOL screen name, and without giving up the security and management controls of their enterprise IM systems.

AOL announced four new partners in the program: IM providers Antepo, Jabber, Omnipod and Parlano. As part of the agreement, these companies will develop real-time communications solutions for enterprise customers that employ AOL technology. AOL is reportedly testing technology that would also allow these systems to communicate with each other.

The good news is that the partner program puts AOL’s considerable weight behind the federated IM model, which is something companies seem to want. Analysts at Nemertes Research found that 70 percent of IT executives want vendors to begin focusing on interoperability.

It’s also a positive development for companies, providing more secure IM options, and a viable alternative to Microsoft’s Live Communication Server.

The downside, says Nemertes analyst Melanie Turek, is that the federated model is more vulnerable. Federated IM increases malware risks, which are on the rise and growing more complex every day. Spam, viruses and phishing scams are all showing up on IM systems, and companies that open their networks to more users need more powerful and sophisticated security solutions.

In her recently published report, “Increased Federation Brings Increased Risks,” she writes, “As more people swap IM over federated networks, more viruses and other malware will enter those networks—and rampantly infect users’ systems.”

Turek cites the recent shutdown of the Reuters IM network by a variant of the W32/Kelvir worm as an example. That was a private network; the public IM packages are infamous as vehicles for introducing malicious software to enterprise networks. AOL operates one of the nation’s largest public IM networks and is the IM provider for about 14 million at-work users.

Turek recommends that IT managers take security precautions with IM so as not to repeat the tough lessons learned from corporate e-mail. “If you’re not protecting the use of IM in your enterprise, you’re asking for trouble—sooner rather than later,” she says.

John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Palo Alto, California.

Source: ADTmag.com

Glenayre Announces Date for Release of First Quarter Earnings

ATLANTA, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Glenayre Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEMS), announced plans today to discuss its first quarter earnings on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. EDT. A news release and supporting financial data will be available at that time. Investors can choose to automatically receive an electronic copy of the release by visiting the investors' section on http://www.glenayre.com. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Clarke Bailey, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Debra Ziola, and Bruce Bales, President of Glenayre's Messaging Business will be on the earnings call to provide an overview of the company's first quarter financial performance. To listen to the call, please dial 719-457-2679. An audio replay of the call will be available through midnight May 2, 2005 by calling 719-457-0820 and entering access code #8352463. The recorded conference call will also be available on the company's website at http://www.glenayre.com in the Investors' section.

About Glenayre
Glenayre is a global provider of next-generation messaging solutions and enhanced services for wireless and wireline carriers, and MSO/cable companies. Glenayre systems are designed on open platforms with a standards-based architecture supporting IP and traditional telephony networks for an evolution from 2G to 2.5G and 3G services. More than 200 service providers in over 60 countries have deployed Glenayre messaging solutions for voice, fax and e-mail messaging, including one-number services, voice navigation and voice dialing, mailbox out-dialing and one-button call return. Glenayre, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has been providing carrier-grade communications solutions for the global market for over 40 years. For more information, please visit http://www.glenayre.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains statements that may be forward looking within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The statements may include projections regarding future revenues and earnings results, and are based upon the Company's current forecasts, expectations and assumptions, which are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual outcomes and results to differ materially. These results and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. These factors include, but are not limited to, restructuring activities; effective convergence of technologies; potential market changes resulting from rapid technological advances; competition; variability of quarterly results and dependence on key customers; volatility of stock price and risk of delisting from the NASDAQ Stock Market; ability to attract and retain key personnel; proprietary technologies; potential changes in government regulation; potential acquisitions and strategic investments; continuation and expansion of third party agreements; litigation; international business risks and continued terrorist attacks, war or other civil disturbances.

Glenayre, Versera, Versera ICE and the Glenayre logo are trademarks of Glenayre Electronics, Inc.

Source: Glenayre Technologies Inc. via PR Newswire


READERS COMMENTS

From: J. Campbell O'Keeffe
Subject: The Wireless Wonk
Date: April 21, 2005 1:55:51 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Brad, I do not know if you have seen this, but here is a link to a weekly video news program sponsored in part by the CTIA and RCR. The Wireless Wonk www.wirelesswonk.net
Click here for an entertaining video wrap-up of the week's news from the Wireless Wonk.

J. Campbell O'Keeffe, Consultant
Sanford Rose Associates
Executive Search
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Brad,

 . . . I have a few PURC 5000 transmitters that are password protected.  These things date back to the TSR/American Paging era.  We acquired them from xxxxxx.  Normally the passwords on these units is just purc5000.  However, that doesn't seem to be the case in this instance.  I was wondering if you knew anyone that might be able to give us information on how to break the passwords on these units so we can get them up and running.

Thanks so much,

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Paging Company For Sale

I have built two web pages about Mountain Communications in Mountain Home, Arkansas—a regional Paging company that the owner wants to sell. The first page has several photos and some links to background information on the company. Please click here for that page. If you like what you see and want to read all the financial details, please send me an e-mail and I will send you the unpublished address of the second page. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone to acquire a Paging company in a beautiful resort area of the Arkansas mountains where there are several large lakes and rivers. They tell me the fishing and boating are great in that area. By the way, this business also includes some wireless broadband, a trunking radio system, and a two-way radio dealership. Update: we are willing to negotiate. Please call Brad Dye at: 618-842-3892.


Equipment Needed—Want to Buy the following

  • QT-7795 transmitters
  • C2000 simulcast controllers
  • C2100 simulcast controllers
  • C2200 simulcast controllers
  • The 450 RF board in the QT-7795 exciters

Please contact Brad Dye if you have any of this equipment to sell. Equipment located outside of the USA is OK.


 

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Building on its long success story in 1-way Paging, Advantra International has become the expert in designing and manufacturing the most advanced and lowest cost ReFLEX™ radio modems for 2-way data-communication. The company also focuses on offering total telemetry solutions. Advantra’s current product mix of own products includes the ReFLEX™ radio modules Barran, Karli and Wirlki and the new, highly successful and very low cost location device, the Kepler.

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  • $4.50 labor for numeric or alphanumeric pagers
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  • $9.50 labor for cellular phones

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative Paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment including the PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal, THE MOST INTELLIGENT PAGING RECEIVER IN THE MARKET.  The PDT2000 is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and is widely used by emergency services and in onsite Paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. All of the following capabilities are standard features of the PDT2000 and of our other Paging data receivers:

  • FLEX or POCSAG decoding
  • POCSAG encoding and transmitter control
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs
  • Relay control (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Message interception & logging
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating & Paging coverage infill
  • LED sign control
  • Message printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of intelligent Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including GPRS & CDMA cellular. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software. We offer mobile communications dealers and systems integrators a “fast to market” job dispatch and job management capability with the inbuilt job processing system which may be interfaced to a variety of CAD & JMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are paid by the manufacturer to support YOU and unlike other factories; we never bid against you, restrict you or take your deal. We help you with demo equipment, brochures, information, sales assistance, web advertising and user name/passwords for the website so that you don’t even need to buy anything to start up fast.

Contact us for a no-obligation CD of all the presentation and training material, price spreadsheets and information at: EEGroup@EEonTheWeb.com or for fast action call for a link to the Dealers Only page: 310-534-4456 and mention that you found out about it via Brad Dye’s Newsletter. You have nothing to lose and some great residual income to gain. Call or e-mail NOW.

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Payment Guardian™ is the only patented, low-cost system that truly saves your company’s time, money and manpower! This technologically advanced -wireless payment-assurance system is easy to operate from virtually anywhere in the world using the online System Control Center.

Payment Guardian requires absolutely no customer interaction and integrated seamlessly into the vehicles electrical system and is not visible to the customer, decreasing the possibility of tampering.

Unlike other similar products on the market, Payment Guardian™ requires no keypads or input devices, eliminating the hassle of having to generate codes and giving those codes to the customer each and every payment cycle.

With Payment Guardian?, lenders no longer have to rely on customers to enter codes into a keypad correctly. With Payment Guardian, only non paying customers require use of the system. Once the system has been activated in the customer’s vehicle—each time the ignition is turned to the OFF position, Payment Guardian reminds the customer that payment has not yet been received or insurance is not current and provides them with specific instructions to contact the leinholder immediately. If the reminder is ignored, you can simply activate Payment Guardian’s Starter Interrupt feature allowing no one to start the vehicle until the system is reset.

Payment Guardian’s system control center has been designed to meet the different need of individual lenders and dealers that want a total customized solution to manage their systems, providing you with 3 different ways to use the systems features. This enables you to instantly activate system features, schedule activations to occur at a preset time or completely automate the systems features, allow you to just manage your systems with just a click of the mouse.

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Payment Guardian is designed to meet most states right to cure laws. Each time the ignition is turned to the OFF position, Payment Guardian reminds the customer that payment has not yet been received or insurance is not current and provides them with specific instructions to contact the leinholder immediately. As an option, we can also provide you with a customized message, in any language or gender, to fit your specific needs.

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If the customer ignores the voice warning and chooses not to respond, you can simply activate Payment Guardian’s Starter Interrupt feature allowing no one to start the vehicle until the system is reset.

Emergency Override
Payment Guardian’s override feature enables the customer to start the vehicle for an additional 2 days in cases of emergency, eliminating potential liability.

Vehicle Finder
Payment Guardian can also be interfaced into the vehicle’s horn, allowing the customer or repossession agent to easily locate the vehicle if needed. This feature also may aid local police in the recovery of the vehicle if stolen. Once this feature has been triggered, the horn will sound for 30 minutes, or until turned off.

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Payment Guardian gives you the optional ability to connect the system to vehicles with power door locks which enables you to remotely unlock the doors if ever needed. This provides a tremendous advantage in the event of customers locking themselves out of the vehicle as well as aiding in repossession.

For more information, please contact Brad Dye, or visit the Payment Guardian web site.

Zetron Simulcast System

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

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

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

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MORE TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Adobe Buys Macromedia for $3.4 Billion

By LAURIE J. FLYNN

Published: April 19, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, April 18—Adobe Systems, a leading seller of software for editing and managing documents, announced on Monday that it had acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion in stock.

The deal combines two well-known brand names in software at a time when both are facing increasing competition from Microsoft in the market for electronic document management programs.

Adobe, based in San Jose, Calif., is the maker of Acrobat, the leading program for sharing documents, as well as desktop publishing and photographic software for use by graphic design professionals. Macromedia is known for Flash, a software program for animating Web pages, and Dreamweaver, a program for designing Web pages.

The acquisition, first reported in The Wall Street Journal, is also intended to bolster Adobe's presence in the market for design tools for the Web and document management software for mobile phones and other wireless devices, markets in which Macromedia has gained an early lead.

"This combination is all about growth," said Bruce Chizen, Adobe's chief executive, who will head the combined company, in a conference call on Monday with financial analysts. Mr. Chizen said the deal would either break even or result in a small profit in the first year.

In the deal, Macromedia shareholders will receive 0.69 share of Adobe stock for each Macromedia share. The purchase price of $41.86 a share is 25 percent higher than Macromedia's closing price of $33.45 on Friday. After the deal closes Macromedia investors will own about 18 percent of the combined company. Adobe also announced it would repurchase $1 billion in stock in the 12 months after the deal closes in the fall.

But many investors saw the deal as posing a substantial risk to Adobe's stock value as the two companies attempt to integrate their businesses. Shares of Adobe fell $5.89 on Monday, to close at $54.77. Macromedia's shares rose $3.27, to close at $36.72, then fell slightly in after-hours trading.

Eugene A. Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, said the acquisition made sense from a product point of view because there was little overlap in the companies' products. However, he said, investors have become leery of the short-term impact of software mergers, given that such deals often weigh heavily on the share price of the acquiring company.

Macromedia, based in San Francisco, had a profit of $41.5 million in 2004, on revenue of $370 million. The company has about 1,200 workers, while Adobe, with annual sales of more than $1.7 billion, employs about 3,700.

Stephen Elop, president and chief executive of Macromedia, will become Adobe's president of worldwide field operations.

The merger follows Symantec's purchase of Veritas and Oracle's acquisition of PeopleSoft, two major deals in the software industry in recent months

It also comes as the software industry awaits Longhorn, the next generation of Windows from Microsoft, that is expected to incorporate much of the same capabilities as Acrobat.

Source: The New York Times


Gordon Moore Looks Back—And Forward

Intel co-founder coined computing's famous "Moore's Law" 40 years ago.

James Niccolai, IDG News Service
Monday, April 18, 2005

Forty years after he coined the most famous law in computing, Gordon Moore still has a few words of advice for the industry.

For software developers: Simplify! Your interfaces are getting worse. Nanotechnology? Don't believe the hype; silicon chips are here to stay. Artificial intelligence? Try again, folks! You're barking up the wrong tree.

gordon moore photoSpeaking by telephone from Hawaii, where he now lives, Moore fielded an hour of questions to mark the anniversary of his celebrated prediction—that the number of transistors on integrated circuits would double roughly every two years. It was 40 years ago tomorrow that the article appeared in which he made the prediction.

Christened later as Moore's Law*, his observation became something of a self-fulfilling prophecy for the industry, he said, driving computer makers to keep pace with the expected rate of advancement. But he was too humble to claim credit for a phenomenon that effectively made possible the rapid evolution of modern electronics.

"If I hadn't published this paper in '65, the trends would have been obvious a decade later anyway. I don't think a particular paper made a difference. I was just in a position where I could see the trend," he said.

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Moore, now 76, was director of research and development at Fairchild Semiconductor when his paper was published in Electronics Magazine on April 19, 1965. Three years later he founded Intel with Robert Noyce, becoming its chief executive officer in 1975 and chairman four years after that.

His law had little effect at first, he said. The first big impact he recalls is when Japanese manufacturers entered the memory chip business in the 1970s. For a while, the Japanese struggled to find their step in a business where the technology seemed to advance in an unpredictable fashion.

"Once they saw the memory series developing—from 1K, to 4K, to 16K—they had a method by which to plan where the industry would end up, and they were very successful at intersecting the trajectory and taking a leading position," he said.

Moore reread his paper about a year ago, he said, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it also foresaw the use of computers at home, although he had forgotten he made that prediction by the time the first home computer appeared. In fact, as CEO of Intel years later, he would dismiss home computing altogether.

"An engineer came to me with an idea about a home computer," he recalled. "I said, 'Gee, that's fine but what would you use it for?' He could only think of a housewife using it to keep recipes on. I didn't think that would be a very powerful application, so I didn't think Intel should pursue a personal computer at that time."

Software Flaws
In general, the computing industry has done "a pretty good job" over the years, he said. But he singled out software interfaces—and by implication Microsoft, which has dominated PC software for decades—for particular criticism. By cramming ever more features into applications, software makers may actually be moving backward, not forward, he said.

"As people make improvements in the interface, the complexity seems to grow, and I think if anything we're losing ground a bit in general purpose computing," Moore said. "They want to offer so many new functions in applications, it's difficult to simplify everything at the same time."

Regarding nanotechnology, he is "a skeptic," he said, and has little faith in it replacing silicon-based integrated circuits for mainstream use any time soon.

"There's a big difference between making one tiny transistor and connecting a billion of them together to do a useful function," he said. "That's something I think people often overlook."

Integrated Circuit Lives!
Far from being outdated, the integrated circuit is spreading into new fields, such as gene chips for disease analysis, airbag sensors and "microfluidics," which Moore described as a tiny chemistry lab on a chip. In a sense, he noted, silicon chips have become nanotechnology, since they include features smaller than 100 nanometers, a popular measure for what constitutes nanoscience.

Asked about artificial intelligence, he said computers as they are built today will not come close to replicating the human mind because they were designed from the outset to handle information in a different way. Scientists need to figure out more clearly how the mind works, and then build a computer from scratch to mimic it.

"I think computers are actually going in the wrong direction" when it comes to replicating human intelligence, he said.

Still, they may mimic parts of human intelligence, such as the ability to recognize language and distinguish, for example, between when a person is saying "two" or "too."

"I think when it recognizes language that well, then you can start to have an intelligent conversation with your computer and that will change the way you use computers dramatically," he said. That level of intellect may be anything from 10 to 50 years away, he added.

He's excited about the future of computing, which will bring "mind boggling" developments, he said. "I sure wish I could be around in 40 years to see what happens," he said.

Asked to come up with a new law that might carry the industry forward for another 40 years, Moore declined. He acknowledged several times that he is no longer as close to modern computing as he once was.

"I think I'll rest on my laurels on this one," he said.

Source: PC WORLD

* Moore's Law states that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every 18 months.

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TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $ 500.00 (for your system) a month.

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Wi-Fi, WiMax, and VoIP News

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April 18, 2005 12:12PM

Intel's product, previously codenamed "Rosedale" and now called the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface device, is based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard.

Intel announced Monday the availability of its first WiMAX product, which could represent a shot in the arm to the wireless markets.

The standards-based wireless technology will provide high-speed broadband connectivity to homes and businesses. Industry players seem eager to apply WiMAX—short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access—to mobile wireless networks.

Getting WiMAX products out into the marketplace from vendors that offer scale and consistency is key to the success of the new technology, Yankee Group's Phil Marshall said.

Standardization Key
In addition to Intel's announcement, several communication service providers also have outlined their plans to begin commercial WiMAX trials based on Intel silicon products later this year. And several equipment providers also announced WiMAX technologies based on Intel's product.

The issue, said Marshall, has been standardization. Intel's product, previously codenamed "Rosedale" and now called the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface device, is based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard.

Bandwagon Grows
Intel said communications carriers such as AT&T in the U.S. and BT in the UK, are working with Intel to apply WiMAX technology.

In addition, carriers in India, Mexico and Eastern Europe are on board, making the technology a good bet for delivering high-speed Internet access to a great number of people outside the range of existing networks.

Among the equipment manufacturers that have announced their own products based on the interface are: Airspan, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Axxcelera Broadband Wireless, Gemtek, Huawei, Proxim, Redline Communications, Siemens, SR Telecom and ZTE.

These vendors, said Intel, expect to participate in upcoming certification testing by the WiMAX Forum, an industry group chartered to test and certify interoperability among WiMAX products from different manufacturers.

Source: Contact Center Today


Skype Launches SkypeIn and Voicemail Betas

Posted on April 18, 2005

Global communications company Skype announced today the beta launch of its new SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail, both of which are available for download.

SkypeIn customers can receive inbound calls to their Skype client from regular fixed telephones or mobile phones while they travel worldwide, without having to pay costly roaming charges. Skype Voicemail will allow users to manage incoming voicemail messages and receive messages up to 10 minutes in length.

"Skype is setting new standards for modern communications by expanding premium services that extend Skype portability, mobility and ubiquity across a variety of platforms, including the traditional phone network," said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. "SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail enhance the basic free Skype and now allows friends, family and colleagues not connected to the Internet an inexpensive and convenient way to contact members of our global user base. With Skype's new premium offerings, travelers will now be able to save thousands of dollars on roaming charges."

The new premium offerings from Skype coincide with the 100 millionth download of the software as recorded today the company says. Skype says that it has now enabled more than 7 billion high-quality minutes of talk time for Skype users worldwide.

Source: Newsbug.net


Waiting for WiMax

By Rich Duprey (TMF Cop)
April 20, 2005

Think of it as "broadband on steroids." The primary benefit of the emerging technology known as "WiMax" will be that it untethers everyone from their computers while bringing high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban areas. The industry has been waiting for the deluge for some time now, and the floodgates should open with Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) release of its WiMax "Rosedale" chip on Monday.

The current standard, known as Wi-Fi, allows computer users to go cordless for up to 300 feet. That limiting factor generated a proliferation of various Wi-Fi "hot spots," like Internet cafes, for mobile users to stop in and access the 'Net while sipping on a cup of joe. WiMax, however, will allow such access to the Internet from a distance of several miles. In rural areas—think of the vast plains across our nation's "bread basket" states—that range can possibly extend for as many as 30 miles.

WiMax is short for "Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access." It offers the high speeds associated with broadband Internet access, wireless connectivity like Wi-Fi, and broad coverage similar to what cell phone users have. Turn on your mobile PC, and you'll be instantly connected to the Internet at speeds of up to 70 megabits per second. Even after the signal is divided up between various home and corporate users, it will still surpass data transfer rates that cable modem users experience.

Cost remained one of the last hurdles to the proliferation of WiMax. Intel's Rosedale is priced at $45 each per 1,000 chips ordered, an amount that's expected to exponentially speed up their adoption. Another potential problem is compatibility. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the group that sets industry standards, wants to ensure that WiMax equipment works together. A forum to address just that was postponed from January to July. But even with the high cost and potential snags of possible incompatibility, investors can start looking into ways of profiting from the coming boom.

A number of gear makers already exist, and they're producing equipment. Telecom equipment maker Alvarion (Nasdaq: ALVR) has signed on Alcatel (NYSE: ALA) and Lucent (NYSE: LU) as resellers of its WiMax equipment and has demonstrated the capability of its equipment using the Intel chip. It is the industry leader, focusing on selling gear to carriers. Airspan (Nasdaq: AIRN), a provider of wireless voice and data systems, has also been in the forefront of WiMax and has worked with Alvarion to ensure that its equipment is compatible.

Other vendors that will use the Intel WiMax chip in their equipment include Siemens (NYSE: SI), tiny Proxim, Redline Communications, ZiMax Technologies, and China's Huawei Technologies.

WiMax also has the potential to upset the apple cart in phone service. A California ISP is testing a WiMax VoIP system, and carriers like AT&T (NYSE: T) are investigating WiMax as way of getting around paying local carriers—currently a $10 billion expense, the company says—for last-mile access to customers.

WiMax has been a long time coming, and now that it's here, we will have to wait just a bit more. Still, now might be just the time to build an ark of opportunity as the waters prepare to rush in.

Source: The Motley Fool

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