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Shoeshine Boy to CEO of the Year

hector ruizDon't miss the article on page two about Dr. Héctor de Jesús Ruiz (born December 25, 1945). He ran Motorola Paging when I worked there in the early 80's and is now the current president and CEO of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). Ruiz was born in the border town of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. As a teenager, he walked across the United States–Mexico border every day to attend a high school in nearby Eagle Pass, Texas, from which he graduated as valedictorian just three years after beginning to learn English. Ruiz earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and a Ph.D. from Rice University in 1972. (The text in italics, is quoted material from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia — source.)

The big news this week is that the bipartisan 9/11 commission issued its final report and closed down. You will find several articles about this—following—because I believe that it is extremely important. It is shocking, that in time of war, and after having the Pentagon and the World Trade Center attacked by foreign enemies, our politicians who we pay to represent and protect us, are not doing their jobs. They continue to have their cocktail parties in Washington DC and enjoy life on our tax dollars. It reminds me of the famous story that a great princess told the peasants to eat cake when she heard they had no bread. (The quotation is frequently attributed to Marie Antoinette, but it probably didn't come from her.)

Well, maybe it's not really that bad, but the 9/11 panel did say the biggest problem, in their view, is allocation of radio spectrum for Public Safety use, and if Congress acts before it leaves for the year—within the next two weeks—the spectrum could be available by 2009. Can you believe it?

OK, fine. If they want to create a wonderful new national radio communications system, spend billions of dollars doing it, and take another four or five years to do it, that's great. But what about something really effective that we can use until they get something better? Something already in place like—well, you know. . . It's my belief that it will take more like ten years for them to build all this new equipment on new frequencies and then there is the installation and debugging. . . I hope Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaida can wait that long—and the hurricanes too.

At the AAPC conference in Scottsdale, Arizona a couple of different paging company presidents told me the same thing. We are doing a great job telling each other about the problem here in the newsletter, and proposing paging technology as the solution, but that's like the old cliché — "preaching to the choir." (The people you are trying to convince already believe in what you are saying.) We have got to get the message out to the politicians. Furthermore the message needs to come from the people who elected them and not just from those with an obvious commercial agenda who want to make a lot of money.

My friend Ron Mercer has done that very thing this week in his open letter to Nancy J. Victory.

Nancy J. Victory is Chair of the FCC Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. She was named by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to head the panel reviewing the impact of the hurricane on telecommunications and media infrastructure and make recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability and communication among first responders.

Mr. Mercer's letter and more news on Nancy Victory follow below.

A+ USA Mobility gets the A+ this week for the excellent article that appeared in yesterday's issue of The Washington Post about Vince Kelly's efforts to convince Homeland Security officials of the value of paging technology. Be sure to read it here at the top of page three.

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9/11 panel shuts down, issuing final warning

Tue Dec 6, 7:42 AM ET

Mary Fetchet, who lost her 24-year-old son, Brad, in the Twin Towers, sat with tears streaming down her face Monday as the bipartisan 9/11 commission issued its final report and closed down.

In Washington, where commissions come and go with hardly a ripple and never a tear, Fetchet's emotions are a testament to the 9/11 panel's uniqueness. Its members simply refused to play by Washington's rules. America is safer for it, though, as commissioners made clear Monday, not nearly safe enough.

Charged with probing the causes of the terrorists attacks, the 10 commissioners - five Republicans, five Democrats - cast aside partisanship and dug relentlessly. They were led by a pair of exceptionally able and dedicated public officials, former governor Thomas Kean of New Jersey, a Republican, and former congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana, a Democrat.

When the White House stonewalled requests for intelligence materials, they pushed back and won. When they issued their report in July 2004, it became a bestseller. When the panel officially expired in August 2004, instead of retiring into oblivion as commissioners usually do, they stuck around to lobby a recalcitrant Congress and help fix the nation's broken intelligence system.

Monday, in their last hurrah, the commissioners laid out further reforms needed to protect Americans against terrorist attacks. Among the most urgent:

Risk-based terrorism funding. Congress has never stopped playing pork-barrel games with the $8 billion in homeland security funds it has handed out to states and cities. Good sense dictates that the grants be parceled out based on risk. Instead, turf-conscience lawmakers have made sure that no state is slighted, no matter how minimal the risk. The upshot is that New York was to get $15.54 per person this year and Wyoming $27.80. This year, the House of Representatives passed a far more sensible distribution plan; the Senate is standing in the way of its passage.

First-responder communications. On Sept. 11, 2001, ineffective radios and overwhelmed emergency channels marred the evacuation efforts and might have cost lives. Today, first responders across the nation are hampered by the same problems during emergencies. Rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina were plagued by communication failures. Congress holds one key to change - setting aside a piece of radio spectrum for emergency communications. A measure to do just that is stalled.

These two unaccomplished goals stand out partly because they seem so easily within reach. Yet they've been smothered by business-as-usual lawmakers who seem to care about the nation's security only as long as it suits their political ambitions.

The 9/11 commission acted as a force against inertia and a public conscience. It reminded us of why and how that tragedy occurred and cajoled the government to take action.

Now, the public will have to keep up the pressure to protect against a repeat. As Mary Fetchet asked Monday, "How many lives have to be lost?"



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WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission named Nancy Victory to head an independent panel to examine the effects of Hurricane Katrina on communications networks.

“The destruction of Hurricane Katrina caused to communications facilities, and therefore the services upon which first responders and citizens rely, was extraordinary. We must review the disaster’s effect on the infrastructure and determine ways to minimize such destruction in the future. Nancy Victory is particularly well qualified to serve as the chair of the important panel,” said FCC Chairman Kevin Martin.

The independent panel will be made up of public-safety and other communications industry representatives, said the FCC. No other panel members have been named.

Victory is the former assistant Commerce secretary for communications and information. She recently authored “Homeland Security and Communications: A Compendium of Federal Programs.” After serving in the Bush administration, she returned to the communications law powerhouse of Wiley, Rein & Fielding L.L.P., where she is a partner and where Martin once worked.

It is unclear why Martin felt the need to create a new panel when the FCC already has the Network Reliability & Interoperability Commission. NRIC, made up of industry executives, has been meeting for more than a decade to collect data and examine solutions to network outages. Its portfolio of issues has increased and grown more important with the advent of homeland security. Today NRIC is focusing on wireless enhanced 911 service, and for the first time, a public-safety official is on the council. Timothy Donahue, executive chairman of Sprint Nextel Corp., is NRIC VII’s chairman.

The FCC did not say whether the independent panel would conduct open meetings or whether it plans to issue a final report once the panel finishes its work. The FCC did not respond to requests for comment on the story.

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WRF Partner Nancy J. Victory Appointed to Chair Blue-Ribbon Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks

November 28, 2005

Washington, DC—Wiley Rein & Fielding partner Nancy J. Victory has been appointed by Federal Communications Chairman Kevin J. Martin to serve as Chair of the FCC’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. In addition to reviewing the hurricane’s impact on the telecommunications and media infrastructure in the affected area, the panel of public safety and communications industry representatives will make recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communication among first responders.

In the FCC’s release announcing Ms. Victory’s appointment, Chairman Martin said, “The destruction that Hurricane Katrina caused to communications facilities, and therefore the services upon which first responders and citizens rely, was extraordinary. We must review the disaster’s affect on the infrastructure and determine ways to minimize such destruction in the future. Nancy Victory is particularly well qualified to serve as Chair of this important Panel, and I appreciate her willingness to serve in this capacity. I look forward to working with Nancy and the Committee on this vitally important issue.”

Nancy J. Victory, a partner in the firm’s Communications group and head of the firm’s International Telecommunications and Internet & E-Commerce practices, is the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where she served as President George W. Bush’s telecommunications policy advisor and the manager of the federal government spectrum. She also is the author of “Homeland Security and Communications: A Compendium of Federal Programs,”a detailed review of ongoing federal efforts to address public safety and homeland security needs of the country.

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Open Letter to Nancy Victory from Ron Mercer

December 5, 2005

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Dear Chairwoman Victory:

Congratulations and best wishes regarding your recent appointment as Chair of the Independent FCC Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. As a longstanding participant in the wireless telecommunications industry, I am encouraged by your assignment, particularly at a time when the crucial role our nation’s communications systems play in disaster situations has become widely recognized.

Several types of communications systems are today available to deal with emergency situations. Of these, radio paging is perhaps the most traditional and, while it is true that by-subscription radio paging services have recently become less popular amongst the general public who have migrated to cellular telephone and wideband data services, paging continues to provide several advantages in private system configurations such as those required by first responders.

Recently, several articles,1a, b, c as well as a personal statement by a communications specialist deployed by FEMA Urban Search and Rescue2, have appeared in trade publications to acknowledge the unique ability of radio paging to address the needs of Homeland Security. 

Based in some measure on these published reports, reinforced by my personal experiences, I have come to believe that radio paging should be included in the plans covering communications for Homeland Security. To articulate that belief, in October 2005 I drafted an article which was also published in the Wireless Messaging Newsletter. In the interest of clarity, I have attached an updated version of that article (entitled The ReFLEX Advantage In Homeland Security/First Responder Applications) to this writing.

I understand that your panel will be faced with many complex issues and difficult choices in upcoming weeks and months. I also know that members of the radio paging industry stand ready to work with the panel to help identify the most effective emergency communications possible. In that light, I urge you to enter into discussion with members of the paging industry at the earliest possible date.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time to discuss specific recommendations. I look forward to hearing from you and to assisting in this important undertaking in any way possible.

Very truly yours,

/S/ Ron Mercer
Communications Consultant

1a“Wireless Messaging for Homeland Security”
Dr. Peter Kapsales, March 2004.
1b“Improvement of network reliability and public safety communications in times of crisis”
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1c“Fully Interoperable First Responder Alerting System Based on ReFLEX Two-Way Messaging Technology”
Barrett M. Kanne October 2004.
2“Message to the Wireless Messaging Newsletter”
From Carter C. Blumeyer, Communication Specialist, FEMA Urban Search and Rescue,
August 30, 2005 2:49:53 PM CDT.
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Ron Mercer
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ron mercerRon Mercer is a pioneer in telecommunications engineering with more than 40 years of experience in both wireline and wireless telecommunications. Mr. Mercer has consulted with a number of leading wireless companies, provided expert witness testimony in several legal actions, obtained FCC Type Acceptance for new equipment designs and co-authored the CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement) standard for radio paging. His experience with the various protocols involved in both wireline and wireless telecommunications (CDMA, GSM, TAP, TNPP, Golay, FLEX, POCSAG, ReFLEX, T1/T3, SS7, etc.) has been widely recognized within the industry.

Previously, Mr. Mercer founded and was President of Kerygma Technologies Inc. where he developed and marketed equipment that integrated voice, fax, and e-mail technologies to create a suite of “Store & Forward” services today known as “Unified Messaging.” He also received recognition from The Wall Street Journal in an article entitled “Leading the Charge in the Voice/Fax Messaging Field.”

He was also co-founder and President of Spectrum Communications & Electronics Inc. (SCE) that developed and marketed radio paging, telephone answering service, voice mail, and cellular telephone infrastructure equipment worldwide.

Mr. Mercer started his career in telecommunications at Bell Canada where he gained extensive experience with a variety of PABX, Central Office, and other wireline telephone systems. At Bell Canada, he designed and received US and Canadian patents covering “Dial Access” radio paging systems.

Mr. Mercer received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Montreal Technical Institute in Montreal Canada. He has been an active member of the IEEE for many years and currently is a member of several technical committees within the wireless industry (AAPC, PTC One-Way Paging, and PTC Two-Way paging committees, Voice Mail Users Association, etc.) left arrow Mr. Mercer's e-mail address, click to send.

9/11 panel co-chair: Urgent steps needed on security

War, domestic problems distracting leaders, Hamilton says

Monday, December 5, 2005; Posted: 2:12 p.m. EST (19:12 GMT)

(CNN)—The former 9/11 commission on Monday gave poor grades to the federal government in a report card on its progress in implementing reforms the panel recommended last year.

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Ex-Rep. Lee Hamilton said the inability of first responders to communicate via radio is "approaching the scandalous."

Before the report was released, CNN anchor Miles O'Brien talked Monday to former Rep. Lee Hamilton, vice chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project.

O'BRIEN: I know you don't want to share with us the specific grades yet until your release, steal your own thunder, if you will, but let's go back to what has been the previous evaluations and sort of give us a sense if you feel there's been progress.

The first issue—and this comes up so many times—is radio capabilities: the ability of police and fire and multi-jurisdictions all to talk to each other, which is so crucial whether it's the 9/11 attacks or, for that matter, Hurricane Katrina. Has the government made progress on this front?

HAMILTON: No. It is approaching the scandalous, I think, that our first responders four years after 9/11 are not able to communicate with one another when they reach the scene of a disaster.

There is a bill pending now in the Congress that would take steps in the right direction. I hope that bill will be passed in the next few days, next few weeks. But even if it is passed, it has a provision in it that says that this radio spectrum would not become available to the first responders until 2009. That's much too long a time to wait.

O'BRIEN: That is awfully slow progress. I wouldn't even call that progress. That's probably the wrong term.

Is this just—is it a matter of money? It seems like a situation that can be dealt with by just getting—clearing off some spectrum, as you say, making sure that these—all these authorities have the radios.

HAMILTON: Well, it's a complicated technical matter, I'm informed. Likewise, of course, every bit of that radio spectrum is enormously valuable, a valuable piece of property. So it's not easy to work it through.

O'BRIEN: Yes, but wait. This is the country—we sent a man to the moon. And it's going to take us until 2009 to have our police and fire talk to each other?

HAMILTON: Well, I very much agree with you. I think this priority is so clear, it's a no-brainer in terms of being prepared for a disaster. We ought to do it immediately.

O'BRIEN: All right. Let's talk about nonproliferation. That's a big issue, and it's an issue we don't talk about on a day-to-day basis. But it lurks, and that is the whole notion of keeping these atomic stockpiles secure, the possibility that there would be people out there who might be selling this material on the black market.

When last we checked in, insufficient progress was the grade. Any improvement since then?

HAMILTON: Well, I think some improvement, but we really need to put this at the very top of our priority. Not because a nuclear attack is the most likely, but because the consequences would be by far the most devastating.

So we need to give this the highest priority in terms of homeland protection. And that is to secure as many of these nuclear materials across the world as we possibly can.

It will take more funding. It will take more political leadership. It will take the removal of some restrictions that are now in the legislation. But we have to get serious about this because, as the president has said, it is the No. 1 national security problem.

O'BRIEN: You do have agreement from the president on that, as far as the priority goes, anyway.

HAMILTON: We do indeed.

O'BRIEN: Anyway, now, the Transportation Security Administration, when last we checked in with your group, minimal progress was the verdict there on detecting—specifically, the issue is explosives. Has the TSA improved? And as we say this, we just saw the TSA modify its stance on sharp objects, scissors and the like, allowing certain sizes of them to be allowed.

You could also address that—whether you think that's wise.

HAMILTON: Well, keep in mind that the terrorists were very sophisticated on 9/11. They knew they could get on that airplane with a 4-inch blade knife, not with a 6- or an 8-inch blade knife. They know what our rules are.

Now, one of the things we said in the report was that the TSA should act on the basis of an assessment of risks. I worry more about the explosives in the cargo than I do about matters that—items that may be brought upon the airplane itself.

I don't really make a judgment about the scissors because I don't know that much about them, although I might say I have some, I guess, kind of skepticism about it. But I think the major focus should be on stopping containers getting into the cargo hold of an airplane that might have explosives. And therefore, you have to accelerate, greatly accelerate detection equipment.

O'BRIEN: Final quick thought, Mr. Hamilton. Why—why no sense of urgency here? Why this bureaucratic inertia?

HAMILTON: I just think there are so many problems on the national agenda. We're fighting three wars—in Afghanistan and Iraq and the war on terror, or one war with three fronts, if you want. We've got all kind of domestic problems. It's very tough for policymakers to sustain the priority for homeland security.

And what we're simply saying is in our report, we've got to get much more urgent about homeland security protection.


Terror response under fire

9/11 panel says U.S. remains vulnerable

By Sylvia A. Smith
Washington editor
Posted on Tue, Dec. 06, 2005

WASHINGTON—Americans are safer than they were on Sept. 10, 2001, but “not as safe as we need to be,” primarily because President Bush and Congress are distracted, the Sept. 11 commission said Monday.

The panel gave the federal government failing grades for not checking airline passengers’ names against lists of suspected terrorists, making sure police and fire departments can communicate on the same radio frequency and allocating homeland security grants to the most-likely targets, rather than spreading money around to satisfy pork-barrel demands of members of Congress.

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Timothy Roemer, a member of the Sept. 11 commission, holds a copy of the commission’s final report as he answers questions.

Meeting for the last time since being appointed by Congress in 2002, the commission rated the government’s performance on 41 recommendations the panel made in its best-selling report issued last year. The result, said Chairman Thomas H. Kean, is “more F’s than A’s.”

“If my children were to receive this report card, they would have to repeat a grade,” said commission member Tim Roemer, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. “We cannot afford to repeat the lessons of 9/11, the losses of 9/11.”

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the executive branch has acted on 37 of the 39 recommendations that applied specifically to it.

“But, I mean, we are not satisfied,” he added.

Commission vice president Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic Indiana congressman, said the White House and Congress have “so many competing priorities. We've got three wars going on: one in Afghanistan, one in Iraq and the war against terror. And it’s awfully hard to keep people focused on something like this.”

But, he said, it is essential to stay focused. In an appearance with Kean on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Hamilton said, “We believe that another attack will occur. It’s not a question of if. We are not as well-prepared as we should be.”

The panel issued only one A—an A-minus—for working hard to curtail the way terrorists groups obtain money. But it nonetheless scolded the Departments of Defense and State for “unhelpful turf battles . . . The overall efforts lacks leadership.”

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Thomas H. Kean, chair, right, of the Sept. 11 commission, Lee Hamilton, vice chairman, second from right and members Fred F. Fielding and Slade Gorton, left, prepare to issue the commission’s final assessment.

The panel said it was particularly frustrated at the Senate’s lack of action on legislation that would divvy homeland security money to the cities and states most vulnerable to terrorist attacks. The government rated an “F” grade for that, the commission said.

The House has passed a risk-based formula three times, the group said, but final action is waiting action in the Senate. The provision is included in a bill that would extend some parts of the Patriot Act.

“How in the world can you justify spending dollars in a way that doesn't accomplish the result, the protection of the American people?” commission member James Thompson said.

The “F” grade for not providing the radio spectrum that would allow police and fire departments to communicate with each other would be raised to a “C” if Congress acts before it leaves for the year within the next two weeks, the group said.

But the legislation under consideration would require TV stations to relinquish the analog portion of the spectrum in 2009, “too distant given the urgency of the threat. A 2007 handover date would make the American people safer soon.”




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


GTES has recently made the strategic decision to expanding its development activities to include wireless location technologies; a market that researchers forecast could reach $3.6 billion by 2010. In support of this new strategic direction, GTES has developed SHERLOC™ a complete one-stop wireless location service, providing the flexibility of being protocol neutral and network agnostic. Targeted at business customers who need to track their high-value shipments or better manage their service or delivery fleets, SHERLOC™ is a hosted application that combines configuration flexibility with ease of use.

GTES is offering SHERLOC™ services both directly and through authorized resellers. If your company has an interest in finding out how location services can enhance your revenue stream, and has the contacts and expertise to make you successful in the location marketplace, please contact us for further information at and select “Reseller Opportunities,” or call us at 770-754-1666 for more information.
Your Professional Services Partner

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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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP, SMTP, or WCTP
  • Pass through Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Supports Ethernet or PPP Connection to Internet w/Dial Backup
  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic

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IPG Internet Paging Gateway

  • No Moving Parts Such as Hard Drives or Fans to Fail
  • Supports 10Base-T Network Connection to Internet
  • Accepts HTTP, SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP from Internet
  • Sends TAP or TNPP to Your Paging Terminal



  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
  • Uses standard paging receiver
  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)

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Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
  • TAP Concentrator and TNPP Routing Functions w/TNPP over Internet
  • Serial Protocols Supported: GCP, SMDI, SMS, TAP, TNPP
  • Internet Protocols Supported: AIM, HTTP, SMPP (out only), SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP
  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available

Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).

Hark Technologies
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 843-764-1560
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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INFORAD Wireless Office

Wireless Messaging Software

InfoRad® Wireless Office (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP) is designed for the professional who needs full-featured wireless messaging capabilities. Features include enhanced user interface,  message log with search function, scheduled Paging,  group and individual message addresses, TAPI Smart™, multiple protocol SMS communication compatibility. AlphaCare™ support services available. With a 32-bit architecture, InfoRad Wireless Office is designed for compatibility with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. For more information on InfoRad Wireless Messaging software, and a free demo, please click on the logo.

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  • Glenayre 8500 and 8600 Transmitters (multiple configurations)
  • Glenayre Terminal Cards
  • Exciters, P.A.’s, Receivers…
For a complete inventory list visit:
Unication USA




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The Paging Industry expects quality, reliable, and high performance paging products.

We at Unication have listened and delivered.

  • One-Way Pagers
    • Alpha Elite and Alpha Gold—Our top of the line FLEX™ / POCSAG, 4-line alphanumeric pagers with an identical user interface and comparable RF performance to the Motorola Elite and Gold pagers.
    • NP88—Our newest numeric FLEX / POCSAG pager with the best backlight in the Industry.
  • Two-Way ReFLEX™ Advanced Messaging Pagers
    • Partner—A refreshed version of Motorola’s T900 Classic.
    • e80—A fully licensed version of the former PerComm e80.
  • Telemetry
    • We offer RF and decoding solutions.
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About Unication Co., Ltd.

  • A Taiwan company founded in 1992 with extensive experience designing and manufacturing paging and broadband products.
  • An ODM to major telecommunications companies.
  • More than 300 associates worldwide with Engineering Design Centers in Taipei, China and Vancouver, BC.  The engineering team has years of experience in wireless systems, embedded SW, RF design and protocols for infrastructure and pagers.
  • Our Accelerated Life Testing facility ensures the highest quality of products for our customers.
  • Fully licensed by Motorola for product design technology and the FLEX Family of Protocols.
  • Sales and Engineering support office in Arlington, Texas.
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  Contact Information

  Kirk Alland
  Unication USA
  1901 E. Lamar Blvd
  Arlington, TX 76006
  (817) 926-6771

Unication USA

Prism Paging

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Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

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

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

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

Logical Choice

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

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

Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
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eRF Wireless
Paging Hardware
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Base Stations & Link Transmitters
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Exceptional quality. Unmatched sales and service support.

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As a worldwide supplier of telecommunications equipment eRF Wireless designs, manufactures and markets transmitters, receivers, controllers, software and other equipment used in personal communications systems, as well as radio and telephone systems. eRF Wireless also provides service and support for its products, as well as consulting and research development on a contract basis.

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 web site at: left arrow CLICK HERE

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2911 South Shore Blvd., Suite 100 • League City, TX 77573
Multitone Electronics
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Multitone North America Inc.
2300 M Street NW
Suite 800
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 e-mail or telephone (202) 973-2827.

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