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Dear EMMA Members and Friends,

Our Second Annual Conference for 2006 will be held on November 15-17 at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest. Attached please find the Program Summary, registration forms and hotel booking information. It is important that you use this hotel booking form to identify yourselves as EMMA delegates in order to obtain the special rate we have negotiated and account for the number of participants we have committed to the hotel. Once completed it should be faxed to the hotel on +36-1-889-6705

The Budapest Conference will include two half-day sessions for team work aiming at the formulation of a strategy for the industry, which will form the basis for the Association's own strategy, future direction and actions. It is therefore essential that as many Members as possible participate in this event and contribute with their individual and collective know-how and vision. Wireless communications are becoming increasingly complex and competitive, but there are also market niches that need simple, proven and solid messaging technologies, such as paging. Several of the presentations selected will be addressing these opportunities and the strategy sessions are bound to identify and prioritize those that can be tapped in the short term throughout the Industry.

As with the Conference in Athens, we would like to see delegates from outside Europe join the sessions and share their success stories, as well as challenges. In fact, we would like to encourage our North American, Latin American, Asian and Australian Members and Friends to attend and circulate this invitation to other interested parties among their contacts, including corporate users of wireless messaging. We have kept the Conference registration fee and hotel room rate to a very affordable level in order to encourage participating companies send more than one delegate.

As with all EMMA Conferences, time is set aside to create an atmosphere favorable to discussing business among participants.

Budapest is a very exciting city and the side activities we are planning should enable everyone return home with a pleasant memory from this trip. As the Conference ends on Friday afternoon, you may want to extend your stay there. We have arranged with the hotel to maintain the EMMA rate for stays before or after the event. We also like to encourage you bring along a spouse or companion.

We look forward to seeing you all in November in Budapest!

Best regards,

Derek Banner and Jacques N. Couvas

On October 19, 2005, in Helsinki, Finland, a new paging association was formed. Successor to WMA (Wireless Messaging Association UK) and EMMA (European Mobile Messaging Association), the new association retained EMMA as its name. Derek Banner, former chairman of WMA was elected chairman of the new EMMA.

You can contact Mr. Banner by calling him on +44 1895 473 551 or e-mailing him at:  left arrow CLICK HERE

Please read the new EMMA whitepaper Radiopaging for Alerting First Responders and Informing the Public during Emergencies.



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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Minilec Service, Inc.
Advanced RF Communications  Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
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Aquis Communications, Inc.   NotePage Inc.
Ayrewave Corporation
CONTEL Costa Rica  ParkMagic
CVC Paging   Preferred Wireless
Daniels Electronics   Prism Paging
Daviscomms USA   Product Support Services
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association   Ron Mercer
Global Fax Network Services   Texas Association of Paging Services
GTES LLC  TH Communications
Hark Systems   UCOM Paging
Heartland Communications   Unication USA
HMCE, Inc.  USA Mobility, Systems Application Division
InfoRad, Inc.  WiPath Communications
Ira Wiesenfeld   Zetron Inc.


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Five Years Later: Commission Chair Says Emergency Communications Still A Problem In Post-9/11 World

August 31, 2006

The co-chair of the 9/11 commission says communication problems like those five years ago still plague the nation. In part two of NY1's special interview, Thomas Kean says the White House is taking too long to implement the commission's recommendations. Solana Pyne filed the following report as NY1's coverage of the 9/11 anniversary continues.

It was a moment of celebration for the 9/11 commission; In December of 2004, President Bush signed a bill that would reorganize the intelligence community and enact some of the 9/11 commission's major recommendations, a necessary defense in an increasingly volatile world.

"If there's anything that keeps me awake at night, it's the idea of a terrorist with a nuclear device. That's the scariest to me," says Kean. "Now, there are about a hundred sites in the world that have enriched uranium, a lot of them in the ex-Soviet Union. Once you get enriched uranium, you can read on the internet how to build a bomb."

It's just one of many vulnerabilities, highlighted by the commission, that Kean says the government has not done enough about.

"I think they are distracted, and they become more distracted every day. But that's the same problem before 9/11," says Kean. "I mean, it wasn't that the Clinton administration and the early Bush administration didn't know terrorism was a problem, but they put it down here on the list, when it should have been up here. And that was a problem."

And that is something that Kean finds not only frightening, but also disappointing.

"[I'm] disappointed, because I worry every day about people's safety," he says. "There are areas we worry about and those areas should be protected better, by forcing the intelligence agencies to talk to one another, so we get information earlier; by setting up a system where we don't have the kind of tragedy that happened in New Orleans, because there was no command and control center."

"There was no communications, so that if there's a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, we're better prepared. [We need] to get congress to do it's job and really oversee the intelligence agencies, so we know whether their operating or not."

Kean says the botched response to Hurricane Katrina shows that communication breakdowns continue to be a main problem during large-scale emergency response operations, as they were on 9/11.

"Two things happened during Katrina that happened on 9/11, and they were in our recommendations. One was there wasn't a central command. We all saw it on television. Nobody knew who was in charge, and we lost lives. People died because of that, because there wasn't anybody in charge," Kean says.

"The second thing we recommended, because we saw it in 9/11, was communications," he continues. "The police with their radios couldn't communicate with the firemen, when they saw the firemen going up the towers and the towers were starting to get shaky. The policemen were saying, 'get out! Get out!' Well the radios didn't work, so the firemen didn't get that message. People died because of that. Well New Orleans, same thing again."

Kean says the fix is straightforward. First responders need more air space, so-called bandwidth, so that in an emergency the airways don't get overwhelmed by emergency communications. First responders have asked for frequencies now used by broadcasters, which can carry much more information. The problem?

"Frankly, [the problem is] the communications industry is the most powerful lobby in Washington," he says.

Kean says the bottom line is that not enough changes have been implemented since the release of the commission's report, and the U.S. remains a vulnerable target.

"We're in just as much danger if there's another hurricane this fall, or if there's another terrorist attack, as we were on 9/11. And that's intolerable," says Kean. "Why haven't we made those changes? We've had five years."

- Solana Pyne NT1 News


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Amateur Radio Awareness Day is September 16

npmNEWINGTON, CT, Sep 1, 2006 — September is US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Preparedness Month, and Saturday, September 16, is Amateur Radio Awareness Day. For the third straight year, the ARRL and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups across the US will join a coalition of more than 200 national, regional, state and local organizations taking part in Preparedness Month activities. ARES is a partner with DHS through the Citizen Corps program. ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, says local ARES groups and clubs will be making presentations to civic organizations, at schools and at regional fairs to showcase Amateur Radio.

"More than 4000 ARRL 'Hello' campaign brochures have gone out in the past few weeks alone to prepare for the month-long initiative," he said.

aresTo highlight Amateur Radio Awareness Day, ARRL public information officers (PIOs) will promote the DHS's "30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness" to attract news media coverage. Some tips on promoting National Preparedness Month are on the ARRL public relations Web pages.

ARRL Public Service Team Manager Steve Ewald, WV1X, notes that the underlying theme of National Preparedness Month is to encourage everyone to be aware of and prepare for emergencies all year long.

"Amateur Radio operators, led by ARRL Field Organization leaders across the country, are encouraged to consider this year's ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) — as well as all preparations and post-SET evaluations — as a demonstration of your participation in National Preparedness Month," Ewald said. The target weekend for the 2006 SET is October 7-8.

Amateur Radio Expo 2006

A major ham radio presentation during September will take place on the West Coast. ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, says Amateur Radio Expo 2006 will be held in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Fair. "They will staff the exhibit over four weekends," Norton said, noting that the fair annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Amateur Radio Expo 2006 will get under way the weekend of September 9-10 and will feature a special event station plus interactive presentations to demonstrate the many facets of ham radio.

Grab that Camera!

la expoIn a related vein, Pitts says he'd like to see a tighter relationship between ARES organizations and the League's corps of volunteer PIOs.

"Too often something happens, and everyone grabs a radio. No one grabs a camera or laptop and gets the word of ARES actions out to the media until long after the story becomes stale," he observed. "We have wonderful stories to tell, but we are too busy to tell them when they are fresh."

Pitts said he and the ARRL Public Relations Committee are working on ways to better integrate public relations and emergency response actions at the local level.

Be Prepared!

be readyNational Preparedness Month 2006 is a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. This year's goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to be better prepared.

"Every American has a personal responsibility to ensure that their family is prepared for the unexpected," said Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman. "Through this effort, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Preparedness Month Coalition will encourage all Americans to be ready before emergencies happen."

Pitts says that according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), families should plan on being totally on their own for up to four days. "That's like being back in ancient times: no cell phone, no Internet, no 911," he said.

Source: ARRL


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Nighthawk Systems Inc. manufactures low cost and reliable remote control products for fire house alerting, volunteer alerting, activation of warning signs and sirens, and a number of applications for public safety.  The Company manufactures the EA1 and the FAS-8 which have been designed specifically for these applications.  Both products are paging based and will work with any public or private paging network.  They are available in all VHF, UHF, and 900 MHz paging frequencies.  The products can serve as the primary notification system or an excellent, low-cost backup to existing systems.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage.  Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc.  The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs.  This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes.  This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area.  In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home.  When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate.  A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate.  When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room.  As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer.  When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated.  The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

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Firehouse Automation

The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer.  For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch.  Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions.  The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights.  The most common device turned off is the stove.  The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code.  This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent.  This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.



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TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.

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Ex-BBL Employee Reunion

Subject: BBL Reunion update
Date: August 29, 2006 9:59:12 AM CDT

Well, it's official...the pavillion at Collins Hill Park has been rented! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30, 12 noon till 2 p.m. BYOL (bring your own lunch).

For mapquest directions, the address is 2200 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. From 285, take 85-N, to the Hwy. 316 exit. The first traffic light is Collins Hill Road. Turn left. Go about 4 miles and the park will be on the right (there will be a traffic light there). Park in the first lot on the right. There's only one pavillion, so it won't be hard to miss.

Thanks for passing on the e-mails. See y'all then!


PLEASE feel free to invite any BBLer that you know!

Mobile Wireless Data Article

Subject: GREAT article about Wireless Data
Date: August 28, 2006 3:50:47 PM CDT

Just got this link courtesy of Glenn Fleishman over at Wi-Fi Networking News.

"The folks at Network Computing have delivered a mammoth, superb overview of mobile wireless data: The article by Peter Rysavy—a wireless consultant that I had a great interview with last winter—and Jameson Blandford covers the history of wireless data; the current market of cell data and pricing, Wi-Fi mesh and municipal networks, and mobile WiMax; and looks at the long-term disruption that's to come. While the article is focused on how companies can manage their data needs and deal with costs associated with services, the technology and market explanations are universal. This is a must-read.

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Comments on Telefind

Subject: I remember Telefind...
Date: August 25, 2006 8:12:10 PM CDT

I remember Telefind, I used to have a couple of their access points attached to my network. I was a system manager for Ram Communications in Boston, they had a terminal on my Waltham, MA and Londonderry, NH switches. It was pretty slick, but I think we only ever had a couple of dozen paying customers. It used the two-button-push method on a touchtone phone to send alphanumeric pages to their pagers, and I'm pretty sure it had some TAP input ports built in also. The pagers were synthesized and frequency agile, although I don't recall how they were set on frequency. I believe the air interface was basically a network key followed by a squirt of fairly high speed (at the time) analog tones, cross-busied with our normal paging traffic. The best part was a separate hand-held unit that let you type your message on a very small QWERTY keyboard (ironically about the size of a Blackberry keyboard) and then use that to enter it into the paging system. You called the pager number, waited for the go ahead message, held the unit against your telephone microphone, and then pushed a button on the unit. It sent your typed message converted to the appropriate touchtones right into the telephone microphone. It was a real kick to listen to the barrage of touchtones being sent...

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Here's an interesting item:

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