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FRIDAY - JUNE 23, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 217

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Can You Help?

From: jcohan@hydro.mb.ca
Subject: Motorola Keynote pager programmer
Date: June 20, 2006 9:27:14 AM CDT
To: brad@braddye.com

As I was doing some searches on the internet I came across your paging resource newsletter. You provide some interesting and timely information there.

I am looking for a programmer for Motorola Keynote pagers, or at the very least the mating plug that connects to the pager (see picture) to replace a broken unit. Would have any idea where I could obtain one, possibly as salvage from another defective unit?

Thanks for your help.

Jim Cohan
Telecontrol Technician
Communications Department
Manitoba Hydro

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Used ReFLEX50 Creatalinks For Sale

From: williamm@elteccorp.com
Subject: from the newsletter
Date: June 18, 2006 12:47:37 PM CDT
To: brad@braddye.com

Brad,

I have approximately 100 used creatalink ReFLEX 50 transceivers that I would like to sell. I see that people advertise in your newsletter to sell equipment. Is this something that would fit into the scheme of things? And would you have any idea of the market price for a used creatalink? To the best of my knowledge there is nothing wrong with the devices. I got them back because my customer converted to ReFLEX 25 services.

Bill Marshall
800-227-1734
903-938-1901

[Please give Bill a call directly if you are interested in this equipment. He is asking $70 each.]


From: aosgood@streamline-solutions.net
Subject: FUSF Legislation
Date: June 17, 2006 8:51:49 PM CDT
To: brad@braddye.com
Reply-To: AOsgood@Streamline-Solutions.net

Hi Brad,

Thanks for the great work on the newsletter. If you're not aware of the pending legislation concerning FUSF - please take a moment to look at www.telecomgrassfire.org . This site was created to educate small and medium size businesses that will be adversely affected by the legislation (estimates range from $1 to $3 PER NUMBER (Not trunk or listed number but PER NUMBER!) Think of how this will negatively impact your paging carrier and healthcare client base. They typical paging carrier has thousands of (DID) numbers and the typical healthcare facility has hundreds. The math is terrifying.

Thanks!

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Streamline Solutions L.L.C
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ON-SITE PAGING — IN-BUILDING COVERAGE

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Chooses InnerWireless As Its Standard For In-Building Wireless Coverage, Including At Flagship Hong Kong Property

Comprehensive renovation of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, includes InnerWireless infrastructure to help luxury hotel deliver 5-star services to guests

RICHARDSON, Texas – June 19, 2006 – InnerWireless®, Inc., the leading provider of in-building wireless systems, today announced that Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will install the InnerWireless infrastructure at their flagship property, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. The Hong Kong hotel is the fourth Mandarin Oriental property using InnerWireless to help deliver the luxurious experience that its guests expect. Mandarin has installed InnerWireless in the Mandarin Oriental, New York; the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.; and The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and it plans to deploy the system in other hotels as a standard part of new construction or major renovations.

InnerWireless’ distributed antenna system supports a full range of wireless interpersonal and building-services applications via an engineered, guaranteed and managed wireless environment.

“At Mandarin Oriental, our mission is to delight our guests, not just satisfy them,” said Mandarin Oriental’s Geoff McClelland, VP Technology – Hotel Development. “We are shifting from an ‘anything, anywhere, anytime’ paradigm to an ‘everything, everywhere, all the time’ paradigm, and you need the best technology to make that happen, which is why InnerWireless is Mandarin Oriental’s in-building reference system of choice.”

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s flagship hotel, a Hong Kong icon for 40 years, is undergoing an extensive renovation to comprehensively upgrade facilities, enlarge guestrooms and enhance the hotel’s exterior to complement the contemporary facades of its neighbors in Hong Kong’s business district.

“Installing any kind of infrastructure involves capital up front, but we find InnerWireless’ total cost of ownership to be very attractive,” McClelland said. “Mandarin Oriental is committed to providing the seamless service for which it is renowned. From a technology perspective, InnerWireless integrates very well with existing systems, including our Cisco network.”

“InnerWireless and Mandarin Oriental are a perfect fit because we both believe that providing the best possible service involves detailed planning, customization and a true commitment to partnering for mutual success,” said Chris McCoy, InnerWireless’ Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. “Luxury, 5-star hotels, such as the Mandarin Oriental, set the standard for high-end service, and InnerWireless is proud to help Mandarin Oriental fulfill its guest-focused mission.”

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s McClelland cited several reasons that InnerWireless is the hotel group’s in-building platform of choice including:

About InnerWireless
InnerWireless® deploys its unified broadband wireless distribution platform in large commercial, healthcare and government buildings to support a full range of wireless services and applications. InnerWireless, which guarantees wireless coverage inside buildings ranging in size up to 10 million square feet, is properly engineered to accommodate wireless systems essential for interpersonal communications (including PCS/cellular, messaging/personal data, enterprise voice, and paging); clinical operations (including wireless infusion therapy/medical administration, enterprise/clinical data, portable patient monitoring, and people and asset tracking); and building operations (including building automation, security and first-responder communications, and push-to-talk radios).

For more information about InnerWireless, see www.InnerWireless.com

Source: AutomatedBuildings.com


MACHINE TO MACHINE NEWS

Wireless Messaging To and From People and Machines

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M2M Hits its Stride

With all of the consolidations and new technologies, the M2M industry is starting to resemble the broader wireless industry.

By Brad Smith
June 15, 2006
Wireless Week

Machines have had the ability to talk to one another for decades, but the industry that machine-to-machine (M2M) communications was supposed to foster is still in the emerging stages. There's renewed energy in the industry, though, with the advent of new technologies, consolidation and the rise of M2M mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).

New and cheaper technologies such as RFID, near field communications (NFC), ZigBee and Bluetooth may help boost the market by reducing the cost of using M2M. In a recent Strategy Analytics report, analyst Antoine Mathiaud says the market will only reach its potential when these affordable, short-range wireless sensor technologies are combined with wide-area cellular networks.

Mathiaud sees a current $40 billion market opportunity, while a year-old report by Alexander Resources suggests the market value of $24 billion in 2004 could reach $270 billion by 2010. A similar forecast comes from Research and Markets, which predicts $250 billion in M2M sales by the end of the decade.

Another report, by the French analyst firm iDate, forecasts a worldwide M2M market of about $280 billion (220 billion Euros) by 2010, with some 100 billion objects communicating wirelessly. Most of those will use RFID tags, according to the report, written by Vincent Bonneau.

Bonneau says mobile operators have only gradually penetrated the M2M market, leaving it open to an influx of new MVNOs or traditional paging carriers.

"This market nevertheless appeals to operators," Bonneau says, "since it is based on solutions with a long lifespan (virtually no churn), deployed on a large number of modules (the average project involves thousands of devices) and this for a single client (low acquisition cost). It also helps boost the rate of return on a deployed network – by increasing the traffic on 2G and 3G networks, for instance."

The analyst expects more operators to become involved in M2M, while increased investment by the major module manufacturers is cutting module prices by 20 percent annually. Some regulatory bodies, especially in Europe, have promoted the use of M2M with automotive safety mandates, also giving impetus to the industry. Bonneau notes the increase in use of M2M for utility meter reading and tracing food distribution.

PROMISE BECOMES REALITY The Alexander Resources report points out that traditional cellular operators have not developed M2M strategies, leaving the market open to specialists. Those include companies such as Aeris.net, Airdesk (now part of Numerex) and Kore Wireless, all of which could be described as M2M MVNOs.

Atlanta-based Numerex, already an M2M leader with its security solutions, acquired Airdesk Jan. 5 for about $5.5 million. Stratton Nicolaides, Numerex chairman and CEO, said in the announcement that the acquisition positions the company for what he sees as substantial growth in the industry in the coming years.

"We are at a turning point in the M2M space where promise is now reality, due in large part to the growth of advanced data communications capabilities," Nicolaides said. His statement was backed up by a first-quarter financial report that showed wireless M2M revenues increased from $4.9 million in the first quarter last year to $10.4 million in 2006. The report said Airdesk experienced record first- quarter unit sales and that the launch of a new digital security product, Digital Uplink, contributed to record network activations.

Another consolidation occurred in March when France's Wavecom acquired the M2M assets of handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson for about $41.3 million. Along with Siemens, Wavecom dominates the European M2M industry, and the acquisition was viewed as a way for it to boost Wavecom's North American presence.

Olivier Beaujard, business development vice president for Wavecom, says the two companies complement each other perfectly. Wavecom's M2M expertise has been in software, while Sony Ericsson was a leader in GSM/GPRS and CDMA modules.

M2M is an industry focused on vertical applications, Beaujard says, including automatic meter reading, alarms and vehicle accident notification. The latter is being pushed by the European Commission, which has mandated that all cars sold in Europe by the 2009 model year must have automatic emergency notification systems, he says. Black boxes in the cars would send notification over a cellular network automatically if the vehicle has been involved in a crash that sets off the airbag.

The European Union wants to cut the number of highway deaths in half by 2010, Beaujard says, and its "eCall" initiative using M2M is a key element. An ongoing debate is occurring over how the initiative will be financed – by the governments or the car manufacturers.

Beaujard also expects M2M use to increase for highway toll collection. There is growing interest in Europe and North America to use automatic utility meter reading as a tool to map power consumption as part of an electrical power management system, he says.

Wavecom also is working on new security measures for its software and hardware products because it expects M2M to see more interest for payment transactions, Beaujard says.

Through its Sony Ericsson acquisition, automotive and fleet management are the biggest volumes for Wavecom products in the United States, Beaujard says, noting that the company sees increased interest among North American operators.

At CTIA Wireless 2006, Wavecom launched its first microprocessor with integrated wireless communications. Beaujard says the microprocessor, combined with Wavecom's Open AT software, will drive down the cost of M2M by reducing the number of components and shortening the time to market.

NEW MVNO BREED Among the new breed of MVNOs targeting the M2M industry is Kore Wireless. With headquarters in Herndon, Va., Kore has operations in both Canada and the United States. The MVNO has inked deals with Cingular Wireless and Rogers to use their networks, and has its own network operations center in Winnipeg, Canada, to handle traffic operations. Kore uses SMS as well as GSM/GPRS/EDGE for its traffic.

Alex Brisbourne, president and COO, says Kore wholesales its services through about 170 companies for niche applications such as vehicle location, tracking and security. Kore also is eyeing utilities and payment solutions, the latter including parking meter payments.

Among Kore's customers is Trimble, which combines its GPS expertise with M2M for fleet tracking. Kore also provides the network services for the Arizona Public Service Commission to run a wireless meter system in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Brisbourne believes M2M, with 3 million to 4 million devices deployed in North America now, has reached an inflexion point and is ready to expand rapidly. Kore, he says, has about a 20-percent market share of new M2M subscribers.

The carriers are not more substantially interested in M2M yet, Brisbourne says, because M2M average revenue per user (ARPU) is only in the range of $7 to $9 per month. That's why he thinks M2M MVNOs have an opportunity to provide the technology and services capability that operators don't want to tackle for such a low ARPU.

Kore provides network traffic routing, messaging short codes and customer services such as billing, while reselling modules from companies such as Wavecom and Motorola.

Aeris.net, a leading M2M provider that also operates like an MVNO, started out using the control channel on cellular networks for its MicroBurst technology. It has seen much growth recently for M2M services using CDMA and its AerFrame premium service delivery platform. The company reported in early April that 2 billion messages on an annual basis are using AerFrame, many for cross-border messages between the United States and Mexico or Canada. Aeris launched AerFrame last year.

Bob Schoenfield, senior vice president of marketing and business development, says telematics services using M2M communications has significant potential. That includes safety and security applications such as accident notification as well as broader consumer services such as remote diagnostics and even multimedia services.

Aeris is in field trials to provide network services for telematics, Schoenfield says, but he declined to go into detail. The services could use the control channel network, which runs over 32 different operator networks, or through AerFrame. With the low latency on its MicroBurst service, an airbag deployment alert could reach a call center within 3 to 6 seconds anywhere in North America, he says.

AerFrame uses the CDMA 1X or EV-DO networks and is adding 30,000 to 40,000 devices monthly, Schoenfield says. About half of the 1.2 million AerFrame devices are used for residential security and remote alarms. The security services originally were sold as a backup to a landline solution, but Schoenfield says the wireless network proved to be more reliable and has better performance.

The federal government is pushing the use of M2M, Schoenfield says, to keep track of truck shipments across the borders with Mexico and Canada. The Department of Homeland Security hasn't decided how the cost of these systems will be handled, but Schoenfield thinks the agency will mandate tracking services.

Among the device manufacturers that Aeris partners with are Kyocera Wireless, Wavecom and Siemens.

Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of Kyocera's M2M business unit, also sees more interest in homeland security applications such as container tracking combined with location. Automated meter reading also is picking up in the United States because the cost of the module has declined to less than $1.

Security system providers also are becoming more innovative on pricing schemes, he says, by pooling data plans to spread the costs among many users. Carriers are warming to this because they can gain long-term subscription revenue with very little overhead, Fledderjohn says.

Overall, the M2M industry seems to be gaining wider interest. Kore's Brisbourne says M2M has moved from a cottage industry to closer to mainstream. "I think we'll see significant activities being driven to force the adoption of device-based communications," he says.

Source: Wireless Week


VoIP

net.wars: Security vs security part II

by Wendy M Grossman | posted on 16 June 2006

It's funny. Half the time we hear that the security of the nation depends on the security of its networks. The other half the time we're being told by governments that if the networks are too secure the security of the nation is at risk.

wendy grossmanThis schizophrenia was on display this week in a ruling by the US Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, which ruled in favour of the Federal Communications Commission: yes, the FCC can extend the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act to VoIP providers. Oh, yeah, and other people providing broadband Internet access, like universities.

Simultaneously, a clutch of experts – to wit, Steve Bellovin (Columbia University), Matt Blaze (University of Pennsylvania), Ernest Brickell (Intel), Clinton Brooks (NSA, retired), Vinton Cerf (Google), Whifield Diffie (Sun), Susan Landau (Sun), Jon Peterson (NeuStar), and John Treichler (Applied Signal Technology) – released a paper explaining why requiring voice over IP to accommodate wiretapping is dangerous. Not all of these folks are familiar to me, but the ones who are could hardly be more distinguished, and it seems to me when experts on security, VOIP, Internet protocols, and cryptography all get together to tell you there's a problem, you (as in the FCC) should listen. Together, this week they released Security Implications of Applying the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act to Voice over IP (PDF), which carefully documents the problems.

First of all – and they of course aren't the only ones to have noticed this – the Internet is not your father's PSTN. On the public switched telephone network, you have fixed endpoints, you have centralised control, and you have a single, continuously open circuit. The whole point of VoIP is that you take advantage of packet switching to turn voice calls into streams of data that are more or less indistinguishable from all the other streams of data whose packets are flying alongside. Yes, many VoIP services give you phone numbers that sound the same as geographically fixed numbers – but the whole point is that neither caller nor receiver need to wait by the phone. The phone is where your laptop is. Or, possibly, where your secretary's laptop is. Or you're using Skype instead of Vonage because your contact also uses Skype.

Nonetheless, as the report notes, the apparent simplicity of VoIP, its design that makes it look as though it functions the same as old-style telephones, means that people wrongly conclude that anything you can do on the PSTN you should be able to do just as easily with VoIP.

But the real problems lie in security. There's no getting round the fact that when you make a hole in something you've made a hole through which stuff leaks out. And where in the PSTN world you had just a few huge service providers and a single wire you could follow along and place your wiretap wherever was most secure, in the VoIP world you have dozens of small providers, and an unpredictable selection of switching and routing equipment.

Under US law, you're supposed to tap only the communications pertaining to the court authorisation; difficult to do because of the foregoing. And then, there's a hole, as the IETF observed in 2000, which could be exploited by someone else. Whom do you fear more will gain access to your communications: government, crook, hacker, credit reporting agency, boss, child, parent, or spouse? Fun, isn't it?

And then there's the money. American ISPs can look forward to the cost of CALEA with all the enthusiasm that European ISPs had for data retention. Here, the government helpfully provided its own data: a VoIP provider paid $100,000 to a contractor to develop its CALEA solution, plus a monthly fee of $14,000 to $15,000 and, on top of that, $2,000 for each intercept.

Two obvious consequences.
First: VoIP will be primarily sold by companies overseas into the US because in general the first reason people buy VoIP is that it's cheap. Second: real-time communications will migrate to things that look a lot less like phone calls. The report mentions massively multi-player online role-playing games and instant messaging. Why shouldn't criminals adopt pink princess avatars and kill a few dragons while they plot?

It seems clear that all of this isn't any way to run a wiretap program, though even the report (two of whose authors, Landau and Diffie, have written a history of wiretapping) allows that governments have a legitimate need to wiretap, within limits. But the last paragraph sounds like a pretty good way to write a science fiction novel. In fact, something like the opening scenes of Vernor Vinge's new Rainbows End.

Source: NewsWireless.net

[Thanks to Barry Kanne W4TGA]


VoIP regulations test nations around the globe

Why the Europeans look to have telecom regulation right.
Eye on the Carriers By Johna Till Johnson, Network World, 06/19/06

Governments around the world are wrestling with the impact of VoIP on telecom regulation. Some treat VoIP as just another way to deliver telephony services (and subject to all the taxes and regulatory constraints of legacy voice). Others view it as an emerging technology that has to be carefully nurtured, and therefore protected from taxes and regulatory constraints.

At the moment, the U.S. government seems to be leaning toward the "just another way to deliver telephony" perspective. As I pointed out last week, the FCC is looking to apply Universal Service Fund taxes to VoIP. The courts have similarly decided recently that VoIP is covered under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) - meaning that providers such as Vonage and Skype need to provide wiretapping hooks like those from AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon. And the U.S. House of Representatives just passed the "Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006" (H.R. 5252), stipulating that VoIP providers must ensure that 911 and E-911 services are provided to VoIP subscribers.

Overseas, however, the situation is decidedly more mixed. Although VoIP remains officially banned in China, word on the street is that the Chinese are planning to rethink their strategy, possibly as early as this year. (No word on whether the Chinese equivalent of CALEA will apply.) And while Russia just moved to regulate VoIP, the Philippine and Indian governments have taken steps to loosen VoIP regulations.

But the folks who are furthest ahead are the Europeans. Earlier this month, the heads of some 30 of the largest formerly state-owned telcos asked the EU Information Commissioner to level the playing field by - get this - lifting the regulatory burden imposed on incumbents, rather than introducing more regulation for new players. What a novel concept: Deregulate all of telecom, not just VoIP!

In fact, the EU is most of the way through a process initiated late last year to review the overall regulatory framework for telecom services and plans a formal proposal to the European Parliament by July.

My 2 cents? The Europeans are right on. Yeah, I know it's politically incorrect to say anything even remotely positive about those cheese-eaters across the pond.

But really, folks: It's stupid to impose outdated regulatory constraints on disruptive technologies such as VoIP. And it's even stupider to have governments in the business of picking and choosing technology winners by exempting some, but not all, from regulation.

I've said it before, and I'll repeat it here: What the United States needs to do is launch a complete soup-to-nuts overhaul of its communications regulatory framework, including spectrum allocation, peering arrangements and emerging services, such as VoIP and presence. And we need to pay special attention to issues such as privacy, universal access and emergency services - because what we're doing today isn't working.

Johnson is president and chief research officer at Nemertes Research, an independent technology research firm. She can be reached at johna@nemertes.com.

Source: NetworkWorld

[Thanks to Barry Kanne W4TGA]


UNTIL NEXT WEEK

Well, there has been a lot of important content in this week's newsletter. I hope you found it all worthwhile.


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Brad Dye
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