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FRIDAY - JANUARY 27, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 197

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,

There is a lot of news this week. Two reports on the RIM patent issues on page three. A report on paging in underground mines at the end of this page. Info on mobile phone use in hospitals on page two along with two very interesting articles on GPS—just to name a few.

The big surprise to me was:

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin has appointed persons to serve as members of the Commission’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks.

And guess what? Not a single paging person on the list! They have completely ignored all the letters from us asking to have a representative from the paging industry on that panel. The first meeting of the panel will take place in Washington DC on Monday. I wish I could attend—we will see . . . anyway, Real Audio access to the meeting will be available on the Internet, and the public can submit written comments before the meeting as outlined in the FCC PUBLIC NOTICE that follows on this page. It looks like this is our last chance to be heard on this issue.

On a very similar topic:

The AAPC filed comments with the FCC [Thursday] urging that it incorporate paging technology in an enhanced Emergency Alert System (EAS) being considered by the FCC in EB Docket No. 04-296. The AAPC noted paging's documented reliability in crisis communications environments, and said that the ability of wireless technology to deliver messages at the time chosen by the originator, and not just when the recipient is watching or listening to a broadcast media outlet, made it particularly suitable for use in emergency alerting.

A copy of AAPC's comments follow below in the AAPC newsletter section. This is very good work and should prompt all the paging companies who haven't yet joined the AAPC to do so. Having this high quality and strong legal representation is most important right now.

A Paging company in New England has openings for experienced RF technicians/engineers. Glenayre Switch experience plus. Please contact me if you know of anyone who might be interested and qualified.

There is a lot of "wheelin' 'n dealin'" going on behind the scenes. I hope to be able to report some of it to you next week.

Now on to the news and views.

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One step forward and one step backward

FORWARD:

DAVOS-UN body backs $100 laptop for world's kids

Thursday 26 January 2006, 6:05am EST

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 26 (Reuters)—The United Nations has thrown its weight behind a project to place a $100, hand-cranked laptop computer in the hands of millions of schoolchildren around the globe.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will sign a partnership agreement with the head of the project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Nicholas Negroponte, in the Alpine ski resort of Davos on Saturday, officials said.

Davos is hosting the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, a gathering of top politicians, economists and business executives.

The aim is to provide the lime-green machines free of charge to children in poor countries who cannot afford computers of their own.

Under the agreement, UNDP and the non-profit One Laptop per Child organisation set up by MIT Media Lab chairman Negroponte, will work together with local and international partners to get the machines to targeted schools in least developed countries.

The goal is for governments or charitable donors to pay for the laptops, although children will own them.

About the size of a textbook, the machines developed at MIT can set up their own wireless networks and operate in areas without a reliable electricity supply, since they can be powered by hand cranking.

Proponents say the devices, which have been welcomed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, will be a boon for education.

But not everyone is convinced.

Chip-maker Intel Corp Chairman Craig Barrett said last month the world's poor would not want the $100 "gadget", since it will have a limited range of programs and capabilities.

Source: Reuters

BACKWARD:

Censored searches

For China website, Google bows to Beijing's rules

By Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

SHANGHAI—Google Inc. launched a search engine in China yesterday that censors material about human rights, Tibet, and other topics sensitive to Beijing—defending the move as a trade-off granting Chinese greater access to other information.

Within minutes of the launch of the new site bearing China's Web suffix ''.cn," searches for the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement showed scores of sites omitted and users directed to articles condemning the group posted on Chinese government websites.

Searches for other sensitive subjects such as exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, Taiwan independence, and terms such as ''democracy" and ''human rights" yielded similar results.

In most such cases, only official Chinese government sites or those with a ''.cn" suffix were included.

Google, which has as its motto ''Don't Be Evil," says the new site aims to make its search engine more accessible in China, thereby expanding access to information.

Yet the move has already been criticized by Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog that also has chided Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN.com for submitting to China's censorship regime.

''When a search engine collaborates with the government like this, it makes it much easier for the Chinese government to control what is being said on the Internet," said Julien Pain, head of the group's Internet desk.

However, technology analyst Duncan Clark said such criticisms probably wouldn't generate problems for Google's business elsewhere, given weak responses to previous cooperation between foreign Internet companies and Chinese authorities. Past incidents ''haven't seemed to gel into anything that could dissuade Google," said Clark, the managing director of BDA China Ltd., a consultancy based in Beijing.

Chinese Internet users said the move by Google Inc., based in Mountain View, Calif., was inevitable given Beijing's restrictions on the Internet, which the government promotes for commerce but heavily censors for content deemed offensive or subversive.

''Google has no choice but to give up to the Party," said one posting on the popular information technology website PCONLINE, signed simply ''AS."

Google's move was prompted by frequent disruptions of the Chinese-language version of its search engine registered under the company's dot-com address in the United States.

Government filtering has blocked access or created lengthy delays in response time.

Google's senior policy counsel, Andrew McLaughlin, defended the new site as better serving Chinese customers.

''In deciding how best to approach the Chinese—or any—market, we must balance our commitments to satisfy the interests of users, expand access to information, and respond to local conditions," McLaughlin said in an e-mailed statement.

McLaughlin said search results would be removed based on local laws, regulations, or policies.

''While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission," he said.

There was no indication that Google would disable access to its .com site within China.

McLaughlin said the company wouldn't host its e-mail or blogging services in China that can be mined for information about users, and would inform users if information had been deleted from searches. Such messages appeared in searches for Falun Gong and other sensitive topics.

Clark said Google probably hopes to avoid the bad publicity incurred by Yahoo last year after it provided the government with the e-mail account information of a Chinese journalist who was later convicted of violating state secrecy laws. ''They want to avoid those kinds of headlines," he said.

Google hopes the move will shore up its competitiveness against both foreign competitors such as Yahoo and domestic ones like Baidu.com Inc., a Beijing-based company in which Google owns a 2.6 percent stake. Baidu.com is China's most popular search engine. China has more than 100 million Web surfers and the audience is expected to swell.

Wang Lijian, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Information Industry which oversees Internet licensing, said he had not heard of Google's decision and had no comment.

Shares of Google fell $10.03, or 2.3 percent, to close at $433 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $172.57 to $475.11.

Source: The Boston Globe


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS

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Why should I join the AAPC?

What will they do for me?

Following is a good example:


BEFORE THE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20554

In the matter of) 
 ) 
Review of the Emergency Alert System)EB Docket No. 04-296
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To: Secretary, Federal Communications Commission

Attn: The Commission, en banc

COMMENTS ON FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS (AAPC), by its attorney, respectfully submits its comments to the Federal Communications Commission in response to its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “FNPR”) in the captioned proceeding, FCC 05 -191, adopted November 3, 2005, released November 10, 2005, and officially published at 70 Fed. Reg. 71072 (25 November 2005). As its comments in response to the FNPR, AAPC respectfully states:

The proceeding was initiated in August 20041 to examine broadly whether the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is the most effective mechanism for warning the American public of an emergency and, if not, to determine how EAS can be improved. The NPRM was spawned primarily in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Since the NPRM’s issuance, however, a series of natural disasters, most notably 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, have further underscored the need for an effective public alert and warning system.

In the First Report and Order (FR&O),2 issued in tandem with the FNPR, the EAS obligations which heretofore have applied to analog media were extended to the digital broadcast media. Additionally, while noting that “the current EAS performs a critical function,” the Commission concluded that “it could be improved,” and it requested comments on “what actions the Commission should take to help expedite the development of a more comprehensive [public alert and warning] system.” (FNPR at ¶61).

The Commission declared that an “accurate [and] wide-reaching public alert and warning system is critical to the public safety and a vital part of the Commission’s core mission to promote the safety of life and property” and “should have built- in redundancy features and use a variety of communications media so that officials can reach large numbers of people simultaneously.” (Id. at ¶62). The Commission stated that the issues outlined in the FNPR for comment “are representative, and do not constitute an exclusive list. Parties can—and should—comment on any next generation issues.” (Id. at ¶65).

Among the issues identified for comment by the Commission is whether the next generation EAS should incorporate wireless telecommunications. Assuming that it should, the Commission has also inquired what “further steps should the Commission take to facilitate wireless provision of alert and warning?” (Id. at ¶69).

AAPC is the national trade association representing the interests of paging carriers throughout the United States. AAPC’s members serve the vast majority of all paging customers in the United States; and they include all of the nationwide paging operators licensed under Parts 22, 24 and 90 of the Commission’s rules, as well as a representative cross-section of the operators of regional and local paging systems licensed by the Commission.

The critical link provided by paging service to first responders in crisis environments has been repeatedly acknowledged by independent observers. For example, the Arlington County After-Action Report on the Response to the September 11 Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon (the “AAR”) (undated), studied the activities of Arlington County and the supporting jurisdictions, government agencies, and other organizations in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The AAR found that:

Almost all aspects of communication continue to be problematic, from initial notification to tactical operations. Cellular telephones were of little value in the first few hours and cellular priority access service (CPAS) is not provided to emergency responders. Radio channels were initially oversaturated and interoperability problems among jurisdictions and agencies persist. (AAR at p. 9).

In this environment, pagers were cited as “the most reliable means of notification” (id.), and among the foremost recommendations and lessons learned, according to the AAR, was that “Every firefighter and EMS responder should have a pager to receive dispatch notices both on and off shift.” (AAR at p. 20).

Dr. Peter Kapsales, senior consulting engineer for CACI Technologies, also has highlighted the benefits of two-way paging in crisis communications in a March 2004 article entitled “Wireless Messaging for Homeland Security”.3 He concluded that two-way paging “is more reliable and more effective than the current voice networks used by emergency workers and public employees who respond to critical situations” and “should be considered a primary or backup system to improve real-time communication among emergency personnel during critical periods when voice communication is not practical or fails.”

While the discussions in these papers reflect a somewhat different perspective than the issues raised in the FNPR, AAPC believes that their ultimate conclusions are equally relevant to the Commission’s inquiries in this proceeding. Accordingly, AAPC respectfully submits that in resolving the issues raised in this proceeding, the Commission properly should consider the benefits of paging technology and appropriately incorporate it into the next generation of EAS.

The core concern of the Commission in the FNPR is that the public alert and warning system be able to effectively and efficiently reach the largest feasible portion of the American public. The current EAS, while highly effective, is based solely in the broadcast media, and thus requires recipients to be actually viewing or listening to the broadcast outlet at the time the alert is issued.

Wireless telecommunications devices, on the other hand, such as pagers and cell phones, are normally carried on the person of the user in a standby mode throughout the day, so that a message can be effectively delivered to it and received by the user at any time of the originator’s choosing rather than the user’s. That characteristic of wireless telecommunications makes it particularly desirable for use in a public alert and warning system, in order to extend the effective range of the system beyond those members of the public happening to be listening to or viewing a broadcast media outlet at any given time a warning or alert may be issued.

AAPC generally concurs with, and strongly endorses, the comments in response to the FNPR being filed concurrently herein by USA Mobility, a member of AAPC and the largest provider of paging service in the United States. USA Mobility succinctly describes the nature of paging technology and its benefits in the context of a public alert and warning system, and appropriately responds to issues raised by the FNPR.4 The fundamental point urged by both AAPC and USA Mobility is that wireless telecommunications in general, and paging technology in particular, offer considerable benefits as distribution methods for public alerts and warnings, and thus should be incorporated in the next generation of EAS along with other technologies.

January 24, 2006

Respectfully submitted,

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS

By: s/Kenneth E. Hardman
Kenneth E. Hardman
2154 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20007-2280
Telephone: (202) 223-3772
Facsimile: (202) 315-3587
kenhardman@att.net

Its Attorney


1 Review of the Emergency Alert System (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking), EB Docket No. 04 -296, 19 FCC Rcd 15775 (FCC 2004) (the “NPRM”).

2 Review of the Emergency Alert System (First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking), EB Docket No. 04 -296, FCC 05 -191, published at 70 Fed. Reg. 71023 (25 November 2005).

3 http://braddye.com/homeland_security.html (Last viewed 23 January 2006).

4 Notwithstanding that AAPC agrees with USA Mobility that paging technology should be incorporated in an enhanced EAS, AAPC has not, unlike USA Mobility, taken a position on whether participation in EAS should be mandatory or voluntary.


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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO SERVE ON FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION’S INDEPENDENT PANEL REVIEWING THE IMPACT OF HURRICANE KATRINA ON COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS; AND INDEPENDENT PANEL’S FIRST MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 30, 2006

Washington, D.C.: This Public Notice serves as notice that, consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin has appointed persons to serve as members of the Commission’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. The Panel will review the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the telecommunications and media infrastructure in the affected area and will make recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communications among first responders by June 15, 2006.

The Independent Panel is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Monday, January 30, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. At its first meeting, the Panel will discuss a tentative timeline and process for completion of its task by June 15, 2006 and its committee structure. The Panel will also introduce and receive brief statements from panel members about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on their company’s or industry sector’s communications infrastructure as well as issues on which the panel should focus.

Members of the general public may attend the meeting. The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many people as possible. Admittance, however, will be limited to the seating available. Real Audio access to the meeting will be available at www.fcc.gov/. The public may submit written comments before the meeting to Lisa M. Fowlkes, the Commission’s Designated Federal Officer for the Independent Panel at lisa.fowlkes@fcc.gov or by U.S. Postal Mail (FCC, Enforcement Bureau, 7-C737, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554).

Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least 5 days advance notice; last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

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Greg Bicket, Vice President/Regional Manager, Cox Communications, Metairie, Louisiana

Satellite Providers

Kay Sears, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, G2 Satellite Solution, PanAmSat Corporation
Carson Agnew, Executive Vice President, Mobile Satellite Ventures, LP

Equipment Providers

Kelly Kirwan, Vice President, State and Local Government and Commercial Markets Division, The Americas Group, Government, Enterprise, and Mobility Solutions, Motorola Communications and Electronics, Inc.

Utilities

Robert G. Dawson, President & CEO, SouthernLINC Wireless, Atlanta, Georgia

Part 15

Michael Anderson, Chairman, PART-15.ORG

Others

Billy Pitts, Chief Business Affairs Officer and Washington Representative, Notification Technologies, Inc.
Adora Obi Nweze, President, NAACP Florida State Conference, Member, NAACP National Board of Directors, Director, NAACP Hurricane Relief Efforts
Eduardo Peña, Board Member, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

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Source: FCC (pdf)


Teletouch Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2006

January 23, 2006 08:51 PM US Eastern Timezone

TYLER, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jan. 23, 2006--Teletouch Communications, Inc. (AMEX:TLL) today reported on financial information relating to its results filed on Form 10-Q for the second quarter ended November 30, 2005. Total revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2006 declined approximately 14.8% to $5.43 million compared with $6.37 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2005. Cash and Cash Equivalents declined to approximately $0.94 million at the end of the second quarter compared with $1.28 million at the 2005 fiscal year ended, May 31, 2005, although Net Cash from Operating Activities was positive and slightly improved at $0.20 million in the second quarter, over the $0.18 reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2006. The Company recorded a net loss of approximately $0.12 million, or $0.01 loss per share in the second quarter fiscal 2006, versus a higher net loss of $0.36 million, or $0.08 loss per share in the comparable quarter of fiscal 2005.

Reporting on a segment basis, total Paging revenues for the second quarter declined approximately 19.4% to $3.84 million compared with $4.76 million in the prior-year period, in line with the Company's estimates. Pagers in service declined to approximately 125,500 for the six months ended November 30, 2005, compared with 169,400 at November 30, 2004. Two-way radio service and product sales were down 2.7% to $1.44 million in the quarter, from $1.48 million in the comparable 2005 quarter. The decline was due primarily to a reduction in and the timing of hardware product sales; service revenues increased during the current period. Total Other service and product revenues increased approximately 14.4% to $0.15 million in the second quarter of 2006, compared to $0.13 million through the same period in 2005.

The Company significantly reduced its operating loss 95% to $0.02 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2006, from a loss of $0.46 million in the prior year period. The reduction in operating loss was primarily due to continued cost reductions across all departments in the Company and lower depreciation expense related to certain paging assets that fully depreciated in the quarter.

Discussing the second quarter results, Teletouch CEO, T. A. "Kip" Hyde, Jr. stated, "Teletouch is now showing significant operating and financial improvement from both the Company's direct actions to control expenses, and the restructuring activities related to the transition and preparation for sale of the paging business. As previously announced, the Company filed its preliminary Proxy for a Special Shareholders Meeting with the SEC, which in its current form asks Teletouch shareholders to approve the sale of the core paging business assets. The special shareholders' meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 1, 2006. If the sale is approved, we are prepared and would expect to close the transaction shortly following the special meeting."

Hyde concluded, "We plan to use the proceeds from the sale of the paging business to acquire one or more currently identified companies that each offer significant revenue, EBITDA and/or net income growth opportunities. We are currently in discussions with a number of acquisition targets and are actively looking to identify others. Once the final disposition of the paging business sale is made clear by the shareholders' vote, we will be better prepared to move forward on this front, as well."

About Teletouch

Teletouch offers telemetry and GPS-location based mobile asset monitoring, cellular, two-way radio communications and wireless messaging services throughout the United States. Teletouch's common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under stock symbol: TLL. Additional business and financial information on Teletouch is available at www.Teletouch.com.

All statements in this news release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the caption "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q filings, and amendments thereto. In addition, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Source: BusinessWire


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WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS IN MINES

Australia has used communication system for 15 years

George Hohmann
Daily Mail business editor

Tuesday January 24, 2006

Equipment that allows mine operators to communicate instantly with miners deep underground has been used in Australia for 15 years and is already used daily in 15 Chinese mines and several West Virginia mines, one manufacturer said.

Gov. Joe Manchin pushed a bill through the state Legislature Monday that requires improved communications and the electronic tracking of coal miners underground. It is one of three proposals he pushed through the Legislature following the deaths of 14 miners in accidents in Upshur and Logan counties this month.

Since 2001, Consol Energy has used an ultra-low frequency, through-the-earth paging system in some of its mines, according to Mine Site Technologies, the system's manufacturer.

Mine Site's system allows mine operators to transmit messages to a one-pound "Personal Emergency Device" miners wear on their belts. When a message is received, the miner's cap lamp flashes and a buzzer sounds. The message appears on a backlit liquid crystal display.

A message can be sent to an individual, a group, or all of the miners simultaneously.

Mine Site says on its Web site, "The ability to transmit actual messages is vitally important in allowing not only a warning to be issued but specific information regarding the situation to be sent (such as where a fire is, which evacuation route to take, etc.)."

"Our first system was installed in Australia in 1990," Denis Kent, the company's business development manager, said in a phone interview Monday from Mine Site's headquarters in Australia.

"Australia has about 40 coal mines and all but two use them," he said. "They're used every day, like a paging system, to manage the mine. So operators get some efficiency. And when it's needed in an emergency, everyone understands how it is used. The system has become an accepted part of mining in Australia."

Australian mines have voluntarily installed the systems, he said.

In a Feb. 18, 2003, letter to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, Kent wrote, "the need for such a device was identified by the U.S. coal industry in the mid-1980s."

The system got noticed in the United States after the 1998 Willow Creek fire in Utah, he said.

A Personal Emergency Device system had been installed in the Willow Creek mine six months earlier, he said. A message—"mine fire - evacuate"—was sent and all 45 miners who were underground were able to get out.

After the Willow Creek fire Consol Energy began looking at the system, Kent said. Consol's Blacksville No. 2 Mine near Fairview as well as its Robinson Run Mine near Shinnston are among the mines that use the system, he said.

Consol spokesman Tom Hoffman could not be reached for comment.

Over the 15 years Mine Site's system has been on the market it has become "much smaller, lighter, and given more functionality," Kent said. "The whole system has been improved."

The company now markets a product that combines the text-messaging system with an electronic tagging system that keeps track of personnel and equipment entering and leaving a mine.

The system is used in 15 Chinese coal mines, Kent said. "They're very embarrassed by their safety record," he said. "They've identified the Personal Emergency Device and the Tracker Tagging System as equipment they should have. They're showing a commitment to the technology because it is well proven."

The cost of a Personal Emergency Device system depends on the types of batteries used and some other variables, said Mike Koesterer, Mine Site's manager for North America.

"If you want to outfit a mine with, say, 100 people, you could get a system for anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000," he said. "That would be everything: the transmitter, all of the cabling, the units that go on the batteries, and so on."

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has approved the Personal Emergency Device system for use in underground coal mines, said agency spokesman Dirk Fillpot.

However, the system is not required and has not been widely deployed.

David Dye, acting administrator of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, said at a Senate hearing Monday that the devices had some "problems with reliability," according to the Associated Press.

But Davitt McAteer, Manchin's mine safety adviser disagreed. "These devices have proved to be reliable," he said.

Dye announced Monday that the agency will publish a request for information in the Federal Register on Wednesday seeking information on underground mine rescue equipment and technology.

"Over the last several years, improvements have been made to communication devices, sensors and other forms of technology relevant to underground mine rescue," the agency said on its Web site. "Appropriate application of these advancements to mine rescue equipment and technology is crucial to enhancing the effectiveness of mine rescue operations and improving miners' survivability in the event of a mine emergency."

The agency said responses to its request for information will help it determine the most appropriate course of action to improve mine rescue capabilities. The request will be posted on the agency's Web site, www.msha.gov. Public comments will be accepted until March 27.

Fillpot said, "MSHA is working with partners in order to develop technology to allow Personal Emergency Devices to be two-way communications devices. Right now they're only one-way communications devices. If that were to become successful, miners underground would be able to communicate back outside the mine."

Source: Charleston Daily Mail


PAGING IN MINES

mine light pagerConventional pagers generally cannot be activated in underground mines. Some mines, however, have been wired internally with a special "radiating transmission line" —HELIAX® is the Andrew brand name—to distribute the radio paging signal throughout the mine.

Pagers used in mines must have an "intrinsically safe" approval from the Bureau of Mines for use in hazardous atmospheres.


PED® SYSTEM
The PED System is an ultra low frequency "through-the-earth" paging,control and blasting system.

PED is an acronym of Personal Emergency Device.The system was originally developed to provide a fast and reliable method of informing underground miners of emergency situations. Due to the system enhancements and the inherent ability to readily contact personnel, wherever they are underground, PED has also come to stand for Productivity Enhancement Device.

The combination of ultra low frequency (ULF) and a high power transmission system enables the PED signal to propagate through several hundreds of metres of rock strata. The signal can therefore be received at any location throughout the mine with an antenna on the surface only or a small underground antenna (please refer to Figure 1 following).

For this reason, PED is an extremely effective emergency communication system. The ability to transmit actual messages is vitally important in allowing, not only a warning to be issued, but specific information regarding the situation to be sent (such as where a fire is, which evacuation route to take, etc).

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More information about various communications technologies used in mines is available on the Mine Site Technologies web site.


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