|FRIDAY - MAY 18, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 262|
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Bell Industries Reports 2007 First Quarter Results
INDIANAPOLIS, May 15, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Bell Industries, Inc. (AMEX:BI) today reported revenues from continuing operations of $46.2 million for its three months ended March 31, 2007, representing an 85.1 percent increase over $25.0 million in the corresponding period a year ago.
"Our performance in the first quarter is indicative of the investments we have made to enhance the overall value of Bell Industries," said John A. Fellows, chief executive officer. "We believe these investments will lead to improved profitability in the near term. In addition, we continue to make progress positioning each of our divisions to be leaders in their respective markets."
On January 31, 2007, the company completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of SkyTel Corp., an indirect subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc. For the two months of the 2007 first quarter since the acquisition, SkyTel posted net revenues of $16.7 million and operating income of $703,000, including depreciation, amortization, and accretion expense totaling $966,000.
"Beginning in the 2007 second quarter, we expect SkyTel, with a full three month's contribution to revenues, will become our largest operating unit," Fellows said. "During the quarter, a number of significant cost reduction initiatives were successfully completed within SkyTel to enhance overall profitability. The recently announced leadership team began to capitalize on several emerging wireless technologies. In particular, the near term prospects of our SkyGuard and FleetHawk product offerings are exciting as they relate to the rapidly growing vehicle reassurance and mobile resource management markets."
Net revenues at Bell's Technology Solutions division increased 31.9 percent to $18.9 million in the 2007 first quarter from $14.3 million in the prior-year period. Services revenues increased 29.5 percent to $10.2 million in the 2007 first quarter from $7.9 million a year earlier, benefiting from a large-scale customer relationship management (CRM) engagement commenced in 2006. Product revenues rose 34.9 percent to $8.7 million from $6.4 million in the year-ago first quarter. While the new CRM engagement and several sizable component sales transactions contributed to the strong increase in product revenues, they adversely impacted the company's profitability in the current first quarter. The division posted an operating loss of $1.1 million in the 2007 first quarter, compared with an operating loss of $818,000 in the year-ago first quarter, principally reflecting operating losses from a slower-than-anticipated ramp up of a new customer relationship management engagement, reduced product gross profit and increased product and services selling and administrative costs.
"The CRM industry is continuing to grow rapidly, as evidenced by solid levels of potential new business currently in our pipeline," Fellows said. "We continue to focus a majority of our business development efforts in this sector, and remain confident that our leadership will deliver improved results to our bottom line in the coming quarters. We are also pleased to have been awarded during the quarter a two-year extension of a repair depot servicing engagement valued at approximately $8 million annually."
At Bell's Recreational Products Group (RPG), net revenues totaled $10.7 million for both the 2007 and 2006 first quarters. "I'm very pleased that we were able to maintain our revenue base while overall trends for the marine and RV industries were in decline," Fellows added. "We continue to successfully execute a number of key operational initiatives that should lead to revenue gains going forward." Warm winter conditions in key markets contributed to a shift in product mix that included a higher volume of lower-margin sales during the current quarter. In addition, the division posted higher selling, general and administrative expenses associated with the addition of business development resources, increased freight costs and a move to a new distribution facility. RPG incurred an operating loss of $378,000 in the current first quarter, compared with an operating income of $260,000 in the year-ago first quarter.
Bell Industries posted a net loss in the 2007 first quarter of $1.5 million, or $0.18 per share. In the prior-year first quarter, the company incurred a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.16 per share, which included income from discontinued operations, net of tax, of $355,000, equal to $0.04 per share. In May 2006, Bell sold substantially all of the assets of J.W. Miller, its smallest business unit to Bourns, Inc.
Fellows concluded, "We are excited about the near term prospects for both revenue growth and improved profitability. We remain committed to creating additional growth vehicles for the company, and we look forward to keeping our shareholders apprised of our continued progress during this exciting phase of expansion."
About Bell Industries, Inc.
Bell Industries is comprised of three diversified operating units, Bell's Technology Solutions business, SkyTel and its Recreational Products Group. The company's Technology Solutions business offers a comprehensive portfolio of customizable and scalable technology solutions ranging from customer relationship management (CRM) and managed technology services to reverse logistics and mobile/wireless solutions. SkyTel provides nationwide wireless data and messaging services, including email, interactive two-way messaging, wireless telemetry services and traditional text and numeric paging. Recreational Products Group is a wholesale distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for the recreational vehicles and other leisure-related vehicle market, including marine, snowmobile, cycle and ATV.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, including, but not limited to the company's ability to successfully integrate its acquisition of SkyTel and the successful servicing of its new large-scale CRM engagement, are based upon current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including uncertainties as to the nature of the company's industry, including changing customer demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing, dependence on existing management and general economic conditions. Bell Industries' Annual Report on Form 10-K, recent and forthcoming Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other SEC filings discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect the business, results of operations and financial condition. The company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
Source: PrimeNewswire (The remainder of this News Release contains financial tables.)
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May 16, 2007
(Crain’s) — Struggling cell phone maker Motorola Inc. is expected to slash more jobs in addition to the 3,500 layoffs it announced earlier this year, several analysts said.
In a Tuesday lunch meeting with analysts in New York, Motorola Chief Financial Officer Thomas Meredith indicated the company “would announce additional downsizing and restructuring,” most likely on May 30 or 31, according to a research note Tuesday from Todd Koffman, an analyst with Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Tampa, Fla.
Mr. Koffman wrote that Schaumburg-based Motorola would target cost savings “at least as large” as the $400 million the company cited when it announced 3,500 layoffs in January.
A Motorola spokeswoman said Mr. Meredith did not announce any new cost-cutting initiatives Tuesday but the company expects to publicize further cost-cutting plans near the end of the quarter.
In a note Wednesday, Michael Ounjian, an analyst with Credit Suisse in New York, wrote that Mr. Meredith “clearly indicated” that the prior cost-cutting plans “would not be sufficient to meet operating targets.”
Mr. Meredith said the company would make public further details of the cost-cutting moves by June 1, Mr. Ounjian wrote.
Another analyst, T. Michael Walkley of Piper Jaffray & Co. in Minneapolis, wrote in a research note that “we believe another layoff is imminent,” according to Bloomberg News.
2007 has been somewhat of a nightmarish year for the once high-flying Motorola, the world’s No. 2 cell phone maker. The company’s stock has fallen 11% since the beginning of the year, and about 30% since October.
After announcing the jobs cuts in the first quarter, Motorola posted its first operating loss in nearly five years. Then the company had to fight a proxy battle against activist investor Carl Icahn, who recently lost his bid for a seat on the company’s board. And the company has fallen further behind the world’s top cell phone maker, Nokia, in its quest for marketshare.
All of the problems have been underscored by gripes that Motorola has failed to produce a compelling follow-up to its mega-hit, the Razr, which was launched in November 2004. A glitzy New York media event Tuesday, in which the only product the company announced was a new and improved Razr, will likely do little to quiet critics, some of whom have called for CEO Edward Zander’s job.
Mr. Meredith, a former CFO with computer maker Dell Inc., took over as Motorola’s CFO in March. He’s been a member of Motorola’s board of directors since 2005.
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By Dave Mock
It's fascinating to watch a company that once ruled a mountain fight to hold its perch on a rapidly eroding molehill. Last week, USA Mobility (Nasdaq: USMO) reported $111.5 million in first-quarter revenue, mostly from a dwindling pool of 3.9 million pager customers. Thanks to strict cost control, however, the company still reported operating income of $21.8 million for the quarter.
It's easy to see what happened to the paging business. With cheap cellular phones and service from providers like Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Alltel (NYSE: AT), and AT&T (NYSE: T), it makes little sense for most consumers to pay for a pager that only sends numbers or text. However, several sectors of business still depend on paging for its reliability. USA Mobility is pursuing industry verticals, particularly health care, that require quick, reliable communications.
The company is also expanding its service offerings, including its reselling agreement with Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S), to provide a total solution to customers beyond various pagers and plans. These solutions are focused on niche applications where paging still may be an important component, but other services are also needed.
While this transformation happens, the company has busily been returning capital to shareholders in terms of a recently announced quarterly dividend and special $1 per-share distribution. Together, the distributions will take $45.1 million off USA Mobility's balance sheet. At this rate, the company will quickly burn through the $80.3 million in cash it had on hand at the end of the quarter.
It remains to be seen whether the company can successfully shift from a horizontal business to a vertically focused one — and whether this new vertical focus will produce enough new growth to return the company to its glory days atop the mountain.
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Forego mobile phone, face ire of friends and colleagues
But trading mobile phone for pager has brought freedom, savings, says prof
A 45-year-old professor, who gave his last name, Lee, threw out his mobile phone in March. Lee, who teaches politics at a private university in South Gyeongsang Province, said, "I didn't want to bind myself to a phone." He bought a pager so that people could keep in touch with him.
Of course, those trying to contact him directly were at first not pleased with Lee’s technological devolution. Whenever he failed to receive a call from or make a call to a friend or a colleague, they asked Lee, "How can you live without a mobile phone?!" Lee also initially felt lonely, his world devoid of the steady ring of his phone.
However, the ‘withdrawal symptoms’ eased in about a month’s time. Life without a mobile phone has let Lee focus on reading books or writing papers. In addition, it has made it easier for him to implement his pledge of not making dinner appointments more than three times a week. He also saves the money that used to go toward mobile phone bills, which had been about 70,000-80,000 won (US$75-85) per month. His pager costs him 8,500 won per month.
"I’m very satisfied because I’m not bound [to the phone] and I save money," Lee said.
The unique minority that chooses not to use a mobile phone, however, continues to decline in membership. According to the Ministry of Information and Communication, the mobile phone using population in South Korea topped 41 million in March - out of a total population of 48.4 million. This marks an increase of 1 million mobile phone users since last November, when the mobile phone population surpassed 40 million. If one were to leave out those under 9 years of age, men serving their mandatory military service term, and prisoners, there is nearly one mobile phone per person.
The number of pager subscribers is also sharply falling. According to Real Telecom, which operates a pager service, the number of subscribers fell to 7,287 this month, compared to 10,157 a year ago.
Asked why there were still pager users in an era of mobile phones, Han Jin-sik, an executive of Real Telecom, echoed phoneless Lee’s sentiments: "Our customers have a sense of aversion to mobile phones and are against being tied down to them."
This dwindling minority of mild Luddites has tried to forge a community, but to little avail: phoneless citizens started an Internet club in March 2004, but despite some 3,300 registered users, there are few visitors to the page.
Source: The Hankyoreh (South Korean Newspaper)
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FEATURE: On the Hot Seat: ActsPower's Jai Bhagat
May 16, 2007
ActsPower's Jai Bhagat
Like many long-time wireless industry pioneers, Jai Bhagat has maintained a steady presence in the industry. The former vice chairman and CEO of nationwide paging firm SkyTel, which was sold to MCI WorldCom in 1999 for $1.6 billion, now spends his days working behind the scenes as chairman of ActsPower Technologies, a San Diego firm that has developed a proprietary antenna technology. ActsPower has an interference cancellation technology that can be integrated into a module and added onto a repeater to improve cell site antenna coverage. FierceWireless editor-in-chief Sue Marek recently spoke with Bhagat about his new venture and about the current state of wireless.
FierceWireless: Tell me about ActsPower. Why did this company appeal to you?
Jai Bhagat: What I have learned as I have traveled from country to country is that I think our industry has done a poor job of solving quality of network issues. In Seoul (South Korea), the government demands better coverage so wireless carriers there are deploying repeaters to fill coverage holes.
The technology that ActsPower has will help the U.S. market. There is a big opportunity in this market. Our product is applicable to WiMAX and WiBRO as well as the public safety market.
FierceWireless: You are a long-time veteran of the wireless industry. What do you think of some of the current trends, such as the explosion of text messaging?
Bhagat: Skytel pioneered two-way messaging but we didn't call it SMS. We actually used SMS language before anyone else did. What you see today as SMS and to a large extent the concept of RIM's Blackberry device is the same concept and idea that we had at Skytel in the mid-90s. But when we sold Skytel to Worldcom they didn't focus on the company and the product. They could have been at the forefront of this.
FierceWireless: You have been active in the wireless broadband arena. In 1999 you founded Air2LAN, which provided wireless broadband access to small and medium companies. What do you think of the latest wireless broadband technologies such as WiMAX?
Bhagat: Time will tell how WiMAX will do. I think the issue isn't going to be technology. How soon will WiMAX be deployed in today's environment? You can't just launch a section of the market and be successful. You have to have a national footprint. How long will it take for WiMAX carriers to have a national footprint?
I was the first chairman of AMSC [American Mobile Satellite Corp.] and at one time it looked like it had real potential. But it took us a long time to get a license from the FCC and a long time to launch the satellite. By the time we launched the service, it was too late. We had planned to provide coverage in areas where there were gaps in terrestrial cellular networks but by the time we launched there were few gaps in the cellular network.
FierceWireless: What's the next step for ActsPower?
Bhagat: We have a contract with one manufacturer. Unfortunately I can't release that name right now. But this manufacturer is going to implement our design and use our intellectual property. We are going to work with other manufacturers to get it implemented as well.
FierceWireless: Do you still have contacts in the industry that can help ActsPower get traction in the market?
Bhagat: Since Skytel sold in 1999 I've stayed active in the industry with several companies. Besides Air2LAN, I've also been involved with firms such as AccessTel and JP Mobile in Dallas. So yes, I still keep in contact with many people.
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Program could be used for everything from disasters to restaurant food poisonings
By Steve Geissinger, MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU
SACRAMENTO — The public's love affair with cell phones could save lives come anything from natural disasters to restaurant food poisonings under an alert system state officials expect to launch in 12 to 14 months.
With Bay Area officials leading the way, warnings about threats ranging from campus massacres, road calamities, wildfires and quake aftermaths to terrorist attacks, floods and tsunamis will come over cell phones.
Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who sits on the state Emergency Council, told lawmakers at an information-gathering hearing that California is working alongside U.S. agencies that are developing a federal alert system via cell phone but is ready to proceed without them.
"If history is an indicator, the federal government will not act as quickly as we can in California," said Garamendi, who served in the Clinton administration.
He said the urgency of the situation dictates California should "continue to move forward on establishing this system now."
With utility regulators' backing and no legislation required, authorities are planning to use cell phone towers to broadcast tone and text warnings of imminent dangers to all cell phones and Blackberry-type devices in a specific zone. For example, the phone would emit a sound unlike the usual ring followed by a written message appearing on the screen.
"The system also could even be used to alert people after they had been at a site," said Art Botterell of the Contra Costa County sheriff's warning office. "If someone was at a restaurant yesterday and now we have a health issue, we could actually send a message just because they were there in the past."
Officials said the alert system would not invade citizens' privacy, since it would be a mass message sent out to all those phones that had been served by a particular communications relay tower near a danger zone, without regard to who owns the phones.
The state's emergency panel has set no exact date for the operation to start as it meets with Public Utilities Commission representatives, state homeland security agents and emergency services officials, as well as cell-phone providers — who would automatically broadcast the warning to customers.
"But I have confidence the cell-phone warning system could be in place in 12 months to 14 months," said Henry Renteria, director of the governor's Office of Emergency Services.
He told lawmakers at the Senate government organization committee meeting that the new cell-alert system would be added to a handful of other public warning tools, including the Emergency Broadcast System, National Weather Service bulletins, and the Amber Alert System.
Emergency notifications must include instructions — usually to avoid an area or to shelter in place, officials said. At the same time, authorities want to avoid mass hysteria.
But Botterell said studies have shown the public is less panicky than believed and usually looks for second verifications of warnings.
There's no "single magic bullet," Botterell said.
The overlapping systems currently in place or under consideration in Contra Costa County — including Reverse 911 — therefore are an important aid, he said.
While boasting that Contra Costa County already has "the most advanced, integrated, comprehensive, all-hazard warning system in the state," he acknowledged that "cell alerting is important" and added that the area has been "actively experimenting with that."
In viewing the state overall, Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, said lawmakers are concerned about communication gaps between first responders and that with the cell-phone alert system, the public might even get word first.
State emergency officials said they are working with local government agencies to address the longtime problems of:
Sen. Dean Florez, the Fresno-area Democrat who chairs the Senate government organization committee, said campuses "have traditionally been open and accessible."
But, Florez said, "It is critical that we balance this openness with the need to protect our students and staff."
Source: InsideBayArea.com Tri-Valley Herald (Thanks to Aaron D. Osgood of Streamline Solutions)
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Washington Is First State To Ban DWT — “Driving While Texting”
The New York Times reports that Washington has become the first state to prohibit “driving while texting” (DWT)—i.e., using a cellphone, BlackBerry, or other mobile device to send text messages, and that New Jersey may be next on the list to enact a similar law.
Many states have already passed laws banning the use of “voice” cell phone conversations while operating a motor vehicle, although some have made allowances for hands-free devices. With DWT, however, there does not seem to be an alternative.
The Washington DWT law calls for a fine of $101. But the crime is a secondary offense, meaning a driver must be pulled over for some more grievous infraction, according to the New York Times. In New Jersey, the proposed fine would be $250.
According to the Times, approximately 158 billion messages were sent in the United States last year, up 95% percent from 2005. The Times says there is no data on how many are typed or read by drivers, or how often the activity leads to collisions.
Although there is opposition to such legislation in some quarters, clients should include warnings in their educational cellphone safety programs that DWT, like driving while talking on a cellphone is not a safe practice.
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To: The Commission, en banc
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS (AAPC), by its attorney, respectfully submits its comments to the Federal Communications Commission in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), FCC 07-55, released April 18, 2007 and published at 72 Fed. Reg. 24213 (May 2, 2007). AAPC agrees that retaining the previous fee of $0.08 per unit for CMRS Messaging Service is appropriate, as proposed in the NPRM, and respectfully submits that it is the minimum action the Commission should take in compliance with Section 9 of the Communications Act.
As its comments in response to the NPRM, AAPC respectfully states:
In this proceeding the Commission seeks to establish the schedule of regulatory fees for FY 2007 so as to recover a minimum of $290,295,160 as mandated by Congress. In relevant part, the Commission proposes to maintain the CMRS Messaging fee at $0.08 per unit, the level initially established for FY 2002, and solicits comments on the proposal. (NPRM at ¶2).
AAPC is the national trade association representing the interests of paging carriers throughout the United States. AAPC’s members include a majority of the nationwide paging operators licensed under Parts 22, 24 and 90 of the Commission’s rules; a representative cross section of operators of regional and local paging systems licensed by the Commission; as well as equipment suppliers and other vendors to the carrier industry. Paging services are classified as CMRS Messaging services for purposes of the Commission’s schedule of regulatory fees; thus, the issue raised in ¶2 of the NPRM directly affects AAPC’s members.
With respect to the proposal to maintain the CMRS Messaging fee at $0.08 per unit, AAPC believes that holding the line at previous levels is the minimum appropriate action the Commission should take under the principles set forth in Section 9 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. §159. Section 9(b)(1) requires the Commission to “determin[e] the full-time equivalent number of employees performing [fee-recoverable] activities . . . , adjusted to take into account factors that are reasonably related to the benefits provided to the payor of the fee by the Commission’s activities”.
In FY 2002, when the Commission increased the CMRS Messaging fee from $0.05 per unit to $0.08 per unit over the objection of the paging industry, Commissioner Copps pointed out in his concurring statement:
In 2003 the Commission decided to maintain the CMRS Messaging fee at the FY 2002 level based on “unique circumstances” applicable to the paging industry, 2 noting that “The Commission is completing design work on a new cost accounting system. As part of this process, we are evaluating methodologies for capturing data relevant to the regulatory fee setting process.”3 To date the Commission has not, however, altered its methodology for annual revisions to the regulatory fee schedule; and the “unique circumstances” applicable to the paging industry in 2003 still prevail. Under these circumstances, absent the Commission determining whether the fee for the paging industry properly should be reduced, as the industry believes it should, AAPC submits that maintaining the fee at the existing level is the minimum reasonable and appropriate action the Commission should take this year.
Accordingly, for the reasons stated above, the American Association of Paging Carriers respectfully urges the Commission to maintain the CMRS Messaging fee at $0.08 per unit, as proposed in ¶2 of the NPRM.
1 Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2002 (Report and Order), 17 FCC Rcd 13202 (FCC 2002) (concurring statement of Commissioner Copps).
2 Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2003 (Report and Order), 18 FCC Rcd 15985, 15992 at ¶¶21-22 (FCC 2003).
3 Id. at ¶21 & n. 31.
Source: American Association of Paging Carriers
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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.
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.
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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Daimler Chrysler Places Second Order for Nighthawk Systems Units
SAN ANTONIO, TX — 5/15/07- Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power management and emergency notification solutions, announced today that it has received a second order for customized wireless power control units to be used by DaimlerChrysler to control the venting of heat in their Trenton, Michigan engine plant. Nighthawk announced that they had received an initial order for units in March of this year. The 2.1 million square feet plant covers 136 acres and contains hundreds of exhaust fans that control the venting of heat from the plant. Nighthawk developed custom units to allow DaimlerChrysler to wirelessly control the exhaust fans from almost anywhere inside or outside of the plant.
The Nighthawk units will eliminate expensive wiring costs for DaimlerChrysler, and will enable plant officials to turn on and off the fans remotely in order to balance the amount of heat exiting the plant. This allows DaimlerChrysler to better manage the environment within the plant based on external factors such as weather as well as on internal factors, such as lighter product loads during holiday schedules. American Messaging, with facilities on site in Trenton, will provide the wireless access for the application.
H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I’m extremely pleased to receive this follow up order for DaimlerChrysler, and hope to continue assisting them with their automation needs in Trenton and elsewhere. We also hope to leverage this opportunity into other industrial applications down the road.”
In September 2006, Nighthawk announced that they and American Messaging had agreed to join forces to provide telemetry solutions to enterprise customers utilizing American Messaging’s wireless network. American Messaging is the second largest paging company in the United States with approximately 1.5 million customers, providing network coverage in 98 of the top 100 markets and in all 50 states.
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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.
TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $ 500.00 (for your system) a month.
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From: Barry Kanne
Subject: Dave Joyner, long time manufacturers representative
Date: May 11, 2007 9:27:04 PM CDT
David Joyner — Deceased
David Joyner of Daytona Beach, Florida formerly of Dunwoody, GA died suddenly Tuesday, May 8, 2007.Dave was born in Asheville, NC and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife Linda relocated to a Fly-in community in Daytona Beach about 15 years ago to pursue his love of flying. Dave was active in the industrial and consumer electronics industry for over 45 years participating as a venture capitalist and operating a manufacturers representative firm. He was a graduate of Kentucky Military Institute and attended Georgia Tech. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Joyner, son Bruce Joyner of Roswell, GA, daughter Paige Joyner of Sandy Springs, GA, a large and loving extended family and many caring friends.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Halifax Humane Society at 2364 W. LPGA Blvd. Daytona Beach, 32124 or the American Heart Association.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 5/10/2007.
Subject: Glenayre GL3000-S off-the-air
Date: May 15, 2007 10:43:08 PM CDT
Thank you for your great help to us. Your friend Bowden [Vaughan Bowden of Easy Solutions] also sent me mails and support.
Finally, We connected GL 3000S to Motorola PURC 5000 Directly and changed some setting , MMS is OK.
At this time We are Happy. System is up and running.
Thanks for you and your Friend Bowden.
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