|FRIDAY - JULY 27, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 271|
Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,
There was considerable interest in last week's report on the PAD (Personal Annunciation Device) developed by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). A short description of the PAD from their web site follows. There are also some links to more information about licensing this technology for commercial use. Also anyone wanting me to help with this process is welcome to send me an e-mail so we can discuss this possibility. Please send me more comments about this product. I am very interested in your views of the commercial viability of the PAD. I think it has the potential to catch-on, like the "Post-it® Note."
This week, another reader asked for details about how many people read this newsletter. As most of you know, the Public-US Subscriber Paging Industry has dropped from a high of approximately 45 million subscribers in 1999 to approximately 6 million now. Naturally readers of this newsletter have decreased by a corresponding amount. Unfortunately the advertising has decreased as well. Some of this decrease has been political and malicious — the rest of it was the natural result of our industry's decline.
My usual response is to say something like this:
If that sounds like I am trying to vague — it is not meant to. Since I would really like to get more advertising to replace recent losses, I am publishing a very detailed report — immediately following — on my website traffic during the 07/17/2007 to 07/23/2007 time period (last week). You may have heard people talking about how many "hits" certain web sites get, but this is misleading since hits include every graphic on a web page as well as the text itself. This page, for example, would register 80-some hits when you read it.
A much better indicator is "sessions" which are "a series of hits to a web site over a specific period of time by one visitor." The following report from Urchin Software (a Google company) shows 5,631 sessions in the one week of the analysis. So I think this is a good number, considering the current state of the wireless messaging industry. I am certain that most of our industry's decision makers read it regularly,
Several companies have told me that they want to expand their advertising or begin advertising here. Now would be a good time to do just that. All you have to do is send me the text that you want to include and a graphic or two, and I will be happy to work up a draft advertisement for your approval.
Now on to more news and views.
A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.
There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers—so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.
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WWW.BradDye.com Traffic Study
|Report: Summary - braddye.com|
|Date Range: 07/17/2007 - 07/23/2007|
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|Average Sessions Per Day:||804.43|
|Average Pageviews Per Day:||1,091.14|
|Average Hits Per Day:||16,324.86|
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|Average Pageviews Per Session:||1.36|
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|Average Length of Session:||00:03:28|
|Summary:||The Summary shows totals and averages for Sessions, Pageviews, Hits, and Bytes for the currently selected Date Range. Visitors information is not shown here because it is only available when UTM visitor tracking is employed.|
|Session:||A series of Hits to your site over a specific period of time by one visitor.|
|Hit:||Any successful request to a webserver from a visitor's browser.|
|Bytes:||The quantity of network bandwidth used by the files requested during the selected Date Range.|
|Note:||Because Bytes numbers can be very large, abbreviations are used as appropriate, such as MB for megabytes (~millions of bytes). The average length of Session is displayed as hours:minutes:seconds.|
|Urchin 5 © 2004 Urchin Software Corporation|
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APCO is the world’s largest organization dedicated to public safety communications, their members consist of emergency call centers, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, fire departments, forestry services, and others who work with communications systems that safeguard the world’s citizens. AAPC will be sharing a booth with one of our vendor members, Critical Response Systems to help promote the benefits of utilizing paging technology to this targeted audience.
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What might have been
The Nortel team that designed it more than a decade ago says their machine could have become a combination BlackBerry/iPhone, if a lot of things had gone right. They did not. Associate Business editor James Bagnall examines the strange tale of the Orbitor that never achieved liftoff.
The Ottawa Citizen
Thirteen years ago — an eon in high-tech terms — a small group of psychologists, industrial designers and engineers invented the future at Nortel. The result can be seen today in a stunning 18-inch by 24-inch photo that hangs on the home office wall of John Tyson, the man who ran Nortel's Corporate Design Group for many years.
The image is a highly stylized, eerie evocation of Apple's more recent ads. Inside the frame, a female model holds a working prototype of a phone that slides out to produce a full keyboard and a large screen. Touching different parts of the device with a stylus or finger transforms the device into a pager, voice mailbox, wireless phone or fax machine.
The device was called Orbitor and had Nortel played things differently, it could have engineered a brilliant exit from the great telecom crash of 2001.
Instead, a pair of high-tech icons — California-based Apple and Research in Motion of Waterloo, Ont. — exploited the opportunities that Nortel and so many others missed.
They are now establishing just how valuable the franchises are. Paced by sales of the iPod (music downloads) and the iPhone (wireless Internet phone), Apple has seen its market value surge nearly 160 per cent from a year ago to $121 billion (all figures U.S.) At the same time, RIM is riding a surge in popularity for its BlackBerry devices -- which make possible e-mail on the go. The company's share price has soared 264 per cent from a year ago, giving it a market capitalization of almost $44 billion.
In sharp contrast, Nortel's one-year return has been a relatively pedestrian 18 per cent, for a market value of $11 billion.
The question of how Nortel missed the mark fascinates because there is no doubt among the Orbitor's designers that they had the smarts to beat Apple in particular to the iPhone.
"Yes, absolutely!" Mr. Tyson said in response to a query about whether Nortel could have managed the trick. Certainly the technical and design talent was there.
Consider, for instance, the experience of Don Lindsay who developed the Orbitor's user interface — the combination of software and design that makes the device easy to use.
Mr. Lindsay, a protege of Mr. Tyson, left Nortel in 1994 to join Apple. There, he hired the team that created the Macintosh computer's OS X operating system. Although Mr. Lindsay now works at Microsoft, where he run a design group at Microsoft Live Labs, his influence at Apple would remain profound. His OS X team created the user interface for the iPhone.
Of course, the same group might not have produced a similar product within Nortel, where the R&D culture revolves around the heavy-duty technology that lies at the core of large communications networks.
However, Ken Blakeslee, the former vice-president of business development who led the Orbitor project, recently shed light on just how close Nortel came to selling the Orbitor concept to one of Europe's biggest cellular phone operators.
"We had 80 finished units going into market and service delivery trials with CellNet (now O2 Telefonica) in 1998," noted Mr. Blakesee, who advises wireless carriers through his British-based consulting firm WebMobility Ventures.
"We were so close to bringing (Orbitor) to life," he said.
What happened? The short answer is that Nortel's top brass briefly considered the enormous risks involved and took a pass.
A host of factors went into this decision, not least of which was the company's relative inexperience with wireless technology and consumer electronics. Nortel acquired much of the wireless know-how for Orbitor through its 1992 purchase of a stake in France-based Matra. But this investment was aimed more at acquiring the wireless technology that drives GSM-standard networks -- and not the consumer-style electronics typical of mobile handsets that link to the networks.
"We simply could not design and manufacture cost competitive (handsets)," former CEO John Roth noted this week in response an e-mail. "Nortel's circuit design skills were in large systems and not in consumer products." The wireless services industry was also in a state of flux in the late 1990s. There were three prevailing technical standards for wireless networks (TDMA, GSM and CDMA) and the industry was moving rapidly to third-generation systems that offered higher speeds.
Finland-based Nokia and Chicago-based Motorola were generally considered the favorites to win in the transition. Nokia has a superlative logistics system, along with the ability to design attractive, low-cost handsets. Motorola at the time had the advantage of manufacturing its own semiconductors, which also contributed to lower cost phones.
Mr. Tyson noted that Nortel faced an additional problem. Its engineers at the time were used to designing products that had a life expectancy of five years or more. With Orbitor, they would have to create fresh models every 18 months — even faster later on. This would demand another level of productivity from the designers.
Even so, the decision to build the initial Orbitor prototype was fairly easy.
"You can do wonders with temporary tools to create prototypes for customer trials," said Mr. Tyson. "The key, though, is to commit tens of millions of dollars to go to high-volume manufacturing." The Orbitor group was forced to fight other units within Nortel for these kinds of resources.
And it lost.
It had taken nearly four years to move from concept to customer trials early in 1998. Then followed a period of hiatus as Nortel considered whether to move to the next stage and begin high-volume manufacturing.
Finally, in 2001, as the telecom crash got underway, Nortel killed the entire 120-strong Corporate Design Group — the unit that concerned itself with ergonomics and designs that appealed to the eye and hand (as distinct from Nortel's thousands of electronic engineers and network design specialists).
For senior Nortel managers, killing the group was an easy call. The company was losing buckets of money and the group was not contributing to the revenues. It was a matter of survival. Mr. Tyson, who had retired in 2000, believes it was a false economy.
"They really underestimated the value of the unit," he said.
The reason: The Group came as close to anything else within Nortel to replicating the freewheeling design culture at Apple — perhaps because Mr. Tyson's charges spent their days tweaking devices used by consumers, not telephone engineers.
No doubt, Nortel's executives saw in Nokia's dominance in the field of wireless handsets confirmation of their decision not to back Orbitor.
Yet, that's only part of the story. Nokia, after all, simply stuck to its strengths. There was plenty of room, it turned out, in a couple of very lucrative new niches.
Had Nortel committed to Orbitor, there's no telling what direction the design effort might have gone. Nortel, an early pioneer in the use of e-mail in its internal communications, could have challenged Research in Motion. And Mr. Roth's company certainly had enough time to produce an iPhone to rival that of Apple.
In fact, it's worth examining the state of RIM and Apple in 2001, the year Nortel killed its Corporate Design Group, along with Orbitor.
RIM, for instance, had very little heft in 2001 when it posted sales of just $221 million — while Nortel the same year recorded a lofty $17.5 billion in revenues.
RIM was completely focused on wireless data technology, and growing swiftly. Nevertheless, it remained vulnerable. Company prospects stalled in fiscal 2003 and RIM co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie would spend the next few years persuading the planet's biggest carriers to equip themselves with BlackBerry servers. This is what laid the groundwork for RIM's recent explosion in new sales.
At Apple, the prospects actually looked bleak in 2001. Company revenues had sunk to $5.4 billion — the lowest since the late 1980s and only half the level of 1995. But 2001 also marked the debut of the iPod. This is the music carrying device that last year for the first time accounted for more revenues at Apple than the sale of computers.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs followed this coup last month with the introduction of the iPhone, further pushing the company into the realm of consumer electronics.
It is far from clear that the iPhone will be a commercial success. The design is undeniably beautiful but it works so far only on AT&T's network. But that's the thing about Apple — you can be sure its technocrats are resolving the issue of coverage even as the firm's overactive design group is coming up with fresh models.
Apple saw an opportunity and went for it, fully confident in the ability of its designers to measure up.
When Nortel closed Mr. Tyson's design group in 2001, it stuck to what it knew best — the complex networks that allow the BlackBerry and iPhone to function. Nortel has been a player in the industry long enough to appreciate this may yet prove to be the right call. It's just difficult to believe amid the noise generated by a pair of firms that were mere pipsqueaks when Nortel got out of their way.
© The Ottawa Citizen 2007
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The invention is described as both the means to provide alternate notification and the ability to receive the notification in security areas. The means to provide notification is made by interfacing the detection signals that are represented in an alarm panel or Emergency Notification System SCADA by a Remote Terminal Unit to a paging terminal. The means to receive the signal is accomplished through the PAD receivers.
The ability to provide remote receive-only emergency notification independent of detection circuitry for accident condition located through out a specified area Ability to provide and recognize highly reliable coded signal to a receiver (one test, one alarm) from a multiplicity of fixed detection locations. Ability to provide automatic power on/off to PAD receivers by Active RFID as an individual enters and leaves the required areas through a portal system. Ability to provide a robust receiver with no external controls, buttons or pre-select capability that could defeat system. Ability to provide uniform non-defeating alarm for same alert condition. Ability to provide automatic and redundant self-checking, low battery, low signal alternating tone. Ability to provide notification of event in specific areas. Ability to provide a wireless transmission either directly or indirectly with detection instrumentation to transmission protocols. Ability to provide an alternate notification scheme. Ability to be integrated into a personal identification badge.
The ability to provide immediate alert notification in specific areas where receivers are energized.
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Microsoft Authorizes Cutting-Edge Wi-Fi Technology Licensing Agreement for Companies and Entrepreneurs that Want to Tap the Billion Dollar Wi-Fi Marketplace
7/26/07 — To spur commercial development of two mature Wi-Fi technologies invented by its Networking Research Group, Microsoft is now offering intellectual property (IP) licenses to entrepreneurial-spirited companies capable of deploying them as viable products or services for the billion-dollar-plus Wi-Fi marketplace.
"Intellectual property generated by Microsoft can turn into opportunities for others," says Louis Carbonneau, General Manager for the IP Licensing Group at Microsoft. "Our research labs generate more IP than our product groups can absorb."
"Right now, our goal is to see our new Wi-Fi technologies around RTLS and hot spots deployed as great new products or services for businesses or consumers. Companies that license our IP have fabulous new opportunities to gain access to best of breed IP and the cachet of deploying technologies coming out of our renowned Microsoft Research Labs. We can help companies enter new markets or expand current lines of business," adds Carbonneau.
The following two Wi-Fi technologies have enormous commercial potential as they both sit squarely in two very fast-growth markets.
First, RADAR—an indoor real-time location system (RTLS) that's optimized for Wi-Fi but can be used in any wireless network—can be deployed to guide people through large buildings, to keep track of unauthorized individuals within a high-security environment, and to locate equipment within large premises.
Cost effectiveness is one of this technology's chief selling points. The WLAN infrastructure that already exists inside many businesses can be used to support RADAR. In general, since RADAR is completely software-based and uses existing wireless access points (APs), there are no new hardware installation requirements.
While a user with a Wi-Fi enabled device wanders through a building that supports a wireless RF LAN, the signal strengths that the device measures from the building's wireless APs vary depending on its location. RADAR measures signal strength at the receiver and transmitter.
RADAR's precision in RF profiling serves to map out environmental objects and different signal strengths throughout the indoor area. This capability rests on two breakthroughs by Microsoft researchers: the first involves the use of advanced algorithms that can locate a wireless device to within one-and-a-half meter; and the second involves the newly created system called LOCADIO, which uses probabilistic modeling to overcome noise distortion when measuring Wi-Fi signals so that the final location answer is more accurate.
LOCADIO also takes account of a motion model to make RADAR cognizant of walking speeds, and it creates a model of feasible paths within a floor plan, since people don't walk through walls. These two models work together to calculate the data so that it makes sense. For example, it may look like the user followed a feasible path, but the speed that the user is traveling at may look unreasonable. Under this scenario, RADAR will make appropriate adjustments to improve the final calculations to determine the precise location.
Of course, RADAR does an excellent job of locating fixed assets as well. Microsoft's licensing package for RADAR includes software code, documentation, know how and close to 40 U.S. and International patents, both issued and pending.
Second, CHOICE—a Wi-Fi network system that is also available for Microsoft IP licensing—can be leveraged by the licensee to deploy a new wireless "hot spot" service or to augment an existing Wi-Fi deployment.
Because this network access system allows different service providers to offer separate and concurrent services to the same user, CHOICE's flexibility differentiates it from its competitors.
The CHOICE system consists of five key technologies:
Microsoft's licensing package for CHOICE includes software code, documentation, know how and around 10 U.S. patents, most of which issued and some of which are considered to be fundamental in that space.
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This unique system is simple to use. When a guest is ready to order, they just press a button on the unit and it instantly sends a silent page to a server wearing an LRS alphanumeric pager. Using silent paging eliminates disruptive overhead paging so guests can relax. A message on the alphanumeric pager lets the server know exactly where the guest is sitting so they can serve them faster.
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Two Carriers Hit With $100K Fines For CPNI Violations
The FCC has proposed $100,000 fines against two carriers for violating its Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has been investigating the adequacy of procedures implemented by telecommunications carriers to ensure confidentiality of their subscribers’ CPNI, based on concerns regarding the apparent availability to third parties of sensitive, personal subscriber information. For example, some companies, known as “data brokers,” have advertised the availability of records of wireless subscribers’ incoming and outgoing telephone calls for a fee. Data brokers have also advertised the availability of call information that relates to certain landline toll calls.
As part of its investigation, the Enforcement Bureau sent letters of inquiry to Mechanicsville Telephone Company last December, and to Audio-Video Corporation d/b/a/ A- 1 Communications last January, requesting CPNI compliance certificates for the past five years.
On December 14, 2006, Mechanicsville Telephone provided a three-page document executed by a Mechanicsville Telephone Company general manager on December 14, 2006. The document states that the general manager is not able to locate the 47 C.F.R. 2009(e) compliance certificate for 2005 and that Mechanicsville Telephone did not prepare compliance certificates for the years 2001-2004. Further, Mechanicsville Telephone asserts that it was not aware that a compliance certificate was necessary if it did not use CPNI. However, the FCC found that Mechanicsville Telephone, as a local exchange carrier, clearly receives and possesses CPNI, as defined in section 222 and the Commission’s rules. Thus, Mechanicsville Telephone is obligated to implement procedures to protect its customers’ CPNI, regardless of whether it uses that CPNI for marketing purposes. The FCC concluded that Mechanicsville Telephone failed to comply with CPNI rules, and proposed a forfeiture in the amount of $100,000.
Similarly, on January 5, 2007, Audio-Video submitted its response to the Enforcement Bureau’s letter of inquiry. The response includes a general certification of CPNI compliance for each of the last five years. The document, however, does not contain a statement by an officer “that the officer has personal knowledge that [Audio- Video] has established operating procedures that are adequate to ensure compliance with the [CPNI] rules…” The FCC concluded the Audio-Video failed to comply with the Commission’s CPNI rules, and proposed a forfeiture in the amount of $100,000.
We would like to remind clients that they can now order BloostonLaw’s updated Model CPNI Compliance Certification, and a template for the CPNI Compliance Statement that must be attached to it, to comply with new rules recently adopted by the FCC. The new rules will become effective later this year or early next year.
Please note that the Model CPNI Compliance Certification may be completed for each telecommunications carrier, or for a group of affiliated telecommunications carriers that all follow the same CPNI procedures. Likewise, the CPNI Compliance Statement is a template that should be modified to specify the exact procedures followed by a telecommunications carrier or group of affiliated telecommunications carriers.
CLIENTS SHOULD CONTACT US FOR THESE MODELS AND USE THEM TO COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATE PAPERWORK FOR THIS YEAR, AND FOR EACH SUCCEEDING YEAR GOING FORWARD.
Please note that the completed CPNI Compliance Certification and CPNI Compliance Statement must now be filed annually with the FCC, and also must be placed in a company file where they can be accessed if needed. We will be glad to help our clients to file the certification and obtain a proof-of-filing copy, once the deadline is announced. As noted above, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau continues to fine carriers for not correctly complying with the CPNI Compliance Certification process, so it is important that this requirement be followed to the letter.
SENATE COMMERCE PANEL APPROVES SAME NUMBER ACT: The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has approved legislation to expand number portability rules sponsored by Committee Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). The Same Number Act of 2007 (S. 1769) would assist consumers who seek to keep the same phone number when switching between voice service providers. S.1769 would expedite the number portability process and ensure that it covers all voice services in order to help consumers take advantage of less expensive and innovative choices. The Same Number Act of 2007 would specifically: (1) direct the FCC to establish porting timelines for different classes of number portability [there are some technical differences depending on the type of provider (wireline vs. wireless) and how many services (voice, data, and video) are being ported]; (2) establish data exchange requirements for each class of number portability; and (3) require annual reports for the first five years from providers so that any needed changes or adjustments can be made. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.
SPRINT NEXTEL, CLEARWIRE TO LAUNCH NATIONWIDE WIMAX NETWORK: Sprint Nextel and Clearwire announced that they plan to jointly construct the first nationwide mobile broadband network using WiMAX technology, and promote the global development of WiMAX-based services. The planned arrangement, which is set out in a letter of intent, is expected to provide broad benefits to consumers, businesses, educators, the Federal government and public safety users by fostering quicker, broader and more efficient deployment of a mobile WiMAX broadband network than either company could accomplish on its own. The WiMAX network is being designed to deliver mobile broadband services in urban, suburban and rural markets, and enable significantly greater depth and breadth of services. The arrangement also is expected to enable each company to increase capital efficiency and reduce overall network development and operating costs. Sprint Nextel and Clearwire expect to build their respective portions of the nationwide network, and enable roaming between the respective territories. The companies also will work jointly on product and service evolution, shared infrastructure, branding, marketing and distribution. Additionally, the companies intend to exchange selected 2.5 GHz spectrum in order to optimize build-out, development and operation of the network. The arrangement is subject to the execution of definitive agreements, which are expected to be finalized within the next 60 days. It is also subject to review by the Department of Justice, and approval of spectrum license assignments and transfers by the FCC. Sprint Nextel and Clearwire intend to provide consumers, businesses and distributors across the country with access to the open Internet over a robust wireless broadband network that is being designed to deliver comparable speeds to existing wireline broadband services and offer maximum customer flexibility. Additionally, the Federal government and public safety agencies, which rely heavily on wireless networks during times of crisis, are expected to benefit from the mobility afforded through the WiMAX network to access their Internet-based communications, applications and content. Under the network build-out plan, Sprint Nextel will focus its efforts primarily on geographic areas covering approximately 185 million people, including 75 percent of the people located in the 50 largest markets, while Clearwire will focus on areas covering approximately 115 million people. Initially, the two companies expect to build out network coverage to approximately 100 million people by the end of 2008, with seamless roaming enabled between the deployed areas. The arrangement also will provide for the exchange of spectrum between Sprint Nextel and Clearwire to enable each company to build out its portion of the network and to enhance service in its build-out territory, as well as for the exchange of other assets associated with this spectrum. In addition, Clearwire will have the ability to utilize certain Sprint Nextel infrastructure. Sprint Nextel and Clearwire will market mobile WiMAX services under a common service brand, and Clearwire will offer mobile WiMAX services in Clearwire's territories through Sprint Nextel's retail stores, and through its own distribution channels. Both companies will provide seamless reciprocal roaming service to each others' WiMAX customers, and Sprint Nextel plans to provide dual-mode (CDMA-WiMAX) services nationwide to its customers over both its own and Clearwire's portion of the WiMAX networks. Sprint Nextel will take the lead in establishing relationships with national distributors and other potential strategic partners, including wholesale or mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) arrangements. Clearwire will have the ability to offer Sprint Nextel's third generation voice and data services as part of a bundle or on a stand-alone basis to Clearwire's customers, which will also allow Clearwire to provide dual-mode services to its customers. The initial term of the arrangement is 20 years, with three 10-year renewal periods. Sprint Nextel expects to commence the initial stage of its mobile WiMAX network deployments by year-end 2007 and both companies expect to launch commercial service in the first half of 2008. The companies individually are working with a broad range of manufacturers including Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and others to create an ecosystem of chips, products and software designed to provide mobile WiMAX access.
VoIP PROVIDER SunRocket SUDDENLY SHUTS DOWN OPERATIONS: SunRocket, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider based in Vienna, Virginia, with some 220,000 customers, shut down its operations last week in what appears to be a “business collapse.” A notice posted on the company’s Web site states: “After significant effort by the Company to avoid this result, SunRocket is in the process of discontinuing its operations as you know it. Therefore SunRocket will no longer be able to provide its customers with the phone service that its customers have been accustomed to.” SunRocket has found two other service providers— TeleBlend and 8x8—to pick up its customers. “Both providers have agreed to become preferred providers with special pricing for the SunRocket customers to enable them to migrate their telephone service. Of course, there are other providers and each individual customer can make their own decision as to which carrier they wish to transition to,” SunRocket says on its Web site. “Creditors to SunRocket will receive a notice within the next 30 days in regards to the general assignment and for the filing of claims in the liquidation process of SunRocket.” As the New York Times reported, the SunRocket collapse comes as small Internet phone companies are struggling but as the broader industry is enjoying explosive growth. At the end of March, the Time said, there were 10.8 million Internet phone subscribers in the United States, nearly double the 5.7 million a year earlier, according to TeleGeography Research, a market research firm. But cable companies are enjoying the biggest growth in the market. In the first quarter of this year they added 1.1 million subscribers, compared with 255,000 by start-up companies. The biggest stand-alone provider is Vonage, which has about 2.4 million subscribers, but it has faced its own challenges, and a steadily falling stock price, in the face of marketing pressure by the deep-pocketed cable companies. SunRocket’s CEO is Lisa Hook, who was the legal adviser to former FCC Chairman Dennis Patrick from 1987-1989.
Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
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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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Abstract of Proposed Presentation
Las Vegas, Nevada — February 27-29, 2008
The Radio Paging Advantage In Public Safety Applications
Numerous individuals have observed that paging worked well during the 9/11 disasters in New York City and Washington DC as well as during the three hurricanes that hit central Florida in 2004 and the Katrina/Rita emergencies in the Gulf Coast in 2005. Generally, it is acknowledged, paging, particularly two-way paging using the ReFLEX protocol, outperformed virtually all other forms of communication during these urgent situations.
This session will describe the characteristics that allow radio paging to optimize functionality, cost effectiveness and freedom from service interruption. Particular attention will be focused on the ReFLEX Two-Way paging protocol and the presentation will take account of:
Ronald H. Mercer
Ron Mercer, Founder and President of Global Fax Network Services Inc., (Global) is a pioneer in telecommunications engineering with more than 40 years of executive-level experience in both wire line and wireless telecommunications. Under his leadership, Global has grown from a start-up venture in 1993 to a respected consulting firm serving major organizations in the telecommunications industry.
At Global, Mr. Mercer has consulted with a number of leading wireless companies, provided expert witness testimony in several legal actions, obtained FCC Type Acceptance for new equipment designs and co-authored the CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement) standard for radio paging. He experience with the various protocols involved in both wire line and wireless telecommunications (CDMA, GSM, TAP, TNPP, Golay, FLEX, POCSAG, ReFLEX, T1/T3, SS7 etc.) has been widely recognized within the industry.
Prior to establishing Global, Mr. Mercer founded and was President of Kerygma Technologies Inc. where he developed and marketed equipment which integrated voice, fax and email technologies to create a suite of “Store & Forward” services today known as “Unified Messaging.” At Kerygma, Mr. Mercer was responsible for general corporate management including overall system design, capital and operating budget preparation and execution, vendor negotiations, documentation, major account interface and advertising. He also received recognition from the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled “Leading the Charge in the Voice/Fax Messaging Field.”
Previously, he was co-founder and President of Spectrum Communications & Electronics Inc. (SCE) which developed and marketed radio paging, telephone answering service, voice mail and cellular telephone infrastructure equipment worldwide. At SCE, he focused on the international marketplace and achieved major sales in France, Kuwait, England, Spain, The UAE, Taiwan, Norway, Sweden and Korea as well as in the USA and Canada. He also managed a staff of up to 150 members including engineering, technical support, financial and general management personnel. Mr. Mercer prepared business plans and presented these to members of the international financial community (“Road Shows”) in pursuit of $100 M public financing.
Prior to SCE, Mr. Mercer founded and managed Acme Devices Inc. which developed and marketed radio paging infrastructure equipment throughout the USA and Canada. At Acme Devices, he was directly responsible for system and circuit design, technical documentation as well as advertising, marketing and sales.
Mr. Mercer started his career in telecommunications at Bell Canada where he gained extensive experience with a variety of PABX, Central Office and other wire line telephone systems. At Bell Canada, he designed and received US and Canadian patents covering “Dial Access” radio paging systems. He was also involved in the development of several “pre-cellular era” wireless mobile telephone systems.
Mr. Mercer received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Montreal Technical Institute in Montreal Canada. He has been an active member of the IEEE for many years and currently is a member of several technical committees within the wireless industry (AAPC, PTC One-Way Paging and PTC Two-Way paging committees, Voicemail Users Association, etc.)
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From: PageOne Comm firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: July 21, 2007 2:17:43 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: The Newsletter
July 21, 2007
I just wanted to tell you your newsletter is wonderful resource to the paging industry. We have a rural paging system covering areas that others can't or don't on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
We have found numerous contacts and information thru the newsletter.
I think your new Pagerman Logo is a GREAT idea. I wanted to ask your permission to use the logo on some of our paperwork as I think he says it all. If there is a problem with using it or you do not want us to, please get back to us.
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