|FRIDAY - APRIL 6, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 256|
Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,
After some wonderful 80º Spring weather here in Illinois it has gone back to being Winter with FREEZING temperatures. I was enjoying some outside work in T-shirt weather but now back to the overcoat.
Pat Merkle, a well-known person in the Paging Industry for many years, has started a Christian Ministry to help “US Marines [who] are returning from war-torn areas.” Please read the Press Release about this needy effort called, Joshua's Mission.
I am running a little late this week, so without a lot of comentary—on to the news.
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 reader's 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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Announcement of Acquisition of U.S. Systems-Based Communications Company
Kenwood Corporation (President and CEO: Haruo Kawahara; Head Office: Hachioji, Tokyo; hereinafter referred to as “Kenwood”) is pleased to announce that, on April 4, 2007, the Board of Directors resolved to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Zetron, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Zetron”), a leading U.S.-based provider of products and systems used in mission-critical command and control and private mobile network communications for both the governmental and commercial markets globally. Following the completion of the acquisition, Zetron will be a subsidiary. We inform that, following the foregoing resolution, Kenwood has entered today into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Zetron Holdings, Inc., which owns 100% of Zetron, on the basis outlined below. The acquisition of Zetron is consistent with Kenwood’s strategy to accelerate its growth through targeted acquisitions that promote a multi-faceted expansion of its core businesses.
Acquisition of Zetron
The Communications Equipment business, which accounts for over 30% of our consolidated net sales (based on actual results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006), is Kenwood’s base business generating the highest profitability among its three core businesses. In the field of Land Mobile Radio, which is the major sub-segment of that business and boasts the second largest global market share, Kenwood has developed its operations by focusing on radio terminals mainly for use in public safety and business & industry environments. This business field has made good progress as a result of: (i) initiatives to enhance coordination between the sales and applied technology functions at sales subsidiaries based in Europe and the U.S. and the development/design functions based in Japan; (ii) favorable business conditions prevailing in the U.S., the largest market for this business field; and (iii) the expansion of emerging markets. Member of the Financial Accounting Standards Foundation TRANSLATION - FOR REFERENCE ONLY - Since the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, Kenwood has worked on the “Value Creation Plan,” the second mid-term business plan aimed at enhancing its corporate value, and has actively pursued M&A opportunities to accelerate its growth. In the Communications Equipment business, Kenwood is striving to expand its business scope from supplying radio terminals to offering turn-key system solutions that address the evolving demands of Kenwood’s customers and further enhance its presence in the global market. The acquisition of Zetron, known for its considerable track record in the field of mission-critical command and control and private mobile network communications for both the governmental and commercial markets such as airlines and various other facilities around the world, will enable Kenwood to place the highly reliable communication systems business as Zetron’s main business under its control; cause the existing radio terminal-based business to progress rapidly into a turn-key systems business; win new sales opportunities by capturing demand for communication systems in the government, traffic, aviation, and security sectors; and win new customers through such new businesses. Kenwood will initially focus development of this new business on the U.S., which is the largest market for both Kenwood and Zetron, but plans in the future to expand it worldwide by taking advantage of both companies’ global network. At the same time, combining Kenwood’s radio terminal technology with Zetron’s mission-critical communication system technology will improve Kenwood’s positioning for future business in the field of Digital Land Mobile Radio that Kenwood is seeking to bolster along with the field of system solutions. Thus, Kenwood believes that it will not only acquire Zetron’s sales that will represent approximately 10% of the sales from Kenwood’s Communications Equipment business (based on actual results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006) but also will realize substantial synergies from the expansion of its own radio terminal sales by combining its radio terminal-based technologies and resources with Zetron’s highly reliable mission-critical communication system technologies and resources. This will serve to accelerate its company-wide growth strategy through expansion and reinforcement of its earnings base.
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Bell Shares Slip On Loss
Posted date: 4/3/2007
Shares in Bell Industries dipped 2 percent after the company reported its fifth straight quarterly loss.
Bell reported a loss for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 of $4.3 million (-50 cents per share), more than twice as much as a $1.5 million (-18 cents) loss for the same period a year earlier. The company blamed the loss on costs associated with its acquisition of SkyTel Corp., a paging and vehicle tracking company, and its expanding technology business.
Revenues for the diverse El Segundo company, which also makes recreational products and provides outsourced service, jumped 12 percent to $27 million, from $23.4 million a year ago.
For 2006, the company reported a net loss of $2.9 million (134 cents), compared to a loss of $800,000 (-9 cents) from the year before. The company said the loss was driven by taxes exceeding $4 million from discontinued operations. Revenues fell 2 percent to $120 million.
Shares in Bell were down 10 cents to $4.90 in afternoon trading Tuesday on the American Stock Exchange.
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PageOne Connect Is Shortlisted For The Business Continuity Awards ‘Most Innovative Product Of The Year’
London 4th April 2007 – PageOne, the UK’s foremost supplier of wireless SMS messaging and Paging technology services, today announced that PageOne Connect has been selected as a finalist for the ‘Most Innovative Product of the Year’ category in this year’s Business Continuity Awards.
These prestigious awards, supported by the City of London, City of London Police, IBM and BSI British Standards, have been designed to recognise the most innovative people, projects and products in the business continuity sector.
PageOne Connect is an integrated, two-way messaging platform that enables companies to communicate across all mobile, e-mail and paging networks. Designed specifically for the corporate and public sector, PageOne Connect is located in a high-redundancy environment employing 128-bit SSL encryption, yet still maintains the versatility needed to adapt to a variety of dynamic business environments.
The ‘Most Innovative Product of the Year’ award acknowledges those companies that can demonstrate the most innovation in developing practical business continuity applications. Finalists needed to demonstrate the nature of the product, the product philosophy and detail how the new product can aid- companies in their business continuity function.
PageOne Connect was used extensively during the tragic events of the London July 7th bombings. NHS trusts, emergency services, London Underground and the rail companies all used PageOne Connect’s paging and SMS messaging capabilities for a rapid, co-ordinated and informed response to the incident. In addition, hundreds of corporate businesses used PageOne Connect as part of their own incident and business continuity procedure, with thousands of companies across London kept informed by the City of London Bombwatch scheme, operated by PageOne.
Chris Jones, PageOne’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It is a great testament to all the staff at PageOne, who have worked so tirelessly in the development and day-to-day running of PageOne Connect. We are obviously excited about being a finalist for this prestigious award, and will continue to focus on delivering the high resilience and outstanding customer service levels that have been such a major influence in the company’s continued success.”
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Motorola: From bad to worse
Posted Apr 5th 2007 4:15PM by Douglas McIntyre
Wall Street research house and investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort is forecasting the global handset sales for the first calendar quarter at 248 million, which would be a 17% decline from Q4 2006. The bank also predicts a slight decrease in the price per handset.
Of the large handset manufacturers, it appears that the joint venture Sony-Ericsson will do the best. It has marketed more expensive phones to the high-end market, an approach that still appears to be working.
Kleinwort's analysis is that Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), LG and Samsung will have low single digit growth, while Motorola Inc.'s (NYSE: MOT) revenue will actually decline and it will lose its No.2 spot globally to Samsung.
The beatings will continue until moral improves at Motorola. After a poor fourth quarter in which margins dropped, the company said that the first quarter would be "challenging" as well. The tremendous success of its RAZR model is now behind it, and Motorola has not been able to come up with a "hot" phone product to replace it. Activist investor Carl Icahn continues to increase his ownership in the company, and a new CFO and president were recently put in place. Just to give the CEO a bit more heat.
Motorola's shares already trade near a 52-week low at $17.72. The shares were over $26 last October.
One theory is that the bad news about the early part of 2007 is priced into the stock. But that school of thought could well be wrong. If Motorola does start to drop well behind the competition in terms of unit sales growth, the shares could move back toward $15, where they were two years ago.
Douglas A. McIntyre is a partner at 24/7 Wall St.
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The 700 Club Debate
By Teresa von Fuchs
In a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, CTIA President Steve Largent offered his two cents on the latest 700 MHz band auction proposal to cross the FCC's desk.
Frontline Wireless, a startup headed by past CTIA Chairman Haynes Griffin, former Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Janice Obuchowski; and former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, was the third player to enter a proposal for what the FCC should do with the 700 MHz spectrum that is supposed to be freed up when TV goes digital.
Frontline's proposal offers a public/private network built on 22 MHz of the spectrum; 12 MHz already allocated to public safety would be dedicated to a national public-safety licensee, and 10 MHz of commercial spectrum would be auctioned.
Largent, in his letter to the FCC, questions the legality of the Frontline proposal, citing section 337 of the Communications Act, objecting to Frontline's proposed leasing of 12 MHz of the public safety spectrum for commercial services. In his letter, Largent says, "The Frontline proposal contemplates a commercial entity using a portion of the 700 MHz Public Safety allocation for commercial services, which the statute expressly forbids."
Largent's letter also objects to the Frontline proposal's "laundry list" of license conditions, which he claims could not only de-value the spectrum, "but also reduce the likelihood the public will ever enjoy any of the promised public interest benefits" of an open spectrum auction.
Just in case the FCC didn't have enough on its plate, a coalition of six consumer groups, called the Save Our Spectrum Coalition, filed comments with the FCC yesterday. The group wants the commission "to write rules that ensure consumers and the public are the ultimate winners in the auction of this valuable spectrum, not the cable and Bell company broadband duopoly," Jeannine Kenney, a senior policy analyst at Consumers Union told Info World.
The 700 MHz Spectrum auction was thought to begin in the fall of this year, but during a speech before the National Association of Broadcasters, House Committee Chairman John Dingell indicated that his committee might reconsider the Feb. 17, 2009, date for the DTV transition, which could delay the auction.
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More Carriers Hit With Proposed $100,000 Fines For CPNI Violations
The FCC has proposed $100,000 fines against several more carriers for violating its customer proprietary network information (CPNI) rules. While the CPNI crackdown stems from a recent investigation of “data brokers” selling wireless customer call records, it has now taken the direction of levying steep penalties for paperwork problems, even if there is no indication of pretexting or other improper practices having occurred. Now six more small companies have been singled out for $100,000 forfeitures. The alleged CPNI rule violations include:
BloostonLaw is in the process of helping carriers to appeal these fines. Affected carriers should contact us ASAP if they would like our assistance.
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Rules To Thwart Practice Of “Pretexting”; LECs, Wireless Carriers Are Put On Notice
The FCC on Monday released its customer proprietary network information (CPNI) order responding to “pretexting”— the “data broker” practice of pretending to be a particular customer or other authorized person in order to obtain access to that customer’s call detail or other private communications records. Among the changes that will affect virtually all of our clients: The required annual CPNI compliance certification must now be filed with the FCC; and carriers must get their customers to affirmatively “opt in” before using or sharing their CPNI.
Existing FCC rules require carriers (1) to obtain a customer’s knowing consent before using or disclosing CPNI; (2) to receive opt -out consent before disclosing CPNI to joint venture partners and independent contractors for the purposes of marketing communications-related services to customers; (3) recognize that a carrier must comply with the express desire of a customer seeking the disclosure of his or her CPNI; (4) to design their customer service records in such a way that the status of a customer’s CPNI approval can be clearly established; (5) to train their personnel as to when they are and are not authorized to use CPNI, and to have an express disciplinary process in place.
The Commission’s existing safeguard rules also require carriers to maintain records that track access to customer CPNI records. Specifically, section 64.2009(c) of the Commission’s rules requires carriers to “maintain a record of all instances where CPNI was disclosed or provided to third parties, or where third parties were allowed access to CPNI,” and to maintain such records for a period of at least one year. The Commission’s safeguard rules also require the establishment of a supervisory review process for outbound marketing campaigns. Finally, the Commission requires each carrier to certify annually regarding its compliance with the carrier’s CPNI requirements and to make this certification publicly available.
In general, the new CPNI rules include:
Carrier Authentication Requirements. Carriers are prohibited from releasing a customer’s phone call records when a customer calls the carrier except when the customer provides a password. If a customer does not provide a password, carriers may not release the customer’s phone call records except by sending it to an address of record or by the carrier calling the customer at the telephone of record. Carriers are required to provide mandatory password protection for online account access. Carriers are permitted to provide all CPNI, including customer phone call records, to customers based on in-store contact with a valid photo ID.
Notice to Customer of Account Changes. Carriers are required to notify the customer immediately when the following are created or changed: (1) a password; (2) a back-up for forgotten passwords; (3) an online account; or (4) the address of record.
Notice of Unauthorized Disclosure of CPNI. A notification process is established for both law enforcement and customers in the event of a CPNI breach.
Joint Venture and Independent Contractor Use of CPNI. Consent rules are modified to require carriers to obtain explicit consent from a customer before disclosing a customer’s CPNI to a carrier’s joint venture partners or independent contractors for the purposes of marketing communications-related services to that customer.
Annual CPNI Certification. Certification rules are amended to require carriers to file with the Commission an annual certification, including an explanation of any actions taken against data brokers and a summary of all consumer complaints received in the previous year regarding the unauthorized release of CPNI.
CPNI Regulations Applicable to Providers of Interconnected VoIP Service. All CPNI rules are extended to cover providers of interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
Business Customers. In limited circumstances, carriers may bind themselves contractually to authentication regimes other than those adopted in this Order for services they provide to their business customers that have a dedicated account representative and contracts that specifically address the carrier’s protection of CPNI.
Enforcement Proceedings. The FCC will require carriers to take reasonable measures to discover and protect against pretexting, and, in enforcement proceedings, will infer from evidence of unauthorized disclosures of CPNI that reasonable precautions were not taken.
These rules are subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Thus, they will become effective six months after the order’s effective date or on receipt of OMB approval, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, whichever is later. The FCC will issue a Public Notice when OMB approval is received. For carriers satisfying the definition of a “small entity” or a “small business concern” under the Regulatory Flexibility Act or Small Business Act, the FCC will provide an additional six months to implement the rules pertaining to the online carrier authentication requirements.
Specifically, the FCC said it puts carriers on notice that it henceforth will infer from evidence that a pretexter has obtained unauthorized access to a customer’s CPNI that the carrier did not sufficiently protect that customer’s CPNI. A carrier then must demonstrate that the steps it has taken to protect CPNI from unauthorized disclosure, including the carrier’s policies and procedures, are reasonable in light of the threat posed by pretexting and the sensitivity of the customer information at issue. If the Commission finds at the conclusion of its investigation that the carrier indeed has not taken sufficient steps adequately to protect the privacy of CPNI, the Commission may sanction it for this oversight, including through forfeiture.
Although the FCC declined to impose audit trail obligations on carriers at this time, it said it expects carriers through audits or other measures to take reasonable measures to discover and protect against activity that is indicative of pretexting. Similarly, although the FCC said it does not specifically require carriers to encrypt their customers’ CPNI, it does expect a carrier to encrypt its CPNI databases if doing so would provide significant additional protection against the unauthorized access to CPNI at a cost that is reasonable given the technology a carrier already has implemented.
Carrier Safe Harbor. The FCC declined to immunize carriers from possible sanction for disclosing customers’ private information without appropriate authorization. Some carriers supported the adoption of a “safe harbor,” which would immunize carriers from liability for improper disclosure of CPNI if the carrier followed certain security guidelines, such as those comparable to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) guidelines for the financial industry.
The FCC declined to adopt this proposal because it said such a rule would result in less protection of customers’ CPNI than exists under the status quo. It said that the guidelines the carriers propose to trigger immunity do not add meaningful protections beyond carriers’ existing regulatory obligations.
Therefore, if the agency adopted the proposed safe harbor, carriers would receive immunity from liability for meeting the requirements set forth in the safe harbor, even if a carrier acted egregiously and in derogation of its general duty to protect CPNI from unauthorized release. The public interest is better served if the Commission retains the option of taking strong enforcement measures regarding carriers’ duties under Section 222 of the Communications Act and the Commission’s rules, the agency said.
CPNI FURTHER NOTICE
In conjunction with its CPNI Order, the FCC adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking comment on whether the new CPNI rules should be expanded further, and whether they should be expanded to cover mobile communications devices. The Commission seeks comment on the following:
Password Protection. While the FCC limited its rules to password protecting call detail information for customer-initiated telephone contact, it seeks comment on whether to extend these rules to include optional or mandatory password protection for non-call detail CPNI. Should this password protection be for all non-call detail CPNI or should it only include certain account changes? Further, if the Commission were to adopt password protection for certain account changes, what should that include (e.g., changes in the address of record, account plans, or billing methods)? Would requiring these forms of password protection place an undue burden on carriers, customers, or others, including any burdens placed on small carriers? It solicits further comment on any other modifications to its rules that it should adopt in light of pretexting activity, and a carrier’s duty to protect CPNI.
Audit Trails. While the FCC did not adopt rules requiring audit trails at this time, in light of its new rules and the recent enactment of criminal penalties against pretexters, it seeks comment on whether it should adopt rules pertinent to audit trails. Are audit trails generally used by carriers to track customer contact? The FCC asks carriers to assess the benefits and burdens, including the burdens on small carriers, of recording the disclosure of CPNI and customer contact. The FCC asks carriers to assess the benefits and burdens, including the burdens on small carriers, of recording the disclosure of CPNI and customer contact. The FCC says its current record indicates that the broad use of audit trails likely would be of limited value in ending pretexting because such a log would record enormous amounts of data, the vast majority of it being legitimate customer inquiry. Commenters also report that implementing and maintaining audit trails would be costly with little to no corresponding benefit to the consumer. However, would an audit trail assist law enforcement with its criminal investigations against pretexters? Further, in the interim period since the FCC sought comment on this issue, it asks whether carriers’ reactions to audit trails changed or has the technology changed such that audit trails are now an economically feasible option?
Physical Safeguards. The FCC also seeks comment on whether it should adopt rules that govern the physical transfer of CPNI among companies, such as between a carrier and its affiliates, or the transfer of CPNI to any other third party authorized to access or maintain CPNI, including a carrier’s joint venture partners and independent contractors. Specifically, it seeks comment on what physical safeguards carriers currently are using when they transfer, or allow access to, CPNI to ensure that they maintain the security and confidentiality of CPNI? It also seeks comment on whether these safeguards for the physical transfer of, or for access to, CPNI are sufficient? Further, the FCC seeks comment on what steps they should require of a carrier to protect CPNI when CPNI is being transferred or accessed by the carrier, its affiliates, or its third parties (e.g., encryption, audit trails, logs, etc.). Additionally, the FCC seeks comment on the benefits and burdens, including the burdens on small carriers, of requiring carriers to physically safeguard the security and confidentiality of CPNI.
Limiting Data Retention. The FCC also seeks comment on whether it should adopt rules that require carriers to limit data retention. If the Commission did adopt such a rule, what should be the maximum amount of time that a carrier should be able to retain customer records? Additionally, should all customer records be eliminated or is there a subset of customer records that are more susceptible to abuse and should be destroyed? Also, should the Commission define exceptions where a carrier is permitted to retain certain records (e.g., for the length of carrier-carrier or carrier-customer disputes)? The Department of Justice argues that destruction of CPNI after a specified period would hamper law enforcement efforts by destroying data sometimes needed for criminal and other lawful investigations. The FCC also seeks comment on whether there are any state or Commission data retention requirements that might conflict with a carrier’s data limitation. Additionally, does a limitation on data retention enhance protection of CPNI? Alternatively, should the Commission require carriers to de-identify customer records after a certain period? The FCC seeks comment on the benefits and burdens, including the burdens on small carriers, of requiring carriers to limit their data retention or to de-identify customer records.
The FCC seeks comment on what steps it should take, if any, to secure the privacy of customer information stored in mobile communications devices. Specifically, it seeks comment on what methods carriers currently use, if any, for erasing customer information on mobile equipment prior to refurbishing the equipment, and the extent to which carriers enable customers to permanently erase their personal information prior to discarding the device. It also seeks comment on whether it should require carriers to permanently erase, or allow customers to permanently erase, customer information in such circumstances. Should the Commission require manufacturers to configure wireless devices so consumers can easily and permanently delete personal information from those devices? Further, it seeks comment on the burdens, including those placed on small carriers, associated with a Commission rule requiring carriers and manufacturers to fully expunge existing customer data from a mobile device at the customer’s request.
Comments on the FNPRM will be due 30 days after publication of the CC Docket No. 96-115 item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 30 days thereafter.
Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
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Nighthawk Systems Announces Sale to Minnesota Electric Cooperative
SAN ANTONIO, TX — 4/5/07 — Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power management and emergency notification solutions, today announced that it has received an initial order for its CEO700 whole house disconnect units from Beltrami Electric Cooperative of Bemidji, Minnesota. Beltrami Electric Cooperative's service area spans more than 3,000 square miles in north-central Minnesota. This initial order was placed after testing demo units from Nighthawk in 2006. RESCO, a leader in the sales and distribution of products for the electrical utility industry, assisted Nighthawk with the sale.
The CEO700 gives electric utilities the ability to wirelessly disconnect and reconnect power to residential electric meters from a centralized location, saving them significant time and money over the traditional manual disconnect method requiring multiple truck rolls and field personnel.
H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s CEO, stated, “I’m pleased to add Beltrami to the growing list of electric cooperatives and other utilities who are utilizing the CEO700. Once again, successful initial testing of our device has lead to the implementation of a new automation program and a new Nighthawk customer. We look forward to working with Beltrami as they implement their automation program.
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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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TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.
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From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: PTC Face-to-Face Meeting Wednesday May 30th from 8:30 AM to 12 noon EDT
Date: April 2, 2007 1:45:37 PM CDT
Hello everyone, it's time to get together for our biannual face-to-face meeting of the PTC. I would like to remind everyone that I am still looking for agenda items so please let me know if you plan to attend and if you have items for the agenda. I will send out agenda as we get closer to the meeting.
This year's first meeting will be held on Wednesday May 30th from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon in Myrtle Beach in the same venue as the AAPC Wireless Forum (i.e. The Marriott Grand Dunes). Please visit www.pagingcarriers.org for information about the AAPC Wireless Forum. If you want to attend the Wireless Forum, here are some housekeeping items:
1. Register for the conference online at, www.pagingcarriers.org/ssl/registrationForum.asp.
2. Make your hotel reservations (the hotel sold out last year). Call the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes at 800.644.2881. Please be sure to reference either AAPC or the Wireless Forum 2007 to receive the discounted rate of $143/night. Reservations must be made by May 11, 2007. If you prefer to make your reservations online, you may do so at marriott.com/property/propertypage/MYRGD and for group code, please use: aapaapa.
The AAPC has invited the PTC to present at a session if we would like to do so. If anyone has an idea or would like to present something on behalf of the PTC, please email me or call me ASAP to firm up.
In addition, we will need a corporate sponsor to help defray costs for the meeting (room, light breakfast and lunch for the PTC attendees). The costs will be around $2500. If your company would like to be the sponsor, please let me know ASAP so arrangements can be made.
Stephen M. Oshinsky
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