|FRIDAY - JUNE 8, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 264|
Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,
Sometimes it takes a comment from outside of our wireless messaging industry to wake us up out of our lethargy. Several comments have come to mind recently—one of them from the show last week in Myrtle Beach. I am not going to insult your intelligence by trying to explain each one to you—the meaning or analogy of each should be perfectly clear. I certainly hope that some of these provoke letters to the editor (yours truly) and some vigorous discussion. We need it.
Are we like the band playing on the deck of the Titanic while it sank? (They all died when the ship went down.)
“We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately.” —Benjamin Franklin
Are we “preaching to the choir?”
Is the AAPC becoming the AARP of paging?
“If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem” . . . and so on.
I thoroughly enjoyed attending AAPC's Wireless Forum last week. It was good to see so many old friends and colleagues. The trip back home took over 24 hours due to late flights and missed connections. Pilots say any landing that you can walk away from is a good one, so I guess any trip that brings you safely home is a good one—even if it routes you back through a different airport and a day late.
On reflection, I am very sorry that I didn't get more time to talk to many friends and customers. (Sorry Doug, Derek, Roy, Dietmar, Jim, Ted, Alan, and many others.) There was just so much to do and not enough time.
Now on to more news . . .
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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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This is what you missed at the AAPC Wireless Forum May 30 — June 1, 2007 held this year at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hope to see you at the Wireless Forum in 2008.
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First Woman, Arlene Harris, Inducted Into Wireless Hall of Fame
“First Lady of Wireless” and Creator of Jitterbug, Joins Renowned Wireless Industry Icons
DEL MAR, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The co-founder and CEO of GreatCall, Inc., Arlene Harris, became the first female innovator ever inducted into the RCR Wireless News Hall of Fame. Announced last Saturday, the Hall of Fame honor recognizes Harris’ significant contributions to the development and advancement of wireless communications, including innovation of the first automation to manage paging as well as mobile telephone and cellular businesses in the fledgling wireless industries, starting as early as 1973.
Much of her early work provides a template for the way most wireless businesses are run today. Pieces of what she innovated now make up entire companies and categories in the wireless industry. Arlene started several companies, including what became Convergys (CVG), and created early cellular standards - including the method by which carriers provide roaming services - while she served on several committees of the FCC and TIA. More recently, she set her sights on serving the underserved with SOS Wireless, a cellular service for emergencies. Today, she champions her innovation at GreatCall, with its Jitterbug™ that provides easy to use, personalized cellular services with phones made exclusively by Samsung. GreatCall launched Jitterbug late last year to serve consumers seeking simplicity. GreatCall won the Andrew Seybold Choice Award for “Best New Company” earlier this year. Harris also has served as advisor and on the Boards of many start-up companies in addition to holding several issued and pending patents in wireless communications.
The May 28 issue of RCR Wireless News profiles Harris and her 45 year wireless career, from ICS Communications (now USA Mobility) to the early days of LifePage to her current effort with GreatCall to simplify mobile technology. “It’s only fitting that Arlene Harris should be the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Tracy Ford, editor and associate publisher of RCR Wireless News. “Along with her many successful and varied business endeavors, I admire Arlene most for her efforts to get pagers into the hands of organ transplant candidates. Arlene showed how wireless technology can be used to help people during some of the most trying moments of their lives.”
“It is incredibly humbling to be inducted, with my friend Jay Kitchen, into the Wireless Hall of Fame this year, joining the ranks of so many friends and great wireless industry pioneers, including my husband Marty Cooper,” says Harris. “I am indebted to my family, who gave me my first opportunities to innovate. And I’m blessed to have worked in this exciting industry from almost its infancy with so many wonderful and talented people who have helped make my innovations happen. Many thanks to those who found my work worthy of this lovely recognition.”
About the RCR Wireless News Hall of Fame
Now in its seventh year, the Wireless Hall of Fame is a joint effort of RCR Wireless News, CTIA and the Industrial Telecommunications Association. It recognizes outstanding contributions to the wireless industry. For more information about the Wireless Hall of Fame, please visit www.rcrnews.com. The 2007 Hall of Fame inductees are Arlene Harris and Jay Kitchen. Past inductees include: Marty Cooper, Robert Galvin, Irwin Jacobs, Fred Link, Craig McCaw, William McGowen, Andrew Viterbi, Edwin Armstrong, Morgan O’Brien, Thomas Carter, Jim Dwyer, Jai Bhagat, John Palmer, John Stupka, Richard Wiley, Mal Gurian, Dale Hatfield, Tom Wheeler, John Stanton, Dennis Strigl, Wayne Schelle and Brian Fontes.
This year’s judges included: Mark E. Crosby, president and CEO of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance; Liz Maxfield, former senior vice president of CTIA; Michael Deuel Sullivan, partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer L.L.P; Robert B. White, founder of Pennington Consulting Group; Don Nelson, former CEO of U.S. Cellular; Joe Gallelli, president of The Gallelli Group; Mike Altschul, general counsel at CTIA; Liz Sachs, Lukas Nace Gutierrez & Sachs; Roger Entner, senior vice president at IAG Research; Michele Farquhar, partner at Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.; Mike Senkowski, partner at Wiley Rein L.L.P.; Jack Richards, partner at Keller and Heckman L.L.P.; Seamus McAteer, analyst at M:Metrics; and Peter Jarich, analyst at Current Analysis.
About GreatCall, Inc.
GreatCall was founded by Arlene Harris, 45 year veteran in wireless and creator of the highly regarded SOS emergency phone and Martin Cooper, inventor and father of the first portable cellular phone. GreatCall’s vision is to connect people with family and friends when they are away from home by providing a simple phone and personalized services that work the way they want them to. The company’s support and systems are centered on simplicity, personalization and an emphasis on convenience and comfort. GreatCall is located in Del Mar, CA. For more information, please visit www.jitterbug.com.
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U.S. and International Wireless Telecom Markets
2007 Market Review and Forecast Reports Huge Wireless Growth,
Arlington, Va. – Entertainment is driving the wireless market through demands for broadband applications such as multimedia and data services, with wireless use expected to rise to 270 million people, or 87 percent of the U.S. population, by 2010, according to TIA’s 2007 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast.
The annual report by the Telecommunication Industry Association analyzes trends affecting the information and communications technology industry. The 370-page book includes an overview of the entire industry, as well as detailed sections on the wireless, landline, equipment and international markets.
Wireless service providers in the United States are upgrading their networks to offer bundled and high-speed services such as music, video games, television, children’s applications, instant messaging and Internet applications. The market consists of transport services, handsets, capital expenditures, test and infrastructure equipment and professional services in support of wireless infrastructure – all of which totaled $190 billion in 2006, projected to reach $267 billion in 2010. Outside the United States, wireless transport services alone totaled $560 billion last year and are projected to total $887 billion in 2010, according to TIA’s report.
“Consumer demand for wireless services is unprecedented throughout the world, and carriers as well as manufacturers are scrambling to satisfy the marketplace needs,” said TIA President Grant E. Seiffert. “Wireless, broadband and television are becoming key elements of a bundled landline package that we predict 77 percent of residential customers will take by 2010, up from 28 percent in 2006,” he added.
Other key facts from the TIA report:
TIA's 2007 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast provides an overview of telecom's interrelated market segments including landline network, enterprise and consumer, wireless communications, and international markets. It's available in print copy or on CD-ROM. To order the report, which features more than 450 tables and figures as well as a 37-page index, please visit http://www.tiaonline.org/business/research/mrf/ or call +1 (703) 907-7074. To obtain a press copy of the report, please contact Neal Gaffney at +1 (703) 907-7721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Telecommunications Industry Association
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Sprint Customers Get New Location-Aware Shopping Application from GPShopper
Slifter from GPShopper gives Sprint customers the power to search for products and promotions from local retailers using their Sprint phones
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sprint customers can now search and find products at local retailers, see price and availability information, and get directions to the store — all on select Sprint phones. Sprint (NYSE: S) and GPShopper today announced the launch of Slifter, the first mobile local product search application that employs GPS technology to find products at neighboring retail locations.
Slifter makes real-world shopping more interactive: customers simply enter a keyword, product name, model number or UPC code to find a product. They can then view product availability, price and promotional information. Sprint GPS capabilities ensure the closest possible retailers are identified in the search. From video games to vacuum cleaners, using Slifter, Sprint customers can now search for more than 85 million products available at more than 30,000 retail stores across the country.
"Sprint’s industry-leading GPS applications make everyday tasks like shopping easier for our customers by providing relevant information when and where they need it," said George Ranallo, director of wireless data applications for Sprint. “With Slifter from GPShopper, Sprint customers can use their phones to find the closest retailer to purchase a desired item, without needing to check a phone book, Internet listing or map.”
Shoppers using Slifter can save items to a shopping list, and can also share their finds by sending product information to their friends’ and families’ mobile shopping lists.
“We are thrilled to be working with Sprint to bring Slifter to Sprint customers,” said GPShopper founder and CEO Alex Muller. “Sprint, the leading distributor of GPS-enabled applications, and Slifter are revolutionizing the shopping experience by empowering consumers to use their mobile phones to find information on products and promotions at local retailers.”
Slifter is immediately available for download for $1.99 per month*. To download, Sprint customers should select the Web icon on their phone’s main menu and then type “Slifter” in the search box, or download via a PC by visiting the Sprint Digital Lounge at www.sprint.com/digitallounge. Standard data charges also apply.
Sprint has the longest history of providing location-based services in the wireless industry, beginning with location and mobility services in 2000; the first GPS-enabled phone to support E911 services in 2001; the first navigation service on wireless phones with turn-by-turn driving directions in 2003; and the first family location service in 2006. Sprint offers more than a dozen consumer GPS applications, including navigation, local search and specialty applications, such as Sprint Navigation, Sprint Family Locator, Smarter Agent Apartments for Rent and BiM Active by Bones in Motion.
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Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.6 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
New York City-based GPShopper is the leading mobile marketing technology company focused on retail shopping. By using wireless technologies, brands and retailers can communicate product, store and promotional information to their shoppers on the go. The company's flagship consumer product, Slifter, is North America's leading mobile local product search and shopping list application. It is accessible for free via SMS (text "SLIFTER" to 75438), wireless web, or java application download on almost any mobile carrier/device combination – see www.slifter.com for details. For more information on GPShopper and its products and services, please visit www.gpshopper.com.
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Disaster volunteers sought
By News-Argus Staff
With hurricane season looming, state officials are seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to be of assistance.
Any North Carolina resident willing to volunteer in the event of a disaster is encouraged to register through an Internet-based registry called SERVNC, the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services announced this week.
It is important to have a base of volunteers to draw from in the event of a disaster, said Drexdal Pratt, chief of OEMS. A roster of volunteers helps in mobilizing manpower on short notice, he said.
Registration takes no more than 15 minutes, officials said. The address is www.servnc.org. In addition to providing such contact information as deployment preferences, medical history, occupation and skills, registrants may request to join a team already listed on SERVNC.
In the event of an emergency the system will electronically check the volunteers' medical credentials, send a message via e-mail, telephone or pager, and provide notification of all mission specific information and instructions for accepting or declining the mission.
"We're anticipating a strong response," Pratt said. "We live in a state where hurricanes can affect the mountains and the coast, and where tornadoes have torn through communities. This registry will provide the backup our first responders will need in the event of a disaster or emergency."
Source: Goldsboro News-Argus
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PAGEONE AND ARMYNET WIN ‘BEST SERVICE’ AT GOVERNMENT OPPORTUNITIES (GO) EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AWARDS 2007
Judges Decision Unanimous in Awarding PageOne
London 7th June 2007 – PageOne, the UK’s foremost supplier of wireless SMS messaging and paging technology services to the public sector, today announced that its work in providing two-way SMS messaging to the British Army’s ArmyNET has won the ‘Best Service’ category for this year’s Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
These distinguished awards, in association with The National Public Procurement Practitioners Day, recognise excellent accomplishments and innovation in the public procurement field. In particular, The ‘Best Service’ award acknowledges private sector suppliers that have delivered a contract requirement working in partnership with the buyer, adopting a creative approach and demonstrating the proactivity needed to go beyond basic service provision.
PageOne has worked closely with the British Army to provide an integrated, two-way messaging platform that is accessible to all Army personnel and their families via the secure web portal, ArmyNET. PageOne’s solution has enhanced ArmyNET’s communications channels providing a simple way to add messaging through their existing internet portal. PageOne has enabled the Army, for the first time, to send text messages in bulk. Users can now access texting accounts on the ArmyNET portal where messages can be quickly written and sent to hundreds of mobile phones at the touch of a button.
PageOne continues to work with ArmyNET to deliver increased functionality and regular improvements to the service.
Chris Jones, PageOne’s Chief Executive Officer said, “The GO awards are a prestigious acknowledgement for suppliers operating in the public sector. PageOne is excited to have won the ‘Best Service’ award for our hard work with ArmyNET. This achievement is a resounding recognition of the PageOne team’s commitment and dedication to providing the best possible service for each and every customer.”
The 2007 GO Awards gala, was held in conjunction with the National Public Procurement Practitioners Day (N3PD) on Wednesday 6th June 2007 at the Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London.
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FCC Announces Enhancements to ULS License Archive
NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 1, 2007 — The FCC has announced a redesign of the Universal Licensing System (ULS) License Archive Search. Users can access this new functionality via the "Archives" button under "SEARCH" on the ULS page.
"Each time a license is acted upon, the current version is captured within ULS," the FCC explained today in a public notice." "The License Archive allows users to view the current and prior versions of a license."
In the redesigned License Archive, the search interface, results screen and detail pages will use the same display as ULS License Search. On the detail pages, users now will be able to directly access license information.
"There will be no need to 'drill down' — follow link after link — to reach the information you need," the FCC noted. "This enhancement increases functionality and improves compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The redesigned License Archive search interface allows a user to search using most of the criteria available in ULS Advanced License Search except for Radio Service Group, Licensee City, State and ZIP Code and Frequencies. Users will have the same ability to sort and restrict their archive search results that they have in ULS License Search, the FCC said. Licensee ID no longer will be available as a License Archive Search criterion, however. Users should now search by the Licensee's FCC Registration Number (FRN).
The search results display will be similar to the search results in License Search, with a few minor exceptions:
In general, the License Archive Search details will look similar to License Search details. However, the following additional fields will be displayed for all archived licenses:
Also, other License Search functions that previously were not available in the License Archive have been added:
License Archive will display termination pending components similar to the manner in which they are currently displayed in License Search. Additionally, License Archive will display all terminated components of a license, regardless of when it was terminated. These components will indicate a status of "Terminated" on the component's summary and detail pages. Under the previous License Archive system, terminated components were not displayed unless the license itself was terminated as well.
For additional information or assistance, visit the FCC's E-Support Web site or call the FCC Support Center, (877) 480-3201 or 717-338-2888 (TTY 717-338-2824) and select Option #2, Forms or Licensing Assistance. Hours are weekdays, except federal holidays, from 8 AM until 6 PM Eastern Time. — FCC
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June 7, 2007
ALBANY - Lawmakers shouldn't finish their session June 21 without passing legislation to make college campuses safer, the head of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee said Wednesday.
Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-Suffolk County, said after holding a second hearing on college security since the April Virginia Tech massacre that he will introduce a bill in about 10 days that would help public and private schools shore up protection.
“We shouldn't leave town this month without something passed through both houses and put on the governor’s desk,” LaValle said.
“If something happened, I mean, I would feel terrible that I didn't do my duty, my responsibility to try and give the members, both students and faculty on a campus, the protection they deserve,” he added.
A State University of New York task force on May 11 recommended a number of measures to protect health and safety on its 64 campuses. They ranged from expanding counseling and having multiple layers of emergency communications to purchasing more police equipment and reviewing staffing levels.
The price tag to implement them at SUNY’s four-year schools would be $18.4 million the first year, and $9.6 million a year after that. For community colleges, the cost would be $13.7 million the initial year and $10.8 million annually.
LaValle said he would recommend getting some of the more urgent items, such as mental-health counselors and armament, funded this year. The rest could be taken up next year, he said.
Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, said she would look at the legislation the Senate proposes, “but the most important thing is to get it right, not to get it done quick.”
It might not be possible to get reactions to the proposal and have a “reasonable and thoughtful process” in just two weeks, she said.
The Assembly wants to look at what’s being developed in public and private systems and see what an appropriate state “intersection” would be, she said.
Glick said LaValle “seems to be more concerned with being aggressive in his press statements than collaborative in his approach.”
James McCartney, president of the state University Police Officers Union, said staffing levels, training, benefits and equipment for campus security and police are lacking at SUNY’s 28 police departments. McCartney said the SUNY task force made several recommendations that would improve conditions.
“SUNY has earned a failing grade with respect to its overall preparedness, safety and security. I must report to you that the current state of police services on state universities, particularly in regard to emergency response, is largely inadequate and requires considerable improvement,” he said.
Among the problems he identified were that:
Timothy Faughnan, deputy chief of police at Binghamton University, said he disagreed with McCartney’s claim about training. If officers didn't have proper training, they wouldn't be certified by the state.
SUNY does a lot of training for its 500-plus officers, Faughnan said. After Sept. 11, SUNY police weren't on any joint terrorism task force, but they are now. SUNY police are upping some training standards in light of what happened at Virginia Tech, and they are in discussions with the state about doing crisis-intervention officer training, he said.
“As far as the additional advanced training, there’s always room for improvement,” he said.
Senators and speakers generally agreed that there is no “one size fits all” method for communicating in emergencies.
Richard “Bo” Dietl, owner of an investigation firm called Beau Dietl & Associates, and his colleagues recommended a special pager system. The pager, a little bigger than an automatic car-door opener, would cost about $60 to purchase and get service for a school year.
Cell phones are not reliable in emergency situations and their battery charges run out, said Joe Coffey of Dietl & Associates. It could take a few hours to reach all students via text message, he said.
Abraham Lachman, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, and security chiefs from Ithaca College and Syracuse University said long-time systems like sirens and loudspeakers are still useful.
Ithaca College will be using text messaging, sirens and loudspeakers, said Robert Holt, director of public safety.
Lachman said technology like pagers would be expensive and he suggested lawmakers think about pilot programs to test the technology. The state should also consider offering training grants, he said.
As for upgrading the level of security, fewer than 10 of the schools in the commission have peace officers on campus, Lachman said. Everyone has to get approval from the Legislature separately, and it can take several years. Some school leaders are against having officers carry guns on campus, he said.
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DoJ Wants FCC To Beef Up CALEA Wireless Packet Data Standard Via Rulemaking
Federal law enforcement agencies have asked the FCC to initiate an expedited rulemaking proceeding with respect to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) standard for CDMA2000 packet data wireless services known as “J-STD-025-B.” This standard is published jointly by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) as an American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard.
The federal law enforcement agencies—the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and National Security Division—argue that J-STD-025-B is deficient because it fails to include certain assistance capabilities that are required by CALEA section 103. Specifically, they say, it does not include capabilities that would provide (1) packet activity reporting; (2) timing information (time stamping); (3) all reasonably available handset location information at the beginning and the end of a communication; and (4) adequate security, performance, and reliability requirements.
Unless carriers provide these required capabilities, the law enforcement agencies argue, information that is critical to public safety and national security will be lost, and Congress’ goal of preserving surveillance capabilities in the face of technological change will be seriously compromised.
The agencies are requesting that the FCC (1) find that the J-STD-025-B standard is deficient because it does not include the capabilities outlined above; (2) establish rules requiring telecommunications carriers to provide additional and modified capabilities; and (3) require such capabilities to be provided within 12 months of the effective date of the Commission’s decision in this proceeding.
Comments in this RM-11376 rulemaking proceeding are due June 25 (or 30 days from the May 25 date of the Public Notice announcement), and replies are due 30 days thereafter, on July 25.
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FCC Adopts New Rules For Unlicensed Devices And Equipment Approval
The FCC has amended its rules to provide for more efficient equipment authorization of both existing modular transmitter devices and emerging partitioned (or “split”) modular transmitter devices. These rule changes are intended to benefit manufacturers by allowing greater flexibility in certifying equipment and providing relief from the need to obtain a new equipment authorization each time the same transmitter is installed in a different final product. The rule changes will also enable manufacturers to develop more flexible and more advanced unlicensed transmitter technologies. The FCC further found that modular transmitter devices authorized in accordance with the revised equipment authorization procedures will not pose any increased risk of interference to other radio operations.
Part 15 of the Commission’s rules governs the operation of unlicensed radio-frequency devices. As a general condition of operation, Part 15 devices may not cause harmful interference to authorized radio services and must accept any interference that they receive. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number and types of devices operating under the Part 15 rules. Examples of common Part 15 devices include cordless phones, computers, wireless baby monitors, and garage door openers. Such devices are widely used in everyday consumer functions. Millions of Part 15 devices operate within the current rules without any significant interference issues.
In recent years, manufacturers have developed Part 15 transmitter modules (or “single” modules) that can be incorporated into many different devices. These modules generally consist of a completely self-contained radio frequency transmitter (transmission system) missing only an input signal source and a power source to make it functional. Once the modules are authorized by the Commission under its certification procedure, they may be incorporated into a number of host devices such as personal computers (PCs) or personal digital assistants (PDAs), which have been separately authorized. The completed product generally is not subject to requirements for further certification by the Commission. Therefore, modular transmitters save manufacturers the time and any related expenses that would be incurred if a new equipment authorization were needed for the same transmitter when it is installed in a new device.
This efficiency is a result of the June 26, 2000, Public Notice which the Commission released in response to manufacturers’ request for guidance about the conditions under which approvals for Part 15 modular transmitters may be granted. The Public Notice detailed eight criteria that must be met in order for the Commission to grant certification for modular transmitters. The Public Notice only addressed devices where all of the radio frequency components were contained completely within the module itself.
A new class of “split” modular devices is now under development. These transmitters consist of two basic components: the “radio front end” or radio elements and the “firmware” or hardware on which the software that controls the radio operation resides. The radio front end and firmware can each be self-contained units. In split modular devices the radio front end is generally a stand-alone unit, while the firmware may either be a stand-alone unit or may be collocated within a device on a host system. A further partitioning is also possible by removing the local oscillator and tuning capacitors of the antenna from the radio front end. The separation of modular devices into these components will provide manufacturers the flexibility to design a larger variety of modular systems by mixing and matching individual components. The FCC addressed these issues in its rule changes. Please contact the firm for a more detailed analysis.
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FCC ADOPTS ORDER IMPLEMENTING KATRINA PANEL RECOMMENDATIONS:
The FCC, at last week’s open meeting, adopted an order implementing various recommendations of the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. The Order extends, by one year, existing Special Temporary Authorizations which exempt Bell Operating Companies (BOCs) from enforcement of Section 272 of the Communications Act and its implementing rules in order to allow them to share non-public, BOC network information with their Section 272 and other affiliates to facilitate disaster planning. Rules were adopted requiring local exchange carriers (LECs) and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers to have an emergency backup power source for all assets that are normally powered from local AC commercial power including those inside central offices, cell sites, remote switches and digital loop carrier system remote terminals. The Order also requires certain LECs, CMRS providers and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers to submit reports regarding the reliability and resiliency of their 911 systems. These requirements will not apply to certain small wireline carriers and Tier III CMRS providers. Certain small VoIP providers will be exempt from filing 911 system reports. The Order also instructs the FCC’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau to:
FCC TAKES ACTION TO STRENGTHEN EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM:
The FCC has adopted a Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to strengthen the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The Order promotes the development of fully digital Next Generation technologies and delivery systems. The Order requires EAS participants to accept messages using Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), the groundwork for Next Generation EAS delivery systems, no later than 180 days after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces its adoption of standards in each case. The use of CAP will help to ensure the efficient and rapid transmission of EAS alerts to the American public in a variety of formats (including text, audio and video) and via different means (broadcast, cable, satellite, and other networks) and to promote the development of Next Generation EAS. One result of these developments will be enhanced access to EAS alerts and warnings for persons with disabilities and for non-English speakers. The FNPRM seeks comment on how best to deliver EAS alerts as well as broader emergency and public safety information to these groups, and commits to adoption of a final order within six months. In light of the examination of these issues in the FNPRM, the Order leaves open the issues raised in a petition filed by several groups representing non-English speaking persons. The Commission directs the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to convene a meeting – or series of meetings – as soon as possible on providing emergency information to non-English speakers. The stakeholders should submit into the record a progress report on these discussions within 30 days of the Order’s release. The Order also requires terrestrial EAS participants to transmit state and locally targeted EAS alerts that are originated by governors or their designees. The FNPRM seeks comment on whether participants should be required to deliver EAS alerts originated by local, county, tribal, or other state governmental entities. In addition, the Order expands the EAS system by requiring participation by wireline video providers. Finally, the Order states the Commission’s intention to ensure that the EAS network is prepared to operate as intended. The Further Notice seeks comment on several possible means for achieving that goal, including additional testing, station certification, and post hoc assessments of how well the system worked after an EAS warning has been triggered. At our deadline, the text of the EB Docket No. 04-296 Order and FNPRM had not been released.
Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
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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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By WAYNE HEILMAN THE GAZETTE
Colorado Springs officials plan to ask potential wireless Internet providers next month to formally indicate their interest in building a local network.
The city’s telecommunications policy advisory committee will ask potential providers to share their plans as the first step to open talks on installing transmitters on city-owned facilities, said André Sodbinow, who heads the city’s information technology office.
The nine-member committee will ask providers in what it calls a “Broadband Notice of Interest” to detail what services they want to offer, what areas they want to serve, when their proposed network would be built and company background, Sodbinow said.
The notice will be sent to a variety of providers, including SkyTel Corp., which built two small local networks last year, and five others that have approached the city about building networks: Azulstar Inc., EarthLink Inc., SkyPilot Networks Inc., Tropos Networks Inc. and WavMax LLC., Sodbinow said.
Providers would have up to 45 days to respond. Any responses would be reviewed this summer by a separate committee, including representatives from city agencies and civic groups, who would recommend whether the city should negotiate agreements with any providers.
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Colleague in Argentina needs help with Motorola Nucleus
Subject: Consulta desde Argentina!!
Date: May 12, 2007 12:23:08 PM CDT
Espero que te encuentres muy bien!! Hace tiempo que no nos vemos ni hablamos de los distintos proyectos.
Nosotros seguimos avanzando en el servicio de Localización de vehículos en alguno países de Latinoamérica, y en algunos casos tratando de utilizar los famosos Nucleus de Motorola.
Sobre este tema de los Nucleus, quería hacerte una pregunta. Necesitamos averiguar como hacer para cambiar la frecuencia o el canal de transmisión de los Nucleus desde el exterior del equipo. Actualmente estamos activando los equipos a través de comandos que le damos a cada Nucleus utilizando el conector de salida/entrada de datos que tienen estos equipos.
Podemos enviarles los mensajes y hacerlos transmitir a través de el conector externo, sin utilizar los controladores Unipage, C-Net, etc., y necesitaríamos agregar nuevas funciones a estos comandos desde el exterior, una de ellas es la posibilidad de indicarle al Nucleus que determinados mensajes los debe transmitir en un canal/frecuencia preprogramada.
Te agradecería que averigües en tu red de contactos si hay alguna persona que pueda asistirnos con este tema.
Un fuerte abrazo!!
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Gary Brake Sells Carrier Company
From: "Gary Brake" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Effective Monday please change my e-mail to email@example.com. I don't know if you know this or not, but I have sold my carrier company to Teletouch and most of my repair equipment. By the time of the show I will be out of paging almost entirely. For 25 years paging has given me a wonderful life and income and I owe it tremendously. I will always be grateful to paging and the good friends I have made. See you at the show.
Wayne Markis is on the Soapbox Again
From: "wayne" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 29, 2007 4:35:02 PM CDT
Subject: RCR Wireless Article on 5/21/2007
As I finally had some free time to sit down and read other publications besides Brad's Paging Newsletter, I noticed that RCR Wireless News 5/21/2007 had an article on Page 2 regarding how the State of California was not going to wait for the Federal Government to implement a wide area public alerting system.
So California is now going to work with the Cellular carriers to implement Cellular Alerts to the general public.
What happened to all the California Paging carriers ??????
They should be beating down the doors at the California Office of Emergency Services and demanding that they be included in this effort !!!!!
Why should a Paging Carrier take part in the National Alerting system:
1. The cheapest form of advertising of your company and paging service know to mankind. Let somebody (the government) promote your company to the public for you. You will now be doing ALERTING, and not just paging.
2. Allows the need of "Paging service" to come up a few notches in the public's eyes. Paging is being thought of as old technology by many, and by supplying "Alerting" service to the general public, allows Paging technology to be thought of as a much more NEEDED technology again.
3. If a person is carrying around a Pager unit just to get their needed "Alerts", don't you think that at some time down the road that they will decide that it might also be a good thing to have YOUR normal Paging service ??? Maybe not everyone will, but it is up to us Paging Carriers then to convince them that Paging service is worthwhile again. You will get a certain percentage of them, and it will be more customers than you had in the first place.
4. It's in the Public Interest, as the government says. It will make your company look good with the government, the newspapers, the general public and maybe get you a plaque on your wall to display. But hopefully, it will get you more customers and more income in the long run.
The bottom line for any commodity is that it has to be "worthwhile" to the public, Paging has lost a little of that luster the last few years. This is a chance for everyone in the Paging business to come together and bring Paging back again. That is why I suggest that Paging carriers provide the Alerting on their system for FREE !! That does not mean that you are giving away paging units or equipment for free, that means that you are just transmitting the Alerts for free !! (Something cellular wants to charge the government to do)
You can sell a Used Alerting pager unit for small change now, and once on the system, then suggest that for a few dollars more per month they can have your paging service or voice mail. Then later up sell them into a new unit !!
So rather than give the general public another reason on why to have a cellular phone and not have a pager, get out there and knock on those doors of your State Emergency Services Department and let them know that YOUR Paging company CAN provide this service, for FREE !!! You just need a way to get that message to your system.
And just one important fact, when the State of California needed to put an Alert system together to alert all the public safety agencies in the state of an impending earthquake, what technology did they decide on ??? Yup ....PAGING !!!! It was the ONLY technology that could send the Alert message to thousands of units within seconds before the earthquake could hit. If the State of California uses this technology for itself, then why can't the Paging Industry convince them that Paging carriers can provide it for their citizens ??
Mr. Opportunity is knocking, are YOU, as part of the Paging Industry listening ???
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Ham in Argentina needs help with Motorola Nucleus
From: "gmarrone" <email@example.com>
Date: June 7, 2007 8:24:18 PM CDT
Subject: Need Manual for 900 MHz Nucleus
I am Guillermo from Argentina, my radio amateur call sign is LU6AHH.
I receive from a friend a old Motorola NUCLEUS transmitter, in 927 - 941 MHz freq. band.
I am looking [to] make some modifications for amateur use but I have not the technical information and service manuals, do you know how can I do to have access to the technical information?
Please let me Know if you can help me. Thank's in advance.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
POCSAG Alphanumeric Pagers Needed
Subject: POCSAG Alphanumeric Pagers
Date: June 7, 2007 5:50:50 PM CDT
Would you know of a POCSAG alphanumeric pager that is capable of being programmed with more than four capcodes? We use digital pagers here in our city and county, most of which are Motorola Advisors, Advisor Golds, and Advisor-II. We have a need for pagers that are capable of more than 4 capcodes. We are currently evaluating a "Swissphone" pager which will hold more capcodes, but I'm sure there are more out there.
The question came up, and I immediately thought of you.
Any help you can provide would be appreciated -
Boulder County Sheriff's Office,
David J. Sittner
Boulder County Sheriff's Office
1805 33rd Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Looking for Software
Date: June 7, 2007 10:08:13 AM CDT
Have you ever heard of software for paging called Win Beep? Do you know where I can get any information?
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