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FRIDAY - AUGUST 15, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 324

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Thanks again to the many Paging Service Providers for sending in their contact information to be included in the new Directory. You can check it out by clicking on the button above. I hope everyone will check the listings for accuracy. Some are missing important content, and I am sure that several will require corrections.

I copied the SouthernNet list of Paging Carriers from their web site and included it in the Directory, but it had several non-functioning links (that I removed) so I suspect it hasn't been updated for a while. I hope someone from SouthernNet will take the time to check their portion of the Directory for accuracy. We especially need more contact-e-mail addresses and home page links when they are available.

The Directory is growing into a valuable asset for finding Paging Service Providers. I think this is the only one available. It is a Paging Community project made possible by submissions from readers.

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I just received word that Homer Harris, one the pioneers of US paging, died recently after an extended illness. He was Arlene Harris' father; she is married to Marty Cooper—they are two well-known wireless luminaries. In fact, Marty is “the father” of the cell phone.

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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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Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, and Vic Jackson are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects. Click here  for a summary of their qualifications and experience. They collaborate on consulting assignments, and share the work according to their individual expertise and their schedules.

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Keynote Presentation Announced

“New Technologies, New Competitors and Now a New President … What Should I Know?”

Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, Principle of The Battle Group

On November 6, 2008, the first day of Enterprise Wireless 2008, there will be a newly elected President of the United States. What will this mean? How will the spectrum policies of a President McCain or a President Obama impact wireless communications? What changes can we expect to see at the FCC? Will these changes threaten your business or create new opportunities?

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, a principal of The Brattle Group and a telecommunications and economic policy advisor to leading wireless manufacturers, commercial operators, and government agencies, will address these questions. Specific topics Dr. Bazelon will address include:

  • How can you move from a focus on wireless technology in your business to one on strategy and why does that matter?
  • Why does the TV White Space initiative matter to your business?
  • How can your business, no matter the size, actually affect spectrum policy?
  • What can you learn from the macroeconomics of wireless communications to use in tactical planning for your business and to assist you in making wise supplier choices?

Dr. Bazelon is a leading expert on radio spectrum management reforms. While at the Congressional Budget Office, he estimated the budgetary and private sector impacts of spectrum-related legislative proposals, and advised on auction design. Currently, he is engaged in numerous wireless policy issues before the FCC and Congress. While Dr. Bazelon can describe the view from 30,000 feet on spectrum policy, he will also provide critical advice on how to deal with the upcoming changes of a new Administration, the impact that these changes will have on your business, and when you can expect these changes, whether you are a supplier, an enterprise wireless user, or a wireless sales and service provider.

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New Wireless History Foundation Gains Industry-wide Momentum

July 31, 2008

Announces Details of Cellular 25th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 13 in Chicago. PCIA, Rural Cellular Association, and Top Wireless Executives Provide Support.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, July 31, 2008-Leaders in the wireless telecommunications industry today announced formation of the Wireless History Foundation (WHF), industry-wide support for the new non-profit group, and further details regarding a celebration launching the organization. The Foundation, designed to preserve and promote the rich history of wireless, will hold its kickoff event Oct. 13 at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. The date marks the 25th anniversary of the start of cellular communications.

Begun as a grassroots wireless history initiative, the Wireless History Foundation and its Cellular 25 event have gained support from trade associations and luminaries from across the industry. Today, WHF announced new sponsorship from PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA) and the Rural Cellular Association. These two trade groups join CTIA-The Wireless Industry Association® as association sponsors. Discussions with several other industry groups are underway.

"Wireless entrepreneurs and innovators made this industry great. We owe it to future generations to capture in a dedicated repository the important events and contributions these pioneers have made over the past several decades," said Arlene Harris, Founder, Jitterbug, and WHF President. "Given the evolution of ubiquitous services and open network access, the convergence of the Internet and wireless broadband technologies, we are living history that is in the making-history that is WHF's mission to organize and preserve."

The Oct. 13 festivities will begin with a 5:00 pm reception, followed by dinner and dessert. The evening program is designed to encourage professional connections and, importantly, reconnect colleagues from across wireless generations.In addition to a list of well-known supporters released on June 5, the following individuals have signed on as advocates of the Cellular 25 celebration and WHF (listed alphabetically):

  • Denise Archer Allen, Vice President, Danal, Inc. and former executive with Metro One New York and New Jersey
  • Amy Damianakes, Principal, Damianakes Communications, and former Director of Communications, AirTouch
  • Matt Desch, Chairman and CEO, Iridium Satellite LLC, and former President, Nortel Wireless Networks
  • F. Craig Farrill, Board Member, Kodiak Networks, and former Vice President Engineering, Communications Industries
  • Brian Fontes, PhD, CEO, National Emergency Number Association, and former Senior Advisor to FCC Commissioner James H. Quello
  • Ken Hardman, Attorney at Law, and former General Counsel, Telocator (now PCIA)
  • René Link, Vice President, VeriSign, and former Product Manager of Roaming Services, Bell Atlantic Mobile
  • Sean Maloney, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sales and Marketing Group, and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Intel Corp.
  • John Major, President, MTSG, and former Vice President, Trunking Strategic Business Unit, Motorola
  • Sue Major, Managing Partner, Global Technology Practice, DavenportMajor Executive Search, and former Product Planning Manager, Motorola
  • H. Donald Nelson, Retired, former President, U.S. Cellular
  • Andrew Seybold, Founder and Principal Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc., and Co-Founder, Portable Computer and Communications Association (PCCA)
  • C.P. Shankar, CEO, American Grid, Inc., Founder and former CTO of GM Onstar, and former Vice President, Fujitsu America, Inc.
  • Dennis F. Strigl, President and COO, Verizon Communications, and former President, Ameritech Mobile Communications, Inc.
  • Richard E. Wiley, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP and former Chairman, FCC

The Foundation was launched in collaboration with many industry pioneers and is led by Ms. Harris; Elizabeth Maxfield, Attorney, former Senior Vice President, CTIA, and Founder, CIBERNET; and Judith (Lockwood) Purcell, Managing Director, Coracle Group LLC and Founding Editor of RCR Wireless News, Wireless Week, and other telecom business media. WHF's initial mission includes development of a comprehensive Web site detailing the colorful, compelling story of the evolution of the wireless industry. This includes paging, public safety, private radio, and cellular, all of which provided technology and market experience for today's explosion in wireless services. As part of its plans to provide deserved recognition for industry leaders, WHF is also assuming leadership of the long-standing Wireless Hall of Fame awards program founded by Crain's RCR Wireless News, one of the industry's earliest business publications.

Tickets are $250 each; tables of 10 are $2500. To register for the history-making event on Oct. 13 visit: www.wirelessfoundation.org/Cellular25/index.cfm. For information on corporate sponsorships, please e-mail: cellular25sponsor@coraclegroup.com.

About the Wireless History Foundation
Founded by experienced leaders in the wireless industry, the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) seeks to educate and inspire future generations about the significance and growth of wireless telecommunications. Formed in 2008, the non-profit Foundation is developing programs that build community within the industry to preserve its rich and colorful history. WHF also intends to educate consumers and businesses regarding the many ways in which wireless adds convenience, productivity, and enrichment to everyday life. WHF welcomes sponsorship and volunteer inquiries.

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Source: FierceWireless

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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers NOTIFYall
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CRS—Critical Response Systems Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CVC Paging Preferred Wireless
Daviscomms USA Prism Paging
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association Raven Systems
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HMCE, Inc. TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services
InfoRad, Inc.    UCOM Paging
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Minilec Service, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. WiPath Communications
Northeast Paging Zetron Inc.

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Virgin Mobile loses 111,273 customers in Q2

August 14, 2008
By Sue Marek

The struggling U.S. economy continues to plague Virgin Mobile USA. The prepaid MVNO lost 111,273 customers in the second quarter for a total customer base of 4.99 million, that's down from 5.1 million at the end of first quarter. The company's net income was also down. In the second quarter it earned $3.5 million, down from $7.1 million in the same period in the previous year. Revenue was down to $317.4 million from 327.6 million. Here are the other key metrics:

CPGA: Cost per gross add was $113.38 up from $100.03 in second quarter 2007. The higher CPGA was related to more marketing and distribution costs. Specifically, Virgin said it had higher retail commissions due to the popularity of the Wild Card handset and the Slash phone.

ARPU: Average revenue per user was $19.32, down from $20.97 in second quarter 2007. The company expects ARPU to improve in the second half of the year as more high-value hybrid customers join the ranks and adoption of the company's "Totally Unlimited" plan for $79.99 increases. Anecdotally, Virgin Mobile CEO Dan Schulman said the Totally Unlimited plan was drawing more interest than expected from customers.

Churn: Churn for the quarter was 5.6 percent, below company estimates and better than the 5.7 percent churn in second quarter 2007.

Source: FierceWireless

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Employee Monitoring's Murky Waters

August 15, 2008

The Legality & Ethics Of Surveillance Are Far From Cut & Dried

The commonly held assumption that employers have unfettered access to electronic communications in the workplace has been called into question. In a federal court in California, a judge issued a verdict in June that said it was illegal for an employer to read employees’ personal pager messages.

• Case Law

The case revolved around a member of the police department in Ontario, Calif., using a work-issued pager. After the police officer’s supervisor told his staff that their text messages would not be monitored, the messages were audited. The officer claimed that it was illegal for members of the police bureau’s internal affairs department to read the police officers’ text messages from a pager that a third-party vendor supplied. While some of the messages were not work-related and were even sexually explicit, the appeals court ruled that the police officer had a reasonable expectation of privacy and that the audit of the messages was unlawful.

“Employers, I think, were very complacent in assuming that they could do whatever they wanted as far as workplace monitoring goes,” says Jeremy Gruber, legal director for The National Workrights Institute (www.workrights.org). “This case demonstrates that the law is still developing on workplace monitoring. Employers who have programs that are overly broad and invasive could at some point find themselves on the wrong side of the law.”

Gruber continues, “Specifically, this case makes it clear that employers using third-party vendors to administer their monitoring program do not have the same protections that employers who use their own equipment for monitoring do. Also, employers who use third-party vendors can find themselves liable for invasion of privacy if they don’t have proper disclosure and proper notice depending on how they use the systems.”

Indeed, the ruling has challenged the status quo, says Adam Schran, chief executive and founder of Ascentive (www.ascentive.com), which designs and markets employee monitoring software. “It did come as a total surprise,” Schran says. “The legal situation is in flux, so you have to be in contact with your lawyers or the general counsel of the company to make sure you are doing it in the right way.”

Employee monitoring has entered the realm of legally murky territory. This means qualified legal counsel to guide SMEs about what they can and cannot do has become more important than it was in the past.

The perceived need to monitor employees’ communications has skyrocketed. Since employers first began to fret over how staffers could waste time, the explosion of ways to goof off at work has compounded demand for surveillance tools to keep an eye on workers’ activities. According to Ascentive, employee monitoring, blocking, and filtering product sales have become a $300 million-a-year market since they were first introduced for mainstream applications more than a decade ago.

• Ethical Dilemma

Surveillance of employees’ electronic communications also involves ethical issues admins need to address, even if the monitoring is perfectly legal. Many admins may be uncomfortable with employee monitoring, especially when a company implements a heavy-handed policy and asks admins to use technology to closely monitor what employees write in their e-mail messages or which Web sites they visit.

“I would tell my boss that it’s unethical, in my opinion, to monitor employees if they have not signed an agreement that fully sets their expectations about the monitoring. If the boss wanted to do the monitoring, we could send out a form to all employees that they would all sign and return before any monitoring begins,” says John Matzek, co-chief executive officer of Logic IT Consulting (www.logicitc.com). “I would also expect the boss and the CEO to sign the form. Employee morale is critical to the success of a business, and covert monitoring could have a huge impact on morale.”

The general public is also becoming more aware of how admins are often privy to the contents of employees’ email and other electronic communications. Analyst firm Cyber-Ark (www.cyber-ark.com) recently caused a stir when it revealed that 47% of 300 senior IT professionals surveyed said they had “accessed information that was not relevant to their role.”

“As an administrator, I will often need to fix or maintain the email system,” Matzek says. “I agree to keep client information confidential, but I will often need to log in as a user to troubleshoot their email issues or make sure things are working after maintenance.”

• Policy Matters

General industry-standard guidelines for employee monitoring have not been established; it is up to individual enterprises to set their own policies, while the IT department must determine how it does monitoring.

“Employee monitoring is fairly common in policy but varied in practice,” says Michael Rasmussen, president of Corporate Integrity (www.corp-integrity.com). “Most organizations have policies in place to establish that employees should not have an expectation of privacy and that the corporation retains rights to monitor communications. However, the practice is quite varied.”

Still, there are certain policies all enterprises should follow, Rasmussen says. “Organizations that are going to pursue monitoring need to have a policy in place that states that there is no expectation of employee privacy and that the organization reserves the right to monitor communication,” he notes. “Monitoring also has to be done for a legitimate purpose and cannot be done in a way that discriminates against an individual.”

by Bruce Gain

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Bosch DP6000 Digital Paging System tailored to meet Leiden University campus' special requirements

(11/08/2008)

The importance of good on-campus security has been highlighted once again by the tragic events at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, USA, last year, where more than 30 people were killed in a shooting incident, and the recent shooting in DeKalb, near Chicago. These are obviously extreme examples of what can occur, and far more relevant to the everyday situation is the number of medical emergencies and accidents that can occur on campus. In the Netherlands alone, for example, there are around 10,000 medical emergencies per year occurring at the workplace – including heart attacks, drug overdoses and cases of physical injury due to accidents and assaults.

Fast reaction to such emergencies is always the key to saving lives by getting medical, maintenance or security personnel to where they are needed without delay. This requires dependable and uninterrupted communication between all emergency staff, for which an up-to-date digital radio paging system like Bosch’s DP6000 is ideally suited. Even today, no other technology is as reliable and fast as paging for linking people (and equipment) together.

The University of Leiden, the Netherlands, recently undertook a major upgrade of its paging system to enhance security and maintain the highest levels of safety for the large campus population. The university had special requirements, including the need to provide full, reliable coverage over the entire campus, which is more or less scattered over the whole of Leiden. Because of this, the installer Innocom, Bureau voor Bedrijfscommunicatie BV, had no hesitation in recommending Bosch’s DP6000 digital paging system as the best choice.

The DP6000 Digital Paging System not only provides a fast and ultra-reliable communications network, it is also a system that can be easily tailored to meet special requirements like those of the Leiden University campus. “The campus is scattered all over the town and many separate paging systems were being used. Each paging system had its own specifications and only a small number of the buildings were covered, and no centralized calls were possible. But we knew from previous experience with the DP6000 that we could deliver a complete paging system providing total coverage over the whole area,” says Jan Verasdonck, Innocom’s CEO.

The variety of buildings on campus is enormous as it is the oldest university in the Netherlands with a history going back to the 16th century. It consists of nine faculties: Archaeology, Arts, Creative and Performing Arts, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Theology. It also houses Schools of Management and Education. Today, there are approximately 17,000 students and 4,000 staff members.

Basically, Innocom delivered enough transmitters to cover all the buildings of the university and the techniques to avoid collisions between paging calls. A specially designed switchbox was placed in each of the university buildings from where alarm calls are fed into the central system. These alarms automatically trigger all kinds of paging calls to, for instance, first-aid teams or fire teams to ensure fast and well-organized assistance for every situation in every building. With this system, people anywhere on campus can be reached, as wells as in remote places where other kinds of communication, such as cell phones, do not function.

“We were not able to use copper wiring between the buildings since the university considered this would be difficult to maintain in the future,” says Jan Verasdonck. “Instead, the university wanted us to use its sophisticated new fiber-optic IT network for the paging equipment. This presented us with some challenges since an IT network is not designed to synchronize with VHF or UHF signals. Fortunately, Bosch helped us here with specially designed software to cope with this demand. We also developed IP paging inputs ourselves using existing I/O switches. And, using our own software, we created a fool-proof signaling system from all of the different buildings to the central system. We can connect all kinds of urgent information immediately to the appropriate team of well-trained professionals within the university.”

Innocom started installing the DP6000 system in 2005 with the Kamerlingh Onnes Building. Currently housing the university’s Law faculty, this listed building is named in honor of the celebrated low-temperature physicist, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, who conducted his experiments on liquid helium there and for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1913. In 2006, Innocom completed all the buildings in the old center of Leiden, and in 2007 the installation will be extended to the university’s Leeuwenhoek site. But it won’t end there. After 432 years the university is still very ambitious. Further improvements are constantly being sought and there are plans for new buildings. Jan Verasdonck: “And we are ready for that. We can match up to their plans, and we can easily integrate any expansions in the paging system we have already designed for them.”

Innocom has been working with Bosch paging systems for around 20 years and has always been very satisfied with the support it has received from Bosch. “What we like a lot about Bosch is that the company provides a more or less open system. They really do cooperate in order to give you all the knowledge you need. And we could not have done this job without this kind of support,” says Peter Verdonschot, one of the senior system engineers at Innocom. “Many other paging system manufacturers like to keep things complicated in order to make you more dependent on their products and services after you have installed their system. And that makes it difficult, or even impossible, to meet special demands from customers. But with the open Bosch approach, it’s possible for us to maintain customer satisfaction for a very competitive price level during the many years that a paging system is normally in operation. And that, in the end, is a major benefit for us and our customers.”

Although the installation is not yet complete, the faculty administrators and security services are very satisfied with the result so far. They have responsibility for the safety of 21,000 people and with this system they are able to ensure rapid response to all kinds of emergency situations. And, since the system is privately owned, they don’t have to rely on third-party providers for the continuity of their emergency communications network.

Source: Security Park

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Floridians Urged to Prepare Emergency Communications Plans for Peak Hurricane Months

Company's Network Primed and Ready to Ensure Reliability in Case of Storms

Last update: 10:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 14, 2008

TAMPA, Fla., Aug 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — As Floridians enter the peak months of hurricane season, Verizon Wireless reminds residents to have their emergency communications plans in place. The company already has its statewide digital network primed and ready to deliver the most reliable wireless service in case of severe weather, and offers these tips to be safer during hurricane season:

  • Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged - in case local power is lost - well before warnings are issued.
  • Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power.
  • Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.
  • Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers - police, fire, and rescue agencies; power companies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers; etc. - and program them into your phone.
  • Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  • Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you will be away from your home or have to evacuate.

"Historically, the busiest months for hurricanes are August and September, so this is a crucial time for residents to make sure they've made essential preparations," Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "We're all hoping for a quiet hurricane season, but we still want to make sure we can provide the strongest wireless service if any storms head our way. Residents should also be taking steps to ensure their safety before, during and after storms."

The company also urges the following actions once a storm is on the way:

  • Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations.
  • Send brief TXT messages rather than voice calls for the same reasons as above.
  • Check weather and news reports available on wireless phone applications when commercial power is out.

During the past 18 months, Verizon Wireless has spent more than $250 million in Florida to strengthen and enhance its wireless network. Highlights of these enhancements include:

  • A comprehensive emergency response plan, including preparing emergency command centers across Florida in the case of a storm or other crisis.
  • A $20 million enhancement to its Tampa Bay switching facility, which doubled its traffic capacity and back-up power redundancies. The facility is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and will serve as the region's emergency operations center in the event of a storm or other disaster.
  • A new 35-foot $150,000 Disaster Response Trailer to be used as temporary customer service location in areas impacted by a disaster.
  • Erecting about 150 new digital cell sites since the start of last year, of which about 85 percent have their own on-site generators.
  • The company also has a fleet of dozens of Cells on Wheels (COWS) and Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS), and generators on trailers (GOaTS) that can be rolled into hard-hit locations or areas that need extra network capacity.
  • Pre-arranging fuel delivery to mobile units and generators to keep the network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an extended period of time.
  • The company has expanded its EV-DO wireless broadband network, including launching its highest-speed Rev. A network throughout the state. This allows the most advanced wireless services (downloads, location-based applications, video messaging, etc.) and makes the network more robust for usage by residents and emergency agencies.

While Florida has been spared during the early part of this year's hurricane season, these kinds of intensive investments and preparations proved critical during the height of extraordinary storm seasons in the late summer and early autumn of 2004 and 2005. In those years, the Verizon Wireless network in Florida remained strong, while many other wireless communication networks struggled to serve residents and emergency response officials.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com.

Source: MarketWatch

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Put that thing down! Staten Islanders admit they're addicted to PDAs

by Staten Island Advance
Friday August 08, 2008, 5:39 PM

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Valerie Lopiano, of Bulls Head, is one of many Staten Islanders who are dependent on their BlackBerry device ... even when they're on vacation.

It was a lazy summer night and Andy Pollard of Rossville was just returning home from a long day at his job in Manhattan. He sat down at the dinner table to enjoy four savory Thai cuisine dishes with his family and to discuss everyone's day. As dinner continued, Pollard's wife noticed that he had been silent the whole time. She looked in his direction and was appalled to see his attention focused on the newest addition to his life — his BlackBerry.

For many Staten Islanders, summer vacations and languid evenings still don't equal a break from their compulsive need to check their BlackBerry devices, and similar gadgets such as the iPhone that give them access to email, the Web and on their cellphones. The pocket-size devices which brings the world to ones fingertips has users constantly yearning for another glance to see what's new at work. Valerie Lopiano, a sales agent at Scott Dobrin Real Estate, admits to being addicted to her BlackBerry, regardless of whether she's actually working.

Which means, like many BlackBerry users, she's always working.

"I check it continuously, about three to four times an hour," said the Bulls Head resident. "If I go on vacation, it has to come with me. It's the only way."

Launched in 1997 as a two-way pager, the BlackBerry evolved into a hand-held device which now supports e-mail services, mobile telephone, text messaging and Web browsing. Now with 9 million users throughout North America, more Americans are finding it difficult to stay focused on anything other than the device. Pollard, a senior computer technician for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in Manhattan, said he receives endless amounts of e-mails on his BlackBerry each day.

I get e-mails like crazy, said Pollard, who estimates that he checks his BlackBerry between 20 to 30 times a day. But in the business field, using the BlackBerry is the fastest way of communicating with someone.

Mrs. Lopiano agrees. Though she only recently began using a BlackBerry for her sales agent job, she said the device has improved her business. Now she can instantly look up housing property details for her customers on the phones web browser application. It has benefited my job because I don't have to wait anymore to communicate with buyers, she said.

That's the positive side.

On the down side, these portable gadgets can creates a strain on family life.

Cilia Baez of Port Richmond, a manager at beauty retailer Sephora in Manhattan, said her children and her boy friend hate when she uses her BlackBerry.

"My kids always ask me why I am on the phone again, and my boy friend asks me if I can turn my phone off when I'm with him," said Ms. Cilia.

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She said she does not regret having a BlackBerry because it helps her stay connected with her colleagues.

Frank DeSantis of Annadale said that while his family also gets upset with his excessive BlackBerry use, they understand that it is part of his job. Though he tries to limit his use on vacations, he still has to check it at least three times a day or whenever he has family down-time.

In today's fast-moving world, the BlackBerry keeps you updated as things are happening, said DeSantis. It keeps you in touch with your business and short quick e-mails are what I prefer.

DeSantis is not alone. According to AOL Mails fourth annual E-mail Addiction Survey, 46 percent of e-mail users said they're hooked on e-mail and 28 percent said they feel obligated to check their work e-mail on vacation. Worse, 19 percent choose vacation destinations based on the availability of e-mail access.

The survey also found that New York ranks No. 1 on a list of the 10 most e-mail addicted cities in the country, followed by Houston, Chicago and Detroit.

But is the addiction to checking e-mail really necessary for workers to stay connected to their jobs? Is receiving e-mails such an urgent matter that it has to be heeded to 25 times a day? According to Staten Island psychologist Dr. Larry Arann, the answer is no.

"There are some people that will say BlackBerries are indispensable because it gives them a sense of importance such as constant contact, but I just think its needless, its a distraction and it is more of a fad," he said.

Staten Island business workers however, see the BlackBerry and other devices such as the Sidekick, Treo and iPhone, as more of a necessity than a fad. In the business field, having a BlackBerry is a must, said Pollard. Checking your email is now part of your daily routine and it is expected from the company you work for.

—Contributed by Veena Bissram

Source: Staten Island Advance

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August 12 2008 - 1:12 pm EDT
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The initial question on many minds when news broke last week that Sanjay Jha, COO at Qualcomm Inc., would help lead Motorola Inc. out of the woods: Why swap celebrated success for plying the trackless wilderness?

Last week, Jha himself essentially cited the challenge and paid homage to Motorola’s reputation for engineering prowess.

Others pointed out that Qualcomm is basically a family-owned business and that Jha, as COO at age 45, may have gone as far as possible under CEO Paul Jacobs. Jacobs, also 45, presumably has decades at the helm ahead of him.

At Motorola, Jha has the opportunity to lead. (Jha officially is co-CEO, along with co-CEO Greg Brown, of the entire company and will take charge of the handset division, once Motorola’s bread-and-butter.)

Jha’s point is well-taken by analyst Matt Thornton at Avian Securities L.L.C.

“Sanjay’s caliber speaks to the caliber of the opportunity,” Thornton said.

Oh, and there’s the question of compensation:

The value of Jha’s reward was estimated at up to $94 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s based on $3.6 million in salary and bonuses this year, plus restricted stock and options worth up to $90 million. (The WSJ cited compensation expert David Schmidt at James F. Reda & Associates.)

The WSJ’s Mean Street columnist, Evan Newmark, calculated that Motorola’s promise to Jha of a 3% equity stake in a spun-off handset division could be worth up to $500 million at some point, and noted that the company would pay him $30 million if it doesn't fly solo.

Jha pointed out that the bulk of his compensation’s actual value rested on increasing shareholder value — i.e., he would be paid for performance.

Many analysts acknowledged their initial surprise that Motorola had landed such a prestigious catch, but Wall Street suddenly saw Motorola’s once half-empty cup as half-full and sent the stock up 12% last week. Within the wireless industry, there was a palpable sense of relief, too, that Motorola’s new leader was a known personality who had earned the affection, as well as the respect, of those around him.

So much for Jha’s motivation.

Looking ahead

Now for his to-do list.

Analysts appear to agree that if anyone can produce a turnaround, Jha has the technical prowess to do it. But the mobile-phone business is built on a complex matrix of various elements, of which technology is one. Another critical element, as Jha acknowledged last week, is the consumer-facing design and marketing work.

Which features, on which platforms, wrapped in which form factors, at which price points will fly in which market segments?

“This will be an enormous challenge,” said Avi Greengart, analyst at Current Analysis. “Motorola’s physical designs haven’t been the problem. Even today its products are physically attractive. The user interface and underlying software, however, is where Motorola needs help.”

“This is an area, for instance, where Apple has a tremendous advantage,” Greengart added. “Steve Jobs understands very well what his set of customers want. That’s as much art as science. Data helps, but consumers don’t always know what they want until you show it to them.”

Favorable metrics

Some of Motorola’s financial and market metrics have stabilized, leading Strategy Analytics to ask rhetorically whether the company’s second-quarter numbers were “signs of an L-shaped recovery”? A few points:

  • Motorola’s shipments of more than 28 million handsets in the quarter, though down 21% from the year-ago quarter, reflected the slowest rate of decline since the first quarter of last year;
  • revenue, down 22% from the year-ago quarter, showed a sequential improvement;
  • operating margins for the quarter, at negative 10%, represented a sequential improvement;
  • average selling prices stabilized, down only 1% over the year-ago quarter — a period in which Nokia Corp.’s ASPs showed an 8% annual decline — reflecting an improved mix of new products and healthier retail prices;
  • that product mix relies less on Razr and more on follow-on products; Razr and Razr2 accounted for 31% of shipments in Q4 2007, but only 15% in Q1 2008.

“I’m making a call here,” said Bonny Joy, analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Motorola’s numbers are coming in at a point where Motorola has bottomed out. It’s for Sanjay (Jha) to build from here. He will not have to work at preventing a further slide.”

That Jha has declared Motorola’s portfolio will be 50% 3G going forward — up from 15% today — also lends credence to the potential for a turnaround to build in coming quarters, Joy said.

Competitively, Jha brings a unique perspective, according to Joy. His perch at Qualcomm gave him visibility into how Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and LG Electronics Co. Ltd. addressed their 3G rollouts by literally flying large teams of engineers at great expense to their carrier customers’ locations to smooth customization efforts and launches. That technique had helped Samsung and LG effectively challenge Motorola’s position and can help Motorola fight back, the analyst said.

Going forward

Not everyone, of course, is ready to declare that Motorola has hit and escaped a trough.

“Calling it a trough might be going too far,” said Thornton at Avian Securities. “We’re seeing stabilization.”

Motorola executed well in a tough environment in the second quarter, the analyst said. The company’s balance sheet and cash flow improved. But “of course you want to see multiple data points,” he said.

“Now, they have a capable leader and it’s an execution game,” Thornton said.

The metrics Thornton will watch going forward are the traditional financial and market metrics: improved profitability (margins), cost management, the crucial product roadmap and market share in various regions. That also applies to the company’s remaining two businesses — the home and networks mobility unit and the enterprise mobility unit.

To spin, or not to spin?

“I think they’re intent on spinning off the handset division,” Thornton said. “Sanjay wants to lead a public company and his compensation is geared towards rewarding a spin-off.”

But the company’s effort to determine the costs and benefits of a spin-off will play a role, the analyst said. The potential upside must outweigh the complexities and one-time costs of allocating capital, debt, facilities and personnel between the core company and the newly fledged handset company.

Time is of the essence.

Jha’s “sense of urgency” can galvanize the remaining Motorola team and help attract new talent, according to Joy.

And Motorola’s promise to roll out 34 new models in the second half of the year is proof the pipeline isn’t empty — a critical element to near-term recovery, Thornton agreed.

“They’re going to live or die over the next 18 months over what’s already in the pipeline,” Greengart said. “I assume that Motorola’s cupboard isn’t entirely bare.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2008 – The teenage market continues to play a leading role in shaping the direction and future of the wireless industry, and CTIA – The Wireless Association® is working in conjunction with Harris Interactive to learn more about this vital consumer segment. CTIA and Harris Interactive are collaborating on an in-depth study of more than 2,000 teenagers around the nation, examining how today's teens feel about wireless products and services, how they are using them today and most importantly, how they would like to use them in the future.

Results of the research study will be presented in a keynote session on Friday, September 12, at CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008® at Moscone West in San Francisco. A panel of teenagers will join moderator Trip Hawkins, founder of Digital Chocolate and Electronic Arts, in what promises to be an enlightening and compelling multi-media keynote forum.

"Almost anyone with a teenager at home knows how important wireless is in their lives, and we believe it will be extremely interesting to learn how they use wireless, what it means to them today, and what they want to do with it tomorrow, " said Steve Largent, CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO. "We are pleased to be working with Harris Interactive to provide such key insight into what teens are thinking and would like to change about wireless services and devices."

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  • Wireless devices and services in 2020 – What is the teenage roadmap?

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Matthew Evans, SVP, Harris Interactive technology practice, added, "The collaboration with CTIA is an invaluable component of our business and client service strategy. It is a priority for Harris Interactive to make investments on behalf of our clients and industry peers that proactively navigate imminent and dynamic shifts in the wireless arena. CTIA offers one of the richest environments in the industry for delivering intelligence to our clients, partners, peers and CTIA members."

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CTIA -The Wireless Association® is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers. CTIA is also recognized as the premiere producer of two annual technology events representing the complete wireless, mobile and Internet industries: CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008 takes place in San Francisco, September 10-12; CTIA WIRELESS 2009 takes place in Las Vegas, April 1-3. Visit www.ctia.org.

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Harris Interactive is a global leader in custom market research. With a long and rich history in multi-modal research, powered by our science and technology, we assist clients in achieving business results. Harris Interactive serves clients globally through our North American, European and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms. For more information, please visit www.HarrisInteractive.com.

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2008-08-11

AINSWORTH, Neb., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ — In recognition of the recent alliance formed July 30 between AlertNow and the Nebraska Educational Service Unit (ESU) Cooperative Purchasing, AlertNow is available at a ten percent discount to all ESU member schools of Nebraska who purchase before July 31, 2009.

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ESU-affiliated schools who purchase AlertNow through this special program will receive customized online training and full implementation within 30 days of the executed agreement. Onsite training and best practices sessions will also be provided at regional centers once a year for multiple districts who wish to attend.

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Posted by Will on Monday, August 11th, 2008 at 7:59 pm under Financial, Sprint, Rumors

When a struggling company does something right, you have to reward them for it. Otherwise, what was the point of criticizing their previously unacceptable business practices?

Sprint, in this case, has been rumored to be making another change in their push to redefine themselves as the premier wireless data provider in the US. Rather than aiming at the more competitive voice-call business in the US, Sprint has been banking on their more widely-available EVDO Rev. A data network and upcoming WiMAX data service to revive their ailing bottom line. Sprint’s WiMAX aspirations are still on the ropes as various wireless carriers and associations are petitioning the FCC to block, or at least delay, the Sprint and Clearwire merger that would bear the WiMAX-fruit that we’re all waiting for.

But, that doesn't mean Sprint can’t make bigger changes in their other wireless data service. Sprint’s phone-as-modem plans (PAM) allow the user to use their mobile phones as, well, modems. Previously priced at $40 per month, the PAM plans are now rumored to be getting a huge price-cut. We’re hearing that Sprint is mulling a $15 per month price-point for customers looking to use their cellphones as wireless modems (tethered to their laptops, of course).

The move would most likely help Sprint increase their revenue, but may not necessarily increase their data ARPU (average revenue per user). While, ARPU is generally regarded as the key metric by which a wireless carrier is able to turn a profit, there’s something to be said for increasing your customer base on the same ARPU, as opposed to reducing ARPU while holding subscriber numbers constant.

Sprint would do well to drop their PAM plans. Sprint customers would be more willing to adopt the cellphone as wireless modem data plans, rather than violating Sprint’s Terms of Service by tethering their smartphone, with regular data plans, to their laptops. And, by increasing their appeal to heavy data users, Sprint could be one step closer to becoming the No. 1 wireless data provider in the US.

Note: I’ve said it time after time that Sprint would do well to redefine their business in to a more data-centric model, but that doesn't mean Sprint’s voice-call business can being ignored. Data is more lucrative, and Sprint has the edge there, but voice is still king, and Sprint needs to improve that side of the business if they want to rise up past their No. 3 post.

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Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 5:24 PM CDT

Retailers say supplies will likely run low as digital broadcasting date nears.

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Paging Controlled Moving Message LED Displays

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  • Variety of sizes
  • Indoor/outdoor
  • Integrated paging receiver

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PDR3000/PSR3000 Paging Data Receivers

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  • Highly programmable, off-air decoders
  • Message Logging & remote control
  • Multiple I/O combinations and capabilities
  • Network monitoring and alarm reporting

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Specialized Paging Solutions

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  • Emergency Mass Alerting
  • Remote telemetry switching & control
  • Fire station automation
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Paging software and customized solutions
  • Message interception, filtering, redirection, printing & logging
  • Cross band repeating, paging coverage infill, store and forward
  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters, on-site systems

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Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions

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  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and field service management
  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces
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Contact
Postal
Address:
WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
Street
Address:
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
Web site: www.wipath.com left arrow CLICK
E-mail: info@wipath.com left arrow CLICK
Phone: 770-844-6218
Fax: 770-844-6574
WiPath Communications

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Preferred Wireless
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Equipment For Sale
Miscellaneous:
2 Aluminum Equipment racks
1 Outdoor Motorola Cabinet (many others)
1 Outdoor Hennessey Cab w/AC Unit
10 Glenayre PM-250C (NEW) Power Monitor Panels w/Alarms
13 RL-70 XC Midband Link Receivers
  Several New 900 MHz Antennas
Link Transmitters:
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
2 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
8 QT-100C, 100W VHF, TCC, RL70XC
12 Glenayre GL-T8411, 225W, w/I20
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 350W, ACB or TRC
2 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
UHF Paging Transmitters:
10 Glenayre GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 110W, ACB
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 225W, ACB
3 Motorola Nucleus 125W
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
1 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
48 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, w/ or w/o I 20
10 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB
2 Motorola Nucleus, 300W, C-Net
GL3000 & Unipage Cards—Many misc. cards.
1 Complete GL3000L w/ T1s, 2.2G HD, LCC

 SEE WEB FOR COMPLETE LIST:
www.preferredwireless.com/equipment
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Too Much To List • Call or E-Mail
Preferred Wireless
Rick McMichael
888-429-4171

rickm@preferredwireless.com
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www.preferredwireless.com/equipment
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Preferred Wireless

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Suite A
9207 Deering Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Minilec Service

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RIM hits 10 percent U.S. market share record

Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:51am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the first time Research In Motion Ltd's BlackBerry cornered 10 percent of U.S. cell phone sales in the second quarter in a market that grew more than 5 percent despite economic concerns, Strategy Analytics said on Monday.

The research firm said Canada's RIM was seeing huge success with both consumer and enterprise handsets in the United states where total mobile phone shipments rose 5.3 percent to 41.9 million units from 39.8 million in the second quarter of 2007.

Also in the second quarter Motorola Inc. managed to keep the lead in its home market.

While some analysts have been expecting Motorola to be overtaken by rivals even in its strongest market the phone maker had better-than-expected U.S. sales in the quarter, giving it 25.8 percent of the U.S. market compared with its global share of less than 10 percent.

Motorola barely squeaked ahead of LG Electronics to keep its global No. 3 ranking in the second quarter. It has been losing market share to rivals such as Nokia and Samsung Electronics Co. for well over a year amid criticism of its handset line-up and a lack of phones with high-speed Web links.

"Motorola is not yet out of the woods, but these are encouraging, early signs of stabilization," said Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston, citing the company's strong distribution network and its U.S. carrier relationships.

Strategy Analytics said LG took second place in the United States for the first time in almost two years, due partly to sales of phones with high-speed Web links by the country's No. 1 wireless service AT&T Inc.

Source: Reuters

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InfoRad Wireless Office

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Wireless Messaging Software

AlphaPage® First Responder (Windows 2000, XP, Vista). When the message matters, AlphaPage® First Responder is the fast, reliable, and secure solution Emergency Management Professionals choose. AlphaPage® First Responder is designed for the modern professional who requires full-featured commercial wireless messaging capabilities that include advanced features such as automated Route-on-Failure, custom message templates, and secure messaging with SSL encryption. AlphaCare™ extended premium support plans are also available. For more information on all InfoRad Wireless Messaging software solutions, and fully supported free demos, please click on the InfoRad logo.

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP, SMTP, or WCTP
  • Pass through Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Supports Ethernet or PPP Connection to Internet w/Dial Backup
  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic
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IPG Internet Paging Gateway

  • No Moving Parts Such as Hard Drives or Fans to Fail
  • Supports 10Base-T Network Connection to Internet
  • Accepts HTTP, SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP from Internet
  • Sends TAP or TNPP to Your Paging Terminal
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PageTrack

  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
  • Uses standard paging receiver
  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)
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Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
  • TAP Concentrator and TNPP Routing Functions w/TNPP over Internet
  • Serial Protocols Supported: GCP, SMDI, SMS, TAP, TNPP
  • Internet Protocols Supported: AIM, HTTP, SMPP (out only), SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP
  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available
Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).
Contact
Hark Technologies
3507 Iron Horse Dr., Bldg. 200
Ladson, SC 29456
Tel: 843-285-7200
Fax: 843-285-7220
E-mail: sales@harktech.com left arrow CLICK HERE
Hark Technologies

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EUROPEAN MOBILE MESSAGING ASSOCIATION

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The European Mobile Messaging Association

Has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the Industry’s
Second Semi-Annual Conference and Round Table Meeting, 2008

Is Paging Ready for Globalization?

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October 1 - 3, 2008
Marriott Hotel, Warsaw

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DAY 1, Wednesday, October 1, 2008
13:00 Registration
13:30 Get-together Coffee
14:00 OPENING ADDRESS
14:05 Session 1
REVIEW OF THE INDUSTRY
14:30 Session 2
THE NATURE OF PAGING:
• Local?
• Global?
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Session 3
IT’S A MESSAGING WORLD
• Competitive Technology Analysis
• Hindering Factors for Globalization
• Niche Global Opportunities for Text Messaging
17:30 END OF DAY 1
19:00 GROUP DINNER (optional)

 

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DAY 2, Thursday, October 2. 2008
09:00 Session 4
PAGING TECHNOLOGIES: CURRENT AND DEVELOPING
• Asia
• Australia
• Europe
• USA
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Session 5
PREREQUISITES FOR GLOBALIZATION
• Manufacturers views
12:30 Lunch
14:30 OUTSIDE EVENT
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Gala Dinner at a Typical Polish Restaurant

EMMA ANNUAL AWARDS

 

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Day 3, Friday, October 3, 2008
09:30 Session 6
PREREQUISITES FOR GLOBALIZATION
• Operators views
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 7
JOINING THE GLOBALIZATION MOVEMENT
• Strategies for Globalizing Paging
• Applications
• Strategic Alliances
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Session 8
INDUSTRY ROUND TABLE MEETING
• The Globalization Project
15:30 END OF CONFERENCE

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REGISTRATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Registration Fee:
The attendance fee is as follows:

EMMA Members, whose membership is paid for 2008:
Euro 150 per delegate.

Non-members:
Euro 495 per delegate or 990 per company (several delegates from the same company may attend).

The attendance fee includes access to all sessions, soft drinks during the sessions, coffee breaks, plus: Organized visits mentioned in the program and Gala Dinner; lunch on Days 2 and 3; and copies of the presentations in electronic format distributed after the conference.

Registration Form:
Please fill the attached registration form and e-mail it to the EMMA Secretariat, events.emma@gmail.com as soon as possible to enable us run logistics smoothly.

Hotel Reservations:
You will receive information about hotel accommodation together with the confirmation of your registration to the Conference. The EMMA special rate for this event in Deluxe rooms at the Marriott Warsaw Hotel is PLN 400 (€ 119) for Single occupancy (PLN 440 for double occupancy), inclusive of breakfast, exclusive of service and VAT. Hotel Reservation Form.

Cancellation Policy
In case of impediment to attend after registration, you may be replaced by another member of your company without penalty.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat up to September 7 will result in a charge of Euro 25 per person.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat on or after September 8 , and no-show, will give no right to refund, as EMMA is liable to the hotel for the number of delegates confirmed three weeks before the event.

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You can contact Derek Banner, EMMA President, by calling him on +44 1895 473 551 or e-mailing him at: derek.banner@wirelessmessaging.org

Visit the EMMA web site left arrow CLICK HERE

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Nighthawk Systems Reports Second Quarter Results

2008 Revenues Almost Triple 2007 Totals — Company Implements Cost Reduction Initiative

SAN ANTONIO, TX – August 14, 2008 - Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK) (“Nighthawk”), a leading provider of wireless and IP-based control devices and solutions, today reported financial results for three and six months ended June 30, 2008. Revenues continued to grow as compared to previous years and the Company implemented initiatives to lower the production costs of both its set top box and power control products which it feels will allow it to generate positive cash flows and income from operations.

The Company reported revenues for the second quarter of $736,356, a 117% increase over the second quarter of 2007 revenue of $339,684 and reported revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2008 of approximately $1.6 million, a 183% increase over revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2007 of approximately $552,000. These increases could have been substantially larger, as the Company shifted the production of 3,911 set top box units from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2008 in order to implement cost savings reductions in the production of set top boxes.  As a result, the Company expects a significant increase in revenues, margins and cash flows associated with the production of set top boxes beginning in the third quarter of 2008 and continuing for the foreseeable future.  

Despite the shift in production of set top boxes to the third quarter of 2008, overall revenues still more than doubled from the second quarter of 2007 to the second quarter of 2008, and nearly tripled from the first six months of 2007 to the first six months of 2008.  The Company experienced significant growth in its general power control products as it completed the remaining 410 units from an order of 600 power control units by a provider of photo traffic and electronic toll enforcement services. Sales of the Company’s utility products decreased slightly as the Company began marketing new utility products capable of 2-way communications capabilities and additional functionality. The Company expects to begin producing these products during the third or fourth quarter of this year.

Due to the increase in overall revenues generated, the Company produced approximately twice the gross profit in the three and six-month periods ending in 2008 than in the comparable periods in 2007. Gross margins declined from 2007 to 2008 due to the addition of previously lower margin set top box revenues to the overall product mix, but as mentioned previously, going forward the Company expects margins on set top boxes to improve significantly and more closely match those of its traditional power control products.  Selling, general and administrative expenses declined slightly from the 2007 periods to the 2008 periods.

Improvements in gross profit were offset by increases in depreciation and amortization expense recognized during 2008 related to the acquisition of the set top box business in October 2007.  As a result, and also as a result of the recognition of approximately $200,000 in non-cash interest expense associated with the early payoff of debt during the second quarter of 2008, the net loss increased from $592,651 during the second quarter of 2007 to $732,110 during the second quarter of 2008.  However, the net loss for the six months periods improved from $1,709,953 in 2007 to $1,502,308 in 2008.  

“As the latter half of 2008 unfolds, we believe that many of the initiatives identified and in some cases, achieved during the first six months of the year, will have a significant positive impact on our financial results going forward. We were successful in finding alternative cost structures for the set top box product and this should accelerate the improvement not only to the Company’s top line going forward, but to the bottom line and to cash flows as well,” commented H. Douglas Saathoff, CEO of Nighthawk Systems, Inc.  Mr. Saathoff, added, “The commitment we made during the second quarter of this year slowed down the production, and therefore the revenue growth, that I expected to realize during the quarter and as a result, the Company will not reach some of the revenue targets that I anticipated we would reach during 2008.  However, I feel the changes provide the Company with a much more realistic opportunity to achieve profitable near term growth earlier than expected.”

About Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
Nighthawk is a leading provider of intelligent devices and systems that allow for the centralized, on-demand management of assets and processes.  Nighthawk products are used throughout the United States in a variety of mission critical applications, including remotely turning on and off and rebooting devices, activating alarms, and emergency notification, including the display of custom messages.  Nighthawk’s IPTV set top boxes are utilized by the hospitality industry to provide in-room standard and high definition television and video on demand.  Individuals interested in Nighthawk Systems can sign up to receive email alerts by visiting the Company’s website at www.nighthawksystems.com.

Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, including statements about plans and expectations regarding business areas and opportunities, acceptance of new or existing businesses, capital resources and future business or financial results are "forward-looking" statements.  You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, customer acceptance of our products, our ability to raise capital to fund our operations, our ability to develop and protect proprietary technology, government regulation, competition in our industry, general economic conditions and other risk factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and our future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations.  We do  not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.

CONTACT:

Doug Saathoff
Chief Executive Officer
Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
dsaathoff@nighhawksystems.com
(877) 7-NIGHTHAWK, Ext. 7

Source: Nighthawk Systems, Inc.

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EMERGENCY AUTOMATION & NOTIFICATION

• FIREHOUSES • SCHOOLS • PUBLIC FACILITIES • GOVERNMENT FACILITIES • EMERGENCY ROOMS

WHAT DO FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES, WISPS, HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ALL USE NIGHTHAWK.

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.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

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.

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Firehouse Automation

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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Put the innovative technology of Nighthawk to work for you. For more information on any of our products or services, please contact us.

Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
10715 Gulfdale, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78216

Phone: 877-764-4484
Fax: 210-341-2011
E-mail: sales@nighthawksystems.com
Web: www.nighthawksystems.com

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CUSTOM APPLICATIONS

outrnet custom apps If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days.Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at:

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Many e-mails were received this week with information for inclusion in the Paging Service Provider Directory.

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UNTIL NEXT WEEK

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Brad Dye, Editor
The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Beware of the man who kowtows to his superiors or who is rude to his inferiors.”
—Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.

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