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FRIDAY - APRIL 18, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 306

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

The one-year anniversary of the Va. Tech tragedy has brought forth many interesting articles this week on emergency communications. I have included a couple of the better ones. I am also very pleased to include another guest editorial from Craig Meldrum, President of WiPath Communications, on Mass Alerting Systems.

Craig's previous article, The pitfalls of mass alerting systems using cellular SMS/text messaging, was very well received. I know of at least one paging-market manager who printed copies of the article and handed it out to customers, and one paging-company engineer who said that it gave him some new ideas.

I am trying to find out what a feature in a pager called "FBT message protection" ("protección de mensajes FBT" in Spanish) is—does anyone know what the initials FBT stand for and what this means? I don't know if this is Spanish, English, or Portuguese, and I have e-mailed several Latino friends and so far, no one has been able to answer this question.

For those of you following the news about Bell Industries, you can read their Annual Report, filed as a Form 10-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. It is 56 pages long—so it's too long to reproduce here—but it has a lot of information about the SkyTel deal that may surprise you.

OK students, your assignment for this week is to read the first article following about the dramatic 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater group, acting out a science fiction novel written 40 years earlier: The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. Many people tuned into the radio play and thought it was a real news broadcast and that we were being invaded by creatures from Mars. “Hundreds of thousands of people” panicked all across the United States. At first thought, this seems very funny, but since we are talking about emergency, mass-alerting systems here, we must take this lesson from history very seriously.

Any new system that we come up with to notify the public must be absolutely secure against penetration by hackers. This is one more argument put forward this week against the use of Cellular SMS emergency alerting. Great harm could be done if some irresponsible hacker got access to a national emergency alerting system.

For many years the paging system operators have all been very careful to include safeguards against unauthorized people gaining access to paging systems. Many carriers have sent the news and weather out to most of their subscribers' pagers—daily—at no charge. If a hacker could send a message to the news capcode it would go to thousands of people as legitimate news. At one time that number may have been in the millions. (Before 1999.)

And yes, I am advocating that it be in the millions once again; but that this time we also include many large LED signs in public places and smaller displays on the walls of schools and public buildings—even homes. The point is that it must be done very carefully. I am not just talking about scaring people about little green men from Mars. There are many scenarios that we must guard against: A fake stock market crash might produce a real one. An unnecessary mass evacuation of an area could produce many problems and then when a real one becomes necessary, people might not respond quickly enough. We need it because of the school shootings and the Hurricane Katrina debacle and we absolutely must not shy away from the implementation because of the potential for misuse.

I buy things on the Internet all the time with my debit card and I frequently receive payments for advertising via PayPal's Internet service — all with no problems — so I am fully confident that we can make these wireless emergency alerting systems as secure as our financial networks.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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"War of the Worlds": Behind the 1938 Radio Show Panic

Stefan Lovgen
for National Geographic News
June 17, 2005

It was the day before Halloween, October 30, 1938. Henry Brylawski was on his way to pick up his girlfriend at her Adams Morgan apartment in Washington, D.C.

As he turned on his car radio, the 25-year-old law student heard some startling news. A huge meteorite had smashed into a New Jersey farm. New York was under attack by Martians.

"I knew it was a hoax," said Brylawski, now 92.

Others were not so sure. When he reached the apartment, Brylawski found his girlfriend's sister, who was living there, "quaking in her boots," as he puts it. "She thought the news was real," he said.

It was not. What radio listeners heard that night was an adaptation, by Orson Welles' Mercury Theater group, of a science fiction novel written 40 years earlier: The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells.

However, the radio play, narrated by Orson Welles, had been written and performed to sound like a real news broadcast about an invasion from Mars.

Thousands of people, believing they were under attack by Martians, flooded newspaper offices and radio and police stations with calls, asking how to flee their city or how they should protect themselves from "gas raids." Scores of adults reportedly required medical treatment for shock and hysteria.

The hoax worked, historians say, because the broadcast authentically simulated how radio worked in an emergency.

"Audiences heard their regularly scheduled broadcast interrupted by breaking news," said Michele Hilmes, a communications professor at University of Wisconsin in Madison and author of Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952.

Stations then cut to a live reporter on the scene of the invasion in New Jersey. "By the end of the first half of the program, the radio studios themselves were under attack," Hilmes said.

Tuning in Late

Orson Welles and his team had previously dramatized novels such as The Count of Monte Cristo and Dracula. The introduction to War of the Worlds broadcast on CBS Radio emphasized that it was based on the H.G. Wells novel.

But many people didn't hear that introduction. They were tuned into a rival network airing the popular Chase and Sanborn Hour program featuring the ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy.

Ten minutes into that show, at a time when its star took a break, many listeners dialed into War of the Worlds instead. Having missed the introduction, they found themselves listening to "the music of Ramon Raquello and his Orchestra," live from New York's Hotel Park Plaza.

In reality, the orchestra was playing in a CBS studio. The dance music was soon interrupted by a series of increasingly alarming news bulletins. An astronomer, played by Welles, commented on reports that several explosions of "incandescent gas" had been observed on the planet Mars.

Then a news bulletin reported that a "huge flaming object" had struck a farm near Grovers Mill, New Jersey. A "newscaster" described seeing an alien crawl out of a spacecraft. "Good heavens—something's wriggling out of the shadow," he reported. "It glistens like wet leather. But that face—it … it is indescribable."

Newspapers vs. Radio

In 1938, with the world on the brink of World War II, audiences were already on razor's edge. The format used in War of the Worlds, with its shrill news bulletins and breathless commentary, echoed the way in which radio had covered the "Munich crisis"—a meeting of European powers that became the prelude to World War II—a month before.

"Welles and his company managed to closely duplicate the style and the feel of those broadcasts in their own program," said Elizabeth McLeod, a journalist and broadcast historian in Rockland, Maine, who specializes in 1930s radio. "Some [listeners] heard only that 'shells were falling' and assumed they were coming from Hitler."

It was also the time during which science fiction developed as a popular genre. "We were on the brink of scientific discoveries about space," Hilmes said. "Dangers lurked abroad—why not in outer space?"

Panicked listeners packed roads, hid in cellars, and loaded their guns. In one block of Newark, New Jersey, 20 families rushed out of their houses with wet towels over their faces as protection from Martian poison gas, according to a front-page article in the New York Times the next day.

But historians also claim that newspaper accounts over the following week greatly exaggerated the hysteria. There are estimates that about 20 percent of those listening believed it was real. That translates to less than a million people.

At the time, newspapers considered radio an upstart rival. Some in the print press, resentful of the superior radio coverage during the Munich crisis, may have sought to prove a point about the irresponsibility of the radio broadcast.

"The exaggeration of the War of the Worlds story can be interpreted as the print media's revenge for being badly scooped during the previous month," McLeod said.

Power of Imagination

There is no doubt that radio held a unique power over its audience. For rural audiences, in particular, it was the primary point of contact with the outside world, providing news, entertainment, and companionship, McLeod noted.

Orson Welles knew how to use radio's imaginative possibilities, and he was a master at blurring the lines between fiction and reality.

"No movie special effects … could have conjured up enormous aliens striding across the Hudson River towards the CBS studios 'as if it were a child's wading pool' [in Welles's words] as convincingly as the listeners' imaginations could," Hilmes said.

War of the Worlds also revealed how the power of mass communications could be used to create theatrical illusions and manipulate the public. Some people say the broadcast contributed to diminishing the trustworthiness of the media.

According to the New York Times, Welles expressed profound regret that his dramatic efforts could cause consternation. "I don't think we will choose anything like this again," he said. He hesitated about presenting it, Welles said, because "it was our thought that perhaps people might be bored or annoyed at hearing a tale so improbable."

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National Geographic News

There is another excellent article in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that goes into great detail about this radio broadcast and the panic that ensued.

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AAPC is representing the paging industry at the East and West coast Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) Conventions.

APCO is the world’s largest organization dedicated to public safety communications, their members consist of emergency call centers, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, fire departments, forestry services, and others who work with communications systems that safeguard the world’s citizens.

This month AAPC representatives already staffed a booth at the east coast event and responded to multiple requests from attendees seeking carriers in various parts of the east coast. Next week is the APCO west conference and AAPC will be there to promote the paging industry and ultimately your business.

Welcome to AAPC newest members:

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CellCast Challenges FCC on Text Alerts

11 April 2008, 12:05
by Cassimir Medford

A six-year-old privately-held firm on Friday challenged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's proposed use of commercial text messaging to deliver emergency alerts to cell phone users in crisis situations.

CellCast Technologies, a Houston-based firm that specializes in cell network broadcast technology, said that SMS used in emergency situations is insecure and will quickly clog the cell networks causing critical delays.

CellCast's emergency alert system, which is currently deployed in Wisconsin by Einstein Wireless, uses a single broadcast channel within the cell network to send text messages to hundreds or more cell phone users in harm's way.

Commercial text messaging on the other hand uses more of the network's bandwidth because it employs the person-to-person communications link used for voice communications.

"Our system is like a latter day version of a siren alerting everyone in the vicinity of danger," said Paul Klein COO of CellCast. "Cell broadcast does not clog the network, which occurred with text messages during college-campus shootings and the Minneapolis bridge collapse."

In times of emergency cell phone traffic can overload the networks causing breakdowns or delayed messages that arrive long after the emergency is over.

The FCC late Wednesday introduced the Commercial Mobile Alert System which if and when it becomes operational will send text-based alerts to subscribers in emergency situations.

The FCC does not specify SMS as the preferred means of transmitting emergency mobile alerts, but Mr. Klein believes that because of its shortcomings SMS should be removed from consideration.

"SMS has been the most profitable thing to hit the wireless business but the problem is is it is not secure," he said. "Someone can crack a campus SMS database and send a bogus alert and no one would be able to tell if it's real or not."

According to Mr. Klein, carriers have a major investment in SMS as a standard for mobile alert systems since many of them have sold expensive SMS alert notification systems to colleges across the country.

And a committee authorized by the FCC to make recommendations on standards for the mobile alert system left a lot of crucial questions unanswered, he said.

CellCast has submitted its comments to the FCC in reaction to the Commission's recent report.

Source: Red Herring

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Verizon Wireless Introduces Nationwide Messaging Plans

04/14/2008

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the owner and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network, announced the availability tomorrow of three new Nationwide Messaging plans that will allow customers to use unlimited messaging on their wireless handsets. The new plans do not require an accompanying voice plan and are designed to meet the needs of customers who primarily rely on messaging to communicate with others.

The Nationwide Messaging plans are available on most handsets, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and Smartphones inclusive of BlackBerry devices. Starting at $34.99 monthly access, the new Nationwide Messaging plans include unlimited text, instant, picture and video messaging, and offer per-minute voice calling rates as noted below:

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Monthly Access: $34.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus Mobile Web access and data usage) Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.40

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Monthly Access: $54.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus E-mail, Web browsing and data usage) Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.25

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Monthly Access: $54.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus E-mail, Web browsing and data usage) Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.25

“We developed these messaging plans in response to feedback from our customers,” said Robert Miller, vice president - marketing for Verizon Wireless. “We have a growing number of customers, particularly from the deaf or hard of hearing community, who are using their wireless phones to communicate via messaging. Our Nationwide Messaging plans offer an affordable solution for customers who primarily use messaging to communicate, giving them more choices to only pay for services they need.”

All three Nationwide Messaging plans allow customers to send and receive international text messages for $0.25 per message. Nationwide Messaging plans are available with a one- or two-year customer agreement (activation fees, taxes, and other charges apply).

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Customers who sign up for the $34.99 monthly access Nationwide Messaging plan will also have the option of adding Mobile Email to their accounts for an additional $5.00 per month. With Mobile Email, customers can access popular e-mail services, as well as configure the service to work with their POP3 and IMAP accounts. Devices that support Mobile Email include the LG VX8300, VX8350, VX8700 and VX9400; Chocolate, Venus™, enV and Voyager™ by LG; MOTOKRZR K1m, MOTORAZR V3c, MOTORAZR V3m and MOTORIZR™ Z6tv; Samsung Alias™ (SCH-u740), Samsung SCH-u900 and SCH-u620, as well as the FlipShot™ by Samsung and the Gleam™.

All PDAs, Smartphones and BlackBerry handsets will be eligible for the Nationwide Messaging plans. The SMT5800, Verizon Wireless XV6900 and MOTO Q 9m will also support Mobile Email.

For more information about the Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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Cubans line up for their first cellular phone lines

By Marc Frank
Mon Apr 14, 1:02 PM ET

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A woman speaks on her cell phone as others line up outside a phone center to buy cell phone service in Havana, Monday, April 14, 2008. The government of new President Raul Castro has begun selling cellular service to all citizens for the first time. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HAVANA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Cubans lined up at state-owned telephone offices on Monday to buy cellular phone services previously available only to government officials and foreigners.

President Raul Castro, who took power in February, has moved quickly to ease restrictions in the communist country and the new reform allows Cubans to buy cellular phones for the first time or register those they had held illegally.

"It is an advance, like other things that are happening in Cuba now," said Alejandro, smiling with his new contract in hand. The self-employed Cuban has used a cellular telephone illegally for years in the name of a foreigner.

"Before we had to get the line through a foreigner, who was the only person authorized to do so," said Mayerlin, a mother of two, waiting in line for her telephone.

Thousands of Cubans were expected to take advantage of the opportunity to buy the service in the coming days, even though it costs the equivalent of nine months' pay for the average wage-earner.

"It is a very good measure, but what we earn does not correspond with the price," said 33-year-old Gustavo, who nevertheless waited with around 100 others at an office in Havana's colonial district to buy the service.

Cuba has the lowest rate of cellular telephone use in Latin America. Customers will pay for their calls with prepaid cards bought in hard currency, and will be able to receive and make international calls.

NEW FREEDOMS

Raul Castro has moved quickly to lift what he has called "excessive prohibitions" in Cuba since succeeding his ailing older brother Fidel Castro as president in February.

Cubans are now allowed to buy DVD players, computers and other electronic goods, and stay at tourist hotels previously reserved only for foreigners.

But increased access to consumer goods and services comes at a price many Cubans can't afford.

The average state wage is around 400 Cubans pesos, or $18, per month. Most consumer goods are priced in convertible pesos, or CUCs, a hard currency worth 24 times more than the peso.

About 60 percent of Cubans have access to hard currency from cash remittances sent by relatives living abroad, mainly in the United States, or through factory and farm bonuses and tips from foreign tourists.

A cellular telephone line costs 110 CUCs and the cheapest cellular phone is priced at 60 CUCs, equivalent to about $65.

"It is expensive for us. I can't pay that in one month or in 10 months," said Mayerlin. She said only Cubans who rent rooms to foreigners, work for a foreign company or receive money from abroad could afford the prices.

Cuban telecommunications monopoly ETECSA, a joint venture in which Telecom Italia has a 27 percent stake, last month announced it would begin selling the service to Cubans. It said the income would be used to expand land lines, where Cuba has the sixth lowest density in Latin America.

Many Cubans have for long wanted access to cellular phones and hoped it would be among the first steps taken by Raul Castro, who succeed his brother as Cuba's first new leader in almost half a century on February 24.

"We used to go crazy looking for a foreigner to get us a line," said Rosario Iglesias, a Havana housewife. "It is a very good decision that benefits all Cubans and raises our self esteem."

Source: Yahoo News

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NEWS RELEASE

April 15, 2008
Contact: Joe Farren
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CTIA – The Wireless Association® Calls for Passage of Cell Tax Fairness Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tax Day, CTIA-The Wireless Association® and its member companies are urging Congress to pass legislation requiring a five-year hiatus on new discriminatory state and local wireless taxes. To achieve this goal, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Chris Cannon (R-UT) introduced the "Cell Tax Fairness Act" today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The wireless sector of the technology industry continues to be an important driver for growth in our nation's economy. Americans don't just talk on their wireless phones anymore; they access the Internet, get information, pay bills and use wireless to be more productive at work and other every day activities, " said Lowell McAdam, CTIA-The Wireless Association® Chairman and Verizon Wireless President and CEO. "With about 15 percent of each customer's monthly bill already going to taxes and fees, increasing discriminatory and unfair taxes on wireless customers presents a clear and present danger to future growth. Policymakers should roll back taxes on wireless customers."

According to analysis from a new study that examines trends of taxation on wireless service in the U.S., consumers continue to face a substantial, unfair tax burden, paying over twice the 7.1% rate imposed on other competitive goods and services subject to sales tax. Between 2003 and 2007, taxes and fees on wireless service increased four times faster than taxes on other goods and services.

"Keeping wireless taxes at a fair and reasonable level is critical to growing the economy and making the workforce more productive, efficient and informed," said Steve Largent, CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO. "We should do everything in our power to remove the roadblocks—such as excessive, discriminatory wireless taxes—that stand in the way of progress, and the Cell Tax Fairness legislation introduced today in the House is a positive step in the right direction."

The latest CTIA wireless industry survey released earlier this month revealed that as of year-end 2007 more than 255 million wireless users were recorded in the U.S., roughly 84% of the population. The survey also showed a dramatic increase in SMS, with more than 48 billion messages reported for the month of December 2007 alone—1.6 billion messages per day. This represents an increase of 157% over December 2006. Additionally, a March report issued by the Federal Communications Commission showed that in comparison to other platforms for high-speed internet service, mobile wireless comprised more than 68% of the overall growth in high-speed lines from June 2006 to June 2007.

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Microsoft Completes Danger Buy; Software Question Remains

By Evan Koblentz
WirelessWeek - April 16, 2008

Microsoft completed its acquisition of Danger, the company announced today.

Danger, known for its Hiptop phone sold by T-Mobile as the Sidekick, was an early player in non-traditional smartphones primarily for youth markets. Microsoft announced is plans to acquire Danger in February this year for an undisclosed price.

Danger Co-Founders Matt Hershenson and Joe Britt will join Microsoft’s new Premium Mobile Experiences group, which is part of the Mobile Communications Business, in turn under the Entertainment and Devices Division, company officials explained.

However, Danger’s more popular co-founder was Andy Rubin, who later founded Android, which was acquired by Google.

“As we combine our team and technologies with Microsoft, we see a clear path to evolving that experience and delivering it to an even broader group of consumers,” said Hershenson, in a statement.

It remains unclear whether Microsoft will retain any of Danger’s software or convert its hardware to run the Windows Mobile operating system.

Source: WirelessWEEK

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“Hurricane-Proofed” Schools Blocking Emergency Communications, Police Chief Warns

POSTED: 11:11 am EDT April 12, 2008
UPDATED: 8:03 am EDT April 14, 2008

PALM BAY, Fla. — A Central Florida police chief is warning that schools built with thick concrete walls and reinforced steel in ceilings after past hurricanes are blocking emergency communications and could eventually affect students' safety.

Palm Bay police Chief Bill Berger said fortifying many new schools to withstand hurricanes and rough weather may have inadvertently "blacked out" contact between police and emergency radios.

Berger is worried that if a Columbine-type shooting happens, his officers would not be heard on their radios, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

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Berger is worried that if a Columbine-type shooting happens, his officers would not be heard on their radios.

Berger said the problem was illustrated in November, when Palm Bay Officer Sandra Brimmer was called to a fight in a hallway of Bayside High. When she tried to use her police radio to ask for backup officers to come to the school, it wouldn't work.

"It shielded her communications," Berger said, referring to the school's heavy concrete construction.

Brevard County's Director Of District and School Security Andrea Alford said law enforcement radios don't work in some areas of all 85 Brevard County public schools, particularly those built after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. That is when Florida schools were designated as shelters and built to withstand 150 mph winds.

"It's just like citizens' communications are hampered in various locations," Alford said. "It is an issue with all buildings of a certain structural integrity."

School officials said they are taking steps to help fix the problem without hurting an already tight budget, Local 6 reported.

"When I hear people say it's going to be a tight budget, one lawsuit and I'm telling you it will more than magnify the loss," Berger said. "Everybody will then say, 'My God, why did this happen.'"

Any possible fix for the problem is likely to cost more than $150,000 per school, Local 6 reported.

Source: LOCAL 6.com

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April 15, 2008

Governor Blagojevich accepts recommendations from Campus Security Task Force for enhancing safety on college campuses

Announces support for legislative proposals including $25 million grant program to boost campus security, new law to require campus emergency response and violence prevention plans Governor asks task force to continue work on campus security

SPRINGFIELD – During a ceremony on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today commended members of the Campus Security Task Force (CSTF) for their thorough study of campus security issues and accepted the group’s comprehensive 259-page report, which details recommendations for increasing security at the more than 180 institutions of higher learning in Illinois. The Governor also embraced the task force’s legislative proposals to create a $25 million grant program to boost campus security and require campus emergency response and violence prevention plans, saying his administration would act quickly to push for legislative approval. The report also includes detailed guidance for college administrators and security officials in the areas of response, mental health and prevention, and legal issues.

“When I created this task force in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, I gave it the very serious mission of developing ways that we can make Illinois campuses safer and more secure for our students,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “As we mark the two-month anniversary of the Northern Illinois University shootings and the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech incident this week, I commend the Campus Security Task Force for presenting me with a report that provides not only solid recommendations for making campuses safer, but also substantive tools to help campuses move forward in security efforts.”

On April 29, 2007, less than two weeks after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, Gov. Blagojevich announced three campus safety initiatives, including creation of the Campus Security Task Force. The task force was charged with developing and implementing comprehensive, coordinated policies and training programs to deter, prevent and significantly enhance the response to and recovery from major public safety incidents at higher education campuses in Illinois. Members of the task force represent a broad spectrum of more than 75 agencies and organizations from the emergency response, mental health services, legal and higher education communities.

The task force first met in June 2007 and formed three committees to focus on response, prevention and mental health, and legal issues.

“Working with over 45 talented professionals representing various disciplines across multiple jurisdictions, the Response Committee has made findings and crafted recommendations that improve the ability of colleges and universities across this state to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,” said Andrew Velasquez III, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and chairman of the response committee. “The work of this remarkable committee will serve to protect the precious human resources that our campuses represent. I am proud to have led this committee as it performed this important work.”

“The tragedies at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University have exposed the most difficult issues facing our colleges,” said Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “I am pleased to be part of this effort to bring experts together to study how we can better protect our college communities. As part of the Campus Safety Task Forces’ legal committee, we have worked to help colleges find the best way to balance students’ rights to privacy with the need to maintain campus security.”

“Recent events have shown the importance of raising awareness of mental health issues and eliminating stigma that continues to serve as a barrier to those in need of accessing services both on college campuses and in our communities,” said Lorrie Rickman Jones, Ph.D., director of the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health. “Additionally, we must ensure there is adequate mental health service delivery on campuses and explore opportunities for new collaborations to enhance existing services with community based mental health systems.”

The task force’s report was originally expected to be completed earlier this year, but members decided to delay finalizing the report to ensure it captured initial lessons learned from the response and recovery to the shootings at the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb. Task force members met with NIU officials a few weeks after the incident. While the formal investigation into the incident is ongoing at this time, task force members noted that NIU’s response represents an effective model for all-hazards emergency planning, response and recovery at an institution of higher education.

Gov. Blagojevich said he fully supports two legislative proposals recommended by the task force, including the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 and the Campus Security Enhancement Grant Program.

Under the Campus Security Enhancement Act, all Illinois higher education institutions would be required to develop and exercise an all-hazards emergency response plan and an inter-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional campus violence prevention plan. State and local emergency management officials will assist with the development of these plans, as well as with training and exercises related to the plans. The Act would also require the development and implementation of a campus violence prevention committee and campus threat assessment team. The CSTF Report provided detailed guidance on how to properly develop such committees and teams.

The task force also recommended creation of a $25 million Campus Security Enhancement Grant Program, which would make available funding for campus security response and violence prevention training programs, projects to enhance emergency communications and planning and execution of campus-wide training exercises. Funding for this initiative is included in the Governor’s Capital Bill.

While the task force’s report was released today, the group last fall implemented other portions of the Governor’s campus safety initiatives, including the distribution and training for the use of more than 300 STARCOM21 radios to 70 college campuses throughout Illinois to enhance communications with local response agencies during emergencies. In addition, 200 officials from nearly 100 campuses participated in six Campus Security Awareness Training Program sessions conducted around the state by the CSTF.

The Governor asked task force members to continue their efforts for campus security by meeting twice a year to determine how the recommendations are being implemented and determine if additional measures are needed. The CSTF’s report outlines more than a dozen additional actions task force members could address in the coming months.

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Source: Illinois Government News Network 
(Campus Security Task Force recommendations here also.)

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Motorola reorganizes phone unit

By Wailin Wong | Tribune staff reporter
12:40 PM CDT, April 17, 2008

Motorola Inc. has reorganized its mobile phone business, aligning hardware and software teams within product categories as it prepares to make the unit into an independent company.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson said the new structure was announced late Wednesday in an internal memo. Among the changes, Motorola combined two categories of phones, mid/high-tier feature phones and multimedia phones, into a single segment.

Motorola defines feature handsets as fashion-centric ones, such as the Razr. Multimedia phones are those focused on photos, music, videos and gaming. Erickson said the thinking behind combining feature and multimedia phones is that distinctions between the categories are already blurring, given the pace of change in the overall handset market.

Software teams for the feature and multimedia phones will be part of the newly combined group, working alongside their colleagues in hardware and design. Erickson said this is a key change because previously, software and hardware staffers reported to different executives. Now, the head of each phone category will have responsibility for the entire process from inception to product launch.

Motorola chief executive Greg Brown, who took direct control of the cell-phone business in February and has been spending much of his time at the unit's Libertyville headquarters, has said software is a major weak point for the company's mobile handsets.

Hardware and software teams will also be working more closely in the mass-market category of phones, which are focused on voice services and lower-priced than the more multimedia-oriented products.

Motorola said the new structure should help products get to market faster — another area the company has struggled with in recent years.

Erickson said the impetus for the internal changes came from Brown and the company wants to make sure the mobile handset business is "well-positioned for standalone success." Brown is also searching for a chief executive for the cell-phone unit, and the changes are expected to entice potential candidates.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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UC Riverside Augments Emergency Readiness

Virginia Tech Tragedy Prompts a Year of Upgrades

(April 16, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Violence at other universities, such as the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech one year ago, has offered lessons for all universities about how to best prepare to keep the campus community safe in a crisis.

"I assure you UC Riverside is devoting major attention to those lessons,” Chancellor Robert D. Grey wrote in a message to the campus community. “We have taken significant steps to evaluate and develop UC Riverside’s preparedness for such emergencies as natural disasters, pandemic disease, and an active shooter or bomb threat situation.”

Already served by an environmental safety program, a full police department and a fire marshal, UCR in the past year has introduced an emergency alert system, trained all of its officers in rapid response to an active shooter, and augmented its mental health staff. In addition, campus leadership has participated in tabletop drills to ensure a rapid response in the event of an emergency.

Emergency response

Under the guidance of a full-time emergency planner, the campus has an emergency operations plan and a specially equipped emergency operations center to coordinate emergency response.

In October of 2007, UCR introduced an emergency alert system to provide faculty, staff and students with timely information and instructions during emergencies. The system can send simultaneous text messages registered members of the university community. Currently, 61 percent of UCR students and 24 percent of faculty and staff have registered to receive messages. The system complements other communications, including use of the police bullhorns and sirens, fire alarms, e-mail, the Web, and news media.

An Emergency Communications Workgroup was established in July 2006, and continually assesses available communications methods and equipment. Training sessions have been held on Web-based communication software called WebEOC that will help.

Each building has a point person for emergency conditions, to develop specific emergency plans and to provide on-site instruction and communications during building evacuations.

Regular emergency drills are held, with an active shooter exercise completed in March of this year with executive management. The campus will hold a full scale emergency drill by April 2010. Each campus department must have an updated emergency plan by that time.

Police

All campus police officers have completed a two-day active shooter training with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The UCR police department now owns ballistic shields and helmets and is training to deploy them. While it was once standard for law enforcement to set up a perimeter and wait for a specially trained and equipped SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team to arrive, the active shooter procedures call for teams of trained patrol officers to move in immediately and neutralize the shooter.

The department has also developed a crisis response presentation for faculty, staff, and students to learn strategies to increase the likelihood of surviving a shooting incident like Virginia Tech's.

UCPD acquired a Mobile Command Post vehicle to assist with on-scene incident command in violent incidents involving multiple police agencies. The department has established relationships with other local, state, and jurisdictional police and fire agencies. The department conducts a multi-agency active shooter scenario training each year.

UCPD has created a Critical Incident Response Book, detailing sensitive sites, command post locations, and aerial photographs of the campus to assist neighboring law enforcement agencies in responding to the campus.

Student Mental Health/Counseling

The campus established a Critical Student Incident Team that includes Student Affairs, Police, Counseling and Housing, to discuss common concerns and to work with faculty and other instructors who are in contact with students who could be in serious distress.

The UCR Counseling Center redesigned the center’s Web site to include mental health resources for the campus community, especially at times of heightened concern, after reports of emergencies. The center also published a new edition of “Assisting the Emotionally Distressed Student” for faculty and staff. This is available to the campus community in hard copies or accessed via http://counseling.ucr.edu.

UCR’s Counseling Center has established a 24-hour crisis counseling service at (951) 827-5531, as well as developed, in conjunction with other campus departments, preventive programs for students, faculty and staff in recognizing students who may be experiencing distress. The center is stocking a “Crash Cart” that will make it easier to respond quickly with the right materials to a campus emergency.

Student Affairs received Mental Health funding to increase current minimal part-time psychiatry in both the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center to one full-time psychiatrist shared by the departments. Student Affairs is also recruiting a social worker to act as a case manager for students in mental distress. Student Affairs is currently developing a Wellness Center to foster wholistic approaches to healthy living and offering educational mental health care to “at risk” populations on campus.

Campus Home Page

The campus home page (ucr.edu) provides a link to Campus Emergency Status page (http://campusstatus.ucr.edu) and Emergency Procedures Page (http://www.ehs.ucr.edu/ep/fp/) which provides guidance for a variety of emergency conditions and contact information for further assistance.

Campus Violence Prevention Program

Last fall, the Campus Violence Prevention Program, a national leader in combating violence against women, was awarded a $1 million federal grant to help UC's 10 campuses improve their prevention and response programs. The three-year project aims to coordinate a model program to reduce the incidence of campus-based violence against women and to provide effective outreach programs and services that make it as comfortable as possible for victims to come forward.

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The University of California, Riverside is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment of about 17,000 is projected to grow to 21,000 students by 2010. The campus is planning a medical school and already has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center. With an annual statewide economic impact of nearly $1 billion, UCR is actively shaping the region's future. To learn more, visit www.ucr.edu or call (951) UCR-NEWS.

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Email: kris.lovekin@ucr.edu

Source: University of California Riverside Newsroom

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N.Y. to tax goods bought on Amazon

by Linda Rosencrance, Computerworld-(US-online)
Apr 15, 2008 6:28 pm

The New York State Legislature has passed a budget that includes a provision requiring certain online retailers such as Amazon.com to collect sales taxes from online purchases and remit them to the state. According to the budget, collecting these taxes will bring in $50 million this year.

The law, which will go into effect as soon as Gov. David Paterson signs it, will mean that Internet companies with some kind of physical presence in the state will have to sign on as vendors by June 1 and collect state taxes from New York customers, said Thomas Bergin, a spokesman for the state’s Taxation Department.

Bergin said that if the companies don’t register, they may face audits going back years. And if the state can prove they have had a physical presence in New York and are therefore subject to its tax laws, they will be responsible for remitting sales taxes on all the items sold to New York residents during that time. Residents of the state are required to pay sales taxes—they can do so on their income tax forms—on items they purchase, no matter where or from whom they buy, Bergin said.

Amazon officials could not be reached for comment.

Amazon itself doesn't have a brick-and-mortar store in the state, and therefore is not required to collect state taxes under a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. However the state contends it does have a physical presence because it operates through a number of local affiliates, Bergin said. According to the state, if local companies put Amazon’s affiliate code on their Web sites, then Amazon does, in fact, have a physical presence in New York. Affiliates make money by referring customers to Amazon.

A source said Amazon will most likely challenge the law in court.

Source: Macworld

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Editor's note: In the USA we paging people call the specialized computer that controls a one-way paging system, a paging terminal. We could also call it a paging switch like some engineers do, and be technically correct. It was originally called a terminal by telco engineers because it was the place where the telephone lines terminated. In the following article the term paging terminal refers to a Pager. Which way is correct? Actually they both are since a terminal is something that attaches to the end of a wire or circuit. (Or a place at either end of a bus, train, or airplane route.) So a paging terminal as in Paging Control Terminal (PCT) is at one end of the paging system—the originating end—and a paging terminal as in Pager, is on the other end—the receiving end. It's just a matter of custom or common usage.

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The following article is excellent! I highly recommend that you read it carefully. It is very well written and it addresses a timely topic: Emergency Alerting.

Mass Alerting Systems

April 15, 2008

Several recent events have prompted the relevant authorities to review their methods of communicating with large numbers of people in a relatively small area quickly and reliably. It seems that almost overnight a new industry has sprung up with a wide variety of solutions to offer.

Typically the solutions offered have tended to revolve around the capabilities or knowledge of the proponents, which whilst understandable, do not always provide for the most effective means of tackling a new problem. Fitting square pegs into round holes comes to mind.

Software people believe software-based systems are the ones that will rule the day — however typical of software people, the realities of hardware, networks and the real world tend to be forgotten or neglected if they are considered at all. Hence the profusion of systems utilising what is in reality a convenience toy for children i.e. SMS/Text which I believe should never be considered as a solution for any business solution let alone for emergency communications requirements.

Hardware people tend to believe that everything can be solved by putting up a new network and selling lots and lots of new hardware devices.

The reality is that the best solution, as always, will be driven by careful consideration of the problem, examination of existing resources and judicious use of proven technology.

So what is the problem? Most emergency events occur out of the blue, escalate to a critical state very quickly and then take a lot longer to control and resolve. Long experience has shown that the key to managing the response to disasters and emergency events is communications.

There are two primary communications requirements that arise in such events. The first is the need for responders to be able to communicate with each other and with their command and control facilities. The second is the need to be able to communicate with the people affected by the event.

I am not intending to address the first requirement as that is generally well recognized and certainly the focus of a large amount of resource and deliberation.

The second requirement however, has been less well considered in the past and has become far more important recently with the relatively large number of emergency events that have occurred in the last few years such as campus shootings, extreme weather events, disasters, etc., where information flow has been less than adequate.

Weather events and large scale natural disasters tend to require the ability to communicate with a large population over a very wide area and are reasonably well addressed by existing public communications facilities such as weather radio, broadcast radio and TV. My focus here is more on an ability to provide timely and relevant communications during the course of a localized emergency event in a relatively small area such as a school or college campus.

The nature of such events is that they occur quickly, without warning and if not properly managed can cause considerable chaos, panic and confusion which may also lead to further dangers. I am no expert on the management of crisis situations but I can discuss the communications systems that can assist in the management of such a crisis.

The necessities of such a system are to be able to communicate with a large number of people within the area under threat as quickly as possible, to manage the distribution of information so that it reduces panic in areas less under threat and to keep the information flow going to ensure that it remains relevant to the current and evolving situation.

These requirements immediately rule out any system that is incapable of delivering the information quickly and reliably such as SMS/Text. Such systems might have limited usability for initial alerts in a very small and restricted environment but that very limitation argues for the use of a more suitable technology. Similarly a system that assumes a recipient is in one place — such as in front of a PC — also has limited capability in such situations. It also rules out less discriminative systems that rely solely on an emergency signal that lacks any additional information, such as an audible siren system.

An important consideration is the investment involved in providing systems that may or may not ever be used “in anger” and whether there are other functions that may be used to offset the cost. This also raises the question of whether by using such a system for purposes other than an emergency it may become just part of the background environment and therefore be less effective when required for a real emergency event.

Further consideration needs to be given to what the effect of the use of such a system will be when an emergency situation does arise. Will it cause panic just by its very use?

An appropriate emergency mass alert system must therefore be able to:

1. provide a fast and reliable means of communicating initial alert information

2. deliver information calmly and dispassionately

3. continue to do so regularly and reliably to keep the audience informed

4. be addressable and zone-able so that relevant information can be sent to the right area

5. be useful for other purposes when not used for emergencies without reducing its effectiveness in an emergency

6. utilize a variety of different information delivery mechanisms to ensure as many people as possible have access to the information

7. be scaleable without strain on the network resource

8. be deployed cost effectively

9. be controllable from multiple locations

10. be independent, as much as possible, from reliance on hard-wired power and communications supplies

So what are the technical requirements of such a system and its information devices that would meet these requirements?

1. The system must be wireless as only wireless systems can be installed anywhere regardless of access to power and hard-wired communications cabling.

2. It must be able to handle broadcast information to a very large number of information points without strain on network capacity.

3. It must also have the capability of being addressed by zone or group to allow geographically-relevant information to be disseminated in different areas.

4. It should also be capable of being addressed right down to individual devices.

5. It must be capable of being run off localized power supplies such as solar or back-up batteries in case of mains power failure.

6. It should be suitably constructed according to the environment in which it is located

7. The primary means of disseminating meaningful information should be text-based rather than voice although voice and other audible and visual alerting devices may be used as a means of attracting initial attention

Whilst there are one or two wireless technologies that are being deployed in such systems such as FM sub-carrier via broadcast radio and proprietary radio systems, there is really only one proven technology that is able to deliver on all of the above criteria and which uses open standards technology and readily available equipment from a number of suppliers and that is paging.

Paging is a true broadcast technology which also provides significant individual addressing capability. Its broadcast and grouping capabilities enable any number and combination of receiving devices (terminals) to be addressed extremely quickly and because it can be used for a variety of other uses without affecting its capabilities in an emergency, it is the preferred technology for mass alerting systems.

There are three main components of a mass alerting system:

1. The command and control facility

2. The network infrastructure over which the information is transmitted

3. The terminal devices which receive and display, or are activated by, the alert information

Command & Control
Inevitably the command and control system interface will be computer based and it should be capable of being managed from a number of different locations in case the primary location is compromised by the emergency event itself. Ideally the primary components of the system should be duplicated and geographically separated to allow for both technical failure and compromise. Inevitably there will be trade offs in this between cost and risk.

The software will typically be a messaging system, with as simple a user interface as possible, consisting the devices to be sent the messages, arranged individually and in groups, some pre-canned standard messages and the ability to type in free-form messages. More sophisticated programming functions should be hidden from the normal user to reduce the complication involved with using the system. The system should be capable of handling message input from several locations on site and potentially from offsite as well.

The Network
The network may be a dedicated on site system or in some instances a publicly available wide area network may be suitable provided it meets the requirements of timeliness, reliability and addressability. Typically a campus can be covered with a single paging transmitter thus keeping infrastructure costs to a minimum. Depending on the determined risk a secondary hot-back-up transmitter and controller located in a different location than the primary transmitter may be desirable.

Terminal Devices
The terminal devices are those devices that deliver the information directly to the recipients. In any facility such as a college campus it will be necessary to be able to deploy a variety of different devices for different environments. The most common such terminal devices will be:

LED Displays
Paging controlled LED signs or displays (often called marquees) allow text data to be displayed in an area without the need for every person in that area to be carrying a suitable receiving device. The signs may be constructed in different sizes according to the distance from which they need to be readable and can be constructed for indoor or outdoor installation. LED signs can be used for general information purposes and/or to display the time and date when not being used for emergency purposes but can be programmed to display emergency messages using different colors and sounding audible alerts.

Room Terminals
Smaller desktop or wall mounted display devices such as paging data terminals can be installed in locations where a larger LED type display is unsuitable or where it is desirable to provide a more discrete messaging capability. These terminals often provide additional outputs for control of other alerting devices in the area or to activate locks or other security devices.

Portable Terminals (Pagers)
Pagers may be carried by key personnel for discrete messaging and location incident management in the case of an emergency whilst also providing a more general and discrete messaging capability at other times.

Other devices
A range of capabilities can be added to the system including audible and visual warning devices primarily used to draw attention to the primary terminal devices above. Voice capability can be added using text to voice conversion where it is desirable to add a voice component to the system.

Summary
Wireless mass alert systems based on paging are the most suitable for emergency situations as they are able to generate mass alerts over a very wide area almost instantaneously. Follow up information can subsequently be delivered as fast as it becomes available to keep people informed of changes to the alert situation without the risk of overloading the network infrastructure.

Zoning or grouping allows different messages to be sent to different parts of a campus according to the developing situation and direct people to take different actions depending on the situation as it applies in each area.

Whilst primarily acting as a mass messaging facility, such systems can — if desired — also be used to send discrete individual messages to persons with responsibility for large numbers of people e.g. to a lecturer in a lecture hall who can manage the orderly dissemination of the information.

For campuses with restricted budgets paging is also very cost effective with limited infrastructure cost and easy deployment without extensive installation expenditure.

Craig Meldrum is President of WiPath Communications LLC, a manufacturer of wireless data and paging terminal devices and systems used for emergency mass alerting over local area and public paging networks. Contact: craig@wipath.com

Source: WiPath Communications

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Intelligent Solutions for Paging & Wireless Data

WiPath manufactures a wide range of highly unique and innovative hardware and software solutions in paging and mobile data for:

  • Emergency Services Messaging
  • Utilities Job Management
  • Telemetry and Remote Switching
  • Fire House Automation
  • Load Shedding and Electrical Services Control
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PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal

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  • FLEX & POCSAG
  • Built-in POCSAG encoder
  • Huge capcode capacity
  • Parallel, 2 serial ports, 4 relays
  • Message & system monitoring
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Paging Controlled Moving Message LED Displays

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  • Variety of sizes
  • Integrated paging receiver
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PDR2000/PSR2000 Paging Data Receivers

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  • Highly programmable, intelligent PDRs
  • 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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  • Remote switching & control
  • Fire station automation
  • PC interfacing & 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:
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Cumming, GA 30040
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Phone: 770-844-6218 Office
770-844-6574 Fax
805-907-6707 Mobile
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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
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
1 Glenayre Hot Standby Panels
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
17 Glenayre GL-T8411, 225W, w/I20
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 350W, ACB or TRC
6 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
UHF Paging Transmitters:
12 Glenayre GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
10 Motorola PURC 5000, 110W, ACB
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 225W, ACB
3 Motorola Nucleus 125W
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
1 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
76 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, 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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Satellite Uplink
As Low As
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  • Data input speeds up to 38.4 Kbps
  • Dial-in modem access for Admin
  • Extremely reliable & secure
  • Hot standby up link components

Knowledgeable Tech Support 24/7

Contact Alan Carle Now!
1-888-854-2697 x272
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Ask for Special Newsletter Pricing.

Please call: 800-222-6075 ext. 312 for pricing.

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

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MEDIA ADVISORY

April 16, 2008
Contact: Joe Farren
202-736-3207

CTIA WIRELESS 2008® Keynote Highlight Webcast Now Available

WASHINGTON, DC – The CTIA WIRELESS 2008® Keynote Highlight Webcast is now available at daily.ctia.org/wireless2008/. This year's show in Las Vegas featured dynamic keynote addresses from key industry leaders who shared their insights on the wireless future, along with ex-presidential candidates and former U.S. Senators John Edwards and Fred Thompson, who discussed the important role wireless plays in the political process and shared their experiences on the presidential campaign trail. Video highlights of each day's presentations include:

Day 1 Keynote Webcast:

  • Special message from Verizon Wireless CEO and CTIA Chairman, Lowell McAdam.
  • CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent releases results from the industry's semi-annual survey, revealing enormous growth in a number of key metrics in 2007.
  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin shares his views on wireless, broadband, competition, and the 700 MHz auction.
  • Perspectives of several wireless industry executives, including: Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Mobile Founder and Chairman; Robert Bach, Microsoft President, Entertainment and Devices; and Dan Hesse, Sprint Nextel President and CEO.

Day 2 Keynote Webcast:

  • CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent pays tribute to wireless pioneer, Marty Cooper, in a special recognition of the 35th Anniversary of the first cellular phone call made on a portable device.
  • Arun Sarin, Vodafone Group CEO, presents his outlook for mobile operators around the world.
  • Marco Boerries, Yahoo! Mobile President, launches Yahoo! Mobile's search application, OneSearch 2.0., and its unique `voice recognition' capability.
  • Verizon Wireless CEO, Lowell McAdam, leads an "Infrastructure Roundtable" and discusses the road to 4G with Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg, Alcatel Lucent CEO Pat Russo, and Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski.

Day 3 Keynote Webcast:

  • Ex-presidential candidates and former U.S. Senators John Edwards and Fred Thompson discuss the role of wireless in politics in their keynote addresses, and candidly answer questions about candidate endorsements and vice-presidential interest during a Q&A segment with Steve Largent.

In addition to the Keynote Highlight Webcast, you may also access daily video wrap-up packages, a camera phone photo gallery, an interactive blog, and informative podcasts with industry insiders on topics ranging from network management and m-commerce, to industry adopted best practices for location-based services and a look at wireless in the US and around the world. Check out all this and more at daily.ctia.org/wireless2008/.

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CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.
www.ctia.org

Source: Virtual Press Office

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Unication USA

Unication’s

Paging

Products

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The Paging Industry expects quality, reliable, and high performance paging products.

We at Unication have listened and delivered.

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M90™ Messenger™—Our newest ReFLEX 2-Way Advanced Messaging solution. Finally the Industry has a true replacement for the Motorola T900 but with more features and improved RF performance.

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  • One-Way Pagers
    • Alpha Elite and Alpha Gold—Our top of the line FLEX™ / POCSAG, 4-line alphanumeric pagers with an identical user interface and comparable RF performance to the Motorola Elite and Gold pagers.
    • NP88—Our newest numeric FLEX / POCSAG pager with the best backlight in the Industry.
  • Telemetry
    • We offer RF and decoding solutions.
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About Unication Co., Ltd.

  • A Taiwan company founded in 1992 with extensive experience designing and manufacturing paging and broadband products.
  • An ODM to major telecommunications companies.
  • More than 300 associates worldwide with Engineering Design Centers in Taipei, China and Vancouver, BC. The engineering team has years of experience in wireless systems, embedded SW, RF design and protocols for infrastructure and pagers.
  • Our Accelerated Life Testing facility ensures the highest quality of products for our customers.
  • ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
  • Fully licensed by Motorola for product design technology and the FLEX Family of Protocols.
  • Sales and Engineering support office in Arlington, Texas.
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  Contact Information

  Kirk Alland
  Unication USA
  1901 E. Lamar Blvd.
  Arlington, TX 76006
  (817) 926-6771
  kirk@unication.com

Unication USA

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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
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BLOOSTON LAW

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

www.bloostonlaw.com

   Vol. 11, No. 15 April 16, 2008   

FCC Adopts Commercial Mobile Alert System For Emergencies, Disasters

The FCC has adopted a First Report and Order that will support the ability of the nation’s wireless carriers to transmit timely and accurate alerts, warnings and critical information to the cell phones and other mobile devices of consumers during disasters or other emergencies. This Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) is a voluntary system in which carriers may elect to participate. The rules to deliver commercial mobile alerts during emergencies were on the agenda for the Commission’s April 10 open meeting, which was canceled early that morning. Nevertheless the commercial mobile alert and other agenda items were subsequently adopted on circulation.

In compliance with the Warning, Alert and Response Network Act (WARN Act), the commercial mobile alert order adopts relevant technical requirements based on the recommendations of the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee (CMSAAC) for the transmission of such emergency messages to the public.

During emergencies, the FCC said, Americans increasingly rely on wireless telecommunications services and devices to receive critical, time-sensitive information anywhere, anytime. Once fully implemented, the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) will help ensure that Americans who subscribe to participating wireless services receive emergency alerts when there is a disaster or emergency that may impact their lives or well-being.

Wireless carriers that choose to participate in the CMAS will transmit text-based alerts to their subscribers. As technology evolves, the FCC said, the CMAS may eventually include audio and video services to transmit emergency alerts to the public. To ensure that people with disabilities who subscribe to wireless services receive these emergency alerts, the FCC adopted rules that will require wireless carriers who participate in the CMAS to transmit messages with both vibration cadence and audio attention signals.

Consumers can expect to receive three types of messages via their cell phones and other mobile devices from participating wireless carriers, including:

Presidential Alerts – national emergency-related alerts delivered to the American public that would preempt any other pending alerts;

Imminent Threat Alerts – alerts with information on emergencies that may pose an imminent risk to people’s lives or well-being; and

Child Abduction Emergency/AMBER Alerts – alerts related to missing or endangered children due to an abduction or runaway situation.

Under the CMAS, subscribers to wireless services with roaming agreements will receive timely alerts, provided the subscriber’s mobile device is configured for, and technically capable of, receiving such emergency alerts from the network they are roaming on.

Participating wireless carriers will be required to comply with the rules adopted in the Order within 10 months from the date of announcement that a Federal agency has been designated to collect and transmit the alerts to the wireless carriers.

In a separate statement, Commissioner Michael Copps noted that “So far, no federal agency has stepped up to fulfill the unified aggregator/gateway role that virtually all stakeholders agree is necessary for our mobile alert system to work properly. Indeed, if no agency assumes this role, the rules we enact today will never become effective and Americans will never receive the protection of emergency alerts delivered to their mobile phones.

“The unwillingness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fulfill this role is especially disheartening because FEMA representatives were intimately involved in developing the idea of a unified Federal gateway/aggregator. In fact, not until long after the die was cast, did FEMA suggest that it would be unable for statutory and other reasons to perform this key function. Specifically, it was less than two months ago—after the advisory committee had made its recommendation and after FEMA’s representative had voted in favor of the unified Federal gateway/aggregator scheme—before FEMA raised any objection to assuming this responsibility.

So now we are left without a firm candidate for a position that is essential to getting this system off the ground. In light of FEMA’s recent and unexpected interpretation of its statutory authority, the Commission’s only remaining option is to work with its fellow agencies and the Congress to find a federal entity (whether FEMA, another branch of the Department of Homeland Security, or some other government agency) that can fulfill this function.”

In his own separate statement, Chairman Kevin Martin said: “By adopting technical requirements for the wireless alerting system today, we are enabling wireless providers that choose to participate in this system to begin designing their networks to deliver mobile alerts. It would have been better, of course, if we had a Federal entity in place now to take on the role of alert aggregator and gateway. We are hopeful that we have initiated the dialogue that will allow an appropriate Federal entity to assume that central role in an expeditious manner.”

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

LAW & REGULATION

FCC EXTENDS LMDS CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENT UNTIL JUNE 1, 2012: The FCC has addressed 678 applications filed by licensees in the Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) seeking waivers of the Commission’s Rules and extensions of time to build out their licenses and demonstrate substantial service within their licensed areas. In short, the FCC extended the 10-year construction requirement for certain licenses until June 1, 2012. BloostonLaw, on behalf of its clients, filed applications seeking extensions of at least five years, and preferably 10 years beyond their current license build-out and renewal deadlines. BloostonLaw argued that the extensions were needed due to the lack of affordable LMDS equipment and a larger collapse in the fixed broadband wireless market that has made it economically unfeasible for LMDS licensees (and especially those in rural markets) to construct their networks and to initiate service. For similar reasons, the Rural LMDS Group had asked the FCC to extend the construction deadline until 2018 and 2019, respectively, for licensees currently under 2008 and 2009 deadlines (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, January 16). Various other parties had sought extensions from two to 10 years. Thus, the Commission granted a four-year extension, and otherwise denied the waiver requests to the extent that they sought additional relief, and it declined to consider requests for clarification of how the agency may act on future applications to renew LMDS licenses.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

COMMENT DATES SET FOR SDTA’s REQUEST TO CLARIFY AND/OR RECONSIDER ORDER EXTENDING LNP TO VoIP PROVIDERS: The FCC has established a comment cycle for the South Dakota Telecommunications Association’s (SDTA’s) petition for clarification and/or reconsideration of the FCC’s recent order extending local number portability (LNP) obligations to interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, February 27 and April 2). Specifically, SDTA requests clarification and/or reconsideration with respect to the Commission’s statements concerning a VoIP provider’s “numbering partner” and the scope of porting obligations. Comments in this WC Docket No. 07-243 proceeding are due April 29, and replies are due May 9.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

DEADLINES

MAY 31: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on May 31. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report. Clients who would like assistance in filing Form 395 should contact Richard Rubino.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or halmor@bloostonlaw.com

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Onsite Paging Saves Lives in Hospitals, PageRouter: Faster, better and more reliable healthcare

To continue to deliver quality healthcare, St. Clair Hospital in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, sought to streamline its onsite-offsite paging integration.

MARKHAM, Ontario (Business Wire EON) April 17, 2008 — To continue to deliver quality healthcare, St. Clair Hospital in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, sought to streamline its onsite-offsite paging integration.


“By getting both critical and routine information to the right people as soon as it's available, the paging management system allows us to focus on effective patient care.”

"Whether for medical emergencies or routine care, responding with the right treatment at the right time can save and sustain lives," says Gary Steiner, St. Clair Hospital's Telcom Administrator. "We wanted to minimize the time patients or staff spent waiting for help or input from others."

St. Clair Hospital turned to the PageRouter Text Messaging Management System, by Canamex Communications, a leading manufacturer of healthcare messaging solutions. Steiner appreciates the way their advanced messaging management technology is able to integrate communication among a full-range of sources and destinations from nurse call stations and patient monitoring equipment, to local onsite pagers, commercial pagers, PDAs, wireless phones, cell phones, email addresses, and two-way radios.

"With the PageRouter system it just takes two seconds from the time the patient pulls the nurse call until the attending nurse's pager is ringing and explanatory text is supplied," says Steiner. "The nurse knows not only which patient pulled the cord, but also in which area of the patient's room it was pulled whether lavatory, bedside, or emergency call."

According to Steiner, the system supplies a patient response safety net, which has freed up departmental secretaries to do their work and allowed nurses to respond much faster to patients' needs.

It is in emergency situations, however, that Steiner feels the advanced PageRouter system may be most useful. "From any phone, staff can dial a three-digit pager number, a callback number, and select a prepared message to send individuals or an emergency response team," says Steiner. "The right individuals or teams are automatically paged in seconds whether they're onsite or offsite."

"By getting both critical and routine information to the right people as soon as it's available, the paging management system allows us to focus on effective patient care," says Steiner. "It's a simple, cost-effective way to help medical professionals take care of patients better and faster by removing communicative and administrative bottlenecks."

Canamex Communications Corporation is the developer of the PageRouter Paging Management System and QUIKPAGER Wireless product line. QUIKPAGER can be found in nearly 40% of hospitals in the United States. Contact Canamex at 888-387-4205 for a demonstration, visit them at www.canamexcom.com or write to 200 Riviera Drive, Markham, Ontario, L34 5M1, Canada.

Download this press release as an Adobe PDF document.

Source: eMediaWire

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EUROPEAN MOBILE MESSAGING ASSOCIATION

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The European Mobile Messaging Association

A Global Wireless Messaging Association

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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

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Nighthawk Systems Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2007 Earnings

Nighthawk Delivers Record Quarterly and Annual Revenue and Achieves Positive Shareholder Equity

Nighthawk Initiates Guidance for 2008

April 16, 2008 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN ANTONIO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: NIHK) (“Nighthawk”), a leading provider of wireless and IP-based control devices and solutions, today reported financial results for its full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007. Over the last twelve months the Company delivered sequential quarterly revenue growth, completed the acquisition and integration of a new business line, right-sized the Company and achieved positive stockholders’ equity for the first time in its operating history.

Revenues for the full year 2007 increased 84 percent to a record $1.7 million as compared to $899,000 for 2006. The revenue growth was led by shipments of the Company’s flagship CEO700 remote disconnect units to new and repeat customers; sales of its utility products more than doubled from the previous year level. While Nighthawk considers the utility market its largest source of revenues and anticipates an acceleration of the growth from this business in 2008, the Company additionally expects to generate significant revenues from a number of initiatives it introduced in 2007, including new opportunities with fault-tolerant, mission critical control systems for emergency notification and monitoring purposes. Nighthawk also expects significant revenue and cash flow contribution from the newly acquired set-top box product line.

The Company reported a net loss before non-operating costs related to funding efforts for 2007 of $3.3 million versus a net loss of $3.7 million for 2006. The Company incurred non-cash costs associated with a $6 million preferred stock funding conducted during the fourth quarter of 2007 of approximately $2.6 million. Including the funding costs, the Company incurred a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $5.9 million or $0.05 per basic share in 2007 as compared to a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $3.7 million or $0.05 per common share in 2006. The Company’s gross profit on revenue in 2007 was $378,000 yielding a gross margin of approximately 23 percent. The Company anticipates a meaningful increase in its gross margins during 2008 as it achieves economies of scale from increased sales, as well as improvements implemented in its manufacturing process.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 increased to a record $735,000, a two and a half-fold increase compared to the same period in 2006 and the sixth sequential quarter of revenue growth. As a result, the Company’s net loss for the fourth quarter decreased to $991,000 from $1.1 million in the comparable period in 2006.

The $6 million funding during the fourth quarter provided cash for the acquisition of the set-top box operation and necessary working capital subsequent to the acquisition. The funding led to the strengthening of the Company’s balance sheet and a positive net equity position of $3.6 million at December 31, 2007. Even with the integration of the set-top business during the fourth quarter, selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses fell by 13% during 2007 compared to 2006. The Company implemented operational efficiencies and costs management controls such that it expects SG&A levels will remain fairly constant for the foreseeable future.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawks Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our goal over the next several quarters is to achieve production economies as we increase contract volumes, introduce new Nighthawk capabilities that could provide both pricing flexibility and enhanced performance, and continue to fine-tune our balance sheet. We anticipate consistent sequential quarterly growth in revenues and progress towards profitability. Now that we have completed the integration of a material contributor to our future growth, we are able to concentrate on enhancing both cash flows and the bottom line. We are projecting revenues for 2008 of approximately $10 million and anticipate delivering positive cash flows and profitability by the fourth quarter.

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 e-mail alerts by visiting the Company’s website at www.nighthawksystems.com.

Forward-looking statements
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.

Source: Nighthawk Systems via Business Wire

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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.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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From: Jai Bhagat
Date: April 11, 2008 9:26:15 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Cc: Bill Hays
Subject: Newsletter

Brad,

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Editor's note: I receive thousands of e-mails and rarely forward any of them. I made an exception in this case and sent the link to this short movie to 22 of my closest friends and family members. It is worth watching.

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