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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 31, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 335

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Dear Friends of Wireless,

I didn't get to go on the trip that I had been planning this week, so I had time to find a lot of very interesting news for you to read.

There is a very good article by Scott Forsythe—don't miss it! Scott is a good friend so I don't need to score points with him. This really is an excellent article. It is reprinted from the Enterprise Wireless Magazine.

Another very interesting article is the one near the end of this issue from CNN about the research being done on radio signals in collapsed buildings, tunnels, mines, and other areas where they are traditionally blocked.

Once in a while, I get riled up and get on the soapbox. This is one of those times. If you want to read my latest rant, it is at the end of this issue under, "THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK." Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and these are mine.

I am really looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I am going to vote before I get on the plane to Phoenix. All registered US voters should be sure to exercise their constitutional right and vote for our next president. This is an important election at a very difficult time in our country's history.

Now on to more news and views:

brad dye
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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS

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www.pagingcarriers.org • 866-301-2272
The Voice of US Paging Carriers
 

Are you a USA Mobility paging reseller faced with huge price increases? AAPC can help!

As a result of USA Mobility's recent price increases, AAPC and its members have been deluged with calls from USA Mobility's Resellers concerned about their viability and looking for an alternative service. If you are one of the many paging Resellers affected by USA Mobility's price increases, AAPC can help. In most instances, AAPC's members provide local or regional coverage, service and support equivalent to or better than USA Mobility's local or regional service.

AAPC has set up a special "Reseller Help" (Find A Reseller) button on its website to direct you to a carrier in your area that can help. Go to the AAPC website and begin moving your customers today.

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WIRELESS MESSAGING NEWS

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Building a custom private paging network

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Scott Forsythe
AAPC president

A WHILE BACK, I was invited to present the virtues of my paging company to a mid-sized fire protection district in Colorado. What made it even more appealing was the fact that they had been using my competitor's services for years and I relished the thought of winning another major battle in the trenches. My plan was to listen intently to their complaints, knowing I could do a better job, and then present my pre-printed list of features available on our super-duper wide-area paging network.

spacer What I heard changed the way I will approach the paging business in the future.

spacer The customer fired off a list of demands that would have caused a regular sales rep. to depart with his head down and tail between his legs — detailed text messages were to be received in less than 5 seconds, super redundancy features, large groups, small groups, the ability to manage their own groups, flexibility in choosing paging equipment, adequate backlighting, the ability to access the many features imbedded in every modern text pager, a custom redundant coverage area, exclusive use of a paging frequency, and support after the sale. There was no room for delays or failures. These pagers were going to be used as a primary of the dispatch system.

spacer My experience told me they would never be happy with a commercial paging system, not even ours, so I recommended building a Custom Private Paging Network. We quickly summarized the scope of such a project and estimated the costs. With over 200 pagers to serve, the math passed the feasibility test. We were commissioned to design and construct a custom paging network to public safety standards.

spacer Now, this is the point I could spend hours impressing you with, how we conquered the timing issues, secured exclusive spectrum, overlapped three coverage areas, integrated the private network with our commercial wide-area network, and the county's existing paging infrastructure, and provided a feature-rich paging solution for first responders based on decades of paging experience, and tell you that we also did all this quite profitably.

spacer The real story here is how we avoided the paradigm of renting standard pagers, with a standard set of features, using standard sales practices to convince the customer that it's a standard way of life. If we had, I believe the fire department would have migrated to another technology. Instead, they brag about their robust paging system.

spacer Private paging systems are not new. The Public Service Company of Colorado had one constructed in the early 1980's. Paging carriers once believed them to be competitive to their business; an account lost forever. As recently as 2006, USA Mobility opposed an application to the FCC by the city of Richmond, Virginia to license and construct a custom 2-way paging network. It seems Richmond wanted a unique set of attributes not realized on a commercial 2-way paging system. They got their wish.

spacer Also in 2006, AAPC went on record to support the Katrina Panel's recommendation that the 900 MHz paging spectrum should be made available to Public Safety, considering the survivability of the technology during disasters, such as hurricanes.

spacer If you are a Paging Carrier, consider re-examining the needs of your market. Text messaging makes a lot of sense for first responders, considering content, cost and portability; and you bring a unique skill set in simulcast, TNPP, and other technologies that may be missing at the local radio shop, as well as considerable experience with paging applications.

spacer For more information, contact AAPC at www.pagingcarriers.org.

Besides serving as President of AAPC, Scott Forsythe is the Chief Technical Officer for SelectPath, Inc. d/b/a Contact Wireless.

Source: Enterprise Wireless Magazine, Fourth Quarter 2008, p. 21.

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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CRS—Critical Response Systems Preferred Wireless
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GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Ron Mercer
Hark Systems Sun Telecom
HMCE, Inc. Swissphone
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USA Mobility Reports Third Quarter Operating Results; Board Declares Quarterly Cash Distribution

Revenue Per Unit and Expense Trends Continue to Improve

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 29, 2008—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, today announced operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008.

In addition, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash distribution of $0.25 per share. The cash distribution will be paid on December 10, 2008 to stockholders of record on November 14, 2008. The Company expects the entire amount of the cash distribution to be paid as a return of capital.

Total revenue for the third quarter was $88.4 million, compared to $92.1 million in the second quarter and $105.4 million in the third quarter of 2007. Net income in the third quarter was $2.4 million, or $0.09 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $15.5 million, or $0.56 per fully diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter. The decrease in net income primarily resulted from a $7.3 million income tax expense in the third quarter due to a reduction in the carrying value of deferred income tax assets (DTAs). Absent the incremental income tax expenses, net income for the third quarter would have been $9.7 million, or $0.35 per fully diluted share.

Third quarter results included:

— Total paging ARPU (average revenue per unit) increased to $8.69 in the third quarter, compared to $8.54 in the second quarter and $8.62 in the year-earlier quarter.

— Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) were $62.8 million in the third quarter, compared to $61.5 million in the second quarter. The increase resulted from severance and restructuring charges of $5.1 million. Absent severance and restructuring charges, operating expenses in the third quarter would have been $57.7 million, a decrease of 5.8 percent from the second quarter and 20.5 percent from the third quarter of 2007.

— EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) in the third quarter totaled $25.5 million, compared to $30.6 million in the second quarter and $31.6 million in the third quarter of 2007. Excluding the $5.1 million of severance and restructuring charges, EBITDA would have been $30.6 million in the third quarter, approximately the same as the prior quarter.

— EBITDA margin (or EBITDA as a percentage of revenue) was 28.9 percent in the third quarter, compared to 33.2 percent in the second quarter and 29.9 percent in the third quarter of 2007. Absent the severance and restructuring charges, EBITDA margin in the third quarter would have been 34.6 percent.

— Units in service totaled 3,002,000 at September 30, 2008, compared to 3,176,000 at June 30, 2008. Net unit loss in the third quarter was 174,000, compared to 157,000 in the second quarter and 137,000 in the third quarter of 2007.

— The annual rate of subscriber erosion was 17.1 percent, compared to 15.5 percent in the second quarter and 15.0 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The quarterly rate of subscriber loss was 5.5 percent, compared to 4.7 percent in second quarter and 3.7 percent in the third quarter of 2007.

— The annual rate of revenue erosion was 16.2 percent, compared to 14.3 percent in the second quarter, while the quarterly rate of revenue erosion was 4.0 percent, compared to 2.8 percent in the prior quarter.

— Capital expenses were $6.2 million, compared to $3.9 million in the second quarter.

— The Company's cash balance at September 30, 2008 was $103.7 million.

"USA Mobility again made excellent progress during the third quarter," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer, "as we continued to successfully manage our costs, maximize cash flow, and generate solid revenue and profitability. In addition, we restructured pricing on selected products to better reflect current values, resulting in higher average revenue per unit and a strong operating margin, and continued to focus on sales opportunities in our core market segments of Healthcare, Government and Large Enterprise. At the same time," he added, "we were disappointed at the continued high level of net unit loss during the quarter as gross unit placements slowed relative to past trends. In fact, in the third quarter we lost almost 2.7 subscribers for every new subscriber we added." Kelly noted, however, that net unit loss rates among the Company's core market segments were again lower than for other customers. "Healthcare, in particular, continues to be our most stable segment," he said, "and now represents 41.5 percent of our customer base."

Kelly said the Company ended the quarter with a strong balance sheet, including cash balances exceeding $100 million. "USA Mobility is an unusual company in today's market environment, with no debt, significant cash and a high cash flow margin," he said. "As a result, our Board today declared a $0.25 quarterly cash distribution consistent with our policy to return capital to stockholders." Kelly cautioned, however, that the Board will continue to monitor the Company's capital distribution policy going forward. "Notwithstanding our strong results over the past two quarters due to ARPU enhancements and cost control, we recognize that continued levels of subscriber erosion, exacerbated by a challenging economy, will reduce our future cash flow levels and operating margins."

In response to the declining subscriber base and weakening economy, Kelly said the Company recently launched a series of internal initiatives for the balance of 2008 and throughout 2009 designed to create greater operational efficiencies throughout the organization as well as enhance existing cost reduction efforts. Included among the initiatives are plans to accelerate the Company's network rationalization program to further reduce site rent costs, restructure sales and marketing operations to better focus resources on core market segments, and consolidate various administrative functions and responsibilities. "These changes are necessary in order for us to partially offset the impact of declining revenues and to meet our long-term goals for free cash flow, customer sales and retention, quality customer service, and technically efficient networks," said Kelly, "as we continue to provide reliable and cost effective wireless communications services to our customers nationwide."

Commenting on the Company's appeal of the Federal Communications Commission's Back-Up Power Order (Order), Kelly said the case is still pending. "In the meantime," he added, "we made significant progress during the third quarter to deconstruct redundant transmitters in connection with our long-term network rationalization program. While we believe the Court will ultimately vacate the Order based on the merits of our appeal, our ongoing program to eliminate transmitters is steadily reducing the potential cost of compliance should the Order eventually be upheld."

Additionally, the FCC is considering changes to its rules governing the collection of universal service fees. Such changes could significantly increase the contributions the Company is required to make to the Universal Service Fund. Currently, the FCC assesses universal service contributions based on telecommunications carriers' interstate revenues, but it is considering imposing instead a flat monthly charge of $1.00 or more per assigned telephone number. Contributing on the basis of assigned telephone numbers would cost the Company far more than the existing revenue-based methodology. The Company has presented its position to the FCC that paging carriers should be exempt from any numbers-based contribution requirement in light of important public policy and legal considerations. If the FCC adopts a numbers-based methodology and refuses to grant an exemption for paging carriers, the Company's attempt to recover the increased contribution costs from customers could significantly diminish demand for the Company's services, and our failure to recover such increased contribution costs could have a material adverse impact on the Company's financial performance.

Thomas L. Schilling, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said the Company reported solid financial and operating results for the third quarter. "Higher revenue per unit was largely the result of our program to adjust retail prices that we initiated last June," he said, "while a continued emphasis on cost reduction contributed to our strong EBITDA and cash flow margins. Our recurring operating expenses, excluding a $5.1 million charge for severance and restructuring in the third quarter, continued to decline as a result of numerous cost control efforts," Schilling noted, "and are down 20.5 percent from the third quarter of 2007, continuing to outpace the 16.2 percent annual rate of revenue erosion."

Commenting on the reduction of DTAs in the third quarter, Schilling explained: "Accounting rules require us to evaluate whether or not the Company will use all of its DTAs to offset future taxable income. As a result, based on current trends for subscribers, operating expenses and capital expenses - which, of course, are subject to change — we projected future levels of taxable income that mandated a reduction in the carrying value of our DTAs based on our effective tax rate of approximately 38 percent. Going forward, we will continue to evaluate our operating trends and will adjust the carrying value of our DTAs, either up or down, as circumstances warrant."

Schilling also noted that the Company was maintaining its previously announced financial guidance for 2008, with revenues for the year expected to be between $355 million to $360 million, operating expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization, accretion and goodwill impairment) expected to be between $245 million to $250 million, and capital expenses for 2008 to range from $18 million to $20 million.

USA Mobility plans to host a conference call for investors on its third quarter results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, October 30, 2008. The dial-in number for the call is 866-316-1372 (toll-free) or 913-312-1272 (toll). The pass code for the call is 4281933. A replay of the call will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET on October 30 until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 13. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 4281933.

About USA Mobility

USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to a majority of the Fortune 1000 companies. The Company operates nationwide networks for both one-way paging and advanced two-way messaging services. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry® smartphones and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit www.usamobility.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act:

Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's expectations for future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, our ability to continue to reduce operating expenses and to generate cash from operations, our future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, technological improvements in hand-held devices and transmission services offered by our competitors, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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CONTACT: USA Mobility, Inc.
Bob Lougee, 703-721-3080
bob.lougee@usamobility.com

Source: USA Mobility — * The source includes extensive financial tables.

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Johnson Controls links Cook County’s first responders to emergency communications network

— Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 10/30/2008 9:18:00 AM

Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, will begin the next phase of work on Cook County’s Project Shield, a communications system for first responders in municipalities across the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area. Cook County is the second most populous county in the United States with 128 municipalities and more than 5.3 million residents. The third phase of the project will create the nation’s largest regional broadband interoperable communications system for first responders. Initiated in 2003, Project Shield’s primary goal is to ensure the safety and security of Cook County residents by putting the tools to manage emergencies swiftly and efficiently directly in the hands of the first responders across Cook County.

The current, third phase of Project Shield extends the capability to an additional 80 communities within Cook County, including expanded capabilities in support of the Cook County Sheriff’s Radio Network. The exchange of video surveillance with the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications enables an emergency alerting capability that allows a single message to broadcast to multiple mediums, including PCs, mobile data terminals, wireless handheld devices, cell phones, and pagers. Real-time video and data streams will be directly accessible in first responder vehicles, which will save time and provide first responders with a greater understanding of emergencies before arriving on scene.

Phase Three of Project Shield will introduce the Cook County Communications Command Center (C5). C5 will integrate all regional and statewide public safety communications system for listen-only as well as two-way voice traffic with any other network programmed into the system. Additionally, C5 will enable interoperable push-to-talk capabilities between standard cell phones and PDA’s with public safety land-mobile radios.

Source: CSE Magazine

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Motorola cuts 3,000 jobs, delays spinoff of cell phone unit

October 30, 2008

NEW YORK (AFP) — Motorola Inc. announced on Thursday that it was cutting its global workforce by 4.5 percent, or some 3,000 employees, and delaying the spinoff of its troubled cell phone unit.

Motorola, the largest US mobile phone manufacturer, announced the job cuts just hours after reporting a quarterly net loss of nearly 400 million dollars and said more than two-thirds of the layoffs would be in the handset division.

The Schaumburg, Illinois-based company said it suffered a net loss of 397 million dollars in the third quarter of the year after reporting a net profit of 60 million dollars for the same period last year.

Motorola lowered its forecast for the remainder of the year but said its cost-cutting moves would result in annual savings of some 800 million dollars next year.

The ailing company had 66,000 employees worldwide at the end of 2007 and the latest job cuts bring the total number of layoffs since January 2007 to 13,000.

It said separation of the struggling mobile phone unit from the rest of the company was now "targeted beyond 2009."

"While our strategic intent to separate the company remains intact, we are no longer targeting the third quarter of 2009," Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-chief executive and head of its mobile devices division, said in a statement.

Jha, who took over the mobile devices unit in August, attributed the delay to "the macroeconomic environment, stresses in the financial markets and the changes underway in Mobile Devices.

"As part of our plan to rebuild Mobile Devices, we have announced significant actions to accelerate the consolidation of our product platforms and refocus our investment and market priorities," he said.

"These efforts will result in a leaner organization with a more competitive and cost-effective product portfolio."

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Motorola plans to cut back on the number of software platforms it uses in its mobile phones.

Jha is looking at using Google's Android open-source operating system and just two other software platforms — Microsoft's Windows Mobile and its own P2K platform — and would abandon at least four other platforms, the paper said.

It said Motorola is hoping that using an open-source platform will spur outside developers to come up with applications that would allow Motorola to compete with Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry.

Motorola enjoyed success with its popular Razr phone launched in 2005 but has been losing ground since to Apple and RIM as well as other major cell phone makers such as Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

The world's fourth-largest mobile phone maker reported third-quarter sales of 7.5 billion dollars, down 15 percent from the same period last year.

It said sales of mobile devices totaled 3.1 billion dollars in the quarter, down 31 percent from a year ago, and the unit rang up an operating loss of 840 million dollars compared with a loss of 248 million dollars a year ago.

Motorola posted a loss of 18 cents per share for the quarter but forecast earnings per share for the full year in a range of five to seven cents.

Douglas McIntyre, an analyst at the 247wallst.com website, questioned whether the spinoff of the cell phone unit would go ahead at all.

But Ryan Reith, an analyst at IDC, said Jha appeared to be moving in the right direction by limiting the number of models and operating systems and choosing Texas Instruments and Qualcomm as component suppliers.

He said coming out with a touch-screen smartphone would not be enough though to lift Motorola into the black. "They need to play all tiers in the market — the low-, mid- and high-end of the market," he said.

Motorola lost 5.31 percent to 5.17 dollars on Wall Street on Thursday but gained 0.97 percent to 5.22 dollars in after-hours trading.

Source: AFP via Google

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Qualcomm Faces $1 Billion Patent Lawsuit

Gabriel Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm claiming that its subsidiary, SnapTrack wrongly appropriated valuable intellectual property that was developed as part of a joint development agreement with Locate Networks. Rights under the joint development agreement were acquired by Trace Technologies — which is a subsidiary of Gabriel Technologies.

The complaint, which seeks over US$1 billion in damages, accuses Qualcomm of procuring more than 90 separate patents by claiming ownership and failing to notify Gabriel Technologies about its activities. Norman Krasner, SnapTrack’s then vice-president of technology, also is named as a defendant.

“We look forward to providing the court with evidence of Qualcomm’s wrongdoing in this case,” said Ronald E. Gillum, Jr., President of Gabriel Technologies. “We intend to vigorously prosecute this misappropriation of our valuable intellectual property.”

The disputed technology involves significant refinements and enhancements to what is commonly known as “assisted GPS.” Assisted GPS allows global positioning technology to be integrated into mobile devices, enabling a wide-variety of wireless services such as driving directions, identifying closest restaurants or banks, and tracking of assets or individuals for safety or in emergency situations.

According to the complaint, Krasner and SnapTrack began taking and unlawfully patenting Locate’s technology, motivated by a desire to add to SnapTrack’s patent portfolio in hopes of enticing an acquisition by a larger company such as Qualcomm. In 2000, Qualcomm purchased SnapTrack for $1 billion in stock. The lawsuit states that Krasner and his wife received 300,000 shares of Qualcomm stock.

Gabriel Technologies is asking the court to declare that the company owns the contested technology and related patents and other intellectual property. The lawsuit includes claims against SnapTrack for breach of the joint development agreement. Also, defendants are accused of fraud, misappropriation, unfair competition and patent infringement.

Posted to the site on 27th October 2008

Source: Cellular News

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Sour economy may hurt wireless market

by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

Editor’s Note: This story is excerpted from Computerworld. For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld's Macintosh Knowledge Center.

Just as the wireless market gets flooded with new smart phones and wireless devices, the economy has turned south.

As a result of the downturn, some forecasters predict wireless customers will spend less on new devices, including an array of sophisticated smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone 3G, the T-Mobile G1 based on Android software, and the upcoming BlackBerry Storm.

At the same time, wireless customers may start cutting back on their monthly voice and data plan spending, forecasters say, even as AT&T Wireless last week and Verizon Wireless Monday reported strong third-quarter results in wireless revenues.

Forecasters say wireless carriers, especially AT&T and Verizon, will still see continued revenue growth in voice and data service, albeit at a slower pace. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg even told analysts Monday that the carrier may see reduced consumer and business spending due to the sluggish economy.

Even in hard times, users want their cell phones.

One thing just about everyone in the wireless industry agrees on is that users are unlikely to give up their wireless devices even as the economy falters, and they would be more likely to drop the land lines to their homes instead.

“One of the last things people will get rid of is cell phone service,” said Kate Price, an analyst at Technology Business Research in Hampton, N.H. “People may scrimp in other areas [in a bad economy], including dropping land lines, but people won't get rid of cell phones.”

Added Jeffrey Kagan, an independent analyst: “If people are going to cancel one or the other, I see many of them canceling some of their local [wired] phone lines.”

In fact, replacing a land-line phone with a wireless phone is a widely recognized market reality, and the carriers acknowledge it as well, these analysts said.

At a demonstration of a high-speed WiMax wireless network in Baltimore recently, Sprint Nextel Corp. CEO Dan Hesse suggested the economy could force a reduction in the cost of wireless devices, although he didn't announce any specific plans. Hesse also acknowledged that consumers will give up wireline Internet and TV communications before wireless ones.

Analysts were struck by the strong third-quarter earnings of AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless, two companies perpetually battling to be number one in the U.S. However, experts predicted slowdowns in coming quarters.

“Telecom ... seems to be weathering this economic storm,” Kagan said, noting the recent performance of the two companies. The big stock market plunges of October were not a part of both reports, however.

“Will growth be slowed? Sure,” Kagan added.

AT&T, which exclusively provides the wireless network for the iPhone in the U.S., took a hit to its profit margins because of subsidies it provides for the Apple device, Price noted. But she also concluded that data revenue will grow over time as each iPhone is sold.

And while AT&T said it had activated 2.4 million iPhone 3G devices in the third quarter, Price predicted that the fall launch of the BlackBerry Storm is likely to bring new subscribers to Verizon, which is marketing the Storm.

But analysts also believe that many customers for the most sophisticated smart phones will be seeking cheaper alternatives. “People will want new phones, but won't spend as much,” Price said. “People don't want to pay upfront for the phone as much and don’t want to pay as much for the needed data plan.”

Price said there also could be a slowing of growth in the phenomenal pace of data plans. “Verizon and AT&T and T-Mobile will all keep growing this way, but will probably be slowed significantly,” she added. Sprint is an exception, given its previous financial troubles and plans for a joint venture with Clearwire in WiMax, she said.

Carriers could see a drop in revenue from equipment for the most sophisticated phones, but from a profit standpoint, it could be a good thing because the subsidies carriers pay to promote the smart phones will also decline, Price added.

“The overall biggest impact the economic downturn will have is that consumers might not be purchasing smart phones as expected,” Price said. “It’s unfortunate that the devices hit now, but nobody foresaw the economy crashing. Eventually, people will adopt these new devices.”

Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica in the U.K., predicted a slowdown in sales of wireless devices, but expects steady sales of wireless services to continue. Synchronica, which provide mobile e-mail for wireless carriers and device manufacturers, is hoping his business won't take a big hit.

“People are still going to place phone calls and browse the Internet,” he said. “But people are not going to buy or upgrade their phones as much.”

Brinkschulte noted that Nokia and Sony Ericsson have reduced their forecasts for consumer spending. “It’s clear that this fear, doubt and uncertainty is going to affect the purchasing of consumer electronics,” he said.

While consumers might normally want to upgrade a phone every eight to 12 months, Brinkschulte said they might delay an upgrade by an additional six months or longer.

“You don’t really need a new cell phone and you can really live with the same one for longer than a year and still send messages on it two years from now. It might not be the same status symbol, but people are going to be more cautious about things they do not need, including upgrading cell phones.”

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10.28.08

By Mark Hachman

Finally, Microsoft Office is heading to the Web.

Microsoft announced that a Web-based version of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will be available to individuals through Office Live, a service that will be linked to the next version of Office. For the first time, users will be able to perform some editing functions within the Web versions, a capability that had been notably lacking in earlier versions.

Specifically, users will be able to "access, create, edit, share and collaborate" on documents, Microsoft said. The announcement was made at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference, where the company released new details on its next-generation operating system, Windows 7.

Although Microsoft began linking its operating systems to the Web with Windows XP, its Web support for Office has been somewhat tentative. Microsoft has provided a Microsoft Office Live Workspace, which has provided an entry point for the convergence of Office and the Web, but without editing capabilities.

Meanwhile, a number of Web-based productivity applications, including Google and Zoho, have sprung up to fill the hole left by the absence of Office Live.

Users will be able to sign up for an Office Live beta at some point in the future at the Office Live Workspace site, Microsoft said Tuesday. A technical preview of the software/service will be released later this year.

A nice touch: Microsoft said that Office Live will be compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Source: PC Magazine

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Raytheon's Deep Siren Solution Addresses Gap in Submarine Communications

Thursday, Oct 30, 2008

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 29, 2008 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Navy has successfully conducted the first large-scale test of Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Deep Siren tactical paging system.

Deep Siren enables operational commanders anywhere in the world to contact a submerged submarine, regardless of its speed or depth. This capability solves one of the most significant shortfalls in submarine communications.

Raytheon's Deep Siren system employs acoustic, expendable buoys that, when contacted through the Global Information Grid, enable long-range communications.

"Deep Siren is a critical technology for the Navy's first generation of undersea FORCEnet communications efforts," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems. "Employing this technology enables the submarine fleet to be connected to the network while actively participating in military operations."

In April 2008, the Navy began a comprehensive test of the Deep Siren tactical paging system for the Navy's Communications at Speed and Depth program. Initial testing demonstrated successful results when the Deep Siren buoy was deployed over the side of a surface vessel.

In June, a Navy submarine deployed 12 Deep Siren communications gateway buoys at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center deep water range in the Bahamas. The buoys successfully reached the surface establishing direct connectivity between the commander of the Submarine Force test team in Norfolk, Va., and the submarine.

In August, the Operational Test and Evaluation Force conducted the final test event, a military utility assessment, when a Navy submarine successfully deployed Deep Siren buoys. With successful test results, Raytheon is ready to move forward to production.

Raytheon is partnering with Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems and RRK Technologies Ltd. to deliver this initial capability. The Raytheon team expects this technology will easily transition and be deployed from ships and aircraft, in addition to submarines.

Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

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Proposed FCC Universal Service Fee Increase Threatens to Shut off Location-Based, In-Vehicle Telematics Emergency Services

Last update: 6:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, Oct 29, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE)— Location-based emergency communications services delivered to vehicles could be cut off under proposed changes to how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) collects universal service fees. That was the prediction of Dallas-based ATX Group, one of the largest providers of telematics services to global automobile manufacturers.

"In a rush to force dramatic changes to the universal service system, the FCC is on a course to make location-based emergency telematics services a casualty left for dead on the roadside," said Steve Millstein, president of ATX. "The U.S. has been leading in the deployment of this potentially life-saving technology and virtually every major automobile manufacturer is looking to deploy these services within the next three years, some on a global basis. Now, with the single stroke of the FCC Chairman's pen, the vision of the intelligent vehicle potentially stops. Let's face it, the tax will be more than the cost of service."

If the FCC plan is adopted, vehicle owners who have opted for cars with the added safety of telematics would see their current assessment increase to a point where it exceeds the cost of airtime. The majority of vehicle owners use the service only in emergency situations.

The FCC is considering changes, proposed by Chairman Kevin Martin, which would replace a revenue-based collection system for universal service to a fixed, $1.00 per month telephone-number-based system. Under the changes, universal service fees that are currently collected on emergency telematics services would jump in several circumstances at least 3000% and impose enormous additional monthly costs on maintaining telematics equipped vehicles and rolling the service out to an automaker's entire fleet. In most cases the fee will exceed the cost of the cellular service. Emergency service providers and automobile manufacturers and their affiliated dealerships fear such an increase would necessitate the end of these emergency services. All of the telematics providers currently pay universal service fees under the revenue-based system and do not oppose paying an amount consistent with the current fee structure.

"While some at the FCC may think a dollar per month for every vehicle that has emergency telematics services is not significant, they fail to recognize the fact that the majority of these services are only used in the rare instance of an emergency and are priced accordingly," added Millstein. "We just don't think it makes sense to assess fees on these services in the same manner the FCC would like to impose fees for traditional telephone or cell phone service."

"The legislation that enacted Universal Service requires the fee to be equitable and cannot exceed the cost of service. But this scheme provides no fairness to low-volume users such as vehicle owners who have purchased vehicles based in part on the car's ability to be located and provide critical information to emergency responders," said Gary Wallace, ATX vice president of government relations. "I also find it ironic that the FCC wants to add fees that raise the price of vehicles at a time when the U.S. auto industry is facing perhaps its worst financial crisis in history as well as have a chilling effect on intelligent vehicle technology that the U.S. Department of Transportation has been advocating for quicker deployment."

The FCC proposal, a small part of comprehensive changes to universal service, is being considered at the eleventh hour of the current Commission's tenure. The make up the Commission is expected to see significant changes in the next Administration.

"The Commission should not be rushing to impose such significant changes that undermine emergency response," said Wallace.

In-vehicle emergency communications systems providing automated crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery, in-vehicle SOS buttons, and crash severity data that are designed to assist and accelerate emergency response are referred to as "telematics" services. Every day telematics services save lives and assist drivers who are injured or under duress in emergency situations. These intelligent vehicle technologies not only accelerate and enhance emergency response to highway emergencies, particularly along rural highways, but are seen as critical advancements toward the deployment of systems that can immediately determine whether severe trauma may be involved as well as quickly re-route traffic, mitigating congestion chokepoints. Systems deployed today on several million passenger vehicles, with dramatic growth expected over the next five years, use the cellular network with communications devices which have individual telephone numbers. These systems are extremely low volume network users.

The ATX Group urged the FCC to exempt emergency telematics services from the proposed connection-based collection system. The FCC is expected to vote on the proposal at its November 4, 2008 meeting.

ABOUT ATX:
ATX is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cross Country Automotive Services ( www.crosscountry-auto.com), of Medford, Mass. With operations in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and DA 1/4sseldorf, Germany, ATX is one of the world's leading providers of customized telematics services to global automobile manufacturers. ATX services, among the first to be launched in the consumer vehicle market back in 1996, are provided to vehicle owners through the brand names of its customers: BMW, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Services by ATX provide enhanced safety, security and driving convenience to vehicle owners, and include location-specific emergency and roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery, remote diagnostics, and real-time traffic and navigation assistance. ATX also customizes services to help automobile manufacturers and their affiliated dealerships use telematics data and multiple customer contact channels to reduce costs, enhance vehicle servicing, and more closely manage customer relationships and contacts with the vehicle through its lifetime.

For more information, visit www.atxg.com.

SOURCE: ATX Group
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Gary Wallace, Vice President, Corporate Relations
800-511-5891 or 972-753-6230
gwallace@atxg.com

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Global Security Systems Demonstrate Alert Warning System at Homeland Security Conference

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 12:39 by Global Security Systems

GSS technology showcased among federal agencies at Chicago conference

For Immediate Release: October 29, 2008

Contact: Amos Snead Amos.Snead@dittus.com, 202-715-1531

WASHINGTON, DC – At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, Global Security Systems (GSS) will demonstrate its ALERT FM first responder technology at the 10th Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness (TCIP) Conference and Exposition on October 30, 2008. TCIP is an annual event sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

ALERT FM can transmit timely alerts and warnings to the public in the event of an emergency by broadcasting emergency messages over the FM public radio network as well as commercial radio stations. This technology can send a single message across multiple platforms to ensure that the American public has accurate information in real time. By utilizing existing FM networks, ALERT FM provides a “best fit” for the nation’s first responders and public alert and warning system.

“We are honored to demonstrate our ALERT FM technology in front of the federal agencies responsible for saving lives during emergencies,” said Robert Adams, CEO of GSS. “Lives are saved when first responders are able to communicate immediately following a disaster or emergency, and ALERT FM technology can enable these communications on existing FM networks. GSS and ALERT FM look forward to continuing to work with DHS, DOD and DOJ to ensure our emergency communications system are cutting edge and lead the industry worldwide.”

All of the products to be demonstrated meet the common alerting protocol (CAP) and can be used by consumers today. Among the ALERT FM products, GSS will exhibit:

  • Wall unit – The wall unit has a five-year battery power and does not need to be plugged into any type of electrical outlet. It can display a siren, strobe light, text message or NOAA weather updates;
  • USB unit – The USB product plugs in to any computer or laptop, but doesn't require a WIFI signal. It alerts the user of emergencies via a text message in a pop-up window;
  • Home unit – The home unit is an affordable, mobile unit that alerts users of emergencies; and
  • Cell phone – the cell phone unit provides emergency text messages to all cell phones with FM transmitters.

GSS’ presentation will be held during the Emergency Alerting, Data Messaging and Emerging Technologies session of the TCIP conference. This panel discussion, sponsored by the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), will focus on the leading-edge technologies that create and disseminate interoperable alerts and warnings by local, tribal, state and federal entities. Following the panel discussion, a live demonstration will highlight interoperable standards, devices, systems and other technologies being developed and deployed in real-world environments that help strengthen capabilities to communicate and share information.

GSS received a request for information regarding their ALERT FM technology earlier this year from The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate seeking information on products/devices in the emergency alert system sector. The scheduled demonstration is a result of this initial request.

GSSNet ALERT FM is currently installed in more than 85 FM stations in seven states (La., Miss., Ala., Ariz., Tenn., Fla. and Va.). The devices currently receive content from broadcasting partners, as well as state and local agencies to ensure wide distribution of NOAA, DHS and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) content including Presidential Alert, Amber Alert and Imminent danger alerts.

For more information about GSS and the ALERT FM technology, please visit www.alertfm.com, www.gssnet.us and www.aen911.com.

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Oren Tavory v. NTP (Fed. Cir. 2008)(nonprecedential)

In March 2006, RIM settled its patent dispute with NTP for $600 million+. In the wake of that settlement, Tavory filed an inventorship claim against NTP arguing that he was a co-inventor of at least one of the NTP patents. The district court dismissed the case – finding that Tavory did not provide "sufficient independent evidence to corroborate his inventorship allegations." On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed in NTP's favor.

Back in the late 1980's and early 1990's Tavory worked with Tom Campana as a computer programmer for Telefind. While there, Tavory developed a computer program to facilitate an e-mail-to-pager system. He was also part of a team that created the pager-to-laptop e-mail system. Telefind ran out of money in 1991 and Tavory left for greener pastures. When Don Stout later filed Campana's patent applications, he appended a copy of the code that Tavory had co-authored. During the RIM trial, Tavory testified for NTP. At that time, he did not claim inventorship.

Correcting Inventorship: An issued patent is presumed to name the correct inventors. Thus, an inventorship challenge must bring "clear and convincing evidence" that the newly surfaced inventor "contributed to the conception of the claimed invention." "Simply reducing to practice that which has been conceived by others is insufficient for co-inventorship." Under the clear and convincing standard, the inventorship challenge "must be corroborated by independent evidence."

Contribution Must Be "More Than The Exercise of Ordinary Skill": Tavory suggested that his contribution was the claimed "interface switch." However, the Federal Circuit rejected that claim because (1) Tavory did not prove that the "interface switch itself was not in the prior art"; and (2) Tavory likewise did not prove that "his alleged contribution to the claimed invention—the interface switch—was the result of anything more than the exercise of ordinary skill in the art." Consequently, "he has failed to establish co-inventorship."

Judge Newman concurred with this result, but would have decided the case on laches (based on the long delay in making the claim) and estoppel (based on Tavory's silence during the NTP trial).

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• 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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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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New communications tools help emergency responders

By Marsha Walton
CNN
October 29, 2008 — Updated 1326 GMT

BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) — It is a problem that scientists and engineers have been grappling with since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: How can emergency responders' communication tools be improved?

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This mine shaft allows researchers to test the strength of emergency underground radio signals.

At ground zero in New York, first responders deployed search-and-rescue robots to help find survivors. The robots were supposed to be controlled via radio signals that never reached their targets.

"One of the things that became very clear was that the radio signals were lost rapidly between the transmitter, the robot and the person controlling the robot," electronics engineer Kate Remley said. "So, as a result, the robots were not able to go very far into the rubble pile to look for victims or for survivors."

From placing equipment inside soon-to-be-imploded buildings to testing a robot's ability to send audio and video in abandoned mines, Remley and other researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are working to improve the devices that emergency workers rely on. Watch video of their research.

The institute conducts research in places that are notorious for rough emergency communications, from tunnels to collapsed buildings to oil refineries filled with metal that interferes with radio signals.

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Engineer Kate Remley in an anechoic, or echoless, chamber used by researchers.

"We did some measurements in an old silica mine in northern California, where we deployed an urban search and rescue robot into the tunnel," Remley said.

"We monitored the radio wave communication, and we made note of where the signals failed, at what frequencies those signals failed and how far into the tunnel we could go before communication was lost. And we studied both the video that was being transmitted back from the robot and the control communications to the robot," she said.

The tunnel research revealed a "sweet spot": a particular frequency in mines, subways and tunnels where radio signals travel farthest. That may help researchers design wireless systems that are more likely to function in a disaster.

The sweet spot varies depending on a tunnel's dimensions. In a subway-sized tunnel, it is usually in the range of 400 megahertz to 1 gigahertz.

Creating "smarter" robots may also help improve disaster communications.

"A [smarter] robot will monitor its own received signal strength, so it will know when it is beginning to lose communication with its operator, and it will automatically deploy a little repeater [a device that can amplify and rebroadcast a radio signal] behind itself," Remley said.

"So it's a kind of artificial intelligence. The robot is saying, 'I know that I'm in a weak signal environment. I need to correct for that right away.' "

Not all of the research is done in difficult or dangerous places. The National Institute of Standards and Technology labs in Boulder, Colorado, have some intriguing facilities that also assist researchers in understanding how radio waves move.

One is the anechoic chamber, which means "without reflection." Remley said it is a very good facility for testing one transmitted signal and one received signal, because there are no reflections off the walls.

The campus also contains a reverberation chamber that creates the exact opposite effect.

"The idea here is, get as many reflections as possible," engineer Chris Holloway said.

"The magnetic fields bounce around inside this room. If we have a piece of wireless device [and] we want to see how it would work in environment X, Y, Z, we can come in here and change this environment, and it would give a researcher or engineer a very quick and dirty way of testing how a system might work," he said.

Researchers also put transmitters in buildings that were about to be imploded and measured their signals before, during and after the collapse. Then they tried to locate the equipment after the building was destroyed. Information from those tests could help find rescue workers with two-way radios and help pinpoint trapped survivors with cell phones.

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Engineers have built "smart" search-and-rescue robots that know when to amplify their weak radio signals.

Holloway and others also have created radio maps of public buildings, including shopping malls, sports stadiums and convention centers.

"Part of the project was to look at how these buildings might behave during a collapse," Holloway said. "If someone is trapped under the rubble, how might you locate them?"

Whether in government or private industry, there is sometimes a disconnect between what scientists think is important and the realities faced by first responders in the field. That's why the institute works closely with those who know what it's like in the trenches.

Lt. George Hough of the New York Fire Department has worked with Remley and others at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He stressed that equipment that works well in a lab might not be adequate in a disaster setting.

"It's got to work in the field for a responder," Hough said. "It can't be too complicated, and it's got to work under many varying circumstances and conditions. So the more testing that is done, the more we'll be able to understand why it doesn't work in some of these environments."

Remley said there is an added motivation for this research: helping protect the lives of police officers and firefighters who do dangerous rescue work.

"We need standards in place that will ensure robust communication between whatever the new technology is. It's not just radios anymore. It's also the emergency beacons and robots," she said. "We need to make sure those technologies will operate in a very robust, reliable way."

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From: Frank Rainsberger
Date: October 29, 2008 12:57:02 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: from the newsletter

Hi Brad,

I know you’re on the move this week but I promised a customer I would float this balloon.  They need a Motorola Modax or more specifically  the Fast Synthesizer (NL7817A1).  Can you post this request on the next newsletter or forward this to anyone you might know who can help us out. I already gave the customer the “Living on borrowed time speech.”

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The Difference Between Right and Wrong

Moral standards are higher than legal standards. At various times in history, some practices were approved by society, but were morally very wrong. A few examples:

  • Slavery
  • Burning or drowning of “witches”
  • Killing people because of their religion/race/color/etc.

I am wondering if there is any moral difference between “a couple of tough guys” from the local housing project who hold up and rob a corner convenience store, and “a couple of fraternity brothers” who convince their board of directors to let them fire a few thousand more workers so that the corporation can pay them multi-million dollar annual compensation packages?

Certainly the first two are guilty of both breaking the law and committing an immoral act. The second two may not have broken any laws, but in my view, they are guilty of an immoral act far more serious than the first two.

Have you ever stopped to think of the social effects that layoffs have on people and their families—the increase in health problems, both physical and mental?

For example:

  • The probability of dying increases.
  • Divorce rates increase.
  • Alcoholism increases.
  • The stress produced, has been directly linked to the onset of many serious illnesses like cancer and diabetes.
  • Children of effected families develop behaviour problems.
  • The ripple effect may continue for several generations.

Our country is being raped, pillaged, and plundered by overpaid CEOs, devoid of social conscience—who have overdeveloped senses of entitlement—and who have lawyers on their staffs to keep them out of jail. They actually believe that they deserve their multi-million dollar annual compensation packages.*

One of my favorite movies—when I was a boy—was about Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

Robin Hood, legendary hero of medieval England. In most tales about him, Robin Hood leads an outlaw band called the Merry Men in daring forest adventures. The Merry Men fight authority and rob the rich to give to the poor. For more than 600 years, the adventures of Robin Hood have been celebrated in stories, poems, ballads, and motion pictures. [source]

It looks to me like today's heroes of Wall Street, Algonquin Road, and Richmond Highway, have decided to rob the poor and give to the rich.*

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Background information on morality:

C.S. Lewis and Morality

Lewis spends most of his defense of the Christian faith on an argument from morality, a point which persuaded him from atheism to Christianity. He bases his case on a moral law, a "rule about right and wrong" commonly known to all human beings, citing the example of the Holocaust; even atheists believed that Hitler's actions were morally wrong. On a more mundane level, it is generally accepted that stealing is violating the moral law. Lewis argues that the moral law is like the laws of nature in that it was not contrived by humans. However, it is unlike natural laws in that it can be broken or ignored, and it is known intuitively, rather than through observation. After introducing the moral law, Lewis argues that there must be "something behind" it; namely, God.

Source: "Mere Christianity." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 17 Oct 2008, 05:51 UTC. 31 Oct 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mere_Christianity&oldid=245834994

* Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and these are mine.
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