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FRIDAY - MARCH 14, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 302

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I have included a report from Ron Mercer about the IWCE show in Las Vegas. It should have been in last week's issue, but my spam filter ate it. That sounds like the kid's excuse to the teacher: "the dog ate my homework." Never-the-less, spam filters are certainly a requirement in today's world, with so much junk mail. That being said, if anyone is waiting on me to answer a message or if we have any pending business, please re-send your request. I believe I am up to date on all of my correspondence and I take pride in answering all the messages that I receive — promptly — when I can.

I would like to draw your attention to the new ad from Prism Paging. Somehow their previous ad got left out of the last couple of issues. It certainly wasn't intentional since Prism Paging is a long time supporter of this newsletter and Jim Nelson has been a good friend and colleague for many years. Prism's ancestry goes back to BBL Industries where Jim and I worked together. At one time BBL was the dominant supplier of paging terminals—worldwide.

So take a look at the new ad, click on the link to their web site, and give Jim Nelson a call if you need to upgrade that old paging terminal of yours. Prism certainly takes the lead in supplying all the latest wireless messaging features at reasonable prices. I always used to tell my customers the features from the paging terminal were what allowed them to remain competitive in their marketplace. Tell Jim that Brad sent you.

Oh yes, remember that the AAPC Myrtle Beach conference is moving to Arizona this year and we want you to join us. While the venue has changed, this remains the leading conference for paging carriers, suppliers, and network providers. I would like to extend a special invitation to our friends on the west coast. Please come.

We are currently soliciting speakers and presentation ideas for the fall AAPC/Enterprise Wireless conference. Please e-mail Linda Hoover at with presentation suggestions or speakers that you would like to hear.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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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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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  left arrow 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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enterprise 2008

AAPC will join with the Enterprise Wireless Alliance to host more than 400 wireless industry professionals, including carriers, suppliers, and network providers, for three days of information sharing, technical sessions, vendor exhibits, and networking opportunities.

Paging and wireless technologies are recognized as a “must have” component in all emergency situations, due to their affordability and reliability. Spend three days with your colleagues attending dedicated paging-related sessions, perusing cutting-edge technologies in the vendor hall, and networking with friends.

With more than 330 days of sunshine, 200 golf courses, an array of outdoor activities, and outstanding shopping and dining, Scottsdale is the premier destination for business and leisure travelers. The new venue, the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and is situated on 22 acres of towering palms, has majestic desert mountain views, is easily accessible from the Sky Harbor airport, and is located minutes from Old Town Scottsdale.

Call for presentations

We are currently soliciting speakers and presentation ideas for the fall conference. Please e-mail Linda Hoover at with presentation suggestions or speakers that you would like to hear.

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Northeast Paging
ATCOM Wireless
CPR Technology, Inc. Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CRS—Critical Response Systems Preferred Wireless
CVC Paging Prism Paging
Daviscomms USA Raven Systems
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association Ron Mercer
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Swissphone
Hark Systems TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services
HMCE, Inc. UCOM Paging
InfoRad, Inc.    Unication USA
Ira Wiesenfeld United Communications Corp.
Minilec Service, Inc. WiPath Communications
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. Zetron Inc.

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Who Needs Crypto? Paging Bill Clinton ...

Dan Brekke 09.22.97 | 9:12 AM

The Clinton administration, in the midst of a fight to limit the availability of strong encryption, has come face-to-face with an embarrassing example of what can happen when its own communications go unprotected.

Pam Finkel, a New York City computer consultant, earlier this month posted a transcript of what purports to be pager traffic among the presidential party when Clinton traveled to Philadelphia last 27 April.

Finkel said the messages, transmitted in clear text using the dated Golay paging protocol and captured using a simple combination of scanner, PC, and Net freeware, were presented to her on 28 April when she attended a ham-radio festival in New York.

Finkel, who also works for the hackers' journal 2600, said "a white male, age 20 to 40" handed her a floppy disk he described as a submission to the print magazine. She said she checked out the contents that evening.

"My first reaction was to call the White House Communications Agency switchboard to see if it was really them. To me, it seemed like a real transcript. And then, on the news, I saw that this stuff (referred to in the transcript) was really happening."

Plenty of the transcript seems innocuous - lots of messages that calls are waiting for various members of the entourage, for instance, along with personal endearments, pleas for food, notes that staffers' hotel rooms had not been reserved, a query about whether an aide would be able to return to the capital aboard Air Force 1, the score of that day's NBA playoff game between the Washington Bullets and the Chicago Bulls, and a mention of the Republic of Texas hostage standoff.

In mid-evening, the transcript shows, an alert went out that Chelsea Clinton was on the phone for her parents. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took the call.

Senders sometimes included their names in the messages; recipients are identified only by an 11-place alphanumeric code.

But other notes captured by Finkel's source ranged from annoying - many private phone numbers were exchanged - to potentially serious security breaches — announcements of Clinton's arrival at various venues and about planned movements.

Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin said the protective agency had not yet determined whether the transcript was genuine, but added he doubted any critical information had been compromised.

"Nothing's been reported so far that indicates there's anything of a security nature in there," he said. Some of the minute details of the president's activities "may sound cute, but it's something the press knows every day."

As to whether the pager mode of communication is insecure, Mackin responded: "Our understanding is that it's illegal to intercept these messages. But we know when we use cell phones and pagers that they're insecure, so we're cautious when we use them."

The disclosure that its unscrambled internal messages were captured by an eavesdropper could come as a jolt to a White House that has taken an aggressive stand against strong encryption. The US software industry and electronic commercial interests have fought for advanced data-scrambling technology, both to maintain the American advantage in the field and to help build the foundation for secure buying and selling on the Internet. Privacy and civil-liberties advocates favor crypto as the principal tool in keeping personal data out of the hands of both deputized and un-deputized snoops.

Encrypting pager messages, for instance, would almost certainly defeat eavesdroppers.

In the past two weeks, an effort led by FBI director Louis Freeh and the National Security Agency has resulted in the weakening of the Safety and Freedom Through Encryption Act, a bill that aimed to make strong encryption freely available in the United States and abroad by removing federal export controls and by banning imposition of a nationwide key-recovery system - a software feature that would allow law enforcement and spy agencies access to coded data.

The bill, co-sponsored by 252 members of the House, hit a brick wall in the House National Security and Intelligence committees. Both panels tacked on amendments that would reverse what the bill set out to do. Among new provisions of the bill: A key recovery system would be mandatory, and the president and the secretary of Defense would get the final say on what encryption-enabled software could be sold overseas. The House Commerce Committee, contemplating an amendment that would outlaw any crypto software that does not allow immediate deciphering of coded data, will consider the bill this week.

Finkel said she hopes that publishing the transcript will affect the outcome of the crypto debate.

"If this just makes congressmen sit up and listen, and think about what's at stake, then it's worth it," she said.

Source: Wired Magazine

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Wireless carriers fight FCC rules to add backup power for cell phone towers

By David Twiddy

Monday, March 10, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Hurricane Katrina assaulted the Gulf Coast in 2005, winds and flooding knocked out hundreds of cell towers and cell sites, silencing wireless communication when emergency crews and victims needed it.

To avoid similar debacles in the future, the Federal Communications Commission wants most cell transmitter sites to have at least eight hours of backup power.

More than 21/2 years after Katrina hit and eight months after the FCC's regulations were released, the agency and the industry are still wrestling over the issue.

A federal appeals court has put the regulations on hold while it considers an appeal by some in the wireless industry.

Although several cell phone companies agree that their networks need to be more resilient, they have opposed the FCC's regulations, claiming that they were illegally drafted and would present a huge economic and bureaucratic burden.

There are almost 210,000 cell towers and roof-mounted cell sites across the country, and carriers say many would require modification to meet the regulations. At least one industry estimate puts the per-site price tag at as much as $15,000.

In asking the FCC to delay the change, Sprint Nextel Corp. said the rules would lead to "staggering and irreparable harm" for the company. Jackie McCarthy, director of governmental affairs for PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association, said the government should allow the industry to decide how best to keep its networks running, pointing out that backup power can't help a cell tower that has been destroyed by wind or wildfires.

"Our members' position is that the 'one size fits all' approach to requiring eight hours of backup power at all cell sites really doesn't accomplish the commission's stated purpose of providing reliable wireless coverage," McCarthy said.

The wireless carriers are also claiming that the FCC failed to follow federal guidelines for creating new mandates and went far beyond its authority when it created the eight-hour requirement.

FCC officials have so far stood their ground.

"We find that the benefits of ensuring sufficient emergency backup power, especially in times of crisis involving possible loss of life or injury, outweighs the fact that carriers may have to spend resources, perhaps even significant resources, to comply with the rule," the agency said in a regulatory filing.

"The need for backup power in the event of emergencies has been made abundantly clear by recent events, and the cost of failing to have such power may be measured in lives lost," it said.

A panel of experts appointed by the FCC after Katrina was critical of how communications networks performed during and after the storm. The group noted that service restoration was "a long and slow process."

Panel members recommended that the FCC work with telecommunications companies to make their networks more robust. Regulators then created the eight-hour mandate, exempting carriers with fewer than 500,000 subscribers.

Wireless companies called the regulations arbitrary and said they would rob them of the flexibility to target backup power upgrades at the most important or most vulnerable sites.

They also said local zoning rules, existing leases and structural limitations could make it impossible to add batteries or backup generators to cell sites.

Miles Schreiner, director of national operations planning for T-Mobile, said it can take 1,500 pounds of batteries to provide eight hours of backup energy in areas with a lot of cell phone traffic.

"In urban areas, most of the sites are on rooftops, and those sites weren't built to hold that much weight," Schreiner said.

The FCC agreed in October to exempt cell sites from the rules if the wireless carrier proves that the exemption is necessary.

Companies would have six months to submit those reports and then another six months to bring the sites into compliance or explain how they would provide backup service to those areas through other means.

CTIA-The Wireless Association and several carriers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to intervene, saying the exemptions would still leave companies scrambling to inspect and compile reports on thousands of towers.

On Feb. 28, the court granted Sprint Nextel's request to stay the regulations while the case moves forward.

Verizon Wireless is not a party to the appeal and has a history of installing backup generators and batteries to its cell sites. Most famously, during a 2003 blackout that kept much of the Northeast in the dark for hours, Verizon customers could still communicate.

AT&T, the nation's largest wireless carrier, would not comment on the FCC regulations.

Source: The Austin-American Statesman (Thanks to Barry Kanne.)

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Up and Down; [...] USA Mobility

USA Mobility (USMO) of Alexandria, which provides paging and other wireless services, was the top one-week loser, with shares dropping 23 percent, to $8.04. The company reported earnings after the market closed Wednesday, and shares dropped almost 21 percent Thursday. USA Mobility reported a loss of $5.2 million for last year, compared with a profit for $40.2 million in 2006. One of the stock's main attractions, according to an article from the Motley Fool, is its 65-cent-a-share dividend. But the outlook isn't great for pagers as customers move toward different wireless services, and chief executive Vincent Kelly stated that the dividend could drop. The Motley Fool article concludes that its stock is a "bad call."

Source: The Washington Post

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Georgia Tech Tests Wireless Emergency Alert System for Visually Impaired

Mar 6, 2008 2:12 PM

Atlanta - Mar 4, 2008 - The Georgia Tech Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center has successfully tested its Wireless Emergency Communications (WEC) project. Results indicate that 94 percent of blind and visually impaired test subjects found WEC to be a significant improvement over their current methods of receiving emergency alerts.

Given that 18 percent of Americans are thought to have some type of disability, and that an estimated 60 percent of Americans use wireless services, it was not surprising that the Center's survey of user needs revealed that people with disabilities are significant users of wireless products and services. Further, 65 percent of those respondents said that their wireless devices were important because of the role they play in summoning help in an emergency.

This first field test involved participants from the Georgia Radio Reading Service in a full-day study to engage the effectiveness and accessibility of this prototype emergency alerting system. Subjects ranged from sight-enhanced individuals to those who are fully blind. Additionally, the test subjects' level of familiarity and use of wireless technologies ranged from technically savvy to infrequent users.

Mobile phones with WEC custom software featured an audio-oriented interface and text-to-speech reading of emergency alerts for the visually impaired; the capability to recognize an incoming alert of critical importance and override any muted sound or vibration settings to ensure that the critical alarm was delivered; and an alert attention signal that is identical to the national EAS tone familiar to the hearing population.

WEC sent a series of SMS text messages to Cingular 3125 Smartphones provided to each test subject. WEC tested custom software that runs on a Windows Mobile OS, designed to send accessible emergency alerts to short message service-capable handsets. The custom software then presented the content of the text alert in an audio format. WEC engineers simulated the emergency alerts, employing the Common Alerting Protocol, as if they originated from the National Weather Service.

Three separate weather alerts of increasing intensity were issued to participants over a period of time. Many of the test subjects liked the idea that with each test message the alert signal got louder, indicating the severity of the event. In all three test groups, affordability was raised as an important issue. Some noted they liked the repeat option in case they did not hear it clearly the first time, and that it was superior to just receiving alerts from TV, radio or friends, in which cases the alerts might not be targeted or immediate. Others felt that the specialized software would not only benefit them, but also their family and friends who might be on public transportation, biking, hiking or anyone away from home carrying a mobile device.

Additional field tests are slated for upcoming months in 2008, including at Public Broadcasting Atlanta and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York in June. In the NTID field test the WEC software will have the additional feature of vibration alarms that will notify the deaf and hard-of-hearing population of incoming alerts. A full report on the field tests is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2008, when all the test results and user feedback is complete. Primary funding was made possible by the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Source: Radio Magazine

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WINTER: Stop and smell the Starbucks

By Mary Winter, Rocky Mountain News (Contact)
Saturday, March 8, 2008

How Starbucks Saved My Life is a true story about a 53-year-old guy who goes from high-powered corporate executive living in a 25-room mansion to part-time barista living in an attic apartment furnished with plastic lawn chairs.

He's poor, but he loves his job. And he's never, ever been happier.

The riches-to- rags story is a best- seller for many reasons. A big one is that it taps into the fantasy many of us have of just getting out from under it all - the mortgages, the credit cards, the tons of stuff we accumulate, the complicated relationships, the expectations that peck away at us day after day.

Another load is too much information. In fact, it may be the biggest ball and chain of all.

Take my e-mail. Please.

Electronic communication has made my life easier and more enjoyable in some ways, but it's also doubled my work. I used to have just big stacks of paper to handle. Now I have big stacks of e-mails, too.

Hard as I try to deal with each e- mail "only one time," as the experts suggest, I fail. Some require hard decisions. Others require clever responses. Many are long and poorly written, and the only way I'll read them is with a gun to my head. So the e-mails sit; some grow hair. Organizing them in folders is even more counterproductive. I might as well launch them into outer space.

Today we mainline data via numerous needles - Internet, voice mail, faxes, pagers, streaming videos, audio slide shows, RSS, text messages, cell phones, 24-hour TV, personal digital devices. One study showed that employees of Fortune 1000 companies send and receive an average of 178 messages every day by telephone, fax, e-mail, pager and voice mail.

Can a person really absorb them all?

Of course not.

Ten years ago, David Shenk wrote a book called Data Smog, in which he warned that information is like pollution; if you don't control it, you'll suffocate.

Before him, British psychologist David Lewis identified "information fatigue syndrome" and made several prescient observations about the toll the data deluge would take on our health and performance.

"Having too much information can be as dangerous as having too little," Lewis wrote. "Among other problems, it can lead to a paralysis of analysis, making it far harder to find the right solutions or make the best decisions."

The glut of information hurled at us from cell phones, electronic message boards, e-mails and TV increases stress levels, and when we're chronically stressed, our performance slips.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University studied stress in a group of 1,000 people from ages 50 to 70. "They found that the most stressed subjects, as indicated by high salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol, performed worse on nearly every measure of cognitive function, including language, processing speed, hand-eye coordination, verbal memory and the ability to plan and carry out tasks," according to the March 2008 issue of Consumer Reports on Health.

Communication technology has had another effect: It's turned us into a world of crazed multitaskers.

Technology allows us to perform many things simultaneously, but research shows it's counterproductive. People who read their e-mail while talking on the phone usually do both jobs less effectively.

The answer, as always, is moderation. Unplugging frequently. Taking real vacations. Exercising. Consciously doing just one task at a time.

Maybe even going to work for Starbucks.

Source: Rocky Mountain News

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Ron Mercer

Approximately 300 exhibitors and 4,600 attendees participated in the IWCE 2008 meeting last week in Las Vegas Nevada. While the overall attendance was reported to have increased slightly compared to 2007, the number of exhibitors was reported to have increased by approximately 20%.

Several people were overheard commenting that both the exhibit and a number of the Conference Sessions appeared to be focused on the Public Safety applications of wireless technology. My own observations would agree with those comments.

Also, approximately 35 people attended the session in which I presented “The Paging Advantage to Public Safety Organizations”. Several of those who saw the presentation stated significant interest and requested follow-up discussions. Clearly, getting our message to potential users and purchasers is key to our survival; but it will require a considerable effort and participation in a variety of trade shows and exhibits to spread the message.

Unfortunately, given the focus that this show had on public safety, and the degree to which public safety appears to be one of the few remaining fertile grounds for paging, I did not find paging to be well represented on the exhibit floor! In fact, the following were the only exhibitors that I found to be specifically focused on paging:

  • Raven Systems (a wall mounted pager for mass alerting);
  • Digital Paging Company (Apollo pagers);
  • SCA (The Sceptar voice pager);
  • Swissphone (pagers);
  • Tribute 911 Pager LLC (pagers);
  • US Alert (Unication pagers);
  • Zetron (paging terminals).

Additionally, paging forms part of the business activity of the following exhibiting organizations:

  • Daniels Electronics (base stations);
  • DX Radio (base stations);
  • WiPath (paging displays);
  • Sonik (base stations);
  • Space Data (balloon repeaters);
  • EWA (our partner organization).

I would recommend that consideration be given to reestablishing the “Paging Island” concept for IWCE 2009 next year. Maybe by reducing the costs involved, more paging organizations could be encouraged to participate. Also, I am planning to request permission to present the “The Paging Advantage to Public Safety Organizations” PowerPoint at the APCO meetings next summer and I could use some assistance in that undertaking.

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Tel: (631) 266-2604

Source: Ron Mercer

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$500.00 FLAT RATE

TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.

TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $ 500.00 (for your system) a month.

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700 MHz bidding still crawling along

March 13, 2008

The wireless industry is impatiently waiting for the 700 MHz spectrum auction to wrap up as the bidding surpassed the 200th round yesterday. Earlier Wednesday morning in the 207th round of bidding, five bids were cast by the still anonymous bidders and each averaged about $16,000. Considering the auction has raised nearly $19.6 billion since it opened on Jan. 24, the most recent rounds have been considerably insignificant. The auction should end any day now.

Source: Fierce Broadband Wireless

Background on this Auction:

The Auction System:
Since 1994, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has conducted auctions of licenses for electromagnetic spectrum. These auctions are open to any eligible company or individual that submits an application and upfront payment, and is found to be a qualified bidder by the Commission. FCC auctions are conducted electronically and are accessible over the Internet. Thus, qualified bidders can place bids from the comfort of their home or office. Further, anyone with access to a computer with a web browser can follow the progress of an auction and view the results of each round.

700 MHz:
The 700 Mhz spectrum is part of the 698-806 MHz band ("700 MHz Band"), which has been occupied by television broadcasters and is being made available for new commercial and public safety services as a result of the digital television (DTV) transition.

The 700 Mhz Band licenses may be used for flexible fixed, mobile, and broadcast uses, including fixed and mobile wireless commercial services (including FDD- and TDD-based services); fixed and mobile wireless uses for private, internal radio needs; and mobile and other digital new broadcast operations. These uses may include two-way interactive, cellular, and mobile television broadcasting services.
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Auction Deadlines:
FCC Form 175 Filing Window Opens: November 19, 2007
FCC Form 175s due: December 3, 2007
Upfront Payments due: December 28, 2007
Mock Auction: January 18, 2008
Auction Begins: January 24, 2008

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e*Message transmits electricity price data made available by EnBW

March 10, 2008

CeBIT 2008 / Hanover. As a part of its climate protection policy, the German government supports the development of intelligent systems to measure the consumption of electricity. In collaboration with IBM, the energy supplier EnBW has developed one such system that not only measures the consumption, but also keeps the user abreast of the current electricity prices. Thanks to a little device, private users will be able to adapt their consumption to the current price—a revolution in power points, made possible by the constantly updated data transmitted via e*Message's paging network.

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EnBW’s “Electricity Traffic Light”

In the near future, a little device is to help consumers save electricity and money. Its three-inch LCD screen shows the power price for the current hour and a preview for the next twelve to thirty-six hours. Plugged into a power point, the device receives constantly updated data via e*Message's paging network—all thanks to a paging chip. The price data is available at all times and colour-coded, thus providing the consumer with an alternative to information from the Internet.

"You have to picture it as an electric traffic light that displays when and whether the electricity is cheap, normal or expensive," explains Hellmuth Frey from the energy supplier EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. Red stands for "expensive," yellow for "normal," and green for "cheap." Frey manages a pilot project called: "Electricity Price Data at the Power Point," that aims at controlling supply and demand sensibly through tiered prices. "The price data from the power point is designed to encourage customers to get their electricity primarily at times where the demand is weaker and, in doing so, to avoid demand peaks for which capacities have to be available," further says Frey. This would significantly contribute to climate protection.

Electricity Traffic Light Receives Updated Data From Paging Network

In a test run, EnBW intends to equip 1,000 homes in Baden-Württemberg not only with "electricity traffic lights," but also with remote-reading electronic meters and a variable rate based on the standard value set by the EEX (European Energy Exchange, Leipzig, Germany). The test package includes three components, as displaying the cheapest rate is not sufficient: it is also necessary to measure and invoice power consumption using state-of-the-art meters. The overall system, called AMM (Advanced Meter Management), was developed by EnBW, Germany's third largest energy supplier, in collaboration with IBM.

EnBW transmits the price data to the "electricity traffic lights" via the paging network of the Berlin-based company e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH. In Germany, roughly 800 transmitting stations supply 98 percent of the population with paging services. Dr. Dietmar Gollnick, CEO of the European e*Message group speaking at the CeBIT 2008: "Following the sensational success of the weather stations launched barely a year ago, our technology can now set about making a similar quantum leap on the energy market. Way over 600,000 weather stations that provide constantly updated weather forecasts and various other information via our paging network have already been sold. This evidences the unbeatable advantages of paging over GSM or similar technologies: paging chips and networks are considerably cheaper to buy and operate. Moreover, pagers have a very low power consumption and the network coverage is excellent, even for in-house applications."

Cost Transparency Leads to More Sensible Energy Consumption

According to EnBW, the cost transparency that results from the use of the "electricity traffic lights" will contribute to a more sensible energy consumption and ultimately to higher energy efficiency. On the other hand, the device enables the power supplier to better forecast the demand and avoid the consumption peaks that necessitate to acquire electricity from other suppliers.

To make it easier for consumers to save energy, the German government has also recently decided on a comprehensive climate protection package, which includes not only appropriate measures for energy production and transport, but also intelligent power consumption monitoring. The aim is to double energy efficiency by 2020 compared to 1990.

Besides time-variable prices for electricity ("price data"), the device also displays the date, time, temperature and weather trend.

The display background turns red if the electricity is too expensive, yellow if the price is average and green when it is low.

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Phone: +49 30 4171 1213

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Martin Cooper and the future of wireless

By Mike Dano
Story posted: March 13, 2008 - 5:59 am EDT

martin cooper photo BARCELONA, Spain — Martin Cooper, widely recognized as one of the lead inventors of the modern cellphone, believes that the "next step of the revolution" is just around the corner.

"Digital was supposed to . . . change our lives, but it really hasn't happened yet," he said during a press reception at the Mobile World Congress trade show, held last month in Barcelona, Spain. The LiMo Foundation sponsored Cooper's talk.

"But I'm here today to announce to you that that part of the revolution has started," Cooper said.

Cooper, one of the first inductees into the RCR Wireless News Wireless Hall of Fame, was an engineer at Motorola Inc. who helped design the world's first cellphone, and made the first wireless call from a test device in New York City in 1973. Cooper has remained an active member of the wireless industry and is founder and executive chairman of antenna company ArrayComm. During his wide-ranging talk at the Mobile World Congress, Cooper explained that several key factors will soon fall in place to push the global wireless industry to the next level.

First, Cooper said, the cost of wireless services must come down.

Listen to Martin Cooper discuss the cost of wireless service, and how it needs to change.

"We need at least an order of magnitude improvement in cost," he said, explaining that technologies including OFDM and other advanced inventions will help drive down the cost of wireless for everyday consumers.

The second — and perhaps more important — factor in the coming revolution centers on innovation, driven by the industry's move toward open access.

"What happens when we get the cost problem solved? Now we need to have people creating applications, and that's where the issue of open access comes in," he explained.

Cooper said that Verizon Wireless' embrace of open access, along with the Federal Communications Commission setting open-access stipulations on the 700 MHz spectrum auction, reflects progress toward an environment more conducive to innovation.

Listen to Martin Cooper discuss the growing roll of open access in the wireless industry.

"How do you unleash the creativity of hundreds or thousands of other kinds of people?" Cooper asked rhetorically, explaining that open networks will help drive application development and industry innovation.

Cooper also rallied against the wireless industry's over-eager reliance on technical and marketing approaches instead of pragmatic and real-world solutions. As an example, Cooper pointed to feature-laden handsets. Cooper said that, in most cases, cellphone instruction manuals are heavier than the devices they purport to clarify, which highlights the over-complexity in the wireless marketplace.

"Good technology is invisible. The best technologies are totally transparent," Cooper said, adding that the wireless industry has "tried to make the handset do everything," which is not the proper approach.

Listen to Martin Cooper discuss the industry's reliance on technology.

Instead, Cooper said, industry players should focus on solving problems. For example, he said, digital cameras should include an embedded wireless module that could automatically transmit pictures to friends, family or co-workers.

An even more powerful application could center on health care, Cooper explained, describing a body-monitoring service that could alert doctors or others of medical issues.

Nonetheless, Cooper said, the revolution is coming.

"We are on the cusp. This all is going to happen," he said. "We are going to converge the Internet and the wireless industry in a way that we not only can improve our productivity, but we will also get educated, entertained, our safety will be improved and our health will be improved. All these things are going to happen."

Source: RCR Wireless News

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March 13, 2008 11:22 AM PDT

NASA's Cassini probe has successfully flown through the plume of a geyser and took its closest approach to the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, according to first reports of the mission from NASA.

Cassini program bloggers report that the probe survived its close encounter with the moon. The spacecraft was scheduled to collect samples of water ice, dust, and gas from the geyser's plume and analyze the samples as it speeds toward its next target. Details of the mission will be released after scientists examine the probe's findings.

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Intel Atom leak shows 1.87GHz, dual-core

Monday, March 10th

Details have surfaced about the near future of Intel's Atom processor for handhelds, courtesy of a new leaked roadmap for the chips. Though Intel has only publicly acknowledged a 1.6 GHz Atom 230 processor and alluded to others, the slip shows that Intel expects to spread the line to the high end in the near future. After the initial version, the semiconductor firm plans a 1.87GHz Atom 200-series chip; in standard form, it would be a direct upgrade with a faster speed but the same 533 MHz bus and 512KB of Level 2 cache memory.

However, a new 300 series would also see the first dual-core Atoms with a 1.87 GHz, Atom 300 processor. The upgrade could handle as many as four instruction threads at once through the use of Intel's Hyper-Threading, which can run more than one stream of instructions on a processor at once and prevent chips from idling unnecessarily during heavy work.

The leak does not immediately suggest a launch window for the Atom upgrades, though the speed points to a potential upgrade in the summer. It does reveal that the known 1.6GHz processor will ship to suppliers for $29 each in 1000-unit batches, making an expected ASUS Eee PC upgrade possible in the spring as well as other rivals planned throughout the year.

Source: Electronista

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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.]

   Vol. 11, No. 10 March 12, 2008   

Cellular/PCS Carriers May Face Patent Infringement Claims From DTL

Some CMRS carriers have recently received letters from a company named Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), alleging infringement of US Patent 5,051,799 (the “799 Patent”) for a “Digital Output Transducer.” The alleged infringement comes from operating a cellular telephone network and sale of Bluetooth headsets and other devices within the United States. DTL’s letter requests that the recipient either cease all activities that infringe upon the 799 Patent or take a nonexclusive license.

DTL claims to have “already successfully licensed the 799 Patent to Nokia, Samsung and Ericsson”, and that it “recently settled its infringement suit against Cingular Wireless and AT&T Mobility.” DTL also claims that it is “actively pursuing a reasonable royalty” from Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Motorola Corp. It would therefore appear that the claim applies to PCS as well as cellular.

On review of various Federal Court dockets, it appears that DTL filed patent infringement lawsuits in April 2005 against Verizon, in April 2006 against Cingular, and just last fall against T-Mobile USA, AT&T Mobility, and Sprint Nextel. The Cingular and AT&T cases appear to have been settled and were voluntarily dismissed this past January; the Verizon case was stayed pending mediation last August; and the cases against T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel remain pending at the pre-discovery stage before the Federal District Court in New Jersey.

But rather than waiting for DTL to file an infringement suit against it, or agreeing to license DTL’s technology (as Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung have apparently done), Motorola appears to have gone on the offensive by filing a complaint for declaratory judgment of patent non-infringement in the Southern District of New York. Motorola’s suit alleges, among other things, that Motorola has not infringed the 799 Patent, that the 799 Patent is invalid, and that the 799 Patent is unenforceable due to “inequitable conduct in its procurement.” Regardless of whether DTL’s patent infringement claims have any merit, DTL has shown a willingness to pursue patent litigation, which can be time consuming and expensive. Carriers who receive any correspondence from DTL or its representatives should take the matter seriously, and notify counsel without delay. Oftentimes, contracts with equipment vendors contain indemnification provisions that will protect the carrier from any patent infringement claims. However, such indemnification may be conditioned on promptly notifying the vendor and consulting with the vendor with regard to any legal defense. Therefore, any response to patent infringement claims should be carefully coordinated with your equipment vendor at every stage.

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

Wireless Spam Looms As Big Problem For Cell Phones

Wireless spam. It is illegal. But it is happening. According to the Washington Post, more than 1 billion text messages are sent every day in the United States, and U.S. consumers are expected to receive about 1.5 billion spam text messages in 2008, up from 1.1 billion last year and 800 million in 2006, based on reports from Ferris Research of San Francisco. The Post reports that Verizon Wireless says it blocks an average of more that 200 million spam text messages every month, and that, generally, wireless carriers are increasing their efforts to take legal action against spammers and to use more sophisticated spam filters.

The major problem with wireless spam is that it costs the recipient—the cell phone user has to pay for the unwanted message. Thus, the FCC and the industry need to find a way to correct this problem before it gets totally out of hand.

As the Post pointed out, “spam is often a nuisance, but more malicious messages can lead to a new form of fraud called ‘smishing,’ a variation of a spam e-mail attack known as ‘phishing.’ Smishing attacks, called such because text messages are also known as SMS [short messaging service] messages, disguise themselves as legitimate messages from e-commerce or financial sites such as eBay, PayPal or banks, and seek to dupe consumers into giving up account numbers or passwords.”

One problem is that political campaigns use text messaging to mobilize voters, travel sites use them for promotions to existing customers, and TV shows (even cable news programs) ask viewers to use their cell phones for polling purposes. This, of course, opens the door to hackers.

As the Post reports: “Spammers use similar techniques to target people through text messages as they do through e-mail. They harvest phone numbers from databases or hack into the records of legitimate companies that have permission to send text messages, such as travel sites or online retailers. The guesswork involved in targeting cell phone numbers is easier than randomly selecting e-mail addresses; while an e-mail address has a unique sequence of characters and a variable length, phone numbers are 10 digits. Therefore, it is easier to blitz thousands of potential customers at once.”

Although consumer complaints about text messaging spam have so far been minimal, according to the Federal Trade Commission, overall wireless spam traffic is on the rise. Large carriers—AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless—already employ anti-spam filters, and plan to unveil flat-rate billing plans for text messaging. According to IAG Research, approximately 20% of the total revenue for wireless carriers comes from delivering text messages. So there is a huge incentive for carriers to block wireless spam.

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


COMMENTS SOUGHT ON NANPA TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT: The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) has asked for comment on the technical requirements document that will be used in preparing the solicitation for the North American Numbering Plan Administrator’s (NANPA’s) next term of administration. The NANPA is the numbering administrator responsible for making telecommunications numbers available on an equitable basis. On July 9, 2003, NeuStar, Inc. was awarded the federal contract to serve as the NANPA for a total of five years. The contract is renewable annually and expires July 8, 2008. In order to have an impartial entity continue to administer the North American Numbering Plan, the Wireline Competition Bureau must select a NANPA for another contract term. The entity selected to serve as the NANPA will manage the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) resources in accordance with the terms and conditions of a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contract. At the Bureau’s request, the North American Numbering Council (NANC), the federal advisory committee on numbering matters, examined the existing technical requirements document for the NANPA, as updated by NeuStar. On February 29, 2008, the NANC forwarded its proposed technical requirements document to the Deputy Bureau Chief. The Bureau has reviewed and slightly modified that proposed document. It is anticipated that the technical requirements document will form the basis for a Statement of Work in the solicitation for the NANPA. For this reason, the public notice seeks comment on those technical requirements. The NANC’s technical requirements document, as modified, does not, in any way reflect the position of the Commission as to the final technical requirements or contract terms for the anticipated solicitation. Comments are due March 21, and replies are due March 28. All comments must reference CC Docket No. 92-237 and CC Docket No. 99-200.

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

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

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Please find attached the preliminary program and registration form for the next EMMA conference and Round Table meeting to be held in Crete, Greece on April 23 - 25, 2008.

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Cell Carriers Fight FCC over Backup Power

March 10, 2008
Posted by John Kullman

cell tower Past disasters like Hurricane Katrina knocked out wireless communications and impacted emergency crews and victims when they needed to talk. To avoid similar losses of communications in the future, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants most cell phone transmitter sites in the U.S. to have at least eight hours of backup power in the event main power fails. Regulators claim this will make the nation’s communication system more reliable. Eight months after the FCC released this new regulation, the two sides are still fighting over the issue.

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., put an injunction on the rule as it considers an appeal by some in the wireless industry. The Cell companies claim the FCC’s backup power regulations were illegally drafted and would present a huge economic and bureaucratic burden. The United States has nearly 210,000 cell towers and roof-mounted cell sites across the country, many of which would require modifications. One industry estimate puts the per-site price tag at up to $15,000.

In a request for the FCC to delay implementing the change, Sprint Nextel Corp. wrote that the rules would lead to “staggering and irreparable harm” for the company. The cost couldn't be recouped through legal action or passed on to consumers, it said.

Jackie McCarthy, director of governmental affairs for PCIA — The Wireless Infrastructure Association, said the government should allow the industry to decide how best to keep its networks running, pointing out that all the backup power in the world won’t help a cell tower destroyed by wind or wildfires.

“Our members’ position is that the ‘one size fits all’ approach to requiring eight hours of backup power at all cell sites really doesn't accomplish the commission’s stated purpose of providing reliable wireless coverage,” McCarthy said.

Those fighting the regulation are also claiming that the FCC didn’t follow proper federal guidelines for creating new mandates and that it went far beyond its authority when it created the eight-hour requirement last summer. So far, the FCC is standing its ground and not backing down.

“We find that the benefits of ensuring sufficient emergency backup power, especially in times of crisis involving possible loss of life or injury, outweighs the fact that carriers may have to spend resources, perhaps even significant resources, to comply with the rule,” the agency said in a regulatory filing.

“The need for backup power in the event of emergencies has been made abundantly clear by recent events, and the cost of failing to have such power may be measured in lives lost,” it said

Wireless companies claim the FCC’s regulation will create problems in urban areas, where local zoning rules, existing leases and structural limitations could make it impossible to add batteries or backup generators to cell sites. It can take 1,500 pounds or more of batteries to provide eight hours of backup energy in areas with a lot of cell phone traffic. Many rooftop sites weren't built to hold that much weight.

The FCC said it would exempt cell sites that can’t comply if companies can explain how they would provide backup service in those areas through other means, such as portable cellular transmitters.

CTIA-The Wireless Association and several carriers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to intervene, saying the exemptions would still leave wireless companies scrambling to inspect and compile reports on thousands of towers.

Jackie McCarthy, director of governmental affairs for PCIA, (The Wireless Infrastructure Association) said, “I don’t think it’s hyperbole or exaggeration to say if it gets to that point with specific sites it could lead to sites being decommissioned,” she said. “If the ultimate endgame is a site being turned off because of noncompliance, the area immediately around that site is going to have an immediate negative impact. It’s going to hurt public safety from day one.”

Source: Mobilecrunch

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Date: March 7, 2008 7:32:01 PM CST
Subject: Want to know more

Brad, I got into paging almost by accident in about 82, Mobilecomm had just purchased IRT Radio Paging in Burbank. They had something they were very proud of, a new BBL. it had replaced an Amcor,or was it an Acme. They had a ton of five tones and a thirteen transmitter network shared with other RCC's. It was then that numeric then Alpha paging came along, the numbers shot up and we couldn't build fast enough.

What I would like to know more about is how did we get from the early days to the point where paging caught fire and we couldn't build fast enough. Early DID, Phone company issues, FM to FSK Linking schemes Simulcast.

By the way it takes an Harvard MBA to understand how to loose 46 million and think it was great. The rest of us can't.

John Parmalee,
281-380-3811 Cell

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Subject: Paging
Date: March 7, 2008 1:03:44 PM CST
To: Brad Dye


Hope all is well these days.

Thanks for this week’s issue. Lots of interesting information. This is my only source of information about the industry anymore.

Please tell Ron for me that I would enjoy another chapter in his “History of Paging”. By the way, I have in my desk drawer one of, if not the first Motorola color pager. It is a Pageboy II, red, tone only. Manufactured circa 1971. It was given to me in FLL to see if it could be marketed by my RCC team. It’s a good paper weight now.

All the best,

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From: Ed Heffernan
Date: March 10, 2008 8:20:17 AM CDT
To: Ron Mercer
Subject: Paging history

Ron, that was a Good article about paging history. It confirms what I have previously written to Brad Dye.

When I joined Multitone in 1963, we had numerous wire loop induction systems and several radio paging systems.

The Hospital For Sick Children was one of the first Radio systems. They had a 5 watt AM transmitter on 27.255 MHz.

The pagers were single tone with a gate coil. By 1964 the 2 tone system with 2 gate coils came along increasing the number of possible pagers into the hundreds.

Alexander Poliakoff visited Canada several times in the 60's but the company was operated then by Ian Karten.

Our first large system was installed at McMaster Hospital in the early 70's. That customer today is part of the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and we now have several thousand pagers in the system.

In 1974 Bell made a purchase of Bell Boy pagers from Multitone.

By then Multitone was manufacturing pagers for nearly all of the telephone companies in Canada.

I conducted technical training courses in Nova Scotia for MT&T; St. John for NB Tel; Edmonton for AGT etc.

Take a look at Multitone's newest product EkoTek

It has a 2 way pager that allows a response back to the source. Great for jails, psychiatric hospitals etc.


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From: Vic Jackson
Subject: Newsletter Comments
Date: March 7, 2008 8:11:36 PM CST
To: Brad Dye


You were missed at IWCE this year! I attended the first day specifically to meet up with you and several other industry friends. Sorry to hear you were ill.

It was a great show and paging was very much in evidence.

RE: USA Mobility $46.7 million loss in the 4th quarter of 2007. They list a $61.8 million "income tax expense" in the 4th quarter. I'm not sure what would trigger such an extraordinary income tax expense, but this might explain the loss. Maybe they need a new accounting head.

RE: History of Paging. I read with interest, Ron Mercer's notes on paging in the 1950s and 60s. I recall servicing a Motorola wired loop paging system at Diamond Reo Motors in Lansing, Michigan that was installed prior to 1964. This system operated in the 200-400 KHz range, used a PBX access, mechanical, rotary dial paging terminal and used very small Motorola transistorized selective 2 tone pagers. I also recall that the original Motorola Pageboy I pager, both tone only models and tone and voice, for VHF, was in use in 1964.

FYI, you being an old Motorola man, here is a link to some really early (1938-1946) Motorola public safety stuff!

This might also be interesting and is part of the master from the above link:



Vic Jackson
Interconnection Services, Inc.
2377 Seminole Dr.
Okemos MI 48864
OFC: 517 381 0744

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