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FRIDAY - MAY 16, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 310

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Bell Industries Reports Financial Results for 2008 First Quarter

INDIANAPOLIS, May 15, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Bell Industries, Inc. (Pink Sheets:BIUI) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008.

Revenues from continuing operations for the 2008 first quarter were $23.1 million down 21.9% from $29.5 million a year ago, with $5.7 million of the decrease in revenues related to the company's Technology Solutions Group. The company incurred a loss from continuing operations of $680,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the 2008 first quarter. This reflects a significant improvement over the prior-year first quarter loss from continuing operations of the $1.8 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, which included a $2.0 million gain from the sale of a building. Bell achieved net income in the first quarter of 2008 of $839,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, including income from discontinued operations of $1.5 million, equal to $0.15 per diluted share. This compares with a net loss of $1.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, including income from discontinued operations of $334,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the 2007 first quarter.

The company announced in February 2008 that it completed the sale of SkyTel's automated vehicle location business to SkyGuard LLC for $7.0 million. In March 2008, Bell entered into a definitive agreement to sell the balance of its SkyTel division to Velocita Wireless LLC for a total consideration of $8.0 million, comprised of $3.0 million in cash at closing and deferred payments totaling $5.0 million to be paid over a period of two years. As a result of these transactions, the SkyTel division has been reflected as a discontinued operation in the company's results of operations for the first quarters of 2008 and 2007 and is reflected on the balance sheet at March 31, 2008 as assets held for sale.

The Technology Solutions Group posted revenues of $13.2 million for the 2008 first quarter, compared with $18.9 million in the 2007 first quarter. This decline is related to several factors, including the termination of an unprofitable large-scale customer relationship management engagement in conjunction with the closing of Bell's Springfield, Missouri call center, the decision to cease acting as an authorized reseller for a certain hardware product line, the timing of completion of certain projects and a focus on improving gross profits. Operating income for the 2008 first quarter amounted to $424,000, increasing by approximately $1.5 million over the prior-year first quarter due to several factors, including the closure of the unprofitable Springfield call center, improved operational efficiencies on several service engagements and significant reductions in overhead costs.

Bell's Recreational Products Group reported revenues of $9.9 million for the 2008 first quarter, compared with $10.7 million in the 2007 first quarter. The company attributed the decrease in revenues primarily to lower sales in the marine and recreational vehicle product lines, partially offset by an increase in revenues from its snowmobile product line. Although revenues were down year-over-year, operating income for the 2008 first quarter increased by $566,000 over the prior-year first quarter to $188,000, principally reflecting a 230 basis point improvement in gross profit margins and reductions in headcount, freight and facility costs.

"We continue to make progress improving the operational efficiencies of each of our businesses," said Kevin J. Thimjon, president and chief financial officer of Bell Industries. "We are particularly pleased with the significantly reduced corporate cost structure of our business, which was decreased by nearly 52 percent over the prior-year period, as a result of reductions in headcount and related travel and benefits, the closure of our former corporate headquarters in Los Angeles and lower marketing and telecommunications expenses."

Bell's corporate costs for the 2008 first quarter totaled $1.1 million, down almost $1.3 million from $2.4 million in the 2007 first quarter"

About Bell Industries, Inc.

After the completion of the recently announced sale of its SkyTel division, Bell Industries will be comprised of two operating units, Bell's Technology Solutions business and its Recreational Products Group. The company's Technology Solutions business offers a comprehensive portfolio of customizable and scalable technology solutions ranging from managed technology services to reverse logistics and mobile/wireless solutions. The Recreational Products Group is a wholesale distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for the recreational vehicles and other leisure-related vehicle markets, including marine, snowmobile, cycle and ATV.

The rest of the report, including all the financial details is available here.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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Is Paging the elephant in the room?

16 May 2008

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With the growing use of SMS messaging across enterprise, many may view paging systems as obsolete in the face of mobile phone technology. However paging, combined with SMS, is a powerful force; it can save lives, as Chris Jones from PageOne explains.

The UK’s public sector is under growing pressure to improve efficiency levels whilst also raising its quality and reach with regards to communications. This was highlighted in the transformational Government strategy published in November 2005 that set out the Government’s overall aims of greater personalisation, choice, speed, access around the clock, and efficacy in public services. It is clear that in any emergency, rapid communication with those affected can do much to limit the damage. And yet many companies overlook this point and tend to rely on a single technology or method to get the message out. But as we know, landlines can be damaged and mobile networks can be overloaded.

Paging has evolved in sophistication and today millions of messages are transmitted to people needing fast, reliable messaging communications. Indeed, post the tragic events of 7 July 2005, the efficacy of paging and SMS messaging services was brought to the foreground in the subsequent review that highlighted the success of the service provided by PageOne.

It is important to have a number of communications options available so that if one fails, the plan does not collapse. When notifying rescue teams or organising mass evacuation, a rapid response is vital. Often small changes to the communications plan can offer significant improvements to how organisations communicate events to their key stakeholders. A combination of paging and SMS could create a more resilient solution. This is a point that is confirmed by the London Regional Resilience Forum which said in its report on the lessons learned from the July 7th 2005 bombings that people should consider using pagers for alerting and mobilization including preset pager groups where this function is critical.

They can even enable messages to get through when networks are congested.

It is crucial that businesses ensure that they have effective plans for managing and responding to emergency, disaster or even system failure. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) which helps with shipping emergencies, mountain and cliff rescues, flooding and searches use PageOne’s SMS and paging service which enables them to get messages about the type of rescue incident to the right volunteers. It also allows the volunteers to quickly notify the MCA of their availability without tying up communication channels.

The PageOne system links message pagers with mobile phones, which makes it easier to contact volunteers across different networks.

It is important to just take a brief look at the history of paging and the reasons for its fall in public consciousness. Belt-slung pagers were once the communications product of choice for a wide spectrum of users from doctors, engineers and staff on-call to businessmen needing day-to-day information and even teenagers being told to come home.

Using VHF frequencies and based on narrow band broadcast technology, paging is based on a worldwide standard from 1984, and with little to go wrong has consistently paid its way.

Pagers were never subject to the WAP or MMS phenomena of being a technology before its time, or a solution looking for a problem.

Paging did what it said on the box, delivered one way alphanumeric messages with an extremely high degree of coverage and probability that the message would arrive.

However the consumer market changed. Mobile phones presented a glamorous alternative, a lifestyle step change that proved so seductive it swept all before it. In one beautifully presented small device the consumer got two-way voice and text messaging plus a host of add-ons and services which suddenly made the faithful pager a little pedestrian and certainly not something you would get out in front of your friends. But the consumer also got a big bill at the end of the month, which for a lifestyle accessory was acceptable but for business presented a problem.

To bring this up to date, the paging market did show steady decline in the face of the consumer’s love affair with mobile phones, but for those paging companies who remained in the market, it reached a point of stability much earlier than forecast and in fact showed a slight increase as the market stabilised.

The answer lies in the fundamentals of the technology: pagers are simple, use little energy and need very few transmitters; the technology is low cost and reliable; receive one message or receive a million, the cost is the same. Moreover, coverage far exceeds that of mobile technology and most importantly, if the application involves receiving alphanumeric content that is critical to the task, there is no better vehicle than paging.

In the public sector countless pagers, independent of SMS, are in daily, critical, use. The most obvious of these applications is within the emergency services.

For example, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service know that getting the right people to the right place at the right time is vital. The service uses PageOne’s paging and critical messaging services to ensure that 280 key operational and support workers such as fire officers, administrators and specialist teams are easily contactable from the control room.

The Essex service has used PageOne for paging services since December 2004 and uses the system to call out various specialist groups to incidents across the county. These include the British Red Cross fire-victims support service, and the urban search and rescue team that was set up in the wake of September 11. The system can also be used to mobilise specialist search and rescue teams in response to an emergency abroad.

The South East Coast’s Ambulance Service is another example of how paging is used within the public sector. PageOne’s messaging system is linked directly to the service’s new command and control system. This means that emergency call out messages can be routed not only to ambulance crew, but also to the teams of co-responder volunteers. They are able to respond quickly to an incident and administer what could be life saving first aid until the ambulance crews arrive.

However, pagers are not just used for the emergency services. They have become one of the primary methods of communication for staff involved in real time messaging environments. A high degree of coverage, resilience and speed of message delivery has meant that organisations such as hospitals, councils, local and central government rely on pagers to deliver real time information cost effectively to their staff.

As you can see, Paging is certainly still alive and kicking in the public sector and is an extremely adequate technology within its own right. But, as the tragic events on the 7th July 2005 portrayed, there is no doubt that a combination of paging and SMS offers a very resilient solution, and a solution that no business should choose to ignore.



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AAPC To Coordinate SPID and Capcode Assignments

The American Association of Paging Carriers is pleased to be administering the ReFLEX™/InFLEXion™ Code Administration Program. This program allows any paging service provider (carrier), government entity (PTT/MPT), pager manufacturer, computer manufacturer, or any other ReFLEX™/InFLEXion™ related businesses throughout the world to be assigned ReFLEX™/InFLEXion™ addresses “capcodes” and Service Provider IDs (SPIDs). To request ReFLEX™/InFLEXion™ addresses and/or SPIDs, please go to

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AAPC’s Mission Statement Defines Purpose

  • Identifying issues of common concern to its members.
  • Providing an effective forum for the discussion and progression of issues relating to the industry.
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory and legal matters as a unified organization.
  • Providing research into and development of our industry and its current and prospective markets.
  • Providing education and resources to address the challenges and trends affecting our operating environments.
  • Encouraging and maintaining high standards of ethics and services.
  • Championing the industry and representing paging carriers with a positive voice.

Our industry must move forward together or we will perish individually. If you want to get involved, come and join us! The AAPC web site is a great source of information. The AAPC also hosts the Paging Technical Committee (PTC) web site. There is a lot of very valuable paging industry information there as well.

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Our Myrtle Beach conference is moving to Arizona in 2008 and we want you to join us!

November 5-7
Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona

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.

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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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CVC Paging Preferred Wireless
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EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association Raven Systems
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Ron Mercer
Hark Systems Swissphone
HMCE, Inc. TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services
InfoRad, Inc.    UCOM Paging
Ira Wiesenfeld Unication USA
Minilec Service, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. WiPath Communications
Northeast Paging Zetron Inc.

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siren NWS: Weak Tornado Led To Warnings

Monday, May 12, 2008 1:06 AM

Updated: Monday, May 12, 2008 07:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a delay in activating Franklin County's tornado sirens on Sunday, a county commissioner expressed concern.

"Safety and security are our No. 1 priority," Commissioner Paula Brooks said.

Despite a push of a button, the sirens were activated eight minutes after the National Weather Service issued the warning, 10TV's Kurt Ludlow reported.

Jim Leonard, the county's emergency management director, said their office is not staffed on weekends and holidays. Neither of the two people who were on call knew that severe weather was approaching.

"(The) unfortunate thing was there was no watch," Leonard said. "It went right to a warning so we didn't have time to get mobilized before it was already here."

Brooks said that firefighters could have activated the system sooner but they have to go through too much before receiving the OK.

"When a warning is issued, the fire department picks that up and pages the EMA staff that's on call," Brooks said. "You have one, two, three steps. Maybe there should only be two steps and I think we need to look at that."

Brooks said there needs to be backups to the sirens. She wants a system to send emergency text messages to all cell phones and a reverse 911 call system to alert all home phones.

Delaware County used its reverse 911 for the first time on Sunday. The system phoned 48,000 people and reached 32,000 residents.

Mike Greer was contacted by the automated system after the tornado warning expired.

"I wonder about the capacity planning for this 911 system," Greer said. "If they've thought about how long it takes to call resident one versus resident 48,000 and has that been adequately tested and you know, from my standpoint, it has not and it's been a failure thus far."

Delaware County public safety systems administrator Patrick Brandt said the county hopes to find other solutions so residents can receiver their notifications faster.

Source: Channel 10 TV news

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RIM’s BlackBerry Bold beats Apple to the 3G punch

by Yardena Arar, PC World
May 12, 2008 11:56 am

Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from For more coverage of mobile devices, visit PC World’s Cell Phone and PDA topic page.

Amid swirling rumors about the impending announcement of a 3G iPhone, Research in Motion Monday introduced its slickest, speediest, most powerful, and most connected BlackBerry to date: the BlackBerry Bold 9000.

Equipped with support for tri-band HSDPA and quad-band EDGE (which means that it will support the highest-speed GSM-family data networks wherever they are available worldwide), 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, and both assisted and autonomous GPS, the Bold could prove a formidable challenger to Apple’s next-gen iPhone on connectivity alone.

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It even looks a bit iPhone-esque, with its glassy display area, generally flat profile, and rounded corners. Still, the Bold comes configured with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, and it retains the general dimensions of its predecessors, so it’s much shorter and somewhat thicker than the iPhone.

The Bold’s removable back is covered in black leatherette, and you'll be able to personalize the device by buying replacement backs in different colors (blue, brown, green, gray, and red).

The redesigned keyboard has guitar-inspired frets—thin metal strips—between each row. The keys themselves are sculpted to help users avoid fingertip slippage. The device also carries a 2-megapixel camera capable of up to 5X digital zoom.

Fast CPU, high-res display

The Bold’s 624-MHz StrongARM processor with full MMX (multimedia extensions) is the most powerful CPU on a handheld to date (the BlackBerry Curve, in contrast, uses a 312-MHz chip without MMX). The Bold’s extra power enables the device to handle full-motion video on its 480-by-320-pixel, 65,000-plus-color display (that resolution is double the Curve’s at basically the same screen size): In a demo at PC World’s offices last week, video clips on the Bold looked smooth and exceptionally sharp.

Of course, little commercial video content is available as yet for non-Apple media players. Further, the Bold’s screen is diminutive compared to the current iPhone’s roomy 3.5-inch display, and it isn’t a touch screen. (RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis simply smiled when we asked about reports that the company is working on a touch-screen BlackBerry).

But since the Bold’s smaller display holds the same number of pixels as the current iPhone’s, images look much higher-res on it than on its competitor.

The Bold’s 1GB of on-board secure memory (on top of its 128MB of flash) will appeal to BlackBerry’s core enterprise community, providing storage for items that companies would rather not make available for transport on a micro SD card. But users who want to carry their music and video libraries on their handsets will be able to do so via micro SD.

Carriers will determine pricing, and RIM had no details on which U.S. carrier will introduce the Bold (though AT&T, with the largest HSDPA network in the United States, seems a likelier candidate than T-Mobile, which has just begun to roll out 3G service stateside). RIM said that it expects the Bold to be shipping worldwide this summer.

Source: Macworld

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Emergency network plan revived

Associated Press
May 14, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission agreed unanimously Wednesday to try again to create a nationwide emergency communications network after an earlier plan failed to attract sufficient support from private investors.

The initial plan, approved last summer, would have used publicly owned spectrum to attract a private investor that would bear the cost of the network. The network would be used by police officers, firefighters and other emergency crews responding to disasters or terrorism attacks.

The commission wants public input on how to modify the plan to make it more attractive to the private sector. It is also asking whether the concept should be abandoned altogether and the public airwaves dedicated to the network be auctioned to the highest bidder for commercial use.

Under the original plan, the agency set aside a swath of airwaves for auction to a commercial bidder that would be combined with a roughly equal portion of spectrum controlled by a public safety trust to create a shared emergency communications network.

The winning bidder, in exchange for use of the public safety spectrum, would build the network and make a profit by selling access to wireless service providers.

The block was part of a broader auction that raised a record $19.1 billion. But the public safety spectrum failed to attract the minimum bid of $1.3 billion required to award the license.

At a recent congressional hearing, two Republicans suggested that the block should be sold and the proceeds distributed to public safety organizations to build a network on their own.

The winning bidder, in addition to having to lay out a minimum of $1.3 billion for the spectrum and spend billions more to build the network, would also be required to reach a network-sharing agreement with public safety organizations.

Potential bidders quoted in an FCC investigative report said the failed plan lacked specificity and created too much risk for investors.

Ideally, a new network would help solve the problem of public safety organizations not being able to communicate with one another and avail emergency personnel of many of the advances in wireless technology that are available to commercial users.

Such a network would have been of value to rescue workers in states that were ravaged by killer tornadoes over the weekend.

Roger Strope, assistant director of the communications division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said the tornadoes struck a rural part of his state where communications systems are "relatively basic."

If a network were hardened to standards required by emergency personnel, it "would probably bring a lot more functionality to a rural area that would not normally be able to build it on their own," he said.

Commission estimates on how much a national network might cost have ranged from $6 billion to $7 billion, but private sector estimates are more than double that amount.

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FEMA under fire for slow progress on new alert system

By Chris Strohm
May 14, 2008

House lawmakers Wednesday took aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's effort to modernize the nation's emergency alert system, saying progress has been too slow and legislative action may be needed to pressure the agency to work faster.

Lawmakers expressed frustration that FEMA has not moved quickly enough to develop the so-called Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, which eventually will allow alerts to be sent via e-mail, cell phones and hand-held devices.

The House Homeland Security Emergency Communications Subcommittee held a hearing to examine IPAWS.

In a separate action, two members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced legislation that would establish standards and requirements that FEMA must meet for the new system.

"Communities and individuals need to know what steps to take in the event of a natural disaster or act of terrorism," Homeland Security Emergency Communications Subcommittee Chairman Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, said at the hearing. "I worry that progress has been slow in making this system a reality."

Martha Rainville, FEMA's assistant administrator, said the first increment of the system will be rolled out to eight states and Puerto Rico this year. "We cannot do everything at once so later this year we are rolling out the first increment to support digital alerts," she said. "Later on, we will roll out additional increments to support risk-based alerts, non-English language alerts and alerts for special needs communities."

"The EAS has served us well, but the reality is that it is based on technology that is 15 years old," Rainville added. "Through IPAWS, FEMA and our partners are transforming the alert system from an audio-only signal sent on radios and televisions to one that can support audio, video, text and data messages sent to residential telephones, to Web sites, to pagers, to e-mail accounts and to cell phones."

The Homeland Security Department was given responsibility to develop the system under a 2006 executive order. Cuellar said it appears that FEMA is having problems meeting the order's requirements and told Rainville to provide the subcommittee within 10 days a list of goals and timetables in the executive order, as well as which ones have not been met and why. He said he also wants Rainville to tell the subcommittee whether FEMA needs legislation or new statutory authority to develop the system.

Meanwhile, House Transportation and Infrastructure Economic Development Subcommittee Chairwoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and ranking member Sam Graves, R-Mo., introduced legislation to prod FEMA along in developing the system.

"The deadly tornados that swept across Missouri and several other states this weekend emphasize just how important it is to have a fast and effective warning system in place to alert people of impending disasters," Graves said in a statement. "Receiving a timely disaster warning can literally mean the difference between life and death." The bill would require the system to be designed to use multiple current and future communications technologies, alert people in remote areas and people with disabilities, and allow people to choose how they want to receive alerts.

Source: Government Executive

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ALERT FM Platform Now Available in Florida

Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Benefit From FM radio-based Emergency Communications System

JACKSON, Miss., May 14 /PRNewswire/ — Global Security Systems (GSS) announced today that Broward and Miami-Dade Counties are the first two counties in the state of Florida to have access to ALERT FM, an FM radio-based emergency alert and messaging system.

ALERT FM allows authorized emergency management officials to send alerts and messages to specific groups of first responders, business and citizens before, during and after a crisis. Because the system is FM radio-based, information can be distributed to a large number of recipients in a matter of seconds. Targeted alerts and messages are delivered by satellite to the data subcarrier of FM transmission towers and can be received on ALERT FM receivers and other mobile devices, including PDAs, cell phones and other specialized receivers equipped with FM chips. Potential notifications include not only hurricane or other severe weather warnings but geographically targeted evacuation instructions and traffic alerts.

"Residents in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties will have the potential to receive emergency information from local emergency operation centers where the system is being tested as well as National Weather Service severe weather warnings and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) alerts through personal, portable ALERT FM receivers," said R. Matthew Straeb, GSS executive vice president. "Hurricane Katrina reminded us that timely notification of severe weather or simple communication before or after a catastrophic event can help save lives."

The reliability and redundancy of ALERT FM lies in its use of a pre-existing network of FM towers, which in turn provides overlapping coverage of an area. The ALERT FM receivers automatically tune themselves to the strongest FM signal in their current locations. The initial South Florida FM stations participating in ALERT FM are WRTO (98.3), WLRN (91.3) and WAMR (107.5). This ensures distribution over a large geographical "footprint," giving emergency managers the potential to reach more than four million citizens within seconds.

"ALERT FM gives us the ability to distribute real-time notifications, not only to warn citizens of emergencies, but also to brief them after a crisis with information such as traffic alerts, school closings and locations of hurricane supplies," Straeb said. "The receivers are small and portable so that citizens can easily pack them during an evacuation, giving them the potential to receive alerts instructing them when it is safe to return home."

ALERT FM has formed a partnership with America's Emergency Network (AEN) to create the nation's first comprehensive emergency communication system. AEN, designed by CBS News Hurricane Analyst Bryan Norcross and Former National Hurricane Director Max Mayfield, along with Global Security System's ALERT FM, form a complete framework for the creation and distribution of critical alerts and messages.

"The combined AEN/ ALERT FM network will once and for all bridge the information gap that occurs after a disaster," said Max Mayfield, former National Hurricane Center director. "The network will eliminate the breakdowns in communication that have plagued government recovery efforts in the past."

AEN collects emergency bulletins and video feeds, stores the information in a central database and distributes it via the Internet and television. ALERT FM, which is not dependent on phone lines or cell phone towers, is the mass notification component of the AEN system.

"ALERT FM completes AEN's promise of an emergency communications system that will continue to work when the power lines, phone lines, cell towers, and terrestrial internet have been knocked out," said Bryan Norcross, CBS News and WFOR-TV, Miami hurricane analyst. "Together, our complementary systems provide video briefings, detailed text bulletins and critical alerts before and after a disaster. The systems' satellite backbone means the vital information is delivered to people who need it — even when all traditional delivery systems have failed."

ALERT FM receivers are now available to consumers. Easily programmable, the devices run on AA batteries and have no recurring fees after purchase.

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ALERT FM is a personal emergency messaging system that enables state and local government and private sector officials to create and send emergency alerts and messages. Potential messages include severe weather warnings, homeland security notices, hurricane evacuation instructions, utility notices, plant or school closings, employee notifications and traffic alerts. First responders, businesses, school officials and citizens can receive these alerts and messages based on geographic or organizational groupings through specially designed ALERT FM receivers or any device equipped with a standard FM chip. More than 12 million people in seven states have access to ALERT FM technology.

About Global Security Systems LLC

Global Security Systems LLC is a systems integrator, developer and operator of the ALERT FM system. The company has its headquarters in Jackson, Miss., with offices in Louisiana, Florida and Washington, D.C.

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Onset Technology Announces METAmessage Advanced Compliance Tool for the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution

Comprehensive Wireless Electronic Communications Compliance Solution Helps Enterprises Meet Federal and State Regulations and Control Sensitive Data

May 12, 2008: 07:01 AM EST

Onset Technology, a leading developer of applications for smartphones, announced today the METAmessage® Advanced Compliance Tool (ACT) software that will help enterprises meet FINRA, HIPAA, SEC, NASD, SOX and GLBA compliance regulations for email/PIN/SMS message archiving while adding comprehensive control over message content and senders/recipients. The solution is designed for organizations that have deployments of the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM).

Onset will show the METAmessage ACT solution at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando.

"Mobile professionals increasingly use text messaging as a basic means of communication," said Zack Silbinger, Onset's VP of business development and strategic marketing. "However, financial institutions, insurance companies, healthcare providers, and government agencies face steadily increasing levels of message regulation. Compliance is becoming a significant drain on IT resources, and we designed METAmessage ACT to meet this challenge head on. Our vision is that Active Compliance and Active Archiving start before a message is sent, even before the message is being written and ends with a proper, fully detailed archive in a secured environment."

METAmessage ACT features include:

  • Sender/Recipient Control - ACT uses a proprietary Onset solution to let administrators control who can communicate with whom via email or PIN.
  • Content Control - administrators can define keyword lexicons and message rules so messages containing sensitive information will either be blocked or ACT will notify the user or administrator of sensitive content.
  • Enhanced Message Archiving - ACT adds sender/recipient and other data before archiving for enhanced discovery and searching capabilities. ACT integrates directly with an institution's overall archiving solution.
  • PIN Address Management - automatic maintenance of PIN addresses to ensure delivery to correct users, even as BlackBerry smartphones change.
  • Integration with leading email archiving and eDiscovery vendors, optimizing existing storage and search capabilities.

METAmessage is implemented by over 1,400 customers with over 150,000 users as a complete, out-of-the-box beyond-email solution for BlackBerry smartphones. METAmessage products include:

  • METAmessage Emergency Communications is a suite of capabilities that ensures effective messaging in the event of a catastrophic loss of enterprise network, email, or back-end infrastructure.
  • METAmessage Advanced Paging eliminates the need to carry two devices by enabling paging on smartphones.
  • METAmessage Mobile Device Manager provides an easy, efficient way to manage updates and applications in large-scale deployments.
  • METAmessage Professional features provide access to network files, spell checking, printing anywhere, custom message alerts, and much more.

About Onset Technology

Founded in 1997, Onset Technology is the creator of METAmessage®, a suite of unique software solutions that enhance the functionality of smartphone deployments. METAmessage® offers solutions for carriers, enterprises (CIOs, IT administrators, mobile professionals), public-safety officials and first responders. Since its introduction, METAmessage has been widely adopted by Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies. Onset has developed extensive experience and methodologies for working with large multinational enterprises, system integrators and tier-1 carriers worldwide.

METAmessage® is a registered trademark of Onset Technology. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. Other marks are the properties of their respective owners.

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Ministry: Communications gradually restored in quake-hit areas 2008-05-13 18:51:59

Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China

BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) — Five counties in Gansu Province that suffered communications blackouts after Monday's powerful earthquake have all had their services restored, China's Ministry of Industry and Information said on Tuesday.

Telecommunications services also resumed in the worst-hit Sichuan Province except in the counties of Wenchuan, the epicenter, Maoxian, Yingxiu, Baichuan and Pingwu, according to the ministry.

The number of base stations out of service was reduced to 2,606, including 2,201 in Sichuan, 267 in Gansu and 139 in Shaanxi. Previously, a total of 4,457 base stations were out of service due to electricity blackouts.

The ministry had already sent 35 sets of emergency communications facilities, 453 sets of satellite communications facilities and more than 60 diesel generators to quake-hit areas to help restore communications.

Monday's 7.8-magnitude quake had interrupted phone networks, internet connection and telecommunications service in many affected areas due to infrastructure damages.

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Hams Called to Action in Aftermath of China Quake

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This map shows the location of the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake that rocked Sichuan, China. [Photo courtesy of USGS]

On Monday, May 12 at 0628 UTC, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Sichuan, China. The Chinese Radio Sports Association, the Chinese IARU Member-Society, has designated the following frequencies for emergency services involved in the rescue: 14.270, 7.050 and 7.060 MHz. The ARRL encourages US amateurs to be aware of the emergency operations on those three frequencies.

The CRSA Web site reports the following:

"On the afternoon of May 12, 2008, Wenchuan Area of China's Sichuan province was struck by an earthquake. Communications in some of the surrounding areas are currently cut off, and communications in some other areas are experiencing network congestion because of drastically increased traffic.

"Chinese Radio Sports Association therefore calls on its members to take actions to ensure their amateur radio stations to operate properly, and to the extent possible stand by on often used short-wave frequencies. If any radio signal is heard from the disaster area, please do your best to understand what is most needed by people in that area and report it to the local government authority. If people in the surrounding areas need to pass messages to their loved ones over the radio, please help them to get in touch and get the messages across as soon as possible.

"Amateur radio stations in the disaster area and surrounding areas if in working conditions should be used unconditionally to assist the local earthquake disaster relief authorities, and subject to permission by the said authorities, to provide communications services to them. For emergency communications purposes, amateur radio stations may also be used to pass messages for local residents on a temporary basis until local telecommunications services resume. Amateur radio stations of all regions should give way to and stand by for emergency communications."

Hams on the Ground

At 1757 UTC on Monday, May 12, Liu Hu, BG8AAS, of Chengdu, a town in the province of Sichuan, reported that a local UHF repeater survived the disaster. "It keeps functioning from the first minute and more than 200 local radio hams are now on that repeater. A group of hams from Chengdu has headed for Wenchuan, the center of the quake, trying to set up emergency communication services there," he said.

Michael Chen, BD5RV/4, said that Yue Shu, BA8AB, also from Chengdu, Sichuan, was reported to be active on the 40 meter emergency frequency on Monday. "Up to now, there has been no further information available from the center zone of the quake. There are a few radio amateurs there, but all of the communications have been cut out, including Amateur Radio," Chen said.

At 1858 UTC, Liu reported that the local UHF repeater in Chengdu "keeps busy running after the quake. It helps to direct social vehicles to transport the wounded from Dujiangyan, Beichuan and other regions. Another UHF repeater also started working in Mianyan, supported by generators, but they are going to face a shortage of gas." Chen said that damage in Chengdu remains in the lowest level, but the situation is "very very bad in the counties around. A few towns are said to be destroyed completely. More than 7000 died in the town of Beichuan. Casualties in several other towns are still unknown and not counted in the published numbers. It is a long and sad day."

At 0831 UTC on Tuesday, May 13, Chen said that a group of radio amateurs is now transmitting from Wenchuan, the center of quake: "Its signal is reported to be very weak. They tried to keep communication with BY8AA, the Sichuan Radio Orienteering Association in Chengdu, seeking for all resources needed. During a contact finished a few minutes ago, they were asking for raincoats, water, tents and outdoor living facilities."

Information provided by Michael Ye, BD4AAQ, and Michael Chen, BD5RV/4



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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. 19 May 14, 2008   

Clients Can Order BloostonLaw’s Updated CPNI Compliance Manuals

Clients can order BloostonLaw’s updated Model CPNI Compliance Certification, and a template for the CPNI Compliance Statement that must be attached to it, to comply with the new FCC rules, which apply to all entities that provide telecom services, wireline or wireless, including paging. The new rules became effective late last year.

Please note that the Model CPNI Compliance Certification may be completed for each telecommunications carrier, or for a group of affiliated telecommunications carriers that all follow the same CPNI procedures. Likewise, the CPNI Compliance Statement is a template that should be modified to specify the exact procedures followed by a telecommunications carrier or group of affiliated telecommunications carriers.


Please note that the completed CPNI Compliance Certification and CPNI Compliance Statement must now be filed annually (March 1) with the FCC, and also must be placed in a company file where they can be accessed if needed. We will be glad to help our clients to file the certification and obtain a proof-of-filing copy, once the deadline is announced. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has recently fined several carriers for not correctly complying with the CPNI Compliance Certification process, so it is important that this requirement be followed to the letter. BloostonLaw contacts: Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528), Mary Sisak (202-828-5554, and John Prendergast (202-828-5540).

FCC Seeks Comment On Assessment and Collection Of FY 2008 Regulatory Fees

The FCC has proposed collecting $312,000,000 in regulatory fees for fiscal year (FY) 2008. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Order issued last week, the Commission seeks comment on the development of FY 2008 regulatory fees collected pursuant to Section 9 of the Communications Act. It intends to collect these fees during the August-September 2008 time frame.

In this proceeding, the FCC is seeking comment on a variety of issues, including: (a) for CMRS Messaging – whether to change the fee from $0.08 per subscriber unit; (b) improvement of the subscriber count methodology for services subject to assessment letters; (c) whether the FCC should continue sending e-mail notifications of the amounts due to CATV operators; (d) the process for notifying licensees about changes in the annual Schedule of Regulatory Fees, including any improvements that can be made to the process; (e) the most effective way to disseminate regulatory fee assessments and bills, e.g., through surface mail, e-mail, list server using Listserv, online website, or some other mechanism; (f) the fee payment process, including how the agency’s online regulatory fee filing system (Fee Filer) can be enhanced; (g) the timing of fee payments, including whether the FCC should alter the timing of the existing regulatory fee payment window (which is generally August – September); and (h) the timing of fee assessments and pre-bills.

For FY 2008, the FCC is proposing to use the same basic methodology it adopted for the collection of last year’s regulatory fees. Each fiscal year, the Commission proportionally allocates to fee categories the total amount that must be collected through its regulatory fees. Consistent with past practice, the FCC has proposed to divide the FY 2008 payment amount by the number of payment units in each fee category to calculate the unit fee. For cases involving small fees, the FCC proposes to divide the resulting unit fee by the term of the license. As in prior years, these fees would be rounded consistent with the requirements of the Act. The FCC seeks comment on these proposals.

CMRS Messaging Services: This category includes all narrowband services. Since FY 2002, the FCC has maintained the CMRS Messaging Service regulatory fee at the rate that was first established in FY 2002 (i.e., $0.08 per subscriber unit), noting that the subscriber base in this industry has declined significantly. The FCC found that maintaining the CMRS Messaging regulatory fee rate at $0.08 per subscriber unit, rather than allowing it to increase, was the appropriate level of relief to be afforded to the messaging industry. For FY 2008, the FCC proposes to maintain the messaging service regulatory fee at $0.08 per subscriber unit, and seeks comment on this proposal. Commenters suggesting a different approach, i.e., a proposal other than keeping the fee at $0.08 per subscriber unit, should provide industry data to support their position.

New Lock Box Bank: Because of a change in the FCC’s lockbox bank, instructions for making payment of fees by check and electronic wire transfer will differ from prior years.

Assessment Letters: Like last year, the FCC proposes to mail assessment letters to Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers (e.g., cellular, SMR and PCS carriers) using data from the Numbering Resource Utilization Forecast (NRUF) report that is based on “assigned” number counts that have been adjusted for porting to net Type 0 ports (“in” and “out”). This letter will include a listing of the carrier’s Operating Company Numbers (OCNs) upon which the assessment is based. Consistent with existing practice, the letters will not include OCNs with their respective assigned number counts, but rather, an aggregate total of assigned numbers for each carrier. The FCC also proposes to continue the procedure of giving entities an opportunity to revise their subscriber counts by sending two rounds of assessment letters – an initial assessment and a final assessment letter. The FCC seeks comment on this proposal.

Under its proposed procedure for FY 2008, if the number of subscribers on the initial assessment letter differs from the subscriber count the service provider provided on its NRUF form, the carrier will be given an opportunity to correct its subscriber count by returning the assessment letter or by contacting the Commission and stating a reason for the change, such as the purchase or the sale of a subsidiary. If no response or correction to its initial assessment letter is received, the FCC would then expect the fee payment to be based on the number of subscribers listed on the initial assessment. Otherwise, the FCC would the responses to initial assessment letters and determine whether a change in the number of subscribers is warranted before issuing the final assessment letter.. The FCC is seeking comment on its current procedures of assessing CMRS subscriber counts (for NRUF filers) and other ways it could improve the process.

The FCC recognizes that some carriers may not be sent a letter of assessment because they had not filed the NRUF form. The FCC proposes that these carriers compute their fee payment using the standard methodology that is currently in place for CMRS Wireless services (e.g., compute their subscriber counts as of December 31, 2007), and submit their payment using an FCC Form 159. The Commission may audit the number of subscribers for which regulatory fees are paid, whether a carrier receives an assessment letter or computes the subscriber count itself. In the event that the Commission determines that the number of subscribers is inaccurate or that an insufficient reason is given for making a correction on the initial assessment letter, the Commission will assess the carrier for the difference between what was paid and what should have been paid.

The FCC, therefore, proposes to (1) obtain the subscriber count from NRUF data based on “assigned” number counts that have been adjusted for porting to net Type 0 ports (“in” and “out”); (2) provide carriers with an opportunity to revise their subscriber counts at the time when the initial assessment letter is mailed; and (3) require carriers to confirm their subscriber counts at the aggregate level using data in the NRUF report. The FCC seeks comment on these proposals.

Cable Television Operators: The FCC proposes to continue to permit cable television operators to base their regulatory fee payment on their company’s aggregate year-end subscriber count, rather than requiring them to sub-report subscriber counts on a per community unit identifier (CUID) basis. The FCC seeks comment on this proposal. The FCC said this practice has worked well for the Commission the past three fiscal years and has eased administrative burdens for the cable television industry.

Beginning in FY 2006, the FCC sent an electronic message to e-mail addresses populated in the Media Bureau’s Cable Operations and Licensing System (COALS) to notify them of the amount and due date of regulatory fees for basic cable television subscribers. The FCC proposes to continue this effort for FY 2008, but it is not sure if this notification practice is effective. The FCC seeks comment on whether this practice of sending electronic e-mail notification to cable operators should be continued.

CMRS Call Signs: In FY 2006, The FCC streamlined the CMRS payment process by eliminating the requirement for CMRS providers to identify their individual calls signs when making their regulatory fee payment. Instead, the Commission required CMRS providers to pay their regulatory fees only at the aggregate subscriber level without having to identify their various call signs. The FCC proposes to continue this practice in FY 2008 and seeks comment on this proposal.

In addition, to lessen the administrative burden on licensees, FCC proposed in FY 2007 to consolidate the CMRS cellular and CMRS mobile fee categories into one fee category and as one fee code, thereby eliminating the requirement for CMRS providers to separate their subscriber counts into CMRS cellular and CMRS mobile fee categories during the regulatory fee payment process. This consolidation of fee categories enabled the Commission to process payments more quickly and accurately. For FY 2008, the FCC proposes to continue this practice of combining the CMRS cellular and CMRS mobile fee categories into one regulatory fee category. The FCC seeks comment on this proposal.

Order: Last year, the FCC sought comment on the implementation of a new regulatory fee structure for licensees in the Broadband Radio Service (BRS). The proposal used a weighted average approach based on the FCC’s 2006 Decision to establish three tiers, to be based on the BTA ranking of the license and the per MHz fee. BloostonLaw opposed the FCC’s proposal because there was insufficient data in the record to conclude that rural operators would benefit from the new fee calculation. BloostonLaw also stated that the fee should be based upon the population within the licensee’s geographic service area. Based upon BloostonLaw’s and others comments, the FCC has concluded that it will continue the current practice of charging a flat fee per license until the BRS/EBS transition to the new band plan is completed.

Comments in this MD Docket No. 08-65 proceeding are due May 30, and replies are due June 6. Clients should let us know if they are interested in participating in this proceeding.

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


HOUSE JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN OFFERS “NETWORK NEUTRALITY” BILL: House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) has introduced “net neutrality” legislation that would bar network providers from discriminating against some Internet content. The Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (H.R. 5994) would require U.S. broadband providers to operate their networks "in a reasonable and nondiscriminatory manner so that all content, applications and services are treated the same and have an equal opportunity to reach consumers." According to Rep. Conyers, "If we allow companies with monopoly or duopoly power to control how the Internet operates, network providers could have the power to choose what content is available." Under the legislation, it would be unlawful for any broadband network provider: (1) to fail to provide its broadband network services on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms and conditions such that any person can offer or provide content, applications, or services to or over the network in a manner that is at least equal to the manner in which the provider or its affiliates offer content, applications, and services, free of any surcharge on the basis of the content, application, or service; (2) to refuse to interconnect its facilities with the facilities of another provider of broadband network services on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms or conditions; (3)(A) to block, to impair, to discriminate against, or to interfere with the ability of any person to use a broadband network service to access, to use, to send, to receive, or to offer lawful content, applications or services over the Internet; or (B) to impose an additional charge to avoid any conduct that is prohibited by this subsection; (4) to prohibit a user from attaching or using a device on the provider's network that does not physically damage or materially degrade other users' utilization of the network; or (5) to fail to clearly and conspicuously disclose to users, in plain language, accurate information concerning any terms, conditions, or limitations on the broadband network service. In a related matter, the House telecommunications subcommittee recently held a hearing on Rep. “Chip” Pickering’s (R-Miss.) Net Neutrality bill (H.R. 5353), introduced earlier this year, that would require nondiscrimination on a nationwide basis and direct the FCC to investigate whether broadband network providers adhere to that policy. The hearing met with mixed results, and no date was set for a markup of Pickering’s bill. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.


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

JULY 31: REPORT OF EXTENSION OF CREDIT TO FEDERAL CANDIDATES. This report (in letter format) must be filed by January 30 and July 31 of each year, but ONLY if the carrier extended unsecured credit to a candidate for a Federal elected office during the reporting period. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.

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

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

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New emergency notification program for campus alerts

May 7, 2008

To improve MIT's ability to communicate rapidly with members of the community during an emergency, MIT emergency planners are asking students, faculty and staff to enter or update their emergency notification information at This information will only be used to alert students, faculty and staff of a life-safety or public-health emergency.

The impetus to gather complete information for everyone on campus follows the testing last August of a new emergency notification system designed to alert students, faculty and staff of an emergency via phone, text message and e-mail. The system—part of the comprehensive MIT Alert emergency communications program—dispatched phone calls and text messages to members of the MIT community for whom we had information. As part of the test, a broadcast e-mail was also sent to the entire campus.

"Based on what was learned from the test, we are implementing changes and, in particular, working to collect more cell-phone data from students and staff to facilitate future testing and enhancements of the MIT Alert system," said David Barber, Emergency and Business Continuity Planner in the Security and Emergency Management Office. "Our goal is to improve our ability to reach members of the community in an emergency in the quickest way possible."

Until very recently, university emergency management was thought of mostly in terms of mitigation of the potential for fires, laboratory accidents, emergencies in campus residence halls and crime on campus. But the universe of response requirements in a university setting has expanded rapidly in the last several years. MIT is actively upgrading its emergency management and response program as events around the country reveal more and more dimensions to protecting a campus community.

In recent years, MIT's Environment, Health and Safety Office (EHS), working closely with partner offices such as the MIT Police and Medical Departments, has been increasing its focus on issues related to the Institute's preparedness for extended outages and acute emergencies—from localized outages that affect a single floor or building (like the fire at One Broadway in December 2006)—to campus-wide disasters that might result from a hurricane, winter storm, major fire or a pandemic illness. The emergency structure consists of multiple layers connecting the Institute leadership to individual laboratories and residence halls, and is at the heart of emergency planning, communication, response and recovery efforts.

For most localized incidents, the Emergency Response Team—the EHS Management System network—and Emergency Preparedness Coordinators are sufficient to mitigate the situation. For larger-scale emergencies--recall the campus-wide power outage in 2004 and the campus-wide water outage in 2005—response and resources across a broader section of campus must be marshaled. In these instances, an Emergency Operations Center, consisting of representatives from key MIT operational areas, is activated to muster the resources of MIT to oversee and resolve impacts of emergencies affecting multiple portions of campus.

Over the next year, all MIT departments and offices will be asked to draw up local emergency communications plans to ensure that the Emergency Operations Center and the Security and Emergency Management Office can communicate with departmental decision-makers, if needed, and that all units have methods for keeping in contact with their faculty, staff and students. By being fully prepared, we can ensure a safe and orderly campus response in any emergency and protect MIT's most important assets: its people and research.

Source: MIT news

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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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