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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 24, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 334

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Newsletter Archive image Paging and Wireless Messaging Home Page image Carrier Directory image Recommended Products and Services
Reference Papers Consulting Glossary of Terms Send an e-mail to Brad Dye

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

We had several favorable comments about last week's issue and the report on “Cellular 25” in Chicago — Celebrating the launch of the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) and Honoring the 25th anniversary of the commercial launch of Cellular Service in Chicago on October 13, 1983.

I hope you enjoy this week's issue as well. Regular readers may notice the change in the color-scheme and the layout of the newsletter. I made some minor changes. Please let me know what you think.

Equipment wanted: HP Z3801A
The Hewlett Packard Z3801A is a GPS based frequency standard that tracks global positioning satellites to get accurate timing data to adjust the long term frequency of an internal oven oscillator. It was originally used for synchronizing CDMA cellular land network wireless base stations. If you know where I can get one, please click here. (Cash or Trade for ads.)

I will be traveling off-and-on for the next couple of weeks so my access to e-mail will be sporadic. I am going to the East Coast to visit two of my daughters and then returning home to vote and then to go to the Enterprise Wireless 08 Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. I am really looking forward to the Paging Technical Committee meeting and also to seeing all my friends and colleagues from AAPC.

I have the best intentions of getting out a newsletter or two before the middle of November . . . but no promises.

This just in:

FCC Decides Not To Rule On The Use Of 8/900 MHz Two-way Paging By Public Safety . . . For Now.

Report follows below.

Now on to more news and views. . .

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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

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The Voice of US Paging Carriers

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

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

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


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LRS Encrypted Pagers Help Healthcare Providers Comply To HIPAA Regulations

(Oct 20, 2008) — Long Range Systems (LRS), a producer of patient and family onsite wireless paging solutions since 1993, continues to show its innovation leadership with a transmitter that encrypts messages sent to its alphanumeric pagers. Ideal for industries where information privacy and security are of concern, the message encrypting Alpha pager is especially helping medical organizations comply with regulations set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The establishment of HIPAA regulations has raised awareness among the medical community of the increased threats in privacy and security of medical information. LRS’ message encrypting transmitters are designed to satisfy HIPAA’s privacy safeguard requirements regarding data confidentiality. Message confidentiality is protected when medical staff sends messages between one another or to a patient or the patient’s family via an LRS transmitter. The message is decrypted when received by one of LRS’ alphanumeric pagers. The encryption protects communication, ensuring that unintended recipients can’t intercept sent data through publicly available wireless frequencies.

The encrypted alphanumeric pager is only one among several medical paging solutions that LRS has introduced to the medical community. Pharmacies, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and nursing homes have realized the benefits of LRS’ medical paging solutions:

  • Improved interoffice communication
  • Increased patient privacy
  • Improved patient flow
  • Measured patient satisfaction.

According to Jim Livingston, LRS’ Vice President of Sales, “Recognizing the major financial investments that medical organizations are already making in order to comply to HIPAA regulations, our medical paging solutions are designed to be a low cost, easy-to-install, effective solution to enhancing communication, and maintaining the privacy and security of patient information”.

For further information about LRS’ encrypted alphanumeric paging, visit the company’s website at

Source: Compliance Home

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Advertiser Index

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

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Mobile Communications Featured Article

October 21, 2008

Boo! Experts Say Kids Should Have a Cell Phone on Halloween

michael dinan By Michael Dinan, TMCnet Editor

With Halloween around the corner, a pair of Washington, D.C.-based organizations that advocate for wireless and emergency communications are sending out this message to parents: Make sure your children have a cell phone on them while trick-or-treating.

Officials from the COMCARE Emergency Response Alliance, a nonprofit group, and 411 On Wireless, say cell phones will serve as a safeguard for kids who are injured or separated from fellow candy-seekers on Oct. 31.

According to David Aylward, the alliance’s director and founder, even kids with responsible parents, who ensure that their children are accompanied by an adult, may be at risk of an injury or dangerous situation on Halloween.

“In such cases, it is vitally important for a child to be able to contact a parent or 911 emergency personnel,” Aylward said. “That is where a prepaid or other cell phone can really make a difference.”

cell kid As reported by Reuters (News - Alert), the U.S. Census Bureau – in issuing the federal agency’s annual “Facts for Features in Observance of Halloween,” notes that 93 percent of U.S. households say their neighborhoods are safe, and 78 percent say there’s no place within a mile of their homes where they’d be afraid to walk along at night.

The bureau also notes that there were 36 million potential trick-or-treaters in the United States last year – down about 38,000 from a year earlier. The bureau defines those trick-or-treaters are children aged 5 to 13.

They'll have plenty of opportunity, according to the federal agency, which reports that were 110.3 million occupied housing units – or potential candy stops – in the United States last year.

Yet not all the statistics point toward a happy Halloween.

For example, as Safe Kids Worldwide reports, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a vehicle on Halloween as on any other night of the year. The nonprofit agency says that children are typically excited on the candy holiday, and may move in unpredictable ways.

Between 4 and 10 p.m. on Halloween, there is a significant increase in falls, burn-related injuries and pedestrian injuries reported to emergency responders and authorities, according to COMCARE and 411 On Wireless.

The two agencies recommend that parents: get an inexpensive prepaid cell phone for their kids and pre-program it with important numbers; teach their children how to press 911 and follow-up on the call; and check in periodically at home.

Don’t forget to check out TMCnet’s White Paper Library, which provides a selection of in-depth information on relevant topics affecting the IP Communications industry. The library offers white papers, case studies and other documents which are free to registered users. Today’s featured white paper is The Compelling ROI Benefits of Contact Center Quality and Performance Management Technologies, brought to you by Voice Print International (News - Alert).

Michael Dinan is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Michael’s articles, please visit his columnist page.


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FCC Decides Not To Rule On The Use Of 8/900 MHz Two-way Paging By Public Safety
. . . For Now

October 24, 2008

The FCC issued a 28-page Report and Order (adopted on October 9, 2008, and released on October 22, 2008) dealing with the following very important issues:

  • Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules To Provide for Flexible Use of the 896-901 MHz and 935-940 MHz Band Allotted to the Business and Industrial Land Transportation Pool.
  • Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band.
  • Consolidating the 800 MHz and 900 MHz Industrial/Land Transportation and Business Pool Channels.

Unfortunately, the part most interesting to the Paging Industry was not yet decided. Sort of like what Scarlett said to Rhett Butler in the movie Gone With The Wind:

“I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.”

I have strongly supported the use of Two-way Paging by Public Safety agencies in the past. In fact, Ron Mercer and I jointly filed official comments with the FCC voicing our opinions on this controversial issue. The cost was high to us, because we lost a lot of consulting business from a disgruntled paging service provider that opposed the idea.

The problem has been that Public Safety agencies that wanted to have their own Two-way Paging systems could not do so, without a waiver of the FCC rules, because there was not (and there is not) any equipment available for them to use on their assigned frequencies. The only Two-way Paging equipment available operates on certain paired radio channels in the 800 through 900 MHz range.

Public Safety communications systems must be owned, operated, and maintained by them for many reasons. One good example is the unwillingness or inability of public-subscriber paging service providers to provide sufficient emergency power to all their transmitter sites.

Some well-meaning folks—not aware of the complexity involved—have suggested that the manufacturers of Two-way Paging equipment just do a “quick modification” so that their radios will operate on other frequency bands (VHF, UHF, etc.). I frequently receive e-mail suggesting this.

Having been involved in managing both the engineering and marketing of Two-way Paging from the beginning, I can attest to the fact that it cost many millions of dollars (probably billions) of R&D money to bring ReFLEX™ technology to the market. And, I can assure you that changing the whole system to operate in a new range of frequencies would be no trivial matter. Before anyone would even think about doing so, there would have to some strong guarantees about projected sales of the new equipment to support the considerable R&D cost to produce it. The realities of today's market and today's economy simply do not support this possibility.

So, I hope that eventually our government will allow our public safety agencies to use Two-way Digital Paging as a backup to their other radio communications systems for all the reasons that have been documented here for several years and for the examples of paging's reliability during Hurricane Katrina.

Note: B/ILT stands for “Business and Industrial Land Transportation.” (It's not a sandwich.)

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Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules to Provide for Flexible use of the 896-901 MHz and 935-940 MHz Band Allotted to the Business and Industrial Land Transportation Pool, et al.

Retained site-based licensing for the 900 MHz B/ILT band which will help ensure the continued viability of 900 MHz B/ILT communications operations, which play an essential role in emergencies, critical infrastructure operations, et al.

The following clips begin on page 10 of the Report and Order (FCC 08-244). I cannot be responsible for any inadvertent typos, so please refer to the original/official document on the FCC's web site.

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spacer 15.spacerFinally, we received comments urging us to reallocate spectrum in the 900 MHz B/ILT band to public safety operations; i.e., that the Commission assign for public safety use at least ten channels for two-way digital paging.67 We conclude that this proceeding is not the appropriate forum for addressing this request. As noted by Blooston, the request to reallocate 900 MHz B/ILT spectrum is beyond the scope of this proceeding.68 EWA also has pointed out that “a nationwide reallocation is not possible given the level of existing use by enterprise and commercial licensees.”69 The Commission has directed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to consider the issue of permitting “the use of 900 MHz B/ILT pool of spectrum for two-way paging systems either owned by public safety users or dedicated to the provision of emergency communications,” and to determine what action, if any, should be implemented.70 We expect that the two Bureaus will give appropriate consideration to this issue in due course.

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67 See NPSTC Comments at 3 (urging the Commission to allocate channels within the 900 MHz B/ILT Pool for public safety digital paging); Ex Parte Letter from Vincent R. Stile, Chair, NPSTC, to Kevin J. Martin, Chairman, Federal Communication Commission (filed May 3, 2007) at 2 (elaborating that the Commission should designate at least ten channels (to provide five 25 kHz paired channels) for digital two-way paging); see also Reply Comments of Monroe County, NY (filed Jun. 10, 2005) at 5-6 (endorsing NPSTC’s suggestion regarding reallocation of 900 MHz B/ILT spectrum to public safety); Ex Parte Letter from James M. Dabbs III, Critical Response Systems, Inc., to Marlene H. Dortch (filed Apr. 24, 2007) at 2 (urging that 900 MHz B/ILT spectrum be available for public safety two-way paging use on co-primary basis with B/ILT licensees); Ex Parte Letter from Richard J. Verdouw, Director of Communications, Monroe County, NY Department of Public Safety, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission (filed May 29, 2007) (urging that 900 MHz spectrum be available to public safety for advanced alerting systems).

68 Blooston Comments at 3.

69 EWA May 14 Ex Parte Letter at 2. EWA further stated: “NPSTC did not and would be hard pressed to demonstrate that their emergency response digital paging requirements can be satisfied only on 900 MHz B/ILT channels. Absent such a demonstration, the FCC should reject NPSTC’s request for a ‘specific commitment’ as overreaching, unsubstantiated and spectrally inefficient for all concerned.” Id.

70 Recommendations of the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks, EB Docket No. 06-119, WC Docket No. 06-63, Order, 22 FCC Rcd 10541, 10572 ¶ 101 (2007); see also Ex Parte Letter from Vincent R. Stile, Chair, NPSTC, to Kevin J. Martin, Chairman, Federal Communication Commission (filed Aug. 3, 2007) at 1 (noting the Independent Panel’s positive view of paging systems in certain emergency situations); Ex Parte Letter from Kenneth E. Hardman, Counsel for American Association of Paging Carriers, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission (filed Nov. 19, 2007) at 1 (explaining comments submitted in EB Docket No. 06-119, and urging lifting of the freeze on the filing of new 900 MHz B/ILT applications).


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Two Wireless Stocks to Avoid

10/23/08 - 10:07 AM EDT
richard widows By Richard Widows

For more coverage from Ratings team, check out Ratings section.

Sometimes it seems as if the human species has transmogrified into creatures with mobile phones permanently attached to their heads. The ubiquity and overuse of the devices might fool an investor into believing that any company involved in that industry is a steady "consumer staple" play that can't miss, regardless of the vicissitudes of the economy. But there are some wireless communications firms whose stocks are best ignored for now, and Sprint Nextel (S Quote - Cramer on S - Stock Picks) and USA Mobility (USMO Quote - Cramer on USMO - Stock Picks) head the list.

Sprint has been steadily losing market share to telecom heavyweights AT&T (T Quote - Cramer on T - Stock Picks) and Verizon Communications (VZ Quote - Cramer on VZ - Stock Picks) with little indication that it can reverse the trend. Sprint's revenue slipped 2.1% in fiscal 2007 and skidded 10.9% in the second quarter of 2008 compared with the year-earlier period.

In 2007 Sprint wrote off $29.7 billion of good-will associated with its megamerger with Nextel — an indication that that the combination wasn't a marriage made in heaven. That helped drive down earnings, including extraordinary items, from 45 cents a share in 2006 to a loss of $10.31 a common share.

The consensus is for Sprint to earn 13 cents a share in 2008, which values its shares close to a 23 multiple. If that seems like a rich price for a company with a shrinking customer base and shriveling revenue, the accompanying table shows that with earnings estimated to slip to 12 cents a share next year, its projected multiple of more than 25 is even pricier.

Sprint's stock has recently been fluctuating in the $3-$4 range, down from an interim peak in the low $20s in 2005.

Next up is USA Mobility.

Paging and messaging services, the traditional offerings of USA Mobility, are becoming far less relevant in the age of smartphones, text messaging and Blackberrys. A status symbol a quarter century ago, the paging device has been evaporating into obscurity.

USMO's revenue crumbled 24.3% in 2006 and fell another 14.7% last year. Payment of $54.3 million in deferred taxes weighed in the fall from earnings per share of $1.46 in 2006 to a loss of 19 cents a share last year.

The consensus estimate is for the USMO's profit to recover to $1.32 a share this year. That still leaves its profitability per share 9.6% short of its level from 2006.

If USMO's stock seems cheap at only seven times this year's earnings, the table below shows that it is significantly less of a bargain at 10 times next year's projected profit.

USA Mobility's stock price has recently been stuck in the $8-$10 area, down from the $40 range it reached in 2005.

With each of these firms headquartered in the northern Virginia suburbs neighboring D.C., Sprint and USA Mobility share more than just proximity of home offices. USMO offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint, including Research In Motion's (RIMM Quote - Cramer on RIMM - Stock Picks) BlackBerry devices and global positioning system (GPS) location applications.

Unfortunately for shareholders of the two mobile telecom firms, they don't seem to share prospects for turnarounds in their respective share prices.


Don't Dial These Wireless Stocks


Company Sprint Nextel USA Mobility
Ticker S USMO
Market Cap ($Mil.) 8,504.8 251.5
Reward Grade D- D-
Risk Grade D D
Overall Grade D D
Recommendation Sell Sell
Recent Price 3.06 9.2
2006 Revenue ($Mil.) 41,003.0 497.7
2007 Revenue ($Mil.) 40,146.0 424.6
2006 Net Inc./Sh. (excl. extraords.) 0.33 1.46
2007 Net Inc./Sh. (excl. extraords.) -10.31 -.19
EPS - Current Year Est. 0.134 1.32
EPS - Next Year Est. 0.12 0.92
Price/Book 0.41 1.38
Price/Sales 0.23 0.64
P/E - Current Yr. 22.8 7.0
P/E - Next Yr. 25.5 10.0
Source: Ratings and company reports (Data as of 10/17/2008)
For more information, check out an explanation of our ratings.

Richard Widows is a senior financial analyst for Ratings. Prior to joining, Widows was senior product manager for quantitative analytics at Thomson Financial. After receiving an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University in California, his career included development of investment information systems at data firms, including the Lipper division of Reuters. His international experience includes assignments in the U.K. and East Asia.


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Big Brother really is watching

Author: Steve Gold| Date: 21 Oct. 2008
Tags: Personal Privacy

I must confess that, when the Big Brother database story broke last week I made a mental note to look at the topic against the backdrop of the Echelon surveillance network and database — which currently records and keyword searches all types of voice calls in the UK.

But then I started reading up on the topic over the weekend and realised that Geoff Hoon's assertions on BBC Question Time — in which he said he was prepared to go "quite a long way" in undermining civil liberties to stop people being killed, and added: "The biggest civil liberty of all is not to be killed by a terrorist" — had me worried.

It seems that, by triangulating mobiles, it's now possible to locate a GSM/3G handset to within a few tens of metres and even work out which direction its owner is headed.

If you couple this data with the planned GPS-enabled road toll scheme the government has planned, it's dead easy to work out who you interacted with in a 24-hour period, and even who travelled with you on the bus, tube or your very own car.

To say this database is Orwellian is to give George Orwell a bad name.

It sucks, big time.

We already know that details of people's mobile phone calls, the Web sites they visit and the e-mails they send are already stored by telecoms companies for a fixed period of time.

But if this government takes over the database, it could be forever.

This is serious stuff. So serious, in fact, that I'm thinking of getting a pager to take messages from my mobile, which will be switched off whilst I'm travelling and only switched on when I want to make a call.

Multi-SIM mobiles anyone?

Source: Security (UK)

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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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Motorola Aura: Because square screens are so passe

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Motorola Aura We can see the marketing now: "If you liked square screens, just wait till you see a circular one!" The latest phone to roll out of the Moto fun factory is the Motorola Aura, a fashion phone with a circular display. This may be the actual pinnacle of Motorola's desperation — we can't see how it can get any weirder than this.

We have no idea how the design process works for something as bafflingly awful as this, but we like to think Moto executives clambered on to a meeting room table and fought to the death over their chosen shape, screaming, "Triangle!" "Square!" "Circle!"

Another feature that would be snivellingly grateful for one iota of your attention is the Aura's opening mechanism. Combining stainless steel, sapphire crystals and a Swiss-made bearing, the Aura is apparently a 'watch-inspired' phone.

You might be thinking that this phone reminds you a little of another Motorola phone, the Motorola V70, which wasn't exactly feature-packed — so what does the Aura come with?

There's stereo Bluetooth, 2GB of on-board memory and a 2-megapixel camera. Unfortunately that's about it — no 3G, Wi-Fi or GPS. It's expected to launch at the end of this year, and pricing has yet to be announced, but as it's a fashion phone you can expect it to be aimed at the 'more money than sense' market. —Andrew Lim

Source: cnet UK

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New IP-Based System Improves Reliability, Cuts Costs, and Keeps Taking 9-1-1 Calls Even If IP Goes Down

The Zetron Series 3300 VoIP Call-Taking System recently installed for the Miami County, Ohio, 9-1-1 Communication Center has improved the reliability of their call taking. In addition, the system allows them to keep taking 9-1-1 calls even if their IP connection goes down.

Redmond, WA, U.S.A—October 24, 2008: Zetron’s Series 3300 VoIP Call-Taking System was recently installed in the Miami County, Ohio, 9-1-1 Communication Center. The Series 3300 not only expands the center’s capabilities and improves their efficiency, but also provides Miami County with an IP-based system that they can use well into the future. In addition, it supports continued 9-1-1 call taking, even if the IP connection fails.

“Our 9-1-1 equipment was becoming unreliable and difficult to repair,” says MCCC Director, Barb Temple. “So we decided to look for a newer, more reliable system that would be easier to maintain, improve our capacity and flexibility, and sustain us through several generations of technology.”

Miami County found its solution when Zetron reseller, WS Electronics, gave a presentation of Zetron’s Series 3300 VoIP Call-Taking System: “The Series 3300 had the features and customization we needed,” says Temple.

Zetron’s newest E9-1-1 solution, the Series 3300 integrates IP to receive and transfer VoIP calls. It includes much of the functionality of Zetron’s Series 3200 E9-1-1 Telephone System, but adds benefits of IP that improve efficiency, resilience and redundancy. It is designed to adapt easily to changing industry standards. The new system, which went live in March of 2008, has delivered the benefits Miami County was seeking.

“Because internal calls between their office phone and PSAP don’t have to be routed through the phone company’s central office, it helps cut costs,” says WS Electronics principal, Mike Wolf. “The Series 3300 is fantastic”, adds Temple. “It’s reliable and intuitive, and is helping prepare us for changes that are sure to come.”

About WS Electronics
Based in Xenia, Ohio, WS Electronics, LLC, has been specializing in the sales, installation, and maintenance of radio communications equipment and systems for over 25 years. Their clientele spans the state and includes both public agencies and private companies. For more information, call: (937) 376-4348. Or visit:

About Zetron
Zetron is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions for public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and business. With offices in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.; Basingstoke, England, U.K.; Brisbane, Australia; and numerous field locations; Zetron supports a worldwide network of authorized resellers and distributors. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation. For more information, contact the Zetron Sales Department at: (425) 820-6363. Or visit:

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Managing the Wireless Spend

Ryan Larsen is the President of Urban-Technology Group, based in Seattle, and a new consultant member of the STC.

Trends indicate 2009 will bring even greater profits for mobile wireless, an industry that continues to go in a different direction than the overall economy: up. That is, up in revenue, up in subscribers and up in new services and smart phones. The mobile wireless communications industry has become a $143.7 billion industry (up from $18.6 billion in 1995), according to the CTIA, with no end in sight.

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Source: Wireless Expense Mobility Optimization Aberdeen Group. In May 2007, Aberdeen Group examined the use of wireless expense management technologies and the experiences and intentions of 221 enterprises in a diverse set of industries.

While this increase may be great for investors, it may not be so great for organizations that are spending an average of $72 to $124 per month for every mobile wireless phone.

Having personally dealt with mobile wireless and particularly mobile wireless invoices for the better part of my career, I keep coming back to the same two conclusions: First, organizations without a proactive strategy that focuses on both how technology will benefit the company and the total cost of ownership of wireless investments will find only limited success in managing these spends. Second, organizations must focus more than ever on cutting costs without compromising either their customers' experience or their employees' productivity.

So how should customers navigate through the complexities of these industry practices to cut costs and remain competitive, and how should we deal with the broader array of management challenges that are specific to wireless services?

Industry Challenges

To understand the ways in which organizations can maximize their wireless technology investment, it is important to first understand three unique challenges: the climate of dynamic change within the wireless industry, interrelationships among providers, and usage-based billing.

Dynamic Change

First, the mobile wireless industry is still in the midst of evolving while growing at an extremely fast rate. Over the past few years we have seen service providers come under fire by both congress and the FCC. In fact, we have even seen customers filing class action lawsuits to push for changes in billing methods (text messaging), early termination fees, and 3G network coverage, to name a few. Some of these lawsuits have been settled and some are still progress- sing. Although some of these actions are seen as frivolous by the services providers, these legal proceedings are an indication of more changes to come. Changes in a rapidly growing industry can be great for end users, but their consequences are likely to manifest in the form of increased complexity when it comes to managing wireless mobile solutions.

Interrelationships Among Providers

Service providers in the mobile wireless industry have aligned themselves to take on greater control and profits. Enterprise I.T. typically purchases hardware from any number of manufacturers and resellers, purchases local voice, long distance and Internet services from any of the local and national service providers, and licenses software and applications from various companies worldwide.

Conversely, in the mobile wireless industry an organization looking for service in the United States can choose from among four service provider options: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint/Nextel. Although there is some overlap among these providers, each offers its own service plans and offerings, each sells hardware configured, and in some cases locked, to work only on their network, and each supplies software operating systems for their hardware — configured in the way they want their customers to use it.

Usage-Based Billing

A third challenge for organizations is the methodology mobile service providers apply in billing for their services. In addition to telecom service environments where there are "Monthly Recurring Charges" and "Non-recurring Charges," the mobile wireless industry has a couple more charges that they tack on to their bill, including:

  • Cost per Use (CPU) - Cost per use includes service like text message charges on incoming and outgoing messages, calls using 411- Information, call forwarding, etc.
  • Cost for using too much (CFUTM) - This charge can be as high as $0.40 per minute for every minute you go over your determined "bucket" of monthly minutes. This particular charge has the potential to multiply the cost of a monthly invoice and is typically the most difficult to control, especially when you have hundreds of phones.

Identifying Wireless Management Challenges

Once an organization determines its need for a mobile wireless solution, it should ask itself whether a "Corporate Liable" solution, a "Consumer Liable" solution, or a blend of both makes more sense. In a Consumer Liable solution, employees own the service and hardware. In a Corporate Liable solution, the corporation is responsible for the hardware and services owned. Each arrangement carries its own pros and cons. This means stakeholder purchasing decisions should reflect the organization's overall goals. For instance, if security is critical to conducting business, a Corporate Liable policy would be essential to meeting that objective. However, if an organization decides that it is important to have employees assume the responsibilities of their individual wireless needs in addition to their monthly bill, then Consumer Liable is likely to represent the best route.

Although organizations that choose Corporate Liable will have a greater ability to standardize the offering and regulate use, that standardization carries its own set of challenges, including: How much will the organization spend on each user? Who will provide the ongoing management of the service, hardware and applications? What calling plans will they use? Who makes decisions on who gets what? What hardware and what e-mail solutions does the organization want to standardize upon?

On the other hand, there are also several challenges for organizations that utilize Consumer Liable service. First will be a need to oversee and control expenses. Also, organizations should anticipate the potential loss of sensitive information or intellectual property contained on employees' mobile devices. In addition, organizations potentially lose control of a phone number that has been published for use by their customers. Finally, the organization using the Consumer Liable model will be unable to standardize the service provider, hardware, or applications used within the company.

Although the idea of employees providing their own mobile wireless service is compelling, organizations must not fail to take into consideration their long-term vision and how they plan to continue integrating mobile wireless services into their business operations to receive a complete return on their investment.

Creating a Corporate Strategy and Policy

Having a corporate strategy and policy is key to ensuring companies can measure the true cost of ownership and successfully manage their wireless solution. The benefits of creating a corporate strategy and policy include increasing employee productivity and simplifying employees' ability to multi-task and serve their customers, each of which will increase revenue.

An organization's policy should carefully outline how services, hardware and applications will be adopted and deployed, including an articulation of policies surrounding statutory use restrictions (e.g., driving while using the phone), tax issues, and security requirements. It should also be widely distributed and enforced. Some areas to address in the policy include:

  • How will expenses be monitored, controlled and bench-marked as a means for enforcement and cost control?
  • What are the expectations of the end users are as it relates to what services are acceptable for use?
  • How much use is acceptable and where and when the hardware should and should not be used? What security requirements are needed for control of sensitive corporate data and network access?


For consultants, helping clients put together a mobile wireless strategy is all about bringing together finance and I.T. executives, management, and selecting a group of employees who represent the various users within the organization to identify which employees and what types of hardware, service and applications will benefit the organization to the greatest degree. Documenting and defining this information will help you craft a policy that is crucial to controlling costs, company assets, hardware and phone numbers.

Staying Informed

With the industry changing often, and new products and billing methods continually being offered, it is important that we continue to stay abreast of the industry's current state and what's to come. The industry continues to add and improve mobile devices and is consistently evolving and adding new software applications. The effect will be new provider service offerings that include faster data network access and innovative methods of enhancing these systems already in place. A few innovative areas of the wireless industry are worth observing:

  • Google's Android — The long anticipated G1 phone that uses Google's "open source" operating system, Android. The phone is currently being sold by T-Mobile and is manufactured by HTC.
  • Strata8 Networks — A Seattle-based startup that offers a unique solution to minimize the use of a company's mobile wireless phone minutes from a customer's wireless provider by deploying their own licensed spectrum in a campus environment.
  • LogMeIn — Most commonly known for their remote PC support software, LogMeIn has recently deployed a new solution for I.T. managers to login and take control of an end users mobile wireless phone to provide the user with help on configuration, support or troubleshooting.

Going Forward ...

Now more than ever, organizations and their consultants must analyze these changes and evaluate the ways new services can address their organizational needs.

Ryan J. Larsen
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Alternative to text messaging on the horizon?

Oct 20, 2008 9:26 AM, By Elton Robinson
Farm Press Editorial Staff

If it’s true that that there’s nothing new under sun, one day in the future we might read the following newspaper account:

The cell phone industry is in a panic today after reports that scores of teenagers have found a way to circumvent paying hundreds of dollars each month for text messaging. If the craze catches on, it could deprive the industry of billions of dollars in revenue.

“It’s diabolical,” said Henry Usurper, president of World Wireless. “The cell phone is as important to today’s American youth as credit cards, fast cars and Clearasil were to our generation. The sight of teenage girls texting each other while sitting in the back seat of an automobile has become an icon of American youth. Our young people have created a whole new shorthand of communication that has changed language as we know it and redefined the laws of grammar.

“For these same young people to devise a dastardly scheme to not pay for that privilege is, frankly, unconscionable. Or should I say, ‘wzup widat?’?”

Nothing at all, says 18-year old Joe Smith, whose father farms 25,000 acres of cotton, a crop which has taken on a tremendous rebirth in profits in recent years. (Pardon me, I couldn't resist putting some positive news about cotton in a column.)

Smith, one of the first youths to discover this revolutionary means of communication, said, “Text messaging as we know it will soon become obsolete.”

I traveled to Louisiana recently to watch Smith demonstrate this so-called “dis” of the cell phone industry. Be forewarned, hard core cell phone users may have trouble grasping the concept.

“First,” Smith said, “Retrieve your cell phone, open it and push the red telephone icon. Then replace the cell phone in a pocket or purse.

“Locate the person with whom you wish to communicate. Warning, this may require walking or in extreme cases, some forethought and patience. Reach out with the hand usually reserved for holding the cell phone and tap the person with whom you plan to engage in conversation gently on the shoulder.

“When the person turns around, look him or her squarely in the eye. Take a breath. Then speak whatever communications are necessary directly at the person to whom you are speaking. Allow the words to reach the person’s ear, then listen for a response. Assimilate the response in your brain, then if necessary, respond again.”

“What a concept!” I exclaimed.

“If you are a teenage guy, repeat this process over and over until there is no longer a reason to continue talking,” Joe said.

“And if you’re a teenage girl?” I asked.

“You keep talking,” Joe said. “It’s free, you know.”

“Some things never change.”

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Broadcasters Call for Delay in White Space Review

TV industry groups plead for a public comment period ahead of the FCC's upcoming vote while supporters cry full-speed ahead.

October 20, 2008
By Kenneth Corbin

Following a technical report that gave a green light to opening the unused television spectrum to a new class of wireless devices, TV broadcasters are now challenging the Federal Communication Commission's "white spaces" timetable on procedural grounds.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), along with the four major television networks and two other industry associations, filed an emergency request (available here in PDF format) with the FCC appealing for a 70-day period in which the public could submit comments in response to the report.

Last week, the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) released a report of more than 400 pages documenting its testing of prototype devices that would run on the white-space spectrum, which serves as a buffer zone between TV channels. Once television signals transition from analog to digital next February, that spectrum could be used to create new wireless networks, but the NAB has argued that the devices could still interfere with TV broadcasts and should therefore not be permitted.

That report concluded that the test devices demonstrated "proof of concept" that the interference issues could be overcome, but the NAB quickly attacked what it called contradictions in the report.

With its latest filing, the broadcasters are hoping to delay the FCC's vote on whether to adopt an order — originally circulated earlier this year by Chairman Kevin Martin — authorizing the use of TV white-spaces devices (WSD). The vote is currently scheduled for Nov. 4.

"If the commission adopts rules hastily based on a flawed reading of the OET test results, WSDs will be let into the broadcast band without the protections that are necessary to prevent widespread interference to television and cable reception," the groups wrote in their filing. "Yet the commission has not allowed members of the public to review and comment meaningfully on the results of the OET tests. Millions of viewers of digital television and cable services have a stake in the results of this proceeding."

They claim that the FCC is acting inconsistently with an established policy of providing a window for public comment following the release of a lengthy, highly technical report.

"Simply put, until two days ago, it has been the commission's practice to adopt rules based on complex data only after allowing the public an opportunity to comment on that data," the groups said Friday.

They are calling for an initial comment period of 45 days following the release of the notice and a 25-day reply period.

FCC spokesman Robert Kenny seemed less than enthusiastic about further delaying the vote.

"We just received their request and are reviewing it," he told "It is, however, important to note that this proceeding has been open for several years and recently included multiple rounds of testing in the lab and field, which were open to the public and provided all interested parties with ample opportunities to comment and provide input."

Kenny added that the report proved that technologies such as spectrum-sensing and geolocation will be able to prevent the devices from causing interference by accidentally wandering into a sliver of spectrum occupied by a television broadcast.

"The opportunity is there to get these innovative new devices in the hands of consumers sooner rather than later," he said.

Aside from Martin, it remains unclear how the other four commissioners will vote on the issue.

White-space spectrum has become a cause célèbre for many high-profile technology companies, such as Google, Microsoft, Motorola and Philips, which hail it as a way to deliver broadband Internet access to underserved or impoverished regions and improve public safety communications, among a long list of other lofty goals.

Given the term "Wi-Fi on steroids" by Google co-founder Larry Page, white-space spectrum has strong propagation qualities that can travel long distances and penetrate through thick walls, which boosters argue make it ideal for rural areas or for reaching older buildings that are resistant to wiring.

In a filing with the commission today, ten groups called on the FCC to ignore the NAB's request for a comment period and proceed with the draft order.

"The engineers and technologists at the FCC now know that white spaces technology works — and we urge to ignore the desperate stall tactics of opposition groups and put this technology to work for rural and underserved America as soon as possible," Wally Bowen, executive director of the non-profit ISP Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN), said in a statement. "This isn't rocket science, in fact to the opposition this largely isn't a matter of science at all. It is a turf battle and enough is enough."

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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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ARRL Files Petition with FCC against Experimental License Using 40 Meter Band

arrl new logo On Monday, October 20, the ARRL filed a Petition for Modification or Cancellation of Experimental Authorization (Petition) with the FCC with respect to WE2XRH. According to the FCC, this experimental license — issued to Digital Aurora Radio Technologies (DART) — proposes to "test digital transmissions in 4.50-5.10 MHz, 7.10-7.60 MHz and 9.25-9.95 MHz for a terrestrial digital radio service to the citizens of Alaska."

The League's Petition states that DART's hopes that this experimentation "will lead to a terrestrial, high-frequency (HF) digital aural (domestic broadcast) service in Alaska. Ostensibly to study the operation of this 'shortwave' system at high latitudes, and apparently in order to roll out this domestic broadcast service, DART specifies exceptionally high power operation in various segments of the HF spectrum. ARRL's interest in this matter is limited to the fact that the experimental license includes the band 7.1 -7.3 MHz … allocated domestically exclusively to the Amateur Radio Service."

"It is astonishing that the FCC would grant this experimental license for operation at such a high power level in a band that is allocated exclusively to a service with which such operation is clearly incompatible," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. "The only possible explanation is that it was an error; the only reasonable step for the FCC to take is to correct its error immediately, either by canceling the license or by amending the frequency ranges to delete 7.1 -7.3 MHz."

It is the ARRL's view that "Simply stated, there is a 100 percent certainty of severe, continuous, harmful interference from operation of the DART facilities as authorized by the Commission to ongoing Amateur Radio operation at 7.1 to 7.3 MHz. This authorization must be modified immediately (if not cancelled completely), so as to delete the band 7.1-7.3 MHz" from DART's experimental license application.

The ARRL ascertains that DART has been permitted operation in the 7.1-7.6 MHz band using a 20 kHz bandwidth digital emission at a transmitter output power of 100 kW and an ERP of 660 kW within a radius of 1500 kilometers of Delta Junction, Alaska. In the Petition, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, points out that while DART says it will coordinate with the High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC), "[i]t does not propose any coordination with any individual or entity in the Amateur Service. There is no showing whatsoever how DART proposes to avoid interference to Amateur Radio operation at 7.1-7.3 MHz. In fact, there is no indication that DART is even aware of the allocation."

Calling the 40 meter band "perhaps the most heavily-utilized Amateur HF band in the United States," the ARRL states that it can see "no compatible use that DART can make of this band in any state or territory of the United States, at any time of the day or night" and will cause "preclusive interference" to amateurs using that portion of the band. "The entire 7.0 - 7.3 MHz band is used heavily within Alaska, especially by radio amateurs located in its remotest areas, at all times. It is particularly critical in times of emergency due to its daytime and nighttime propagation characteristics. The band is also used at all times of the day and night for worldwide communications by radio amateurs."

The League's Petition points out that the FCC's Rules at Section 5.83(b) state that experimental license grants are subject to change or cancellation by the Commission at any time without hearing if in the Commission's discretion the need for such action arises: "ARRL submits that this application should never have been granted as applied for in the first place, and there is an urgent need to prohibit operation of the DART high power transmitters in the entirety of the 7.1-7.3 MHz band. It is likely that DART has been under a misapprehension that the band is among the international broadcast allocations, because, in ITU Regions 1 and 3, the band is allocated to that Service. However, in Region 2, in Alaska, it is not." After March 29, 2009, 7.1-7.2 MHz will not be available for broadcasting anywhere.

The League goes on to say that Section 5.85 of the Commission's Rules governs the selection and use of frequencies by holders of experimental authorizations and adamantly states that "there is no justification submitted by DART for the use of the frequency bands requested, particularly with respect to 7.1-7.3 MHz. It is unclear why such large segments of spectrum were specified by DART, given its stated course of experimentation, and given its narrow occupied bandwidth" and notes that DART "should have been required to conduct its frequency coordination efforts in advance of the filing of its application."

The ARRL contends that DART's proposed facility cannot meet the FCC's requirements, as outlined in the Commission's Rules, Section 5.111(a)(2), "and there is no showing that the transmitter power is the lowest practical value consistent with the program of experimentation. Nor has it even taken Amateur Radio operation into account." This portion of the Rules state that when transmitting, the experimental licensee "must use every precaution to ensure that the radio frequency energy emitted will not cause harmful interference to the services carried on by stations operating in accordance with the Table of Frequency Allocations of part 2 of this chapter and, further, that the power radiated is reduced to the lowest practical value consistent with the program of experimentation for which the station authorization is granted. If harmful interference to an established radio service develops, the licensee shall cease transmissions and such transmissions shall not be resumed until it is certain that harmful interference will not be caused."

Calling for DART's WE2XRH experimental license to "be cancelled entirely, or at least modified so as to delete the reference to any Amateur HF allocation," the ARRL reminded the FCC that DART failed to make any showing as to how it would avoid interference to Amateur radio operation at 7.1-7.3 MHz: "ARRL submits that such a showing could not be made in any case.

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Date: October 24, 2008 12:32:40 PM CDT


In response to the October 20 ARRL Petition for Modification or Cancellation of Experimental Authorization (Petition) concerning an experimental license issued to Digital Aurora Radio Technologies (DART) station WE2XRH, the FCC today issued an amended license that redefines one of the station's frequency ranges to eliminate conflict with the Amateur Radio Service. This revision addresses ARRL's concern that the original 7.10 to 7.60 MHz range would cause unacceptable interference to Amateur Radio operations in the 40 meter band. The amended license narrows the range to 7.30 to 7.60 MHz and gives as the reason for the change, "operation in the band 7.1-7.3 MHz will cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio Service licensees."

"We are delighted that the FCC acted so promptly to correct this error and are pleased that the matter has been resolved," said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ.

WE2XRH will be testing a proposed domestic broadcast service using a 20 kHz bandwidth digital emission at a transmitter output power of 100 kW and an ERP of 660 kW within a radius of 1500 kilometers of Delta Junction, Alaska. According to the amended license, the transmissions will take place in the frequency ranges 4.4 to 5.1 MHz, 7.3 to 7.6 MHz and 9.25 to 9.95 MHz.

Subject: ARRL Letter Update - FCC Amends Experimental License

Source: ARRL

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From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: PTC Meeting Agenda, Head Count and Sponsorship
Date: October 24, 2008 1:55:17 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye (et. al.)

Dear PTC Members:

The next PTC Face-to-Face Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 5th from 8 AM to 12 Noon in the Chaparral Room at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. We still need sponsors to help pay for the meeting (continental breakfast and A/V equipment).

Here is our agenda:

1) CMAS Requirements Discussion (Gateway and Device)
2) AAPC Permanent Committee
3) Wi-Fi Pager presentation by Ron Mercer
4) Presentation by Brian Gilmore
5) Chair and Vice-Chair Election
6) New Business
7) Next Meeting

Please let me know if you will be attending so I can make sure we have the correct size room. I have the following people who have said they will attend:

  • Stephen Oshinsky
  • Vic Jensen
  • John Nagel and Rod Ferguson
  • John Deboer
  • Ron Mercer
  • Vaughan Bowden
  • Dietmar Gollnick
  • David Drake
  • Paul Fitzgerald
  • Jim Nelson
  • Brian Gilmore

If your name is not listed and you will be attending, please let me know ASAP.

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From: Ron Mayes
Subject: Clearance Sale Tower Stuff
Date: October 24, 2008 5:31:41 PM CDT
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