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Without safeguards, mobile phone use on planes poses risk

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By Travis Reed | Friday, December 20, 2013

Allowing mobile phone use on airplanes may expose passengers to unnecessary risk, according to a mobile communications expert.

Howard Melamed, President and CEO of CellAntenna Corp, says mobile phones don’t interfere with flight communications equipment, but should be restricted because they can be used remotely by terrorists.

“Erasing the prohibition of mobile phone use on airplanes without imposing limitations is risky and unnecessary,” Melamed said. “Mobile phones are the No. 1 method used to detonate an IED, and can be programmed to trigger an explosion without passengers’ knowledge.”

The Federal Aviation Administration in October moved to allow the use of electronic devices in all phases of flight, and the Federal Communications Commission will consider a proposal Thursday to ease restrictions on mobile phone use.

If mobile phone use is allowed, Melamed recommends some restrictions:

1) Allow outgoing calls and SMS text messages, but prevent incoming communications. This can be accomplished by phone service providers or device manufacturers.
2) Install a failsafe mechanism to disable devices if the risk of attack is detected.
3) Prohibit mobile phone use in aircraft lavatories to prevent their use as "flying phone booths."

Melamed said Wi-Fi is a safer alternative for communication, and should be made available on all aircraft. A number of online services offer free SMS text and voice capabilities. Because airplanes are so noisy, Melamed said most passengers will likely prefer messaging. In-flight noise levels can reach 80dB or 90 dB -- comparable to a garbage disposal, a motorcycle 25 feet away or the average factory.

"When I recently tested a mobile call on an international flight that allowed mobile phones, I couldn't hear the other party and he couldn't hear me," Melamed said. "Voice calls may prove impractical unless they can find a way to dramatically reduce aircraft noise."

CellAntenna Granted Patent for Signal Delay Technology Used in Jamming Mobile Phones and other Digital Based RF Communication

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By Howard Melamed | Tuesday, October 23, 2013

New Technology prevents voice, SMS and data from being received and leaves the RF signal untouched

CellAntenna Corporation announced today that the United States Patent and Trade Mark office has awarded Patent # 8,543,053 to Howard Melamed CEO of CellAntenna Corporation, for an invention that scrambles packet based wireless communication by using signal delay technology ("SDT").

Different from current forms of jamming that are unlawful in the United States and used around the world, the SDT method does not interfere with radio frequency communication. Instead it affects the packets and their timing relationships essential to digital communication on a wireless carrier – effectively SDT scrambles the message and leaves the Radio Frequency transmission untouched preventing the reception of voice, SMS or DATA communication. SDT can be used to control all wireless packet based communication including mobile phone protocols of 2G, 3G, and 4G (LTE / WIMAX).

“The Patent represents a significant achievement of our company,” stated Howard Melamed CEO of CellAntenna and inventor of the SDT. “We are excited with our new smart Signal Delay Technology and our continued research and development of products that control illegal mobile phone use."

CellAntenna intends to produce a line of products that use this technology along side its CJAM jamming technology installed and working in several countries around the world, and its Guardian Managed Access Service™ already field deployed. CellAntenna was first to being the CJAM™ wireless jamming system concept, deploying jamming in a distributed antenna system (DAS) to apply low power levels of mobile phone jamming that is highly filtered and controlled so that it only interferes with illegal mobile phones located inside prisons.

Prison dept looks into mobile phone jamming technology

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By NOELLE NICOLLS|June 23, 2010

THE Prison Department is reviewing bids submitted by mobile phone jamming specialists in an open tender process, said Dr Elliston Rahming, Superintendent of Prisons. Once a service provider is selected, the prison intends to use the technology to block the illegal use of mobile phones.

"Like prisons everywhere around the world, we are challenged by the importation of mobile phones. There are clearly too many that come in - one mobile phone is too many - and it is my resolve to bring those numbers to an irreducible minimum. But failing that we will jam them, including my phone," said Dr Rahming.

Last month the prison acquired six service dogs including attack dogs, drug sniffing dogs and mobile phone sniffing dogs. Prisoners use mobile phones to alert criminal counterparts on the outside of upcoming court dates and thereby arrange for the intimidation of witnesses, according to Leslie Campbell from the Jamaica Department of Correctional Services. He said, "Mobile phones are rampant in every corner of the prison in Jamaica", and corrupt prison officers bring them in. Dr Rahming said the Jamaican experience is applicable to the Bahamas. "Once they get use of the mobile phones (they use them for) whatever use they can imagine, whatever needs they can fulfill," he said.

The Prison Act states that communication between inmates and outsiders must be made within the "sight and sound" of an officer. If an inmate uses a mobile phone, he or she is in violation of the Prison Act. As for prison officers, it is against regulations for all guards to have mobile phones within the living confines of inmates. There are many criminal uses prisoners find for mobile phones, according to Howard Melamed, president of Mobile Antenna, a US-based company specialising in mobile phone jamming technology. Mr Melamed was a presenter at the forth annual conference of the Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services (ACHCPS), presently underway in the Bahamas.

He said prisoners can operate mobile phones as servers, and conduct business online. When they have access to credit cards, he said they order products and have them sent to the prison as gifts. He said they also use mobile phones to intimidate witnesses, and to operate gambling, extortion and prostitution rings on the outside. There are examples of prisoners charged with rape, using their mobile phones to "constantly harass" victims by making repeated late night phone calls and sending text messages, said Mr Melamed. One prisoner, who had under two years left to serve on his sentence, continued to operate as a pimp from inside the prison. He used the money collected to "buy drugs and other services" inside the prison, he said.

In his experience, Mr Melamed said, the few prison officers who are involved in trafficking mobile phones into prisons hide it from authorities and are disciplined once they are discovered. However, he said every one has a price, and prisons should implement regulations to reduce the possibility of officers being corrupted.

"No guard should have a mobile phone. It is too much of a sweet habit, worse than cocaine. Selling mobile phones in prison can turn some of the best. You don't want it to be something they think of," said Mr Melamed.

"Everyone has the same problems. The politicians only get on the bandwagon when something happens," he said.

Dr Rahming said he suspected a mobile phone jamming system would also be "tremendously relevant" to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, recalling an incident where a former prison officer called him while being detained there.

He said the former employee was detained by immigration officials and scheduled for deportation to Jamaica. He said he got a call early in the morning from the former employee asking for help. "I asked, how are you calling me? She said someone down here has a mobile phone".

He said the incident revealed the problem extended beyond the prison into other security agencies. A mobile phone jamming device was purchased over four years ago; however that device was a military unit and knocked out mobile phones from Yamacraw to Sea Breeze. Despite attempts to recalibrate the device, it had to be discarded. Dr Rahming said the prison is trying to get "a more circuital system to be contained within the prison environment".

Howard Melamed to Speak at Counter Terror Expo 2010 in U.K.

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McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications |April 06, 2010

Critical Issues Surrounding International Mobile Phone Terrorism Discussed by Howard Melamed

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WHAT: Howard Melamed, CEO and president of CellAntenna Corporation, will speak at the upcoming Counter Terror Expo 2010 being held on April 14-15 in the U.K. His address is scheduled for Thursday, April 15. The presentation, titled, “Strategy and Tactics Used to Defend against Mobile Phone Terrorism,” will discuss the threat of mobile phones used in terrorist attacks, as well as strategies to combat the issue, including mobile phone jamming, mobile phone signal detection and controlling services.

Survey at International CTIA Wireless Conference Reveals 71 Percent Favor Legalizing Mobile Phone Signal Jamming in Prisons

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McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications|April 01, 2010

Wireless Professionals Support Regulatory Changes to Stop Crime from Illegal Mobile Phone Usage at the Prison Walls

CTIA Wireless 2010

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CellAntenna today announced results from a survey of wireless professionals conducted at the 2010 International CTIA Wireless Conference held last week in Las Vegas, Nev., showing more than 71 percent favor mobile phone jamming to eliminate illegal mobile phone usage in prisons. Of 130 wireless professionals surveyed, 93 advocated legalizing signal jamming to counter safety threats and crimes stemming from the use of contraband mobile phones by prisoners.

Federal Government Makes Mobile Phone Jamming Breakthrough

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McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications| February 19, 2010

CellAntenna jamming solution tested by NTIA in federal prison in Cumberland, MD.

The battle to remove mobile phones from the hands of prison inmates saw a major breakthrough this week. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) authorized the first federally sanctioned test of mobile phone signal jamming technology inside the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, MD using CellAntenna technology.

CellAntenna Combats Threat of Mobile Phones in Prisons and Schools

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McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications |January 05, 2010

CellAntenna Corporation is helping to combat the use of contraband mobile phones in correctional facilities and schools. The company today unveiled its new CJAM™ Mobile Phone Threat Scan (CTS) service, an important new offering that builds on the company’s years of leadership in enhancing or denying mobile signals.

Reduce Electromagnet Radiation by the Use of External Antennas and Building Repeaters

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By Howard Melamed P.E.CEO CellAntenna Corporation|December 21 2009

With the current discussion on the harmful effects of mobile phone use with a recent study published in Sweden, the question is if the studies are valid, what can be done to minimize the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation or EMR.

Trying to Keep Mobile Phones Out of Prison

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Time Magazine, By Hilary Hylton / Austin |November 26 2008

Prison authorities used to have almost complete control over an inmate's ability to communicate with the outside world. By checking their mail and parceling out telephone access — at scheduled times on easily and legally tapped landlines — communication for inmates was difficult and often expensive (their families had to pay for the hefty collect calls, usually the only kind allowed in jail). Today, however, as mobile phones proliferate (with an estimated 3.5 billion and counting), they are reaching into every corner of the planet — including jail cells.

Cellphone Jamming Test Called Successful, Firm Plans To Petition CE CellAntenna Combats Threat of Mobile Phones in Prisons and Schools

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Telecommunications Reports International, Inc., by Paul Kirby |November 21 2008

CellAntenna Corp. successfully tested mobile phone jamming equipment at a South Carolina prison today, demonstrating that the technology can be used without interfering with other communications inside or outside the facility, the company and South Carolina corrections authorities said.

Prison Plans to Shackle Cellphones

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Wall Street Journal, By ANDREW LAVALLEE | November 21 2008

A South Carolina prison's plan to test a cellphone-jamming system is running afoul of the wireless industry but has sparked interest among some lawmakers and law-enforcement groups. On Friday, the Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, S.C., intends to demonstrate the jamming system, made by CellAntenna Corp., of Coral Springs, Fla., that it hopes will curb illegal cellphone use among inmates. "It's an urgent need," said Josh Gelinas, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. "This is a problem in every prison system." Cellphones are a popular form of contraband, since they can be used to coordinate escape attempts ...

To jam or not to jam

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Urgent Communication, By Lynnette Luna |November 19 2008

I first met Howard Melamed in 2005 during the APCO show in Denver. He was already deep into his one-man crusade to urge the CE to allow public safety to use jamming devices to ward off the dangers of mobile-phone-triggered explosives. The CEO and president of CellAntenna was quite passionate and spoke seemingly a million words a minute during our meeting, stressing that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were the weapon of choice among terrorists. Three years later, his passion hasn't waned, despite the fact that he can't get the CE to see his point of view.

CellAntenna President and CEO Howard Melamed To Address Third Annual Gulf Coast Terrorism Prevention Conference On September 18, 2008

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Melamed To Speak On Understanding The Threat Of Mobile Phones Used In Remote Triggering Of IED's | Coral Springs, FL - September 15 2008

Howard Melamed, President and CEO of CellAntenna Corporation will address the Third Annual Gulf Coast Terrorism Prevention Conference at 9:15 AM on September 18, 2008 at the Hyatt Hotel, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida. Melamed will speak on understanding the threat of mobile phones used in remote triggering of improvised exploding devices (IED's). The conference is being hosted by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. "In today's world, the IED triggered by a mobile phone is the terrorist's weapon of choice," said Melamed. "We have seen it used in Chechnya, Afghanistan, Israel, and Iraq to create havoc and devastation. Fortunately there are ways to disrupt and thwart the terrorists with jamming devices."

South Florida Entrepreneur Howard Melamed Offers To Lease U.S. Sugar Everglades Land

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Melamed Would Use Land To Harvest Sugar Crops And Produce Ethanol Delay Everglades Restoration for 30 Years | Coral Springs, FL - July 8 2008

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. South Florida entrepreneur, Howard Melamed is proposing to lease the 192,000 acres of land that the State of Florida is purchasing from U.S. Sugar and use the land for ethanol production for the next thirty years to try to ease the nation's toxic energy problems. After the expiration of the thirty-year lease, the land would then be given for the Everglades restoration project. Melamed, in his proposal to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, is offering to pay Florida $120,000,000.00 per year for the use of the land. The State of Florida is purchasing the land from U.S. Sugar for $1.7 billion. Estimates show that if Florida were to agree to Melamed's proposal, the land could produce 120,000,000 gallons of ethanol from sugar cane harvested.

CellAntenna Continues Fight Against CE

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE | Coral Springs, FL - June 17 2008

CellAntenna Corporation, a telecommunications solutions company, announces that it is continuing its fight against the Federal Communications Commission (CE) over its ruling prohibiting local and state governments the use of mobile phone jamming equipment. The restrictions are imposed due to the Communications Act passed by Congress in 1934. This issue poses the number one threat to local, state, and federal correctional institutions with incarcerated inmates using mobile phones to continue illegal transactions leaving the authorities helpless.

CellAntenna Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

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CellAntenna Corp., a small woman-owned telecommunications solution company with subsidiary companies in Kings Langley, England, and Lodz, Poland, today announced it has received ISO9001: 2000 certification.

Colombia Free Trade Agreement Needed

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Small Business Exports Increase Sales and Jobs |May2008

Last month, as part of our ongoing efforts to expand our business, CellAntenna Corporation decided to go to Colombia on a fact-finding mission. A woman-owned small business headquartered in Coral Springs, Florida, CellAntenna provides solutions to poor signal coverage inside buildings as well as products that support the mobile industry. We entered the export business three years ago to increase our sales. Since then, we have doubled our staff and increased our revenues by 50%. Exports have allowed us to establish subsidiary companies in London, England, and Lodz, Poland. Because of CAFTA and NAFTA, our exports to Mexico and Central American countries have increased dramatically. We see the same opportunities in Colombia.

CellAntenna Launches Mobile Phone and Public Safety Repeater Systems for Hurricane Shelters and First Responders

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Communication During a Storm is Vital; Recent Hurricanes Provide Insight for Planning for the Future | Coral Springs, FL - April 17 2008

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the hurricane season approaches, CellAntenna Corporation announced the launch of its newest product line of CAE-750 CT5 (Category 5) Dual Band Mobile and Public Safety repeaters designed for use during and after natural disasters such as hurricanes. The structures of hurricane shelters and other vital command centers are reinforced with so much concrete and steel that all too often radio signals cannot penetrate to allow vital communication during storms and when powerful winds knock down towers. In many cases communication remains off the air. The CAE-750 CT5 systems can help provide continuous communication inside buildings during and after disasters hit an area.

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