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Welcome to the April 2021 edition of the eEngineering.com Newsletter. Our newsletter is designed to provide our customers with the latest two-way radio, wireless communications, and security solutions news. Trouble viewing the newsletter, see it here.
EE is pleased to announce that on 03/31/2021, we have sold the messaging assets (paging) to American Messaging Services, LLC (“AMS”). This transaction will combine two of the most respected critical messaging companies in the Midwest.

American Messaging is the second largest wireless messaging or critical messaging company in the United States, delivering more than 5 million critical messages per day. American Messaging provides service to approximately 700,000 critical messaging subscribers, including more than 1,400 major healthcare customers across the United States.

“EE rarely sells things, and is often the acquirer,” said EE President Mark Clark. “In this situation, this product offering needed specific focus and resources, which we felt could be better provided by AMS. We have been in the paging business for nearly sixty (60) years, and still have some mixed emotions, but when we look at what is best for our customers, AMS can bring so much more to the table in the way of new technology, cutting edge cellular apps, so we wanted to do what was best for our customers.”

Over the next several months, EE will continue to provide all customer service, billing, technical services, and system monitoring, and then EE’s system and customer service will be turned over to AMS when appropriate.

By using proprietary and third-party wireless messaging networks, together with its secure mobile application AMS Connect, American Messaging simultaneously delivers critical messages to dedicated messaging devices, mobile phones and personal computers. American Messaging also constructs and operates dedicated, proprietary critical messaging networks that operate independent of all commercial networks, providing redundant, rapid message delivery. Message delivery is easily initiated, monitored, securely archived, and responses can be viewed using AMS Connect or through software that is included as part of its overall service offering. We are excited to offer Electronic Engineering customers the same modern, reliable, and secure suite of critical messaging services currently available to American Messaging customers.

EE will continue its expansion and investment in technologies of two-way radio, video and access management system, vehicular telematics, and other critical communication products and services.
Did you know preparedness grants can be used to support citizens and first responders to help ensure everyone works together to prepare and protect against disasters and emergencies? With so many different programs available in the FY21 DHS Preparedness Grants Cycle, it can be challenging to navigate which program is right for you.

We’re here to help with free government grant assistance, and resources are available to help you secure additional funding. Learn everything you need to know when planning and applying for grant funding.

Available government grant assistance programs include:

- Government Healthcare Grants
- Fire & Emergency Medical Services Grants
- Police & Law Enforcement Grants
- Port Security & Transportation Grants
- Education Government Grants

Check out these complimentary executive summaries that will help you understand the ins and outs of each program.

Many grants have an application deadline of May 14, so don’t delay.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to adopt “988” as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicidal Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022. Until that time, dial 1-800-273-TALK to reach the Lifeline.

Who will be affected by this change?
In Iowa, anyone with a telephone number containing the area codes 319 and 515. Nebraska telephone numbers will not be affected by this change.

What does this mean for you?
To complete all local calls, starting July 16, 2022, you will need to dial the area code and telephone number. This applies to all calls within your area code that are currently dialed with seven digits.

All service, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed to complete calls to 7-digit local numbers will need to be reprogrammed to 10-digit numbers. To businesses, this means: fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, speed dialers, mobile or other wireless phone contact lists, call forwarding systems, voicemail services and other similar functions.

When does this go into effect?
April 24, 2021 – You should begin dialing 10 digits for all local calls. If you forget and dial just 7 digits, your call will still be completed.

October 24, 2021 – You must dial 10 digits for all local calls. On and after this date, local calls dialer with only 7 digits may not be completed, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. You must hang up and dial again using the area code and the 7-digit number.

July 16, 2022 – Dialing “988” will route your call to the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

Find out more information about this change on the FCC website.
New Motorola Solutions Offers

Check out Motorola’s latest special offers for portable radios and financing with their latest promotions, available April 4 - July 3, 2021:

XPR 7000e & XPR 7000e IS Series Radio Trade-In
Receive a $1,400 discount off the purchase of 10 MOTOTRBO XPR 7000e Series or XPR 7000e IS Series radios on a single order with a qualifying trade-in of 10 eligible units.

XPR 5000e Series Radio Trade-In
Receive a $1,300 discount off the purchase of 10 MOTOTRBO XPR 5000e Series radios on a single order with a qualifying trade-in of 10 eligible units.

CP200d Series Radio Trade-In
Receive a $350 discount off the purchase of 10 CP200d Series radios on a single order with a qualifying trade-in of 10 eligible units.

CP100d Series Radio Trade-In
Receive a $250 discount off the purchase of 10 CP100d Series radios on a single order with a qualifying trade-in of 10 eligible units.
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