PRESS RELEASES ARCHIVES - 2008
PRESS CONTACT: Trish Richko
Trying to Keep Cell Phones Out of Prison
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 cell phones proliferate (with an estimated 3.5 billion and counting), they are reaching into every corner of the planet — including jail cells.
cell phone Jamming Test Called Successful, Firm Plans To Petition FCC
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 cell phones
Wall Street Journal, By ANDREW LAVALLEE
November 21 2008
A South Carolina prison's plan to test a cell phone-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 cell phone 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." cell phones are a popular form of contraband, since they can be used to coordinate escape attempts ...
To Jam or Not to Jam
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 FCC to allow public safety to use jamming devices to ward off the dangers of cell-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 FCC 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
Melamed To Speak On Understanding The Threat Of Cell 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 cell 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 cell 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
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 FCC
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 (FCC) over its ruling prohibiting local and state governments the use of cell 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 cell phones to continue illegal transactions leaving the authorities helpless.
CellAntenna Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)
Coral Springs, FL - June 6 2008
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
Small Business Exports Increase Sales and Jobs
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 cellular 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 Cell Phone and Public Safety Repeater Systems for Hurricane Shelters and First Responders
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 Cellular 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.