Sierra Wireless MP rugged modems now available with 3G connectivity

MP 595 GPS and MP 875 GPS wireless modems offer more bandwidth to provide vital information quickly, in a vehicle-mounted form factor built to withstand extreme conditions

Vancouver, B.C. - April 16, 2007

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced the company has begun commercial shipments of the MP 595 GPS and MP 875 GPS rugged wireless modems. Both the MP 595 GPS and the MP 875 GPS are now available for order directly through Sierra Wireless, its distributors, and resellers.

Designed for use in the public safety, field service, and transportation industries, Sierra Wireless MP rugged modems are vehicle mounted and enable fast, consistent wide area wireless data communications with headquarters and dispatchers. In addition, they can provide vehicle location information with an integrated, independent GPS receiver, increasing security for employees and enabling asset tracking. The durability and reliability of Sierra Wireless MP modems have made them the wireless modem of choice for public safety agencies since the product line was introduced in 1995.

“In the patrol car environment you need a rugged piece of equipment.  We decided early on in our mobile project that the Sierra Wireless MP products had the reliability that we looking for in a ruggedized modem.” said Captain Kim Hull of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “The dependable communications link that the modems provide is an important officer safety issue for our agency.  The increased bandwidth offered by the new models will allow us to expand the availability of in-car applications, ultimately enhancing our mobile business platform and officer efficiency.”

The MP 595 GPS provides connectivity to EV-DO Revision A networks, offering significantly faster data rates than previous models, with peaks of up to 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and up to 1.8 Mbps on the uplink. The faster data rates, particularly on the uplink, will improve the user experience for those who need to send large files such as photos or video over their wireless connection, enabling applications such as real-time video monitoring to improve the personal security of the vehicle operator. The MP 595 is also fully compatible with currently deployed EV-DO Release 0 networks and CDMA 1X networks, for use in areas where an EV-DO Revision A network is not yet available.

The MP 875 GPS is designed for use on HSDPA networks, offering connectivity in all three UMTS frequency bands (850/1900/2100 MHz) currently used worldwide, and supporting peak data speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps. For use in areas where an HSDPA or UMTS network is not yet available, the MP 875 is also fully compatible with EDGE and GPRS in all four frequency bands (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) used worldwide.

“Building rugged wireless modems has been a core part of Sierra Wireless for a long time, and we value the loyalty and support of our MP modem customers,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “We believe the enhanced capabilities of the new MP 595 and 875 modems will enable our customers to expand the information they can collect and provide better security for vehicle operators, while still delivering the reliable, high-quality performance they trust.” 

Sierra Wireless MP Products
Sierra Wireless MP products are vehicle-mounted rugged wireless modems designed for use in the public safety, transportation, and field service industries. To ensure reliable performance in a variety of conditions, Sierra Wireless MP rugged modems:

  • Operate in extreme temperatures (-30 C to +70 C);
  • Meet U.S. Military and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1455 specifications for vibration, shock, drop, rain, splash, sand, dust, humidity, and salt fog;
  • Support serial, USB, and Ethernet1 host connections, offering customers a variety of installation and configuration choices, as well as compatibility with legacy systems;
  • Include an integrated, independent 12-channel GPS (global positioning system) module for vehicle tracking;
  • Offer four digital and four analog input/output ports, allowing dispatchers to monitor additional information such as speed and airbag status, thereby providing additional security for employees and company assets.

With MP Modem Manager software, available from Sierra Wireless, system administrators can control settings and upgrade firmware from a central location without taking units out of the field, avoiding costly downtime. In addition, both products carry a three-year platinum warranty with technical support.

Availability
The Sierra Wireless MP 595 GPS and MP 875 GPS rugged wireless modems are available for order directly from Sierra Wireless or though the company’s distributors and resellers, including:

The MP 595 GPS is currently available with service on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, and the MP 875 GPS is currently available in conjunction with AT&T’s 3G-powered BroadbandConnect service.

For more information about Sierra Wireless MP products, please visit www.sierrawireless.com/product/mobile.aspx, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing sales@sierrawireless.com.

1 Ethernet support to be offered as an over-the-air upgrade by mid-year

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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) develops and markets wide area wireless solutions for mobile computing. The Sierra Wireless product portfolio includes the award-winning AirCard® line of wireless modems, embedded modules for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra Wireless also offers professional services to OEM customers during product development, leveraging the company’s expertise in wireless design and integration to provide built-in wireless connectivity for notebook computers and other portable computing devices. Sierra Wireless is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, with additional offices in Carlsbad, California, London, and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit www.sierrawireless.com.

“AirCard” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.

 

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