Sierra Wireless embedded modules bring 3G wireless connectivity to Isochron vending machines

VendCast® integrated vending management solution with embedded wireless modules offer real-time monitoring and cashless transactions
Orlando, Florida-March 27, 2007

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and Isochron, an innovative provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for the vending industry, today announced that Isochron has selected Sierra Wireless embedded modules to provide high-speed wireless connectivity for its VendCast® integrated vending management solution. In addition, Sierra Wireless’s Professional Services team collaborated with Isochron to provide custom software drivers for the machine’s operating system. Pilot projects with the new machines are currently underway in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

“Collaborating with Sierra Wireless has enabled us to provide our customers with a number of key benefits that directly affect their return on investment,” said Bryan Godwin, chief executive officer of Isochron. “The real-time monitoring ability provided by the module, for example, offers the potential to significantly reduce labor, transportation, and downtime costs, particularly for a vendor with a number of machines in high-traffic locations.”

Isochron vending machines with embedded Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card modules offer customers reliable, real-time, two-way communications with their machines, allowing them to monitor for inventory or service alerts, and enabling them to accept cashless transactions. The ability to remotely access data from the machine increases operational efficiency for the operator, who can better estimate customer demand and dispatch drivers only when a machine needs to be refilled or serviced.

“Integrating high speed broadband with VendCast furthers our ability to provide true interactive communications with the consumer, directly at the point of sale,” says Godwin.  “With this added capability, communication delivery methods become endless, and involve everything from real time news feeds to streaming video.”

“This is a classic example of the value a Sierra Wireless broadband M2M solution can offer,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “The ability to access information in real time and use that information to operate more efficiently is what wireless is all about, and we’re pleased to work with Isochron to deliver this to their customers.”

Sierra Wireless is demonstrating the Isochron VendCast solution at CTIA Wireless 2007, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, March 27 to 29. For more information, stop by the Sierra Wireless booth (#3141).

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About Isochron
Isochron Inc., is an innovative provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for the vending industry.  Isochron’s flagship product, VendCast, is the leading vending management solution that is revolutionizing the way vending operators manage their business by providing enhanced insight, analysis and continuous monitoring of vending machines and route operations through a combination of integrated software and hardware devices.  Unlike standalone products that address one specific need, Isochron provides a complete solution that uses the power of instant information to enhance vendor functionality, improve customer satisfaction, and provide direct interaction with the end consumer.  Isochron is privately held and headquartered in Austin, Texas.

For more information, visit the Isochron website at or call 512.732.2600. 

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

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