Sierra Wireless to Launch Intelligent Vehicle Tracking and Mobile Resource Management Device

The AirLink™ PinPoint XT will offer an intelligent platform for Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), fleet management and asset tracking solutions
Vancouver (Canada)-May 20, 2008

Sierra Wireless today announced the newest addition to its AirLink™ product suite, the PinPoint XT – an intelligent device ideally suited for vehicle tracking, fleet management and telematics solutions. The PinPoint XT is expected to be widely available for GSM and CDMA networks worldwide in the second half of 2008.

For almost a decade, the Sierra Wireless AirLink suite of in-vehicle modems has provided high-value two-way mobile data solutions designed for public safety, mobile enterprise and field force enablement. By launching the PinPoint XT, Sierra Wireless can offer customers an intelligent solution for a wide range of Mobile Resource Management solutions, including fleet management, AVL, GPS tracking and vehicle diagnostics and telemetry.

“The PinPoint XT responds to market demand for a rugged, intelligent, configurable solution for fleet management and AVL applications,” remarked Andrew Berman, senior vice president and general manager of the Sierra Wireless Mobile and M2M group. “This platform further strengthens our AirLink product line and we’re confident customers will be excited about the form factor, reliable and robust location capabilities, and new event reporting features.”

Robust Intelligence and Device Management
The PinPoint XT will feature ALEOS™, the embedded intelligence available exclusively on the Sierra Wireless line of AirLink products. Coupled with the AceWare™ suite of remote management tools, ALEOS lowers total cost of ownership by simplifying device setup and provisioning and provides customers with comprehensive remote configuration and diagnostic capabilities. 

To support comprehensive vehicle telemetry, the PinPoint XT features a full suite of I/O ports, including four digital inputs, three analog inputs and two relay outputs. The accompanying AceWare suite of device management and configuration tools has also been enhanced to support the new event reporting feature of ALEOS, enabling PinPoint XT users to have full control of the data collected and transmitted based on the occurrence of an exception, minimizing the amount of data passed over the network. This feature allows the PinPoint XT to perform intelligent decision making at the end-point, giving customers robust control over the data from their mobile assets. Finally, the administrator can select from several delivery options, including email and SMS, enabling real time notification to the proper personnel.

By leveraging the highly efficient location based services protocol feature built into ALEOS, third-party application providers can more thoroughly integrate GPS tracking applications with the PinPoint XT. This feature allows application providers to access the full complement of data, including digital and analog input status, odometer readings, low power state information, and network signal strength from the PinPoint XT, and enables seamless incorporation of both location and event data into their application. 

PinPoint XT Product Summary
The PinPoint XT is an ideal solution for vehicle installations for fleet management and AVL solutions. The PinPoint XT features include:

  • ALEOS embedded intelligence
  • AceWare remote monitoring, control, management and configuration utilities
  • Event reporting
  • Serial Port – Through optional accessory harness
  • Mini-USB port
  • Multiple I/O for vehicle telematics
  • Small form factor
  • Mil Spec 810-F for shock, vibration, and temperature
  • High sensitivity 16-Channel GPS receiver
  • Status LEDs

For more information about the Sierra Wireless PinPoint XT please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/airlink/pinpointxt.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Mobile and M2M Sales Desk, call +1 (510) 781-4200 or e-mail MobileandM2M@sierrawireless.com.

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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) modems and software connect people and systems to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

“AirLink,” “ALEOS,” and “AceWare” are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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