Helix RT 3G Router now available from Sierra Wireless for use on the Verizon Wireless network

AirLink™ Helix RT intelligent router with Verizon Wireless service meets a variety of fixed and portable enterprise connectivity applications
San Diego and Basking Ridge, USA, and Vancouver, Canada-October 08, 2009

From CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2009 in San Diego, Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless announced today that the AirLink Helix RT intelligent 3G router, powered by ALEOS™ embedded intelligence, has been approved to run on the most reliable wireless voice and data network in the United States through Verizon Wireless’ open development program.  The wireless leader’s open development program provides customers with the option to use wireless devices it does not offer directly, such as the AirLink Helix RT router from Sierra Wireless, on the most reliable voice and data network in the country.

The Helix RT provides quick internet access that meets the needs of a variety of fixed and portable enterprise applications. Helix RT is an ideal solution for providing primary or backup connectivity for field locations, where landline access is not cost-effective or convenient. Multiple connectivity ports, optional WiFi and built in security enable secure 3G connections to clusters of devices, while easy setup and deployment permit temporary internet access for applications like construction, special events, and concerts. By leveraging the comprehensive remote management capabilities of ACEware™ software, customers can virtually eliminate field service visits, significantly reducing total cost of ownership.

Coupled with the Verizon Wireless network, the Helix RT offers businesses an exceptionally reliable and simple solution for primary or backup data connectivity supporting multiple connected devices,” said Justin Schmid, vice president, Mobile and M2M, for Sierra Wireless. “Powered by ALEOS, Helix provides the critical networking and security features essential for a broad set of business continuity applications.  Combined with our comprehensive ACEware remote management suite, Helix is the cornerstone of a reliable, easy-to-use and maintain networking solution for enterprises and other organizations that depend on uninterrupted network access for their day-to-day operation. We’re especially excited to have been approved for use on the Verizon Wireless network, and to make it available to our joint customers.”

“The AirLink Helix RT router from Sierra Wireless is a valuable addition to the wide variety of products approved through our open development program,” said Anthony A. Lewis, vice president of open development at Verizon Wireless. “With built-in connection failover, integrated IPsec VPN and a strong set of tools for remote configuration and management, the Helix RT router provides another option for enterprise customers who rely on Verizon Wireless’ network for business continuity and remote site connectivity.”

Business Continuity

Helix routers provide a configurable WAN/LAN Ethernet port option and a built-in connection failover feature to ensure business continuity.  Sensing when the primary connection fails, the Helix router automatically switches to the 3G wireless network.  The router then continuously monitors wireline network availability and automatically reverts back to the primary connection when service is restored.  This intelligence enables the device to serve as a critical backup for businesses that rely on real-time transaction processing, security monitoring, online customer service functions or any critical high-availability application.

Retail Locations and Kiosks

Helix routers can serve as a central hub of connectivity for field locations requiring a secure, 3G connection to multiple assets. It offers comprehensive routing capabilities, a fully IPSec compliant VPN for data security, and an optional 802.11b/g WiFi access point with WPA and WPA2 encryption to provide secure access for clusters of devices, such as laptops and handheld devices, POS terminals, ATMs, kiosks, digital signs and surveillance cameras.

Verizon Wireless’ open development program is driven by the company’s desire to encourage innovation, give customers new wireless choices, and quickly address opportunities to expand the wireless market.  The company continues to provide full-service offerings for business and consumer customers.

For more information about Verizon Wireless’ open development program, visit https://www22.verizon.com/opendev/. For more information about the AirLink Helix RT router from Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com/product/airlink/helix.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Mobile & M2M Sales Desk, call 510-624-4200 or e-mail [email protected].

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) products connect people and machines to wireless networks around the world. We offer an advanced, comprehensive product line, addressing consumer, enterprise, original equipment manufacturer, and specialized vertical industry markets. We also offer a wide range of professional and operated services. Our solutions are used for mobile computing, transportation, industrial M2M (machine-to-machine), enterprise, residential and consumer communications applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com

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

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