Smart wireless multi-metering solution from A.P. Systems uses Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ Embedded Modules and software

Following the successful deployment of over 500,000 Sierra Wireless-enabled wireless energy monitoring devices, A.P. Systems selects Sierra Wireless modules and software for next generation solution
Vienna, Austria-September 22, 2010

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR; TSX: SW) today announced that A.P. Systems, a leading Italian supplier of information and communication technology to utilities and public administrations, is using the Sierra Wireless AirPrime WMP100 Intelligent Embedded Module and Open AT Operating System to provide wireless connectivity to its M3-S multi-metering system. Designed for the simultaneous remote management of gas, electricity, water, heat and street lighting, the M3-S can manage data from different types of devices in a single infrastructure using cellular, low power RF ZigBee or power line carrier connections.

“Since 2002, A.P. Systems has deployed more than 500,000 wireless energy monitoring devices using Sierra Wireless modules and Open AT software,” said Davide Bassetto, product manager at A.P. Systems. “Utility meters stay in the field for many, many years, and the quality and reliability of all their components and software are of prime importance. Our positive experience with Sierra Wireless technology made the choice of integrating their high quality, reliable embedded wireless modules for our next-generation solution an easy one.”

“We are very pleased that A.P. Systems continue to rely on our technology, and in particular the Open AT Operating System,” said Didier Dutronc, Vice President of Marketing at Sierra Wireless. “By taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Open AT OS and embedding their application software directly on the wireless module, A.P. Systems’ talented engineering team has created an innovative wireless multi-metering solution with an extremely efficient architecture. We are proud to be a part of this solution which answers utility companies’ needs for a reliable, efficient and flexible wireless energy monitoring device.”

The AirPrime WMP100 Embedded Module combines embedded processor capability and wireless connectivity in a single device. The BGA form factor and dedicated IOs are suited for automated component placement, and enables equipment manufacturers to optimize their total system cost.

The Open AT Operating System is an execution environment for industrial applications. It enables easy management of wireless communications, can integrate any metering protocol, and adds advanced security features (such as encryption and jamming detection) into the wireless module with no additional cost. Its set of software plug-ins and development tools provides developers with a unique application framework for machine-to-machine applications.

Sierra Wireless Solutions for Energy

Sierra Wireless has more than a decade of experience in wireless data communications for utilities and energy infrastructures.  Our seasoned engineering team is experienced in large-scale wireless deployments for utilities around the world in countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. For customers looking to deploy wireless solutions for the energy market, Sierra Wireless offers:

  • All the components required for end-to-end solutions, from ruggedized embedded modules, gateways and routers, software suites, and development tools to services platforms.
  • Simplified integration and deployment, with proven technologies that allow rapid design and easy integration, as well as a services platform that enables fast deployment and cost-effective maintenance and support.
  • A rugged and secure product line designed for long life spans and challenging environmental conditions, tested to military specifications to ensure reliability under extreme temperatures, humidity, and vibration.
  • Strong relationships with network operators worldwide to assist customers and partners with network connections and certifications.

For more information about Sierra Wireless Solutions for Energy, please visit us at Metering Europe 2010, held September 22 to 24 at the Reed Messe Wien in Vienna, Austria, or find out more at http://www.sierrawireless.com/energy. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or email sales@sierrawireless.com.

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About A.P. Systems
A.P. Systems is one of the leaders of the M2M market and very highly skilled in multimetering managing systems. It operates with a working team of more than 130 employees, 5 offices in Italy and 2 abroad, boasting a group turnover of 12 million Euros at the end of 2009. A.P. Systems is organized into three technical divisions, each skilled in a specific kind of IT specialization: PAL providing IT systems for the public sector; MIT which develops M2M systems for remote managing of pipeline meters; and SECURITY, in charge of delivering systems of video surveillance and security of the territory. www.apsystems.it

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) is expanding the wireless world with a comprehensive offering of hardware, software, and connected services for mobile lifestyles and machine-to-machine communications. Our customers count on us to help them succeed with early access to new wireless technologies and innovative, reliable, high-performing solutions for a broad range of applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com

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

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