Ambient selects Sierra Wireless AirPrime embedded modules for smart grid communications platform

Sierra Wireless 3G embedded wireless module integrated into the latest version of Ambient's X-series smart grid communications node, enabling real-time monitoring and communication with the grid
Vancouver, Canada-February 02, 2011

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced that Ambient Corporation (OTCBB: ABTG) has selected Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ embedded modules to provide 3G wireless connectivity for Ambient’s latest X-series smart grid communications node, used by energy and utilities companies. The X-series smart grid node is part of the Ambient Smart Grid® communications platform, which provides utilities with a critical link in building a modern energy infrastructure that enables connection with micro-generation and renewable energy sources.
“Real-time monitoring and communication with the grid enables energy and utility companies to provide better, more responsive service to their customers, but it does more than that. It also enables better use of a wider range of energy sources, like single windmills attached to rural homes that can provide electricity back to the grid in times of low use,” said Ram Rao, SVP and CTO of Ambient Corporation. “Sierra Wireless embedded modules provide us with a reliable, stable connection and the level of product quality that is absolutely needed when dealing with critical infrastructure applications like ours.”

“Ambient is helping to transform energy infrastructure to reduce energy consumption and inefficiencies,” said Mike Ardelan, Vice President of OEM Sales for Sierra Wireless. “This is a perfect example of the myriad ways in which embedded wireless technology can be employed to provide better real-time information that enables companies to better serve their customers and reduce costs. In addition, solutions like this one help to create a more sustainable energy system for the future, which is why we are so pleased Ambient selected Sierra Wireless as its wireless module provider for its newest X-series smart grid communications node.”

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.

Sierra Wireless will showcase solutions for the utility industry at the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition, held at the San Diego Convention Center from February 1 to 3. Find us in booth 2615.
For more information about Sierra Wireless solutions for energy equipment manufacturers and utilities, please visit To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or email [email protected].
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About Ambient Corporation

Ambient designs, develops and markets Ambient Smart Grid® communications technologies and equipment. Using open standards-based technologies along with in-depth industry experience, Ambient provides utilities with solutions for creating smart grid communication platforms and technologies. Headquartered in Newton, MA, Ambient is a publicly traded company (OTCBB: ABTG). More information on Ambient is available at

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market.  For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit

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