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Sierra Wireless and Casio Provide Wireless Solutions
Posted: 01-Jun-2002 [Source: Sierra Wireless press release]

[The Sierra Wireless AirCard Series connects Casio's CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300 to new CDMA2000 1X and GSM/GPRS networks.]

Vancouver, British Columbia -- Sierra Wireless and Casio announced today that it will further develop their relationship into the North American and European marketplace with a bundled wireless solution operating on new voice and data networks. The Sierra Wireless AirCard Series, including the new AirCard 555 CDMA2000 1X and AirCard 750 GSM/GPRS wireless network cards, bundled with Casio's CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300*, offers a complete wireless solution for the mobile user while on the road or away from the office. Sierra Wireless and Casio will continue to work together to offer complete mobile solutions - from personal applications to the extension of corporate LAN and field force applications.

The combined wireless solution provides mobile users the ability to stay connected to all of their important information while on the road or away from the office. The solution offers fast and reliable access to e-mail and corporate applications through Sierra Wireless AirCards operating on both existing and new voice and data networks including high speed CDMA2000 1X and GSM/GPRS global networks. Both the AirCard 555 and AirCard 750 wireless network cards are a complete communication solution designed to keep the mobile user connected with SMS (Short Message Service) messages, voice calls, and email access. In addition, the CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300 provides significant expandability while carrying a high-volume of data and capable of transmitting received data to projectors and portable printers on par with a PC in a small-scale portable size device.

"Sierra Wireless's diverse product line is the perfect fit for the CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager. This solution provides a complete wireless tool for the mobile user who can now access information on new global networks allowing them to stay connected in an increasingly wireless world," said Yozo Suzuki, Managing Director of Casio Computer Co., Ltd. "We look forward to working with industry leaders like Sierra Wireless who provide mobile users the freedom to access information anywhere, anytime."

As mentioned in an announcement earlier this year, Casio named Sierra Wireless as its preferred provider of GSM/GPRS wireless PC card modems. Currently, the AirCard 750 wireless network card connects Casio's Pocket PC 2002 E-200 to the global GSM/GPRS network. Future plans for the companies include expanding their mobile relationship into high-speed data distribution of high-volume data transmission such as streaming video and audio multimedia.

"Casio's broad PDA portfolio, combined with our AirCard products operating on global networks, provide mobile users the flexibility to wirelessly access information in one complete, integrated package," said Jason Cohenour, Senior Vice President Distribution, Sierra Wireless. "This partnership offers complete communication solutions for mobile users who travel or work away from the office and who want the added convenience of staying connected."

Both Sierra Wireless and Casio are members of the WirelessReadyTM Alliance, a program founded by Sierra Wireless that unites wireless industry-leading members in the development of complete and compelling wireless data solutions.


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