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Sierra Wireless Introduces Sprint Compatible Mobile Modem
Posted: 19-Feb-2004 [Source: Sierra Wireless]

[The MP555GPS wireless CDMA-1X modem with built-in GPS is designed for demanding vehicle applications.]

Vancouver, BC -- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) announced today its MP 555 GPS rugged wireless modem has been certified by Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS) for operation on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the first wireless carrier to do so in the United States. Under an agreement, Sierra Wireless and Sprint will work together to market and sell the MP 555 GPS in-vehicle mobile solution through the PCS Business Solutions Program (BSP), primarily targeting public safety and utility departments that will benefit most from a fast, durable, and feature-rich wireless modem. Distributors include BSP members GWD (Global Wireless Data), Ingram Micro, Insight and TrioTek.

"From public safety to field service, customers rely on Sierra Wireless to provide innovative wireless data solutions that will help improve communications, field service, and safety. We are proud of our growing relationship with Sprint, and our ability to provide our customers with the performance, reliability and service they have grown to trust," said Jason Cohenour, Senior Vice President, Global Sales for Sierra Wireless. "Combined with the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, our next generation MP 555 GPS wireless modem provides a fast, durable solution for organizations that require immediate results and additional resources in the field."

Leveraging the capabilities of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the MP 555 GPS empowers mobile professionals with high-speed wireless connectivity to mission critical information while operating in demanding environments. Professionals in industries like emergency service, fire, police, and utility field service can now stay connected to enterprise applications, enterprise databases, e-mail and automated vehicle location systems in real time with a fast and durable mobile solution. Users can also download images in a matter of seconds, ensuring fast response time continues while working on the road. The MP 555 GPS also helps to increase end-user safety with a built in Global Positioning System (GPS) that provides accurate location and velocity reporting for professionals like police officers who rely on immediate backup from headquarters in emergency situations.

"Having Sierra Wireless as a key member of the PCS Business Solution Program enables Sprint to continuously deliver a wide range of quality mobile offerings," said Phil Bowman, Vice President of Integrated Solutions for Sprint. "The new MP 555 GPS, combined with the capabilities of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, ensures we offer an advanced communication solution that maximizes efficiencies and productivity gains our customers demand - even in the most challenging environments."

Following the successful track record of the Sierra Wireless MP 200 Series in North America, the MP 555 GPS is Sierra Wireless's next generation mobile product that provides in-vehicle wireless data solutions. The new MP is designed to offer higher data speeds, greater access to mission critical information, and enhanced mobility while operating over CDMA2000 1X wireless networks with speeds up to 153 kbps. The product also operates in extreme temperatures and meets US Military and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) J1455 specifications for vibration, shock, and humidity.

Below are some key product highlights:

* High-speed wireless data access up to 153 kbps

* Dual-band CDMA2000 1X operation: 800 and 1900 MHz

* Integrated GPS module for vehicle tracking

* Rugged US Military and SAE J1455 specs on shock, vibration and humidity

* Operating temperature range: -30C to +70C (-22F to +158F)

* 2 dedicated digital inputs, 2 configurable digital input/outputs, and 4 analog inputs for advanced alarming and reporting

* On-board UDP PAD, RS232 serial and future USB support

* FCC and Industry Canada certified

* Operating temperature: -30C to +70C (-22F to +158F)

* Voltage range of 9 to 36 Vdc, for use with 12 volt and 24 volt automotive systems

* Standard 3-year platinum warranty with world-class technical support


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