New and improved Sierra Wireless Watcher(TM) connection manager enhances the mobile broadband user experience



    
    Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 for HSPA devices is the first connection
    manager to significantly improve browsing performance for mobile
    broadband users
    

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) has
released Version 3.1 of Sierra Wireless Watcher(TM) connection manager for use
with Sierra Wireless HSPA devices. Sierra Wireless Watcher software is used by
network operators and PC original equipment manufacturers worldwide to provide
end users with a simple, efficient user interface for their Sierra Wireless
mobile broadband devices. Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 offers a new
contemporary look and feel that is simpler to use, provides valuable real-time
insight into device and network performance, and can be easily customized by
network operators and OEM customers.
    Updated User Interface - Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 features an
intuitive modem-network dashboard reporting important information such as
modem status, connection status, network signal strength, and roaming
information, and a quick launch button tray to provide users with quicker
access to the most popular features. Clear 2G/3G and connection technology
icons in the updated status window allow users to quickly determine their
available coverage, which helps to set network speed expectations and reduce
technical support calls.
    Customization Options - With an easy-to-use skinning tool, Sierra
Wireless Watcher 3.1 provides network operator and OEM customers with the
option to customize the look and feel of the user interface to reflect their
service offerings and branding.
    Browsing Performance Improvements - Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 optimizes
the PC for mobile broadband network use by increasing the number of concurrent
HTTP connections, producing up to 50 percent faster web page download time.
This makes a real impact on the mobile broadband user experience.
    Automatic Updates - Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 users can opt to have the
latest features and updates to firmware, drivers, and Watcher installed
automatically. This feature is designed to check for updates when the PC is
idle and network traffic is low. A download pause-and-resume capability
prioritizes PC usage over updates, pausing the update download when the PC is
in use and resuming it during idle time.
    GPS Application Support - Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 includes integrated
GPS application support. Clicking the GPS icon in the quick launch button tray
triggers the GPS monitor, which reports the number of satellites acquired and
provides location information. The map button within the GPS monitor exports
the current location to one of several third-party mapping tools, providing
easy access to navigation assistance and other location-based services. Users
can also set GPS parameters to assist in the search, such as the fix rate, the
location accuracy and the preferred units of measurement.
    Operating System Support - Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 supports Windows
Vista (32/64-bit support), XP (32/64-bit support), and Windows 7 Beta
(32/64-bit support).
    "Sierra Wireless Watcher connection manager is highly valued by customers
of our mobile broadband enabled notebook computers for its simplicity and
functionality," said Meinolf Althaus, Director Corporate Strategy, Fujitsu
Siemens Computers. "Our experience with the new automatic software update
feature has been notably positive. The reliable application and firmware
update mechanism remotely upgrades our devices to enable higher speed networks
and new application features, while significantly reducing our customer
support requirements."
    "We are committed to continuously improving our software products and
features to bring value and benefit to our customers, with a strong focus on
end user performance and ease of use," said Trent Punnett, senior vice
president of Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. "Our
Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 connection manager, with its improved usability
and performance, serves as a practical example of this commitment and focus."
    Sierra Wireless Watcher 3.1 is available at no charge for download from
the Sierra Wireless website at http://www.sierrawireless.com/support/. For
more information about Watcher and supported Sierra Wireless devices, please
visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/watchersoftware.aspx.

    About Sierra Wireless

    Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) modems and software connect
people and systems to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company
offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original
equipment manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine
markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise
in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more
information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

    "Watcher" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service
names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Forward Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services
and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions,
channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating
expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in
this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding
future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully
develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and
that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words
"plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify
forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations.
They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data
communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties
surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand
that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in
this press release will be realized.

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For further information:

For further information: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604)
232-1445, Email: smyers@sierrawireless.com

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