Sierra Wireless embedded modules bring 3G wireless connectivity to Isochron vending machines

    VendCast(R) integrated vending management solution with embedded wireless
    modules offer real-time monitoring and cashless transactions

    ORLANDO, March 27 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) and
Isochron, an innovative provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for the
vending industry, today announced that Isochron has selected Sierra Wireless
embedded modules to provide high-speed wireless connectivity for its
VendCast(R) integrated vending management solution. In addition, Sierra
Wireless's Professional Services team collaborated with Isochron to provide
custom software drivers for the machine's operating system. Pilot projects
with the new machines are currently underway in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and
    "Collaborating with Sierra Wireless has enabled us to provide our
customers with a number of key benefits that directly affect their return on
investment," said Bryan Godwin, chief executive officer of Isochron. "The
real-time monitoring ability provided by the module, for example, offers the
potential to significantly reduce labor, transportation, and downtime costs,
particularly for a vendor with a number of machines in high-traffic
    Isochron vending machines with embedded Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini
Card modules offer customers reliable, real-time, two-way communications with
their machines, allowing them to monitor for inventory or service alerts, and
enabling them to accept cashless transactions. The ability to remotely access
data from the machine increases operational efficiency for the operator, who
can better estimate customer demand and dispatch drivers only when a machine
needs to be refilled or serviced.
    "Integrating high speed broadband with VendCast furthers our ability to
provide true interactive communications with the consumer, directly at the
point of sale," says Godwin. "With this added capability, communication
delivery methods become endless, and involve everything from real time news
feeds to streaming video."
    "This is a classic example of the value a Sierra Wireless broadband M2M
solution can offer," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president of Worldwide
Sales for Sierra Wireless. "The ability to access information in real time and
use that information to operate more efficiently is what wireless is all
about, and we're pleased to work with Isochron to deliver this to their
    Sierra Wireless is demonstrating the Isochron VendCast solution at CTIA
Wireless 2007, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando,
Florida, March 27 to 29. For more information, stop by the Sierra Wireless
booth (No.3141).
    For more information about Sierra Wireless embedded modules please visit To contact the Sierra
Wireless Sales Desk, by call 604-232-1488 or e-mail

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    About Isochron

    Isochron Inc., is an innovative provider of machine-to-machine (M2M)
solutions for the vending industry. Isochron's flagship product, VendCast, is
the leading vending management solution that is revolutionizing the way
vending operators manage their business by providing enhanced insight,
analysis and continuous monitoring of vending machines and route operations
through a combination of integrated software and hardware devices. Unlike
standalone products that address one specific need, Isochron provides a
complete solution that uses the power of instant information to enhance vendor
functionality, improve customer satisfaction, and provide direct interaction
with the end consumer. Isochron is privately held and headquartered in Austin,
    For more information, visit the Isochron website at or
call 512.732.2600.

    About Sierra Wireless

    Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) develops and markets wide area
wireless solutions for mobile computing. The Sierra Wireless product portfolio
includes the award-winning AirCard(R) line of wireless modems, embedded
modules for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of
rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra Wireless also offers
professional services to OEM customers during product development, leveraging
the company's expertise in wireless design and integration to provide built-in
wireless connectivity for notebook computers and other portable computing
devices. Sierra Wireless is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia,
Canada, with additional offices in Carlsbad, California, London, and Hong
Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit
    "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or
service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective

    Sierra Wireless 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:; Megan Lueders, Isochron Inc,
Phone: (512) 732-2600, Email:

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