Sierra Wireless introduces a new line of integrated 3G wireless routers

       The AirLink(TM) Helix line of mobile broadband routers provides
       critical business continuity and remote site connectivity with
      onboard intelligence and extensive remote management capabilities

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
introduced the new AirLink Helix line of integrated 3G wireless routers. The
Helix line is built on an exceptionally intelligent 3G platform that leverages
proven ALEOS(TM) technology to provide reliable connectivity, extensive
routing features, and comprehensive remote management capabilities. The first
router in the Helix family will feature two Ethernet ports, two USB ports, and
an optional 802.11 b/g access point. The Helix product line is ideal for
fixed, portable and mobile applications including point of sale, wireline
replacement and backup, surveillance, public safety, and transportation.
    By leveraging field proven ALEOS intelligence, Helix routers combine
extensive routing capabilities and security features with an easy-to-use
interface and comprehensive remote management. ALEOS intelligence, coupled
with AceWare(TM) remote management, lowers the total cost of ownership by
simplifying device setup, provisioning, control, and maintenance through
extensive remote configuration and diagnostic capabilities. Helix routers will
be commercially available later this year, offering a choice of HSPA or EV-DO
Rev A network technologies.
    "The Helix line fills a need in the market for a reliable, highly
intelligent and manageable device to provide complete connectivity for field
locations supporting multiple connected devices," said Justin Schmid, vice
president of the Mobile and M2M group for Sierra Wireless. "With automatic
failover capability, integrated IPsec VPN, session persistence, data logging,
and the ability to be configured, controlled, and managed from anywhere using
our broad suite of AceWare remote management tools, Helix routers offer a
compelling solution for businesses that need reliable primary or back-up data
connectivity for a host of mobile, portable, and fixed deployments."

    Business Continuity

    Helix routers provide a configurable WAN/LAN Ethernet port option and a
built-in connection failover feature to ensure business continuity. Sensing
when the primary connection fails, the Helix router automatically switches to
the 3G wireless network. The router then continuously monitors wireline
network availability and automatically reverts back to the primary connection
when service is restored. This intelligence enables the device to serve as a
critical backup for businesses that rely on real-time transaction processing,
security monitoring, online customer service functions or any critical
high-availability application.

    Mobile and Portable Hotspots

    Helix routers can serve as a central hub of connectivity for mobile and
portable workstations like those found in modern delivery trucks, ambulances,
and field service vehicles. They can also provide mobile hotspot access for
public transportation vehicles, enabling riders to stay connected on their
commutes. It offers a fully IPSec compliant VPN for data security, dual
diversity 3G antenna ports, and an optional 802.11b/g WiFi access point with
WPA and WPA2 encryption to provide secure access for authorized multiple
mobile computing platforms, both on-board and within range of the vehicle.

    Mobile World Congress 2009

    Sierra Wireless will be showcasing the Helix router at Mobile World
Congress 2009, to be held February 16 to 19 in Barcelona, Spain. Visitors are
welcome at the company's pavilion, located on the Avenue at AV99. For more
information about Sierra Wireless's Mobile World Congress activities and news,
please visit
    For more information about the Sierra Wireless line of AirLink Helix
routers, please visit To contact the
Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail

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    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
    "AirLink", "ALEOS", and "AceWare" are trademarks 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:

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