Sierra Wireless MP rugged modems now available with 3G connectivity

    MP 595 GPS and MP 875 GPS wireless modems offer more bandwidth to provide
    vital information quickly, in a vehicle-mounted form factor built to
    withstand extreme conditions

    VANCOUVER, April 16 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW)
today announced the company has begun commercial shipments of the MP 595 GPS
and MP 875 GPS rugged wireless modems. Both the MP 595 GPS and the MP 875 GPS
are now available for order directly through Sierra Wireless, its
distributors, and resellers.
    Designed for use in the public safety, field service, and transportation
industries, Sierra Wireless MP rugged modems are vehicle mounted and enable
fast, consistent wide area wireless data communications with headquarters and
dispatchers. In addition, they can provide vehicle location information with
an integrated, independent GPS receiver, increasing security for employees and
enabling asset tracking. The durability and reliability of Sierra Wireless MP
modems have made them the wireless modem of choice for public safety agencies
since the product line was introduced in 1995.
    "In the patrol car environment you need a rugged piece of equipment. We
decided early on in our mobile project that the Sierra Wireless MP products
had the reliability that we looking for in a ruggedized modem," said Captain
Kim Hull of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "The dependable communications
link that the modems provide is an important officer safety issue for our
agency. The increased bandwidth offered by the new models will allow us to
expand the availability of in-car applications, ultimately enhancing our
mobile business platform and officer efficiency."
    The MP 595 GPS provides connectivity to EV-DO Revision A networks,
offering significantly faster data rates than previous models, with peaks of
up to 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and up to 1.8 Mbps on the uplink. The faster
data rates, particularly on the uplink, will improve the user experience for
those who need to send large files such as photos or video over their wireless
connection, enabling applications such as real-time video monitoring to
improve the personal security of the vehicle operator. The MP 595 is also
fully compatible with currently deployed EV-DO Release 0 networks and CDMA 1X
networks, for use in areas where an EV-DO Revision A network is not yet
    The MP 875 GPS is designed for use on HSDPA networks, offering
connectivity in all three UMTS frequency bands (850/1900/2100 MHz) currently
used worldwide, and supporting peak data speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps. For use in
areas where an HSDPA or UMTS network is not yet available, the MP 875 is also
fully compatible with EDGE and GPRS in all four frequency bands
(850/900/1800/1900 MHz) used worldwide.
    "Building rugged wireless modems has been a core part of Sierra Wireless
for a long time, and we value the loyalty and support of our MP modem
customers," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales for
Sierra Wireless. "We believe the enhanced capabilities of the new MP 595 and
875 modems will enable our customers to expand the information they can
collect and provide better security for vehicle operators, while still
delivering the reliable, high-quality performance they trust."

    Sierra Wireless MP Products

    Sierra Wireless MP products are vehicle-mounted rugged wireless modems
designed for use in the public safety, transportation, and field service
industries. To ensure reliable performance in a variety of conditions, Sierra
Wireless MP rugged modems:

    -   Operate in extreme temperatures (-30 C to +70 C);
    -   Meet U.S. Military and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1455
        specifications for vibration, shock, drop, rain, splash, sand, dust,
        humidity, and salt fog;
    -   Support serial, USB, and Ethernet(1) host connections, offering
        customers a variety of installation and configuration choices, as
        well as compatibility with legacy systems;
    -   Include an integrated, independent 12-channel GPS (global positioning
        system) module for vehicle tracking;
    -   Offer four digital and four analog input/output ports, allowing
        dispatchers to monitor additional information such as speed and
        airbag status, thereby providing additional security for employees
        and company assets.

    With MP Modem Manager software, available from Sierra Wireless, system
administrators can control settings and upgrade firmware from a central
location without taking units out of the field, avoiding costly downtime. In
addition, both products carry a three-year platinum warranty with technical


    The Sierra Wireless MP 595 GPS and MP 875 GPS rugged wireless modems are
available for order directly from Sierra Wireless or though the company's
distributors and resellers, including:

    -   Brightpoint-AWS (Visit
    -   CDW Corporation (Call 1-800-750-4239 or visit
    -   Global Wireless Data (Contact Don Corley at 770-447-4990 ext 158, or
    -   Ingram Micro (Call 1-800-456-8000 or visit
    -   Insight (Visit, call 1-888-811-4590, or

    The MP 595 GPS is currently available with service on the Sprint Mobile
Broadband Network, and the MP 875 GPS is currently available in conjunction
with AT&T's 3G-powered BroadbandConnect service.
    For more information about Sierra Wireless MP products, please visit, or contact the Sierra Wireless
Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing

    (1) Ethernet support to be offered as an over-the-air upgrade by mid-year

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    To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit

    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

    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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