Three Sierra Wireless customers shortlisted by GSMA for Global Mobile Awards 2011

EDMI (smart metering), PSA Peugeot Citroën (automotive) and RS TechMedic (mHealth) included in list of finalists for the 16th annual awards featuring the best in the wireless industry

VANCOUVER, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR; TSX: SW) is pleased to recognize three of its AirPrime™ embedded solutions customers that have been shortlisted for the Global Mobile Awards 2011. The annual awards, honoring excellence, achievement and innovation in the mobile communications industry, are administered by the GSMA and are scheduled to be announced at a gala event to be held February 15th in Barcelona, Spain, during Mobile World Congress. Sierra Wireless and its customers EDMI, PSA Peugeot Citroën, and RS TechMedic are finalists in the categories recognizing innovation in the use of mobile communications for Utilities, Automotive and Transport, and mHealth, respectively.

EDMI's EWM100 advanced GSM/GPRS modem for smart metering applications is an industrial-grade machine-to-machine communications solution which provides robust GSM/GPRS connectivity between a utility's operations center and individual power meters in the field. With secure, real-time communications, utilities can manage grids more efficiently, remotely control services, and support in-home energy management applications that empower consumers to change their consumption behavior and lower their costs.

The Peugeot Connect SOS/Citroën Localized Emergency Call system is designed to enable a cellular connection between a vehicle and an emergency call centre in the event of an accident. It can be activated manually, if the driver witnesses an accident for example, or automatically, when a shock, sufficient to trigger the eCall function, is detected by the pyrotechnic box (which drives airbags). By improving the response times of the emergency services, the Peugeot Connect SOS/Citroën Localized Emergency Call system has the potential to help reduce road fatalities and serious injuries.

RS TechMedic's Dyna-Vision™ is a multi-purpose remote patient monitoring device. About the size of a PDA and carried by the patient on a belt, the unit uses non-invasive sensors attached to the skin, which measure up to 12 clinical parameters, including heart rate, respiration rate, plethysmogram (measurements of changes in blood volume), SpO2 (the patient's oxygen saturation level) and skin temperature. Via the integrated Sierra Wireless AirPrime embedded module, the unit sends the diagnostic data to any remote physician or hospital in real time using a cellular network. 

"Our congratulations go to all the nominees in this year's Global Mobile Awards," said Rob Conway, CEO of the GSMA. "To get down to just 115 nominees across 10 categories, from more than 470 high calibre entries, certainly presented our judges with a tough challenge this year. It is a great achievement to be shortlisted among such a high quality field of entrants and we eagerly anticipate the announcement of the winners on Tuesday 15th February 2011 at the Mobile World Congress and look forward to showcasing another great year of innovation for the mobile industry."

"Each of these customers demonstrates a noteworthy example of how the innovative use of wireless connectivity can help to enhance our quality of life," said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Embedded M2M Solutions for Sierra Wireless. "We are thrilled and honored to contribute to these solutions and to collaborate with customers working on the leading edge in using wireless connectivity to transform our daily lives."

For more information about Sierra Wireless AirPrime embedded solutions for a variety of machine-to-machine applications please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/en/productsandservices/AirPrime.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or email sales@sierrawireless.com.

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About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

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

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Sierra Wireless
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