Mobile World Communications supplies Sierra Wireless intelligent wireless router to Metsäliitto forest industry group …

April 20, 2011
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Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) and Mobile World Communications, an authorized Sierra Wireless distributor in Finland, today announced that Mobile World Communications is supplying Sierra Wireless AirLink™ ultra-rugged in-vehicle routers for sub-contractors with the Metsäliitto Group, an international forest industry group with operations in 30 countries. Metsäliitto chose the Sierra Wireless AirLink MP895 rugged in-vehicle router to provide fast, 3G connections in its heavy machinery and transport vehicles, enabling real-time transmission of critical information such as the quantity and location of wood resources.

Metsäliitto selected Sierra Wireless products based on their reliable operation in the most demanding environments and the broad coverage provided by the AirLink MP895 router, which supports four HSPA frequency bands (850, 900, 1900, and 2100 MHz), ensuring wide compatibility across rural areas in Finland, as well as with networks in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

Sierra Wireless AirLink products offer a highly configurable platform that enables fast and easy implementation, as well as remote configuration and management of devices in the field. The integrated ALEOS™ embedded intelligence and the AirLink suite of device management software provide Metsäliitto with automated monitoring and control of the AirLink routers, and where necessary, the ability to remotely carry out modifications and software updates. This remote management capability is a key feature valued by Metsäliitto, based on the need to operate and maintain equipment over wide geographic areas.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Metsäliitto and Sierra Wireless to provide mobile connectivity for Metsäliitto subcontractors in the field,” said Matti Onnelainen, CEO for Mobile World Communications. “This project serves as a great example of how M2M communications can provide our customers with better quality information and communication capabilities to improve their business operations.”

“Being able to communicate with equipment and operators regardless of location has become critically important, and we understand the significant level of trust a company like Metsäliitto needs to have in the communications devices it chooses,” said Justin Schmid, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Solutions and Services for Sierra Wireless. “We’re proud to have been chosen by Metsäliitto to provide that critical link.”

Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways and routers are utilized in mission-critical applications throughout the world to provide reliable wireless two-way data communications for applications such as industrial automation, tracking and mobile resource management, monitoring systems, payment terminals, and primary and back up business continuity. Sierra Wireless AirLink MP-series ultra-rugged routers are ideal for a broad set of critical in-vehicle applications that must perform reliably under harsh conditions.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirLink MP895 ultra-rugged in-vehicle router, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/productsandservices/AirLink.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or email [email protected]

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Metsäliitto is an international forest industry group present in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto combines responsible forest economy and innovative technology to produce high-quality products and solutions from renewable Nordic wood in a sustainable way. The Group’s five business areas are Wood Supply, Wood Products Industry, Pulp, Board and Paper, and Tissue Papers. Metsäliitto Group’s sales total EUR 6.5 billion and it employs 16,000 persons. Metsäliitto Cooperative is a cooperative organization for Finnish forest owners and has some 130,000 members.

Mobile World Communication is a Finnish distributor providing its customers with innovative and industry-leading wireless and mobile technology solutions. The products that Mobile World imports and distributes enable smooth, fast and safe mobile data transmission wirelessly, at home, at the office and in enterprise IT- environment. Mobile World Communications Ltd was established in 1996. In 2008 the company had a turnover of EUR 7 million.

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.

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