Vancouver, British Columbia, 04.10.2011 - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today announced that GÖRLITZ AG, a leading manufacturer of advanced meter reading (AMR) and energy information management systems, has selected Sierra Wireless to provide the wireless connectivity solution for its Ethernet / GPRS router. The router connects to energy meters, allowing utilities to remotely collect energy usage data.
The Sierra Wireless solution combines an AirPrime(TM) Q2686 embedded wireless module with the Open AT® framework, which includes pre-packaged libraries that streamline development time and help customers like GÖRLITZ get their products to market quickly. GÖRLITZ was seeking an end-to-end solution that offered key elements already pre-packaged and proven, including TCP/IP stack, FTP, and network address translation (NAT). The company also wanted an operating system designed for machine-to-machine (M2M) metering applications, and application development needed to be simple, using standard C/C++ and easy-to-use development tools. Finally, GÖRLITZ required industrial grade hardware that was proven in energy applications. Sierra Wireless offered the quality hardware and the high level of technical support GÖRLITZ was seeking, along with extensive experience in providing wireless machine-to-machine solutions for energy applications.
"Sierra Wireless provided all of the elements we needed to put together the wireless solution we were looking for, along with the expertise to help us along the way," said Helmut Ratzenhofer, Chief Executive Officer for GÖRLITZ Austria GmbH. "Working with Sierra Wireless allowed us to focus on our own core strengths - we didn't need to become wireless experts to integrate the connectivity we needed and get our router to market quickly."
"We recognize that many of our customers are not wireless experts, and the integration of cellular connectivity into their products is often only a small part of the product's overall design," said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Embedded Solutions for Sierra Wireless. "That's why Sierra Wireless solutions are designed to provide everything they need - from a wide variety of embedded wireless modules, to development tools and software that streamlines integration, to a full device and asset management solution that can support the final products deployed in the field. We make the wireless integration as simple as possible so that our customers can focus their efforts on their own core competencies and get their products to market quickly."
For more information about AirPrime embedded wireless modules and the Sierra Wireless Open AT framework, a comprehensive set of software tools that accelerates the development and management of machine-to-machine communications, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/airprime.
For more information about Sierra Wireless solutions for energy equipment manufacturers and utilities, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/energy, or visit the Sierra Wireless stand (F60) at Metering Europe, held from October 4 to 6 in Amsterdam.
About GÖRLITZ AG
GÖRLITZ AG in Koblenz is a manufacturer of remote reading and metering systems retrieving energy data and providing qualified metering data for business analysis systems. The solutions for energy data collection and communication, energy management and smart metering are leading in Europe - the 200 staff members realise projects in almost 30 countries and will achieve a turnover of approximately 25 million euro in 2011. The GÖRLITZ Group comprises subsidiaries in Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, Italy, and Denmark. Berg GmbH, located near Munich, offers installations and systems for energy monitoring and cost control in the Industrial & Commercial sector to cover the demand on this important market segment. Future has long since begun at GÖRLITZ: the most recent entrepreneurial undertaking is GÖRLITZ mobility solutions GmbH, founded to tap into the increasingly important field of electro-mobility. Since July 2011, GÖRLITZ AG has been part of the successful IDS group.
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