SAN DIEGO -- (July 17, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and devices, along with three end-user customers and a team of technology partners won Value Chain Awards from M2M Magazine for innovative machine-to-machine technology solutions that improved business processes and customer service while increasing return on investment for corporate adopters. The Kyocera 200 Module was awarded silver and bronze honors for enabling real-time voice, data and A-GPS communication ability on CDMA networks for New Jersey State Police (NJSP,) Big Eagle Services and General Electric (NYSE: GE).
|KYOCERA 200 Module Powered Solutions Sweep M2M Magazine's Prestigious Value Chain Awards with Wins Across Three Categories
New Jersey State Police, Big Eagle Service and General Electric and Technology Partners Honored For Successful, Cost-Effective M2M Solutions
"The Kyocera 200 Module Value Chain awards underscores Kyocera's leadership in the M2M market and also demonstrates how the superior capabilities and data rates of CDMA technology are key to delivering a flexible and cost effective communication solution that helps enterprises maintain a competitive edge in today's fast-paced business environment," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of the M2M division at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Time and time again, CDMA based M2M technology has proven a smart investment for businesses across multiple industries and government agencies to meet and exceed project and performance goals."
The Value Chain Awards honor the most successful corporate adopters of M2M technology along with the team of solution providers that made their success possible. The awards highlight the process of combining multiple technologies such as device-connectivity hardware, radio modules, network service and application software and infrastructure and showcase how all the elements of the M2M value chain work together to create winning solutions for the end customer.
"We chose NJSP, Big Eagle Services and GE for Value Chain Awards because they adopted M2M applications that demonstrate how the cooperation of multiple technology providers enable ingenious solutions that increase performance and customer satisfaction while they help cut costs," said Peggy Smedley, editorial director and publisher, M2M Magazine. "The M2M market is at an exciting juncture in its growth where technology providers are working together to create next generation applications that are driving business value as well as M2M adoption."
New Jersey State Police Take a Bite Out Of Crime
The NJSP and technology partners took home silver Value Chain Awards in the Government category for a customized MiniBoss™ M2M surveillance and tracking solution designed to stop crimes in action, recover stolen goods, prosecute criminals and prevent future theft by breaking up organized crime rings. The keystone Kyocera 200 Module provides data and assisted GPS in real time from virtually anywhere. Sendum served as the system integrator and supplied a customized version of its Sendum VT100 tracking hardware; and Bulldog Technologies supplied its MiniBoss firmware and Bosstrak software applications for remote surveillance, tracking and Geofencing operations in addition to security gateway applications, software routers, a database application and user-friendly web interfaces.
Frustrated by the limitations of traditional surveillance and tracking methods, the N.J. State Police turned to M2M technology for a remote tracking solution to save time and money while improving crime detection and prevention. Carried by informants, undercover agents and placed on merchandise, the customized MiniBoss solution is used three or four times a month in covert sting operations to apprehend cargo thieves and recover stolen merchandise. MiniBoss allows investigators to keep a safe distance while keeping an eye on criminal activity and gives increased visibility inside buildings, trucks and metal containers. From January 2005 to February 2006, the NJSP Cargo Theft Unit recovered and/or tracked stolen property valued at more than $515,000. By implementing this system, investigators can now track stolen goods through different levels of black market distribution to uncover entire cargo theft operations and break up organized crime rings.
Big Eagle Bird's Eye Accuracy Ensures Environmental Safety and Soil Nutrition
Big Eagle Services and a team of technology partners received silver Value Chain Awards in the Energy and Utilities category for a sophisticated M2M solution designed to monitor and manage fleet vehicles including highly specialized waste clean-up and land-spraying equipment, as well as monitor and manage environmental compliance and consolidate billing procedures. Key to the solution's success is the Kyocera 200 Module, which provides powerful real time data, voice and telemetry CDMA-based communications from even the most remote oil field locations. Telus Geomatics was the system integrator and supplied specialized Web and GPS-based GeoExplorer tracking and monitoring software; TechnoCom assisted in system design, provided its LMU 4000 hardware for all fleet vehicles and provided the backend device management system; and Telus Mobility provides nationwide CDMA wireless service across Canada where the solution is in operation.
The Big Eagle Services solution was implemented across a diversified fleet of specialized heavy equipment and "light duty" vehicles traveling on surface streets. The technology captures and records, in five second intervals, numerous data elements such as GPS information, state of ignition, power take off, vehicle air brakes, and tank valves, just to name a few. These data elements provide the ability to "see" vehicle and equipment function in real time so command central can respond immediately to remotely manage critical operations with unprecedented accuracy. For instance, when land-spraying nutrient rich slurry to maintain soil health and fertility, Big Eagle can monitor and remotely control the exact speed threshold alarms of vehicles traveling over land to guarantee that the operators of these vehicles do not abuse the highly specialized float tires designed to travel lightly across farm fields without leaving tracks. By leveraging the solution's intelligence capability, Big Eagle can adhere to strict environmental compliance regulations and provide quantifiable validation to its clients. In addition, the system monitors overall fleet performance and schedules regular vehicle maintenance before costly repairs are required. The solution improved Big Eagle's business operations - from fleet management, to billing and client reporting while it helped cut operating costs and red tape. Improved management and client reporting abilities have helped improve sales by attracting new customers.
GE…Brings Good Customer Service To Life
GE Consumer and Industrial and its technology partners were honored with bronze Value Chain Awards for the cutting-edge "Complete Mobility" M2M solution designed to streamline fleet management, cut operating costs, and improve service center efficiency and productivity as well as customer satisfaction by responding faster to consumer needs. SERVICEPower (www.servicepower.com) was the system integrator and supplied a suite of fleet management software tools; TechnoCom supplied its Location Messaging Unit (LMU) 4000 hardware; GE Security supplied location based service software to sync command central with fleet vehicles; the Kyocera 200 Module enabled real time CDMA wireless data communications and the application also integrates Wi-Fi-embedded and Bluetooth-enabled laptops and Bluetooth printers and credit card readers.
About the Kyocera 200 Module
The Kyocera 200 Module is designed to enable M2M and telemetry applications such as AVL, Fleet Management, SCADA, asset tracking, remote metering or security, wireless vending, exception reporting and wireless point-of-sale. The module is equipped with CDMA tri-mode capability (including AMPS), A-GPS position location capability and support for IS-2000 data rates (153KBps on forward and reverse links). Other features and functions include two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS) capabilities; simple and mobile IP; CDMA UDP Passive Server; TCP/IP protocol stack; AT command interface; socket interface, dual UARTs; analog audio; GPS and RF connectors; high-speed packet and circuit-switched data; and support for both 13k QCELP and EVRC vocoders.
Known for its strong carrier relationships, helpful developer tools and excellent customer service, Kyocera Wireless offers periodic developer conferences to assist module adopters and support wireless integration into OEM products and systems. A developer's kit and programming tools are available for purchase by module customers. For additional information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com/m2m-business.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2006, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$10 billion (JP¥ 1,181,489 million) with net income of approximately US$596 million (JP¥ 69,696 million).
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