KYOCERA Wireless and Land-Cellular Congratulate Tomra Systems on Winning QUALCOMM 3G cdmA-List Award for its Reverse Vending Solution
Environmentally-Friendly Recycling Solution Powered by Land-Cellular's CDMA Modem and KYOCERA's Wireless Data Module
SAN FRANCISCO -- (October 26, 2004) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules, and Land-Cellular Corporation, a Kyocera partner utilizing Kyocera's CDMA-based 200 Module in its proprietary telemetry devices, today congratulate Tomra Systems for being recognized at QUALCOMM's second annual 3G cdmA-List™ Awards during CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2004 in San Francisco. Tomra Systems was honored with the A-List Award amongst medium-sized companies for its innovative reverse vending solution for recycling aluminum cans, which uses Land-Cellular's wireless CDM-819s device - powered by the Kyocera 200 Module - to monitor its reverse vending machines in order to more efficiently collect and process used beverage containers.
"QUALCOMM, in its commitment to enabling the entire wireless value chain, is proud to work with companies such as Kyocera Wireless and Land-Cellular to help make CDMA-based mobile enterprise solutions highly successful for organizations like TOMRA Systems," said Jan Dehesh, vice president of enterprise market development for QUALCOMM. "Collaborations such as these show how 3G CDMA technology is making great strides with successful deployments that improve our world."
TOMRA designs and operates cost-effective systems that make it easy for people to return used beverage containers for reuse or recycling. Reverse vending machines are automated machines that utilize advanced technology to identify, sort, collect and process used beverage containers. The Kyocera 200 Module, which powers TOMRA's reverse vending solutions, is a leading enabler of CDMA-based M2M solutions serving a range of communication solutions for utilities, automotive and trucking fleet operators, vending operators, facility managers and others. TOMRA currently has over 50,000 reverse vending machines installed in 40 countries on four continents.
"Land-Cellular's CDM-819s, equipped with the Kyocera 200 Module, enabled TOMRA to develop communication solutions for our automated recycling systems that have helped reduce the company's installment costs by 65 percent and maintenance costs by 50 percent. This allows us to eliminate cumbersome hard-wire phone lines and the increasing costs associated with it," said Rich DeRosa, senior vice president of Service and Technology, TOMRA North America. "With this wireless solution, new installations are easier and far less costly than those requiring land line systems. CDMA technology presented the best and least expensive approach based on our system requirements, and Kyocera and Land-Cellular helped make this goal a reality."
"The success of TOMRA's reverse vending solution is a clear example of how the Kyocera 200 Module utilizes 3G CDMA technology to deliver advanced communications for M2M applications," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of Kyocera Wireless Corp's M2M business segment. "Kyocera is working hard with partners such as Land-Cellular to stay ahead of the needs of industries such as vending to provide scalable, reliable communication solutions that will improve ROI and reduce maintenance costs associated with land line alternatives. These types of solutions and their real-world business ROIs are the driving forces behind M2M adoption by enterprise customers."
Tomra Systems was one of 8 organizations, selected from a host of innovative nominations from a wide range of companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations, to receive an A-List Award. The annual 3G cdmA-List program was created by QUALCOMM to honor mobility at work. More information about this year's program and winners can be found at www.3gcdmalist.com.
About the Kyocera 200 Module
The Kyocera 200 Module is designed to enable M2M and telemetry applications such as vehicle location, SCADA, asset tracking, remote metering or security, wireless vending, exception reporting and wireless point-of-sale terminals. The module is equipped with tri-mode capability (including AMPS), A-GPS position location capability and support for IS-2000 data rates. Other features and functions include two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS) capabilities; simple and mobile IP; AT command interface; dual UARTs; analog audio; two RF connectors; high-speed packet- and circuit-switched data; and support for both 13k QCELP and EVRC vocoders.
The Kyocera 200 Module is certified for use on CDMA networks around the world. The developer's kit and programming tools to support integration of wireless capability into OEM products and systems 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, 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, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,140,814 million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP¥ 68,086 million).
Land-Cellular Corporation (www.land-cellular.com) is a privately-held company that designs, manufactures and distributes wireless data communications devices that enable the flow of data over cellular networks. The Company's existing products are based on Kyocera's M200 CDMA module and use standard RS232 and RJ45 Ethernet connections to integrate with machines and transmit data between the machine and IT system using CDMA cellular networks. The Company expects to release new products with standard RJ11 connections that will enable transmission of voice, CSD and packet data over CDMA wireless networks. Other products on the Company's short-term road map include the inclusion of GPS and Wi-Fi technology, opening up enormous opportunities for its customers.
QUALCOMM Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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