KYOCERA Expands North American Distributor Network for CDMA M2M Modules with Addition of Synergy Systems LLC and Canal Geomatics
Rapid Growth of M2M Market Spurs U.S. and Canadian Expansion Efforts
San Diego -- (November 9, 2004) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules, today announced it has added Synergy Systems LLC of the U.S. and Canal Geomatics of Canada to its distribution network for the Kyocera 200 Module for machine-to-machine (M2M) CDMA solutions.
The surging uptake of M2M products and services over the last year has led to an increase in demand. Kyocera continues to certify its module with CDMA carriers around the globe and has responded to its growing customer base by expanding its distribution arm to allow easy access to its popular M2M data module in both new markets and product categories. Both partnerships ensure Kyocera customers will have wider sources to obtain Kyocera 200 Modules and development kits.
"With the addition of Synergy Systems and Canal Geomatics to the Kyocera 200 Module distribution network, we are now able to distribute our embedded CDMA modules more broadly across both geographic and technological boundaries," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of Kyocera Wireless Corp's M2M business segment. "With Synergy Systems, Kyocera can now target customers that are providing GPS-based location aware services who otherwise could not operate a CDMA wide-area-network solution at this time while Canal Geomatics offers the company an increased presence in the Canadian market, a stronghold for CDMA technology and a region ripe for continued M2M market advancement. Kyocera looks forward to the support of both these new partners and continuing to pioneer the growth of the wireless M2M market."
Synergy Systems provides Kyocera greater access to system integrators incorporating the company's location-based GPS components. Synergy systems has more than 19 years of experience in the GPS module space, with a highly trained and knowledgeable staff well-suited to bundle Kyocera's 200 Module. Location-aware solutions are an important category for M2M solutions, further increasing the value of this relationship.
"Becoming a distribution partner for Kyocera's 200 Module extends Synergy Systems' capabilities into the CDMA space, which is of great interest to our customers," said Art Sepin, president of Synergy Systems. "As the M2M market expands, it is important for the company to support a full range of wide-area-network technologies such as CDMA networks, and Kyocera is the known leader in bringing innovative CDMA products to the market."
Canal Geomatics brings Kyocera access to new customers and extends Kyocera's distribution reach into the Canadian market. With an in-country partner like Canal Geomatics, customers in the region can obtain the Kyocera 200 Module without the usual import delays commonly faced.
"Many M2M solutions must span the U.S.-Canadian border, so it is important for Canal Geomatics' customers to access common CDMA network module solutions to provide seamless connectivity," said Andy Carbognin, president of Canal Geomatics. "Partnering with Kyocera ensures that the company can properly serve the growing M2M market on both sides of the border."
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 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).
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