KYOCERA Wireless and Siemens Announce Formal Sales and Business Development Relationship for M2M Modules
Collaborative Program Ensures Cooperative Sales and Similar Form Factor for CDMA and GSM Data Communications ModulesSan Diego, CA & Atlanta, GA -- (October 23, 2007) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Siemens today announced a formal sales and business development relationship to cooperatively provide cutting-edge CDMA and GSM machine-to-machine solutions based on their respective core competencies. This mutually-beneficial relationship will allow both companies to better serve their system integrators, application development and solution deployment customers with more flexibility based on their unique needs for each wireless standard. Each company will now offer M2M modules with an optimized design, including similar physical footprints and features, which will enable easy integration for either CDMA- or GSM-based solutions.
“Collaborating brings the strengths of each company together to better serve our respective customer bases and provide more flexibility for product development,” said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of the M2M division at Kyocera Wireless Corp. “Now, for example, a system integrator doesn’t need to start from scratch if a customer wants to take a GSM solution and develop the same for CDMA operators in North America or vice versa.”
The enhanced relationship between Siemens and Kyocera Wireless includes cooperative sales-lead sharing and business development efforts in the machine-to-machine module space. These efforts will leverage Siemens’ expertise and market leadership, providing GSM module solutions while conversely taking advantage of Kyocera Wireless’ history and leadership in CDMA M2M modules. Initially focused on North American markets, the collaboration will address a variety of vertical markets including fleet management and telematics, asset tracking and telemetry solutions.
“We are dedicated to providing the highest levels of technology and service to advance business performance and increase productivity for our customers,” said Norbert Muhrer, Global Head of Siemens Wireless Modules “Our collaboration with Kyocera helps us minimize the engineering burden for OEM's that develop a CDMA version in addition to their GSM based solution.”
“Historically, the M2M market has been hampered by the disproportionate amount of custom design work needed to provide solutions that work across multiple environments,” said Tom Elliott, vice president, Strategy Analytics. “By aligning their product roadmaps towards common architectures, device footprints and APIs, Kyocera and Siemens, leaders in CDMA and GSM technology respectively, are breaking new ground and sending a clear message to equipment OEMs and integrators that they can design wireless connectivity into international product lines with confidence.”
M2M solutions allow manufacturers, government agencies and enterprises in wide ranging industries to remotely capture and analyze performance data, identify root causes of equipment failure, enable real-time communication, deliver GPS information, trigger repairs and upgrades, and dispatch technicians and equipment, among many other mission critical functions.
For additional information on the full suite of Kyocera Wireless M2M modules, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com/m2m-business.
For more information about Siemens wireless M2M Modules please call (425) 507-4212 or log onto: www.siemens.com/wm.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. 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, Kyocera Wireless leverages Japan's history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface. 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, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2007, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$10.8 billion (JP¥1,283,897 million) with net income of approximately US$895 million (JP¥106,504 million).
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems. For more information: www.sea.siemens.com.
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI - News) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $107.4 billion in fiscal 2006. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $21.4 billion and employs approximately 67,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 475,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com.
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