Sierra Wireless and Wavefront Announce Shortlisted Applicants

Sierra Wireless and Wavefront Announce Shortlisted Applicants for Sierra Wireless – Wavefront Developer Program

Sierra Wireless Inc. (SW:TO, SWIR:NASDAQ) and Wavefront™, the accelerated commercialization centre supporting the growth of British Columbia’s wireless and new media developer community, are pleased to announce the list of applicants selected to participate in the second phase of the Sierra Wireless – Wavefront Developer Program.

The selected applicants are: Aloqa GmbH (www.aloqa.com), Apisphere, Inc (www.apisphere.com), Central Touch (www.centraltouch.com), Clevest Solutions Inc (www.clevest.com), iXLd Media Inc (www.ixld.com). Livecast Media, Inc (www.livecast.com), Omnilink Systems, Inc (www.omnilink.com), Telogis (www.telogis.com), and Whitenoise Labs (www.wnlabs.com).

“We were highly impressed with the scope and quality of the applications received to the program, and narrowing down this list was a difficult task,” said Greg Speakman, vice president of Adapter Marketing and Product Management for Sierra Wireless. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts that went into all of the submitted applications, and we look forward to seeing the prototypes that come out of the next phase of the program.”

Sierra Wireless and Wavefront are also pleased to announce that NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality digital map data, is the official provider of mapping data for the developer program and will provide access to its sample map database and tools through its NAVTEQ Network for Developers™ (NN4D) program. NAVTEQ’s involvement will help the selected applicants create cutting-edge and ready for deployment applications while participating in the program.

Selected applicants also receive access to an online library of world imagery furnished by DigitalGlobe’s ImageBuilder API during the developmental stage.

“By supplying the imagery in support of this program, DigitalGlobe continues to build on its reputation as the go-to source for imagery in this rapidly growing industry,” said Marc Tremblay, vice president and general manager of DigitalGlobe’s commercial business unit. “We look forward to expanding our footprint in this market and facilitating solutions that make accessing imagery easier. At the same time, we are always proactively seeking partners who will help us bring imagery to the general consumer.”

About the Sierra Wireless – Wavefront Developer Program
The Sierra Wireless – Wavefront Developer Program was established to find best-in-class enterprise or consumer applications that take advantage of the mobile broadband and GPS capabilities built into Sierra Wireless PC cards, ExpressCards, and USB modems. As part of the first phase, written applications were submitted by groups focusing in all sectors of the developer community, including those developing for Location Based Services (LBS), New Media and Social Networking. The second phase involves the participants creating working prototypes of their applications.

All shortlisted applicants will be provided with a Sierra Wireless mobile broadband adapter and a software development kit, as well as support from Sierra Wireless and Wavefront to assist in building their applications. The developers will also have access to Wavefront’s rich mobile business industry knowledge as well as technical knowledge and test environment. Best-in-class winners will be selected in October and will be considered for promotional consideration and incorporation within Sierra Wireless products, which are distributed by mobile network operators worldwide.

About Wavefront
wavefront is the commercialization centre supporting the growth of British Columbia’s more than 1,000 wireless and new media developer companies. Wavefront accelerates the commercialization and delivery of mobile applications and devices by providing emerging companies with a suite of development, advisory and testing/accreditation services that facilitate commercial engagement with global mobile network operators and enterprise companies. For more information on Wavefront visit www.wavefront.ca/accelerator.

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) modems and software connect people and systems to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

About NAVTEQ Network for Developers
NAVTEQ Network for Developers (NN4D) is a dynamic online web portal that provides developers and business partners with the technical and business support needed to build, showcase and launch the most innovative location-enabled solutions. Connect with the people, tools and resources you need to grow your business by visiting
www.NN4D.com.

About NAVTEQ
NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has over 3,100 employees located in 167 offices in 31 countries.

About DigitalGlobe
Longmont, CO-based DigitalGlobe (www.digitalglobe.com) is a leading global content provider of high-resolution world imagery solutions. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation and aerial network, our imagery solutions deliver real world perspective to governments, businesses, technology developers and humanitarian associations worldwide. The company’s imagery solutions consist of one of the world’s largest image libraries, growing at a rate of up to 1 million square kilometers per day and distributed and accessed through online search and retrieval, production ready image layers, development tool-kits for internet enabled applications and devices, and software solutions for integration with GIS products and services. DigitalGlobe currently operates the highest-resolution commercial satellite constellation with QuickBird and the first of two next-generation satellites, WorldView-1. The company plans to launch its second next-generation satellite, WorldView-2 in mid-2009.

“AirCard” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Wavefront is a registered trademark of Wavefront Wireless Innovation Society of British Columbia. NAVTEQ and NAVTEQ Network for Developers are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. © 2008 NAVTEQ. All rights reserved. DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

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