BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Airbiquity, Inc., formerly Integrated Data Communications (IDC), an integrator of wireless voice and data solutions for mobile devices, today announced that its GPS Accessory is able to operate on every major wireless network in North America and Europe. This news comes just days after the introduction of the product, the first of its kind on the market. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001101/PHW038LOGO ) Airbiquity's GPS Accessory easily attaches to an extensive line of Nokia- brand portable phones, and privately and securely sends GPS information at the touch of a button to call centers, Internet portals, and wireless carriers. The product makes sought-after applications such as roadside assistance, enhanced 411, concierge services, and workforce management instantly and economically available to worldwide to users of Nokia 5100, 6100, and 7100 series wireless phones. The GPS Accessory can also be used with most other wireless phone accessories, including chargers, car kits, cradles, and cases. In addition, the product can support E911 use and help wireless carriers meet the deadlines imposed by the Federal Communications Commission's Phase II mandate, which requires carriers to select a method for locating wireless phones in emergency situations. "Our GPS battery accessory has been demonstrated in nearly every major US city, on every wireless air interface -- including CDMA, TDMA, GSM, and AMPS -- and across two continents," notes Dan Allen, president and CEO of Airbiquity. "We have conducted tests in Canada and Western Europe by simply replacing an existing wireless phone battery with our GPS Accessory, placing a call to our aqServer in the United States, and pressing the Push-to- Pinpoint(TM) button. The implementation is that simple." In Europe, the product was demonstrated in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the Location Interoperability Forum (LIF), recently held in Nice, France. Airbiquity is a charter member of the LIF. Featuring a "clip-and-go" design, the accessory adds no weight or size to the supported line of wireless phones. The accessory weighs less than three ounces and contains a lightweight 1400mah lithium-ion battery, a built-in RS-232 data connection for transporting location and other data to and from Personal Digital Assistants, and Airbiquity's unique, user-activated "Push-to-Point(TM)" button. This button ensures subscriber privacy by sending location to authorized service providers only upon the user's command. The product design was supported by Axiom Navigation and features the latest GPS SiRFStar II(TM) chipset from SiRF Technology, GPS antenna from RangeStar Wireless, and Airbiquity's in-band data communications software. Axiom Navigation is currently manufacturing the initial run of production units. The GPS accessory is available for wireless carrier demonstrations and trials today. Units will be available for commercial sale in 1Q 2001 upon completion of FCC type acceptance testing. About Airbiquity Airbiquity (Bainbridge Island, WA), formerly Integrated Data Communications, develops intelligent wireless communications solutions that integrate voice and data to support location-based and other high-value data applications and services on any wireless network or air interface. The company's patented, complete, end-to-end digital voice channel software solution - aqLink(TM) - enables automobile manufacturers, wireless carriers, commercial call centers and Internet portals to offer to their subscribers unique location-based and other "micro-data" services that enhance productivity, manage assets, and deliver personalized content. The company's premier product enabled with aqLink(TM) is a breakthrough Global Positioning System (GPS) Accessory, which leverages our software solution with commercial GPS to instantly create a complete, nationwide Location Commerce(SM) solution for any wireless application service provider. Airbiquity's major investors include Acorn Ventures, InfoSpace Ventures, The Madrona Group, the Carlson Group, and Broe Enterprises. Their web site is available at http://www.airbiquity.com. Location Commerce, aqLink, and Push-to-Pinpoint are trademarks and servicemarks of Airbiquity, Inc. Other cited trademarks and/or servicemarks are held by their respective companies. The press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Because these statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the company's limited operating history, need for additional financing, variable economic conditions and customer tastes, regulatory risks and restrictions imposed by existing debts and future payment obligations.
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