SiGEM and WirelessCar To Market Global Telematics Solution

Alliance expected to further accelerate telematics growth



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from SiGEM Inc.

    OTTAWA, Canada, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - SiGEM Inc. (TSE:GPS), a world
 leader in GPS-based vehicle location tracking systems and WirelessCar, a
 global business- to-business provider of integrated telematics services, today
 announced their intention to form a strategic alliance to serve the growing
 world market for telematics products and services.
     "Our strategy is to partner with the very best telematics suppliers
 worldwide to create the total solution that customers are seeking," said Jan
 Hellaker, President & CEO of WirelessCar. "We chose to pursue a relationship
 with SiGEM based on the company's considerable expertise in designing and
 deploying location-aware devices and application software. They fully
 understand the complexities of fleet management. We are looking forward to
 working with them to deliver an increasing level of functionality and customer
 service to the telematics market."
     Telematics, which industry analysts project will grow into an $8 billion
 global market by 2004 (from $1 billion in 2000), represents the convergence of
 wireless communications, location technology and the automotive industry. With
 telematics, drivers, passengers, fleet owners and operators, insurance
 companies and others will have new and highly productive ways to communicate
 on an any time, anywhere basis.
     WirelessCar and SiGEM plan to leverage their complementary strengths to
 present a complete global telematics offering to vehicle manufacturers and
 fleet owners. By combining SiGEM's expertise with WirelessCar's seamless
 communication, administration, and billing services, the two companies will
 offer a total telematics solution that lets customers implement valuable
 services while reducing management costs and time-to-deployment. In addition,
 SiGEM and WirelessCar will share industry intelligence to mutually enhance
 product development.
     "This is an extremely exciting opportunity for SiGEM to contribute to a
 telematics solution developed by WirelessCar with the backing of some of
 Europe's leading wireless and automotive players," said Herb Woods, President
 & CEO of SiGEM. "We're looking forward to working with WirelessCar to reach a
 large number of potential users worldwide with a very attractive offering. Our
 partnership with WirelessCar instantly provides an infrastructure for
 launching telematics services that set new industry standards."
     WirelessCar provides vehicle manufacturers, the commercial fleet
 industry, aftermarket systems suppliers and service providers with a complete
 array of customizable telematics solutions. The WirelessCar Universal
 Telematics Network (UTN) eliminates the difficulties of communicating between
 conflicting technologies by automatically integrating and standardizing
 information from different worldwide telematics equipment, network carriers
 and content/service providers. The company's telematics platform supports a
 wide range of programs and services including emergency and roadside
 assistance, navigation guidance, remote vehicle diagnostics and fleet tracking
 management.
     SiGEM's ePiNG devices offer integrated GPS, wireless communications, and
 on-board diagnostics combined with a powerful application platform to support
 custom telematics functionality. In addition, ePiNG FleetMonitor provides a
 web-based interface to let fleet managers and service providers remotely
 access and respond to information received from vehicles.
 
     About WirelessCar
     -----------------
     WirelessCar, a global leader in integrated telematics services, focuses
 on offering connectivity, services and content, and administration and billing
 to vehicle manufacturers, commercial fleets, and aftermarket system suppliers.
 By outsourcing operations to WirelessCar, customers gain a reliable, secure
 and future-proof platform for integrated telematics services delivery.
 WirelessCar, founded by Ericsson, a world-leading provider of telecom and data
 solutions, AB Volvo, a major vehicle manufacturer, and Telia an innovative
 operator of fixed and wireless networks is headquartered in Gothenburg,
 Sweden. The company's North America headquarters is located in Irvine,
 California. Additional information is available at www.wirelesscar.com.
 
     About SiGEM
     -----------
     SiGEM (www.sigem.com) ranks as a major force in the emerging telematics
 industry with over 20 years' experience in location-based fleet management and
 an installed base of more than 125,000 units. Based in Ottawa, Canada, with
 operations in the US and the UK, SiGEM develops and markets the ePiNG family
 of hardware, software and services for a variety of wireless location-based
 applications. SiGEM works with some of the industry's key players, including
 Cellemetry, Bell Mobility, Tyco Electronics and STMicroelectronics, to
 assemble highly integrated and uniquely versatile solutions for specific
 customer requirements. As wireless equipment and location-based services
 become standard in cars, trucks, heavy equipment, and other vehicles, SiGEM's
 mission is to provide the most widely used and feature-rich telematics
 platform. The common shares of SiGEM trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under
 the symbol "GPS".
 
     (TM) ePiNG is a trademark of SiGEM Inc.
 
     This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These
 statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause
 actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-
 looking statements.
 
 

SOURCE SiGEM Inc.
    OTTAWA, Canada, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - SiGEM Inc. (TSE:GPS), a world
 leader in GPS-based vehicle location tracking systems and WirelessCar, a
 global business- to-business provider of integrated telematics services, today
 announced their intention to form a strategic alliance to serve the growing
 world market for telematics products and services.
     "Our strategy is to partner with the very best telematics suppliers
 worldwide to create the total solution that customers are seeking," said Jan
 Hellaker, President & CEO of WirelessCar. "We chose to pursue a relationship
 with SiGEM based on the company's considerable expertise in designing and
 deploying location-aware devices and application software. They fully
 understand the complexities of fleet management. We are looking forward to
 working with them to deliver an increasing level of functionality and customer
 service to the telematics market."
     Telematics, which industry analysts project will grow into an $8 billion
 global market by 2004 (from $1 billion in 2000), represents the convergence of
 wireless communications, location technology and the automotive industry. With
 telematics, drivers, passengers, fleet owners and operators, insurance
 companies and others will have new and highly productive ways to communicate
 on an any time, anywhere basis.
     WirelessCar and SiGEM plan to leverage their complementary strengths to
 present a complete global telematics offering to vehicle manufacturers and
 fleet owners. By combining SiGEM's expertise with WirelessCar's seamless
 communication, administration, and billing services, the two companies will
 offer a total telematics solution that lets customers implement valuable
 services while reducing management costs and time-to-deployment. In addition,
 SiGEM and WirelessCar will share industry intelligence to mutually enhance
 product development.
     "This is an extremely exciting opportunity for SiGEM to contribute to a
 telematics solution developed by WirelessCar with the backing of some of
 Europe's leading wireless and automotive players," said Herb Woods, President
 & CEO of SiGEM. "We're looking forward to working with WirelessCar to reach a
 large number of potential users worldwide with a very attractive offering. Our
 partnership with WirelessCar instantly provides an infrastructure for
 launching telematics services that set new industry standards."
     WirelessCar provides vehicle manufacturers, the commercial fleet
 industry, aftermarket systems suppliers and service providers with a complete
 array of customizable telematics solutions. The WirelessCar Universal
 Telematics Network (UTN) eliminates the difficulties of communicating between
 conflicting technologies by automatically integrating and standardizing
 information from different worldwide telematics equipment, network carriers
 and content/service providers. The company's telematics platform supports a
 wide range of programs and services including emergency and roadside
 assistance, navigation guidance, remote vehicle diagnostics and fleet tracking
 management.
     SiGEM's ePiNG devices offer integrated GPS, wireless communications, and
 on-board diagnostics combined with a powerful application platform to support
 custom telematics functionality. In addition, ePiNG FleetMonitor provides a
 web-based interface to let fleet managers and service providers remotely
 access and respond to information received from vehicles.
 
     About WirelessCar
     -----------------
     WirelessCar, a global leader in integrated telematics services, focuses
 on offering connectivity, services and content, and administration and billing
 to vehicle manufacturers, commercial fleets, and aftermarket system suppliers.
 By outsourcing operations to WirelessCar, customers gain a reliable, secure
 and future-proof platform for integrated telematics services delivery.
 WirelessCar, founded by Ericsson, a world-leading provider of telecom and data
 solutions, AB Volvo, a major vehicle manufacturer, and Telia an innovative
 operator of fixed and wireless networks is headquartered in Gothenburg,
 Sweden. The company's North America headquarters is located in Irvine,
 California. Additional information is available at www.wirelesscar.com.
 
     About SiGEM
     -----------
     SiGEM (www.sigem.com) ranks as a major force in the emerging telematics
 industry with over 20 years' experience in location-based fleet management and
 an installed base of more than 125,000 units. Based in Ottawa, Canada, with
 operations in the US and the UK, SiGEM develops and markets the ePiNG family
 of hardware, software and services for a variety of wireless location-based
 applications. SiGEM works with some of the industry's key players, including
 Cellemetry, Bell Mobility, Tyco Electronics and STMicroelectronics, to
 assemble highly integrated and uniquely versatile solutions for specific
 customer requirements. As wireless equipment and location-based services
 become standard in cars, trucks, heavy equipment, and other vehicles, SiGEM's
 mission is to provide the most widely used and feature-rich telematics
 platform. The common shares of SiGEM trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under
 the symbol "GPS".
 
     (TM) ePiNG is a trademark of SiGEM Inc.
 
     This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These
 statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause
 actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-
 looking statements.
 
 SOURCE SiGEM Inc.