6/1/2005 - Aplicom, a Finnish manufacturer of wireless platforms for professional applications, announced that the company will take over the manufacturing, sales and support of Nokia's M2M (machine-to-machine) GPRS modules. The products will subsequently be sold globally under the Aplicom brand.
Formerly known as Nokia 12 and 12i, the Aplicom 12 and 12i GSM modules are designed for M2M applications and other wireless solutions. Aplicom 12i is a dual-band GSM module for 900/1800 MHz mobile networks used in Europe and Asia. Aplicom 12 offers the equivalent functionality over the 850/1900 MHz mobile networks used, for example, in North America.
"The agreement is an extension of Aplicomís close, longstanding relationship with Nokia in mobile and wireless data communications. With 15 years of experience in designing and manufacturing M2M and mobile data hardware platforms, Aplicom is ideally qualified to support its customers in this fast-developing market," said Kimmo Savolainen, General Manager, Nokia.
The Aplicom 12i and 12 modules are available immediately. The manufacturing of the modules will be transferred from Nokia to Aplicom in the beginning of July 2005. Aplicom will continue to serve the extensive community of Nokia M2M users, providing service to all customers, distributors and system providers reselling or using Nokia M2M modules. Nokia will support Aplicom throughout the transition.
"From home appliances and vending machines to industrial equipment, wireless machine-to-machine communication has enormous potential to increase companies' profits and competitiveness through more efficient processes and enhanced customer service. We are delighted to extend our product line with the Aplicom 12i and 12 GSM modules formerly manufactured by Nokia. These products are a natural addition to our offering, and the agreement is in line with Aplicomís strategic decision to focus on M2M hardware platforms," said Vesa Helkkula, CEO, Aplicom.
Easily integrated into devices or application systems, Aplicom's intelligent JavaTM programmable GSM modules support industry-standard protocols including EDGE, GPRS and TCP/IP, with automated connectivity and various integrated authentication mechanisms. The ability to execute custom applications on the GSM module eliminates the need for a separate CPU, thus lowering total system cost for device manufacturers. Additionally, fast data connections enabled by EDGE class 6 support make the Aplicom 12i module the ideal wireless modem.
Other Aplicom products include GPRS-based telemetry and tracking devices, embedded computers and related software platforms for vehicle and M2M applications. Aplicom has an extensive value-added reseller network globally, with a focus in European markets.
Aplicom customers include several European telecom operators as well as global vehicle and off-road machine manufacturers. Aplicom has been awarded an ISO 9001-2000 quality certificate. The company's principal development and production facilities are located in Finland.
Aplicom is a Finnish developer and manufacturer of mobile and wireless platforms for professional applications. The company has 15 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of commercial vehicle terminals, computers and related software. Aplicom products are in use in more than 35 countries. The company originated as a spin-off of Nokia Mobile Phones in 1990. Further product information and photo material is available at www.aplicom.com.
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