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HARMAN and Sierra Wireless collaborate to bring 4G/LTE broadband connectivity to the car

January 5, 2011

Collaboration underlines HARMAN’s commitment to lead the automotive
industry in innovations to address demand for in-vehicle mobile
broadband applications

LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – (www.harman.com/automotive) – HARMAN, the leading global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR),
and Sierra Wireless, a leader in high-speed mobile computing and
wireless machine-to-machine communication (NASDAQ:SWIR – TSX:SW), today
underlined their commitment to bring automotive customers the first 4G
broadband connectivity.

HARMAN will support Sierra Wireless AirPrime(TM) intelligent embedded
modules for LTE networks to offer robust in-vehicle wireless
connectivity enabling high bandwidth telematics, navigation, and online
infotainment applications. The AirPrime modules also leverage broadly
adopted applications programming interfaces (APIs) to encourage a
growing ecosystem of software providers’ solutions for connectivity,
location, and manageability. The solution will enable users wireless
data access at download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps)
and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps on LTE networks, making it possible to
provide a true multi-faceted media, office and online experience within
the vehicle, from driver enhancements such as real-time mapping and
traffic updates, to a variety of new services for passengers such as
online services, dynamic loaded applications and content, gaming,
streaming video, and full internet access that can be shared among
multiple devices.

“HARMAN is leading the industry to bring the best “always on”,
ultra-fast connectivity experience to enable the rich multimedia
applications and information systems that drivers and passengers are
coming to expect,” said Sachin Lawande, HARMAN Chief Technology Officer
and Co-President, HARMAN Automotive Division.  “Just as HARMAN is
meeting today’s demands for integrated navigation and infotainment
solutions, we are pleased to work with Sierra Wireless to address the
emerging requirements of automakers for an increasingly connected car.”

“We are excited about the potential for 4G/LTE in the connected car,
with its ability to provide a richer multimedia experience that can
increase both safety and convenience for passengers and drivers,” said

Philippe Guillemette, Chief Technology Officer for Sierra Wireless.
“This collaboration is a first step in realizing this potential, and we
are thrilled to work with HARMAN, a recognized industry leader, to
bring these solutions to life.”

According to automotive researchers Strategy Analytics, 70% of vehicles
produced globally in 2009 have some form of connectivity solution and
the number is expected to increase to 95% by 2012. As consumers are
rapidly adapting to lifestyles where multi-featured smart-phones and
handsets are the norm, HARMAN is working on innovative solutions to
address vehicle-centric demand for wirelessly-enabled, mobile broadband
solutions and applications. In addition to its 4G/LTE collaboration
with Sierra Wireless, HARMAN helped lead the expansion of the ngConnect
Program to China in July 2010, with a public demonstration of an LTE
Connected Car during the Shanghai World Expo. 

With over a decade of experience, award-winning expertise, and more than
two million wireless modules shipped to automotive manufacturers,
Sierra Wireless is a market leader in wireless technologies for the
automotive industry, offering

  • all the components required for a wireless connectivity solution, from
    wireless embedded modules and software suites to development tools and
    services platforms
  • products designed to match the automotive industry’s toughest quality
    requirements and supported by automotive specialists
  • proven technologies that allow rapid design, easy integration, fast
    deployment and cost-effective maintenance and support.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and
infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional
markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG((R)), Harman Kardon((R)), Infinity((R)), JBL((R)), Lexicon((R)) and Mark Levinson((R)). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and
supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they
perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are
equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a
workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia,
and reported sales of $3.5 billion over the twelve months ending
September 30, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE: HAR.

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile
computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and
solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular
networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers,
enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us
for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless
modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of
software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can
successfully bring wireless applications to market.  For more
information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.   

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to,
among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or
enhancement of our services and products, statements about future
market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand
conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and
other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press
release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future
revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully
develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today
and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release,
the words “plan”, “expect”, “believe”, and similar expressions
generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect
our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and
changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the
many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data
communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you
that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release
will be realized.

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AKG, Becker, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are
trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc., registered in the
United States
and/or other countries.

“AirPrime” is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service
names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective
owners.

SOURCE Sierra Wireless, Inc.


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