Sierra Wireless Launches the MP 555 GPS Rugged Wireless Modem

Sierra Wireless Launches the MP 555 GPS Rugged Wireless Modem


The Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) is the first police department to implement the MP GPS 555 for CDMA2000 1X networks to improve officer safety and enhance policing capabilities.

Sierra Wireless announced today the commercial availability of the MP 555 GPS rugged wireless modem, the second product available in Sierra Wireless’s next generation MP Series. In addition, the company also announced the first North American implementation of the new MP 555 GPS with the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) in Canada.

The O.P.P. chose the MP 555 GPS high-speed wireless solution to enhance communication while performing a variety of law enforcement duties including international border enforcement, emergency response, traffic enforcement, and criminal investigation across the province of Ontario. By outfitting its patrol cars with a new wireless system that combines the MP 555 GPS wireless modem and Panasonic Toughbook notebook computers, officers will now have the ability to access provincial and national databases and improve the efficiency of the dispatch and arrest process. Additionally, the MP 555 GPS rugged wireless modem provides the enhanced network speed needed to download images and files from police databases in a matter of seconds to an officer’s patrol car ensuring fast wireless access to critical information while officers patrol a wide range of geographies.

“This Sierra Wireless and Panasonic combination provides law enforcement professionals with the information they need to get the job done quickly – no matter where they’re located,” said Thom Leiper, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Panasonic Canada Inc. “By implementing this new mobile system, officers can now improve emergency responsiveness, officer and public safety, and front-line policing capabilities all of which are critical priorities for the O.P.P.”

In addition to providing police officers with timely access to mission critical information, the new wireless solution also increases officer safety with the addition of a Global Positioning System (GPS). The GPS capability provides officers and dispatchers with accurate location reporting.

“Today’s public safety professionals can benefit from new wireless technologies that offer higher speeds and enhanced solutions that are designed to deliver critical data to the officer faster,” said Jason Cohenour, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “Sierra Wireless has a solid track record of providing mobile solutions to the public safety market and we are proud to continue this tradition with the new MP 555 GPS rugged wireless modem. Customers like the O.P.P. are turning to our new wireless solutions that are built to deliver powerful results and withstand the wear and tear of daily operations in the field.”

The Sierra Wireless MP Series is designed to operate in extreme temperatures and meets US Military and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) specifications for vibration, shock, and humidity. Currently, the MP 555 GPS for CDMA2000 1X networks is available in Canada and is expected to launch in the United States in the Fall of 2003.

Sierra MP 555 GPS Features

– High-speed wireless data access up to 153 kbps
– Dual-band CDMA2000 1X operation: 800 and 1900 MHz
– Integrated GPS module for vehicle tracking
– Rugged US Military and SAE J1455 specs on shock, vibration and humidity
– Operating temperature range: -30C to +70C (-22F to +158F)
– 2 dedicated digital inputs, 2 configurable digital input/outputs, and 4 analog inputs for advanced alarming and reporting
– On-board UDP PAD, RS232 serial and future USB support
– FCC and Industry Canada certified
– Operating temperature: -30C to +70C (-22F to +158F)
– Voltage range of 9 to 36 Vdc, for use with 12 volt and 24 volt automotive systems
– Standard 3-year platinum warranty with world-class technical support