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Sierra Wireless supports new Canadian centre of excellence for wireless commercialization

Sierra Wireless has announced financial and technical support for the Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre (WWCC), which has been awarded $11.6 million in federal funding to drive the growth of Canadian wireless companies.


December 8, 2010  


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Sierra Wireless has announced financial and technical support for the Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre (WWCC), which has been awarded $11.6 million in federal funding to drive the growth of Canadian wireless companies.

Plans call for the WWCC to launch an M2M (Machine-To-Machine) Development Lab and Market Development Program to enable Canadian universities, emerging start-ups, and solution providers to rapidly prototype and commercialize new M2M applications.   

Wireless M2M communications is a rapidly growing market, as an increasing number of applications are using integrated wireless communications capabilities.

These include smart meters that monitor and communicate power usage to utilities and consumers; connected cars that offer emergency calling and Internet connections for safety, convenience, and entertainment; industrial equipment with remote monitoring capabilities; wireless handheld payment processing machines; and innovative connected consumer devices like e-book readers, wireless health monitoring devices and personal navigation devices.

ABI Research has forecasted that worldwide cellular M2M connections will continue to grow at a rate of 26% per year through 2015, to a total of more than 297 million connected devices.(1)