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KORE Telematics Announces New Messaging Capability To Enhance Personal Alert and Information Services

Posted by Alex Brisbourne on Sep 12, 2006
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Inter-Carrier Messaging Service is Designed to Rapidly Deliver Important Alerts and Events to Any Of 200 Million U.S. Cellular Subscribers

Los Angeles Convention Center / Booth 147 — September 12, 2006— KORE Telematics today announced a comprehensive suite of messaging enhancements that enable cellular subscribers to receive personal alerts generated by residential alarms, vehicle anti-theft devices, and other products driven by machine-to-machine (M2M) software applications.

"KORE has been at the forefront of delivering standards-based messaging services for a wide crosssection of applications," said Alex Brisbourne, chief operating officer of KORE Telematics. "These applications have typically been 'closed systems', where information flows between back-end server monitoring systems and the end device. Increasingly, however, there is value in being able to send a text alert to individuals to let them know that an event, such as a break-in to their home, has taken place.

With the new Inter-Carrier service we have announced, any subscriber can receive an alert, even respond to it, without needing to be on the KORE network." Using a technique well known in Europe, KORE has implemented its service using Virtual Numbers, not the Short Codes typically used in text messaging. This technique substantially reduces the cost of delivery of the service, making it easily to implement by any KORE messaging customer.

KORE Telematics is the only MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) in North America to offer this service capability, which now extends messaging beyond the KORE GSM network to reach any U.S. or Canadian subscriber who has a messaging-enabled handset.

Available October 1KORE Telematic's messaging service release will be generally available beginning October 1st, with ten KORE customers already committed to implementing the service. Scheduled applications range from alert transmissions for residential security or auto alarm systems, to direct messaging of mobile marketing content.

An area of much interest is the ability to send information, day or night, in situations where the recipient may not be easily contacted by other means. State agencies involved with services such as offender monitoring will particularly benefit from this additional capability. "As with all new services, the availability of our new messaging capability will stretch developers' imaginations. We expect many new applications to appear over the next year," continued Brisbourne.

"We have made it painless to implement the service, with comprehensive technical notes and test platform services available, as well as fast provisioning on the order of one week. What's more, our new messaging capability is not a premium service. Its very affordable rates compare favorably to our current service rates."

For more information about Inter-Carrier Messaging, visit the company during CTIA Wireless I.T. and Entertainment 2006 from its exhibit at Booth 147 in the Los Angeles Convention Center, or log on to www.koretelematics.com.

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