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Airbiquity Becomes Official ERTICO Partner

Airbiquity Becomes Official ERTICO Partner
Company Continues Its Efforts To Enable Pan-European eCall

LONDON, UK – Airbiquity, a company that develops wireless in-band modem software solutions for automobile manufacturers and suppliers, today announced it has been approved by the ERTICO Supervisory Board as a new Partner in ERTICO.

Through this collaboration, Airbiquity aims to participate in European research projects co-funded by the European Commission, aiding the European research area considering ways to address transport-related issues in Europe. In addition, Airbiquity is set to participate in forums managed by ERTICO including the Nomadic Device Forum and TMC Forum.  

Founded by the European Commission and leading industry and national governments in 1991, ERTICO represents the interests and expertise of around 100 Partners involved in providing Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS). It facilitates the safe, secure, clean, efficient and comfortable mobility of people and goods in Europe through the widespread deployment of ITS. Included among its 100+ Partners are Volkswagen, DaimlerChrysler, Motorola, Nokia, and Volvo.

ERTICO CEO Arnold van Zyl said, "The diverse public-private Partnership provided by ERTICO is an ideal platform for facilitating the deployment of ITS technology such as eCall. Not only are the technological elements dealt with but also the essential framework conditions such as liability, privacy and incentives."

Earlier this year the European Parliament adopted, by a large majority, recommendations forwarded by the Gary Titley (PES, UK) report concerning introduction of the eCall system. The report recommends that all European authorities include eCall information within their public road safety campaigns, and points out that "the large-scale-roll-out of eCall by 2009 is a priority of the eSafety initiative."

According to the eCall Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in-vehicle eCall is an emergency call generated either manually by vehicle occupants or automatically via activation of in-vehicle sensors. When activated, the in-vehicle eCall system will establish a voice connection directly with the relevant Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). At the same time, a minimum set of incident data (MSD) will be sent to the PSAP operator receiving the voice call. 

Airbiquity has been an active participant in eCall standardization activities since 2003 and is working with several levels of the eCall service value chain – from the vehicle manufacturers to the suppliers of PSAP equipment – to help prepare them for eCall deployments in 2009.

"Airbiquity signed the eCall MOU in 2005, and is pleased to be participating in ERTICO’s eCall efforts," says Airbiquity President and CEO Kamyar Moinzadeh.  "We made a further commitment to the European market earlier this year by opening offices in both the UK and in Belgium."

Airbiquity’s field-proven aqLink in-band modem software is the ideal choice for eCall and other applications requiring robust and highly-reliable, time-critical data transmission over the largest available coverage area.  Because aqLink sends data over the voice channel it provides the highest level of robustness, is the most highly available over existing and future network infrastructure, and offers seamless roaming across regional and national borders.

"We’re excited about the momentum surrounding pan-European eCall.  Airbiquity will be performing numerous trials of our aqLink technology for key European stakeholders in 2007 and 2008," said Moinzadeh.

The press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Because these statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could affect actual results include: the company’s limited operating history, the need for additional financing, variable economic conditions and customer tastes, regulatory risks, and restrictions imposed by existing debts and future payment obligations.