BEDMINSTER, New Jersey and SAN RAMON, Calif. — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, and U.S. Wireless Corporation (Nasdaq: USWC; Frankfurt: USP) today announced the successful completion of technical field trials in Baltimore of U.S. Wireless' cellular location technology, CDMA RadioCamera(TM) system.
The technology trial was conducted over a nine month period and encompassed a comprehensive four-stage field test program that included real-time processing of live AMPS and CDMA callers, covering substantially all of the downtown locations.
U.S. Wireless Chief Executive Officer Dr. Oliver Hilsenrath said, "The Baltimore trial results continue to validate our technology, illustrating that the RadioCamera(TM) system is one of the most accurate, real-time, wireless location systems available today. During trials the RadioCamera(TM) system consistently pinpointed the location of a wireless caller well within the requirements imposed by Phase II of the FCC E-911 Mandate."
Based on thousands of test calls, the location fixes were sufficiently accurate and timely, in both stationary and vehicular applications, to support advanced services including providing subscribers with turn-by-turn directions. Additionally, the system can continuously monitor a caller's location, if desired, a critical safety feature for some E-911 situations and other added value location sensitive services. Further improvements in location accuracy were demonstrated to be achievable with slight increases for call set-up times.
U.S. Wireless' RadioCamera(TM) system provides wireless carriers with continuous real-time location data needed to meet Phase II of the FCC E-911 mandate. Location information provided by the RadioCamera(TM) system also enables other services, including highway traffic control and planning, enhanced directory assistance, localized traffic condition reports and fleet location. The advanced CDMA location capability was enabled through a joint development and cross-licensing agreement between U.S. Wireless and Qualcomm, Inc.
"We were very pleased with the performance of U.S. Wireless' system," said Ted Hoffman, Vice President of Technology Development for Verizon Wireless. "We conducted our testing in Baltimore, a challenging urban radio propagation environment, and the results are encouraging. We will continue to work with U.S. Wireless and are evaluating the company's location offering."
Hilsenrath added, "We are excited to be working with Verizon Wireless, who has taken a leadership role in the CDMA carrier community, investing substantial resources in developing and evaluating location technologies that benefit the entire cellular community. We are very happy that this joint effort resulted in an effective and cost-efficient caller location solution that performs reliably in the most challenging conditions of the Baltimore metro area."
U.S. Wireless Corp. also noted that it will conduct an Operation Readiness trial in Washington, DC to help wireless carriers further evaluate the RadioCamera(TM) network, technology, scalability and commercial readiness to meet the FCC mandate.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the US with over 16 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly four million paging customers. The new, coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the US wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc. (NYSE: VOD; London) The new company includes the assets from Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the US wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE: GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the new company will have a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the US population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 US markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Visit the company at www.verizonwireless.com.
About U.S. Wireless
U.S. Wireless is powering the next generation of instant wireless information services and mobile content. Through a national network of wireless location systems, based on the company's proprietary RadioCamera(TM) system, U.S. Wireless will enable wireless carriers and others to offer a rich blend of location-enhanced services including life-saving 911 caller pinpointing, localized news and traffic updates, enhanced directory assistance, vehicle and asset tracking, and carrier network management services.
U.S. Wireless plans to build and operate its nationwide location service bureau in 100 major markets across the United States, beginning with the Washington, D.C./Baltimore metro area. For more information about U.S. Wireless and its RadioCamera(TM) network, please visit the Web site at www.uswcorp.com.
NOTE: RadioCamera(TM) and the U.S. Wireless logo are trademarks of U.S. Wireless Corporation.
Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: A number of statements contained in this press release which are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the applicable statements, including, among others, the size and scope of the geo-location services market, the timing of governmental requirements and the success of the company in this market. A description of these and other risks and uncertainties can be found in the companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.