News Release

Verizon Wireless to Deploy Aeris.net Microburst Technology to Provide Superior Service for Security, Telemetry and Remote Monitoring

Verizon Wireless Customers Benefit From Cost-Effective Wireless Connectivity and Control of Remote Intelligent Devices

November 3, 2003

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824Tim Yankey
McKie/Headstrom PR
tim@mhpr.com  
650-625-0133 x3

SAN JOSE, CA — Aeris.net, the leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication services, and Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network, today announced the signing of an agreement between the two companies to deploy Aeris.net's MicroBurst® technology across Verizon Wireless's digital CDMA network. Verizon Wireless operates the largest AMPS and CDMA networks in the United States, covering 49 of top 50; 97 of top 100; and 178 of top 200 markets. Once MicroBurst is deployed throughout Verizon Wireless' CDMA infrastructure, the combined technologies will provide Aeris customers with superior coverage for their wireless security, telemetry, remote monitoring/control and other M2M applications.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to expand our MicroBurst agreement with Aeris.net," said Ted Hoffman, vice president of technology development for Verizon Wireless. "Aeris.net's control channel technology enables us to support machine-to-machine communications without impacting our voice and data customers. MicroBurst complements our strong presence in the wireless data market and provides a cost-effective solution for short packet applications."

"Aeris.net is delighted to be working with Verizon Wireless to grow the market for M2M communications," said Dick Gossen, president and CEO of Aeris.net. "Our agreement with Verizon Wireless is a significant first step toward enabling MicroBurst digital technologies in all of our carrier partner networks throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico."

Aeris.net, with its MicroBurst technology and services, offers a great opportunity to carriers looking to maximize the ROI of their wireless infrastructures. MicroBurst quickly enables the robust control channels of the wireless network to provide highly valued connectivity to telemetry-based solution providers. The technology is standards-based and requires no special modifications or updates to work with existing cellular systems.

The combined network technologies will be supported by dual-mode and dual-band MicroBurst modems that will switch between CDMA and AMPS technologies depending on network and technology availability.

"Enabling MicroBurst over Verizon Wireless' digital network opens up new application opportunities," said Dick Gossen. "Adding digital technologies to our existing AMPS services enables a smooth transition for MicroBurst customers as AMPS networks are phased out over the next several years replaced with 2G, 2.5G and 3G digital technologies. The evolution of MicroBurst into a dual-mode, dual-band digitally enabled service deployed within Verizon Wireless has raised the standard again for M2M Communications."

For additional information please visit the Aeris.net web site at http://www.aeris.net.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 36 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Aeris.net
Aeris.net, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., is the leading provider of machine-to-machine wireless network connectivity services. The company delivers aggregated wide area wireless networking solutions specifically designed and optimized to enable cost-effective and reliable telemetry-based applications including vehicle and asset tracking, security and alarm reporting, and equipment monitoring and control. Aeris' MicroBurst technology utilizes the control channel infrastructure of cellular analog and digital networks to create a low cost and robust transmission medium with ubiquitous data coverage. Aeris.net integrates and optimizes the existing cellular infrastructure of multiple carriers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, please visit the company's web site at http://www.aeris.net or call 1-888-GO-AERIS.

MicroBurst® and Aeris.net® are trademarks of Aeris Communications, Inc. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

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