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CalAmp to Showcase New M2M Wireless Data Module at CTIA 2006

04/05/06

OXNARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 5, 2006--CalAmp Corp. (Nasdaq:CAMP), a leading provider of wireless products and engineering services, announced today that the Company will be presenting its new multi-mode GSM module, the GX820, at the CTIA Wireless 2006. The Conference is being held April 5-7, 2006, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Company will be exhibiting in booth #5320, in the M2M Pavilion within the North Hall.

The GX820 is the Company's latest wireless data module, designed for the needs of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market. The module offers compatibility with GSM and GPRS at 850 MHz and 1900 MHz, as well as Analog Control Channel service. The GX820 is a feature rich wireless data module that is embedded into applications. An important differentiator of the GX820 is its multi-mode capability. In addition to GSM, the GX820 supports AMPS control channel technologies, which are offered by Aeris' MicroBurst and Numerex's Cellemetry networks. This is a unique combination of network technologies, as GSM and AMPS are not part of the same wireless standard, yet both are widely deployed in North America. To enable this multi-mode capability, CalAmp's engineers developed a Software Defined Radio (SDR) using a Philips GSM chipset.

The GX820 is PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) approved and has successfully completed interoperability testing (IOT) with Ericsson and Nokia. PTCRB sets the standards that GSM/GPRS modules must meet in North America and is a requirement for operation on the GSM networks.

"The control channel networks have enabled over 1.2 million devices to be remotely monitored and controlled in North America, making them a popular choice with M2M developers," commented Patrick Hutchins, president of CalAmp's Products Division. "However, the control channel networks are facing the uncertainty of the FCC 'Analog Sunset' ruling, which states that carriers may choose to discontinue operating their analog networks in February 2008. While there is no requirement for the carriers to turn their analog service off, this creates uncertainty in the longevity of analog application deployments. By offering both control channel and digital GSM compatibility, the GX820 offers the superior coverage and cost effectiveness of today's control channel networks and the longevity of digital GSM services, which continue to expand. The GX820 is an ideal choice for solution integrators looking to enable their application with cellular connectivity, especially when compared to the multi-mode alternatives that use CDMA."

About CalAmp Corp.

CalAmp is a leading provider of wireless equipment, engineering services and software that enable anytime/anywhere access to critical information, data and entertainment content. With comprehensive capabilities ranging from product design and development through volume production, CalAmp delivers cost-effective high quality solutions to a broad array of customers and end markets. CalAmp is the leading supplier of Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment to the U.S. satellite television market. The Company also provides wireless connectivity solutions for the telemetry and asset tracking markets, public safety communications, the healthcare industry and digital multimedia delivery applications. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.calamp.com.

CONTACT: CalAmp Corp.
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SOURCE: CalAmp Corp.

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