ACUITY DIGITAL, IMM AGREEMENTS WILL MAKE DIGITAL CAR-PHONE SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA, NATION
ACUITY DIGITAL, IMM AGREEMENTS WILL MAKE DIGITAL CAR-PHONE SERVICE
AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA, NATION
CHASKA, Minn., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The modern-day equivalent of rural electrification took a big leap forward today with the announcement of a series of agreements between Chaska-based Acuity Digital, Inc., and International Mobile Machines Corp. (AMEX: IMM). Now rural populations in Minnesota and elsewhere are one step closer to having Improved Mobile Telephone Service, a communications service which has been generally unavailable in rural areas.
The agreements pave the way for the development of a national digital mobile communications network -- one that will offer the latest in digital communications technology for both metropolitan and rural customers.
"Many mobile communications services have bypassed lesser populated rural areas because of the costs involved in providing service," Acuity Digital President Don Olson said. "The technology that we've developed, along with the technology supplied by IMM, will allow us to deliver low- cost digital service nationwide."
The agreements call for King of Prussia, Pa.-based IMM to supply Acuity Digital with a mobile communications unit for use with Acuity's digital network. The Acuity Digital network will be the first of its kind in the nation.
"The equipment allows us to substantially increase the broadcasting range of each mobile unit," Olson said. "Our mobile units will have two to three times the range of other types of mobile communications services, and we can use available frequencies more efficiently.
"We also use a digital process to convert the mobile signal into digital code, much like the code used by computers and fax machines. The end result is a signal that goes farther and is clearer. And because it's a digital signal, it makes eavesdropping virtually impossible. Someone trying to listen in will only hear a buzz."
The Acuity Digital service will include voice mail and call alert as well as mobile telephone service.
According to Olson, Acuity Digital will begin service in the 507 area code by the end of December 1992, with service statewide early in 1993. The company will expand service in a number of Midwest and West Coast states in early 1993, and plans to offer service nationwide by 1995.
CONTACT: William G. Fuesz of Colle & McVoy, 612-851-2525, for Acuity Digital
(IMM) CO: ACUITY DIGITAL; INTERNATIONAL MOBILE MACHINES CORP. IN: TLS ST: MN,PA -- MN014 -- X657 09/30/92