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Sony Ericsson and Chapman Technologies Sign USD 142M Agreement On Vehicle Telematics.

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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 5, 2002

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, and Chapman Technologies have signed an USD 142. million agreement to collaborate in the development of an in-vehicle services platform for the ever growing vehicle security and telematics marketplace.

The platform will be marketed based on Sony Ericsson's CDMA 1X RTT module and Chapman's Safeguard Security Systems digital application under the brand name Chapman Vehicle Locator(TM)(CVL-D). The platform will include CDMA communication, GPS positioning functionality and an automotive factory security interface linked to the vehicle's control systems.

First shipments are scheduled for end of 2002. Chapman's anticipated revenues for this product should exceed $360 million. The platform will be commercially available for OEM and aftermarket automotive and fleet applications by late fourth quarter 2002 and marketed through Chapman's direct sales channels.

Sony Ericsson brings its expertise in integration of the CDMA communications solution and Chapman will provide the GPS, telematics and interface protocols including vehicle, tracking and theft-recovery component applications. Chapman Command Center (C3) will provide all Safeguard Security System subscribers with 911-trained emergency response personnel, monitoring (24x365), roadside assistance and location-based concierge services.

Sony Ericsson Corporate Vice President for M2M Com, Gunilla Nordstrom: "We are elated that Chapman has selected Sony Ericsson for this ground-breaking project. The combination of Sony Ericsson's unique M2M competence across GSM/GPRS, CDMA, and TDMA cellular technologies, with Chapman's innovation and segment know-how, will undoubtedly position the effort well for capturing a solid lead in the growing and dynamic telematics industry."

Chapman Technologies Chairman and CEO Robert Chapman said "We are extremely excited about this latest opportunity of teaming up with Sony Ericsson to provide emergency, safety, and concierge services in the telematics arena".

Sony Ericsson CDMA2000 1x RTT platform creates new opportunities for applications that send wireless information via a standard CDMA network. As part of this project Chapman will provide its real time silent transfer of GPS data on all digital wireless networks. This simultaneous voice and data (SVD) technology allows for the transmission of (real time) GPS location data over a digital wireless channel normally used for voice communication only.

About Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company's management is based in London, and has 4,000 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support.

For further information, please visit: www.SonyEricsson.com

About Chapman Technologies

Chapman Technologies with twenty eight years of leadership in the automotive security applications field, will provide telematics, security, emergency response monitoring, service and convenience features from the vehicle including automatic crash notification (ACN), stolen vehicle recovery, roadside assistance, geo-fence and route logging.

Chapman Technologies develops and markets cost-effective, wireless communications and location-specific technology products and services, incorporating Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and cellular technology. Chapman Technologies, Inc. a privately held Boca Raton, FL company (CTI) has also developed a proprietary interactive monitoring facility, the Chapman Command Center (C3), that communicates simultaneous voice and digital mapping with the company's products and is a key factor in the provisioning of real-time emergency location-specific services, and the notification of vehicle diagnostics.

Chapman Technologies to date is one of the only companies in North America having handheld, telematics and, fleet asset management GPS/cellular products, that deploys a fully integrated (real time) simultaneous voice and data "end-to-end" command/response center solution. Chapman Technologies' strategy is to market its products and services to three key target markets: emergency handheld cellular services (E911), telematics (including automotive roadside assistance and concierge mobile yellow page services), and fleet asset tracking.

For information about Chapman Technologies visit http:/ www.chapmantech.com or call Laurence Sack at 561/226-6000.
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