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Issue #2003 - 20 (June 2003)
(Updated June 30, 2003)


CSI Wireless Receives $11 Million Order from RHS Inc. for Outback(R) Precision Guidance Products

CSI Wireless Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced wireless and GPS products, today announced that it has received purchase orders from RHS Inc. for CSI's Outback S(R) and Outback 360(R) products valued at approximately $11 million for CSI Wireless.

The Outback S, and the Outback 360, a companion product to the Outback S, are both aimed at the mainstream farming market. Designed along with RHS and built by CSI Wireless, Outback uses Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) technology to enable farmers to guide their equipment back and forth across their fields - during tillage, spraying, spreading, seeding and other operations - with less overlap than what is possible using traditional flags or sprayed-foam markings. Less overlap means savings in time and fuel, and savings in fertilizer, insecticide and other sprayed materials - which in turn means more protection for the environment.

CSI Wireless originally began shipping Outback systems to RHS for distribution throughout North America in 2000. RHS has since expanded marketing and distribution into Europe and to South America and Australia.

The Outback S has been formally cited for its "outstanding innovation" by the American Society of Agriculture Engineers (ASAE). The ASAE has placed the Outback S on its exclusive list of agriculture products that "bring innovation to the marketplace" and "save producers time, costs and labour, while
improving user safety."

"The Outback products are providing valuable returns for end-users and offer high-end navigation performance," said Stephen Verhoeff, President and CEO of CSI Wireless. "The Outback incorporates our e-Dif technology that enables users to achieve differential GPS accuracy without differential signals, adding to the performance and cost effectiveness of the product."

About the Outback Product Line
The Outback S features a highly accurate Differential GPS receiver, guidance system and Steering Guide(tm). The Steering Guide is very helpful in straight guidance, and essential for contour or curved guidance. The Outback employs a CAN (Controller Area Network) bus, an inter-vehicle network standard,
which allows peripherals from different manufacturers to be interconnected live to communicate with each other, as well as a standard serial output for current generation products. These features allow the product an expandability path for current and future add-ons. The system can be installed in less than
15 minutes on virtually any tractor or sprayer.

The Outback 360 is a computerized visual aid system. It features a high-resolution colour display screen that offers farmers a 360-degree bird's eye view of their fields. Using the Outback 360 in conjunction with the Outback S, farmers can effectively look down from the sky - monitoring the progress of their tractors, sprayers, cultivators and other farming equipment as they move across fields.

The Outback S and Outback 360 products were designed with RHS and are manufactured by CSI Wireless under OEM contract for RHS Inc. They are trademarked by RHS, with RHS retaining worldwide marketing rights. CSI Wireless retains ownership of the Outback technology, and has applied for a patent on the core technology. 

About e-Dif
e-Dif or "extended differential" software enables GPS receivers to achieve the much higher accuracy available from Differential GPS (DGPS), but without any help from accuracy-enhancing differential signals. e-Dif enables a standard GPS receiver, typically capable of only 10-metre or 15-metre accuracy, to internally generate differential corrections that improve its accuracy to one meter - without the expense or potential uncertainties of DGPS signals. e-Dif is one of several patents and intellectual properties owned by CSI Wireless.

About RHS Inc.
RHS Inc., located in Hiawatha, Kansas, is a leading supplier of guidance products and agricultural sprayers with a rich, 21-year history of innovation related to application technology. Twice named to Inc. magazine's annual "Inc. 500" of America's fastest-growing companies, the privately held firm excels at
innovation for new markets. 

About CSI Wireless
With offices in Calgary, Silicon Valley, and Phoenix, CSI Wireless designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective, wireless and GPS products for mobile and fixed applications in the agriculture, marine, automotive and other markets. 

For more info, go to http://www.outbackguidance.com, http://www.csi-wireless.com  and http://www.rhs-inc.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This is an innovative GPS application for large farms where it is expensive and less accurate to use conventional methods like flags. Farming is highly competitive business and if use of technology can reduce operating costs, farmers should seriously evaluate this technology. It might lead to industry's survival. 

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