SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

December 26, 2006 08:00 ET

Accela Partners With Nortel on New Municipal Wireless Solution

Industry Leaders Come Together to Help Municipalities Realize the Benefits of Broadband Wireless Services

SAN RAMON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 26, 2006 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management software solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Nortel (NYSE: NT) (TSX: NT) on its Municipal Wireless Solution, a comprehensive suite of wireless network technologies, applications, and services to help municipalities bring broadband services to their agency field staff and citizens. Accela's mobile inspection management application, Accela Wireless™, will be included as a component of Nortel's new Municipal Wireless Solution.

Accela Wireless is a mobile government application that complements Nortel's mission by extending processing capabilities to the field for land use and asset management activities including inspections, investigations, code enforcement, work orders, and service requests. The application enables inspectors to spend more time in the field completing tasks -- and less time traveling to and from the home office -- so they can respond more quickly to requests and provide a higher level of service to citizens and businesses. Accela Wireless is also a valuable tool for performing rapid damage assessment. Over 60 U.S. cities and counties have implemented Accela Wireless including Cleveland, New Orleans, and the state of Michigan.

"Through the Nortel and Accela collaboration, municipal agencies will have the ability to conduct and report on mission-critical tasks at a higher rate of efficiency than ever before, and seamlessly maintain a higher level of customer service," said Charles Salameh, vice president, Nortel Global Solutions. "Accela's proven expertise in mobile government solutions and our strong presence in the Municipal Wireless space will allow many new customers to experience the power of our combined solutions."

Accela Wireless was also recently validated in Nortel's municipal wireless innovation lab in Raleigh, North Carolina. The lab focuses on research and development of broadband wireless solutions and provides a collaborative environment in which to fully test, integrate, and demonstrate municipal applications from partners like Accela.

"As Wireless Mesh becomes more prevalent, agencies are looking for applications that help them keep up with the expectations of the public, and that generate revenue," said Maury Blackman, Accela's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "Return on investment sometimes gets lost in the excitement of the technology, so it is important to establish partnerships like this one where we leverage each other's strengths to come up with solutions that are cost-effective and bring added value to agency services."

Nortel combines a comprehensive portfolio of Wireless Mesh, Wireless LAN, and WiMax technologies with a full suite of applications and professional services to provide customers the solutions they need to drive productivity and efficiency for municipal operations, increase public safety, and fuel economic development.

About Accela

Accela provides innovative, Web-based enterprise software solutions that automate land, permit, and asset management processes for local, state, and federal government agencies of all sizes. Backed by more than 25 years of development and implementation in over 500 agencies in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, Accela products and services empower agencies to increase efficiencies, reduce workload, and provide citizens and businesses with more convenient access to government services. Accela is located in San Ramon, Calif. Accela products can be purchased directly from the GSA Schedule Contract #GS-35F-0249R. For more information, please visit

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world's most critical information. Its next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed, and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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