and Application Design Associates to Deliver Wireless Messaging to the Bottling Industry (Nasdaq:XLNK) today announced that Application Design Associates, Inc. (ADA) has adopted Cross Communications, Inc's. HipLink(TM) wireless gateway software to provide an advanced, integrated wireless messaging solution to the soft drink bottling industry.

Cross Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of

ADA provides software solutions for several of the largest U.S. soft drink bottling operations, including Coca Cola and Pepsico. ADA's customer base represents approximately 40 percent of the total North American soft drink franchise volume, a market worth more than $3.9 billion. ADA's Vendor Maintenance Management System (VMMS) tracks more than 1.2 million vending, fountain and snack assets, representing more than 20 percent of the total number of pieces of cold drink equipment machines in the U.S.

One key component of VMMS is that it manages more than 1.9 million annual shop and field work orders for soft drink vending machine repair services. ADA will integrate Cross Communications' HipLink wireless gateway software with VMMS to immediately dispatch work orders to more than 1200 field service technicians. HipLink locates the nearest technician and service can be performed quickly and efficiently, minimizing vending machine downtime and increasing bottling vendors' sales.

"Augmenting VMMS capabilities with the HipLink wireless gateway software will enable us to gain significant improvements in call dispatching and work order processing," said John Hibben, ADA president. "We integrated the HipLink with ease, and the efficiency, speed and convenience of wireless communications will enable our customers to considerably reduce operating expenses and improve customer service."

"Our partnership with ADA is another example of how wireless platforms are extending into traditional industries such as the soft drink bottling and vending machine market," said Kim Wold, president of Cross Communications. "We see steadily increasing demand for our wireless solutions across many industries, utilizing's strategic guidance and wireless capabilities we will continually develop new wireless information solutions and services to meet these diverse requirements."

Application Design Associates, Inc.

ADA designs, develops and markets operational software solutions to the Bottling Industry. Solutions include the Vending Maintenance Management System (VMMS), the Fleet Maintenance Management System (FMMS) and the Plant Maintenance Management System (PMMS). All solutions are implemented in an Open System Environment. Other technologies supported include both conventional and RF handheld computers, bar codes, and digital pagers. ADA maintains its corporate headquarters at 6021 S. Syracuse Way, No. 302 in Englewood, Colorado, 80111.

Cross Communications, Inc.

Cross Communications, Inc. is a leading wireless data communications solutions provider deploying advanced wireless enterprise messaging and monitoring solutions since its inception in 1995. Today, its premier software line, HipLink Production Paging/PCS software, supporting communications to any wireless device, is available on UNIX, Windows(R) and other networked computing platforms, and is installed in over 1,000 sites around the globe. HipLink is customer-premise-based software, offering plug-and-play functionality to thousands of commercial application software packages. Many of these applications can OEM HipLink to deliver a complete solution direct to their customers. Cross Communications can be reached at 630/964-0800 or via email at and can be found online at

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