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Afaria Improves User Productivity and Minimises IT Costs with Support
for All Major Wireless Device Platforms and Connection Types

XcelleNet, Inc., the leading provider of management solutions for remote systems and mobile & wireless devices, today announced that AfariaÔ, its wireless device management solution, now supports all major wireless device platforms and connection types. This makes Afaria the industry’s most sophisticated wireless and mobile device management software, enabling businesses to implement wireless strategies to improve user productivity and increase revenue while minimising support costs.

“Corporate IT managers are concerned about the technical challenges of managing the ever-growing wireless device population,” said Joe Owen, chief technology officer of XcelleNet, Inc. “Our heritage in mobile management solutions and Afaria’s support for major wireless devices and connection types makes XcelleNet uniquely qualified to lead the wireless device management market.”

Best-of-Breed Wireless Support

No other company offers XcelleNet’s complete client and connectivity support. XcelleNet’s Afaria supports the Palm 3.x OS, Palm VII, WinCE and Pocket PC, RIM Blackberry, and Symbian EPOC R5/R6. Among the connectivity solutions that Afaria supports are CDPD, Mobitex (Native/Palm.Net, Broadbeam), GSM, CDMA, ARDIS/Motient and Ricochet. (See table below.)

Afaria enables enterprises to implement business processes that depend on data exchange between traditional LAN-based computing resources and wireless devices used by mobile workers, no matter where they are located.

With Afaria, IT can rely on a single point of management for all mobile and wireless resources, including laptops, PDAs, Symbian devices and smart phones and interactive pagers like RIM’s Blackberry. Afaria benefits wireless end-users and IT managers by:

· Reducing the costs associated with implementing and maintaining wireless handheld devices

· Delivering, installing and maintaining mission-critical applications

· Exchanging key enterprise data between wireless devices and back-end systems

· Tracking hardware and software information for faster problem resolution

· Protecting valuable enterprise information by encrypting data and authenticating users

“No single wireless technology provides for people's access needs and this will continue to be true 10 years from now,” said Peter Richardson, research analyst at Gartner Dataquest. “However, Gartner Dataquest anticipates a greater convergence of standards between the networking domains — but this will not be evident to any great extent in the short to medium term. The result is a group of largely independent wireless technologies that enable communications and access depending on the location of the user, their relative mobility and the devices that they are carrying.”

About XcelleNet

XcelleNet, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise solutions for managing remote systems and mobile & wireless devices. For more than 14 years, the company has been a pioneer in meeting the challenges of securely delivering and maintaining mission-critical applications and content to remote locations with its flagship product, RemoteWare. Today companies around the world use RemoteWare to manage kiosks, retail and restaurant store systems, branch office networks, and other remote systems.

Leveraging remote expertise and award-winning technology, in May 2000 XcelleNet introduced AfariaÔ, a device management solution designed to address the problems enterprises face as a result of the explosive growth of the mobile & wireless economy. Afaria provides the most comprehensive management functionality available for organisations deploying large numbers of mobile devices, including laptops, PocketPCs, Palm Handhelds, RIM Blackberrys, and Symbian devices and smart phones.

XcelleNet serves some 2,500 customers worldwide in a broad range of industries such as pharmaceutical, retail, hospitality, insurance, financial services and manufacturing. The company’s solutions reduce total cost of ownership of remote or mobile deployments, accelerate end-user productivity and ensure the availability and reliability of corporate applications and information to an organisation’s remote and mobile workforce. More information is available at http://www.XcelleNet.com


and http://www.Afaria.com


XcelleNet and RemoteWare are trademarks of XcelleNet, Inc. Afaria is a trademark of Afaria, Inc. – an affiliate of XcelleNet. XcelleNet and Afaria make no claims of ownership to all of other products and company names mentioned herein which may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Gartner Source: Gartner Dataquest “Personal to Global: Wireless Technologies, 2005-2010

Editor’s Contacts:

Claire Adam / Natalie Johnson

MCC International Ltd

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Yad Jaura

XcelleNet

Tel: 020 8538 5826

E: yad.jaura@xcellenet.com


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