7 June 2001, Basingstoke, UK and Newark, CA - iOra (www.iOra.com), supplier of solutions for managing mobile content, has successfully completed trials of its Mobile Intranet software over the Orange High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD) wireless network in the UK. HSCSD has been pioneered in the UK by mobile network supplier Orange, and offers a 28.8 kbps wireless data connection. iOra’s Mobile Intranet maintains Intranet content on laptops, giving offline access with high-speed updates. As a result laptop users need to dial-in less frequently, and automatically receive updates in a fraction of the time it would take to download new files. During the trials, this resulted in a 20-fold reduction in download times and 20-fold cost saving on the HSCSD service costs.
Martin Wood, Senior Product Manager – Mobile Data Access at Orange commented, "HSCSD is aimed at the corporate data market, where mobile access to corporate data is critical. iOra Mobile Intranet is an exciting solution – it maximizes the potential of available bandwidth."
Paddy Falls, CEO and co-founder of iOra commented, "Being members of the Orange Developers’ Forum has enabled us to work closely with Orange on wireless data access. HSCSD provides a significantly better service for the mobile workforce, with bandwidth up to 28.8 kbps. For low-volume email, services such as HSCSD and GPRS will prove adequate, but cost and bandwidth are significant obstacles for corporate adoption where access to larger volumes of business critical information is required. Businesses are
finding that they need solutions like iOra Mobile Intranet that exploit the available bandwidth, reduce the cost, and that can deliver and manage corporate content on mobile devices."
According to recent research conducted by Arthur Andersen, 66% of organizations currently use laptops for remote access to corporate content, but cited lack of bandwidth, poor reliability of service, and security concerns as key constraints for successful use of mobile data. The report comments that "Most organizations are seeking to achieve cost savings through quick and convenient access to corporate information", and calls for "a partnership approach between business end users, IT departments, network operators, software vendors and consultants – to enable a clearer picture of how to unlock the value of mobile data."
iOra Mobile Intranet addresses the problems outlined by providing secure, offline access to corporate content, with high-speed synchronization optimized for low-bandwidth connections. Resulting benefits are improved management and security of information for the mobile workforce.
There is an article written by Paddy Falls that supplements this press release, explaining in more detail the future of Mobile Computing and where the various technologies, including HSCSD, fit. For a copy call Andreina West on 01491 636191.
NOTES TO EDITORS
iOra develops and markets Mobile Content Management solutions. iOra’s family of products allows businesses to provide up-to-date business-critical information to remote and mobile users, with the benefits of improved management and security of information.
iOra’s Mobile Intranet product enables businesses to deliver centralized Intranet content to mobile professionals and supports dialup, wireless, and offline access – helping businesses to increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve productivity.
iOra’s approach enables immediate access to business critical information by providing offline access, with high-speed synchronization over low bandwidth dialup and wireless connections. Mobile Intranet supports Intranet content hosted on any Intranet server technology, including Microsoft and Lotus Domino servers. Mobile Intranet ensures that the content – including file and document links and attachments – is made available to mobile field workers even when no connection is available.
Benefits to businesses include:
- Mobile professionals have instant access to critical information anytime, anywhere – with or without a dialup or wireless connection
- Information owners and management can deliver the same information to all users
- Productivity and customer service is increased
- Reduction in connection and download times
- Reduction in dialup and wireless costs
- Optimized use of existing dialup and wireless bandwidth
At the heart of iOra’s Mobile Intranet product is its unique, patent-pending, Epsilon Technology, which performs Internet updates at up to 100 times faster than competitive products. Using Epsilon Technology, updated information can be transparently downloaded during normal email or browsing activity – even over low-bandwidth dialup and wireless connections.
iOra was started in 1997 by four internet data replication experts who have worked together since 1989. In 1999 iOra received $3m in Venture funding from MTI Partners.
In April 2001 iOra won $15 million equity financing provided by European venture capital firm b-business partners and London-based Cazenove Private Equity. The funding enables the company to accelerate its growth in the mobile content management market.
Over the past 18 months, iOra has won numerous independent awards, including e25-listing and a DTI Smart Award.
For more information visit: http://www.iora.com
US Media Contacts
Barbara LaVigna, iOra, Inc., +1-510-438-6825 or Barbara_LaVigna@iOra.com
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