m-Network ‘does for Smartphones what Novell Netware did for the IBM PC’
Intuwave, the software specialist focused on helping organisations and individuals to realise the potential of Smartphones, today announced the release of m-Network 2.2, the first wireless Network Operating System for Smartphones. It complements the Symbian Operating System now shipping with the majority of high-end mobile devices by providing wireless networking features that make it easy for Independent Software Vendors, Systems Integrators and Enterprise customers to integrate Symbian Smartphones into existing enterprise IT systems. m-Network thereby enables Smartphones to be deployed as business tools, allowing mobile employees to collaborate with each other and with essential enterprise applications in much the same way that Novell Netware first enabled IBM PC users to connect to vital network resources. Intuwave also announced it is partnering with LogicaCMG to develop and deploy applications on top of the m-Network platform.
Andrew Wyatt, VP Strategic Marketing Intuwave, said, “Our research revealed that 52 per cent of IT managers in large UK companies are willing to deploy mobile applications using Smartphones. However, the ability of enterprise IT staff – and the Integrators and software vendors that work with them – to realise this demand has so far been constrained by the complexity of the mobile environment. m-Network shields all those involved in integrating mobile users into business-critical enterprise applications from that complexity by enabling them to integrate mobile data expertise into their existing knowledge base. This results in solutions that are brought to market more quickly and cost-effectively to the benefit of all parties.”
m-Network is an open component-based platform based on existing Enterprise standards such as those underpinning Web Services. It consists of Symbian software running on the smart phone and Java (J2EE) software running on an organisation’s enterprise server and provides the core functionality required to build robust, usable and secure mobile applications. Components of Intuwave’s m-Network software are shipped with every Symbian Smartphone as a core part of the operating system, further easing the integration of mobile devices with enterprise applications.
Key features of m-Network include:
• enterprise-class security that address critical concerns around wireless security by ensuring that the productivity benefits gained from deploying a mobile solution are not compromised by loss of data or unauthorised network access;
• on-line and off-line operation utilising the ‘rich-client’ functionality of Smartphones to provide a usable solution for the intermittent connectivity status of the mobile user;
• push messaging enabling proactive notification of essential information to users on the move;
• multiple bearer solution allowing users to make use of whatever wireless network is currently available, such as GPRS or Bluetooth
Ian Upton, Mobile Solutions, LogicaCMG, said, “Our customers want to make business-critical applications available to their mobile workforces but don’t want to underwrite either the costs or the risks of a huge integration exercise. Working with Intuwave means that we can leverage the capabilities of its m-Network platform using open, industry-standard APIs to incorporate their intellectual property in our own solutions with minimal impact and maximum effect.”
m-Network 2.2 will be released in June, 2003. Details of pricing are not yet available.
Intuwave is a software specialist with just one aim - to help both organisations and individuals realise the potential of Smartphones. We provide for customer and partners - handset manufacturers, mobile network operators, enterprises, system integrators, enterprise application developers and independent software vendors - a series of innovative products for all parts of the mobile data value chain. Our products are built specifically for the wireless and Smartphone environment. They deliver rapid return on investment through enabling increased market share and operational savings and use and enhance current and future mobile network standards and assets. Further information is available at www.intuwave.com.
LogicaCMG is a global solutions company providing management and IT consultancy, systems
integration and outsourcing services. With additional expertise in wireless technology, the company supports clients across diverse markets including telecoms, financial services, energy and utilities, industry, distribution and transport and the public sector. Formed in December 2002 through the merger of Logica and CMG the company employs around 21,000 staff in offices across 34 countries and has nearly 40 years of experience in the IT service arena . Headquartered in Europe, LogicaCMG is listed on both the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges (LSE:LOG; AEX:LOG). More information is available from www.logicacmg.com
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