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....Renames ARTour, Introduces New and Enhanced Products for
Improved Mobile Connectivity...


IBM has announced several enhancements to the eNetwork
Wireless family of products, formerly known as ARTour. These
announcements include the introduction of beta programs for
eNetwork Emulator Express, eNetwork Wireless Gateway/Client
and eNetwork Web Express. The IBM eNetwork Wireless family
of middleware products extends the reach of the network by
providing mobile users access to existing IP-based
applications over wireless and dial-up networks, without
complex reprogramming. This software can reduce the cost,
complexity and time required to deploy mobile computing
solutions. These products continue to deliver on the IBM
eNetwork Software promise of providing customers with access
anytime, anywhere to their mission critical information,
whether host or web based. "IBM eNetwork Wireless is the
most comprehensive, open, end-to-end wireless solution in
the marketplace today," said Julie Roberson, manager of
mobile marketing for IBM Networking Software division. "We
provide the broadest network coverage available for truly
global solutions. By incorporating TCP/IP, Web and host
access we offer unparalleled ease in application
integration." IBM eNetwork Emulator Express - Extending
Your Enterprise IBM eNetwork Emulator Express lets
customers seamlessly extend their existing host applications
to mobile employees over wireless or dial-up networks. It
provides mobile access to the same familiar screens and
commands that an in-office worker would use if directly
connected to the network, enabling users to build on their
existing systems and investments. The product includes an
entry version of IBM's eNetwork Personal Communications
emulation software, and works with any other standard
emulator which provides TN3270 and TN5250 emulation.
eNetwork Wireless Emulator Express clients and servers work
together to significantly reduce the amount of data
transferred over the network - critical in a low bandwidth
wireless environment. Highlights of eNetwork Emulator
Express include: Reduces data transmission by more than
50%. Provides optimized 3270 and AS/400 5250 emulation.
Improves performance by transmitting only modified data via
data caching. Delivers multiprotocol support for wireless
and dial-up networks when used with IBM eNetwork Wireless
Gateway and Clients. The town of Bossier City, Louisiana is
one customer who is taking advantage of IBM eNetwork
Emulator Express. "The eNetwork Emulator Express is the most
flexible system I have seen. It is going to allow us to
implement our vision of the future. We will be able to
customize the system to meet the needs of our city and the
surrounding cities," said Keith Rider, director of
information services for Bossier City, Louisiana. IBM
eNetwork Wireless Gateway and Client - Foundation for
Wireless Solutions The eNetwork Wireless Gateway and Client
provide TCP/IP communication over wireless and dial-up
networks and offer performance-enhancing applications. A
beta version offering Windows NT** support for the client is
being announced today, widening the range of devices
supported. Other enhancements for this beta version include:
DATARADIO support means better network integration because
it supports industry wireless devices widely used in the
public safety arena. This enhances the already wide range of
devices and protocols supported by eNetwork Wireless
software. Primary Rate ISDN support saves customers money
because it allows customer to use ISDN 30 lines in Europe -
a 15 times improvement over Basic Rate ISDN. TCP/IP
Optimization improves the cost of data transfer and
performance over all networks. This optimization
dramatically improves process flows between the gateway and
client, through data compression and stripping. Caller Line
Identification (CLI) or Caller ID support is now available
to provide customers added convenience and security while
connected to an ISDN network. Call Duration Records (CDR)
support allows customers to track usage by seeing the total
time connected for ISDN-connected networks, and will be
helpful for billing purposes. IBM eNetwork Web Express - Web
Without Wires, Web Without Waiting in addition to providing
wireless access to the Internet and company intranets,
eNetwork Web Express reduces data traffic from 70-90 per
cent, supports most popular Web browsers and enables
background queuing of requests and disconnected operations.
The performance and usability enhancements for this beta
version of eNetwork Web Express mean more network efficiency
and better user productivity, and include: Improved client
graphic user interface (GUI) allows users to intuitively
learn how to use the product, resulting in more productivity
in less time. Improved configuration interfaces for both
the client and server, resulting in faster set up time.
Multithreading capabilities in the background allow
customers to queue up multiple browser requests even while
disconnected. Performance improvements resulting in reduced
line connection times and costs. Automatic browser
configuration avoids a separate step of setting up the
browser for Web Express, and lets the customer use the
product faster.













Pricing and Availability Since the enhanced versions of IBM
eNetwork Emulator Express, IBM eNetwork Wireless
Gateway/Client and eNetwork Wireless Web Express are
currently only available in beta, full pricing and
availability information will be announced later this fall.
Information about IBM eNetwork Wireless and other IBM mobile
offerings can be found at
http://www.software.ibm.com/mobile. IBM, the world's largest
software provider, creates, develops and manufactures some
of the industry's most advanced information technologies,
including computer systems, software, networking systems,
storage devices and microelectronics. IBM offers information
about the company, its products, services and technology
through the World Wide Web. The fastest, easiest way to get
information about IBM software is to go to the IBM Software
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