SOCIETE GENERALE CHOOSES WEBTISS TECHNOLOGIES FOR LAUNCH OF WAP-ENABLED PERSONAL BANKING PORTAL
Bank Customers will access accounts whether in United States, France, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom or Germany at the cost of a local callParis, June 26, 2000 Société Générale, one of Frances premier banking and financial services institutions, has awarded Webtiss Technologies (www.webtiss.com) a contract to supply custom WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) Portal Solutions to its customers in six countries.
Customers of Société Générales banking services will benefit from personal account look-up, including checking and savings accounts, as well as personalized information services including stocks, traffic information and weather reports. The services, which are free to all subscribers, will be made available through WAP-enabled handsets, such as the Nokia 7110. Subscribers residing or traveling in France, the United States, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain alike will be able to access their account information at the cost of a local call.
Société Générales entry into the mobile Internet market offers the company opportunities to strengthen both its existing service offerings and its brand identity by interfacing directly with its customers in a mobile environment, regardless of the mobile operator its customers have selected.
Prime features of the service include:
· A scaleable end-to-end security solution
· International access to Webtiss Technologies Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) Services at the cost of a local call
The contract marks a new stage in the ongoing working relationship forged between the two companies since late 1999 said Laurent Joly, Director of Distance Banking Projects at Société Générale. In addition to their unquestionable technical expertise, the Webtiss Technologies team has clearly identified the critical factors associated with building a successful mobile internet strategy.
Weve established a genuine spirit of team work with Webtiss Technologies who bring together core competencies such as technical consulting, systems integration and service hosting Mr. Joly said.
We are delighted to have been selected by Société Générale whose support for our technology is a clear indication of Webtiss Technologies leadership in developing WAP solutions for vertical markets and a validation of IT Links continuous strategic investment in developing mobile internet solutions said Michael Chicheportiche, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Webtiss Technologies.
Webtiss Technologies provides consulting and engineering services directly to vertical industries particularly telecom, banking, aviation and retail enabling the customer to offer a wide range of customized services to the growing number of mobile phone users, anywhere any time. The companys mobile Internet solutions offerings include mobile banking, mobile retail, mobile travel and leisure, mobile office and mobile gaming.
About the WAP services available through Société Générale
The personalized mobile services, which will be made available through a WAP handset, will be accessible to all Société Générales customers currently subscribing to Logitel, a Minitel service, and LogitelNet Internet services at the following address: wap.part.societegenerale.fr/web.
The initial beta test, currently underway, is being restricted to the first 2000 Société Générales customers to request the service. The trial will extend to volume subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2000.
About Webtiss Technologies
Webtiss Technologies (www.webtiss.com) was founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of IT Link, the French Information Technology specialists. IT Link, quoted on the Paris Stock Exchange new economy index under NM7259, is a major R&D player in the telecom, aviation, automobile and rail industries. Webtiss Technologies was created as a worldwide "one-stop-shop" for mobile Internet solutions, with WAP, Java, and SIM Toolkit offerings. Webtiss offers Mobile Banking, Mobile Retail, Mobile Travel & Leisure, Mobile Office and Mobile Game, among other WAP solutions, to a broad range of vertical markets.
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