IBM and Nokia team up to put mobile employees in touch with their
Phone Users to Access Database and Internet Resources via New Wireless Application
(March 18, 1999) - At CeBIT '99 in Hanover
today, IBM and Nokia will provide the first preview of a Wireless Application Protocol
(WAP) mobile phone device accessing Lotus Notes.
The demonstration - based on IBM's Wireless Domino Access technology
from Lotus, the Nokia WAP Server and Nokia's new 7110 mobile handset - puts corporate and
personal mobile users in touch with their key data resources whilst on the move. This WAP
solution allows data from both Lotus Domino-hosted databases and the Internet to be
accessed and presented to users via WAP phones, such as Nokia 7110. The demo will be shown
at Nokia stand in Hall 26, stand E68 and at IBM stand in Hall 1, stand 4G2.
This collaborative venture enables Domino-based data resources to be
converted into a format suitable for the phones display and input characteristics, and
allows users to retrieve and access key applications such as email, calendar and directory
services. The partnership between IBM and Nokia demonstrates the benefits of convergence
between IT and mobile telecommunications.
"This preview demonstration from IBM and Nokia is a great example
of how companies are teaming up to make applications more useable and available to
everybody. WAP technology introduces a new freedom to the way we can interact with data,
and because WAP is an open standard available to all mobile handset manufacturers, users
will soon be able to connect to corporate data and the Internet regardless of time and
place", said Pertti Lounamaa, Vice President, Nokia Wireless Software Solutions.
Nokia provides the WAP software and tools to make corporations more mobile.
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is the de-facto world standard
for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones and other
wireless terminals. Handset manufacturers representing over 90% of the world market across
all technologies have committed to shipping WAP-enabled devices. Carriers representing
more than 100 million subscribers worldwide have joined WAP. This commitment will provide
tens of millions of WAP browser enabled products to consumers by the end of 2000. WAP
allows corporations and carriers to strengthen their service offerings by providing
customers with the information they want and need while on the go. The WAP Forum has
published a global wireless protocol specification based on existing Internet standards
such as XML and IP for all wireless networks. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry
IBM's Pervasive Computing unit has responsibility for creating
e-business solutions that leverage the new class of connected client devices such as
handheld Internet appliances and screenphones. A key part of the team's mission is
furthering the adoption of open industry standards for pervasive computing to help
customers easily access and act on information whenever and wherever they may be.
Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier and a leading
supplier of mobile and fixed telecom networks including related customer services. Nokia
also supplies solutions and products for fixed and wireless datacom, as well as multimedia
terminals and computer monitors. In 1998, net sales totalled FIM 79.2 billion (USD 15.7
billion, EUR 13.3 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on five European
Stock Exchanges and on the New York Stock Exchange (NOK.A), has sales in over 130
countries and employs more than 44,000 people worldwide.
Nokia Wireless Software Solutions focuses on the development of WAP
technology. It also develops mobile applications and solutions for corporations and
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