"E-business solutions provider SEAGULL (AEX: SEAGULL) today announced support for connecting Web-enabled wireless devices to business applications running on mainframe and AS/400 platforms. The devices, including mobile telephones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA's) can connect to the Internet using Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), rapidly emerging as a world standard for wireless Web access.
"Wireless is the next big wave in providing information and services to users via the Internet, and market demand is expected to be bigger and faster than anything we've seen before," said Jos Dikhoff, vice president of sales and marketing for SEAGULL's Europe and Asia Pacific operations. "And as market penetration of WAP devices and their services grows, the demand to provide access to host application functions and information will be tremendous. SEAGULL offers a complete solution that can be quickly implemented."
"The wireless movement lets users easily connect to the Internet via their mobile phones or PDA's and perform a variety of tasks like checking stock prices and reading news headlines. SEAGULL believes that the need will quickly emerge for companies to provide real-time wireless connections to their core business applications; offering self-service capabilities such as letting a dealer look up inventory from a show room floor, letting an insurance agent check the status of a claim from a disaster site, providing account information to a field sales rep or letting them track the status an order from their car. SEAGULL allows businesses to implement this wireless- to-host access rapidly and reliably.
"Expectations are that 100 million mobile devices will be WAP-enabled by 2003. WAP is supported by Nokia, Ericsson, Sprint PCS, Motorola and many other leading mobile telephone vendors. WAP is also supported by 3COM for the Palm Computing product line, and by other leading PDA vendors.
"SEAGULL plans to pursue alliances with consulting firms and other technology companies in Europe and the United States in order to exploit the opportunities in the wireless-to-host market.
"SEAGULL provides wireless-to-host connectivity through the Java Host Session Connector(TM) and the J Walk(TM) and WinJa(TM) product lines -- which are used to e-business-enable host application assets. Java Host Session Connector is the first commercially available deliverable resulting from the company's "Williamsburg" research and development activities in its Irvine, California and Swords, Ireland labs. Announced in April, 1999, Williamsburg is the project code name for new software that will automate the creation of XML and Java interfaces for mainframe and AS/400 applications, enabling companies to integrate their core business systems with Web sites, portals, electronic communities, etc. The Williamsburg products, not yet named, are scheduled for availability in Spring 2000.