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SEAGULL announces wireless-to-host solution
Posted: 24-Dec-1999 [Source: M2 PRESSWIRE]

[The E-business solutions provider SEAGULL announces today a connection for business applications running on S/390 and AS/400 platforms.]

Dordrecht, The Netherlands -- "E-business solutions provider SEAGULL (AEX: SEAGULL) today announced its solution for connecting Web- enabled wireless devices to business applications running on S/390 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), which is 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, VP of Sales and Marketing for SEAGULL's EMEA 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 own core business applications; offering self-service capabilities such as letting a car-dealer look up inventory from the showroom floor, letting an insurance agent check the status of a claim from a disaster site, providing account information to a field salesperson or letting him/her track the status of 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 (NYSE: NOK), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERICY), Sprint PCS (NYSE: PCS), Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and many other leading mobile telephone vendors. WAP is also supported by 3COM (NASDAQ: COMS) for the Palm product line, and by other leading PDA vendors.


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