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Vodafone live! selects Mobile Search Platform
Posted: 29-Dec-2003 [Source: Vodafone]

[Vodafone enhances its handset search capabilities.]

Fast Search & Transfer(tm), FAST(tm), the leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, and Vodafone, the world's largest mobile community, today announced that FAST Data Search(tm) has been selected as the mobile search platform for Vodafone live!.

The new search facility on Vodafone live! enables customers to use their mobile handsets to search across an extensive portfolio of content and an index of worldwide WAP content using a hosted installation of FAST Data Search. This enables Vodafone to quickly connect its customers to relevant services within the Vodafone live! offering as well as to the mobile Internet. The service is already live in Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, with the UK scheduled early next year.

"Providing our customers with access to the information and entertainment content they want, when they need it, is one of our key aims with Vodafone live!," said Guy Laurence, Global Marketing Director - Global Products and Content Services, at Vodafone. "The integration of a mobile search function that is quick and easy to use, is the latest addition to Vodafone live! ensuring that our customers' experience is first class every time."

"FAST strives to provide mission-critical search solutions for enterprises with the most complex information retrieval situations, as well as to further develop its search technology for deployment with the latest technological advancements," said John M. Lervik, chief executive officer of FAST. "Vodafone live! is clearly taking mobile services to the next step by allowing customers quick access to entertainment and information services through integrated camera phones. We are pleased that Vodafone has selected FAST to improve the overall search experience of its Vodafone live! offering."

The FAST Data Search suite of enterprise search solutions offers the most comprehensive combination available of powerful real-time search technology, business search management tools, and information analysis capabilities. FAST Data Search enables companies and organizations to develop information transparency and utilization across organizational units and geographical areas. This results in improved efficiency through collaboration, information sharing, and real-time data monitoring and filtering, as well as a dramatic boost in ROI and lowered total cost-of-ownership.


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