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New technology offers parents greater control over mobile services for kids
Posted: 09-Jun-2006 [Source: Lucent]

[Lucent to integrate ACE*COM into its mobile services enabling operators to offer parental control of their children's mobile services.]

Murray Hill, NJ -- Lucent Technologies announced that it has signed an agreement with ACE*COMM Corporation to integrate ACE*COMM technology into Lucent's mobile services offering, enabling global wireless carriers to now offer their customers unprecedented parental control of their mobile services.

The integrated solution enables parents to control when kids can use their mobile phones, who they can call and how much money they can spend on fee- based voice, text or multimedia services. Offering a web-style screen, the application provides parents with the ability to establish parameters based on total usage, time of day, type of use and calling and called party.

The solution consists of Lucent's SurePay real-time rating and charging solution, which uses the dynamic rules-based management capabilities of Lucent Vortex(TM) policy management, and ACE*COMM's patent-pending Parent Patrol(TM) software, which provides configurable child-profile management that interoperates with the SurePay solution's policy management function.

The Lucent SurePay solution implements parent's instructions, which they enter through the Parent Patrol(TM) web-interface, into the user profile. The SurePay platform tracks and controls subscriber usage based on parameters such as billable minutes.

Lucent SurePay Real-time Rating and Charging

The Lucent SurePay Solution suite is a scalable, converged pre- paid/post-paid billing solution that provides support for a wide variety of voice, data, content charging and e-commerce services. The Lucent SurePay Solution can simultaneously support prepaid and postpaid, voice and data charging to wireline, wireless and IMS networks in real-time. In addition, the rating engine supports multiple flexible rating options, so service providers can customize rates and promotional packages to meet market needs or those of post-paid plans. Customers enjoy the convenience and real-time monitoring benefits while service providers have the flexibility they need to differentiate their service. The Lucent SurePay Solution suite is deployed in service provider networks with a base of more than 135 million subscribers including more than 47 million active SurePay subscribers.

Parent Patrol(TM)

Parent Patrol(TM) enables parents to set limits on their kids' mobile phone usage -- how much time children can spend on the phone, when they can use it, who they can call and how much money they can spend on fee-based voice, text or multimedia services. It provides a solution for parents who would like to provide their children mobile phones but might be concerned about their use. It is more flexible and more effective than simply relying on basic prepaid or similar time-limiting schemes to try to restrict phone use. Such plans only limit how much time a child can spend on the phone, not when they can use it, or who they can call.

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