March 23, 2006



September 2003


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By Teresa von Fuchs

Everypath, a mobile task automation software company, announced that AIU Insurance Company in Japan, a subsidiary of the American International Group, has chosen Everypath’s mobile task automation. Everypath also announced new partnerships with Sharp and Toshiba that make Everypath’s Mobile Task Automation Software available to a broad Japanese customer base.

STS, a provider of underground utility location services, has deployed the Quadrant System from WebTech Wireless using AT&T Wireless’s GSM/GPRS network. The Quadrant System will bring real-time fleet management, as well as field data, to STS’s fleet of over 800 trucks throughout a 17-state area, reducing operation costs and boosting service response time.

Cascade Natural Gas will deploy Itron automated meter reading technology. Over the next 18 months all 221,000 Cascade gas meters will be automated. Headquartered in Seattle, Cascade provides service to more than 200,000 residential, commercial and industrial gas customers in Washington and Oregon.

Progress Energy has selected MapFrame’s FieldSmart technology to equip its workforce with GIS mapping data. FieldSmart includes four tools: FieldSmart View, FieldSmart Sketch, FieldSmart Route and a server solution, Field Flow Manager. Progress Energy provides electricity to 2.8 million customers across three states.

The City of Santa Clara, Calif., has selected Ecutel Systems’ VPN, Viatores, to support its secure mobility initiative. Viatores will provide police officers in the field with secure access to resources and real-time information exchange while roaming Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the city.

SpectraLink, an enterprise wireless communications provider, announced the deployment of NetLink e340 and NetLink i640 wireless telephones to one of the Netherlands’ largest hospitals, Medical Center Leeuwarden. The hospital selected SpectraLink’s wireless LAN-based solution to interoperate with its network of Cisco Aironet Series Wi-Fi access points already established throughout its facility.

Verizon Wireless has chosen Motient, a national distributor of wireless data solutions, as a National Master Agent for Verizon’s high speed data Express Network services. Motient is also expected to be the first Verizon Wireless agent for RIM BlackBerry services.

Corporate Express, supplier of business-to-business computers and office supplies, will deploy Aether Systems’ 20/20 Delivery for wireless logistics to more than 1,600 company-owned delivery vehicles throughout 29 distribution centers in the U.S. 20/20 Delivery is a new Aether product that runs on a handheld computer and allows the company to track packages in real-time.

The Philadelphia Eagles have joined with Harbor Technologies to deploy and manage a new communications network for the NFL team’s new stadium, Lincoln Financial Field. The new stadium network will consist of more than 1,000 devices connecting everything from ticketing and operations to food service and security. The network will also provide high-speed Internet access to luxury suites and press areas.

In Other News

IT vendors, service providers and systems integrators announced the U.S. launch of the Mobile Enterprise Alliance (MEA), an international market development and advocacy group. The MEA already has more than 250 enterprise members and vendor partners. Founding members include Citrix, Inmarsat, LINQware, Palm, Sierra Wireless, Symbol, Symbian, Traveling PC and now Vodafone.

WirelessKnowledge, a company created in 1998 as a joint venture between Qualcomm and Microsoft, has folded. Microsoft pulled out in 2001 as its own wireless data product competed with Wireless Knowledge’s services such as mobile e-mail and calendars. Qualcomm has folded the subsidiary and most of Wireless Knowledge’s employees are being transferred to Qualcomm along with the intellectual property.

Broadbeam has named Hugh Sheridan Vice President of Technology. Broadbeam has been developing mobile solutions for more than 10 years. Sheridan will be responsible for ensuring that Broadbeam’s architecture and products provide lasting competitive positioning. Sheridan will also lead the Developer and Product Management groups. Sheridan joins Broadbeam with over 20 years of product development and large IT portfolio management experience.
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