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Sun and Noblestar Bring Proven Wireless Solutions to Market Page 2

By Jeffrey Meltzer (Send Email)
Posted Mar 20, 2001


There are three key solution sets with proven customer examples within the Sun and Noblestar relationship. Sun and Noblestar have worked together to provide solution sets based on the successfully deployed solutions implemented and tested with Posten Brev, Sonera zed and Autodesk. These wireless sets are available for customers to take advantage of and customize to meet each of their individual needs.

Mobile Integrated Order and Payment Systems

This solution set provides the foundation for any mobile ordering application that also requires payment for goods and services and is based on Sun and Noblestar's work with Posten Brev. Sun and Noblestar provide a complete end-to-end ordering system that integrates corporate back office applications with the Point of Sale (POS) storefront systems required to execute a payment transaction. This solution can be integrated and deployed to organizations in multiple markets including pickup and delivery services, quick service venues, retail storefronts and stadiums and arenas.

Recently, Posten Brev, the state-owned Swedish postal service, turned to Noblestar and Sun for strategic planning, expert advice and support when planning a nationwide, mobile payment system using the GSM network. The result is a more convenient system that provides customers with greater control over where and when to receive their package, a variety of payment options and access to information regarding their package. With better management over pick-up and deliveries, Posten Brev is able to compete more aggressively in the marketplace.

Wireless Solution Enterprise Workgroups

This wireless solution set serves any organization, large or small, that organizes into workgroups to accomplish specific tasks and can leverage wireless solutions to support specific processes. The collective work that was recently implemented for Sonera zed's wireless solution serves as the basis for this enterprise workgroup solution. The workgroup can be as substantial and diverse as the sales force for an international corporation, or as small and focused as the senior executive team that leads a business.

For Sonera zed (zed), Noblestar used Sun's technologies to create one of the first large-scale wireless applications developed in the U.S. Through this strategic engagement, zed will launch an innovative wireless community in both the U.S. and Europe, allowing consumers to interact via WAP-enabled digital phones and handheld devices. This wireless community is accessible through zed's wireless portal, available on WAP-enabled phones, and allows consumers to create personalized, interactive communities based on common interests, and communicate via message forums, interactive chats and event calendars.

Sonera zed U.S., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Finnish telecommunications group Sonera Corporation, is the world's leading provider of personalized wireless entertainment and community-based information services that allow customers to satisfy spontaneous needs via mobile phones.

''Noblestar, using Sun's technologies, is developing our community solution that provides wireless data services such as instant messaging, thread discussions, a group calendar, and quick access to related wireless sites,'' said Paul Hughes, COO for Sonera zed U.S. ''This solution can be extended to allow workgroups to efficiently and effectively collaborate with one another, regardless of where they are located. Optimum productivity of all members of the workgroup could be maintained because of the unique capabilities available through this platform.''

Noblestar's wireless solution is built upon Sun's Solaris(TM) Operating Environment and is based on the Java(TM) 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE(TM)).

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