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IBM Launches Business Finder Technology

IBM has unveiled its business finder technology, a next-generation, real-time,

presence-based mobile resources management technology. The technology has been

developed by IBM's India Research Laboratory. The business finder technology

allows a consumer to find and use the nearest, most highly rated and available

service vendors like plumbers, electricians, carpenters or doctors.


According to Dr Daniel M Dias, director, IBM India Research Laboratory,

“The business finder technology combines sophisticated GIS applications and

data analysis with mobile telephone networks to provide information, wherever

and whenever, to a consumer who is looking for a specific near-by service.” He

further explained that the technology has the potential to provide significant

benefits to consumers as well as businesses. The potential of applying the

technology is not restricted to the service industries alone. Other industries

like transportation and logistics, utilities, healthcare and manufacturing can

also leverage the technology's potential. For consumers the technology which

will bring convenience to consumers and new business opportunities to service

vendors and telecommunications service providers.

Tally Signs Avaana as

Preferred RFID Partner

Avaana, a company focused on the RFID

space and accounting software firm Tally has formed an alliance to enable

Tally products with RFID. As part of the agreement, Avaana will become the

preferred RFID partner for Tally. Avaana will provide the RFID enablement

for TallyShoper Retail POS (point-of-sale), targeting the retail industry.

The RFID enabled product will be deployed in an upcoming industry RFID


According to Ravindran

PV, VP, R&D for Tally Solutions, "Tally's alliance with Avaana

in RFID is a key element in our strategy to provide our customers RFID

support in our products as part of RFID solutions for small, medium and

large enterprises."

RFID is gaining momentum

especially in the retail and supply chain vertical, where Tally has a key

focus with its TallyShoper and TallyAscent products. By RFID enabling its

products, Tally will be able to offer an edge by addressing the

requirements of its customers in RFID segment. RFID technology will be

targeted to help customers reduce supply chain costs while speeding the

distribution process, ultimately providing customers with better product


The business finder technology offers a live and dynamic 'yellow pages'

for consumers who use mobile telephones. It provides uniform search capability

over both 'mobile' businesses and vendors like taxis and plumbers and

'static' businesses and vendors like stores and gas stations. It combines

various attributes including location, reputation, dynamic workload and feedback

from consumers to 'matchmake' consumers with the closest available service

vendors. The underlying technology allows telecom service providers to track and

update data sources including mobility, presence and reputation of service



The technology could either be hosted by an individual network operator

(telecommunications service provider) or can cut across different operators. In

the former case, it can be marketed by the operator as a differentiating

value-added service to its consumer base. In the latter case, the business

finder application would be a third-party service that draws its consumer base

and its mobile vendor workforce from a number of telecommunications operators.

The business finder technology provides a flexible, service oriented

architecture (SOA) based, IP multimedia subsystem compliant services solution to

telecommunications service providers. 

Linksys Launches Wireless-N Product Range

Linksys, a division of Cisco has launched its first in line of Wireless-N

products. This includes the WRT300N Wireless-N broadband router, WPC300N

Wireless-N Notebook Adapter and WMP300N Wireless-N PCI Adapter. These products

are based on the 802.11n draft specification. These products will be available

through Linksys' channel partner network in India. The Wireless-N family is

targeted to deliver maximum range and capacity for wireless voice, Internet,

video and music all at once throughout the home or office. With up to four times

the range and up to 12 times the throughput of Wireless-G, the three new

Wireless—N offerings deliver wireless networks with the capacity to surf the

Web, enjoy multiple streams of high definition video, listen to digital music

collections and make Internet phone calls, all at the same time.

Expected to become the next standard for wireless networks, the 802.11n draft

specification includes a number of mandatory features that help improve the

overall user experience. These features include enhancements to both the speed

and range of wireless networks and calls for mixed mode operation and backward


Sybase To Acquire Mobile


Sybase, provider of enterprise

infrastructure and mobile software has signed a definitive agreement to

acquire mobile messaging and content delivery company, Mobile 365 in an

all cash transaction. The purchase price set is $425 mn and is subject to

adjustment based on Mobile 365's working capital, as of the closing

date. Net of acquired cash, the transaction is valued at approximately

$400 mn and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006, subject to

regulatory approvals and other specified closing conditions.

With the acquisition,

Mobile 365 will operate as Sybase Mobile 365, a wholly owned subsidiary.

Sybase's senior vice president of corporate development and marketing,

Marty Beard will lead the new subsidiary as president of Sybase Mobile


According to John Chen,

Sybase chairman, CEO and president, "This acquisition extends our

unwired enterprise vision with the addition of two new enterprise

channels, wireless carriers and content providers."

According to Bear, the combined

footprint, products, operator-grade network, and content and application

delivery infrastructure with the acquisition of Mobile 365 will extend

Sybase's reach into mobile enterprise customers. For its fiscal year

ended March 31, 2006, Mobile 365 generated approximately $90 mn in

revenue. It delivers mobile data and messaging, premium content, and

value-added services for the leading mobile operators, content providers,

global brands, media companies, and financial institutions worldwide. The

company's core products and services include interoperability services,

interactive services, and distribution services.

Microsoft's Special Promotion for Wireless

Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division has initiated a special

promotion, 'Go Wireless' around the launch of Microsoft Optical Desktop 700,

a wireless range of keyboard and mouse. The range will be available at the price

of Rs 1,699 and will be available for PC users through the Microsoft network of

over 8,100 resellers across more than 80 cities.

The wireless multi-media keyboard gives users full-fledged multimedia center

hot keys in addition to one-touch access to e-mail, the Web and the frequently

used Microsoft Windows features. The wireless optical mouse comes with the

optical technology that delivers accuracy and control providing greater value

and enhanced functionality. 


Nortel Bags Railways


Nortel Networks has bagged

multi-million dollar contract for providing telecom equipment to Indian

Railways. The Nortel GSM-R wireless railway communications technology

network will be used along the 751km railway line in Uttar Pradesh. The

Nortel GSM-R wireless railway communications technology network will be

used along the 751km, 90-station line in Uttar Pradesh. The contract for

signalling and telecom equipment was awarded to a consortium comprising

Ansaldo, its Asia-Pacific subsidiary Union Switch Signal, MR Trading and

Leighton Asia. Leighton had contracted Nortel for GSM-R network.

According to Mohit Anand, country manager, Microsoft Entertainment and

Devices Division, “Mouse and keyboard are two very critical devices in

computing, our extreme-performance wireless products gives consumers' the

right blend of flexibility, style, comfort, functionality and freedom, all at an

affordable and consumer friendly price to our channel partners.”

BSNL's LBS by Year-end

State-owned PSU, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will launch its location

based services (LBS) for its customers in two regions by the year-end. With the

launch of the LBS, BSNL will be the first mobile operator to offer this service

in the country. Currently, no mobile operator is offering this service in India.

Telenity, a US based provider of next-generation services for communications

networks has deployed the solution in 19 circles of BSNL across the country. The

application can be rolled out once the maps of the cities are available.

According to industry experts, there are maps available for 250 cities and BSNL

could offer their LBS in those cities.

RIM to Add 10 Telcos in APAC

The Research In Motion (RIM), designer of the BlackBerry wireless handheld

device, targets to add 10 mobile operators in the Asia-Pacific region in the

next 12 months. However, the company aims to increase its mobile operator base

from the current 200 to 300 in one year. Currently, RIM offers its BlackBerry in

India, exclusively, through Airtel and is not available in the open market. The

company has launched the BlackBerry 7130g handset in India with Airtel. Working

on EDGE and GPRS networks, the new handset offers push-based e-mail, phone, text

messaging, browser, organiser and other mobile applications.