CURRENT BLUETOOTH Product announcements
on-the-fly protocol transfer between 802.11b, Bluetooth,
and GPRS protocols. Mountain View Firm, Airify Communications,
Inc., Announces Mobile Computing Breakthrough Business Wire
- July 23, 2001 08:22 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July
23, 2001--Airify Communications, Inc., pioneer in the field
of wireless technology, has developed a single-chip solution
that delivers seamless connectivity in a mobile environment.
Airify's universal platform utilizes patented core technologies
to maintain synchronous connections and implement smart,
on-the-fly protocol transfer between 802.11b, Bluetooth,
and GPRS protocols. The result is unbroken wireless communication
in real-life situations. Airify takes advantage of low-noise,
low-power, small-footprint, multi-processor devices to provide
uninterrupted access from cell phones, PDAs, and laptops.
Airify's microprocessor allows the user to download software
upgrades and adds flexibility and longevity to their product
with a small programmable logic core.
With a world-class engineering team recruited from leadership
positions at the likes of Altera, Sun, SGI, Motorola, Conexant,
and Philips, Airify combines design savvy with extensive
industry experience to deliver unique wireless solutions.
The company is poised to generate breakthrough technologies
that will radically accelerate the adoption of wireless
mobile computing in the business environment.
Airify has more than a dozen patents pending and files an
average of three new applications each month. A quarter
of its 26 employees hold Ph.Ds.
Strategic partnerships with TSMC, Virtual IP, Leda Systems,
ISSC, and other industry leaders give Airify access to a
wide range of related technologies. The flexibility and
reduced time to market enabled through these partnerships
position Airify to take a leadership role in the wireless
In addition to its main campus in Mountain View, Airify
maintains a development facility in Irvine, CA.
For information contact: Larry Matheny firstname.lastname@example.org
2109 Landings Drive Mountain View, CA 650.934.0188 tel 650.934.0187
CONTACT: Airify Communications, Inc., Larry Matheny, 650/934-0188
BluStor Speeds Customer Recognition for Auto Dealers and
Luxury Retail HURST, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2001--The
average luxury car sells for more than $70,000, but according
to the Polk Automotive Awards this year the customers don't
remain loyal to a brand or dealer. Average loyalty ratings
in the luxury classifications were under 20%, which means
hundreds of thousands of potential lost sales from customers
over the course of the car-buying years. That doesn't surprise
the folks at BluStor, the first customer loyalty system
using Bluetooth(TM) short-range wireless technology. "My
partner and I spent more than $300,000 on luxury cars in
the past three years, yet the dealerships have no idea who
we are," says Bill McDaniel, EDP, Chief Technology Officer
for BluStor, a wholly owned subsidiary of McGrew + McDaniel
Group, Inc. "A dealership using BluStor will always know
who their customers are and the current status of their
car the minute they pull into the service drive," McDaniel
continued. Leveraging Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology
and the web-enabled BluStor Gatekeeper, this patent-pending
technology revolutionizes customer recognition for luxury
auto dealers, and for luxury goods retailers in any venue.
Every manager knows that it can cost as much as 7 times
more to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing
one. The fastest way to lose a customer in any industry
is to fail to meet their expectations; the best way to retain
their loyalty is to know who they are and what they need
when they enter the business environment. On the service
drive that means checking them in and getting them on their
way as quickly as possible. With BluStor, the Service Writer
is automatically notified as soon as a customer pulls into
the dealership and has instant access to the complete customer
history and preferences. The sales force is alerted and
provided a current situation analysis that lets them know
how long the customer has had the car, their favorite colors
and options, current lease or purchase status, and even
the owner's birthday! By integrating BluStor with existing
customer databases and dealership applications, the rewards
are almost instantaneous. The BluStor concept works in the
luxury goods sector to increase sales. When a customer is
recognized they are 75% more likely to make additional purchases.
In retail environments with goods selling for thousands
of dollars these repeat customers drive profits straight
to the bottom line. BluStor makes that possible even when
staff turnover is high. BluStor is currently in discussions
with luxury car dealers and expects to have beta customers
operational this year. The company is seeking private funding
to expand market presence and applications, including fine
art and photography galleries and antiques dealers. CONTACT:
McGrew and McDaniel, 817/577-8984 Fax: 817/577-9371 Email:
PayStar Corp. to Become Largest Operator of Internet Kiosks
in the World Via eKiosk Corporation's Public Internet Kiosk
Network Business Wire - July 17, 2001 15:02 LODI, Calif.--(BUSINESS
WIRE)--July 17, 2001--PayStar Corporation (OTCBB:PYST),
one of the nation's leading independent providers of Cashless
ATM devices, Prepaid Telecom Services, Wireless Bank Services,
Multi-media Services, and Internet Kiosks, is pleased to
announce it has entered into a letter of intent with eKiosk
Corporation of New Lenox, Illinois. PayStar will convert
nearly 1,000 eKiosk(TM) public Internet kiosks to PayStar's
"Gold Sprocket" pay- for-use kiosk software. The agreement
includes "ActionFax(R)," a Public Touch Screen Fax Kiosk
installed in major U.S. airports and leading airline clubrooms
in the U.S. PayStar's Info*Station/eKiosks are Internet-enabled
devices that offer consumers rich content. PayStar's content
includes exciting arcade-quality video games developed by
uWink.com., a company headed by the founder of the video
game industry, Nolan Bushnell. The network will also feature
802.11B wireless, high-speed broadband connectivity with
universal roaming provided via technology supplied by hereUare
Communications. Consumers can connect their palmtops, MP3
players, laptops, notebooks, and other handheld devices
to the Internet through hereUare's enabled wireless access,
RJ-11 modem, RJ- 45 high-speed data, USB or infrared port.
"eKiosks is the logical step in migrating our installed
base of nearly 10,000 payphones and cashless ATMs to the
era of public Internet enabled devices," stated PayStar
CEO, Wm. D. Yotty. PayStar's Info*Station/eKiosks will offer
a wide variety of financial and other services including
Internet browsing, e-mail, video e-mail, and phone services.
In addition to its connectivity options, each device is
fully equipped for telephony services, including speakers,
video camera, and microphone. Additionally, the Info*Station
will provide real-time video conferencing in the near future.
eKiosk Corporation, formed in 1999, is the nation's largest
operator of Internet kiosks in public areas. eKiosk was
the first to introduce Video e-mail and remains the industry
leader in this technology. eKiosk acquired ActionFax(R)
to form its Airport Division last year. A 12-year veteran
in the airline/airport market, ActionFax(R) was the first
public facsimile service company in the U.S. with 260 service
centers worldwide. eKiosk partners include leaders in travel,
hospitality, and entertainment including Hilton Hotel Corporation,
Northwest Airlines, TWA, US Airways, Alaska Airways and
Marcus Corporation. About PayStar PayStar Corporation, a
premier distributor of telephony and financial services
offers customers a diverse array of enabling devices worldwide.
PayStar currently owns and operates five fully integrated
divisions. The divisions offer Switch services, Prepaid
products, Long distance, Web design and hosting, Cashless
ATMs, Wireless bankcard services, Private Payphones, Internet
Kiosks, and Multi- media advertising. PayStar is the location
services provider (LSP) to retail merchants nationwide and
is considered a "carrier's carrier" for wholesale telecom
services worldwide. PayStar's strategy can be summarized
in three words: Location, Location, Location. Success will
be driven by internal sales efforts and merger and acquisition
activity. PayStar's strategy centers on points of distribution
in thousands of merchant locations worldwide utilizing PayStar's
wide array of enabling devices. This news release contains
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements
involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties
that may cause the company's actual results or outcome to
be materially different from those anticipated and discussed
herein. These include the company's historic lack of profitability,
end user customer acceptance and actual demand, which may
differ significantly from expectations, the need for the
company to manage its growth, the need to raise funds for
operations and other risks with the regulation of the telecommunications
industry. For more information, call PayStar at 877/769-7827
or visit their Web site at www.paystar.com. CONTACT: PayStar
Corporation Carolyn Hoff, 209/339-0483 email@example.com
Wingate To Install Bluetooth In Atlanta Property
BY DIANA M. RODRIGUEZ
PARSIPPANY, NJ- HOTEL BUSINESS AE has learned that Wingate
plans to install BlueTooth technology at its Atlanta-Buckhead
by the end of the third quarter, and that the hotel is looking
adopting a new back office wireless system for employees.
"As early as the third quarter we'll get the technology
in the hotel and allow customers to use their BlueTooth
check-in with their cell phones, and unlock their guestroom
Andrew Kraemer, director/technology and revenue enhancement
The new bluetooth-enabled locks, which are being developed
and Tesa, will initially be installed in 10 guestrooms.
The hotel will supply 25 BlueTooth technology devices to
customers, so [the property] can start using the technology
said Kraemer. "We'll have a group of customers that
will test the phones
for a couple of months, and then they'll participate in
one of our focus
The software that coordinates the BlueTooth phones with
hotel's property management system (PMS) is being developed
VoiceFlash Networks, a newly formed company that resulted
merger of Registry Magic and Bristol Retail Solutions.
After the initial roll-out of the check-in services, the
will begin integrating additional bluetooth features to
build upon the
company's loyalty program, U1, and its customer relationship
"We want to be able to send messages to guests telling
have 10,000 U1 points and that they could redeem them for
a free night
at a Wingate hotel," said Kraemer. "The guests
will then see a
connection between staying at the hotel and receiving rewards."
In addition, as part of the company's new customer relationship
management initiatives, the hotel staff will begin using
device to create a more proactive role in the travel habits
"The general manager will have information about where
has stayed and where he's traveling to next," said
Kraemer. "This allows
us to personalize the guest's stay and push information
from the CRM to
the BlueTooth phones- and not just typical customer information,
we can give him directions to the hotel he's staying at
These initiatives are expected to be implemented during
Currently, there are no plans to install BlueTooth technology
other Wingate properties, but General Manager David Smith
BlueTooth is in every phone, you'll see BlueTooth in every
The 101-room Wingate Inn Atlanta-Buckhead was selected for
beta test because of its close proximity to a number of
"A lot of the people that work at the companies carry
roll outs of phones already," said Smith.
Kramaer added that he expects BlueTooth to be a common feature
mobile phones by next year. "The chips will be in cell
phones by 2002,"
he said. "People are already predisposed to wanting
technology and they'll upgrade to bluetooth as soon as it
Smith added that the convenience of the technology will
BlueTooth a valuable tool for travelers. "Business
travelers are tired
of standing in lines; they've been standing in lines all
day. They stand
in line at the airplane ticket counter, they stand in line
they stand in line for their luggage. When they get to the
they can bypass long lines and just check-in with their
The Wingate Buckhead is also planning to install a new wireless
check-in system, also developed by MSI, which includes a
PDA used by hotel employees to check guests in at the curb.
In addition, the hotel is researching a new wireless housekeeping
system that could monitor the guestroom cleaning process.
"Right now the
hotel's housekeepers are walking around with clipboards
and pencils. We
want to put that all on a Palm device, so they can make
changes," said Kraemer.
He added that the housekeeping PDAs would be similar to
currently used by the company's quality assurance teams
information back to Wingate's headquarters. (7/12/01)
WEXHAM SPRINGS, UK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2001--
Red-M and Motorola Sign Original Equipment Manufacturers
(OEM) Agreement to Provide Complete Bluetooth Solutions
Red-M(TM), a leading supplier of advanced Bluetooth(TM)
networking product solutions, announces a strategic alliance
with Motorola, Inc, MOT, a leader in the wireless communications
industry, to provide customers with complete Bluetooth network
products and technology.
Red-M and Motorola will work together on key client accounts
to deliver powerful business solutions using Bluetooth wireless
technology. Red-M will supply Motorola with its award winning
Bluetooth access servers and access points. One implementation
of these products will be as a platform for Motorola's seamless
mobility solutions. Motorola's efforts in seamless mobility
are driving toward the delivery of enhanced mobile multimedia
communications that work over WLAN/Bluetooth and cellular
data networks. As part of the agreement, the companies will
work together on joint promotions, customer trials, customer
specific developmental projects and ongoing market research.
Red-M is a developer of advanced Bluetooth networking solutions
that provide rapid and secure transmission of data, voice
and video communications over a wireless network infrastructure.
Motorola is a leader in the development and implementation
of Bluetooth wireless technology, delivering the first commercially
available Bluetooth product to market with its Bluetooth
PC Card, followed by the innovative Timeport(TM) 270 --
one of the first mobile phones with Bluetooth wireless technology.
Motorola is also a member of the Promoter group, which leads
the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).
"We are very excited about the potential of Bluetooth wireless
technology," said Bob McCall, Corporate Vice President and
General Manager, Global Portfolio Management, of Motorola's
Consumer, Government, and Industrial Solutions Sector. "Red-M
has demonstrated technical leadership and excellence with
its Bluetooth networking products, making this alliance
an integral part of Motorola's ongoing Bluetooth strategy."
Mike Wilson, CEO of Red-M, added, "Motorola is a pioneer
in the development of next generation Bluetooth technology.
We are delighted to work with them as a strategic partner.
We consider this to be a major endorsement of our products
and technology, and we are looking forward to an ongoing
Red-M is an acknowledged leader in the Bluetooth networking
market. The company develops and markets hardware and software
product solutions that enable mobile data, voice and video
communications inside buildings and public concourses to
a range of devices - including computers, personal digital
assistants (PDAs), wireless application protocol (WAP) smart
phones and other emerging information appliances - using
wireless Bluetooth technology. Red-M was founded as an internal
start-up of Madge Networks N.V. MADGF and is now an associate
company, having secured $35m second round funding from Apax
Partners and Amadeus Capital in April 2001. Red-M launched
the world's first Bluetooth networking products in October
2000 with the 3000AS access server and 1000AP access point.
The company has filed a number of patents around the design
and implementation of Bluetooth networking technology, including
its unique Red-M BIAS(TM) (Bluetooth Internet access server)
technology. Red-M has won several awards including the first
ever Award for Innovation at the annual Bluetooth Congress
in June 2000 and more recently PC Magazine's `UK Technical
Innovation Award'. Red-M is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth
Special Internet Group (SIG) and is an active member of
the Personal Area Networking (PAN) working group. Information
on Red-M can be found at www.red-m.com.
Motorola is a global leader in providing integrated communications
solutions and embedded electronics solutions. Sales in 2000
were $37.6 billion. For additional background, please visit
Motorola's at: www.motorola.com MOTOROLA and the Stylised
M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
All other product or service names are the property of their
Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology is set to revolutionize
the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from
wired connections. It is a specification for a small form-factor,
low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers,
mobile phones and other portable and handheld devices, and
connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest
Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications,
computing, and network industries, is driving development
of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth
SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel,
Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and more
than 2,200 adopter companies.
Red-M, the Red-M logo, Red-M BIAS, are trademarks, and in
some jurisdictions may be registered trademarks of Red-M
(Communications) Ltd. Madge is a trademark, and in some
jurisdictions may be a registered trademark of Madge Networks
N.V. or its affiliated companies. Other trademarks appearing
in this release are the property of their respective owners.
PC Magazine's UK Technical Innovation Awards is a trademark
of VNU Business Publications Limited
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 2001--Dealcheck.com Inc.
(OTCBB: DCHK) is pleased to announce that it has completed an initial
successful beta testing of an Internet appliance, designed and
developed by its wholly owned subsidiary, 1388755 Ontario Inc.
1388755 Ontario Inc.'s objective is to innovate and develop cost-
effective, secure and portable Internet appliances, with wireless
connection to the Web, using the latest technologies for wireless
connectivity such as Bluetooth (short range, low power radio
technology), 802.11HR and Wi-Fi .
1388755 Ontario's first project, named "Biochex", is the
development of an Internet enabled medical data logging device, that
is both wireless and portable. The development work is led by Mr.
Jose Laraya, an electronic engineering graduate of Tokyo University,
who has developed other innovative technologies. Mr. Laraya developed
the world's first APL computer using a 8-bit microprocessor, the
first IBM compatible LCD laptop computer employing voice recognition,
encryption systems based on digital speed compressors and many
Mr. Laraya, who is based in Toronto, commented, "Beta testing
success reaffirmed the effectiveness of Bluetooth and similar
technologies in providing wireless connectivity. It will also allow
us to develop a portable, affordable and wireless web enabled device
for everyday use by anyone with or without a computer."
1388755 Ontario Inc. continues to work on the development of
Biochex and anticipates a fully functional and secured web site
within three months.
About Dealcheck.com Inc.
DealCheck.com Inc., is a publicly traded company that focuses on
being first to fund the development of Internet oriented businesses,
which have yet to go beyond the conceptual level, and to invest in
the equity of other companies whose business models require extensive
use of Internet related services. The Company's strategy also
envisions and promotes opportunities for synergistic business
relationships among the Internet companies within its portfolio.
For more information on Dealcheck.com Inc. Contact Kam Shah, CFO
at 416-860-9997 or visit their web site at www.dealcheck.com For
Investor Relations, contact Rob Kennedy at Current Capital Corp. at
416-860-0211 or visit their website at www.currentcapital.com
Trading in DealCheck.com shares are reported on the NASD-OTCBB
under the symbol "DCHK".
No regulatory authority has approved nor disapproved the content
of this release.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
(the "Act"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion,
the words "plans", "confident that", "believe", "expect", or "intend
to", and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act and are
subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Such statements are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties and actual results could
differ materially from those expressed in any of the forward-looking
CONTACT: Dealcheck.com Inc.
Kam Shah, CFO, 416/860-9997
Current Capital Corp.
Rob Kennedy, 416/860-0211
SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2001--U.S. Robotics,
provider of the world's No. 1-selling modem brand as well as emerging
Internet access and connectivity products, today introduced the U.S.
Robotics Cable Modem for cable service providers seeking a well-
recognized modem brand with extensive retail presence.
The U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem is part of U.S. Robotics'
expanding portfolio of broadband and networking offerings for the
home and small office/home office (SOHO) markets.
The U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem has received Data-Over-Cable
Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 1.0 Qualification from Cable
Television Laboratories Inc. (CableLabs) for Certification Wave 18.
CableLabs is the industry's governing organization for client and
head-end interoperability standards testing.
DOCSIS certification ensures that the U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable
Modem can be deployed by cable Internet providers with full
confidence in its function and reliability as installed consumer
premise equipment (CPE). Ultimately, DOCSIS will enable consumers to
purchase cable modems directly from retailers, eliminating the need
for cable Internet providers to maintain inventory.
The U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem is now shipping and is
available directly to cable Internet service providers at competitive
"With the introduction of our cable modem, U.S. Robotics has
rounded out its broadband and networking offerings to provide a
better online experience for our customers," said Christine Pomeroy,
vice president of marketing, U.S. Robotics in Schaumburg. "In
addition to the high-quality features of the product, we offer a
trusted brand and retail channel relationships, making this product
easily available for our customers."
In addition to passing stringent DOCSIS standards testing, the
U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem has successfully passed field trials
at multiple cable companies in the United States, Brazil and
Portugal, according to Christopher Browne, cable/ISDN product manager
for U.S. Robotics.
"At the conclusion of these field trials, the U.S. Robotics modem
demonstrated capabilities in a variety of configurations and has also
proven to be a performance leader with more than 10,000 packets per
second on live radio frequency cable systems," Browne said. "These
results mean our cable modem offers the optimum Internet experience
for the end-user.
"In concert with our 802.11b wireless products and four-port
broadband router, the cable modem can provide the same high-quality
experience for multiple workstations and laptops," Browne
said. "These products are part of our ongoing commitment to providing
Internet access solutions for the home and small office."
Designed around the Broadcom chipset, U.S. Robotics' external
Cable Modem provides maximum bandwidth, interoperability and an
always-on high-speed Internet connection, allowing users to surf the
Web at up to 38 megabits per second depending upon the cable Internet
The modem enables users to download large files in seconds rather
than minutes, participate in interactive gaming and enjoy audio and
video Internet entertainment. The modem is compatible with PC, Linux
and Macintosh systems and can be connected via USB or Ethernet port,
providing flexibility for both customers and cable service providers.
About U.S. Robotics
For three decades, U.S. Robotics has been the world's leader in
Internet access, delivering the highest quality and most innovative
modems possible. Since re-emerging as an independent company, U.S.
Robotics has extended its leadership role in Internet access and
connectivity, providing wireless networking products for homes and
small offices, cable and DSL modems for broadband access, and
wireless Internet devices.
The company is partnering with key industry players and new
technology providers to bring consumers "one-box" solutions through
its extensive worldwide channel relationships. It is committed to
ensuring the quality, reliability and ease of use consumers expect
from U.S. Robotics.
U.S. Robotics is a privately held company with headquarters in
Schaumburg. For further information regarding the company and its
products, visit the Web site at www.usr.com.
NOTE TO EDITORS: U.S. Robotics is a registered trademark of U.S.
Robotics Corp. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned
herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
CONTACT: Maples Communications
Mike Kilroy or Nancy Koprowski, 949/253-8737
Date: Monday, June 18 2001
- Moving pen and paper into the digital age with Bluetooth (tm)
Today, Ericsson announced the world's first digital pen, Chatpen (tm) CHA-
30. Taking advantage of Bluetooth (tm) wireless technology and the GPRS
network, Chatpen can transfer handwritten text and interact with mobile
phones, computers and the Internet.
The Chatpen technology offers tremendous potential for operators and
their customers by creating a broad range of new SMS, fax, e-mail and
The product is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2002, though
a limited pre-launch in association with Europolitan-Vodafone will take
place in Sweden during the fourth quarter of 2001.
Using a paper catalogue, consumers will be able to order products
electronically without ever touching a computer. Using pre-printed
forms, companies will collect data, take inventory and manage other
types business communications - even the remote signing of contracts.
Everything from the instant purchase of airline tickets to the delivery
of flowers or pizza from a newspaper advertisement will be possible with
Chatpen. As Chatpen and paper products featuring the dot pattern it uses
become more widespread, numerous new applications will appear.
Though it looks and writes like a normal pen, Chatpen also "reads" its
location with the help of an almost invisible dot pattern printed on
ordinary paper. This information is sent via Bluetooth and a GPRS mobile
phone, letting consumers write on paper and digitally at the same time.
Consumers will also find that they are no longer restricted to text-
based SMS or e-mail, but can send handwritten notes with Chatpen to
anyone with a mobile phone, PC or PDA. Anything that can be drawn or
written can be sent instantly, making messaging more personal and
simplifying the process of sending text in languages that do not use the
Though simple in appearance and function, Chatpen contains state-of-the-
art technology that includes an infrared camera, an image processor and
a Bluetooth wireless transceiver. When writing with Chatpen on paper
that features a subtle pattern of dots developed and owned by Anoto AB,
these hidden components "read" the pen's location. This information is
sent via Bluetooth wireless technology to a mobile phone, which then
passes it via GPRS to another mobile phone, a PC or a PDA. Anoto AB is a
subsidiary of C-Technologies.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet
communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing
innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to
create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
Peter Bodor, Public Relations Manager
Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
Phone: + 46 8 404 2423, +46 70 328 2423
Johan Sjdahl, Strategic Accounts, Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
Phone: +46 46 193715
Free Home Networking Detailed in Ubicom Briefing Paper;
Revenue From Customer Applications Will Entice Broadband Providers
to Offer Free Home Networks
Business Wire - June 15, 2001 12:00
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2001--As the latest
in its series of executive briefing papers, Ubicom, Inc. today announced
the on-line availability of a paper, Free Home Networking -- Coming
Soon, that discusses the potential for free home networking to be
provided by broadband service providers. Ubicom is a leader in providing
Internet Processors and networking software that enable ubiquitous
Ubicom believes that TV cable, satellite-dish, DSL and other broadband
providers will provide or underwrite free home networking for two
economic reasons. First is their desire to lock-in customers ahead
of growing competition. Second is the "pull" of current
revenues from such applications as sharing of home computer peripherals,
entertainment, home security and on-line interactive games. Such
a strategy is a variation of the old razor blade marketing scheme
of giving away the razor to make money selling the blades. The broadband
providers will provide home networking to obtain on-going service
"The current situation is unusual because of the existence
of in-place `killer applications' simultaneously creating user demand
and vendor revenue," said Stephan Thaler, vice president of
Marketing at Ubicom. "Thus, giving away or underwriting the
cost of home networking by the providers makes sense. We see home
networks with a broadband access point as the next logical progression
The full case for free home networking is detailed in Ubicom's Executive
Brief, Free Home Networking -- Coming Soon. The short, easy-to-read
background document details the scenario and potential revenue that
will drive free home networking. The document can be found on-line
Related information on home networking can be found on the Web at:
About Ubicom, Inc.
Headquartered in Mountain View, Ubicom, Inc. enables ubiquitous communications.
Ubicom is the
leading supplier of Internet Processors and protocol stacks that will
connect billions of
devices to the Internet. Ubicom implements communications and control
functions as pre-built
software modules that run on the Internet Processors. This approach
reduces time to production
and system cost, while providing greater flexibility, compared to
Additional information on Ubicom and its products can be found on
the Web at:
(TM) Bluetooth is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A.,
HomePNA is a trademark of The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance
and HomePlug is a trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
CONTACT: Ubicom, Mountain View
Joe Fowler, 650/210-1560
Friday June 8, 3:43 pm Eastern Time
SOURCE: 3eTechnologies International, Inc.
3eTechnologies International, Inc., Releases The
World's First 'Integrated Cable Modem SOHO
3eTechnologies International, Inc, Develops World's First Integrated
Wireless Cable Gateway (802.11b, Bluetooth, IrDA) with Certified
Excite@Home, CableLabs(R) and DOCSIS 1.0 Approvals
ROCKVILLE Md., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- 3eTechnologies International (3eTI), Inc., a
leading developer of wireless Internet communication products, today announced it is
releasing the world's first integrated Cable Modem Wireless Gateway, with three
wireless technologies -- 02.11b, Bluetooth, and IrDA -- HomePNA, Ethernet, and print
The 3eTI Wireless Gateway with an integrated cable modem has the distinction of
being the first Wireless Gateway with cable modem functionality, including Bluetooth
and 802.11b. The 3eTI Cable Modem Wireless Gateway Product integrates a
CableLabs¨ certified DOCSIS 1.0 cable modem to create a single modem-gateway
device for the residential or SOHO environment. Built on an x86 PC board computer,
the 3eTI Cable Modem Wireless Gateway has all of the personal computer features
required for approval compliance using CableLabs¨ certified cable modems. This is a
significant step toward enabling the wide-scale deployment of 3eTI Cable Modem
Wireless Gateway devices among CableLabs¨ and Excite@Home broadband network
affiliates and service providers. The 3eTI Wireless Gateway with an integrated PCI
cable modem has the distinction of being the first Wireless CableGateway product to
integrate a cable modem with CableLabs¨ certification, Microsoft¨ WHQL approval,
and @Home Conditional Level 2 Approval.
The powerful 3eTI Wireless Gateway Product Line also recently achieved another
world's first: The successful integration of Bluetooth and 802.11b in the same
gateway! This was demonstrated at the 3eTI booth at the Communications Solutions
Expo, Washington D.C., May 24-25, 2001. The 3eTI Wireless Gateway product offers
other modular options, including integrated ADSL, VoIP, and Optical Broadband
interfaces, as well as a hard disk drive option for local server and caching functions,
such as Video on Demand services.
``The 3eTI SOHO Wireless Gateway creates an extremely powerful market product,''
said Steven Chen, President and CEO of 3e Technologies International, Inc. ``3eTI
has always promoted an 'all-in-one' SOHO Wireless Gateway, and now we expand
that product definition with a comprehensively tested and approved internal modem
solution. This wireless gateway and modem product is ideal for the residential and
SOHO users, and very attractive for broadband ISP and ASP carriers, providing
options for bundled services and features for deriving additional revenues.''
About 3e Technologies International
3e Technologies International, Inc. (http://www.3eti.com ), also known as AEPTEC MICROSYSTEMS, INC. enables
always connected, location and condition- intelligent telematic services with products such as the SOHO Internet
Gateway (HPNA, 802.11, Ethernet, IR and Bluetooth) and the Palm GPS/wireless add-on (The Glove)(TM) devices.
The wide spectrum of 3e services and e-Devices solutions encompasses e-Infrastructures, e-Applications, and in the
home, at the office, and on the road. 3e is headquartered at 15800 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 290, Rockville,
Maryland 20855. For more information, please visit http://www.www.3eti.com . At the NCTA (National Cable
Television Association tradeshow, booth 3249) at the McCormick Place, Chicago, during the exhibit (June 11-13,
SOURCE: 3eTechnologies International, Inc.
SOURCE: Palm, Inc.
Palm Bringing Bluetooth Wireless Communications to Handhelds
Unveils First SDIO Add-on for Expandable Palm m500 Series Handhelds
MONTE CARLO, Monaco, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bringing the Bluetooth short-range wireless
communication standard one step closer to reality for Palm(TM) handheld computers, Palm, Inc.
(Nasdaq: PALM - news) today announced the Palm Bluetooth Card here at the Bluetooth Congress
2001. The card, somewhat larger than a postage stamp, will enable quick, easy and secure local
communication (within 10 meters, or 30 feet) between Palm handhelds and other Bluetooth-enabled
devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, printers, network hubs and other handhelds.
Designed using the open industry-standard Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO) specification, the
Palm Bluetooth Card can be slipped into Palm products that have the SD/MultiMediaCard expansion
slot, currently the Palm m500 and m505 handhelds. The card, jointly developed between Palm and
Toshiba, a leader in the development of SDIO add-ons, is expected to be available before the
end of the year for $150 or less (estimated U.S. street price).
The Bluetooth wireless communication standard -- supported by industry leaders such as IBM,
Ericsson, Nokia, Toshiba and Intel -- was developed to encourage the adoption of wireless
communications worldwide. The Bluetooth standard is a specification for small form-factor,
low-cost, short-range radio links among devices, allowing a variety of portable and mobile
computing products to talk to each other across platforms.
``Bluetooth has the ability to change the way we work, share information and interact with each
other,'' said John Cook, senior director of product marketing for Palm, Inc. ``As
Bluetooth-enabled products become more pervasive, we believe they will inspire people to create
a new class of products and services that we can only begin to imagine.''
A Wireless Bridge to the Internet
One of the initial uses of the Palm Bluetooth Card will be to wirelessly connect handhelds with
mobile phones. For example, a woman who wants to dial up the Internet or her corporate network
might have a Palm handheld in her hand and a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone in her purse. Using
Bluetooth communications to connect to the phone, within seconds she could send and receive
email, use web clipping applications, browse the web for information, or send instant messages
-- all without opening her purse.
``This is only the beginning,'' Cook said. ``Much the way modems changed personal computers
from isolated computing machines into pervasive communications tools, we believe Bluetooth will
open a new era in interoperability among devices and collaboration among people.''
Collaboration and Sharing
Palm and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) believe that products like the Palm
Bluetooth Card will play a key role in making Bluetooth a wireless industry standard for
Personal Area Networking (PAN). Multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices in proximity to one another
can -- at the user's initiation -- form a PAN in which up to eight devices communicate and
share information. In this case, a group of people in a meeting room can use handhelds to
compile their discussion items into a single agenda viewable by all. Notes immediately can be
distributed to all attendees, and the group can confirm the next meeting by searching each
attendee's schedule, recommending and securing a time that works for all.
``We are very glad to work with Palm and excited about their implementation of the Bluetooth SD
card in their leading handheld computers,'' said Kenji Hibi, General Manager of Toshiba's
Bluetooth Business Development Division. ``As a leader in Bluetooth and SD card development, we
will continue to offer mobile users more flexibility and options in mobile solutions, and we
expect to contribute to the expansion of the SDIO Card including Bluetooth into various
Today, makers of handhelds, phones, laptops, printers and Bluetooth access points are working
with Palm and other members of the Bluetooth SIG to lead development of the Bluetooth standard
and create Bluetooth devices of all kinds that work instantly and seamlessly with each other.
With the kind of third-party software applications that Palm and other Bluetooth SIG partners
are encouraging developers to create, handheld users will have the power to communicate with
almost any other user or device.
For example, a man is about to enter an important contract negotiation meeting. Before joining
the group, he checks email on his Palm handheld by connecting to one of the Bluetooth access
points deployed throughout his corporate campus. He receives a revised contract in email; he
edits the contract and prints the new version to a local Bluetooth-enabled printer -- all from
In the future, small Local Area Network (LAN) access points in offices, airports and stores --
called ``hot spots'' -- may provide wireless access to the Internet using Bluetooth. The types
of services that might be available to a user via a hot spot include access to important
corporate information, favorite Internet content via the MyPalm(TM) portal, or vertical
applications for retail, healthcare and financial services. Palm is working with companies such
as Axis Communications with the goal of making connectivity into these hot spot networks a
simple and elegant user experience.
Cook said, ``In a few years, we believe people could potentially use their handheld to talk to
a small Bluetooth server hub at a local coffee shop and check email while they drink their cafe
Palm OS Support for Bluetooth
In addition, Palm will offer Bluetooth support for Palm OS¨ 4.x software by the end of the
year. This will allow licensees to easily incorporate Bluetooth into products or release add-on
Bluetooth solutions for current Palm Powered(TM) products. This also will enable
Bluetooth-based software applications to work seamlessly on all Palm Powered handhelds.
Palm is working with Bluetooth developers to create a variety of solutions for Bluetooth users
that will be available when the Palm Bluetooth Card hits store shelves by the end of the year.
Developers can get a developer tool kit and links to technical APIs to make current Palm OS
solutions Bluetooth compatible at www.palmos.com/dev/tech/bluetooth/.
The Bluetooth wireless technology is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by
providing freedom form wired connections. It is a specification for a small form-factor,
low-cost, radio solution-providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other
portable and handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest
Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries,
is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes
promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm and
Toshiba, and more than 1,800 adopter companies. For more information, visit the Bluetooth
Special Interest Group web site at www.bluetooth.com.
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet solutions and a leading
provider of handheld computers, according to IDC (December 2000). Based on the Palm OS¨
platform, Palm's handheld solutions allow people to carry and access their most critical
information with them wherever they go. Palm(TM) handhelds address the needs of individuals,
enterprises and educational institutions through thousands of application solutions.
The Palm OS platform is also the foundation for products from Palm's licensees and strategic
partners, such as Franklin Covey, HandEra (formerly TRG), Handspring, IBM, Kyocera, Sony, and
Symbol Technologies. Platform licensees also include Nokia and Samsung. The Palm Economy is a
growing global community of industry-leading licensees, world-class OEM customers, and more
than 155,000 innovative developers and solution providers that have registered to develop
solutions based on the Palm OS platform. Palm went public on March 2, 2000. Its stock is traded
on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol PALM. More information is available at
NOTE: Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm, Palm Powered and MyPalm are trademarks of
Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries. Palm, Inc. uses the Bluetooth trademarks under express license
from Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.
SOURCE: Palm, Inc.