AirFlash Joins Phone.com Alliance Program; Application Service Provider Supplies Infrastructure for Location-Based Mobile Content and m-Commerce.Business Editors/Technology Writers
REDWOOD CITY Redwood City, city (1990 pop. 66,072), seat of San Mateo co., W Calif., on San Francisco Bay; inc. 1868. Manufactures include commmunications, electrical, electronic, and medical equipment. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2000
AirFlash, Inc., the premier ASP of wireless location and m-Commerce infrastructure, today announced that it has joined the Phone.com(TM) Alliance Program as an application development partner. AirFlash(TM) plans to integrate SmartZone(TM), the Company's location-based content and m-Commerce infrastructure, with Phone.com's products for wireless Internet, including UP.Link Server (Unwired Planet.Link Server) An earlier name for Openwave's mobile gateway. See Openwave Mobile Access Gateway. Suite(TM) and UP.Browser(TM) microbrowser A Web browser designed for small display screens on smartphones and other handheld wireless devices. See smartphone and WAP. . Mobile carriers and mobile portals will now have a `plug compatible' infrastructure to deliver accurate mobile-relevant user experiences by tying together location and time-relevant content with a continuous mobile interface and a one-click shopping experience.
"We believe that the mobile medium is a new medium because the Internet user Internet user n → internauta m/f
Internet user Internet n → internaute m/f experience on the mobile phone is a fundamentally different experience than surfing on the web," said Rama Aysola, founder and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of AirFlash. "Mobile operators and mobile portals need a solid foundation to deliver mobile-relevant services, and our alliance with Phone.com provides a significant step forward in offering carriers and portals best-of-breed, location-based mobile infrastructure."
SmartZone's patent-pending technologies place locations in a two-mile radius of the mobile user's location. Unlike current Internet search algorithms, SmartZone takes all topographical obstacles into account; the SmartZone radius is defined by driving or walking times and not by aerial distance. For example, if an ATM cash machine is only one-quarter mile away from the user but across a river with the nearest bridge two miles away, SmartZone will recognize that the cash machine is, in reality, a much further distance away.
"We are delighted that AirFlash is joining the Phone.com community of alliances," said Kathy Simpson, director of Developer Marketing for Phone.com. "We believe that location services See mobile positioning. are key to the success of the wireless Internet."
The Phone.com Alliance Program has two aims: to promote the concept of wireless information access, and to coordinate the exchange of ideas and information among Alliances Program members, other companies developing wireless Internet products and services, and Phone.com's network operators. AirFlash joins a growing list of alliances that includes content providers, application developers, tools providers and systems integrators using the Phone.com Product Family. For more information about Phone.com, please visit their web site at http://www.phone.com.
About AirFlash, Inc.
AirFlash empowers the Mobile Medium through location and m-Commerce infrastructure for wireless carriers and portals. The AirFlash services supply relevant location-sensitive content such as yellow pages and directions; local events, movies, and attractions; travel and commuter updates; comparison-shopping; and ticket purchasing through the SmartZone environment. AirFlash has a strategic partnership with Inktomi to enable advanced m-Commerce and search capabilities tailored for mobile users.
Founded in July 1998 by industry pioneer Rama Aysola, AirFlash is a privately held company privately held company
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. based in Redwood City, California Redwood City is a suburb located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County. As of the 2005 census, the city had a total population of 76,000. . Investors include Inktomi, Bay Partners, Band of Angels, PTI PTI - Portable Tool Interface , Trio Investments and Pitch Johnson/Asset Management Company. For additional information about AirFlash, visit their web site at http://www.airflash.com.
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