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HP Launches Mobile E-Commerce Platform

Hewlett-Packard Co. deployed a scaleable, secure platform to support both wireless and conventional Internet commerce.

The mobile e-services/commerce platform will enable customers to conduct transactions, from anywhere, at anytime, using any type of communications device, HP (HP) said.

"The full benefits of e-commerce will be reaped only by those companies who integrate mobile devices into their transactions," said Duane Zitzner, president of HP's Computing Systems.

"Companies not only need to support mobile clients, they also need to prepare their infrastructures for the exponential growth of Internet transactions as mobile devices proliferate."

The first version of HP's mobile e-services commerce platform is built on HP 9000 Enterprise Servers and HP NetServer systems, running HP-UX and Microsoft Windows NT, respectively. The platform supports conventional Internet and wireless transactions via Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) servers from Nokia or the Wireless Internet Platform of TANTAU (WAP 1.1 compliant).

HP said its services and support provide proactive assessment, management and design services to ensure high availability and security, as well as direct connection to HP support engineers and six-hour call-to-repair on hardware for reliable reactive support.

The platform integrates HP's e-speak technology, which allows developers to dramatically reduce the time required to create, deploy and manage e-services. A secure Web console allows remote console management from a Web browser. Pricing and configuration options vary based on the hardware and software.

Clients at launch include KBC Bank and e-commerce solution provider Smith-Gardner. In addition, LetsBuyIt.com is incorporating the HP platform into its e-commerce infrastructure to enable European consumers to co-buy products and check deal status via mobile devices.