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Compaq Offers Wireless Mobile Commerce Solution

Compaq Corp. this week delivered a business-grade wireless solution for service providers that enables mobile customers using hand-held devices to receive Internet-based data and to complete commercial transactions "reliably and securely."

The Compaq Mobile Internet Platform is a next-generation mobile commerce solution that incorporates advanced middleware, including Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) technology, which enables wirefree users to trade stocks, make point-of-sale purchases, exchange e-mail, and complete business-to-business transactions, the company said.

The solution is part of Compaq's broader wireless Internet strategy. As part of the end-to-end solution, Compaq will provide systems and business application integration, support and portal/content relationships.

Compaq also is delivering hand-held devices that customers may use to access the new wireless services -- a WAP-enabled Wireless Connectivity Suite, essentially a handset that enables users to browse the Internet, exchange e-mails via short messaging service (SMS) technology, and send documents to a fax machine.

The suite includes an Aero 1500 or 2100 palm-size PC, a connecting cable, a WAP browser, Web browser and fax software.

The Compaq Mobile Internet Platform is being marketed to service providers worldwide, including telecommunications carriers, wireless applications service providers (WASPs) and Internet service providers.

"As convergence accelerates, we're seeing a dramatic transformation in the way people use the Internet," said Neil Dagger, senior product manager at Compaq's Displays & Peripherals Division. "Analysts foresee that in five years, almost 830 million wireless devices will be accessing the Internet, making them the access devices of choice."

At the heart of Compaq's Mobile Internet Platform is wireless Internet software provided by TANTAU, which makes Internet applications available to wireless devices such as cellular telephones, personal digital assistants and pagers. TANTAU's wireless Internet platform features multiple protocol support (WAP 1.1, SMS, HTTP), gateways for integration with back-end applications and data sources, and the ability to create personalized applications based on user preference.