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HarvestRoad Converts WAP

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Virtual community software company HarvestRoad has unveiled plans to launch ConvertML, a software product designed to WAP-enable Web sites.

Although telecommunications, hardware and software businesses moving into WAP technology are growing in Australia, Harvestroad said ConvertML's competitive advantage is that it will allow a Web site owner to WAP-enable their site or portal independent of a Telco or Service Provider.

Due for launch in February 2001, ConvertML will also provide Web site owners with access to their Web site directly through their mobile device, eliminating the need for conversion.

HarvestRoad's managing director Grame Barty said the software would deliver time critical content to mobile devices simply, flexibly and at minimal cost, bypassing the need to replicate the desired Web site content in multiple formats.

"ConvertML is a significant breakthrough in 'time-to-market', allowing businesses to address the expanding move to wireless and to be competitive by offering customers WAP access to critical information services from the Web site owner's site," he said.

"This is a classic example of an Application Service Provider (ASP) Solution," Mr Barty said. "We believe these are the type of services that ASP's will be providing for their customers in the future."

HarvestRoad's software will be compatible with any device that supports WML1.1 and has been tested with Nokia (Nokia 7110) and Phone.com (Siemens 35i) micro-browsers. ConvertML will operate on the Linux, Solaris and Windows NT platforms.