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Vendor Creating Wireless Search Engine

ImaginOn previously known for streaming video technology for set-top users, said Thursday it is developing what it termed a "next generation" wireless search engine.

The search engine, which the company will call Vizario, will "bring significant new benefits to telcos, wireless equipment manufacturers and end users," claimed CEO David Schwartz. It is designed for Java-based platforms, he said.

That's because it can find, format and display or play back Web and intranet information without using a browser or Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)," Schwartz said.

"The prevalent system for accessing data from the Web or from an Intranet server using a microbrowser and WAP is less than optimal, to put it politely," Schwartz said.

Vizario is a Java-based client-server system. Besides working on Java-enabled mobile devices, the company says it enables Web searches to be initiated on the desktop and retrieved by the mobile device.

The first version of Vizario will be for Motorola iDEN phones today. The company also will develop a version of the Symbian EPOC platform, he said.

Schwartz said the company has completed the proof of concept stage and will start demonstrating the technology for potential customers in February. The product will be fully available in the third quarter of this year, he said.