Intel And BT To Collaborate On Mobile Internet Applications And Services
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, AMSTERDAM, May 17, 2001 -- Intel Corporation and British Telecommunications plc's (BT) BTexact Technologies and BT Wireless businesses today announced they will work together to develop applications and services for next-generation mobile Internet devices.
The BT businesses also signaled their endorsement of the Intel® Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA), which is a development blueprint designed to accelerate the delivery of next-generation applications for high-performance, ultra low-power mobile devices combining voice communications and Internet access.
As part of the joint effort, the two companies' engineering and research laboratories - the Intel Architecture Lab (IAL) and BTexact Technologies - will work together to develop the technological foundations for mobile Internet devices for professionals on the move. The first initiative will focus on an application enabling "next-generation collaboration" to allow mobile professionals to easily create electronic working groups that span both location and wireless networks.
"As world leaders in the development of seamless services for both fixed and
mobile devices, BT in its collaboration with Intel will not only reduce unit costs, but also stimulate faster service and application development," said Mick Reeve, chief technical officer of BTexact Technologies. "This will simplify the lives of users, who will be able to use their preferred applications, regardless of changes in the type, make and version of their chosen communication device or network access."
"Intel and BT are working to enable software and hardware solutions based on an open architecture - Intel PCA - for the mobile professional," said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Wireless Communications and Computing Group. "By working with leading integrated communications solutions providers, such as BT, Intel is accelerating the availability of new applications for next-generation mobile devices."
Using collaboration technology, mobile professionals will be able to instantly and seamlessly share documents, messages and other rich data types across different types of wireless networks. Collaboration can occur locally using peer-to-peer wireless 802.11b connections, and also be extended to include remote participants using a GPRS wireless network.
Intel Developer Forum is a worldwide program that gives developers the technical information and vision they need to succeed in creating innovative products for the Internet economy. The 2001 Spring IDF conferences, held earlier this year in San Jose, Tokyo, Taipei and Beijing, and now in Amsterdam, features a full schedule of sessions and hands-on labs, along with numerous demonstrations of cutting-edge products and technologies. Industry participants include software and hardware developers of PC and handheld clients, servers and communications equipment. For more on semi-annual conferences held in the United States, Asia and Europe, visit http://developer.intel.com/idf. For the latest information on technology developments throughout the year, visit Intel Developer Update at http://developer.intel.com/update.
About BT and Intel
BTexact Technologies develops advanced communication technologies for companies across the BT Group and external organizations. The business is
headquartered at Adastral Park, Martlesham, at one end of the UK's Cambridge-2-
Ipswich Hi-tech Corridor. It is the center of technical expertise for the BT Group and
works with the company's businesses worldwide to help them to deliver new products
and services to their customers and to build infrastructure for their future. BTexact
Technologies has a remit to work with external organizations and is using its world-renowned expertise, experience and intellectual property to develop a significant commercial business.
BT Wireless is an international leader in mobile communications. It is responsible for the development of all BT's global mobile services and direct in-country operations, as well as for BT's move into broadband mobile networks through the introduction of GPRS and third generation (3G) services globally. BT wireless is one of the new lines of business created by BT earlier last year as part of the company's major restructuring. It provides management focus for the company's wholly-owned mobile networks and international joint ventures and strategic direction for its R&D investment in advanced technology, market research, product development and vendor engagement.