February 25, 2004 04:09 AM Eastern Standard Time
CANNES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 25, 2004–Followap Inc., the leading provider of presence solutions for mobile operators and Motorola, a global leader in wireless communications, have completed initial interoperability testing of the iFollow Presence Server with Motorola’s IMS platform and Motorola’s Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) service.
Interoperability of Followap’s iFollow Presence Server with Motorola’s IMS platform will allow mobile operators to implement presence as an inherent component in their network. The presence server will be accessible through standard IMS interfaces and will communicate with the different IMS elements and network services in order to share and receive subscriber presence information.
“The cooperation between Motorola and Followap allows operators to rapidly launch an attractive Push-to-Talk over Cellular service, pre-integrated with a carrier-class, standards-based presence server. After the deployment process, the operator gets a feature-rich PoC service as well as a robust presence infrastructure, which can be used to presence-enable additional services.”
“We are committed to offer our customers a comprehensive, robust IMS solution,” said Murali Aravamudan, Motorola GM and VP, Winphoria Division of GTSS. “We are working with Followap through our IMS Interoperability Program to add a standards-based presence server to our IMS solution. We see this as another step towards providing operators with a broad and open network infrastructure.”
Integration of presence information with the PoC service improves the PoC user experience. Most importantly, the handset’s phonebook, transformed into presence-enhanced contacts (PEC), now serves as the basis for initiating and controlling PoC sessions. Subscribers are able to see if their contacts are available for PoC sessions, if they are expecting to be contacted by PoC, and if their device is capable of PoC. Additional features include integration with the phone profile and reception of textual instant messages and PoC messages through the unified contact list interface.
“Mobile operators have recognized the considerable effect presence can have on the usability and richness of value added services,” said Dotan Volach, CEO of Followap. “The cooperation between Motorola and Followap allows operators to rapidly launch an attractive Push-to-Talk over Cellular service, pre-integrated with a carrier-class, standards-based presence server. After the deployment process, the operator gets a feature-rich PoC service as well as a robust presence infrastructure, which can be used to presence-enable additional services.”
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies that help make life smarter, safer, simpler, synchronized and fun. Sales in 2003 were US$27.1 billion. Motorola creates innovative technological solutions that benefit people at home, at work and on the move. The company also is a progressive corporate citizen dedicated to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which it does business. For more information: www.motorola.com
Followap is the leading provider of carrier-class IM and Presence solutions. Its iFollow suite of products has been commercially launched by tier-one mobile operators, serving millions of subscribers. Followap delivers systems based on industry standards optimized for quick deployment on operator’s networks. Followap also offers an extensive Presence Development Environment, facilitating mobile operators and 3rd parties to presence-enable existing and future services. Visit www.followap.com for more information.