CTIA Wireless 2004March 22, 2004 08:46 AM Eastern Standard TimeATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 22, 2004–
|Followap’s BREW(TM)-Based Presence Extension Will Enable the Development of Standards-Based Presence-Aware Applications|
“We see the BREW Presence Extension as an important service enabler, which will be quickly adopted by BREW developers looking to enhance the services they create, differentiating them from traditional services by providing an added dimension of dynamic subscriber presence information.”
Followap, a leading provider of carrier-class presence solutions, will demonstrate its BREW-based Presence Extension at the upcoming CTIA WIRELESS 2004 exhibition. The BREW Presence Extension enables developers to empower applications developed for QUALCOMM’s BREW solution with presence capabilities, transforming the user experience and usability of these applications. Followap will demonstrate the BREW Presence Extension at the QUALCOMM Booth (#3931, Hall B4). Among the presence-enabled applications that will be demonstrated are online multiplayer games powered by Unplugged, Inc., Followap’s Presence Enhanced Contacts (PEC) and IM services.
Wireless gamers can use presence information in order to invite other available players to a gaming session, manage their gaming preferences and conduct tournaments based on availability, user level and device capabilities. Presence Enhanced Contacts (PEC) transforms the handset’s phonebook into a dynamic contact list, displaying the availability status of each contact inside the phonebook. Presence information is being integrated into a variety of additional services, including Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC), content and dating services.
“Presence information is making its way into more and more handsets, powering an increasing number of services. We are proud of our cooperation with QUALCOMM, whose BREW solution has allowed us to maximize the possibilities presence offers developers,” said Gary Schulman, president of the Americas at Followap. “We see the BREW Presence Extension as an important service enabler, which will be quickly adopted by BREW developers looking to enhance the services they create, differentiating them from traditional services by providing an added dimension of dynamic subscriber presence information.”
“Followap’s BREW presence extension will enable developers with the ability to provide value-added functionality to a wide variety of applications,” said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management for QUALCOMM Internet Services. “We are excited to see Followap extend the power of the BREW solution with presence and look forward to seeing the introduction of new innovative presence-based applications.”
QUALCOMM’s BREW system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 24 manufacturers have offered more than 120 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many very successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Hutch in Thailand, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Guatemala, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Peru, Telefonica Moviles in Peru, Movicom in Argentina, Telcel and Movilnet in Venezuela, Verizon Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico and Pelephone in Israel.
About Followap, Inc.
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.
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