Enterprise Highlights from CTIA
-The ballots were counted, and yesterday CTIA Wireless announced that the Best In Show winner of its E-Tech Awards was Alltel Wireless, for its Celltop technology. Celltop offers users an easier way to access, manage and organize the information already on their Alltel Wireless phones. Winner in the Enterprise Solutions category was Transclick, for its BlackBerry and J2ME smartphones. Transclick helps users to overcome language barriers by offering real-time translation of text messages; users can text in one language and have it translated into Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish or Ukrainian.
-AT&T Wireless CTO Kris Rinne said the company would beginning deployment of high-speed uplink package access (HSUPA) technology by the middle of this year. HSUPA--not to be confused with HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access), which is already in 165 cities--will offer downlink rates of 7.2 Mbps, whereas HSDPA rates are approximately 700 Kbps.
-Motorola announced that its MC35 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) will be available in April on the AT&T high-speed wireless data network, which will enable users to take advantage of the device's built-in GPS and push-to-talk functionalities. More than 25 enterprise applications can be ported to the MC35, including field service solutions from Corrigo and TeleNav's GPS Navigator for resource management, wireless time sheets and turn-by-turn navigation.
-Sprint Nextel announced that its anticipated Mobile WiMAX advanced multimedia network is progressing nicely, thanks to "wireless device and chipset initiatives." It has also added 12 new cities to its anticipated coverage area and hopes to begin launching the service by the end of 2007, ultimately reaching 100 million people nationally by the end of 2008.
-Citing Forrester Research findings that only 28 percent of small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) in North America have adopted mobile email (compare that to 71 percent of large enterprises) Visto and Sotto Wireless announced they were jointly offering a device-agnostic, easy-to-use mobile email solution for the SMB market. On a mobile device, the solution combines cellular service and wireless applications, such as the Visto Mobile email service, with all the functionality of an office phone system.
MobileAware, a provider of mobile service infrastructure (MSI) arrived at the show with impressive ROI statistics on a few of its customers. Gaz Metro Plus, one of Canada's largest national gas distributors, deployed a mobile field force solution that uses MobileAware's ExpressSync technology and saw a one-year return on investment of 118 percent. Additionally, Atlas Worldwide Holdings, a provider of air cargo charter services, deployed Mobile Aware technology within its wireless crew scheduling and notification system and has cut communication costs by 10 percent.