Aussie link pays off as Yambay forges wireless alliance in US

Yambay, an Australian developer of software and wireless infrastructure for handheld computing devices, has forged an alliance that will combine its M-Commerce Architecture for Computer Handhelds (MACH) with the US wireless data services of Motient Corporation, and will close an interesting Australian loop that includes Western Australian wireless modem manufacturer Wavenet. The alliance will enable Motient to offer its wireless data services to Palm users anywhere in the US, and the Yambay platform will support wireless services for Motient's recent order of Palm V and Vx wireless cradles from Wavenet, explained Leon Livet, CEO of Yambay (which was known until late last year as Palm Solutions).

Built around open standards, Yambay's MACH platform will strengthen Motient's wireless services as the US company expands its customer base, and will simplify the introduction of new wireless products and services in the future, Livet said. He noted that there are now more than five million Palm V and Vx users in the US who, thanks to the Palm cradle and MACH, will be able "to enjoy the myriad benefits of wireless connectivity", including access to their existing e-mail accounts and real time access to the wireless Web.

"The cradle and Yambay's software provide a constant connection to the Motient network and will automatically alert the user of incoming messages," Levit added.

The alliance is expected to generate considerable benefits for the Australian developer. "As specialists in mobile commerce we are excited to be working with Motient, operator of the largest and most robust national wireless data network, to extend access to Palm users and developers and through the MACH platform provide flexibility for future devices and services," Levit explained. "The MACH platform has generated much interest from carriers who are finding their legacy systems unable to cope with the demand for wireless handheld services."

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