Nokia offers enterprises new mobile access system

Nokia is targeting enterprises with a new server-based product that formats corporate e-mail, documents and other content for viewing on mobile data devices.

The product, Nokia Access Mobilizer, allows companies to provide mobile workers with access to their intranets without having to install special software on each client or reformat content, Nokia spokesman Michael Cobet said Tuesday. It also makes use of companies' existing security infrastructure by residing behind corporate firewalls.

The Access Mobilizer, consisting of both software and hardware, supports any browser-enabled device but works best on smart phones and wireless PDAs (personal digital assistants) designed for mobile data communications, according to Cobet. The technology automatically detects the type of mobile device and adapts content to fit into the display for easy viewing, he said.

"When users log in with their password, the system recognizes the device and security requirements and formats content in a way to make it relevant and viewable," Cobet said. "By relevant, I mean the software will intuitively omit large graphics and provide instead some other indication of this content, such as a headline. Users will need to view these types of graphics on systems with larger screens."

All transmitted data is retained on the original server -- and not on the mobile device -- to avoid the risk of exposing corporate information on misplaced devices, Nokia said in a statement.

The software used in the Access Mobilizer was developed by Eizel Technologies Inc., which Nokia acquired earlier this year, according to Cobet. The hardware consists of a server from the Espoo, Finland, mobile phone and infrastructure manufacturer.

The product is immediately available in the U.S. and Europe, with global availability expected in the first half of 2004, according to the statement.

It will cost between US$50-80 per user per year, depending on volume, Cobet said.

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