Motorola Inc. and Oracle Corp. Tuesday announced the release of MObileBlueprint Version 1.0, a mobile applications platform that will assist with the development of business applications for wireless Internet communication devices.
"The target audience in this case is a chief technology officer or a system architect who is developing a plan for wireless services in their business," said Jim DeBelina, director of enterprise solutions within Motorola's personal networking group. "There are two categories. There are those that have existing wireline applications and want to make them wireless. The other is those that are wanting to offer new applications over a wireless (network)."
MObileBlueprint will have five components: WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and Voice Server interoperability validation; a Wireless Internet Platform core; an application development environment; configuration/deployment guidelines; and system requirements, the companies said in a statement.
MObileBlueprint is designed to assist carriers, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and businesses in creating open-standards, Unix-based platforms for wireless applications. As a rough estimate, DeBelina said he expects the user mix to be about 20 percent carriers, 40 percent service providers and 40 percent business users.
The validation of the Motorola WAP and Voice Servers with Oracle9i Application Server (AS) Wireless Edition is expected to be completed in early 2001. The remaining four components will be completed by second quarter 2001.
The wireless Internet platform will integrate elements of Motorola's Mobile Internet Exchange (MIX), including WAP and Voice Servers, TrueSync SyncML Server and the Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OA&M) core, with Oracle9i AS Wireless Edition.
A key advantage of the platform is the ability to run multiple applications together, DeBelina said. The platform also offers easy maintenance, he said.
Motorola and Oracle are working with five service providers, which vary in size, to develop the wireless application platform, said Dan Poirier, Oracle vice president of service provider platforms. He said he was not a liberty to disclose the service providers assisting in the platforms development.
The announcement is an extension of the alliance between Oracle and Motorola that was announced in February 2000. At that time, OracleMobile, a division of Oracle that builds and hosts wireless applications, began using Motorola's MIX platform as part of its hosting services.http://www.MObileBlueprint.com/.