Extended Systems' XTNDConnect Server Solves Global PDA Challenge for Electrolux

11/14/2002 - Extended Systems, a leading provider of mobile information management solutions for the enterprise, announced that the Electrolux Group, one of the world's largest producers of powered domestic and professional appliances, has selected Extended Systems' XTNDConnect Server data synchronization software to enable centralized management of mobile devices across its global network.

Electrolux will deploy XTNDConnect Server to enable users to synchronize data (email, calendar, contacts, tasks and other files) between mobile devices and the corporation's Lotus Notes Groupware application.

Claes Bäck of Extended Systems' Swedish distributor Datanät AB, who closed the deal at the Electrolux Group's Stockholm headquarters, said XTNDConnect Server was chosen because it is device-agnostic and will allow the Electrolux IT department, Electrolux IT Solutions, to centrally manage any type of PDA brought into the enterprise.

"The Electrolux Group is an immense organization located in 150 countries that needed a centralized platform to allow careful and effective management of mobile devices while avoiding security risks," explained Extended Systems Vice President Raphael Auphan who oversees Extended Systems' European operations. "Electrolux experimented with other solutions but was not able to find one that met its requirements until it evaluated XTNDConnect Server."

Under a pilot program, senior management at Electrolux has been using XTNDConnect Server with a mix of mobile devices, including HP iPAQs, Palms and other PDAs running on Pocket PC and Palm OS. Now, said Auphan, Electrolux IT Solutions is launching the centralized PDA platform worldwide to all Electrolux employees.

"The advantage of using XTNDConnect server is that we are ready for future take up," said Dan Danielsson of Electrolux IT Solutions. "No matter which devices people choose to use, and even if we go from GSM to 3G, we have a solution that meets our needs."

About Extended Systems
Extended Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help enterprise organizations realize their business goals through mobile technology. The company's software and services portfolio includes data synchronization and device management solutions; mobile applications for sales, service and pharmaceutical professionals; mobile application development tools and services; and Bluetooth and IrDA wireless connectivity software. Extended Systems has more than 2,500 enterprise customers and key alliance relationships with Agilent, Ericsson, Handspring, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba. Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide.

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