8/7/2002 - Extended Systems introduced the XTNDAccess IrFM SDK. XTNDAccess IrFM SDK is a complete software development kit that provides mobile device manufacturers and point-of-sale vendors with the necessary source code, application programmer interfaces (APIs), sample applications and documentation to implement the IrFM Point and Pay Profile quickly and easily. The IrFM Point and Pay Profile — a recently released specification from the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) — enables users to perform wireless financial transactions between a mobile device such as a cell phone and a point-of-sale terminal.
"IrDA is pleased to have an industry leader such as Extended Systems release a ready-to-go SDK that enables device manufacturers and point-of-sale vendors to quickly implement IrFM into their products," said Ronald Brown, executive director of the Infrared Data Association. "Having a quality IrFM development kit available at such an early stage will help get products to market more quickly, fueling the adoption of this great use model for infrared."
"The timely release of XTNDAccess IrFM SDK builds on our long-time leadership and commitment to infrared technology," said Don Baumgartner, vice president of worldwide marketing for Extended Systems. "IrDA continues to be a clear choice for applications like proximity financial payments that can take advantage of IrDA's reliable point-and-shoot capabilities and added security of line-of-sight connections."
Availability and Pricing
XTNDAccess IrFM SDK v. 1.0 is available immediately. Please call 208.322.7575 for pricing information.
Infrared for Financial Messaging (IrFM) specifies a standard way to make payments using infrared connections for proximity payments. In February 2002, IrDA's IrFM working group released the initial draft of the IrFM Point and Pay Profile for public review. The Point and Pay profile leverages existing financial instruments and defines the roles of the client device and the point-of-sale (POS) terminal. Additionally, it utilizes the Object Exchange (OBEX) protocol for exchanging transaction data.
IrDA was established in 1993 to set and support hardware and software standards which create infrared communications links. As a non-profit organization, the Association's charter is to create an interoperable, low-cost, low-power, half-duplex, serial data interconnection standard that supports a walk-up, point-to-point user model that is adaptable to a wide range of applications and devices. IrDA standards support a broad range of computing, communications, and consumer devices.
About Extended Systems (www.extendedsystems.com)
Extended Systems is a global leader in providing mobile infrastructure software that extends enterprise applications to mobile and wireless environments. The company's products include data synchronization and management software, mobile application development software, short-range wireless connectivity products (Bluetooth and IrDA-compliant), and client/server database management systems with remote access capabilities. Extended Systems' customers and key relationships include 3Com, Agilent, Compaq, Ericsson, Handspring, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, Palm, Sharp, and Toshiba.
Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide.
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