Solid Powers Telematics Using Microsoft Windows CE .NET Platform

8/27/2002 - Solid Information Technology, the leader in delivering next-generation distributed data management solutions, announced its further foray into the telematics market concurrent with the availability of its Solid FlowEngineTM solution on the Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system and PocketPC handheld devices. The total telematics market (equipment and services) will grow to over $19.6 billion by 2006 according to Forrester, and Allied Business Intelligence predicts that the fleet management services (FMS) segment of the market will reach $6 billion by 2007. Solid and Microsoft are addressing this substantial segment by powering Nexus, the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) public transport fleet management system, through the Solid FlowEngine embeddable data management solution and Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system.

"Solid's impressive data management technology has been a key advantage to our new Nexus system, which provides advanced monitoring and performance enhancements for our industry-leading fleet automation solutions," said Anton Rosier, managing director, ICS. "Solid FlowEngine provides a robust transactional data platform that manages intelligence throughout the distributed Nexus business environment, making it easy to move data between vehicles and enterprise systems and enabling ICS to offer the best fleet automation systems available today."

Solid and Microsoft Address Fleet Management Systems Market
FMS is a large subset of telematics, which is the blending of computers and wireless technologies to efficiently convey information over vast networks such as those being developed by the automotive industry. Together Solid and Microsoft Corp. are addressing this progressive networking environment in which sophisticated operating systems like Microsoft Windows CE .NET and efficient data management solutions such as Solid FlowEngine can offer significant benefits to equipment manufacturers and their customers - business users and consumers. Solid is the first company to offer powerful, relational data management capabilities for this market, seamlessly integrating into all major operating systems, including Windows CE .NET and the PocketPC platform. Windows CE .NET is now being used in telematics applications that need robust systems to meet industry requirements and rugged environmental requirements (-50C to 70C). Together, Solid and Microsoft are addressing the stringent needs of solution providers in this space.

"The most important facet of what Solid brings to the product development table is the ability to scale up from the PDA level to enterprise servers and carrier-class applications, efficiently managing data in distributed environments such as telematics. Solid is a great complement to our overall Windows CE offering," said Juha Christensen, vice president of mobility marketing, sales and solutions for Microsoft. "With its proven technology and track record with pervasive computing applications like smart networks and devices, Solid is providing real-world solutions within the Windows CE environment."

Solid Powers ICS Nexus
ICS relies on Solid to provide the data management infrastructure for its public transport fleet management system, Nexus. Solid FlowEngine offers a robust transactional data platform that manages intelligence throughout the distributed Nexus business environment, from vehicles to enterprise systems. Solid provides persistent storage for applications in each vehicle, so vehicles can function without a continuous network connection, collecting fare and vehicle information that is later synchronized with central systems via a wireless connection. Solid guarantees data consistency across the distributed application, which requires no on-board human attention. Solid's easily embeddable data management solution, which requires no database administrator, brought ICS significant time-to-market advantages and lower cost of ownership compared with solutions that could be developed in-house.

The Solid technology is embedded in two pieces of the ICS Nexus on-board vehicle equipment: the Nexus Black Box, which collects vehicle information such as speed, distance traveled, position, and cargo temperature; and the Nexus Terminal, which resides in the driver cabin and enables the driver to enter information such as clients and locations visited and payload. Using the Solid technology provides ICS with multiple benefits:

"Customers that are building next-generation applications such as telematics rely on Solid to deliver innovative distributed data management products, which give their offerings higher value to their customers," said Jussi Harvela, president and chief executive officer of Solid. "With Solid FlowEngine's robust relational data management, information can be delivered through the widest range of operating systems and handheld wireless devices from industry leaders such as Microsoft, providing remote and mobile users with access to information wherever and whenever they need it."

About Solid (
Solid Information Technology Corp. delivers next-generation distributed data management software. Built on a sophisticated architectural foundation, Solid's solutions power inherently distributed applications. A unique combination of relational data management and advanced synchronization, Solid technology can be used as a client/server data management system or be embedded into any network element - from today's wireless terminals and optical routers to tomorrow's smart devices. Leading companies including Avaya, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, and Nortel and innovative start-up companies such as Turin Networks, Celox Networks, and Lantern Communications use Solid in their solutions to build high-performance, fault-tolerant, and scalable smart networks. Solid is a privately held company with worldwide headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The company also has regional offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

Solid FlowEngine is a trademark of Solid Information Technology Corp.

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