Sun Microsystems, LocatioNet Deliver Mobile Information Applications

2/20/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and LocatioNet announce that leading Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) and Carriers, such as ONE (Connect Austria), Austria, are harnessing proven technology from Sun and LocatioNet to deliver tested and tuned mobile information applications for today's competitive wireless market. The Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture, based on an iForce[sm] solution, is designed to help customers rapidly develop revenue-generating mobile location services, such as "Point of Interest" finders to locate a restaurant en route, or "Asset Trackers" that allow managers to track and route delivery vehicles.

"Sun's Reference Architectures deliver a powerful combination of hardware based on the 64-bit SPARC® platform and Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, with some of the industry's best third-party software solutions, and the proven expertise of Sun's engineers," said Ravi Pendekanti, senior director of reference architectures and customer ready systems programs at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The marquee customers working with Sun as a vendor of choice in the wireless market and leveraging Sun's Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture, is a testament to the value Sun consistently delivers to customers."

Delivering New Mobile Services for Additional Revenue Streams
The Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture is built on Sun hardware, including the recently announced 12-way Sun Fire[tm] V1280 server, along with Sun Fire 280R and V480 volume servers, and with LocatioNet's cutting-edge LBS Middleware, GIS Engine and Applications. In addition, the tested solution, running on Sun Open Network Environment (Sun ONE[tm]) and Java[tm]2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME[tm]) technologies, combined with the modularity and scalability of Sun's system architecture, enables more choice and flexibility for future investments as the adoption of wireless devices, including PDAs and cellular phones, and usage of location-based services grow.

Sun and LocatioNet worked very closely with ONE in the design, development and deployment of ONE's mobile location based services built on ONE's existing GSM and location determination network infrastructure. This solution enables ONE to offer the highest quality of location based services in Austria.

"LocatioNet addresses the challenges of integrating applications, mobile device interfaces and data from disparate sources. Complementary, Sun provides a highly available, and scalable hardware platform," said Mr. J°rgen Bang-Jensen, ONE CEO. "We believe that the Mobile Location Services (MLS) based on the Reference Architecture from LocatioNet and Sun is the best solution to address the changing needs of our customers. This reference architecture offers us a powerful, scalable, and flexible platform."

"A major part of our customers' business is to provide a tested, reliable and scalable infrastructure to carriers worldwide. To this end, Sun and LocatioNet's Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture, including industry-leading servers, storage and software products, is a very useful proven solution from a customer perspective," said Ofer Tziperman, CEO, LocatioNet Systems. "We feel very positive about being able to offer our joint customers a full turnkey solution based on the Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture on top of the existing, industry leading mobile location services solutions."

The Mobile Location Services Reference Architecture has been tested using the following hardware and software:

About Sun Reference Architectures
Sun's Reference Architectures combine products from Sun and best-in-class application providers to deliver tested, proven and documented infrastructure solutions that meet specific business needs. Reference Architectures can be configured and integrated on systems at Sun prior to shipping, through the Sun[sm] Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program or through Sun's iForce partners, further accelerating application deployment. More information about Sun's channel and integration partners can be found on the World Wide Web at:, and additional information about CRS is available at:

About LocatioNet Systems
With a track record of over twelve years in the location based services arena, LocatioNet ( offers the most comprehensive, integrated middleware platform for wireless location based services. Leading wireless operators embrace LocatioNet's high quality solutions to launch LBS with the shortest possible time to market. LocatioNet is a global corporation with offices in the US, Europe, South America, and Israel.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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