Extended Systems Introduces IrFM Point and Pay Test Tools

4/2/2003 - Extended Systems (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading provider of mobile information management solutions for the enterprise, has released a comprehensive set of test tools for mobile device manufacturers and point-of-sale terminal vendors who want to implement the IrFM (infrared financial messaging) Point and Pay Profile.

The IrFM Point and Pay Profile-a recently released specification from the Infrared Data Association (IrDA-www.irda.org) - essentially enables users to perform wireless financial transactions between an IrFM-enabled mobile device, such as a cell phone or pager, and an IrFM point-of-sale terminal located, for example, on a coke machine or pay phone.

The IrFM Point and Pay standard was developed by IrDA in conjunction with its major stakeholders including Agilent, CrossCheck, Extended Systems, Harex, Ingenico, In2M, Novalog, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NTT DoCoMo, Palm Computing, SK Telecom, Toshiba TEC, Visa International and ZiLOG, among others.

Extended Systems' XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite helps device and terminal manufacturers address IrFM interoperability issues and speed up time to market by providing a way to ensure that products are compliant with IrDA's IrFM test specification v1.0, as well as the OBEX (Object Exchange) test specification v 1.01. The test suite, the first of its kind on the market, features an intuitive graphical user interface and 138 completed test scripts covering all requirements for both IrFM and OBEX. Customization of existing test scripts and the addition of new test scripts are easily performed.

"The XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite allows developers to easily test, debug and submit their products for IrFM certification with complete confidence in the results," said David Hofacker, business unit manager of Extended Systems' Universal Mobile Connectivity Group. "By bringing the test suite to market first, Extended Systems continues to lead the industry in providing comprehensive tools to quickly develop robust IrDA solutions and ensure the interoperability and reliability required for quick market adoption."

"Extended Systems' test suite is designed to incorporate all tests required for IrFM and OBEX certification into an easy to use, flexible user interface," said Ronald Brown, executive director of the Infrared Data Association. "This comprehensive tool should significantly decrease development time and will help to ensure IrFM interoperability."

Protocol Expertise
In 1997, Extended Systems authored the original Object Exchange (OBEX) specification and oversaw its adoption by the Infrared Data Association and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (1999). In 2002, Extended Systems authored the IrFM test specification for the IrDA Association and released the first embedded software development kit for Point of Sale (POS) terminals and Personal Trusted Devices (PTD). Extended Systems' wireless protocol expertise, leadership within IrDA, Bluetooth and SyncML standards bodies, and its large base of OEMs (+200 IrDA, +100 Bluetooth) assures the highest quality test tools.

Pricing and Availability
The XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite is immediately available for a list price of $7,500. For more information, please call 1-800-235-7576 or visit www.extendedsystems.com.

About Extended Systems
Extended Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help enterprise organizations streamline their business processes through mobile technology. The company's mobile software suite enables companies to mobilize critical enterprise applications such as e-mail, field service, sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). In addition, the company offers Bluetooth and IrDA wireless connectivity software and client/server database management systems. Extended Systems has more than 2,500 enterprise customers worldwide and key alliance relationships with Ericsson, Handspring, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.

Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.extendedsystems.com.

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