1/14/2004 - Insignia Solutions® (Nasdaq: INSG), announced that it has signed an agreement with IBM (NYSE:IBM) to port its Secure System Provisioning server software product onto the IBM Websphere platform and tightly integrate it with IBM's device management software. The two companies plan to co-sell and co-market the solution to mobile operators and phone manufacturers worldwide.
Insignia and IBM will also coordinate on the definition and commercial implementation of standards for device management through a variety of standards bodies. Standards for interoperability among mobile devices are critical to speed firmware update technologies to market and enable seamless adoption by consumers.
"Devices are becoming more powerful, more complex, more untethered," said Bruce Morse, Director, Business Development, IBM Pervasive Computing Division. "Being able to manage and update populations of consumer phones remotely with solutions such as Insignia's, enables mobile operators and terminal manufacturers to deploy wireless technologies cost effectively and efficiently."
Insignia Secure System Provisioning (SSP) is a powerful server software infrastructure product that provides an end-to-end firmware update system for mobile operators and phone manufacturers. SSP reduces bottom line software recall costs by enabling Over-The-Air Repair and inventory management and also increases top line revenues by providing Dynamic Capabilities to enable a wide range of new mobile services to existing devices.
"We see IBM as a key strategic ally in driving this new area of the mobile industry," said Mark McMillan, CEO of Insignia. "IBM's industry-leading mobile device management middleware, extensive enterprise management expertise and open standards efforts provide an outstanding platform for Insignia to build advanced value added applications. By having our engineering, sales and marketing teams working together a common agenda will accelerate these solutions into the market."
Insignia's server solution is designed to leverage existing infrastructure and will provide a complete back end firmware publishing, life cycle management and fine grain scheduling system to complement IBM's server software. Insignia's client software is being distributed royalty free through a variety of strategic channels and will communicate directly with the IBM server using industry standard protocols. More information about Insignia Secure System Provisioning and IBM can be found at http://www.insignia.com/ibm.
ABOUT INSIGNIA SOLUTIONS
Insignia provides an essential ingredient to mobile operators and terminal manufacturers by enabling Over-The-Air Repair and Dynamic Capabilities to a growing complex and diverse community of mobile devices. Insignia's products and services radically reduce customer care and recall costs, maintain device integrity, and enable a wide range of new mobile services. Founded in 1986, Insignia has a long history of innovation, stewardship of major industry standards, and the trust of dozens of manufacturers around the world. Insignia Solutions is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol INSG. The company is headquartered in Fremont, California with R&D and European operations based in the United Kingdom. For additional information about Insignia or its products please visit www.insignia.com.
Insignia, Insignia Solutions, and the Insignia Solutions logo are registered trademarks and Secure System Provisioning, Dynamic Capabilities and Over-The-Air Repair are trademarks of Insignia Solutions, Inc.
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