10/5/2004 - Synchronica announced the immediate availability of the Synchronica SyncML Gateway for Microsoft Exchange, providing over-the-air synchronization of Microsoft Exchange with mobile phones from Nokia, SonyEricsson and Siemens.
Until now, most users of Microsoft's popular Exchange software have been unable to remotely synchronize their Nokia, SonyEricsson and Siemens mobile phones and instead were forced to use cumbersome cable-based synchronization software. However in corporate support, sales and management, appointments often change while out of the office and thus overlapped and missed appointments are still part of the corporate life.
This is where the Synchronica SyncML Gateway adds the missing link between Microsoft Exchange and mobile phones. With the Synchronica SyncML Gateway, users can remotely synchronize their mobile phone to get access to corporate Email, calendar, contacts and tasks - wherever they are, using the wireless network. Because most mobile phones today already ship with a SyncML client built-in, synchronization works instantly and without additional software installation.
By opening Microsoft Exchange to the industry standard SyncML, the Synchronica SyncML Gateway adds the missing wireless link between Microsoft Exchange and the standards-dominated mobile phone industry. "Microsoft works well with Microsoft, and its ActiveSync seamlessly synchronizes a PocketPC PDA or Microsoft Smartphone, even over-the-air. However, if you want to remotely synchronize your SyncML-enabled mobile phone from Nokia, SonyEricsson or Siemens, Microsoft doesn't do that." said Carsten Brinkschulte, founder and CEO of Synchronica.
The Synchronica SyncML Gateway is offered in two versions. The corporate version is installed behind the firewall providing wireless SyncML synchronization for corporate users. End-to-end security is provided with strong SSL encryption protecting the wireless communication. Licensed at very aggressive prices, the Synchronica SyncML Gateway offers a cost-effective, standards-based solution for wireless Email and groupware access.
The operator version is deployed in the datacenter of the mobile operator providing a unique "Gateway" synchronizing the corporate Exchange accounts of business users. Unlike other solutions, the Synchronica SyncML Gateway does not require a firewall reconfiguration or installation of a connector behind the firewall which have been proven to hinder sales of those solutions. Instead, it uses a secure HTTP/S connection to remotely access corporate Exchange accounts, a standard feature of Microsoft Exchange.
"The Synchronica SyncML Gateway offers a unique selling proposition for mobile operators. For the first time, revenue-generating mobile data synchronization can be sold directly to business users with effective one-to-many mass-marketing and without having to convince their IT departments to install those unloved adaptors" said Nicole Meissner, VP Marketing & Communications at Synchronica.
The Synchronica SyncML Gateway was developed as a joint venture between Synchronica and Ergon Informatik AG, a leading Swiss software engineering company. Ergon contributed a highly skilled engineering team while Synchronica provided the technical architecture and is responsible for marketing and sales of the product. "We are excited about the product launch with Synchronica underlining our leading position in the wireless sector" said Patrick Burkhalter, CEO of Ergon Informatik AG.
The Synchronica SyncML Gateway will be shown live at the Systems tradeshow from 18-20th October in Munich, Germany at the booth of Sun Microsystems, Hall B2 Booth B2.425 (IT-Security Area). A live demo is available immediately online at http://www.synchronica.com. Users can simply register their corporate Exchange accounts and instantly synchronize their SyncML-enabled mobile phone over-the-air.
Synchronica (www.synchronica.com) was founded in 2004 by a team of industry experts around serial entrepreneur Carsten Brinkschulte. Focused on development of mobile synchronization and device management software, the company aims to become a leading provider of wireless solutions for mobile operators and corporates. The founders have a strong track-record of building lead-edge technology products in the wireless space including the launch of the world's first live SyncML-server in a mobile operator environment.
SyncML is the open standard that drives data mobility by establishing a common language for communications between devices, applications and networks. The foundation of the SyncML open standard ensures a consistent set of data that is always available on any device or application, any time. Sponsored by Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Matsushita, Motorola, Nokia, Symbian and others, the SyncML initiative accelerates the development and market success of SyncML technologies. Further information about the SyncML initiative is available at www.openmobilealliance.org/syncml
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