5/3/2004 - Sun Microsystems, the creator and leading advocate for Java technology, and Developnet, a leading mobile Java technology provider in the UK, have helped to bring interactive capabilities to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) with mobile Java technology. The BBC recently launched "Come and Have a Go...If You Think You're Smart Enough," a live interactive game show which airs Saturday nights on BBC One. The new show is the first BBC game show to allow viewers to interact via their mobile phones using a Java technology application.
"This is an exciting and ground-breaking project. We are delighted to have been involved in developing a mobile application that viewers can use to play along with a programme," said Michael Taylor, Founder and Managing Director of Developnet. "The enhanced user experience provided by Java technology opens the door for more complex and compelling interactive applications on mobile phones."
"Java technology is at the center of the connected digital lifestyle," said Juan Dewar, senior director, Consumer and Mobile Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. "Innovators like Developnet and the BBC are using Java technology to enhance the interactive services that are available to their audiences."
With over three million viewers regularly watching "Come and Have a Go" If You Think You're Smart Enough," the application is built to support hundreds of thousands of potential simultaneous players. The technology is also highly secure, with all data transmissions between client and server being encrypted.
The mobile Java technology application begins by briefly connecting to the J2EE server to synchronize the mobile phone with the broadcast. During the quiz, the mobile Java application operates in a disconnected fashion, thus minimizing connection charges for the player. At the end of the quiz, the application submits the answers to the server.
The application's special design staggers network traffic to help prevent overloading of the mobile network infrastructure. The server calculates the player's score and responds in real-time, giving the player immediate feedback and indicating whether they are eligible for a chance to win the 30,000 pounds Sterling cash prize.
Developnet specializes in the design and development of custom-built Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) mobile solutions, from simple games to enterprise applications. Developnet supplements its software development services with high quality technical consultancy and support to provide clients with a truly comprehensive service. Please visit http://www.developnet.co.uk for complete information.
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