Gemalto and Abaxia Partner to Launch Complete Solution for Dynamic Management of On-Device Services
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 9, 2007–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), a world leader in digital security, and Abaxia, a leader in Mobile Desktop solutions, today announces the launch of a complete package that will enable the dynamic management of on-device services. This innovative solution relies on the new generation of multimedia SIM cards from Gemalto associated with an over the air (OTA) infrastructure. This combination will give mobile operators greater control of the handset user interface (UI) by allowing them to manage the way users access the handset’s internal phone features and menus. It will also increase the average revenue per user (ARPU) generated by data services. With this Gemalto-Abaxia package, mobile operators can now proactively manage the user interface and the associated services via OTA, even once the handsets have been deployed.
The Gemalto multimedia SIM cards will carry the handset customization elements like the user interface and the settings for data services, in addition to the new multimedia phonebook and the local operator portal already available from the SIM. The Gemalto new-generation hosted OTA infrastructure will enable remote management of the user interface and the associated operators’ services over GPRS or 3G networks.
The new application will allow mobile operators to better meet their subscribers’ needs by deploying the handset user interface and the associated services via the SIM. These are tailored to each individual market segment–for example business, teenagers or women. In addition, operators can use the new Gemalto hosted OTA infrastructure to manage all the SIM elements and lengthen the lifecycle of their services.
“This new solution enables mobile operators to manage the entire lifecycle of the on-device services from the SIM card, an element which is totally under their control,” said Philippe Vallée, executive vice president, mobile telecommunications and R&D at Gemalto. “Leveraging our new hosted OTA infrastructure for multimedia SIM cards, this combined solution reinforces Gemalto’s positioning as a leading global service provider for mobile operators, enabling them to easily perform handset and services customization, as well as content and contacts management.”
The Gemalto-Abaxia solution stems from the evolution of Abaxia’s operator-customized user interface called Mobile Portal. Mobile Portal is the flagship application of the Abaxia Mobile Desktop product range and has been developed to supersede the classic idle screen with an operator-branded UI, which provides users with one-click access to value-added services and device functions. It also features a unique launching screen. The Abaxia Mobile Desktop software automatically extracts the UI customization elements from the Gemalto multimedia SIM card. The fully generic Mobile Portal agent is embedded in the handset, while customization elements for each operator are provided by the SIM.
“Abaxia Mobile Desktop is a strategic tool that is ideal for mobile operators on mature markets, as they are facing strong competition on the services they offer,” commented Cédric Mangaud, Abaxia chief executive officer. “The partnership between Abaxia and Gemalto enables operators to move from merely customizing the handset to complete handset personalization, so the end-user is offered an application which matches its specific needs and is one that will evolve as the user’s demand changes.”
This solution is initially available on smart phones, and will be deployed as part of the Gemalto multimedia offer. Meet Gemalto and view the demo on stand 8A102 (Hall 8) and Abaxia’s stand 2E56 (Hall 2).
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of €1.7 billion, operations in about 100 countries and over 10,000 employees including 1,500 R&D engineers. In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable. Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the management of deployment services for its customers. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.
As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
For more information please visit http://www.gemalto.com.
Abaxia, leader in Mobile Desktop solutions is a software publisher specialising in mobile embedded software. Its primary mission is to provide Mobile Services carriers, Terminals manufacturers mobile embedded solutions for increasing their ARPU by easing out the usage of mobile services. Abaxia designs very powerful user-friendly solutions to turn mobile devices into true wireless links at the centre of everyday use, giving the best user experience. Abaxia currently plays a major role in six constructors’ ROM build, and is referenced among the leading mobile industry companies such as Orange, Nokia, and Bouygues Telecom. The management team has extensive experience in mobile computing, with a mixed background in telecommunications, information systems and Internet technologies. More information is available at http://www.abaxia.com.
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