GISCafe News – February


Intel, SignalSoft and PacketVideo Demonstrate Location Based Movie Trailer
Application At Intel ...
About SignalSoft Corp.

Founded in 1995, SignalSoft Corp. (Nasdaq:SGSF) is the software developer of Wireless
Location Ser...
Portal Software and SignalSoft Team to Offer Location-Based Billing for Wireless
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About Portal Software, Inc.
Portal Software provides software to manage next-generation communications and e-
services. Th...
Autodesk Location Services Unveils Autodesk(R) LocationLogic
    CANNES, France, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Autodesk Location...
Garmin Introduces New GSM Cellular Phone/GPS for Europe
OLATHE, Kan., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Garmin Corporation, a unit o...
M1 to Join Hands With Webraska and SignalSoft to Deliver Mobile Location Based
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carriers and build customer loyalty. SignalSoft's technology also helps drive m-commerce
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  1. 1. GISCafe News – February Intel, SignalSoft and PacketVideo Demonstrate Location Based Movie Trailer Application At Intel Wireless Competence Centre BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2001-- SignalSoft Corporation (Nasdaq:SGSF), the platform and applications developer of Wireless Location Services®, today announced a ground breaking development to its location based services demonstration at Intel's Wireless Competence Centre in Sweden. The demonstration, which will remain running at Intel's centre, shows how applications from SignalSoft's suite of software products integrate with PacketVideo technology within a wireless network to provide multiple location based video services. By integrating location based services from SignalSoft, wireless video technology and applications powered by PacketVideo, the demonstration allows a user to view movie trailers playing at the nearest cinema to the user's location on a personal digital assistant (PDA) powered by an Intel® SA1110 processor, connected to GSM networks. This development builds on the existing demonstration of SignalSoft's technology in Stockholm. This demonstration system allows mobile users, who have elected to be located, in Stockholm to be positioned on a map display as they move around, using SignalSoft's local.info(TM) product to access details of the nearest cinema, ATM, florist, post office, hotel or restaurant, including directions with high quality maps. The information is also linked to video clips that can be played by the mobile user on the PDA through PVPlayer(TM), PacketVideo's wireless multimedia delivery system. Using this technology, users may soon be able to check how exciting a bar or nightclub is by accessing a web cam in that place, or tourists walking around the city may get short reportages on sites of interest and compare hotel rooms. Leif Persson, Director of the Intel Wireless Competence Centre in Kista, Sweden, said, ``This is a demonstration of both advanced technology and applications. One of the reasons that we at Intel established our Wireless Competence Centre was to be involved in the development and hosting of demonstrations such as this. Having a team dedicated to developing wireless applications, based at one of the world's wireless industry centres of excellence, allows us to explore solutions such as SignalSoft's and PacketVideo's that integrate mobile, video and Internet technologies across multi-vendor platforms.'' David Pearce, Director of Marketing, EMEA for SignalSoft Corporation, added, ``This is a great demonstration of the types of services that we'll all take for granted as being available to us in a mobile environment in the near future. It shows that the enabling technology is available today. As organizations build services and applications on this technology, consumers benefit from having access to more and better services when mobile; and network operators benefit from providing more services for their customers to use.'' According to Lauren Cole, Chief Operating Officer of PacketVideo's Applications & Services Division, ``PacketVideo is pleased to be working with Intel and SignalSoft to demonstrate a truly compelling location-based wireless application. The ability for consumers to obtain targeted information based on their location will significantly impact consumer behaviour and demonstrates the types of services we believe will drive the market forward.'' About Intel Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at: www.intel.com/pressroom. (INTC)
  2. 2. About SignalSoft Corp. Founded in 1995, SignalSoft Corp. (Nasdaq:SGSF) is the software developer of Wireless Location Services®, a product suite that enables location-based wireless services for information, billing, safety and tracking. SignalSoft's operating platform and related applications transform raw location data into revenue sources that help differentiate wireless carriers and build customer loyalty. SignalSoft's technology also helps drive m-commerce (mobile commerce) in the wireless marketplace. Some of the largest U.S. operators, including AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Sprint PCS and other wireless operators in Europe and Asia- Pacific, are SignalSoft customers. SignalSoft has also established industry partnerships worldwide with a broad range of location technology, content, Internet and network equipment companies through their local.info(TM) Alliance program. SignalSoft is based in Boulder, CO, and has offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore. For more information about SignalSoft and its products, please call 303/381-3000 or visit the company's Web site at www.signalsoftcorp.com. About PacketVideo PacketVideo is the global leader in wireless media. The company's commercially available, MPEG-4 compliant encoding, distribution and decoding software enables content providers and mobile operators to deliver multimedia to mobile users over any digital wireless network. PacketVideo has received numerous industry honours, including the Red Herring 100 and Wireless Week's Top 20 Firms for 3G. Founded in 1998, PacketVideo is a global company based in San Diego, California, in the heart of ``Telecom Valley.'' PacketVideo's investors include Credit Suisse First Boston, Intel Capital (Nasdaq:INTC), Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT - ), Nexus Group LLC, Philips (NYSE:PHG), QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM - ), Reuters Group PLC (Nasdaq:RTRSY), members of the Rockefeller family, Siemens Mustang Ventures, Sonera (HEX:SRA)(Nasdaq:SNRA), Sony Corporation of America (NYSE:SNE), Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN - ), Time Warner (NYSE:TWX - news), and others. To learn more, visit www.pv.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward- looking statements include, but are not limited to, delay in product development, general business conditions in the industry, changes in demand for products, the timing and amount or cancellation of orders and other risks detailed from time to time in SignalSoft's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including SignalSoft's Form S-1 registration statement. Note to Editors: Intel® is a registered trademark of the Intel Corp. Wireless Location Services is a federally registered trademark of SignalSoft Corp. All other trademarks are acknowledged.
  3. 3. Portal Software and SignalSoft Team to Offer Location-Based Billing for Wireless Services CANNES, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2001--Portal Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRSF), a leading provider of business infrastructure software for Internet, wireless, and next- generation communications services, and SignalSoft Corp. (Nasdaq:SGSF), the platform and applications developer of Wireless Location Services®, today announced an alliance to develop a 3G-ready customer management and billing solution to support wireless location- based services. The integrated platform will enable wireless carriers to quickly deploy and collect revenue from enhanced location services, such as mobile commerce (m-commerce) and location-sensitive billing. Through SignalSoft's local.info(TM) Alliance program, the companies plan to streamline information flow between Infranet Wireless, Portal Software's new product line for customer management and billing of 2.5G and 3G wireless services, and Wireless Location Services, SignalSoft's product suite for location-based services. The integration enables wireless carriers and their application and content partners to enhance their service offerings with location information and to bill value-chain partners and end users for value-added location information. Location information from SignalSoft's local.info software application is processed by Infranet® software, Portal Software's flexible, real-time customer management and billing platform. Infranet has a powerful rating engine that supports a variety of carrier-determined billing models for location information and location-based services, including differential remittances. For example, a carrier remits to value-chain partners an amount minus the value of the location information to the partner, for mobile commerce transactions and value-based pricing to the end user for premium location-enriched services. The combined infrastructure solution is also a core element in advanced 3G services such as location-sensitive billing, where carriers charge differentiated rates based on the geographic location of the subscriber. ``Portal Software's Infranet platform combined with SignalSoft's local.info software application is an innovative service offering for the wireless industry, and our combined solution delivers carriers a leading-edge business infrastructure for location-based services,'' said Brian McNiff, vice president of Internet services for SignalSoft. ``Through our joint solution, our wireless customers will be able to effectively leverage the tremendous value contained in their location-aware networks.'' John Janetos, director of strategic alliances at Portal Software, stated, ``SignalSoft's leadership in wireless location services, together with Portal Software's convergent platform, provides wireless carriers with the premier 3G-ready location solution. Our joint solution gives carriers and content providers the ability to offer differentiated m-commerce and voice services while simultaneously adding significant new revenue streams.'' Several demonstrations of the SignalSoft/Portal Software solution, will be highlighted at this week's 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, February 20-23 (Booths C29, Hall 2 and in Booth G26, Hall 2). About SignalSoft Corp. Founded in 1995, SignalSoft Corp. (Nasdaq:SGSF) is the software developer of Wireless Location Services®, a product suite that enables location-based wireless services for information, billing, safety and tracking. SignalSoft's operating platform and related applications transform raw location data into revenue sources that help differentiate wireless carriers and build customer loyalty. SignalSoft's technology also helps drive m-commerce (mobile commerce) in the wireless marketplace. Some of the largest U.S. operators, including AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Sprint PCS and wireless operators in Asia-Pacific and Europe, such as diAx, Orange Switzerland and the Vodafone Company, are SignalSoft customers. SignalSoft has also established industry partnerships worldwide with a broad range of location technology, content, Internet and network equipment companies through its local.info(TM) Alliance program. SignalSoft is based in Boulder, Colo., and has offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore. For more information about SignalSoft and its products, please call 303-381-3000 or visit the company's Web site at www.signalsoftcorp.com.
  4. 4. About Portal Software, Inc. Portal Software provides software to manage next-generation communications and e- services. The Infranet software platform enables service providers to rapidly deploy new services, define optimal business models and price plans, and bill their users. Portal's software is licensed by more than three-quarters of the world's 30 largest communications services companies to support wireless, broadband Internet, next-generation voice, and other e-service offerings. Customers include Qwest Communications, Sprint, NTT, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor Mobil AS, China Telecom, and France Telecom. Portal Software employs over 1,500 people at more than 40 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.portal.com. Infranet is a U.S. registered trademark, and Portal and the Portal logo are trademarks of Portal Software, Inc. All statements made in this press release are made only as of the date set forth at the beginning of this release. Portal undertakes no obligation to update the information in the event facts or circumstances subsequently change. Wireless Location Services® is a federally registered trademark of SignalSoft Corporation. All other trademarks are acknowledged.
  5. 5. Autodesk Location Services Unveils Autodesk(R) LocationLogic CANNES, France, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced the public unveiling of Autodesk® LocationLogic during the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000518/SFTH083LOGO ) Wireless carriers and enterprises are looking for ways to reach mobile professionals and consumers with new value-added services. Autodesk Location Services will be their technology infrastructure provider, offering a developer platform and applications to facilitate the delivery of location-based services that increase productivity and convenience for mobile individuals. Demonstrations of new location-based applications running on the LocationLogic platform will take place at the Imperial Suite, Carlton Inter-Continental Hotel in Cannes, France during the 2001 3GSM World Congress, February 20-23. For more information, visit http://www.autodesk.com/locationservices . ``Autodesk LocationLogic provides wireless carriers and operators with a fast-start into the emerging location-based services market,'' said Joe Astroth, executive vice president of Autodesk Location Services. ``Location-based services offer carriers a way to attract new subscribers and increase average-revenue-per-user. We provide carriers with a solution that allows them to bring these services to customers quickly by reducing their cost of deployment and by aggregating applications with appeal to their broad customer base. Further, we offer the advantage of access to Autodesk's worldwide developer network and established partnerships.'' The LocationLogic solution brings together all of the technology underpinnings which together create the foundation upon which application developers and/or carriers and operators can easily develop and deploy market-ready location-based services. The platform is built from the ground-up to address the demands for data services across wireless networks, which include high performance and scalability to a high volume of transactions per unit of time. Further, Autodesk is meeting the needs of wireless carriers by offering a full solution that meets their need for reliable, 24x7 service and privacy protection for users. Autodesk LocationLogic is further distinguished in its adaptability to wired, mobile and wireless environments enabling data exchange with a wide assortment of end-user devices, including mobile phones, PDAs, and laptops. ``We believe that there is a continuum of information need that spans the wired, mobile and wireless worlds. Our communications-centric technology allows for the transmission of time- sensitive information that is appropriate to the device and user need'' said Joe Astroth. ``To us, location-based services is not about cramming a map onto a cell phone. It's about delivering actionable information in an appropriate format at the point and moment of need.'' LocationLogic software and support includes application design, development services, maintenance, training and technical support to wireless carriers/operators and vertical markets that in turn will provide location services to mobile individuals. Autodesk LocationLogic is compatible with a variety of operating systems employed by mobile phones, PDAs, and laptops making it easy for developers to add additional functionality to existing applications. Autodesk's LocationLogic platform will be commercially available in summer 2001. About Autodesk Location Services Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc. is a global provider of a development platform and point of location applications that increase productivity and convenience for mobile individuals. For more information, visit http://www.autodesk.com/locationservices . Autodesk shares are traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol ADSK. NOTE: Autodesk is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
  6. 6. Garmin Introduces New GSM Cellular Phone/GPS for Europe OLATHE, Kan., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Garmin Corporation, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information electronics, has unveiled a new GSM cellular telephone for Europe -- introducing the NavTalk II GSM. This product combines a European GSM cellular telephone with the proven ability of GARMIN's 12 parallel channel GPS receiver. The GPS component of this product will allow users to see their location on a detailed basemap. In 1999, GARMIN introduced the world's first GPS-equipped cellular telephone, the original NavTalk, for the analog AMPS market. ``There is a real need especially for emergency service providers and other safety organizations in Europe, to have the type of life-saving information that can be supplied by this product,'' said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. ``With this phone, anyone will have the ability to transmit their location to another NavTalk II GSM user and to other location-based service companies.'' The NavTalk II GSM has Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) capability, which allows users to obtain information via the Internet. In addition, the product features a built-in international basemap complete with cities, major roads, lakes, rivers, airports, coastlines and highways. The unit will also accept downloadable map detail from GARMIN's extensive line of MapSource CD-ROMs, including points of interest information like hotels, restaurants and entertainment. The NavTalk II GSM boasts a small portable size that is no bigger than most conventional cell phones. Specific features of the NavTalk II GSM include: -- Built-in modem -- Text messaging -- Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) capability; ability to look up information via the Internet -- Ability to transmit location from one NavTalk II GSM user to another and to location-based service companies -- 12 parallel channel GPS receiver with built-in international basemap of cities, major roads, lakes, rivers, airports, coastlines and highways -- Accepts downloadable map detail from MapSource CD-ROMs; includes address and points of interests like restaurants and hotels -- Stores up to 500 personal waypoints The NavTalk II GSM will be available in the fourth quarter of 2001. It will ship standard with a travel charger, user's manual and quick reference guide. Garmin International Inc. and Garmin Corp. are members of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. The company's full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom , or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. GARMIN and NavTalk are registered trademarks and MapSource is a trademark of Garmin Corporation. This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Registration Statement on Form S-1 dated December 8, 2000 and filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no. 333-45514). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.
  7. 7. M1 to Join Hands With Webraska and SignalSoft to Deliver Mobile Location Based Services SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2001--MobileOne (M1), a leading mobile operator and trend-setter in the buoyant Singapore telecommunications market, is set to become one of the first in the region to offer location based services to its more than 800,000 mobile customers. M1 has signed separate MoUs (Memoranda of Understanding) with SignalSoft (Nasdaq:SGSF) and Webraska, two leading international providers of location services, to develop a range of mobile location based applications appropriate to the Singapore market and which is targeted to be introduced by the middle of this year. Typical location based services will include Proximity Search and Location Marketing. Proximity Search will allow M1 customers to locate places of interest within their travel routes. On the other hand, Location Marketing will enable merchants to send promotional messages to customers, from whom prior permission has been obtained, who are within the vicinity of their shops. Other possible services include Traffic Information Maps, Traffic Alerts and Travel Routing that basically enable commuters to plan their journey in the most convenient and efficient way independently from the mode of transport. These services will use either WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or SMS (Short Message Service) as delivery channels. Common to all the services is the high level of customisation and personalisation required to make them suit the different needs of each individual customer. ``In the context of a compact country like Singapore where it's rather difficult to lose one's way and almost everything is within easy reach, the challenge is to identify and provide mobile location-based services that our customers will find useful and relevant. A service such as Location Marketing where we can offer some of the best shopping and restaurant deals nearest the location where the customer is in is perhaps one such example,'' said Neil Montefiore, Chief Executive Officer of M1. ``Both SignalSoft and Webraska with their wealth of experience and expertise in this specialised service sector will bring a distinct advantage to the partnership. It is our plan to convert this advantage into really innovative ideas that will enable us to take the lead in meeting customer expectations in the relatively new area of location based applications,'' he said. David Hose, Chief Executive Officer of SignalSoft said, ``SignalSoft is pleased to work with M1, an innovative mobile operator who has a proven track record for creating valuable enhanced services for their subscribers. SignalSoft's experience in location-based services, with our local.info and Location Manager products, combine with content and applications from our local.info alliance partner, Webraska, to meet the unique needs of a very global, but very local marketplace in Asia.'' ``We are very proud to have been selected by M1 who are renowned for providing customers with innovative value-added services'', said Jean-Michel Durocher, CEO and Founder of Webraska. ``This agreement is another example of our fruitful collaboration with SignalSoft. We are looking forward to demonstrating how Webraska's wireless navigation and spatial searching technologies can be used to launch m-commerce and other successful services in Singapore and impact the development of location-based applications in Asia as a whole''. About M1 M1, Singapore's most exciting and innovative mobile, IDD and paging service provider, was launched in April 1997. Since then, it has made significant inroads into the local mobile communications market, gaining considerable brand presence and market share. M1 aims to be the leader in personal voice and data communications, focusing on value, quality and customer service. For more information on M1, visit www.m1.com.sg. About SignalSoft Corp. Founded in 1995, SignalSoft Corp. (Nasdaq:SGSF) is the software developer of Wireless Location Services®, a product suite that enables location-based wireless services for information, billing, safety and tracking. SignalSoft's operating platform and related applications transform raw location data into revenue sources that help differentiate wireless
  8. 8. carriers and build customer loyalty. SignalSoft's technology also helps drive m-commerce (mobile commerce) in the wireless marketplace. Some of the largest U.S. operators, including AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Sprint PCS and European operators, including Vodafone and Orange properties are SignalSoft customers. SignalSoft has also established industry partnerships worldwide with a broad range of location technology, content, Internet and network equipment companies through their local.info(TM) Alliance program. SignalSoft is based in Boulder, CO, and has offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore. For more information about SignalSoft and its products, please call 303/381-3000 or visit the company's Web site at www.signalsoftcorp.com. About Webraska Webraska is the worldwide provider of wireless navigation, spatial searching, mapping and traffic information services and technologies for telecom operators and car manufacturers. Helping carriers leverage their UMTS, Wireless Internet and Location-Technology assets, and allowing application developers to 'location & navigation-enable' their wireless applications and location-based services, Webraska shortens time-to-market requirements, increases revenue and market opportunities, customer loyalty and brand recognition, for leading wireless service providers around the world, including SFR, TIM, ADAC and Orange. Webraska's technology has been selected by industry leaders including Openwave and SignalSoft. The company is headquartered in Poissy, France and has offices in London, Brussels, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, Stockholm, Tokyo, Singapore, Melbourne and Montreal. For more information visit: www.webraska.com

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