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- Pumatech and ACCESS to Cooperate On Advanced Solution to Facilitate Server-Based, Wireless Synchronization
SAN JOSE, Calif. / Tokyo, Japan (1/08/04) – Pumatech, Inc., a leading provider of synchronization software and services, and ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances, today announced that they intend to jointly develop an advanced solution designed to synchronize SyncML-compliant mobile devices with PIM (personal information management) software, enterprise applications, Web-based services and more. Through the agreement, ACCESS will license Pumatech’s TrueSync® SyncML technology and also develop a PIM (Personal Information Management) software application optimized for mobile & wireless devices. ACCESS will provide these capabilities together with its popular NetFront™ solution, the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world.
The incorporation of TrueSync technology – developed by Starfish Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pumatech – will enable synchronization of email, calendar and contact data between NetFront-based information appliances and a variety of essential PC-based applications. The solution will be targeted to a worldwide market.
“In order to serve the needs of the ever-changing mobile and wireless market even more effectively, it was essential that we incorporate proven data-synchronization capabilities into our NetFront browser” said Toru Arakawa, CEO and President of ACCESS Co., Ltd. “By embedding Pumatech’s TrueSync technology, we’re leveraging a leading, SyncML-compliant technology platform that maximizes the number of devices and applications we can support. The TrueSync platform also provides the basis for the server-based, wireless sync solution on which we also plan to collaborate with Pumatech.”
TrueSync, one of the most widely adopted synchronization solutions in the world, is designed to provide end-to-end synchronization for wireless data, services, enterprise applications, mobile devices and corporate infrastructures. The TrueSync technology platform comprises a comprehensive set of wireless and wireline synchronization products and solutions. TrueSync solutions support a wide universe of devices, desktop applications, enterprise server applications and Web services. TrueSync’s multi-point architecture is highly scalable and designed for enterprise, wireless operator and device manufacturer deployments.
NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments in devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles and Telematics systems. ACCESS’ technology is included in Internet solutions from many of the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchison 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and more.
“Our agreement with ACCESS underscores TrueSync’s potential to add significant value to a technology platform that has already achieved extensive success in Japan,” said Clyde Foster, Pumatech’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We look forward to working with ACCESS both to deliver leading-edge synchronization capabilities to NetFront-equipped devices – and to increase adoption of the NetFront platform worldwide.”
About ACCESS Co., Ltd.
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with ACCESS Systems America, Inc., its US subsidiary, in Fremont, California, ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH, its German subsidiary, in Oberhausen, Germany, and with ACCESS (Beijing) Co., Ltd, its Chinese subsidiary, in Beijing, China. ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront and Compact NetFront browsers power 267 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, Web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. ACCESS’ Compact NetFront microbrowser is most widely deployed in phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-modeTM service. To date, over 108 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufacturers (as ofOctober, 2003). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english/.
Pumatech, Inc. (NASDAQ: PUMA) provides organizations with a comprehensive suite of software products and services that synchronizes and distributes critical information throughout the enterprise. Organizations can choose to use Pumatech’s ready-made enterprise offerings, or they can leverage Pumatech’s professional services team to create custom solutions built upon Pumatech’s core enterprise platform. Pumatech’s customer and strategic partner base includes Global 2000 companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, PeopleSoft, America Online, Yahoo!, NTT DoCoMo, Eastman Kodak and IBM. The Company has headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in Amsterdam, Munich, Tokyo and London. Pumatech offers more information on its products and services at www.pumatech.com.
The forward-looking statements above in this news release, including statements regarding the ability to synchronize email, contacts and calendars between XXXXXX and essential PC applications, are based on current expectations and beliefs and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks associated with uncertainties related to the effect of continued weakness of general economic factors on the overall demand for Pumatech products and services, the timing of market adoption and movement toward data synchronization solutions, market acceptance of wireless data services, margin erosion, market shrinkage, economic uncertainty related to terrorism and conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, timely introduction, availability and acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, consummation of binding agreements with prospective business partners, as well as additional risk factors, as discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of Pumatech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2003 and Pumatech’s quarterly reports filed from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Pumatech disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.
Pumatech and the Pumatech logo are trademarks of Pumatech, Inc., that may be registered in some jurisdictions. TrueSync is a registered trademark of Starfish Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pumatech. NetFront is a registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries. All other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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ACCESS Co., Ltd