M.A.I.D plc have signed a commercial contract with Unisource NV to provide business news to mobile devices. The Project initially will enable users of the Nokia 9000 Communicator mobile phone to download NewsSearch Pro, a news-alerting product developed exclusively for the Unisource partnership, on a pay-per-view basis. NewsSearch Pro utilises the Smart Access payment technology system designed by Unisource. The Smart Access Pilot is being showcased this week by Nokia at Telecom Interactive ’97 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Each of the Nokia 9000 users will receive a NatWest bank account available through a Mondex card. In the trial, users can access their bank accounts, deposit, withdraw cash and check the balance their accounts. They also are able to pay for the M.A.I.D?s NewsSearch Pro service and buy new software applications for their Nokia 9000 Communicators over the web, using the Mondex card.
The user inserts the Mondex card into the smart card reader, plugs the reader into the Nokia 9000 Communicator and downloads the credit over the air. The money can then be used for live, online payments over the Internet whilst mobile.
Dan Wagner, Chief Executive of M.A.I.D plc, said; “The Unisource Smart Access technology provides a way to generate revenue from mobile data devices, complementing and extending our subscription services. Having provided a free quote service to mobile phone users for nearly a year, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities for generating revenue through the advent of new technology and the fast growing mobile marketplace”
Julian Wilson, Director Smart Access of Unisource, said; “M.A.I.D have used our software to enable a pay-per-view business service for mobile users. I applaud M.A.I.D’s ability to optimise their business intelligence service for this new expanding customer base. We look forward to extending this to additional Internet access devices supported by new smart card purse schemes.”