OnDisplay Inc. announced it has inked a strategic alliance with Gemplus, the world’s leading provider of smart card-based solutions. This global wireless partnership will enable businesses to exchange, aggregate and integrate information and transactions over the Internet from any wireless device, including cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, and pagers.
Under the terms of the agreement, Gemplus is embedding CenterStage(R) eContent in its GemXPlore Suite, a platform for the development, deployment, operation and fleet management of Mobile Value Added Services. This strategy will enable telecommunications providers to design and operate new wireless services leveraging any type of content and accommodating all current and emerging wireless standards.
The partnership is the latest in a series of moves by OnDisplay to extend its technology expertise and proven experience powering e-business portals and e-marketplaces to meet the needs of emerging wireless markets. OnDisplay’s current implementations support many of the same categories of services increasingly demanded by wireless service providers. These web portals, marketplaces and wireless service providers can all leverage OnDisplay’s powerful CenterStage suite to enable seamless data and document transformation and exchange via wireless devices. The core strengths of the CenterStage suite — secure information exchange, aggregation and integration — apply to any situation where an organization seeks to forge lasting relationships with trading partners — regardless of the vehicle used to access the Internet.
“Gemplus’ suite of products allow telecommunications companies to increase the depth of the services they offer to their subscribers, by accessing the Internet through Gemplus’ SIMToolkit application and WAP. Today, we have 200 engineers to assist our customers in rapidly deploying our solutions throughout Europe,” said Thierry Gallo, managing director for Gemplus Services Europe. “With the combined OnDisplay-Gemplus solution, a telecommunications provider can design and put in production a new service for a subscriber in any standard, including WML, STKML, SML, in as little as a few hours, without any constraint on the content or its source.”
“The industry as a whole now recognizes that when it comes to wireless services, European firms are leading the charge,” said Venkat Mohan, president and COO of OnDisplay. “Our partnership with Gemplus will enable worldwide deployment of next-generation wireless services in truly astonishing timeframes. By this time next year, B2B applications deployed over wireless devices will be as commonplace as the browser is on desktops today.”
Gemplus S.A. is the world’s leading provider of smart card-based solutions. Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. Gemplus designs and markets software, development tools and readers. The company also provides consulting, training and personalization services to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers. With sales of over $US 817 million in 1999, Gemplus employs 6,000 people in sixteen manufacturing facilities, seven R&D centers and forty-one sales and marketing offices located in more than thirty countries around the world. Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, logical access control and information technology.
OnDisplay is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure software applications for powering e-business portals and e-marketplaces. OnDisplay’s CenterStage(R) product suite enables customers to increase their online selling effectiveness and extend their trading networks to suppliers and vertical marketplaces. OnDisplay has provided critical e-business infrastructure software and services to such e-business pioneers as W.W. Grainger, Alta Vista’s Shopping.com, Intelisys, Travelocity.com, OrderTrust, TPN Register, MicroWarehouse, FASTXchange.com, PurchasePro.com, Harbinger.net, Aspect Development and more. The company has strategic relationships with leading industry players including Ariba, Commerce One, Harbinger, IBM, Intelisys, Manugistics, Microsoft, Sterling Commerce and Vignette. Founded in 1996, OnDisplay is a public company traded on the Nasdaq in the United States under the symbol ONDS. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, OnDisplay can be reached at 800-508-8800 and at [http://www.ondisplay.com].