Mitchell International to Wirelessly Enable Its Internet Hub

Continued Execution of its e-Business Strategy Will Result in Increased Productivity and Cost Savings to Hub Participants

Mitchell International today announced it will link its recently announced Mitchell Hub, an open and interactive Internet workspace and marketplace hub for all parties in the automotive collision repair supply chain, to a wireless network.

Using handheld wireless devices, insurance field agents and collision repair shops will be able to access data, products, and services via The Mitchell Hub. With a new wireless tool set, adjusters and estimators can be available and of service when and where their customers need them, eliminating costly and time intensive trips back to the office.

"Providing wireless access to the Mitchell Hub is just one more way that Mitchell is driving a fundamental process and business redesign of the entire collision repair industry," said Jim Lindner, Mitchell's president and chief executive officer. "Speedy and reliable wireless communications will help hub users to realize increases in productivity and tremendous cost savings."

Mitchell recently entered into a multimillion-dollar development partnership with San Diego-based Stellcom Inc., a leading wireless systems integrator, to wirelessly enable Mitchell's Application Service Provider (ASP) software and data delivery. Stellcom will co-develop a wireless tool suite and provide integration services to link The Mitchell Hub to a wireless network.

"We chose Stellcom because it has a proven track record in wireless communications, provides reliable service and delivers on its promises," Lindner said.

The Mitchell Hub is the first in the industry to provide real applications and value-adding content. Current applications include, the industry's first on-line total loss settlement solution, and, the industry's first on-line estimating system. Soon to be added is AIM Online, a proven, real-time claims management product. AimOnline provides comprehensive claims management reports, which enable insurance executives to make better-informed strategic business decisions. Also,, a digital image storage and communications application, will soon become part of the Mitchell Hub. In the coming months, more than 30 new strategically targeted business functions are planned.

Any authorized user will be able to access The Hub's open infrastructure with only a Web browser -- no special hardware or software is required. This open participation is consistent with Mitchell's philosophy to conform to the industry's CIECA standards and the XML Internet standard. Entry to the Hub can be gained via the portal site residing at

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