Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Lutris Technologies Inc., the developer of the Open Source Enhydra Internet application server, today announced a memorandum of understanding that will allow business customers using iDEN® multiple communication handsets to access information on enterprise systems through the Enhydra server. This agreement has been established in anticipation of Motorola's Java™ 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME™) technology- enabled handsets, which are expected to be available in the first half of 2001 through iDEN® network operations including Nextel Communications and Southern LINC in the United States and Clearnet Communications in Canada.
The alliance brings together the best qualities of Open Source and enterprise application worlds to enable the rapid development and deployment of commercial grade, high ROI applications for wireless devices. Motorola's iDEN® Subscriber Group brings to the alliance the industry's first J2ME technology-enabled multiple- communication handsets, as well as a comprehensive developer support program (www.motorola.com/idendev) to facilitate the development of applications for iDEN phones. Lutris and the Open Source Enhydra community bring to the alliance a dedicated community of independent software vendors (ISVs), value added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators (SIs) who are already Java programming experts.
"This effort helps bring together three exciting technologies: wireless, the Internet and Java," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general manager of the iDEN Subscriber Group. "The Enhydra server will greatly enhance the ability of developers to rapidly create meaningful client-server applications."
Further, Motorola and Lutris have completed the integration of the J2ME technology-enabled iDEN® handsets and emulator with the Enhydra application server, and Motorola will distribute the Enhydra application server software as part of the iDEN Software Developers' Kit (SDK). Lutris will include the iDEN SDK with Lutris Enhydra 3.5, expected to be released this month, and will add enterprise J2ME application development to its wireless training course and consulting practice. The companies are planning a number of joint sales and marketing activities in early 2001, including cross-promotion of the Websites, sales calls, and seminars to instruct developers on the development and deployment of iDEN and Enhydra application solutions, as well as training classes for building distributed J2ME applications.
"Motorola's relationship with Lutris underscores the importance of Open Source for emerging technologies," said Yancy Lind, president and CEO, Lutris Technologies. "With Enhydra and the support of Lutris's Internet consulting and product training groups, the development community will be able to quickly deliver powerful applications to wireless devices like iDEN multi-service phones."
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