Portal Software, Inc., (Nasdaq:PRSF) a leading provider of business infrastructure software for next-generation communications services, announced today that ATX Technologies, Inc., the leading independent telematics service provider to the automotive market, is deploying Portal's Infranet(R) customer management and billing platform to support its line of location-based mobile services. Infranet, the foundation of the Infranet Wireless product-line for convergent mobile service providers, will support ATX's telematics services such as automatic collision notification, location-based emergency response, and GPS-based navigation. Infranet also has the capability to manage future ATX services such as digital entertainment, mobile commerce, and telephony.
Telematics is a rapidly growing in-vehicle class of services that integrates wireless communications, location identification technology, and off-board database and computing functions to provide drivers with a variety of safety, security, navigation, entertainment, and convenience services. Infranet will enable ATX to quickly and easily launch and support branded services, develop new service and price plans, manage its customer base, and collect payments. With Infranet, ATX could eventually support such innovative services as streaming music or loyalty programs for mobile commerce transactions.
"ATX's services are rapidly evolving from a value-added luxury to a mass-market safety and convenience feature in automobiles," said Norm Feldman, vice president of IT for ATX. "To support our subscriber growth and service innovation, we need a strategic customer management and billing platform that gives us the scalability to manage a large and diverse subscriber base and the flexibility to support innovative new services and sophisticated price plans. After thoroughly researching a number of solutions, we chose Portal Software for its leadership and depth of experience in supporting next-generation mobile services."
Portal Software's Infranet Wireless product line provides mission-critical business infrastructure for mobile operators offering voice and mobile Internet services. Infranet Wireless features modular, off-the-shelf enhancements to the Infranet platform for supporting switched voice services such as GSM, mobile Internet services such as WAP and GPRS, interconnect billing, and business intelligence modeling.
"ATX's business model is predicated on their ability to continually pioneer inventive new mobile services. Because the Infranet platform features an open and flexible architecture, it can easily support the advanced location-based telematics services offered today by ATX, as well as whatever next-generation services they experiment with in the future," said Vijay Iyer, vice president of market development for Portal Software. "We're excited to support their next-generation mobile services, and look forward to a working with ATX as their services evolve and customer base grows."
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