ExpressWeb Catapults Broadbeam's 3rd Generation Platform Beyond Point Products To Offer The Most Comprehensive Architecture For Building Enterprise Wireless Applications

Broadbeam, provider of a proven wireless platform that clears an inside track to rapidly create, deploy and manage mobile applications, today introduced ExpressWeb, a wireless content server that enables mobile Web application developers to quickly extend enterprise and Internet applications to a wide variety of browser-based devices, such as phones and PDAs. Formerly code-named Cheetah, ExpressWeb is a key component of Broadbeams third-generation Axio wireless software platform, which integrates seamlessly with an enterprise's existing IT infrastructure, speeding development and deployment enabling customers to significantly improve worker productivity, increase customer satisfaction and fully leverage their enterprise data - capturing a clear ROI.

ExpressWeb is comprised of two components - ExpressWeb Server, which dynamically renders a wide array of content sources to a broad range of browser-based devices and ExpressWeb Studio, an enterprise-class visual design tool, which provides a simple but powerful way to rapidly develop mobile Web applications. Using ExpressWeb Studio, companies can build wireless applications themselves instead of relying on third parties, providing a fast and cost effective development alternative. ExpressWeb integrates tightly with the other components of the Axio platform, including Broadbeam's ExpressQ wireless messaging server, to provide seamless deployment of Web and enterprise applications across thin (browser) and intelligent clients such as PDAs and other mobile computing devices.

Broadbeam's Axio wireless software platform is comprised of ExpressQ, ExpressWeb, application connectors and application development tools. Axio supports three modes of wireless communication: real-time, interactive communication or browsing; online/offline messaging using store-and-forward message queuing; and notifications.

We have channeled the expertise and experience from many successful deployments worldwide into our proven wireless platform - today the de facto platform of choice for over 500 businesses, said Broadbeam Chairman and CEO Boris Fridman. ExpressWeb expands our Axio wireless platform and allows our customers to deliver business-critical information to both thin and intelligent clients. We are providing the most comprehensive platform available while removing the technological, cost and time barriers faced by companies looking to mobilize their workforces.

Broadbeam's ExpressWeb Server and ExpressWeb Studio

Broadbeam's ExpressWeb uses industry-standard XML and Java-based approaches to enable seamless backend integration with a wide array of content sources. This approach makes it easier and more cost effective to maintain applications by eliminating the need to maintain separate web content. ExpressWeb Server enables access to Web content and application data in ExpressQ from browser-based devices. Broadbeam's ExpressWeb Studio provides developers with an easy way to develop applications across multiple devices or class of devices, thereby reducing the development cycle for mobile Web applications. ExpressWeb Studio is a visual design tool that provides a drag-and-drop design interface and simple one-click application generation. Out-of-the-box templates for approximately 150 devices and built in visual simulators provide developers with the ability to customize or enhance applications for either a specific device or an entire class of devices.

Before investing time and resources, enterprises should look for an integrated wireless platform, which supports multiple thin or intelligent clients, without sacrificing quality of service, reliability or security, said Stephen Drake, Research Manager with IDC's Wireless and Mobile Enterprise Access Service. Solutions such as these, begin to address those critical enterprise requirements for mobilization projects.

Product Demonstration and Availability

ExpressWeb will be demonstrated at MobileFocus 2001 on June 25, 2001 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. For those who will be attending PC Expo, the demonstration will be held in the Sierra Wireless booth # 4262. For those interested in a demonstration, but not attending the aforementioned events, please contact Tim Sweeney at

ExpressWeb is now available in beta, with general availability slated for August 2001. For more information on ExpressWeb and Broadbeams Axio wireless software platform, please visit

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