Nextel Communications (NASDAQ: NXTL) and MobileSys, Inc. today announced Business Mobility Packs, a joint product suite that provides connectivity between a company's business information systems and mobile workers.
The Packs combine MobileSys' global wireless messaging service with Nextel's integrated, all-digital wireless communication network to deliver secure, interactive messaging to and from field workers, while also eliminating the need for a company to install and configure these services for themselves.
Sierra Pacific Power Company (NYSE:SRP) is using Nextel and MobileSys to support their field operations, which provide service to over 300,000 electric, gas and water customers in Nevada and California.
"Sierra Pacific Power Company has placed a premium on world class customer service, and one way we achieve this is through a highly effective mobile work force that is always connected through both Nextel and MobileSys services," said Sierra Pacific Power Company's network consultant Ron Davis. "Bringing two powerful solutions together in one package will help other companies enjoy the same benefits we do: premium, mission-critical messaging from MobileSys and all-digital, fully integrated wireless services from Nextel."
A company doesn't have to be as big as Sierra Pacific to benefit from the Business Mobility Packs, which are designed for companies with as few as 75 mobile workers.
Any company or organization which depends on mobile workers to serve their customers, such as field service, information technology (IT), help desk, shipping, manufacturing, construction or transportation, can use the Packs to improve the effectiveness of back-office applications by extending those applications to their workers' mobile phones.
For example, a company's computer network monitoring system could quickly notify the network administrator that the company's Intranet is down, via a two-way message to the administrator's Nextel Internet-ready phone.
The administrator can instantly respond back to the monitoring system on the Nextel National Network with instructions to resolve the issue, even if the administrator is away from the office.
"Prior to the Business Mobility Packs, only large companies have been able to cost-effectively deploy interactive wireless messaging applications, often with a requirement to purchase thousands of user licenses and commit to volumes rising into the millions of messages," said Katherine Stolz, vice president of Marketing for MobileSys. "By combining our messaging expertise with Nextel's nationwide, IP-packet data network, we have created a solid offering for mid-sized companies, or even departments within larger companies, that need to communicate with their highly mobile workers."
"This initiative demonstrates Nextel's commitment to deliver high-value business applications to companies with mobile workers anywhere on the Nextel National Network," continued Blair Kutrow, Nextel's vice president of product management. "Nextel customers have already sent over 56 million wireless data messages over the network this year. By joining forces with MobileSys, we can provide reliable and secure business messaging in our target vertical markets, and also complement Nextel's four-in-one wireless communication service that includes digital cellular, Nextel Direct Connect(R) digital two-way radio, text and numeric messaging, and Wireless Web services."
To introduce the Business Mobility Packs, Nextel is offering a pager trade-in credit toward the purchase of a Mobility Pack (subject to restrictions). The Packs range from 50,000 to more than 650,000 messages delivered over the MobileSys and Nextel networks. Messages must be delivered within the United States, and used within one year of purchase.
Business Mobility Packs can be purchased through Nextel sales representatives and through MobileSys VAR and Channel Partners including CIBER, DigiTerra, DSEnet and The Pelican Group.
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