WideRay Releases Its Remote Application Server -- RAS -- Platform for Handheld Applications

RAS Software Enables 3-Tier Web Apps for Both Connected and Disconnected Devices

WideRay, creators of the Jack, a mobile caching server that beams content and applications to handheld devices, today announced the availability of its standalone software application platform. Content providers, software developers, and enterprises can now license WideRay's acclaimed Remote Application Server (RAS) to develop and distribute 3-tier HTML and SQL driven applications.

WideRay provides an integrated hardware and software platform for delivering on-location, broadband data services to mobile devices. The company has attracted customers and partners including Land Rover, Metreon -- A Sony Entertainment Center, Motorola, Palm Computing, Worldcom, San Francisco Giants, Stanford University, as well as a variety of tradeshows and conferences. WideRay's technology has been successfully deployed for both consumer-facing CRM and marketing applications, as well as enterprise-facing workforce applications.

"We've decided to make our RAS software platform available for licensing, which has led to a wider base of technology partnerships and deployment partners. We're excited to see our software being used for a wide variety of projects in several vertical industries by systems integrators, independent software developers, and content providers. Expect to see more strategic partnership announcements soon," said Saul Kato, CEO of WideRay.

Content Authoring and 3-Tier Application Development Without


RAS allows content and application developers to leverage existing HTML and SQL database assets to quickly create dynamic, user and data-driven applications that simulate the look and feel of surfing a dynamic website. Borrowing traditional web application server architecture, developers can embed template commands and substitution tags into their HTML. The tags can then drive SQL queries to generate new data, which in turn can be used to compose new HTML pages responsive to user input. Information can be passed between pages and applications through URLs or global variables.

No Wireless Connection Needed

The RAS client-server-in-one architecture is designed to work in a disconnected mode as well as a wireless mode. Since data is extracted and stored locally on the device and accessed by the RAS embedded application server engine, users get a very low latency, high performance user interactivity and do not incur airtime costs while accessing data on the device.

HTML, SQL, and JSPLite

RAS applications are platform-independent XML packages consisting of HTML pages and graphics, SQL databases, and JSPlite, a lightweight application server language that is a subset of Java Server Pages. Custom executables, code, and arbitrary content types can also be embedded in a RAS package, allowing easy integration with existing third party software applications.

Ultra-Compact Client on Palm and Pocket PC

The RAS client is available on Palm and Pocket PC operating systems. The client includes an HTML browser, an SQL database manager and query engine, a JSPlite templating substitution engine, and data protocol decoders. The entire RAS client is less than 80 KB and contains a self-installing mechanism to allow delivery to handhelds with no pre-installed software, at the time of first use. This small footprint makes the RAS ideal for on-location application distribution.

2-Way Data and Transactional Support -- Wide Area Wireless or


The RAS supports full 2-way communications via web-standard HTTP protocol either over a wide area wireless connection or a local connection such as infrared or Bluetooth. Menu-driven user interaction, upload of registration data and enterprise data, e-wallet transactions, and identity management are all enabled through this mechanism.

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