KeyTools in agreement to provide software platforms

JOHANNESBURG (03/26/2004) - KeyTools International, a locally based company that specializes in providing integrated solutions and support around mobile operating system platforms, Friday announced that it has entered a âEuro ˜teaming agreement' for Africa, excluding USA embargoed countries, Egypt and RSA, with Netherlands-based HP International Trade BV, to jointly source mobile solutions for those countries covered under this partnership.

"We know that there are niche opportunities for mobile services solutions in these countries, particularly within the public sector, telecommunications and financial services sectors," comments Andre Hartley, GM for HP Southern Africa (English). "We have the technology but not the secure mobile middleware application delivery capabilities."

"We know that KeyTools has the relevant secure middleware and a very good knowledge and understanding of the mobile computing market, as well as the skills required to develop mobile solutions," continues Hartley. "Additionally, like ourselves, KeyTools has a very strong relationship with Oracle and is one of its key ISVs for Africa."

"We are obviously delighted to sign this alliance with one of the top global players in the ICT market," adds Richard Chalk, founder and CEO of KeyTools International. "This is the second strategic relationship we have signed recently, the other being with Oracle. We see this as a unique opportunity and one that will bode well for both our local and international activities." Apart from its activities within SA, KeyTools has already established a presence in both Australia and the UK.

Apart from specific mobile applications such as GlobalOrder, KeyAccess, KeyLife and mobiSCAN; KeyTools has also developed TransPhormer, a browser-independent remote data transfer protocol, which, it says, can be loaded onto a dedicated server or within a partition of an existing server, and is fully scalable. It aims to allow information to be transferred with reduced connectivity time, reduced security risk, reduced data throughput and increased accuracy to a PDA, e.g. palmtop, laptop and certain smart phones. When activated, TransPhormer is said to enable data transmission via GPRS/GSM, HSCSD, or Bluetooth technologies, between the PDA and a company's server that is hooked into its database, e.g. ERP, CRM, support and financial, therefore making mobile application commerce a realistic and cost-effective proposition, the company says.

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