Kinetics, HP and Auckland University team up

Un-named product is 'mobility-related' and due for release in Feburary

IT services provider Kinetics is to commercialise a product it developed in cooperation with Auckland University's school of Information Systems and Operations Management.

The product, which hasn't yet been given a formal name, is mobility-related and allows field workers to connect back to head office.

Kinetics chief executive Andrew Hunt says the technology on which the upcoming product is based is already being used by Kinetics staff and work is to be done writing it to different platforms in the run-up to commercialisation.

The commercialisation effort is being assisted by venture capital funds and the product is set to be released next February.

Auckland University information systems associate professor Lech Janczewski says the students who worked on the Kinetics project did so as part of Project 340, a university programme which places IS students on work experience.

"Project 340 is a platform which allows students to change their mindset from university to the real world," Janczewski says.

The companies get the students' work for free, but make a donation to the university in return and the companies retain full ownership of any intellectual property resulting from the projects.

Hunt himself uses the system on a Hewlett Packard iPaq and HP will market the system to its customers after commercialisation.

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