Locally-based Holliday Group has launched its first two applications for use with Palm devices connected to Vodafone's New Zealand GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) network.
The release iSell and iService applications follows Holliday's 100% acquisition by the UK-listed mobile services provider iTouch in December.
The two applications, designed for the sales and service industries rather than consumers, put Holliday "among the first developers in the world marketing GPRS applications worldwide," according to Vodafone's general manager of business marketing, Todd McLeay
GPRS is regarded as a transition technology for mobile data as infrastructure for 3G services developes over the next few years. An "always on" service, customers are charged by data volume rather than connection time. Holliday's applications also runs on other networks.
Vodafone says it began working on GPRS applications with Holliday - and more than 80 other local software developers - in November.
McLeay says Holliday is amongst the top 100 GPRS solutions developers in the world. He expects the market for such applications to expand rapidly over the next two years as the operators of the world's 310 GSM networks begin to offer GPRS.
Holliday's business development director, Dave Ffowcs Williams, says the company is working through a number of customer enquiries about GPRS development "and most are wanting to use the technology as soon as possible, so we are working hard to achieve this for them."
He says those interested in the technology are large companies operating in the sales, service and freight areas. iService handles the tracking of time and materials for field service personnel and iSell replaces paper-based sales order processing. Both applications can connect to enterprise and desktop systems.
Holliday last week announced the opening of its first international office, in London. David Tinkler, the former eBusiness manager at gen-i New Zealand, has joined the company as UK country manager and is joined by software engineer Tony Sinclair, who was responsible for the development of Holliday's flagship communications server, iConnect.