|| ||"Joe Palladino" <JPalladino-AT-schwartz-pr.com>|
|| ||Open Source and Mobility|
|| ||Mon, 31 Mar 2008 17:22:42 -0400|
VOLANTIS RELEASES MOBILITY SERVER TO THE OPEN SOURCE COMMUNITY
Launches Mobility Server Open Source Project to Help Guide Developers
Guildford, U.K.?March 19, 2008?Volantis Systems, which provides the Intelligent Content Delivery
software delivering mobile content to more than 350 million mobile phone users worldwide, today
released its Mobility Server to the open source community under the GNU General Public License
(GPL), version three. In all the company opened 1.2 million lines of code, the result of seven
years?of development, to the community. The company also launched the Mobility Server Project to
help developers build out the mobile platform.
Volantis is the first mobile content delivery solutions vendor to open source its code and the
effort is part of the company? move to the enterprise market. In offering its Mobility Server to
the community, Volantis hopes to drive adoption and encourage more companies to bring usable and
compelling content to the mobile Web.
?Open source software and independent developers are quickly becoming the most important movement
in telecommunications industry,? said Luis Almansa of Telefonica. ?Telefonica has a strong desire
to work with open source projects which is why we created the OpenMovilForum project. It? also why
we fully support the idea that Volantis develops its own open source initiative.?
The mobile Web is the next major growth point for online communications, but the ever-growing
variety of mobile devices on the market makes it difficult to develop powerful Web applications.
Volantis Mobility Sever makes it cheap and easy for companies to create this content and distribute
it to the more than 5,000 mobile devices currently on the market.
?The mobile web is rapidly becoming the platform upon which mobile data revenues will be generated.
Open source overcomes the limitations imposed on content creation by license-fees,? said Nick Lane,
director, Direct2 Mobile research. ?Open source will redefine the extent to which content
publishers will be able to utilize and capitalize on the mobile web? opportunity and enable the
emergence of the long tail of content. Everyone? a winner.?
?The Internet grew, in large part, because it was easy to develop for the Web. Not only were
browsers relatively standardized, but the tools to create databases and complex systems are open
and available,? said Volantis CEO Mark Watson. ?Our goal is to bring that same openness to the
mobile Web. Developing for this market is difficult thanks to the splintered phone market, which
will only continue to diversify. Developers need an easy-to-use tool with a proven device library
in order to help their creativity come alive.?
Volantis made its Mobility Server available as a free download in November 2007. By open sourcing
the product, it hopes to tap into the broader development community to enhance and build upon its
work. The company has long contributed to a community standards process, driven by the World Wide
Web Consortium (W3C), to create the Device Independent Authoring Language (DIAL) specification. Web
development markup languages that comply with the DIAL specification, such as Volantis-created
XDIME, can be used interchangeably to create content viewable on any mobile device. Given the
maturity of the Volantis platform, the company felt the timing was right to offer its product to
Pricing and Availability
To support the Volantis Mobility Server, Volantis has launched a new portion of its website to
provide information on the new product version, to allow contributor input and to get started using
the product. The new website is located at http://opensource.volantis.com.
Volantis (www.volantis.com) is the world? leading supplier of Intelligent Content Adaptation
solutions for the Mobile Internet, providing applications, tools and platforms that solve the
complexity of delivering optimized services to any mobile device.
Volantis software is protected by the following granted and pending patent applications: United
Kingdom: 2371896, European Patent EP 1320972 (Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Spain,
Switzerland), pending European Patent Application EP 1641211 (designating Austria, Belgium, Cyprus,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands,
Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom), Hong Kong: HK1049046, Japan:
2002-531257, Singapore: 95431, 200301776-9, India: 325/DEL/03, South Korea: 7004318/03, People?
Republic of China: ZL01819526, US: 10/381802.
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