Motorola has followed through CEO Ed Zander’s plans to put more emphasis on businesses communications with a rake of announcements designed to improve wireless data and voice flow throughout the enterprise.
The new products are led by Enterprise Seamless Mobility, a corporate networking system that blurs the distinction between cellular and wireless LAN, and also include an enterprise-class, over-the-air synchronization system for the company’s Linux smart phones known as MotoSync.
At the core of Enterprise Seamless Mobility is Motorola’s CN620 dual-network Mobile Office Device. The CN620 links in to corporate IP-based telephony systems across a secure, voice-enabled WLAN. From there it functions as an integration hub linking cellular networks to the WLAN, enabling uninterrupted roaming of both voice and data services whether inside or outside the corporate network.
This handoff between networks and the extension of IP PBX functions into the cellular world are facilitated through Motorola’s Wireless Service Manager software. Push-to-talk, which has rapidly become a Motorola mantra, is also catered for. MOD links into existing systems management through Motorola’s Network Services Manager.
The system was developed by Motorola in collaboration with WLAN equipment specialist Proxim Corp and voice over IP leader Avaya. It said commercial availability will begin later this year.
Also new is Motorola’s MotoSync system for OTA synchronization between Motorola’s Java and Linux-based handsets and corporate email and personal information management systems. MotoSync is primarily designed to work with Motorola’s A780 smart phone, also announced yesterday, although the company said it intends to support mid-tier Java phones in time.
As well as a client application, the product also requires the MotoSync Provisioning Server allowing OTA device configuration as well as user data configuration through a web interface. MotoSync marks a return to the synchronization arena for Motorola which sold off its Starfish division to Intellisync (formerly Pumatech) in early 2003.
While MotoSync complies with relevant standards such as SyncML, POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP, Motorola could only announce plans to offer interoperability with existing corporate email and messaging solutions [MS Exchange and Lotus Notes/Domino] through key strategic partnerships.
The A780 marks Motorola’s fourth Linux-phone effort after the earlier A760, A768 (both targeted at the Chinese market) and the global E680, announced in March. The new GSM/GPRS handset, which also features EDGE connectivity, appears to resemble the A760 in basic form, with a flip-down cover over a PDA-style fascia. The device is scheduled for a fourth quarter debut.
Also shown for the first time were two new Motorola WCDMA 3G phones, the clamshell V975 and candybar C975. Both are expected to become available in the fourth quarter.