Nokia Corp has introduced a number of new products aimed at boosting the spread of wireless data services, including several security-oriented products, a new web services interface for its picture messaging software and a “presence” server for operators.
Security dominated the Espoo, Finland-based telecoms equipment giant’s non-handset announcements at its Nokia Mobile Internet Conference in Munich, Germany yesterday. Of primary interest to enterprises is the introduction of the Nokia Security Service Manager (NSSM), a tool for over-the-air provisioning, updating and management of security applications on Symbian OS-based devices.
This includes the Nokia Mobile VPN Client software, introduced with its 9210i Communicator in March. This product is now being pushed at other Symbian-based devices, although it is unclear whether these extend beyond Nokia’s own stable.
For operators and consumers, Nokia introduced a new security option for its Nokia mPosition location-based services platform. Known as Nokia iGMLC Privacy Manager, the product is intended to give service subscribers control over who is able to access information regarding their location, helping prevent nuisance spam and marketing efforts.
Beyond security, Nokia also made moves to extend its capabilities in provisioning wireless data services. These include the new Wireless Village 1.1-compliant Nokia Presence Server, for alerting users to the proximity of, for example, friends and colleagues. The company also launched its first XML web services interfaces for a number of its products, including its picture messaging (MMS), presence and terminal management servers.
The announcements came on the same day that Nokia revealed that it expects to have shipped two million of its Symbian OS-powered, camera-equipped 7650s smart phone by the end of the year. Although the figures are not representative of sales to end users they do give reason for the mobile telecoms market to look forward with renewed optimism for the success of 2.5G and 3G wireless data services.
Nokia also launched nine new consumer products, many of which featured MMS, Java and color displays. These include the novel 6800, a traditional looking handset which flips open to give a full qwerty keyboard, and the Nokia Observation Camera, which allows remote photographs top be taken via an MMS-enabled phone.