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High performance wireless Java

High performance wireless Java
Barrie Sosinsky

Administrators who want to extend the reach of their networks to mobile workers should be aware that Softwired, Europe fast growing Hi-Tech Messaging software provider released iBus/Mobile in December. This middleware product, a demo copy of which is available for download at the company's web site was voted 'Best Enterprise Java Application for 2000.' This JMS implementation for wireless devices will help APIs to talk to backend information systems and applications servers while guaranteeing a new level of reliability and security.

Called a "versatile bridge" between the Java-2 Micro Edition and the Java-2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) iBus/Mobile "allows developers to connect smart phones, communicators, and PDAs to back-end systems and application servers by providing a server-side gateway that supports programmable and non-programmable mobile devices," the company says. Softwired provides a highly optimized software package, which allows Java application to run on mobile devices. JMS works with other technologies such as EJB application servers, XML, JNDI, and JTS, which allows companies to build critical information systems faster. Since JMS is open to the integration of new protocols, operating systems, and bearers on a transponder-transceiver level, it reduces the need to rewrite applications for backend information systems - a definite plus.

Wireless information services (WIS) while not yet profitable, and sometimes cumbersome to use, are becoming popular with those who use mobile devices. Softwired's iBus/Mobile solves many of the problems of wireless infrastructures. According to Softwired's CTO, Silvano Maffeis, "It is indeed a challenge to build state of the art mobile information services, because there are a large number of factors to be considered." He believes that iBus/Mobile will simplify this challenge.

Softwired, based in Zurich, Switzerland predicts an easy to use, reliable, well-integrated device, which will allow end users to conduct mobile commerce over a convenient graphical user interface (GUI). Softwired, supplies "highly scalable" JMS technology for Intranets, ExtraNets and Internet and end-to-end wireless/embedded solutions. Major customers include ebay, UBS, US Air Force, Xerox Corporation and Swissair, to name a few.


Barrie Sosinsky (barries@killerapps.com) is president of consulting company Sosinsky and Associates (Medfield MA). He has written extensively on a variety of computer topics. His company specializes in custom software (database and Web related), training and technical documentation.

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