information management solutions for the enterprise, has released a
comprehensive set of test tools for mobile device manufacturers and
point-of-sale terminal vendors who want to implement the IrFM* (infrared
financial messaging) Point and Pay Profile.
The IrFM Point and Pay Profile-a recently released specification from the
Infrared Data Association (IrDA*-www.irda.org)-essentially enables users to
perform wireless financial transactions between an IrFM-enabled mobile
device, such as a mobile phone or pager, and an IrFM point-of-sale terminal
located, for example, on a drinks vending machine or pay phone.
The IrFM Point and Pay standard was developed by IrDA in conjunction with
its major stakeholders including Agilent, CrossCheck, Extended Systems,
Harex, Ingenico, In2M, Novalog, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), NTT
DoCoMo, Palm Computing, SK Telecom, Toshiba TEC, Visa International and
ZiLOG, among others.
Extended Systems' XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite helps device and terminal
manufacturers address IrFM interoperability issues and speed up time to
market by providing a way to ensure that products are compliant with IrDA's
IrFM test specification v1.0, as well as the OBEX (Object Exchange) test
specification v 1.01. The test suite, the first of its kind on the market,
features an intuitive graphical user interface and 138 completed test
scripts covering all requirements for both IrFM and OBEX. Customisation of
existing test scripts and the addition of new test scripts are easily
"The XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite allows developers to easily test, debug and
submit their products for IrFM certification with complete confidence in the
results," said David Hofacker, business unit manager of Extended Systems'
Universal Mobile Connectivity Group. "By bringing the test suite to market
first, Extended Systems continues to lead the industry in providing
comprehensive tools to quickly develop robust IrDA solutions and ensure the
interoperability and reliability required for quick market adoption."
"Extended Systems' test suite is designed to incorporate all tests required
for IrFM and OBEX certification into an easy to use, flexible user
interface," said Ronald Brown, executive director of the Infrared Data
Association. "This comprehensive tool should significantly decrease
development time and will help to ensure IrFM interoperability."
In 1997, Extended Systems authored the original Object Exchange (OBEX)
specification and oversaw its adoption by the Infrared Data Association and
Bluetooth Special Interest Group (1999). In 2002, Extended Systems authored
the IrFM test specification for the IrDA Association and released the first
embedded software development kit for Point of Sale (POS) terminals and
Personal Trusted Devices (PTD). Extended Systems' wireless protocol
expertise, leadership within IrDA, Bluetooth and SyncML standards bodies,
and its large base of OEMs (+200 IrDA, +100 Bluetooth) assures the highest
quality test tools.
Pricing and Availability
The XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite is immediately available for a list price of
$7,500. For more information, please call 0117 901 5000.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
regarding the success of XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite and its ability to
decrease development time and ensure IrFM interoperability. These
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and
uncertainties include the overall economic conditions and the level of
information technology purchasing by existing and potential customers, the
success of key business relationships, continued growth in the markets for
our products, the perceived and realised benefits of mobile devices, the
timely development and acceptance of new products and technologies, the
risks associated with development of new products and product enhancements,
the impact of competitive products and pricing, and other risks as detailed
from time-to-time in Extended Systems' SEC filings, including its 2002
Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed in
If you would like to speak to David Hofacker about the Extended Systems IrFM
Point and Pay Profile test tools, please give me a call on 01252 727313.
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