CADD Emirates' mobile office

Mobile workers in the Middle East can now keep up to date with their e-mails and appoiintments via WAP phones, without the need for multiple and frankly arduous synchronisation.

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By  Rania Adwan Published  April 15, 2001

Mobile workers in the Middle East can now keep up to date with their e-mail and appointments via WAP phones, without the need for multiple and frankly arduous synchronisation.

CADD Emirates, the computer systems integrator, is currently testing out a new WAP product that promises to halve the hassle of mobile communication. Since the announcement of a partnership between CADD and Finnish company LPG Innovations, the two have been working closely to deliver a whole new method to mobile Internet

The solution? WAPoffice, a Java-based, multi-platform application which can sit on most office servers and acts as an interface between a WAP gateway and a client's IMAP/POP3 mail server. The program will allow for real time connection to office packages such as MS Exchange or Lotus Domino. Any mobile user with a WAP-enabled phone or PDA can dial into their office's server and handle all their functions without any additional integration or complicated synchronisation between the various devices.

"It is exactly as if you are sitting at your desk," said VR Prakash, technology officer for CADD Emirates. "It's just like a normal e-mail - you are able to send, receive e-mail, check and make appointments and there is nothing on the mobile, everything is on the server. The device acts like a thin client."

Various e-mail functions can be set up to allow users to send mail and pre-set lists of recipients. Additionally, browsing mail headers will save you accessing unwanted mail. Even the SMS service can be programmed to notify users when they have new mail. CADD Emirates is also offering LPG's Service Portal, an infrastructure platform that allows ISPs to deliver WAP services.

Although WAP has been dismissed as a failure by Europe, in particular, the penetration of mobile communication in the Middle East means that companies will see potential for the WAP services on offer, particularly in the corporate sector.

Similarly, in the last issue of MEX we reported on Ducont.com, a Wireless Application Service Provider (W-ASP) that had successfully lunged head long into the world of m-commerce. "The future relies on wireless," explains Ivan Fernandes, Ducont.com's managing director. "Because today's executives are constantly on the move and hardly ever anchored to their desks, they need to keep in touch."

With WAPoffice, CADD Emirates hopes to convince the corporate sector of the benefits of WAP. "Our main interest is to take the product to the Fortune 3,000 companies here in the UAE," said Sathya Moorthy, director of CADD Emirates. "Our main focus for address will be the oil & gas and banking sectors - simply because there is the requirement that we feel we can fulfil, as well as the funding available to allow us to fulfil it."

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