SMB brings IBM Linux watch to show

Saudi Business Machines (SBM) is bringing its full range of IBM hardware and software solutions to Gitex Saudi 2003. Topping the bill will be the Linux powered computer wristwatch.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  April 3, 2003

Saudi Business Machines (SBM) is bringing its full range of IBM hardware and software solutions to Gitex Saudi 2003. Topping the bill will be the Linux powered computer wristwatch. The ‘WatchPad’, a futuristic, intelligent wireless computer with Linux at its core, is a prototype of the Linux watch technology being jointly developed by IBM Research and Citizen Watch. SBM plans to showcase other prototypes from Big Blues’ research & development (R&D) labs. Other than novelity factor technology, SBM plans to demo a number of vertical industry solutions for the banking and government sectors, along with its business partners.

At the core of the display will be IBM’s WebSphere platform, which can be used to construct a number of internet-based solutions. On the stand, SBM will have showcase B2B, B2C, portals, online transaction engines, web self services, business intelligence, security, e-learning and collaboration applications all of which are based on the WebSphere platform. As visitors would expect, SBM is bringing the usual collection of hardware to the show.

SBM promises a collection of machines both from the eServer product family and the personal systems group.

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