at Internationale Funkausstellung (international consumer electronics fair in
Berlin, Germany) Deutsche Telekom Laboratories launched a new mobile information
service called Qiro. With Qiro users can receive individualized information
about their surroundings via their cell phones. Qiro displays current events,
cinema listings, restaurants around the corner as well as the location of
friends who are currently in the neighborhood. With Qiro for the first time
dynamic information such as the locations of the railwayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s call-a-bike service
or the friend-finder service are linked with localization and city information.
At the IFA,
in hall 6.2a at the Deutsche Telekom stand, visitors can get information about
the latest service and download it onto their cell phone. At the moment, Qiro is
available for a broad range of T-Mobile Windows Mobile MDAs and SDAs as well as
for Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets. It is not necessary to buy an
additional GPS device. Within a few minutes Qiro is installed on your cell phone
and ready to be used. Its use is free; only the mobile Internet access is
When developing Qiro the experts from T-Laboratories took the new trends
in society into account. "We are becoming more and more mobile and travel a
lot. At the same time we want to be connected with our friends and make
flexible arrangements", observes Christian Wolf. "With Qiro I can find my
friends and I can see Ã¢â‚¬â€œ while on the move Ã¢â‚¬â€œ what is happening and being
offered around me - as a local as well as a traveling businessman", adds
Roland Schwaiger. Wolf and Schwaiger are both in charge of Qiro.
Qiro is also interesting for business customers. Restaurants can lodge their
daily menus and retailers can attract attention to their outlets by placing
logos on the surface. Qiro users can also receive special offer alerts from
"Qiro is the visible result of our result-oriented development in
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories", stresses Peter MÃƒÂ¶ckel, Head of Deutsche
Telekom Laboratories. "With Qiro we have developed software for mobile
devices which integrates valuable services for the user in one platform."
It is planned to transfer Qiro to one of Deutsche Telekom Laboratories'
spin-offs which will be established by the end of the year.
T-Laboratories is Deutsche TelekomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s research and development institute and is
based in Berlin. At T-Laboratories - an associated institute of the Technical
University of Berlin - top scientists from all over the world are doing research
to develop new services and solutions for Deutsche Telekom customers.
client can be downloaded for free from the Internet. At the moment, the service
is available in German only.
Cheers ~ Arne