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O2 UK: The AA Roadwatch and Route Planner Services launched on O2's xdas
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 15.01.03 - 14:01:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 17556x
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Redmond, WA, January 15, 2002 — Action Engine today announced today that mm02 ((NYSE: OOM; LSE OOM), using the Action Engine browserless Mobile Web Services Platform, has launched the AA Roadwatch and Route Planner services as part of its my02 services on the XDA. With it, XDA Pocket PC Phone users can key in details of their journey and quickly receive up-to-the-minute traffic updates as well as route and mapping information.

Action Engine’s browserless platform, which is embedded inside the XDA, is comprised of "thick" client-server software that enables users to build and save information request offline without the need of a network connection. When ready, the user can then hit the "send" button to connect to the network and retrieve the desired information. The information is then downloaded and formatted for easy reading on the XDA screen.

Users can search for city-to-city driving directions, interactive maps, or real time traffic delays on a major highway. The user then has options to view the directions in a step-by-step view, request a map, email the directions to anyone in their Contacts database on the XDA, and save the information for offline viewing at anytime. By simply keying in details of their journey into AA Roadwatch, users will be able to see where the jams are and take evasive action.

Charles Stuart, Business Manager for Geographic Information at the AA, added: "We are always searching for new applications to allow the AA's traffic and travel information database to be seen in as many different formats as our customers need when they are on the move. Through my02 (and Action Engine) we are able to provide the unique content of AA Route Planner optimized for the XDA, giving users the flexibility to plan their route and check for traffic while remaining mobile."

AA Roadwatch collates traffic information from police control rooms, local authorities, CCTV cameras, dedicated motorcycles, the AA’s patrol force and ‘jambuster’ callers. The Route Planner application provides turning directions, road numbers, individual and cumulative distances, service areas, low bridges and routes to about 46,000 locations in the UK.

"AA’s service on myO2 is an industry first for wireless PDAs and is only available on the O2 XDA. Using myO2 and Action Engine technology, the AA Roadwatch service is easy to use, personalized and interactive. It is a great example of a leading content provider, wireless device and mobile operator collectively enabling users to interact with content in a way they never could before," said Amer Hasan, Data Products Manager at O2.

The XDA also includes Action Engine utilities that enable users to wirelessly backup data, destroy data if a device is lost or stolen, and download new applications, upgrades, hot fixes and services.

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Comments
Posted by D Craddock on 16.01.03 - 00:00:00

It's a pitty that o2 can'-won't make the availible to none xda users eg.ipaq's who are subscribe to there gprs service.

Posted by Arne Hess on 16.01.03 - 00:00:00

@D Craddock: Yes, you are right, it's a pitty! I truly like Action Egine and I even used it with my iPAQ - so it works on it without problems. Don't see why it isn't offered to all Pocket PC owners of o2.
Well, I will meet the guys from Action Engine next month in Cannes on the 3GSM World Congress and will aks them for it.

Posted by D Craddock on 20.01.03 - 00:00:00

@Arne Hess: Had a demo of  Action Engine at the local o2 retail store. This is more then a worthwhile addition  for the connected Pocket PC. With the ablility to back up your PPC with o2. Also any stored Information can be removed by o2 at the owners request. A great security option that I'm sure all PPC owners would love to have.
I think o2 should offer this software to all users of it's data service, even if there was with a one off fee.

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