Oxfordshire, March 4th: Imhotek Limited, a privately owned company specialising in providing messaging and knowledge management consultancy services and products, has announced the release of its Imhotek X-ccelerator Program (IXP) for the new P800 mobile phone from Sony Ericsson. IXP enables users of POP/IMAP and SMTP mail services to significantly reduce the size of data sent and received over GPRS and GSM.
"The new generation of handsets are as much PDAs as they are communication devices," says Steve Allam, Technical Director at Imhotek. "As these phones proliferate across organisations, IT and finance departments will need to put in place policies to manage the increased usage and costs of handsets that can send and receive e-mail and data. IXP realises substantial cost savings for wireless data transfer."
IXP works in two parts. A server component is installed on a network with good links to mail servers. Companies can run their own IXP server (by purchasing an IXP server license) or use an Imhotek-hosted server for a monthly subscription. The IXP client is then installed on the P800, alongside its e-mail client. It is configured with the location of the IXP server, a username and password and the location of the userÂ¹s e-mail servers. The userÂ¹s e-mail client is then re-configured to use the IXP client as a pseudo server. When the user attempts to connect to their e-mail server, the IXP client connects to the IXP server, which in turn connects to the userÂ¹s e-mail server. IXP can now intercept all traffic between client and server for compression and optimisation.
"Whether users have a separate GPRS subscription or use a standard GSM network, data transfer using mobile networks is expensive compared to standard desktop based methods," adds Allam. "IXP is already available for Windows, Linux and Pocket PC based systems. By developing IXP for mobile phones, IT departments can ensure that all wireless data transfers across an organisation will be optimised."
Running a Symbian operating system, the triple band P800 is an impressive piece of kit. Looking more like a smart PDA than a Å’traditionalÂ¹ mobile phone, the pen-based user interface, 12mb on-board memory and compatibility with desktop PCs (including MS Outlook) make the P800 an ideal choice for businesspeople who need to access e-mail on the move. However, there is often ignorance on behalf of users as to the cost of using mobile phones for data transfer.
"Using a standard GSM mobile link, IXP almost doubles the speed at which data is sent and received, meaning the user spends less time connected," concludes Allam. "For GPRS, where the user is billed per byte of data transmitted, IXP compressed data by up to 90 percent."
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