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Friday 24 August 2001

Cubic Smart Card Fare Collection System to Feature Planar Display

Planar Systems has announced that it will provide the colour display technology for Cubic Transportation Systems' new automated bus fare collection system. CTS is initially supplying the systems to be used on commercial buses throughout Germany. The system is also being considered by a number of other mass transit services around the world.

Planar integrated a 3.8-inch AMLCD screen and specially developed video display software into the CTS module, which is designed to mount on a pole beside the bus driver. Riders pass their Smart Cards by the module, which then displays information and advertising while payment of fare is being electronically verified.


CMG bmd to Deliver Global SMS Services

bmd wireless AG, a provider of core network wireless software solutions, has announced that it has signed an OEM agreement with CMG Wireless Data Solutions, supplier of messaging, mobile Internet and Customer Care & Billing solutions for the wireless industry, that combines BMD's messaging products with CMG's Short Message Service Centre.

This agreement enables CMG to license and market BMD's technology to mobile operators and service providers worldwide, ultimately allowing carriers to offer enhanced user services and maximising the revenue potential of their wireless networks.


Launch of GSM Service in Macau

Motorola and Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) has commercially launched a second generation (2G) dual band wireless mobile network in Macau, a special administrative territory of the People's Republic of China. Motorola has installed macro and micro Global System for Mobile (GSM) 900/1800 MHZ communications network base stations throughout the territory to support the launch.

The network installation will enable Hutchison Telecom in Macau to upgrade the system later to General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology by adding a packet controller unit and a gateway support node core network, as well as a software upgrade.


E-mail Access via Mobile Phone

Microsoft Corporation is to provide its 20 million e-mail users in Europe access to messages via their mobile phones. The plan involves a joint venture between Danish mobile operator TDC Mobile International, and Anglo-Dutch CMG Wireless Data Solutions. Hotmail is one of the most commonly accessed features on MSN, Europe's leading Web portal.

Users will be able to access their Hotmail account and send e-mail messages via short messaging service (SMS) said Microsoft.

The first trials will be with Sunrise, a Swiss mobile service owned by TDC, and TDC Mobile in Denmark, Microsoft said.


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