TOSHIBA CHOOSES GEOWORKS' TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM TO EXPLORE WIRELESS INFORMATION SERVICES
Geoworks Server Technology to Relay Services in Japan
ALAMEDA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 1998) - Geoworks Corporation (NASDAQ: GWRX) a leading provider of wireless software and service solutions, announced today that Toshiba Corporation will use Geoworks Premion Server+ technology for its information services program. The deal will enable Toshiba to utilize Geoworks' content server to deliver news and information services to client portable devices.
Toshiba is the first company to offer services via Geoworks' Premion Server+ . Toshiba plans to use Premion Server+ to relay over-the-air Japanese news and information to portable device users.
In striking the deal with Toshiba, Geoworks has introduced its server technology to the top segment of one of the fastest-growing wireless markets in the world. Japan currently has more than 34 million wireless subscribers, more than 27 percent of the country's population.
Premion Server+ is a local content server that features flexible architecture and easy integration with existing systems. Geoworks' network server technology supports multiple languages, including HTML, WML, XML, HDML, Compact HTML, Simple text, TTML and flexible delivery protocol support (HTTP, HDTP, WTP, SMTP, SMS). This gives Toshiba the ability to transmit content, value-added services or promotions to a wide range of wireless devices, including messaging phones such as the Genio and Dialo.
"What impressed us about Geoworks' server technology was its adaptability to the standards already in place by Toshiba and the wireless market," said Dr. Tsutomu Kawada, General Manager, Information Provider Division, Toshiba Corporation. "We found Premion Server+ to integrate well with systems, software and networks in the diverse Japanese market, allowing Toshiba to continue its leadership position in information delivery."
"Toshiba's extensive content capabilities in Japan's wireless market and its use of Geoworks' server application is an excellent way to introduce Premion Server+ to the industry," said David Thatcher, Geoworks' CEO and president. "We look forward to working with Toshiba in helping to make their information services program successful."
Based in Alameda, Calif., with international operations in the United Kingdom and Japan, Geoworks Corporation is a leading provider of end-to-end software solutions for the wireless communications industry. The Company creates operating system software, applications and actionable services for a variety of wireless devices, ranging from enhanced phones to high-end, all-in-one smart communicators. For additional information on Geoworks, contact the Company on the World Wide Web at http://www.geoworks.com.
In keeping with U.S. law, Geoworks notes that this press release contains forward-looking statements, including Toshiba's ability to deliver wireless content and services using Geoworks Premion Server+ technology. Actual results may vary significantly due to various risks and uncertainties. Those include, but are not limited to, the risk that new technologies are inherently subject to development, timing and consumer acceptance risks, and the consummation of definitive agreements with key partners. Additional information is available in the Risk Factors and Business discussions in the Company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other filings available from the Company or from the Securities and Exchange Commission.