News Release
Tuesday 26 October 1999   10:46 GMT


London, 26 October
Distributed by PR Newswire on behalf of Psion

Psion Enterprise Computing today announced support for Oracle8i Lite - the mobile component of the Oracle Internet platform - to allow mobile workers to access the wealth of task-oriented content that currently resides within Oracle databases in enterprises across the world.

Psion support will come in the form of its new netBook device, the world's first fully Java-compliant mobile computer, enabling users to maintain the value and timeliness of their mobile information by synchronising it with back-office data resources whilst on the move. Oracle is taking advantage of the flexibility of the Java environment provided by the netBook's EPOC operating system, making this the first implementation of 8i Lite on Symbian's EPOC platform. As a result, Psion and Oracle customers will now be able to extend their e-business strategies beyond the fixed boundaries of today's business computing environments, and empower their mobile workforces in the process. Oracle8i Lite provides users with continuous access to enterprise information from any location and at any time. Whether accessing information offline, with Oracle8i Lite, or online, with Portal-to-Go, users will have the latest business knowledge at their fingertips.

"Psion represents the leading edge of mobile technology hardware and its support for Oracle8i Lite is very encouraging. Together, we can now offer customers new levels of productivity while on the move," said Gary Pugh, data server marketing manager, Oracle UK. "Companies are recognising that staff must be able to seamlessly synchronise with their central data source if they are going to be truly effective mobile workers."

"The requirement to deploy mobile computing devices with access to enterprise data is increasingly important," said Colly Myers, CEO of Symbian. "Oracle is at the forefront of application data deployment and is enabling enterprises to reach out and engage their information resources as never before. With Oracle's release of 8i Lite and Symbian's full Java support, Psion will be able to deliver valuable information in a way that suits mobile workers needs, whenever and wherever they are."

"Companies continue to make considerable investments to web-enable their core practices because mobile information is so extremely valuable," said Claes Bergstedt, Commercial Director for Psion Enterprise Computing. "This new netBook solution safely navigates many of the barriers that customers currently face because we can enable easier integration into existing systems, reducing development time and costs."

Psion support of Oracle8i Lite will also mean that existing Oracle customers can build a cost-effective solution for mobile staff by simply introducing the netBook device to an existing architecture - without the costs associated with lengthy mobile IT strategies. The netBook is targeted at companies wishing to deliver mobile solutions to its workforce in sectors such as insurance, banking, healthcare and utilities, and, because it fully supports Sun's Enterprise Java 1.1.4, will lend itself perfectly to sector-specific application developments.

Support for Oracle8i Lite comes only weeks after Psion's announcement of netBook support by additional enterprise-class hardware and software vendors. Today's announcement makes deployment of mobile workforce strategies an even simpler task as Psion and the netBook increases its support of enterprise-class computing platforms.

About Oracle8i Lite

Oracle8i Lite, the Internet platform for mobile computing, is a single-user, 50KB-750KB footprint, object relational database specifically designed for mobile computing applications requiring seamless synchronisation with central databases. Supporting a wide range of operating systems Oracle8i Lite is optimised for use on small mobile application devices, such as laptops and handheld computers. For more information please refer to (URL)

About Oracle

Oracle Corporation is the world's leading supplier of software for information management, and the world's second largest software company. With annual revenues of more than $9.1 billion, the company offers its database, application server, tools and application products, along with related consulting, education and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world. For more information please refer to (URL)

About the Psion netBook

Psion's netBook is the first handheld computing device to fully support Sun Microsystem's Enterprise Java 1.1.4 and a high quality, high performance implementation of Sun's Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Over time, the range will include a choice of quarter-, half- and full-VGA tablet devices that are designed to withstand harsh environments. The range includes a number of data capture and communication features, supporting wireless RF, GSM and bar code scanning to enable real-time access to back-office applications and also wireless data capture. The netBook features Psion's first implementation of colour on a full-VGA high quality screen and support for a PC card drive. The netBook also has a slot for either a compact flash card or disk drives for large data storage requirements, such as IBM's 340 megabyte (MB) microdrive, the worlds smallest hard disk drive. Running on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, the range will be extremely power-efficient: typically operating for up to 8.5 hours, and needing only 2.5 hours for a full recharge, the devices are designed for a full working day or a long shift.

About Symbian

Symbian owns, licenses, develops and supports leading software, user interfaces, application frameworks and development tools for Wireless Information Devices such as Communicators and Smartphones. Symbian aims to promote standards for the interoperability of Wireless Information Devices with wireless networks, content services, and messaging and enterprise wide solutions.

With headquarters in London, Symbian has offices in Tokyo and Kanazawa, Japan; Ronneby, Sweden; Cambridge, UK and San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Symbian is owned by Ericsson, Matsushita, Motorola, Nokia and Psion.

Symbian's website can be found at

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