Sprint PCS and FlashPoint have partnered to bring wireless digital image transfer via digital cameras using FlashPoint's Photivity digital imaging platform and Sprint PCS Internet-ready Phone's. "Wireless imaging has broad appeal with potential applications in several industries including real estate, insurance, construction, architectural, engineering, law enforcement and media."
Sprint and FlashPoint Partner to Enable Wireless Digital Imaging on the Sprint PCS Nationwide Network
FlashPoint's Photivity Platform Enables Mobile Business
Professionals to Send Digital Images Instantly to the Internet
Sprint PCS (NYSE:PCS - news), the fastest-growing wireless carrier in the United States, and FlashPoint Technology, today announced a partnership that will result in an innovative service enabling Sprint PCS enterprise customers to wirelessly send images to the Internet via the Sprint PCS nationwide network.
FlashPoint's Photivity(TM) end-to-end digital imaging platform will provide a solution for business customers to send images from the point of capture to the Internet, using a digital camera connected to a Sprint PCS Internet-ready Phone.
Photivity is a powerful, flexible platform that provides the underlying technology for the future of digital imaging. It allows partners and developers to create customized business and consumer applications designed to specifically meet their end customers' needs. Integrating this platform with the Sprint PCS network makes it possible for business customers to transmit images, along with embedded information about the image, from remote locations to colleagues and corporate enterprises anywhere in the world. Images can be sent directly from a digital camera to a Sprint PCS hosted Web account where the photos can be stored, viewed and manipulated. It also allows customers to send e-mail directly from the camera so that colleagues and clients can be invited to view, make comments, evaluate and approve images on the hosted site, creating a dynamically shared photo album that bolsters and enhances workflow.
"Sprint PCS continues to strengthen its leadership position by launching cutting-edge, data-enabled wireless applications aimed at helping our enterprise customers be more productive, reduce costs and provide better customer service,'' said Jay Highley, vice president, business marketing. "Using FlashPoint's Photivity platform, we will be able to offer an innovative and relevant wireless imaging solution to business customers across a broad range of industries. Being able to send pictures to the Web from remote locations in real-time via the Sprint PCS all-digital nationwide network will be a valuable productivity tool that translates into a competitive advantage for businesses with a highly mobile workforce.''
Wireless imaging has broad appeal with potential applications in several industries including real estate, insurance, construction, architectural, engineering, law enforcement and media. For example, an insurance claims adjuster could visit a home damaged by a tornado and file the images on the spot by taking photos on a digital camera, connecting their camera to a Sprint PCS Internet-ready Phone, and sending the images to the insurance company's Sprint PCS-hosted Web site. The onsite process will reduce the time necessary to process claims, leading to enhanced productivity and customer satisfaction. Or a real estate agent could capture images of listed homes, attach descriptions and quickly publish them for potential buyers to inspect online without going back to their office. The real-time nature of this service ultimately saves the agent time, money and could mean higher sales.
"Sprint PCS is an ideal partner for FlashPoint's Photivity platform,'' said FlashPoint President Stephen Saylor. "As the leader in mobile wireless data services, Sprint PCS is able to use our platform to offer a powerful wireless imaging solution to their business customers. The Photivity platform was created as the underlying technology and industry standard for the future of imaging.''
Sprint PCS will be engaged in customer trials throughout the rest of the year with commercial availability expected in early 2001.
"Photivity streamlines and accelerates the flow of communication between the office and its mobile workforce, making it more productive and better suited to collaborate over great distances,'' said Ron Glaz, program manager at International Data Corporation. "FlashPoint and Sprint PCS are demonstrating why cameras went digital in the first place, by enhancing communication in a digital world.''
FlashPoint Introduces the Industry's First Wireless Internet Photography Platform
Photivity Transforms the Way People Capture and Share Digital Images with Direct Camera-to-Phone Connectivity
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 6, 2000-- FlashPoint Technology, Inc. today announced the launch of Photivity(TM), an integrated end-to-end platform for wireless Internet photography.
Photivity provides the underlying technology for digital imaging, allowing partners and developers to create customized applications and solutions to meet specific customer needs.
Identified to the consumer as "Powered by Digita,'' Photivity combines FlashPoint's Digita(TM) operating system (OS), a data-capable cell phone, a flexible gateway system and a powerful, customizable Internet photo collaboration infrastructure.
"FlashPoint is changing the way people work and play -- giving them the freedom to share images from anywhere,'' said Stephen Saylor, president of FlashPoint. "We provide a complete solution, enabling our partners to better serve their customers. For the end user, the Photivity product is easy to use, easy to understand, and provides immediate results, sending images directly from the camera to the Internet.''
"Photivity and the Digita operating system enable digital cameras to become stand-alone Internet appliances capable of performing customized business and consumer applications,'' said Michelle Lampmann, market research analyst of InfoTrends Research Group, Inc. "The ability to communicate through pictures over the Internet will allow software developers, commercial businesses and hardware manufacturers to create new applications for mobile professionals.''
Business and Consumer Applications
The Photivity platform allows partners and developers to create wide-ranging consumer and business applications. For example, businesspeople can transmit images and embedded metadata instantly with colleagues to speed workflow, encourage collaboration and gain a competitive edge. New parents can immediately share pictures of their newborn with loved ones around the world.
Digital Imaging Platform
With Photivity, FlashPoint becomes the only imaging company able to offer a powerful, comprehensive and flexible digital imaging platform. "FlashPoint has all of the components of digital imaging under one roof,'' said Saylor. "The Photivity platform allows us to partner with leaders in the wireless and digital imaging industries. We have positioned ourselves to become the underlying technology of, and the industry standard for, the future of photography.''
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