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December 17, 2001
Pico Communications, Inc. announces its membership in
Palm, Inc.s PluggedIn Program
Pico Communications, Inc. today announced its membership in Palm, Inc.s
PluggedIn Program, for its support of Palms Bluetooth development. Pico
Communications has supported Palms development with its leading Bluetooth LAN
Access Point and its client software for Palm handheld computers.
Palm is now working closely with Pico through all levels of product concept,
development, production, and promotion. As a PluggedIn Program Business Member,
Pico will receive ongoing and individually-focused support from a Palm team.
In addition, Pico will be showcasing its solutions using the Designed for
Palm Handhelds logo, and taking advantage of a wide range of marketing
benefits. Both parties are also working to include Picos products on
The Palm Store web site.
Picos dedication to Bluetooth wireless technology with industry-leading
solutions for Palm handhelds has earned the respect of everyone here at Palm,
said Olaf Besgen, Business Development Manager, Palm, Inc. Picos
solutions will become an important part of the overall Bluetooth experience on
Palm handhelds, providing one-click access to the Internet.
The PicoBlue Internet Access Point is a server-independent Bluetooth LAN
access point with enterprise-class IP networking over Ethernet. PicoBlue was the
first Class 1 point-to-multipoint access point to achieve the 1.1 certification
from the Bluetooth Qualification Body in June 2001. It can manage up to
seven simultaneous links, allowing seven users to share access to the Internet
at up to a 100-meter range for handhelds and an industry-leading 250-meter range
PicoConnect is an invisible background application on a Palm handheld
computer that provides seamless Bluetooth wireless connectivity for any
networking application (including surfing the Web) to the optimal Bluetooth
network access point. If multiple PicoBlue Internet Access Points are in range,
the application will connect to the least loaded one, or if no PicoBlue is in
range, to a Bluetooth-enabled cellular telephone with Internet access.
PicoSync is a one-click button that utilizes PicoConnect technology to
perform seamless wireless network HotSync® operations. Users can
synchronize their Palm handhelds remotely from any location at any time and
retrieve their emails with just one-click.
We have supported Palm over the last six months to guarantee a seamless
Bluetooth user experience on the Palm handheld, said David Bolan, vice
president of business development at Pico Communications. With PicoBlue
Internet Access Points providing wireless coverage, Bluetooth-enabled Palm
handhelds with PicoConnect and PicoSync can conveniently connect to the
corporate LAN, the Internet and email.
About Pico Communications
Founded in December 1999, Pico Communications, Inc. is a privately held
technology company that provides simplified personal Bluetooth networking
solutions. Pico delivers products and software to extend Personal Area
Networking to the mobile professional at work, on the road, and in the home to
connect to the Internet, corporate intranet, and stand-alone information kiosks.
An associate member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Pico
Communications is headquartered in Cupertino, California, USA. More
information about Pico Communications can be found at www.pico.net.
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