• April 5, 2011
  • North America

LOC-AID, XPOUS, ZoomSafer Win Big Idea Contest

MADISON, WI – April 5, 2011 – CTIA has announced the winners of its inaugural Big Idea Contest, which recognizes innovative new concepts for apps, devices and services. An assortment of more than 5,000 professionals from across the wireless industry voted online to pick three winners from more than 45 submissions. Here’s a list of the winners in alphabetical order:

•LOC-AID Technologies – Locaider privacy management tool
•XPOUS – iGenApps apps generator
•ZoomSafter – FleetSafer Vision driving behavior tracker

Mobile App for Android Lets You Explore Hawaii
Navigation Solutions is demonstrating My Explore Hawaii, the company’s mobile travel app for Google Android OS 2.2 and above.

Complementing Hertz’s recently introduced NeverLost Explore Hawaii feature on the Gen5 GPS unit, My Explore Hawaii includes multimedia content on Hawaii’s most popular islands – Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Big Island (Hawaii).

Like the iPhone version, My Explore Hawaii on the Android platform features images, voice narrative and text descriptions for planning a trip to Hawaii, as well as exploring the islands. Specifically, it offers event listings over a 30-day period with start times, contact and ticket information; map views from a current location to a desired location by car, public transportation or on foot; augmented reality with audio output to enhance the visual experience and simulates a personal tour guide; weather updates and more. It’s available for $2.99.

Cellebrite Launches Anti-Theft App, New Tablet for Operators, Retailers
Cellebriteannounced the general availability of its new CelleGuard anti-theft and phone tracking application for smartphones. Available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Symbian devices, mobile carriers and retailers can offer subscribers a comprehensive application for protection of their personal data in the event that a mobile device is lost, stolen or misplaced.
The CelleGuard application protects the smartphone user from the compromise of information in the event that a phone is lost, stolen or misplaced. Using the CelleGuard portal, users can locate a device, sound an alarm, lock the phone or wipe the content.

CelleGuard is offered to end-users by the mobile carrier or retailer through multiple channels: downloaded directly to a device by a customer service representative at the point-of-sale with simple registration; available directly to the consumer through their operator’s Web portal; or delivered over-the-air via the app store, with one-click activation.

Cellebritethis week also announced the general availability of Cellebrite Touch, the latest addition to its Universal Memory Exchanger family of mobile data synchronization and backup solutions.

The Cellebrite Touch is a touchscreen tablet device for mobile phone operators, retailers and service centers that allows them to instantly transfer a customer’s mobile content to a new phoneat the point of purchase.

The Cellebrite Touch device is designed and manufactured specifically to enable customer service representatives to transfer content or offer new applications and services to users from anywhere in the store. The device provides phone-to-phone transfer of all content, including contacts, messages, photos, videos and audio files, and supports more than 3,000 phone makes and models.

Libelium Goes to Xtreme with Sensors
Wireless sensor networks technology company Libelium, based in Zaragoza, Spain, is showing off its MeshliumXtreme and Waspmote products this week.

The MeshliumXtreme multi-protocol router supports five wireless standards: Wi-Fi, ZigBee, GPRS, Bluetooth and GPS, as well as wireline Ethernet. It also supports the storage of the sensor data in its internal database system and in external Internet servers.

In a statement, Libelium CTO David Gascón said MeshliumXtreme provides three options for connecting ZigBee sensor networks to the Internet: Wi-Fi, GPRS and wireline Ethernet. Developers of wireless sensor networks can store data either using Meshlium’s internal database or an external database on the Internet. In addition, SMS alarms can be sent in real time to mobile phones using the GSM mobile phone network.

The Bluetooth module includes a “discover and store” application, which allows Meshlium to scan and store the MAC addresses of users in a database in order to track their routes. For mobile applications, a GPS module enables real time location by providing parameters such as latitude, longitude and speed in real time.

The product is supplied with an aluminum IP67 waterproof enclosure, which makes it suitable for outdoor deployment, including those with harsh environments. Special holders enable MeshliumXtreme to be installed on streetlights and in vehicles – where car battery adaptors supply the router. When deploying in outdoor scenarios, where there is not electric power source, a solar panel kit supplies the necessary power.

MeshliumXtreme includes the Manager System, an open source Web application, which provides an interface to all wireless connections (WiFi, ZigBee, Bluetooth, GPRS), along with the network status and data base storage system.