SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 16, 2001 — AvantGo, Inc., a provider of mobile infrastructure software and services, today announced that international energy group Scottish Power plc is arming a cross-section of managers with a mobile business intelligence solution from AvantGo, Inc. before sending them into remote regions that may not have cellular network coverage.
The new solution uses the award-winning AvantGo® M-Business Server software to enable workers to access business-critical data from the corporate network using Compaq iPAQ personal digital assistants (PDAs). The solution allows access to information both in real-time via a wireless connection, or in ‘no-coverage’ areas, where they can work offline from data stored on the device following synchronization with a desktop PC. Initially, ScottishPower is concentrating on the benefits of this off-line functionality, although real-time access will certainly follow.
AvantGo’s key project deliverable was a corporate directory of over 3,000 names with job descriptions, contact information and photographs. Other trial data includes Emergency Planning information and detailed weather forecasts. The solution also allows individual managers to restrict the information delivered to the device on a departmental or team level, helping to ensure that memory usage is optimized with relevant data only and sensitive information is only available to authorized personnel.
David Socha for ScottishPower, said: “The understanding that we could derive major benefits from mobilizing our corporate data was already pretty clear, but following severe gales in parts of Scotland at the beginning of the year, we had a new urgency to deliver. With managers dealing with incidents all over the country, access to information from the corporate network in the field can bring huge gains in productivity, efficiency and safety.
“With its wireless and offline capabilities, the AvantGo solution was an obvious choice bearing in mind the remote areas we work in. This sort of dynamic access to information is one of the key reasons we’re looking at using AvantGo’s solution to mobilize more of our web-based business applications and to extend them to other parts of the company.”
Steve Swatman, Vice President of Sales, AvantGo EMEA, commented: “Our solution for ScottishPower highlights how utility companies with large mobile workforces are ideally placed to realize a fast return from investment in mobile technology. As with similar AvantGo solutions at BG Group plc and Con Edison, the ScottishPower application cuts down paper-based documentation and reporting to provide field-based employees with the information they need wherever they are.”
AvantGo 4.0 M-Business Server software offers users of Palm OS, Windows-Powered Pocket PC and RIM Wireless Handheldâ„- devices instant access to networked applications and Web content, either wirelessly, or via their normal synchronization process with a desktop PC. Comprising server and client applications, the mobile solution automatically consolidates, compresses and transfers essential information for mobile access.
Scottish Power plc (“ScottishPower”) is a major, international energy group listed on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges. It had a turnover of (pound)6.3 ($9.0) billion in 2000-01 and, during the year, market capitalisation reached a high of (pound)10.6 ($15.1) billion. ScottishPower and its subsidiaries serve approaching seven million homes and businesses in the northwest US and across the UK providing electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply services in both countries. The company’s US activities extend to coal mining. In Great Britain, ScottishPower also supplies gas, provides water and wastewater, telephony and Internet services and retails electrical, gas and home entertainment appliances. For more information, please visit www.scottishpower.plc.uk.
AvantGo Inc., (Nasdaq: AVGO – news) is the provider of infrastructure software and services that power the mobile economy. AvantGo M-Business software enables businesses to increase the value of their corporate information systems by extending existing enterprise applications and critical information to employees, customers and business partners. The company also provides the AvantGo mobile Internet service, a hosted network that enables hundreds of businesses to deliver their content and applications to more than 3 million mobile consumers. AvantGo is a pioneer in delivering real-world solutions for both wireless and off-line use. For more information, please visit www.avantgo.com or call 510-259-4000.